Cheesy Tomato Basil Fish & Rice

I have tomatoes in abundance right now. And if I don’t use them up soon, they’ll be too ripe for anything other than sauces. So this is another one of those “gotta use it up!” recipes.

WARNING: I have changed this recipe slightly since I made it. The rice wasn’t done (I actually followed the rice directions from a recipe, too!), so I have adjusted the cooking time.

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Whole Foods and Your Health, Part 4: Food Coloring

I finally got around to posting part 4. I have somewhere around 5 more posts to go in this series; I’ll get them all up eventually! Today’s post is about artificial food coloring.
       A. Additives
             1. MSG
             2. Preservatives
                 a. BHA and BHT
                 b. Aluminum
                 c. Nitrates and Nitrites
            3. Food Coloring

Food coloring: it’s so pretty. There’s nothing like baking at Christmas and using your reds and greens to dress up those desserts. And what about those birthday cakes? It’s even in some juice! Continue reading Whole Foods and Your Health, Part 4: Food Coloring

How to Knead Bread Dough

When it comes to making bread, I want fast, easy, and no mess. So I knead my dough while it’s still in the bowl that I mixed it in. I add flour as needed, and any “leftover” flour on the bottom of the bowl is put in a bag and placed in the freezer for the next bread I make. Continue reading How to Knead Bread Dough

Making Chinese Dumplings

The wife of my church’s missionary to China taught my mom, sister, aunt, and me how to make dumplings yesterday. She made Danny, Bella, and me dumplings after I had Declan. They are delicious! She very kindly offered to teach us all-American cooks how to make a Chinese dish. I took (practically) billions of pictures and a few videos. And I’m still not so sure I can make them without her. Continue reading Making Chinese Dumplings

Seasoned Steak Fries

One of my favorite meals(notice I said one. I have many favorites.) is steak fries with cheese and salad. But it takes so long to cut the fries. And they’re never perfectly even, so they don’t all finish baking at the same time. But now we have a slicer!

Danny sliced the potatoes and I cut them into strips. So much easier than before! We shred cheese over our serving of fries right after they come out of the oven. There’s little better than cheesy fries with ketchup.

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