Practical Ideas For Better Home Cooking

For some people, cooking is a passion. Like my brother-in-law, they love trying new recipes, experimenting with different flavors, and feeding their friends and family. For many other people cooking is a chore. At times most of us are tired of answering the eternal question “What’s for dinner” At the beginning of November we discussed finding inspiration to cook. The best advice when trying new dishes is to avoid complicated recipes and start small. Perhaps a sheet pan dinner or a slow cooker meal are easy ways to try something new.

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Upgrade Your Cooking Skills

Several days ago I shared my ideas to Find Inspiration For Cooking. Most of us cook at least some although I’ve met people who eat take out almost daily. Home cooking shouldn’t be compared to restaurant food. First most fast food tends to be high in salt, sugar, saturated fats, trans fats, calories, and processed preservatives and ingredients. An occasional takeout meal probably won’t hurt you, but you should make wise choices on what you order. Check out How to Eat Takeout With Ruining Your Diet for more ideas.

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Find Inspiration For Cooking

For some people, cooking is a passion. Like my brother-in-law, they love trying new recipes, experimenting with different flavors, and feeding their friends and family. He and my sister collected cookbooks for many years. They enjoyed reading cookbooks and trying new recipes. For others, cooking is a chore. It’s something that has to be done in order to eat, but it’s not something that they enjoy. There are also stages you can go through where you’re bored and tired of cooking. I’m not a professional chef who makes extraordinary dishes with complex directions. I do enjoy cooking, but my focus is usually on eating healthier. I have allergies and try to avoid many common foods that cause problem. No MSG in my food. Then I get in a rut and need to try something new. Eating the same food over and over gets boring. Several of my retired friends have all said that they are tired of cooking. We’ve discussed standing and looking in the refrigerator hoping for inspiration.

If this has ever happened to you, there are of ways to rekindle your passion for cooking. Let’s discuss some ideas to inspire you.

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Easy Cold Cucumber Soup

Summer heat and humidity makes it hard to turn on the stove and heat up the house. Today’s recipe is perfect for hot August days but is easy and tasty enough for any day. Cold cucumber soup is a quick-to-make, refreshing, and flavorful cold soup. and it helps use all those fresh cucumbers from the garden.. Perfect to serve as an appetizer, side dish, or for a light, healthy main dish. I’m using Greek yogurt low fat but you can certainly use regular Greek yogurt too. Add lemon juice, minced shallots and fresh herbs and blend. Refrigerate at least 4 hours up to overnight for a wonderful mouthful of cold goodness.

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Summer Nectarine Salad With Cucumbers & Tomatoes

For gardeners, summer can be a time of never-ending cucumbers and tomatoes. Even if you don’t grow your own, the supermarkets and farmer’s markets are loaded with summer produce.  Here’s a tasty salad  that goes great with grilled chicken or fish and is oh so easy to make. Use cucumbers with heirloom tomatoes,  but even grape or cherry tomatoes work well too.

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How To Cook With Spices

Whether you’re looking to make the best use of fresh meat or you’re trying to create fast and filling meals, let’s discuss how to use spices. Spices come from the bark, buds, fruit, roots, seeds or stems of various plants or trees. (An herb, on the other hand, is from the leafy parts of plants that do not have woody stems.) Both can lose flavor quickly. Here are a few seasoning rules and tips that you should try to make a part of your cooking repertoire.

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5 Delicious Summer Slow Cooker Meals

Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.

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Fruit and Herb Infused Water To Refresh

After being in the 90’s for the last couple of weeks here in central Florida, I officially declared it was summer back on the 4th of June. Today I’m writing this post about infused waters to sip on hot days. We all know we should drink plenty of water. It’s like gas for our cars. Our bodies need it to function, and if we don’t drink enough we can suffer from the symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration can be a major contributing factor to illnesses, causing headaches, digestive problems, obesity and joint pains. By drinking water, you can support your body in improving your complexion, helping your kidneys to function properly, aiding weight loss and maintaining high energy levels.   I know that being dehydrated can make me tired. I can be in the middle of a busy day, and I suddenly my energy drops. Since I have learned that drinking water can keep your energy level up, I now ask myself, “how much water have I had today?”  Quite often I realize I haven’t had any water since breakfast. Time to take a break and have a large glass of water.

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