The Stress Reliever

Baking Makes Me Happy…

 

Came across this article yesterday, Feeling Stressed?  Baking Can Make It Better., and I felt it was definitely worth a share.  I was already a firm believer that baking makes one happy (as evidenced by my photo with caption and tags from two years ago…) at least for me personally, so, it’s interesting to see that scientists in the UK did a study on the subject.  

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A Well Stocked Kitchen: Soups

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Homemade Chili

To someone who is unfamiliar with cookery, the sheer amount of information can make ones head swim!  There’s always room for tweaking to personal preference, but when I started expanding my knowledge I was utterly befuddled by all the tools and gadgets and the myriad of spices the world has to offer.

There’s a lot of stuff out there; a lot of really cool things and a lot of things you really don’t need.  So, for basic cookery I’ve put together lists, divided by sections, on the handy items to have around.  If you decide to delve further into specific foods obviously you can expand your kitchen, but for now this’ll do ya just fine.

Soups encompass quite a bit of territory on its own; soups, chili’s, stocks, broths, bases and roux’s, stews, and gumbo.  You might not currently make these things, but they are good territory to ease yourself into, if you’re wishing to expand your cookery.  This post will tell you what you need to accomplish this.

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Frying Bacon

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I was frying up some bacon today to make a lovely bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich and figured I would show y’all my preferred method of bacon making.  Ha!  Bacon making is funny to say.  Anywho…

You might prefer to nuke yours in the microwave.  I, however, do not own a microwave.  I did, but not anymore; and really frying up bacon always tasted better to me than the microwaved version.  So, let’s talk about the love of bacon, as well as bacon grease and the wonderfully lovely things you can use it for!

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A Well Stocked Kitchen: Frying

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Beignets

To someone who is unfamiliar with cookery, the sheer amount of information can make ones head swim!  There’s always room for tweaking to personal preference, but when I started expanding my knowledge I was utterly befuddled by all the tools and gadgets and the myriad of spices the world has to offer.

There’s a lot of stuff out there; a lot of really cool things and a lot of things you really don’t need.  So, for basic cookery I’ve put together lists, divided by sections, on the handy items to have around.  If you decide to delve further into specific foods obviously you can expand your kitchen, but for now this’ll do ya just fine.

Frying is its own realm of cookery, though can extend slightly into baking, as with beignets which are a type of doughnut.  People all over the world fry foods in oil and have done so for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.  Perhaps you simply do not wish to implement frying into your life, but if you do, this is a good place to start.

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