Bell Peppers–Green, Red, or Yellow?

In the produce section of the grocery store, looking for a bell pepper and there are three colors. Which do you choose? Green, Red or Yellow?

If you are choosing based on vitamin C, skip over the green one. Although a green bell pepper has 2 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, the red and yellow peppers have 4 times as much!

Now that you have chosen the color of the bell pepper, do you want 3 or 4 bumps on the bottom of the bell pepper?

Bell Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Bell Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

When a recipe only calls for a portion of a bell pepper, cut the bottom off and leave the core in the middle. This will allow the moisture to stay in the pepper when storing the left over section.

Lemons, Limes, and Oranges, Oh My!

Did you know about 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice equals the amount of juice from 1 lemon? This will save you the time from measuring when you are preparing a recipe.

Lemons, limes, oranges will produce more juice if you will leave them out at room temperature prior to preparing a recipe.

If you’re juicing lemons, oranges or limes, and you forgot to take them out of the refrigerator, you can heat them for 20 seconds in the microwave and roll on the counter for a minute, you’ll get more juice.

Prior to using your citrus press to juice your fruit, take a few minutes to zest it. Zesting citrus can be done using a zester (small tool) or my favorite method is using my microplane grater for finer shreds. Take the fruit and rub over the microplane until you get to the white pulp layer, then turn it and zest the next part, until you have zested the entire fruit. If the recipe doesn’t call for the zest, zest it and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for future recipes. The zest can also give off a nice aroma in the refrigerator or in your home if you set it out for a few minutes on a small dish.

If you are making fresh lemonade, orangeade or limeade zest the fruit prior to juicing. Place the zest into the pitcher and then juice the fruit into the pitcher. Friends and family will think it’s the best they have ever drank.

The zest of the lemon lemon can be placed in ice cube trays. Fill with water and freeze. Add to iced tea or your favorite drink for extra pizzazz!

Just add lemon zest to get a little extra kick to the flavor of most any recipe without the calories!
Lemon Zest is great on any chicken, in any green salad to make it taste just a little fresher, and it’s so tasty on dessert pizza and tortes.

Strawberry Cheesecake Torte

Strawberry Cheesecake Torte
1 package (16 ounces) pound cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake)
½ cup water
1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
¼ cup seedless strawberry jam
1 lemon
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3-cup cold milk
1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (3.4 ounces) cheesecake instant pudding and pie filling
1 kiwi, peeled, sliced and halved
1 cup hulled and sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line Stoneware Bar Pan with 13-inch piece of Parchment Paper.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions; pour into pan, spreading evenly using Large Spreader.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until Cake Tester inserted in center comes out clean; cool 10 minutes.
Carefully lift cake onto Stackable Cooling Rack; cool completely. 

In Small Micro-Cooker, microwave water on HIGH 1-2 minutes or until boiling.
Add gelatin; stir until dissolved.
Add jam; whisk until smooth.

Invert cake onto smooth side of large Grooved Cutting Board; remove paper.
Prick cake at 1/2 –inch intervals using Hold’N Slice.
Using Pastry Brush, brush cake evenly with all but 2 tablespoons of the gelatin mixture.
Trim ¼ inch around edge of cake; discard edges.
Cut cake crosswise into 3 equal layers.

Zest lemon using Lemon Zester / Scorer; set aside.
Juice lemon using Juicer to measure 2 tablespoons juice.
In Classic Batter Bowl, combine cream cheese and lemon juice; whisk until smooth. Add milk; whisk until smooth.

Spoon whipped topping over cream cheese mixture. (Do not mix.)
Sprinkle with pudding mix; mix well. (Mixture will be very thick.)

Place one cake layer on Oval Platter.
Attach open start tip to Easy Accent Decorator; fill with filling mixture. Pipe a straight border around edge of cake layer.

Using Large Scoop, place 4 scoops of filling down center; spread evenly to border using Small Spreader.

Top with second cake layer. Repeat filling as above.

For third layer, pipe a decorative border around edge. Spread any remaining filling down center.

Slice kiwi; cut slices in half and arrange on top of cake.
Hull strawberries using Cook’s Corer and slice.

Place strawberries and reserved gelatin mixture in Small Batter Bowl; mix gently using Small Mix ‘N Scraper. (If gelatin mixture has set, microwave on HIGH 5-10 seconds or until softened.)

Spoon strawberries over top of cake; sprinkle with reserved lemon zest. Slice using Serrated Bread Knife.
Yield: 16 servings Nutrients per serving; Calories 310, Total Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Cholesterol 45 mg, Carbohydrate 42 g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 260 mg, Fiber 0g. 

Simple Healthy Tips For Mealtime

Did you know, it’s important to spend a little time on the presentation of your meal?
You are more likely to enjoy a meal if it’s visually appealing as well as tasty.

A simple meal of meatloaf and mashed potatoes can go from a hum drum look to a magnificent display by simply cooking your meat loaf in a bundt style stone or pan. Once the meat loaf is finished, dump onto a platter or in large round bowl, putting your mashed potatoes in the center. You could top the potatoes if you wish with a sprig of parsley or cilantra to add color.

Make every meal an occasion. Set the table. Use the real deal, not paper plates. Eat with your family. Sit down with them and eat together. Give yourself the opportunity to enjoy your food without distractions like television. At the family meal, you can truly connect with members of your family and hear about their day by being truly present with them.

