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28 Aug

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Recipe: Leftover Chicken FajiTacos

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Just in case you thought the Leftover Chicken FajiTacos shown in yesterday’s article on using leftovers looked good, we’ve got the recipe for you.

Let’s start with the ingredients you’ll need:

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27 Aug

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Leftovers 101: Waste Not, Want Not

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Use portions of previous meals as an ingredient in the next evening’s dish when possible.

 

 

 

Coming up with ideas for different, exciting meals is sometimes difficult to do.  We all know that doing so without breaking the pocket book can be really challenging at times, therefore, whenever possible use leftover’s from last night’s meal as an ingredient in tonight’s dinner.

This challenge led me to create the tasty dish – Leftover Chicken FajiTacos – that both my wife and three year old daughter love.  Being picky eaters, any time they give their stamp of approval it feels like a real accomplishment.

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23 Aug

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Fresh Guacamole Recipe

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Simple, fresh, and better than most ;)

Never miss out on the opportunity to incorporate guacamole.  When done right, it is fresh, tasty and very healthy.  Good guacamole starts with using fresh ingredients.  Selecting an avacado at the store is a pretty simple task and can make a lot of difference in the overall quality of your dip. See here for our tips on selecting quality avocados.  A  fresh onion, garlic, tomato and jalapeno is also important.  From the garden is great if you have the opportunity but if you don’t, be sure to pick them up at the store when selecting the avacados.

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15 Aug

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When Practical, Invite Your Kids to Help Cook Dinner

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You, like myself, are probably just a bit tired after a long day work.  Instead of getting takeout, which costs the pocketbook and the waist line, invite your kids to help cook dinner.  It’s a great way to lessen your workload and teach your children the ins and outs of cooking.

Here are a couple of tips to help make the time together both educational and fun:

  • Be practical.  Don’t have your child’s first time helping be during the prep of a really complex dish.
  • Start small.  Give your child a small job to start with.   Over time he or she can do increasingly complex tasks.
  • Messes are a reality.  Teach your child to do their job with care and as much precision as possible, but be realistic by understanding that messes are going to happen.
  • Everybody cleans up.  The prep and cooking process are important to learn about, and just as important is proper clean up.  Have your child help out with age appropriate aspects.
  • Stay calm.  No one was born knowing how to prepare a multiple course meal, right?!  Your child wasn’t either, so be patient as he or she learns.  Questions are to be expected.
  • Keep it fun.  You want to foster their interest, right?  I sure do.  Don’t be overly critical and when possible, loosen up a little bit so you can enjoy this time as well.

14 Aug

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Selecting the Perfect Avacado

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Maybe your planning to make guacamole, or maybe you just want to add fresh sliced avacado to your salad.  Whatever the reason, selecting the right avacado is crucial enjoying the super-vegetable.

When you visit your local market, be sure to consider the following things while selecting the avacado:

  • Size Matters.  Start by selecting the largest of the avacados.  The seed on the inside is the size of a large marble, so you want to be sure to get the most actual avacado as possible!
  • Feel for Firmness. You don’t want an avacado that is as firm as an apple, but at the same time you don’t want the skin to be loose on the vegetable.  A little give when squeezing is just what you are after.
  • Avoid Old Age.  An old avacado starts to turn bad on the interior, with discoloring appearing along the out edge near the skin.

There you have it, the tips to help you pick a successful avacado the next time you are visiting your local market.  Enjoy!

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14 Aug

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Welcome to Cooking.IsYourPassion.com

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You’ve found us, which means that you must share a passion for cooking, just as we do.  Please join us each day as we check out new recipes, exchange tips for making the most of our time in the kitchen and look for fun ways to make cooking a family affair.

We could use your help!  If you are interested in contributing to Cooking.IsYourPassion.com, please contact me at brian@isyourpassion.com so we can discuss ways for you to get involved.