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How to Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

October 16, 2014 5:02 pm

Between family, friends, work, and errands, there's often little time left in the day for cooking a wholesome, healthy meal. Whether you're cooking for one or preparing a feast for your entire extended family, these time-saving cooking tips can help you stretch those seconds in the kitchen.

1) Keep your cabinets well-stocked.
Before you make a trip to the grocery store, do a quick assessment of your cabinets. Are you low on essentials such as rice, flour, cooking stock, basic seasonings, and pasta? Keeping these kitchen staples on hand will prevent hiccups in your meal planning process down the line. Consider printing this handy grocery checklist from Martha Stewart.

2) Plan ahead.
Establishing a meal menu for the week will not only make dinner prep easier, it'll also help you save money. Scan the newspaper for coupons, then flip through your grocer's circular for any notable bargains. Afterwards, plan a menu based around the food that's on sale. For instance, if chicken is being offered at a discount, capitalize from the deal by creating a chicken-centric menu for the week. Assemble oven-ready dishes, such as casseroles and soup stock, that you can freeze and eat at a later date.

Menu Planning: Save Time In The Kitchen [Organized Home]
Save Time in the Kitchen [Martha Stewart]
5 best time-saving cooking tips [EatingWell]

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What a Room: Home Furnishings at Competitive Prices in San Jose

October 8, 2014 4:01 pm

Since 2008, What a Room has helped furnish San Jose homes with dining fixtures, upholstered furnishings, and bedroom furniture. Offering quality items at competitive prices, What a Room adds style to any ho hum home. The upholstered chairs come in a variety of fabric options, including leather, and may be adorned in studs like the shop’s Chloe Chair. You’ll also find upholstered sofas, sectionals, and beds that feature elegant button tufting.

Choose from a selection of four- to nine-piece dining collections that include round and rectangle tables with benches and upholstered chairs. There are also sleek wood and glass coffee tables in traditional and contemporary styles. You can shop for your furnishings online or stop in the store any day of the week. What a Room is open until 6 p.m. on Sunday and until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

What a Room
1150 Murphy Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131
(408) 868-5203
www.whataroom.com
www.yelp.com/biz/what-a-room-san-jose-2

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Tips for Keeping Leftovers Fresh

September 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Whether you went to your favorite Italian restaurant or you made a large feast at home, there are always times when you end up with way more food than you can eat in one meal.

If you want to extend the life of those tasty leftovers, these smart tips can help.

  1. The container matters. Instead of tossing your leftover pasta into whichever plastic storage container that you have available, be smart about your choice. Store leftovers in shallow containers that aren’t too big for the amount of food in order to ensure that the food chills quickly and thoroughly.
  2. Label the leftovers. If you spend quite a bit of time debating whether or not a container of food is still safe to eat, start labeling your leftovers with the date they first entered the fridge or freezer.
  3. Reheat in a smart way. Even if your leftovers are safe to eat, they could still make you sick if you don’t heat them properly. As a general rule, all food should reach at least 165 degrees and should be heated all the way through, not just at the edges.
  4. Think about the type of food. No matter how smart you are about your leftovers, some things simply last longer than others. For example, things like meat, eggs, and dairy products always last a few days less than foods such as pastas or vegetables.

How long can I keep refrigerated leftovers? [Shelf Life Advice]
The Life of Leftovers [Food Safety]
Guide to Leftovers and Food Storage [Real Simple]

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