Thursday, September 16, 2010

How to Wear an Oblong or Rectangular Scarf

Oblong scarves are just the latest in the way to wear fashion!  You may call them a rectangular scarf, oblong scarf, pashmina scarf, or other term.  They are so good for you to include in your wardrobe because of their flexibility and difference.  Why wear the same things over and over? 
Here are a few ways to wear an oblong scarf for the fall -

1.     Fold scarf in half lengthwise and wear like a tie!  To do this you fold the scarf in half lengthwise.  You fold it in half again and place it around your neck.  You pull the ends through the half fold and you have a tie!

2.     Wrap around your neck wrap!  Lay one part of the scarf on one side, then wrap the scarf around the neck and lay the other side down the front.  You will be in love!

3.     Laid around the neck - you can just put it around your neck and let
the sides fall along the front.  You will be able also to throw one of the sides over your shoulder.  That would look pretty good!

Scarves are so popular right now and reasonably priced for you to keep warm and be a fun accessory to wear.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Top 10 Food Processor Recipes

This week I would like to share one of my favorite articles - 

10 Food Processor Recipes You'll Love by Rodger Haroar

Sometimes it seems like cooking is just too difficult to do on a daily basis, but food processors take a lot of the hassle out. If you don't have a food processor, I highly recommend that you get one. In fact, go out and buy one right now! I use my food processor everyday, keeping it on my kitchen counter for fast use. Why? Because I have so many great recipes! Here is my top 10 favorite food processor recipes guaranteed to make you love your food processor.

1. You can make your own peanut butter or any other nut butter that you like in your processor. Cashews make wonderful nut butter too.

2. Speaking of peanut butter, peanut butter cookies are the easiest recipe in the world: 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, and a teaspoon of vanilla if desired. Toss them into your processor; give it a whirl for a few seconds until well mixed. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and scrap it on the side of the bowl to even the spoon, drop onto a cookie sheet and smash it down with a fork to make the cross hatch design. Bake at 350 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes and you have fabulous, gluten free peanut butter cookies.

3. Make steak sandwiches by chilling, but not freezing, leftover steak in the freezer until firm but not frozen. Slice with your processor and then add to a skillet in which you have been sautéing bell peppers and onions. Put it all on a sandwich bun, top with jack cheese, and enjoy. I know, who has leftover steak? Plan for this and throw an extra steak or two on the grill next time.

4. Specialty butters are definitely a favorite of mine. In fact, I get ideas from many restaurants, constantly seeking new flavors to spread across bread. Armed with my food processor, making specialty butter has never been so easy. My favorite is basil-garlic butter. By processing a stick of butter with a couple cloves of garlic, I can then add some crushed basil leaves and let it sit in the fridge for a week or so in an air-tight container. Then, it's French bread and wine for dinner. Sometimes I even use it on grilled cheese with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and bacon. So delicious!

5. For fresh lemon sherbet, mix equal amounts sugar, milk, and half-and-half with freshly grated lemon rind and some lemon juice. Then pour into a pan and freeze it, covering it for at least two hours. After frozen, use your food processor to blend it until smooth. Four hours in the freezer later, you have a wonderful dessert to go with anything you can cook up!

6. Another great idea is to take blackberries and sugar, blending them with your food processor until they're smooth. Then, pour the mixture through a strainer into a pan and stir in some buttermilk. When frozen, break into chucks and beat with an electric mixer until smooth again, and then pour it back into a pan and cover it until firm. This is a great way to make a cold, berry concoction that the whole family will love, especially on hot summer days. And you can substitute blueberries or raspberries as well!

7. I am a huge fan of chocolate, and my food processor allows me to take melted chocolate chips, some tofu, salt, 3 egg whites, half a cup of sugar, and a quarter cup of water and turn it into a light, chocolaty masterpiece. My chocolate mousse is a favorite amongst all of my friends, and can be topped with either grated chocolate, whipped topping, or both!

8. My 14 cup processor will hold an 18.5 ounce cake mix. I can have the cake ready to bake in less time than it takes me to haul my big mixer out and find the correct beater.

9. I always use my processor to make pie dough. I even chill the bowl and blade in the freezer to help keep my dough chilled and flaky.

10. One of my favorite uses for a food processor is making soup when I've had a hard day. Some chopped onion, garlic, milk, a bit of flour, chicken broth, broccoli, cheese, and pepper can be easily put together to make an excellent meal. After sautéing the onions and garlic, add all ingredients except milk and flour and cheese, cooking over medium heat for 10 minutes. Afterward, combine with milk and flour and cook an additional 5 minutes, then let cool while adding cheese until it melts. Place in a food processor, and you have smooth, creamy broccoli-cheese soup that can relieve any stress-filled day.

Don't those recipes sound wonderful? Well, they are, and the food processor makes everything so much easier. If you don't have one, you need to go get one right away. In fact, soon you'll have your own list of top 10 recipes to share with all of your friends.

Rodger Haroar, after working as a chef in a commercial kitchen for years, he is no stranger to Hobart parts. Hobart parts or Biro meat saw parts, he knows the best place for replacements is National Band Saw. He can get the commercial restaurant equipment parts and also the replacement parts for his personal food processor. Now that;s handy.

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