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Pumpkin Seeds at Home

After Halloween we’re left with pumpkins of all sizes here and there. Here’s a simple pumpkin seed recipe. Everyone at home loves this pumpkin seeds recipe.

Ingredients:

– Pumpkin seeds

– 1 tsp of butter

– 1 pinch of salt

Directions:

– Heat up oven at 345 F.

– Take the pumpkin seeds out of a pumpkin. Wash them throughly and place on a round baking pan or big plate where you can spread them out well. Let them air dry for about 4-6 hours or overnight.

Heat the butter until it melts and add the salt. Mix well. Add the seeds to the butter mixture. Cover a baking pan with a baking sheet. Place the seeds on the pan making sure they are well spread appart.

– Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until seeds are brown.

– Enjoy! 🙂

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Easy Warm Noodle Salad

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Warm Noodle Salad

Warm Noodle Salad is the prime dish when it comes to budget. It is an extremely ‘easy’ recipe! I couldn’t help but share it with all of you. It’s attractive, colorful, delicious! My kids love ramen noodles but not the veggies. This recipe gets them eating the veggies every time.  I hope you agree with me. 🙂

Recipe

Ingredients: 1 Ramen noodle package, red, green and orange sweet peppers, 1/2 yellow onion, broccoli (as much as you want), celery, carrots and peas (optional.) 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

1. Start by chopping the veggies.

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2. Boil the ramen but do not use the seasoning package. Instead add salt and olive oil to the boiling water, before adding the noodles. Cook exactly according to package directions. They will be sautéed later on.

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3. Saute the veggies. Add salt and pepper according to taste. ( I like 1 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper. )

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4.  Saute the ramen noodles and the veggies together.

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Serve! This warm noodle salad is so easy and so delicious everyone will want the recipe.

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Home Cooks and Culinary Schools? Cast your vote!

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Should home cooks go to culinary school?  Regardless of the reason (more skills, more fun recipes, meeting acclaimed Chefs, or going into food business), I have thought about this a lot. I have also read and researched the topic. In the end there seems to be some ‘common ground.’ Culinary schools recognize that home cooks bring hands-on experience to class. On the other hand, business entrepreneurs claim that customer satisfaction and food taste/quality is responsible for success. If that is delivered, they’re happy. In such a case, there is apparently no reason for diplomas or credentials to hang up on the walls.

Take a poll, I am curious to know what you think! 🙂

Chicken Noodle Soup

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I couldn’t help it; I had to make chicken noodle soup while US weather news reporters spoke of record-breaking low temperatures for 50 states.. Wind chill, historic freeze, 1-2 feet snow accumulations, and more.

My recipe is quite simple but it has a twist, which adds another level of flavor complexity to this comfort food favorite. Besides the traditional ingredients, I add cilantro, sweet peppers, potatoes and a kick at the end: Red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese.

Recipe:

Ingredients: Carrots, green onions, sweet peppers, celery, cilantro, chicken breast, noodles, 1 potato (cut in thick slices), salt, pepper and cumin.

Directions: Add a chicken breast to a pot of water ( 4 or 5 cups); Season with 1 TSP salt, 1/2 TSP pepper and 1 tsp cumin. Add diced celery (1/4 cup), green onions (1/4 cup), 1/4 bunch of cilantro (chopped) and potato. Once it boils, let it simmer for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 (or 1) cup noodles at the last 10 minutes. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese at the end.

Stay warm with chicken noodle soup! 🙂

 

Hot Dog Toppings at Home

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Hot dog toppings, our creative secret to ‘never-boring’ hot dogs at home. In general, we find them healthier than street vendor hot dog toppings. Hot dog toppings have been a popular tradition in many cities of Colombia. New York city street vendors also offer these with multiple topping options.

The base: Ketchup, mustard. The toppings: Sweet, salty or spicy combinations.

Salty combination: Crumbled Queso Fresco or Queso Cotija (crumbled feta or gorgonzola cheese work as well), diced onions, diced pickles and crushed potato chips.

Sweet combination (not featured in these pictures, but also delicious): The popular Hawaiian, which means pineapple chunks, ham and bacon bits, crumbled cheese and crushed potato chips.

Spicy combination: Anyone of the above with diced jalapeno. 🙂

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IMG_5155Hot dog toppings are perfect for kids and adults. This is a budget friendly way to entertain indoor or outdoor. They are easy to make, full of texture and bold flavors!