Food & Garden
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
maker, fruit bowl, paper towel holder and
electric can opener. If space is an issue, install
under the cabinet paper towel holders, and
electric can openers. Store items used infre-
quently in the back of a cabinet or on a higher
shelf. Use a single or double-tiered Lazy
Susan for deep pantries to store canned goods
to make optimal use of the space. Or better
yet, install slide out shelves. Make sure labels
on cans and boxes face front so you can easily
read the contents. Refrigerators are usually
designed with organization systems, such
Gooey in the pan:
as deli and veggie crisper drawers. For other
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
food stuff, group like items together such as,
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
condiments and make sure all labels are fac-
3 oz chocolate chips
ing front for quick and easy identification.
Now that you have your task zones created,
1. Preheat oven to 375.
sort through all your items, and purge ex-
2. Mix all ingredients together.
Let's Get Organized
pired food items, and items that are broken or
3. Pour into a buttered cake pan.
missing parts, such as plastic containers with
4. Bake for 25 minutes on 375.
Organize Your Kitchen in Preparation
missing lids. Place the `keepers' in your task
5. Cool for 5-10 minutes; cut
for the Holidays
zones. You may want to go one step further and
into squares or bars and serve.
As we begin to plan for the upcoming holidays
label containers, shelves and drawers to help you
Like Dark Chocolate?
and the gatherings with family and friends,
remember where everything belongs.
meal planning is a big piece of the pie. Preparing
Ok that should do it. You have your kitchen
By Sharon Bellissimo - Dark chocolate is mak-
traditional dishes or trying new recipes in your
organized and ready to prepare all those fabulous
ing a comeback. The old dark bitter and brittle
kitchen can get a little frustrating if you don't
dishes to wow your guests during the holidays.
chocolate is gone. The new dark chocolate is
know where your ingredients are, or you can't
So, take a deep breath and revel in a job well
creamier, rich in taste, and to top it off it's good
find the recipes you need to make those fabulous
done. Bon appetite!
for you too!
dishes that you are so famous for. Perhaps it's
Sally E Morgan is the owner of SOS: Simple Or-
Dark chocolate is a great substitute for other
time to do some kitchen organizing.
ganized Solutions LLC. For more information on
sweet treats that are full of sugar and contain
Creating task zones in your kitchen is an efficient
how SOS can eliminate stress and create peace of
little in terms of nutritional benefit. This type of
way to organize the space. You can create task
mind in your life, go to, http://www.sossimpleor-
chocolate is actually good for you and can com-
zones by the way your kitchen is laid out, the
pete with super food vegetables such as broccoli.
available space you have, and by the way you
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Hard to believe isn't it? But it is true and science
work. For example, it makes sense to prepare
backs it up.
KingDaddy Old Time Favorites
meals - dicing and slicing veggies, on the counter
Studies have shown that it is high in antioxidants
near the sink that has the garbage disposal. If you
Here are a couple of 40 year old recipes from
and we know that these are the fighters that pre-
are a coffee drinker, set up the coffee maker near
KingDaddy's kitchen that are super simple and
vent free radicals from wreaking havoc on our
the cabinet where you store coffee cups. Think
bodies. It has also shown an effect on the brain
about how and where you work in the kitchen
and memory. There are studies that have clearly
and set up zones that make sense to you.There
10 oz frozen fruit,
found a correlation between eating this sweet
are suggestions below that may help, as you
2 Tablespoons cold milk
treat and improved retention of information. Just
think about creating your task zones.
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
think of it as a great snack before you write that
Recipes: Sometimes storing recipes is challeng-
1/4 cup sugar
exam you have been cramming for!
ing. Whether you are a seasoned chef or a novice
1 egg yolk
The benefits are many, but also keep in mind that
just starting out, corralling all those cookbooks,
1/2 cup heavy cream
it still is a high calorie food, so moderation is key
magazine clippings, recipe cards, mom's hand-
5 ice cubes, crushed
here. You should eat at a maximum one small bar
written notes, and email messages can quickly
per day to reap all the benefits of this flavourful
pile up. The various shapes and sizes make it
1. Defrost & drain frozen fruit (save drained juice)
chocolate. Many large companies such as Nestle
difficult to put in any kind of logical order so you
2. Heat 1/4 cup of the drained juice in a sauce pan
are now producing dark chocolate versions of
can find what you're looking for. Binders work
over medium heat.
their most popular milk chocolate bars.
well to house all those recipes with varying sizes
3. Pour cold milk into a blender, add gelatin, then
The dark chocolate of days gone by was rather
and shapes. If space is an issue, use bookends on
add the heated juice.
brittle and sour and was mainly used in cooking
top of the fridge as an option to store books and
4. Cover and process on stir setting for about 1
and baking recipes. Now it can stands alone as a
healthy snack and is becoming readily available
Storage: You can store food, cookware, tools, etc.,
5. When gelatin is disolved, set blender to liquify
as a popular choice in chocolate bars. So next
in a similar fashion as creating zones. Store items
setting and remove cover. Add sugar, fruit, and
time you get that craving for something sweet
near the places where you will use them as dic-
egg yolk and continue processing until fruit is
reach for the dark version of your favourite
tated by the space that you have. Storage typical-
chocolate and enjoy it guilt free!
ly comes in the forms of - refrigerators, cabinets,
6. Slowly add cream and crushed ice and continue
Do you like dark chocolate? To read more about
pantries, counter tops, and containers. Reserve
processing until ice is liquified.
this yummy treat visit http://www.squidoo.com/
prime real estate counter top space for items you
7. Pour into serving dishes and let set 5 minutes
use on a daily basis; some examples are: coffee
before serving. Delightful!
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