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  • capfedwomensway 3:15 pm on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Preserving Herbs 

    At some point, you might decide you have too much coming from your herb garden and not enough people to give it to.  When that happens, you might want to consider preserving your bounty for later use.  Or maybe you want to enjoy your herbs year round.  Here are a few tips on how to do this with some of the more popular herbs:

    Freezing Basil:
    The “A Pinch of” Blog suggests chopping basil and then freezing it into cubes.  Once ready to use, thaw the cubes over a strainer, or drop them into a sauce or soup.  Sandra Bowens, from the same site, also suggests creating pesto with extra basil.  She explains the process here.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Drying Herbs:
    PlanetGreen.com explains
    that you can dry herbs two ways.  The first way is air dry and another way is to use a dehydrator.  They don’t recommend using the microwave.  Some herbs that dry well are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, mint, tarragon, lemon balm and dill.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Storing Cilantro:
    Real Simple Magazine says the best way to store cilantro is to treat it like a bouquet of flowers.  Trim the ends of the bunch, place it in an inch high glass of water and place it on the counter at room temperature.  This should keep it fresh for a couple of weeks.  If you use the fridge, the leaves will turn black.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Enjoy the Plants Year Round:
    If you want to enjoy your herbs beyond the warm months, you can simply relocate your plants indoors, says re-nest.com.  You will just need to carefully dig around the plant, then move it to a pot or container.  Be sure to place the plant in a bright window for good sunlight.  See the detailed instructions here.  Herbs that do well indoors include basil, thyme, marjoram, sage, oregano and parsley.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Get Crafty:
    You don’t necessarily have to eat all of the herbs you grow; you could use them in bouquets, wreaths and displays or in gifts.  To do this, Amy Jeanroy from About.com provides the steps to preserve herbs with glycerin.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.


    >> Do you know of ways to preserve herbs, not discussed above?  Share with the community by clicking the Reply button above.

     
  • capfedwomensway 9:34 am on June 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Festive July 4th Desserts 

    With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the summer dessert you will serve at your backyard BBQ, picnic or potluck.

    For the indulgent:
    This Brownie ‘n Berries Dessert Pizza from Betty Crocker is a crowd pleaser. The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    For the health-conscious:
    Check out these Berry Dessert Nachos from Better Homes and GardensThe highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    For those with kids:
    This July 4th Poke Cake from Pillsbury is both festive and includes fun gelatin.  Use red and blue flavors for added patriotism.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    For the ambitious:
    Follow Martha Stewart’s lead and whip up these cute Summer Berry PiesThe highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    For the novice chef:
    These Patriotic Pops from Familyfun.com are super easy and a delightfully cool treat for the whole family.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    >> These are only a few of the thousands of ideas that exist out there.  What are some other patriotic desserts you like?  Comment by selecting Reply in the top right corner of this post.

     
  • capfedwomensway 12:17 pm on June 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Be a Rockstar at Your Next Cookout 

    Did you know nearly 70% of grillers are male? Why is this such a male-dominated activity?  It certainly doesn’t have to be.  Grilling can be both healthy and inexpensive, and those are certainly two things women can appreciate.  Time to put on the apron and get to the grill, girls!  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Do you think grilling is out of your league?  Follow some of these tips to create delicious meals on your back patio.

    Preheating is important.  Just like your oven, it’s important to let the grill (gas or coal) heat up.  Give it 15-20 minutes to allow for even cooking later on.

    Choose the correct cooking method.  You must decide between direct and indirect cooking.  Direct involves the food being directly over the flame, while indirect involved placing the food away from the flame and adding cooking time.  Direct cooking is good for searing the outside of meats and veggies.  Usually cookbooks will describe the type of cooking method you should use for the specific type of food item

    Practice and start with something easy.  Burgers and vegetables are the easiest things to cook on the grill.  Once you’ve mastered these, then you can work up to thick cuts of steak or ribs.  Mark Garrison, blogger for The Sporkful, offered this advice to NPR listeners on how to grill the perfect burger, “The key is to flip the burger just once on the grill — and not to press it against the grill with your spatula. With every flip,” Garrison says, “you lose juices.” Those juices taste better in the burger than on your coals.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Vegetables can be a grill’s best friend.  “Vegetables with high water content, such as onions, squash, eggplant, bell peppers, and corn, are particularly well suited for grilling. The water encourages faster cooking and less burning,” says Marjorie Livingston, R.D., assistant professor at the Culinary Institute of America, as reported by Women’s Health. “As the water cooks out, the flavors will concentrate.”  Plus, they say, “Raw vegetables aren’t the only meat-free option. Properly seasoned and marinated, tofu and tempeh can take on a smoky barbecue flavor just as well as beef. Make sure they’re as firm as possible to avoid a mess.”  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Dos and Don’ts. 
    There are a few of them listed at Prevention.com’s website – like “no peeking at your items because it lets the hot air out.”  Click here for more.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Want other tips on how to perfect the art of the cookout?  Visit some of these links:

    >> Are you a master at the grill?  Share with us your secrets for the perfect burger or best kabobs.

     
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