Clogged Kitchen Sink? 3 Affordable Strategies For Success

Every homeowner is eventually confronted with a clogged kitchen sink, so it’s a good idea to know some basic drain cleaning strategies. Removing blockages is a simple process most of the time, but it’s not always a problem you can solve without professional assistance. Don’t hesitate to contact a plumber if you can’t easily resolve the clog on your own as it could slide further down your home’s system and impede water flow for the entire home. Continue reading “Clogged Kitchen Sink? 3 Affordable Strategies For Success”

Give It Personality! 5 Ways to Liven Up Your Kitchen

The kitchen, they say, is the heart of the home. You can use this room for preparing meals as well as entertaining your guests. With the important function that your kitchen plays, it is important to ensure that it is both lively and functional. A beautiful kitchen will make you enjoy doing chores and also help to increase the value of your home. There are numerous ideas that can help you liven up your kitchen to create the ambiance you desire. Here are five ways to give your kitchen personality.

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A Cozier Kitchen: 4 Decorating Pointers to Make Your Kitchen Shine

The kitchen is typically one of the most frequently used rooms of a house. In addition to being a place to prepare meals, it’s often a gathering place for family and friends. This is a room that you can easily personalize to reflect your interests and showcase your personality.

Kitchen Lighting

There are specific places in a kitchen where lighting is necessary in order to make meal preparation and clean up easier. Lighting over the sink and above an island can be considered functional lighting. Pendant lighting and chandeliers are two examples of functional lighting that can be found in amazingly unique styles. Let your personality shine through your lighting selection. Mood or colored lighting underneath an island top or under cabinets is another way to express your flair for design in your kitchen.

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Coffee Connoisseur: How to Become a Savant in the World of Coffee

After crude oil, coffee is the most valuable commodity in the world, and is the most widely consumed liquid after water and tea. Over the last few decades, American coffee culture has risen to widespread proportions due to the prominence of Starbucks, the largest coffee retailer in the planet; as a consequence, more people are showing interest in becoming coffee connoisseurs.

To increase your coffee knowledge, you have to do more than hang out at Starbucks. Here are four ways you can increase your knowledge of this fascinating crop and beverage:

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Ways to Improve Your Kitchen Skills

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Improving your cooking skills can seem a tad overwhelming. Sometimes just looking at a cookbook can make cooking seem harder than it is.  Learning to cook doesn’t have to be that difficult.  Here are a few tips that may be useful to you.

Make sure that you understand the conversions for substituting dried herbs for fresh in recipes. While some herbs lose flavor during the drying process, others like oregano can intensify. If you are unsure how much of an herb to use, start with small amounts and gradually add more.

When you are chopping herbs before your meal, throw a little bit of salt on the chopping board. This adds extra friction so you can maximize your cuts.  Quality cuts of herbs will produce a great meal!

It is important to season all of the meat you are cooking evenly. Sprinkle seasoning lightly over the meat like snow.  This will even your seasoning and prevent it from clumping.  Also, the flavor will be consistent all the way through it.

Keep your pantry well stocked with a selection of canned meats.  These come in handy when you need to prepare a meal quickly.  Plus, you never know when the power may go out!  Simply add a few other ingredients from your pantry and you can have a quick and easy dinner.

Remove the skin from nuts such as almonds and pistachios when cooking. You can blanch the nuts by boiling them in a pan of water for one minute. Drain the nuts, and place them on a towel.  Fold the towel over the nuts, and rub back and forth. The skins should rub off onto the towel.

To keep foods crispy in the oven, try using a wire rack on top of your baking sheet. If your oven “fried” chicken strips or other breaded items, tend to come out soggy on the bottom, try placing them on the wire rack.  This allows air to circulate on all sides and bakes the food evenly for a nice crunch.

I hope these simple tips will allow you to gain more experience and become more comfortable in the kitchen. Happy Cooking!