You are less likely to overeat if you eat slowly and savour every mouthful. As you savour every mouthful of the meal, listen and savour every moment of sharing by the family during this special time together.

Bringing the family back to the table should be a goal for each of us. Meals at home are normally healthier, eaten in less of a hurry, and the reconnection of families. “priceless”!

Moms, Women, and Super-Heroes

First and foremost, you don’t have to be a “super-woman”. You’re amazing just the way you are. So take a deep breath, breath in and breathe out. Accept on those days when you can’t fit everything in on your to-do list, you can simply let go of the small stuff.

What you can’t let go are the things that really matters most to you – God, your family, your health, your friendships and your sense of self-worth. These are non-negotiable items.

In today’s society, women are asked to do more than ever before. Balancing the roles of motherhood and helping or even leading the way in family finances is tough!

So this weekend and this month, as you celebrate Mothers Day and Help Whip Cancer by participating in the Relay for Life Events in your community, pat yourself on the back for “all” you do!

And if in today’s economy, you find yourself needing an additional stream of income to help with “budget or playtime” line items, I would love the opportunity to see if being a kitchen specialist may be the perfect “fit” for you. Many have told me it has been the answer to their finances,unexpected bills,or lay offs while others say their business has built their self esteem and still others, have found the “Me Time” or “Adult TIme” needed in their lives. If you are needing some adult fun time while earning money,needing additional money to surprise your family with something “special” or to add to the family budget, entertaining in the kitchen may be the answer for you. If your heart tug requires you to earn money, contact me through email @ [email protected]

To Mothers and Women everywhere, Enjoy the poem below……

“My Mother Kept A Garden ”

My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
—–Author Unknown

Entertaining made simple

Someone emailed me asking suggestions on what they could serve those coming to look at their new spring/summer products without breaking the bank.

My suggestion was to serve a white sheet cake or confetti sheet cake with pink icing. If it’s for a particular cause, mention that in the lettering in a different color on the cake. For example, if I was having a party celebrating cancer survivors or relay for life event, I would do the cake on my bar pan, decorate with pink or white icing and use the opposite color icing for my lettering–“Whipping Cancer Together!”

Simple but it works! Add a few chips or nuts and a cool delightful beverage you can find under recipes.
Entertaining doesn’t have to break the bank. Simple is always best!

Cool Beverage Recipes

Pink Beverages for Spring and Summer Entertaining

“Strawberry Lemonade Quencher”
10 cups cold water
3/4 cup sugar
1 can (10 ounces) frozen non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiri mix, thawed
Whole strawberries (optional)
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (4 to 5 large lemons)

Place all ingredients except strawberries in Family-Size Quick-Stir Pitcher. Plunge until contents are thoroughly mixed. Garnish each glass with a strawberry, if desired. Serve chilled.
Yield: 12 (1-cup) servings.Nutrients per serving: Calories 120, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 5 mg, Fiber 0 g

:Sparkling Lemonade”
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate
1 lemon
2 liters (8 cups) chilled ginger ale carbonated soda
1/3 cup raspberries

Place lemonade concentrate in Family-Size Quick-Stir Pitcher. Add ginger ale; plunge until mixed. Score lemon using Lemon Zester/Scorer; cut into thin slices using Utility Knife.
Add lemon slices and raspberries to lemonade mixture. To serve, pour lemonade over ice into tumblers.
Yield: 8 servings Nutrients per serving (1 ¼ cups): Calories 160, Total Fat 0 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrate 43 g, Protein 0 g, Sodium 25 mg, Fiber less than 1 g.)

“Raspberry Lemonade”
2 Liter Ginger Ale
Frozen lemonade concentrate
Frozen or fresh raspberries
Thinly sliced lemon

Mix Ginger Ale and frozen lemonade in quick stir pitcher; add cup raspberries – mash up in quick stir pitcher; add thinly sliced lemon. Add thinly sliced lemon to the top of drink as a garnish.

Celebrating Another Birthday

“Celebrating Another Birthday” is a great theme for this year’s Relay For Life event! May and June are the months we think to celebrate “to honor” those fighting cancer and “to remember” those who lost the battle.

Celebrating “The Pampered Chef” way, Help Whip Cancer Campaign, is an awesome way to honor these individuals! Since Help Whip Cancer began in 2000, The Pampered Chef has raised more than $7.9 million for the American Cancer Society. Last year, the campaign raised more than $875,000 from Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Shows and special pink-themed product sales. This year PC is hoping to raise 1 million dollars for The American Cancer Society through the sale of its “pink items”.

The a-May-zing thing is with the purchase of each “pink” item purchased, $1 goes to The American Cancer Society. This year’s limited-edition products include: Pink & White Dots Martini Glasses, Pink Color-Coated Tomato Knife, Pink & White Twixit! Clip Combo Pack, Help Whip Cancer Reusable Shopping Bag and Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkle, which is a delicious topper on cookies, cupcakes, pancakes and even grilled fruit.

As a breast cancer survivor my goal is to sell 500 of these items! If you would like to help me reach this goal, email [email protected] [email protected] so I can provide you with the link through email which will help me reach or exceed that goal. Let’s Whip Cancer together!

Who can you “honor” by providing them with one of these beautiful gifts?

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