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So I’m teaching my boyfriend, Austin, how to cook. It started with me wanting to stay in more often and cook at home because of Whole30. Then he asked if I’d teach him a few easy, healthy dishes. Naturally, I obliged and decided to also turn our cooking lessons into a “How To” series for this blog.
For our first lesson, we made an easy dinner stand by – stir fry. I know that stir fry seems like a simple meal, but it can quickly go wrong if you don’t know the proper techniques. You can end up with undercooked meat and soggy vegetables and just a plate of yuck if you don’t do it right.
I really wish I had some witty commentary to introduce a simple how-to post, but I’ve got nothin’. It happens. It’s been an incredibly long week! I spent Saturday night in the woods camping (yes, I went camping. Weird, right?), then spend the next few days tending to my epileptic dog. Then it was time to head to Thomasville on a work trip (more on that later!). So yeah, it’s Friday and my brain is fried.
But I will say – brown butter is awesome. And this is how you do it.
Grab a stick of butter out of the fridge and chop it up into fifths and place in a small pot or pan. While you can brown butter over higher heat, I prefer to do it over medium to keep myself from burning it.
Let the butter slowly melt, gently stirring with a whisk continuously.
In this picture, the color is just beginning to change. You want to keep stirring until it becomes a light tan color.
Remove the pot from the heat. The butter will continue cooking even after you remove it from the burner. The butter will have a noticeable change in color to a nutty brown as well as a toasted aroma. Overcooked butter will have a very bitter taste.
A month or so ago, I had a pretty serious meltdown one morning when my beloved Keurig wouldn’t brew. It was a total catastrophe (as it always is whenever you can’t get coffee and you need it ASAP). In the midst of my panic, I remembered someone saying something to me about mineral build ups in Keurigs and having to clean them fairly regularly, so I did what any child of the technology age would do: I consulted Google and learned how to de-scale my Keurig. I’m always one for sharing knowledge, so here’s how I did it!
I started out with an empty Keurig, 8oz. of undiluted white vinegar and a large coffee mug. You want to make sure you’re close to a sink, as you’ll probably have to dump liquid out.
Pour the 8 oz. of white vinegar into the water reservoir and shut the lid. Place coffee cup under the spout.
Perform a brew, without a K-Cup. When it’s finished, pour the “brewed” white vinegar from the coffee cup back into the water reservoir and let it sit for half an hour. Perform another K-Cup-less brew. Pour whatever is brewed into the coffee cup into the sink. Perform another final brew with filtered water and no K-Cup to remove any white vinegar residue.
Crazy easy, I know.
Last year when I got my wisdom teeth removed, I ate nothing but mashed potatoes for nearly a week. The experience was pretty horrific – I ended up with a dry socket and learned that I have an insane pain tolerance. It was awful. But I ate mashed potatoes like it was my job.
Happy Independence Day, y’all!
4th of July falling on a Wednesday has completely thrown me off. Yesterday at work, it seemed as though I was getting nothing but out of office replies from anyone I emailed. Did anyone work yesterday? I know I did. Is that how tomorrow is going to be too? Maybe it’s just me, but I’d rather take the day after the 4th off from work. To each her own, I guess.
To start out the week & make myself think happy thoughts while Debby downpours on us, I had to share my favorite way to prepare bacon. For years I did the stand-in-front-of-the-frying-pan-and-get-attacked-by-bacon-grease thing. It’s time consuming. It’s messy. It’s dangerous. I feel like I’m always dodging flying bacon grease & I’m really scared one day it’s going to blind me.
Then I tried making it in the oven & I never looked back. No more standing over the stove. No more babysitting it. No more dodging hot oil bullets.