If you are tired of the same old turkey you cook and want a twist, try this easy and quick Peanut and Paprika Baste. Your turkey will taste delicious.
* Slather the turkey with peanut oil.
* Rub lots of paprika and pepper on the top of the entire turkey.
* Make an aluminum foil tent to put over the top.
* Cook at 300F to 325F, for as long as is specified for the size of the turkey.
* Remove the foil for the last 30 minutes.
This is a French term for a bundle of three dried herbs. They are used to flavor sauces, soups and stews. Here’s how to make one.
* To make a dried bouquet, take equal parts of dried parsley, thyme and bay leaf and put them on a cheesecloth square and tie with a string. Drop it into whatever dish you are cooking such as a hearty soup or stew and take out when the dish is done.
With all the computers and printers that we have in our offices and homes, it’s inevitable that something will go wrong or a device will not work right. And, it’s usually at the wrong time, too! Try to uncover the problem before you take it to a pro.
1. First, shut everything down and turn the device off.
2. Then, unplug everything and plug it all back in.
3. If the computer, printer or hard-disk drive is not running right, use the utilities file.
4. Then read the troubleshooting part of operating manuals. Be certain that you are “cleaning” them in the correct way. Visit the manufacture web site or call hotlines for help.
When you volunteer to take food to a party, it can be such a hassle to get the dishes back after the party. While you can label dishes, here’s another idea on what you can do.
During the year, buy extra dishes, bowls or platters at garage sales or resale shops. I have found some beautiful serving dishes for just a few dollars! You can find really pretty or attractive glassware and serving pieces. Set them aside to be used for taking food to potluck dinners or family events. Then you can leave the dish as a hostess gift.
Most of us get obsessed that our homes look perfect when entertaining. Well think about it, most of our guests are more interested in chatting, eating laughing and enjoying the evening! They are not invited to do a white-glove inspection and are not going to look under the couch for dust bunnies! Here’s another way to think about cleaning for a gathering.
Try top cleaning! My mother would stand in the middle of a room and give a fast look around. She liked to just clean the tops of the surfaces that are going to be seen or used during a party. So you can put a sock on each hand and then just wipe off all the dust you can see. Allow only 10 minutes per room!
When you are getting ready for holiday parties from Thanksgiving to the New Year, of course you want to be sure they are successful and fun. Here are the three basic keys to making this happen.
1. THE SETTING. Think about the first impression a guest will have when entering your home. Do you have a decorations or flowers in the entryway? What kind of mood are you setting with lighting? You want your place to be appealing.
2. THE SCENT. What will guests smell when they enter your home? Aromatic candles, cookies baking, fresh holiday greens or bouquets will provide lovely scents.
3. THE SOUND. Put on some music to enhance the party. Pick your favorite CDs to create a musical tone for the event. Do keep the sound “low” so people can talk and hear each other!
If you are going to be a guest at a gathering, it’s customary to bring a small hostess gift. We also know our friends and what they like, but if you are unsure, call the hostess and ask if there’s something she would like you to bring. Some people love flowers or plants, but here are some other gift ideas.
Be creative with the hostess gifts you bring to a party. Here are some of my favorites: aromatic potpourris, scented candles, exotic coffees or teas with mugs and lovely hand towels. Other ideas: wine or liquor, gourmet cookies or candies.
Get recommendations from friends or family members who have used local caterers. Call as far in advance of your party date as you can because most caterers get booked for the holidays. Call two or three to get a comparison of prices and services. Here’s more info to consider.
* Be organized when you meet with the caterer. Make a list of everything you want and be as accurate as you can about number of guests, food, beverages, etc.
* Ask specific questions about the price per person and exactly what the caterer will provide and what you will and won’t do. Such as, who gets the leftovers? What if more people show up?
If after your holiday dinner you have leftover mashed potatoes, don’t toss them out. Instead, you can use them up by making potato patties, which you can serve for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or, just a plain old tasty snack!
1. Mix: 1 cup of mashed potatoes with ½ cup flour, 2 tablespoons of baking powder, 2 beaten eggs, salt and pepper to taste.
2. Form into pancake-size patties or small round, flat “silver dollar” potato munchies.
3. Fry in oil on both sides until brown.
If your turkey does not come with a pop-up temperature button, here’s what you can do to determine if it is cooked properly.
1. Grab a knife and stick it into the turkey thigh pretty far in.
2. If the juice comes out totally clear, the turkey is done!
3. However, you should always use a thermometer and make sure it reaches 180F. The turkey should be done then. Be sure to let it “rest” for 20 minutes or so before carving, to “seal” in the juices.