Friday, January 19, 2018

Cool Things Your Microwave Can Do and a Tip on Nuts

Our Catering and Recipe Team (CART) gets rave reviews from all its customers (not to mention that it generates much of the income that keeps this blog open and free of advertising that is so appreciated by our loyal readers). We cannot share all its secrets here, but it does stuff in a microwave you'd never think possible. Here are just a few of CART's microwave tricks:

1. Crisp Your Food: Just buy a $13 crisper pan (available from The Amazon), which will leave your pizza or French fries crisp and is a great way to make crispy bacon.

2. Peel Garlic: In 20 seconds, full head of garlic will peel itself.

3. Make Dough Rise: Warm dough on 10% power for 10-15 minutes.

4. Make More Fresh OJ From Same Number of Oranges: Before squeezing, pop fruit in microwave to 10 seconds, and then let cool for a few seconds. 

5. Freshen Stale Bread: Wrap stale bread in damp paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds, or put bread in with a glass of water.

PS re Nuts: As Trump has confirmed, dealing with a nut can be very trying. That said, particularly if you buy nuts in relatively large containers (e.g., nuts from Costco), once opened, you should keep the nuts in your refrigerator. That will keep them crunchier and fresher tasting for much longer, and will avoid them having a moldy flavor or actually becoming moldy. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Correction re Skoy Scrubs

In our previous post, our Glass Advisory Group (GAG) said that Skoy Scrubs were Swedish. You can imagine what kind of kidders our GAG is. Skoy Scrubs are from Poland, which perhaps is the reason they are so good for so many chores requiring a good polish. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fix to CCleaner/Avast Problem

As of late, if you install or update CCleaner, which is a neat utility to keep your computer clean, Avast will be installed on your computer even if you're given and choose the option not to have it installed. This is truly annoying. Here's what to do: Uninstall CCleaner, and install the Portable version instead. Avast will not install. 

Link to Portable CCleaner Download

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Miracle Cleaning Product: Skoy Scrubs

Everyone takes pride in having clean glass oven doors, but our Glass Advisory Group (GAG) was surprised to learn that not everyone knows how to get them sparkling clean. First, what not to use: glass cleaner sprays or wipes; oven cleaner sprays; or any other such things that you normally use to clean glass or oven surfaces. Second, what to do: Find the right cloth--a Swedish sponge-type micro-fiber cloth; wet it; and wipe the glass surface. It will shine and sparkle. GAG is continuing its search to find what the specific fabric is and where to get it, and will let you know as soon as that search is completed, but in the meantime, here is what it looks like:

GOOD NEWS: GAG found out what and where they are. They are called Skoy Scrubs and are available at many places including The Amazon and The Container store for under $6 for a pair (they're also available at The eBay but for some unfathomable reason are more expensive there). They also are available at Frances, a wonderful store at 10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. If you've not been to Frances, we encourage you in the strongest possible terms to visit it for a wonderfully eclectic shopping experience. Link to Frances Website  If you've been there, you most likely are a repeat customer.

Some more Skoy Scrub designs:

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Monday, January 15, 2018

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Twp Quotations

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” 

"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."