Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Simple questions and answers... and ramblings, but of course!!

Can you see the hail pellets?? Holy hail batman!!!

I had every intention of making these amazing turnovers this afternoon when I got back from work.  I had worked the recipe, and re-worked the recipe in my head as I was working... I was pumped, I was psyched, I was ready to go!!

I put in a delicious pot roast with onion Au jus in the crock pot this morning before work and knew the only thing I had to do was my homemade sour cream & chive  mashed potatoes (so very, very easy), and just heat up the leftover grilled corn on the cob from yesterday. Dinner would be ready in about 35 minutes (time that I need to boil and mash the potatoes and heat up the corn), and I would be free to play, YAY!!!
You know what they say about the "best laid out plans" right?

That's exactly what happened!  As I am heading to the freezer to take out the puff pastry,  it suddenly became very, very dark, the trees started to blow every which way, and the air was heavy with the feeling of a storm.  I thought to myself, "NOOOOOO, not again"!!!  Sure enough, the first rumble hit, Manny came out to investigate.  The 2nd rumble hit... he started shaking, then lightening struck, and the dog literally jumped into my arms... 
So here I am, holding a shivering and crying dog in my arms as he has a death grip on my neck...
I did manage to take a picture of my deck as the hail and major rainstorm was going on, (that was tricky by itself, Manny is crying and putting me in a choke hold as I was trying to breathe and focus). It's still raining, 2 hours later!!  It's a good thing, but since I have a dog attached permanently to my neck, IT'S NOT!! "Oh Vey"!!
The only good thing about all this is that I'm totally compulsive about leaving my cushions out overnight.  I know, "pathetic" *sigh*, but alas, that is what I am.  I promptly remove all cushions and pillows from the deck before we go in at night... and thank goodness I do.  Because seriously, this storm came on so fast and so strong, I would of been drenched trying to bring all the cushions and pillows back in, along with climbing up on the table for the table canopy.  I'm 5'3, do you think I would of managed easily??  I don't think so...

So I decided to share some simple cooking tips that I have learned over the years.  Most of these amazing gems of information are from my elderly patients. These amazing men and women are chock full of knowledge and wealth and I treasure each and every morsel of wisdom they can and do bestow upon me!!

Cooking tips:

1.  When boiling corn on the cob, you will get the sweetest corn on the cob by;  adding 1/8 cup sugar and 1 tbsp salt to 6 quarts water.  Guaranteed best SWEETEST corn ever!!

2.  When grilling corn on the grill, husk corn and place on a sheet of aluminum foil individually.  To the corn drizzle slightly with honey and a good pinch of salt.  Roll aluminum foil to cover corn and grill as desired.  Perfectly seasoned sweet corn everytime!

3.  When preparing rice; add 2x the amount of liquid per rice ratio.  Meaning, 1 cup rice = 2 cups water.  Place in pan, bring to high boil, keep covered, turn off the heat and place timer on for 20 minutes.  Perfect rice every time.  Don't forget to fluff! ;-)

4.  When preparing chicken.  For the most crispiest, moist chicken ever.  Cover chicken with aluminum foil for 3/4 of the baking time. If excess juices, drain and uncover pan, continue baking for the remainder of the time.  Juiciest and crispiest chicken ALWAYS!!

5. When using canned fruits, eg., pineapple, mandarin oranges, pears, peaches.  Squeeze 1/2 -1 tsp fresh lemon juice to the bowl you just added the canned fruit to.  It all depends on how big of a can you are using as to how much fresh lemon juice you will use.  Meaning if you are using a 14-20 oz can, use 1/2 tsp of lemon juice, if you're using a bigger can, you would use 1 tsp of lemon juice.  I'M NOT JOKING!!  The fruit tastes freshly picked!!

6.  When storing brown sugar, tear off a small piece of bread, any kind and place in container with brown sugar.  This will ensure that the brown sugar will always stay soft and pliable, and all moisture from the bread will go into the sugar.  You will have a very hard piece of bread, but silky smooth brown sugar.  The next time you use your brown sugar, discard stale bread and place a fresh piece of bread in storage container.  You will never have "clumpy/stale" sugar ever again!!

I could go on and on however, I'm pretty oxygen deprived my friends, with Manny's loving help of course...

Please feel free to ask any questions and share your tips with us as well!!

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Glad you survived!! Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

  2. Thank you Melissa, the dog is ridiculous!! I do love him so though... he's so scared I literally cannot help but attempt every possible way to soothe him!!

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks Colleen, my elderly patients are the best!!

  4. O, glad it all came out ok Didi (well except for the late dinner and the panicked Manny!)

    Love the tips. Trying the corn one tonight. Have never added the sugar & salt to the boiling water.



    1. Your welcome Patti!! I know you will be "ummmm and yesss" thru dinner. So while you floss tonight ;-) I will wait impatiently for you to come back and let me know...
      Sweet corn, yes???