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Duh…..Why didn’t I think of this earlier?

Better late than never. Perhaps I am just a bit slow. Or distracted. But, recently, in my annual drop a few pounds in the first three months of the year program, it occurred to me that I needed to be eating celery and carrots as opposed to nuts. Nuts are healthy but not by the fistful. It also occurred to me that a salad would be better than a sandwich. Dutifully making my lunch salad one day, I realized how much I detest washing all of the salad ingredients prior to making a salad. I decided I would get all of the fresh vegetables out of my fridge, clean them, and put them in containers where all I would have to do is pull them out, cut up however I want, and voila! A salad or a snack.

I did some research and found that Rubbermaid has a new line of fresh food savers, designed especially for produce. They claim the food will stay fresh longer. We’ll see. I will report back on that in a future post. I bought some and have started using them, but not enough time has passed to tell if the containers are making a difference. If they do, I think I will save the purchase price of the set in not having to throw out fresh produce, which is not inexpensive.

Anyway, since doing this….I have done chopped onions for a while now, but now in addition I have carrots, celery, radishes, green onions, romaine, baby grape tomatoes, and cauliflower all ready in my fridge. It took no time at all to put together a salad. It is all done and really doesn’t take much time to do the whole bag of carrots or wash the whole bunch of celery. I’m very pleased with how much easier this is. And yesterday, I even ate celery instead of nuts when I needed a snack. Had I needed to clean and cut up the celery, I would have opted for nuts. Is a svelte Helen in the near future? Let’s hope so.


Best Skillet Ever

When I took a class at SOHO in Winston Salem (Southern Home and Kitchen), the instructor used a Black Cube skillet. She was not trying to sell the skillet as she was focused on teaching us some delicious foods, but it was clear she liked this pan. So, afterwards, I decided to splurge and buy one.

This is what it looks like:

img_1414I am somewhat frying and sauteing  challenged. I get distracted and the in the coursee of a few seconds, my food is very charred and I am airing out the house so that the smoke alarm does not start shrieking. However, this pan is rather more forgiving. It is described as non-stick but to be safe the times I have used it, i used maybe 2 teaspoons of oil. Truthfully, it was unnecessary. Of course a small amount of oil does add flavor.

What do I like about this pan: you can use metal utensils, it seems truly non-stick, heats up very nicely and quickly but I haven’t torched anything yet đŸ˜„, the weight is good, handle is comfortable, and it cleans very easily.

I really like this skillet. There is some kind of promotion on Saturday morning at SOHO in Winston Salem on 10/29, so check it out if you have a chance.