Mar 17, 2010

I'm Ready to Cook My Corned Beef and Cabbage

Happy St. Patrick's Day! In an hour, I'll be starting my Corned Beef and Cabbage for dinner, one of the easiest dinners I cook each year. We only eat it once a year because all the seasonings and things added to the meat aren't something we want as part of a steady diet, but as an annual treat, it's simply delicious!

I've been blogging on here through a St. Pattie's Day or two, so let me find some former posts related to share with you once again:

Hope this is a good day for you, after the flooding incident I shared a couple posts back, I'm glad to see the sunshine today, and hope all is well with our readers in places who have been battling the waters.  

Updated 3/22/16

God bless!

Mar 4, 2010

Shelf Life of Frozen Foods

Most of us love the convenience of frozen foods, and I personally prefer them to canned if frozen properly, as they have not been put through a heating process that will destroy all of the nutrients in them. 

But how long can foods be kept in the freezer safely? There are general guidelines, but they are affected by how often you use your freezer...for example, I've had an old industrial strength freezer for years, a storage freezer that I stock with items on sale each time I shop...including meats, breads, grain products, legumes, extra boxes of pasta, anything that might spoil or be infested by insects if kept in the cabinets to long. I don't open the door very often, so the temperature is rather steady and the food will be fine for much longer periods of time. 

The freezer above our refrigerator that my husband and son open and close constantly, looking for snacks, and that I use more frequently for meal preparation is a different story, the temperature is constantly going up and down. Obviously these foods will not last as long.

Rather than re-invent the wheel so to speak, I'd like to share a link to a site that had a wonderful chart, keeping the above information that I've shared in mind while viewing the chart will be click to visit the food storage chart.

Mar 1, 2010

Thinking Spring and National Nutrition Month

Welcome to the month of March! Even though we have 2 feet of snow outside our windows right now, the sun shines brightly, and because of our snowy winter in the northeast, we look forward more than ever to the snow melting, and bulbs sprouting, it has been a long winter for us, and for many an exciting one if you live in places that have seen snow for the first time in a long, long while.

It's also National Nutrition Month. This is a time of year that was set aside by the National Dietetic Association to provide educational programs to encourage young and old alike to evaluate their eating choices, as well as what all of us can do to improve fitness. We're always looking at this topic in one way or another on this blog...please take a look at the many categories in one of the right columns for a topic that interests you, an area that you may need help in.

Wishing you all the best this month of March!

Updated 3/22/16