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61  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Soupapalooza! on: July 11, 2012 10:12:03 AM
That's a lot of soup!
62  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Easy homemade chicken stock on: July 11, 2012 10:11:00 AM
I love my making my own stock! I don't use fresh veggies, though, I save all of my veggie scraps in the freezer. Like the potato peels and stems from bell peppers and stuff. And corn cobs! It's how I make myself feel better about throwing all that stuff away instead of in my compost. And I never have to buy stuff for stock or stock itself: it's always on hand! And it's so useful. I don't use water when I make stuff like rice because using chicken stock makes it taste so much better.

I do mine in a stock pot and I get about 20 cups (more or less) each time, every 2 months or so. I freeze them in 1 cup increments in Snack sized ziplock baggies. I sure do love the way my house smells when I make stock.

I do the same thing. I keep a bag in my freezer that I toss my veggie scraps, and another for leftover roast chicken bones, wing tips and such. When the bags get full I make stock. I also find using 2 roast chicken leftovers makes a stronger flavored stock.
63  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiral cut hot dogs on: July 10, 2012 04:18:12 PM
wow--I am so glad I hung on to my family's Japanese knives and scissors!  I saw your post and recognized two of them immediately!  What magazine was your article in?  I would love to read about it! I was not able to get to your blog--is the link broken?

BTW--the hot dogs look fun and would probably make a non-cook like me look like a genius!

The hot dogs are a lot of fun, no fancy knife needed.

The link to my blog in my signature bellow seems to work for me, but the direct link is www.dfw.com/theweekendchef

The knife article was in June issue of Indulge magazine (a DFW area mag).

This link will take you to the digital edition digital.indulgedfw. com/Olive/ODE/Indulge/. You will need to hit the "back issue" button and select the June 12 issue (Hunky man on the cover). The article is on pages 26-30.
64  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiral cut hot dogs on: July 10, 2012 10:46:38 AM
Ooh I like your knife! I didn't even notice it before because I was looking at the dog! Cheesy

Thanks! I am big time into Japanese cooking knives. I wrote A magazine article last month on collecting Japanese cooking knives.

65  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiral cut hot dogs on: July 10, 2012 09:57:19 AM
Did some more spiral dogs the other day and they were really good. I think I am hooked.
66  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Easy homemade chicken stock on: July 09, 2012 01:13:52 PM
Next time you have a roast chicken for dinner, be sure to save the leftover carcass, bones and scraps to make chicken stock.

It is way tastier than the stock you buy in the store, and super easy to make in a slow cooker.

Here are some pictures of the process.



Leftover roast chicken


Roast chicken bones, carcass and scraps ready for making stock.


Roast chicken leftovers in slow cooker lined with cheese cloth.


Be sure to fill the slow cooker up with lots of roast chicken scraps and vegetables for a more flavorful stock.


Stock after 12 hours.


Clear stock left after pulling cheesecloth, no need to strain.


I have more pics of making stock and a recipe here.
67  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden project on: July 09, 2012 11:50:29 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this!

I showed it to my boyfriend - he's been scheming for the better part of a year as to how to keep the squirrels out of his garden, and I think an adaptation on this system would be perfect (and a whole lot easier/affordable than his original idea of building a chain link enclosure).

I think this could work against squirrels, but if the squirrel really wants in might you might have to add some hardware cloth to keep him from gnawing through the screen.
68  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Rosemary branches as kabob skewers on: July 07, 2012 08:08:48 PM
As Soon as I saw this I thought, this person is a chef and a photographer. I love the idea & photos. Yum, I will have to try a vegetarian version.

If you can eat seafood, scallops are great this way.  Smiley
69  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Rosemary branches as kabob skewers on: July 07, 2012 10:07:18 AM
If you have a Rosemary tree/bush you can use the branches as tasty kabob skewers.
You can also sometimes find Rosemary branches at the grocery store.







I also like using the branches to make herb basting brushes out of.







I have more pics of making kabobs and a recipe here.
70  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Herb Garden project on: July 06, 2012 07:13:24 AM
this is tremendous!  Can you give us a ball park figure on cost to make this setup?  Where did you find the solar pump contraption?  Well done!

There is a link to the pump in the story link in the first post of this thread. It is from amazon and was under $50 bucks.

This whole project ended up costing a lot more than planed. The screened enclosure part really was not that bad, maybe $60. Which I think is the part everybody likes. Adding the stand I built it on, the box itself and the pump and your looking over $200.

I did spread the cost over three weekends, the first weekend making the box, the second screening it in and the third putting in the solar watering.

But I originally was not planning to spend this much. But hey, I got a great deal on the plants themselfs!
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