Have you wanted to know how to make perfect hard boiled eggs? Well, as you know I have been learning how to use a pressure cooker. I may have mentioned I took a class from Chef Brad and from that day forward I was hooked on using a pressure cooker! Well, I have cooked Quinoa, red, white and black in color. I have cooked Kamut and so many other foods in this pressure cooker. Today, I made perfect hard boiled eggs in my pressure cooker. You heard that right…hard boiled eggs.
First I added one cup water into the pressure cooker. This is the minimum amount required you must add to build up the steam. Then, I placed the seven eggs in seven of my silicone cupcake holders inside the pressure cooker. I placed one egg in each cupcake holder. I learned this trick from a friend, Lisa who worked at Honeyville Grain with me.
Then place the lid on the cooker and lock in place. Line up the PRESSURE lines on top of the lid. Push the HIGH button until it shows 18 (minutes) then push the START button. The pressure will build up and then buzz you when it is finished.
Release the STEAM button on top of the lid. Be careful and place a wash cloth over the small black cap on top to protect yourself from the steam, as well as your cabinets when steam is released.
It took 18 minutes to cook seven eggs in my Fagor Pressure Cooker. After releasing the steam from the pressure cooker, I used a slotted spoon to remove them from the pan inside the pressure cooker. Next I plunged the eggs in icy cold water like we all do to make them easy to peel. These peeled so easily…the shells and skins just slipped off. These were very fresh eggs, the kind that often don’t peel easily. I was really excited to know that going forward I can use eggs fresh off the store shelf and know they will be easy to work with. I remember when my kids were young and wanted to have boiled eggs for a treat, I used to worry the eggs wouldn’t “shed” their shell as easily as desired. Sure wish I’d had this Fagor Pressure Cooker back then! Of course because it is Easter….I just had to color some of the eggs:
Here is another pressure cooker post. Happy Easter to everyone!
There are at least 25 Reasons To Add Chia To Your Diet today that I am going to share with you. I have done other posts about Chia in the past, but sometimes we need to see the health benefits more than a few times. There is a huge difference between the different Chia seeds. I prefer Salba Chia because of how it is harvested and regulated to produce / bring to market. I remember once seeing something on TV about organic foods. I was really surprised to see that some well known so called whole food/natural food store chains were labeling their products as organic. It turns out the foods were produced in other countries that do not have any regulations as to whether or not it is really organic. Here I was paying more $$$ for the so-called organic….urghhh!
This brings me back to why I only buy Salba Chia. Here is some information I have taken directly off Salba Smart’s website:
“When it comes to nutrition, Salba Chia is the cream of the crop, literally. Our premium Salba Chia has been scrupulously cultivated through years of research by our talented growers, Adolfo and Alfredo Mealla. Made from the only two registered varieties of Salvia hispanica L. – the botanical name of the chia plant- Salba is the most superior form of chia on the planet. We’re talking the class valedictorian and Hercules of chia.
As the big seed on campus, Salba Chia is the only variety of chia suitable for University research. When it comes to research, consistent nutrient make up is essential for accurate clinical results. The Maella brothers worked for years to develop a harvest that would meet these strict quality standards of Dr. Vladimir Vuksan at the University of Toronto, St. Michaels Medical Center. Salba Chia is so smart it has been to University, and passed with flying colors”.
Here are 25 Reasons To Add Chia To Your Diet:
1. High fiber
2. Lowers Cholesterol
3. Regulates bowl function
4. Rich in antioxidants-protects the body from free radicals-aging-cancer
5. High in minerals, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium-helps prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight
6. Great for energy metabolism
7. Lowers food cravings between meals
8. No Gluten-or grains
9. Satiety-makes you fill full and satisfied-gelling action from chia seeds
10. Lowers triglycerides while increasing the HDL or good cholesterol
11. Chia Seeds can play an important role in regulating insulin levels
12. They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids
13. Chia Seeds can help reduce inflammation from arthritis
14. Enhances cognitive performance
15. One tablespoon has more calcium than a glass of milk
16. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language-runners and warriors used it for running food
17. Energy Food
18. It can prolong hydration-it absorbs 12 times its weight in water-retains moisture
19. They can be sprouted and added to salads
20. Perfect to add to muffins, smoothies, bread, scrambled eggs-added health benefits
21. Supports heart health-contains essential fatty acids
22. 20% protein, which is much higher than wheat or rice-thus providing high energy
23. Weight loss-helps boost metabolism and promote lean muscle mass
24. Soothes and cleanses the colon
25. Salba Chia Gram for Gram provides: (courtesy of Salba Smart Website)
325% more fiber than oatmeal, 800% more Omega-3 (ALA) than salmon (EPA/DHA), 30% more antioxidants than blueberries (based on ORAC values), 1500% more magnesium than broccoli, 200% more potassium than bananas, THREE TIMES more IRON than SPINACH!
