cravings

You’re belly is rumbling, and you’ve got a craving.  You need some great food now!

Skip the fast food joints – whip up something quick and delicious at home.  Read the posts below for easy recipes you can make yourself – like this brownie ball sundae.

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Who doesn’t love ramen noodles?  I mean, how can you not love a food that tastes good and costs less than a quarter?  Okay, we all know there are better food choices.  But seriously, ramen noodles are cheap and incredibly versatile.  They can be eaten hot and cooked or cold and crunchy.

Nobody said these noodles have to be boring.  No way!

Try this:




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Safety first, as mom always says.

So, what do you need to know about a microwave?

No metal. That means aluminum foil, metal pans, cup rims, plate edges and lettering, etc. And of course, no forks or spoons. You’ll have a fireworks show inside your appliance, and that’s not good.

Keep it clean. If grease and debris build up inside, the fancy motor part of the microwave that actually makes it work can smoke and blow.  Trust me.  I know.  Very expensive repair or replacement.  Better to get out the cleaner and paper towels and give it a quick swipe after every use.

Watch for overheating. Foods and liquids heat from the inside out.  Be extra cautious before biting into something!

Never run your microwave empty. ‘Nuff said.

Know the hot and cold spots. All microwaves heat differently and foods cooked in microwaves without turntables require more attention.  Here’s a great tip from www.cookingcache.com :

    Learn about the “cold spots” in your microwave so you don’t end up with unevenly cooked chicken.  To learn your microwave’s “cold spots,” line the bottom of your microwave oven with wax paper and then spread an eighth-inch layer of pancake batter over it. Turn the oven on HIGH, and then check it at 30 second intervals.  At some point, (in my case after a minute and a half), you’ll see that in some places the batter is dried out and hard, while in others, it’s still soupy, as if the heat hadn’t touched it. Once I made this check, I gained an immense respect for the fact that microwaves don’t necessarily cook evenly, and I’ve made sure to compensate ever since by stirring or turning foods as directed in microwave recipes.


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Ever wonder how much saturated fat a coconut has? Curious about the cholesterol or fiber content in whole grain bread or apricots? Want to know more about glycemic load and protein quality?

Check out this awesome site: www.nutritiondata.com for food labels on virtually every food you can imagine.

My favorite feature of this site? Each item listed includes a “better choice substitution” with recommended, healthier replacements.

This site is a trademark of CondeNet, Inc. It is a sister site to www.epicurious.com


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Some days, it would be a whole lot of fun to eat like a little kid again – or maybe a 60s kid. Why not?  Imagine diving into a big bowl of Quisp or Count Chocula!  Or chewing up a pack of Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape.

For an amazing shopping experience – and a huge trip down memory lane – check out www.hometownfavorites.com to track down hard-to-find food items from days gone by.

Surprise an older friend with a nostalgic gift of Beecham’s Gum, Indian Salted Pumpkin Seeds or Salada Tea.


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Sometimes you just gotta satisfy that sweet tooth, don’t you?

Try this neat trick: Freeze a cup of frozen diced peaches or other fruit. Remove from freezer, microwave for 30 seconds, chop coarsely and enjoy! Try it with applesauce, too, for a slushy sorbet alternative.


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