Tag Archives: kitchen

Cleaning the kitchen: A live-tweet experience

19 Sep

Sometimes Friday’s get a bit loopy. Friday afternoon, “St. Louis on the Air” producer Alex Heuer live-tweeted his assigned task of cleaning the St. Louis Public Radio kitchen. Here’s how the drama unfolded.

It’s a life-changing vegetable peeler

25 Oct

Linens ‘N Things is going out  of business. This is very sad because I figured when my current gig ended I’d be able to get a job at LNT. Plus, despite their poor punctuation, it’s my favorite of the big-box home stores.

Last weekend I stopped by a local Linens ‘N Things and bought an 8×8 pan (mine had gone missing) and a vegetable peeler.

That vegetable peeler — a Zyliss swivel peeler — is fantastic! I never thought I’d want to wax poetic about a kitchen utensil until now. The swivel blade makes peeling fruit and veggies easy. The ergonomic handle is comfortable and won’t slip out of your hand. And it has a metal tip to pop out the eyes on potatoes.

I got very excited about that vegetable peeler. Originally I was just going to make an apple crisp. But it was so much fun that I dived into the potatoes and made potato soup, too.

Apple Goodie

  • 3 cups sliced or diced apples
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 rounded tablespoon flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix well and pour into a greased 9×9 (or 8×8) pan.

  • 3/4 cup oatmeal (quick oats preferably)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter

Mix well and pour over apples. Bake 30 to 40 minutes at 325 degrees. Very good “plain,” or top with ice cream.

Golden potato soup

  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed

Add water to potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, parsley flakes, seasoning and bouillon cube. Cover and cook until tender. Blend flour with a small amount of milk. Stir into vegetable mixture. Add remaining milk and cook until thickened. Add cheese; stir until melted.

I don’t keep bouillon on hand, so I leave that out. And I usually cook the vegetables in the microwave (that’s what the “potato” setting is for), so I leave the water out too. Really, you can’t go wrong with potatoes and carrots and celery and cheese.

And a great vegetable peeler.