This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am involved in a KitchenAid giveaway with a group of bloggers that started a few days ago. Please enter before the giveaway ends! I asked a question on Facebook “What is your favorite cookie?” Then I asked what color KitchenAid would you choose if you were picked as the winner….you know we can all picture a certain color KitchenAid Mixer in our own homes.
Well, before I could think of anything else, I was getting butter out of the refrigerator to let it soften. Of course if I am going to make cookies, they usually have chocolate chips in them. Then I grab the Salba Chia container so they have a little extra nutrition and crunch. This recipe makes quite a few cookies. I like it because it has chocolate chips, coconut and real butter. This chocolate chip recipe is perfect for family reunions, neighborhood parties or church activities. I have another chocolate chip recipe that is yummy too…Besides having these cookies available for a treat here at home, I usually give them to a great neighbor / friend who might as well be called Miss Welcome Wagon. She uses my cookies as a “Hi Welcome to the Neighborhood” gift, a “Things Will Get Better Soon” gift to those going through a tough time, or a “Hope You Enjoy Your New Home and Neighborhood” for those leaving our area and starting a new adventure elsewhere. These cookies are delicious, but they have some great healthy ingredients. I love foods that combine that special sweet flavor we all seek, with items from the pantry that can qualify as foodstuffs we are good tasting and good for you too. So enjoy, and don’t feel guilty as you chew every delicious bite!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Yield: 6-7 dozen
Today I want to share 20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm in my emergency preparedness supplies. The product was first introduced in 1899 in Vermont. The formula was purchased by John L. Norris. I have used it for years. I bet I have 10 containers of it. Yes, I am a little OCD when I purchase products I LOVE. My daughters always tease me…”Mom, why do you always buy ten”? Here’s the deal with me, I always worry I will run out. Now that I am semi-retired I only buy five of certain items. I do not buy five of everything…let’s make that clear. LOL! I just want to be prepared for the unexpected. If I see a fantastic deal on something I will pick up extra to save money in the long run.
The Bag Balm product was originally used in the cold Vermont winters to protect the cows udders from getting chapped. It seems the farmers that applied this to their cows soon realized their hands became remarkably soft after using this lanolin-based ointment. This is when the product soon became popular for human use. Over the years this wonder antibiotic ointment has become useful for so many things. I use it on my Shih Tzu, Boston when his little paws get sore from abrasions. I do it right before bedtime, then he less likely to lick it off. Here are the ingredients in these little cans: 8 Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate (0.3% in a Petrolatum, Lanolin Base) listed on the can. Bag Balm has been around for a long time and continues to help so many people and animals in many ways. The Bag Balm salve is a thick yellow product and stays put where you rub it on. It has a light medicinal fragrance, but not too strong.
Here are 20 Reasons Why I Store Bag Balm:
1. It heals my cracked heels in the summer
2. Great for my dog’s paws when scraped or raw
3. Protects trees when accidentally sliced or cut-cover with Bag Balm
4. Used after radiation treatments to soothe skin
5. Great for rough Volleyball player’s hands and feet who play on the sand or inside courts
6. Works wonders for saddle sores
7. Great for bike riders to keep their clothes from rubbing their skin raw
8. Awesome for sore cuticles
8. Diaper rash
9. Heals chapped lips
10. Psoriasis – soothes the sores
11. Use on acne to help fade acne scars
12. Super for Eczema – dry skin
13. It inhibits bacteria growth because of its antiseptic ingredient
14. It soothes sunburned skin
15. Bag Balm helps with windburned skin as well
16. I love it for chapped skin, especially elbows
17. Cuts-cover with Bag Balm and a sterile cloth…heals faster
18. Deep cuts around your fingernails-thoroughly clean the deep cuts and apply Bag Balm at night
19. Quilters and sewers keep a can close by to heal their hands
20. Helps heal cold sores
I love to store products that can be used for several things in everyday life, as well as an unforeseen emergency. If you have any ideas I can add to this list please comment and I will add them to the list. Here’s to being prepared for the unexpected!
We all fix Breakfast For A Crowd sometimes, but today I decided to show you how our family does it. This meal was prepared for 26 people ranging from seven to 68 years of age. I bet you can picture the scene. We all gather around the kitchen center to start the process. Nate, my son-in-law usually takes charge of the cooking process. We all ask the “boss” what we can do to help him. It’s so fun to stand around drinking hot cocoa and laughing while we slice, chop, stir, blend and bake. It looks like someone brought some chocolate chip cookies…gotta love it! That BYU sweat shirt is on my grandson who is going to play VolleyBall at BYU the Fall of 2014.
The first thing we start (I should say Nate) starts are the hash browns. He places the hash browns onto a greased cookie sheet and sprinkles with Lawry’s seasoning. (more…)