“Kitchen Confidence 101”
By Sandra Reames,
Now the packages are unwrapped the decorations of Christmas, Valentines is almost put away, it’s time to give your kitchen a good cleaning and organizing, because you will be in the garden in the beautiful sunshine.
Your kitchen looks like it has been a battlefield during the holidays followed up by the snow days. People have been helping you put away and unloading the dishwasher.
God only knows where they put it. It’s so nice when everyone helps after dinner, but finding the secret hiding places is a real challenge.
My recommendation is to go through the pantry, cabinets, refrigerators and freezers and get them in to shape. That also means throwing out that fuzzy green stuff in the back of the fridge.
Remember all of those great cool whip recipes that you made. Well they have been eaten hopefully, but the containers are still there, taking up space in the cabinet. Don’t try and tell me that you threw them away, because I know better. They are just too handy so we figure that we must keep every one of them. The last thing that we need is 50 Cool Whip containers.
Clean them out down to at least 12, that’s enough or you think you are cooking way more than I think that you are. I can always tell a person who doesn’t actually cook, by looking in their kitchen cabinets. That is where you find more plastic than metal.
Remember all of those great jars; delete them, unless they are the ones that you do some great summer time canning with. That is what I end up with in the cabinets, canning jars, so at this time of the year I pack them in a box and store them in the most out of the kitchen area that I can find.
How many of you are saving plastic milk bottles for those great camping and fishing trips this summer?? How many of you, used all of them that you saved last summer?? Recycle.
There is nothing worse than trying to prepare meals in a kitchen that is over run with junk.
You clean the garage everyone once in a while, you clean out the storage shed, and you clean closets you even delete junk off of the computer.
It only makes sense to clean out the debris from the Holidays and winter ast home days. You have cooked and served more food in a few months then you do the rest of the year.
So clean it, to save your sanity, shovel it out.
Yes, the empty toilet paper rolls have to go too! Your children are to old for grade school projects, remember they are driving now.
While the kitchen is in disarray, cook something great for this time of year
Like chili or a left over of some of type soup.
Name the soup after “after the holidays soup” or something else creative.
It will be a once in a life time soup. For that type of soup I use things as follows:
For soup use up that 2 oz of left over pasta, the handful of carrots, that ½ of a onion, it’s all still good and will make a great dinner. If you don’t have a can of tomatoes, use a can of tomato juice or V-8, a can of beans any kind. A little meat even that left over pork chop, ½ lb of hamburger this list can go on and on. But believe me the soups will be great and help with kitchen with kitchen clean up. When you use all of these little bits and pieces it is like getting a free meal.
Listen to Sandra and Scott MC Caulley on the radio every Tuesday Morning on KRZK FM 106.3 @ 9:06. We hope that you will listen and call in to help others and to share your experiences, good and bad!
Sandra has been a professional cook and caterer for 15 years.
Scott is a radio professional for over 23 years.
Both in the Branson, MO area.
The articles and show are to help you find confidence in the kitchen where you can provided good tasting and "better for you" meals to your family and friends even if you are an accomplished cook or a beginner, we all share those moments when we need help! We both show how we need to laugh at our selves.
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