Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Confession.  I buy cheap vanilla. You know, the 99¢ imitation bottle?  Yeah.  Not cool, or so I've heard.  I simply haven't been able to talk myself into shelling out the cash for the real stuff.  There can't be that much difference, right? Okay, so I know there's a big difference, and considering I likely pour in 3 times the amount of vanilla I should (who needs a measuring … [Read more...]

How to Easily Slice Thin Strips of Meat

Caution:  Red Meat Alert When I need to slice meat into thin strips for beef and chicken fajitas or steak and chicken wraps, I try to either not thaw the meat completely, or plan ahead and stick it back in the freezer for awhile.  Meat slices easier when it's mostly frozen. … [Read more...]