Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gearing up for the big game: Make-ahead Egg rolls


Anyone else around here getting ready for the big game?

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 While we are a football household, neither of our teams made the journey this year, but that doesn't matter now! Now we prepare to spend next Sunday eating and enjoying (one hopes) some quality football, just the same.

We'll be making a variety of finger foods, one of which was prepared today. I'm going to help you out by sharing a recipe for egg rolls that can be made ahead and frozen, so they can just be popped in the oven on Sunday. They're delicious and easy, can't ask for much more than that!

Egg rolls
{Makes approximately 24}
 
What you'll need-
 
{Filling}
1 lb ground pork (We try to ground our own meat, wherever possible.)
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 ounces shredded carrots
 
{Glue}        
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons water      
 
{Vehicle}
20-24 Egg roll wrappers (This will depend on how full you make them, we got 22)
 
{To Cook}
1 quart peanut oil
 
What you need to do-




In order to get the best ratio, keep your vegetables and meat separate, otherwise all the meat sinks to the bottom of the bowl.

Fill with vegetables and meat, then brush a little of your paste at the top {as seen here}.
If you need it, the wrapper package will show you how to roll.

They really do not have to be pretty {as you can undoubtedly see}.

Fry to your favourite shade of gold.



Like I mentioned before, if you don't want to make these on the day-of, no problem! After step 8, just package and freeze. When you are ready to eat them, they can easily be reheated in the oven while you drink and cheer on your {possibly adopted} favourite team!


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Discussing open shelves in the kitchen


'Removing kitchen cabinets will affect resale value.'

True.

BUT...

What if your kitchen has plenty of cabinets but is lacking in 'personality'?

While having lunch today with my bestie, the topic of open shelving came up in conversation. She just bought her very first condo (yay!) and is in the process of injecting a little 'her' into the place. On a related note, she loves my mason jar pantry and would like to do the same, but doesn't have any room to add any shelves to her kitchen. What she does have however, are MANY kitchen cabinets, for a condo. Would it be so horrible to pick a spot or two in the kitchen and create the open shelving look, while leaving the rest (and majority) of the cabinets intact? We discussed how kitchen cabinets were a definite + for resale value, but that when there was no lack of storage space couldn't a little personality be just as important?


If my own kitchen doesn't spell it out clearly enough for you, I'll help... I LOVE open shelves in a kitchen. I firmly believe that not only have they hit the ground running popularity wise in the recent past even if they have been around forever, but they also inject a certain level of personality given that they are so atypical in our spec house world. I was left to consider if I would still like it as much when it wasn't actual shelving and simply cabinet doors removed? A little research yielded many results of both varieties and I find myself enjoying both. In the condo in question, it would likely be best to consider only the doorless varieties. This way, she could either just remove the doors and use as-is or fancy it up a little with some trim or moulding and mill work. The one benefit of going with either of those options versus removing the cabinet boxes and replacing them with actual shelves is simple; if you really must, when preparing to sell, just put the doors back on and no one is the wiser!

Here are some examples to help you form your own opinions -

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Mason jar pantry? BINGO!
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Oh and by the way, if it's good enough for Martha, it's good enough for me!
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I love these! With all of these examples, I cannot be the only one!


With all of that said, does anyone have any opinions one way or another that they'd like to share?



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