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The Secret to Making Perfect Turkey Stock

Making good stock, or broth, is a great tool for any cook to have. It is always easy to buy a package of broth, but why do that when you can make your own and add only the ingredients you want to have? Not only does this make perfect sense for the frugal chef, it is also perfect timing for the holidays. Let's take a look at the 6 amazingly easy steps to the perfect turkey stock. Clean Your Carcass The first thing you need, in order to make stock, is a carcass. The holidays provide a perfect opportunity for a great carcass. Instead of throwing out the leftover frame and bones from your turkey, it is time to make an amazingly easy stock. The first step in the process is to clean your carcass. This means you need to pick the good meat off of the carcass, put the good meat away, and gather all the skin, fat, and loose bones and put them with the large turkey frame into a large soup pot. Chop Your Veggies After you have cleaned your carcass, it is time to chop the vegetables you want to put in the broth. Thes...

 


Give Your Favorite Foods a Healthy Boost With Quinoa

Comfort foods are a warm blanket fresh out of the dryer. They are hot and hearty and often remind you of your childhood. With the ability to transport you back through the years, comfort foods are the perfect way to relax and unwind. But are they the perfect way to eat healthy? Maybe not always. A great way to pack in the nutrition is to incorporate quinoa into your old classics. Quinoa will not only add nutrition, but also new flavors and textures. Let's look at three of the most common comfort foods and how you can add quinoa to them to get a new take on a tried and true recipe. Macaroni and Cheese This is a classic go-to comfort food, especially for hungry youngsters. They eat it up and hold their plates out for seconds (and even thirds.) Handing your kids piles of white flour noodles and packaged cheese is probably not what you want when it comes to nutrition. Even if you boost the nutrition with whole wheat and natural cheeses, you could do better, right? The texture of gold quinoa is perfect to h...

 


Making the Perfect Brown Bag Lunch

Brown bag lunches today are not your mother’s lunch packing job. For kids, brown bag lunches have gone all modern and flashy. When you offer a brown bag lunch to your kids or other members of the family, here are some essentials to have on hand. 1. The packaging is part of the presentation. Whether you use a brown paper bag or a lunch box, express your own style. A brown paper bag can be decorated with stickers or unique drawings if you are gifted with the talent. Lunch boxes used to be metal and covered with super heroes. Now they are insulated and look like purses or a small camping bag. The lunch bag should fit the style of the carrier. 2. Don’t forget the refrigeration. Many offices have refrigerators for their employees. A brown bag lunch can stay in the brown bag when the lunch can be kept cold. It becomes harder to stick with the traditional packaging if you are in school or somewhere that a refrigerator is not accessible. In this case, bring a cold pack to do the job. For any cold pac...

 




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