Kitchen Kimberley loves food…and her FoodSaver!

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Waste not, want not!  It’s a proverb that we’ve all heard before, probably more than once — but at least once at the dinner table as a 5-year-old with a plate full of unwanted peas or spinach, right?!

Vividly, I remember my Mom teaching me that proverb when I was a young girl, and it was likely one of the most valuable lessons I received from her.  As a child, I ate everything willingly, (and still do, haha!!) so she was probably referring to not wasting crayons or something ha!

Today, as an adult running a household, (I am actually the CFO!)  I most certainly apply that proverb to my food!

You knew I’d come back around to food, right?

Spaghetti Bolognese

Hi, I’m Kitchen Kimberley, and my world revolves around food…no surprise there, right?  And because I love food, I do not like to waste it…ever!  

Well, according to a recent news report, Americans waste up to 40% of the food they purchase.  What a shockingly sad statistic!   How can we waste less food?

Ideally, we would buy only what we need, when we need it, and we would actually use it and enjoy it.

But let’s face it, life is busy, and sometimes things come up…and then plans change, and suddenly we’re eating out because we don’t have time to prepare all of that food we purchased.

And then…(cue dramatic music!)…then comes ‘trash day’ when we clean out the fridge and toss all of that wasted money (I mean food) into the trash.   Eeeeek!

Can you relate?  I know I can!    So, I work very hard to menu plan, shop accordingly, store everything appropriately, and stick to the plan of preparing healthy, enjoyable meals for my family.

It’s working beautifully, pun intended!  Just look at this beautiful salad!  No waste here!

But where do I start, you ask?  First of all, in order to save money it is wise to shop the grocery ads, and buy in bulk whenever possible for future meals.

When I bring home bulk purchases, I immediately break them down into appropriate sizes and use my FoodSaver to seal them for longer and fresher storage.  Of course the handy FoodSaver bags have a space where I can easily label with content and date, which I love!  Everything is then placed into the freezer for safe storage, and it stays that way!

Never before has one gadget saved me so much $$$ and time!  Seriously, I love it, and it’s so easy and fun to use!  Check it out!

So many FoodSavers, so little time!

There are a variety of FoodSaver models available now on Amazon.  Read the descriptions and find the one that’s the right fit for you and your needs.  Since I am a tad thrifty (total understatement!), I ordered the medium-priced model from Amazon, and it has worked fabulously!  You can consider is a “starter kit” of sorts, because it comes with a lots of different sized heat-seal bags ready to use!

The instructions are easy to follow, and I have now “food-saved” everything from soup to nuts!

FoodSaver keeps food fresh up to 5 times longer and prevents freezer burn.  It will save you money by keeping foods fresh, and ready to enjoy.  What more could you ask for?  Not much, I think.

A few examples of this…are beef and poultry, which can be frozen up to 6 months in ordinary freezer storage, or 2 to 3 years using the FoodSaver!

It works fabulously for fresh foods, too!  Fresh berries are only good for a few days in the refrigerator using ordinary storage, but can be kept fresh for 1 to 2 weeks using the FoodSaver bags.

Can you tell I love this thing?  I have been a loyal FoodSaver since 2014, and there’s no telling how much this gadget has saved me, and also will save me in the future.  No doubt, it has already paid for itself — and I love gadgets like that!

Gotta love gadgets like that!  Here’s a handy-dandy link, so you can get yours today!  This is the one I use, and I absolutely love it!

 You can click on this image to get more details!

Check out some other FoodSaver models and accessories below to get started!

Until we eat again…may all your food be fresh and fabulous!

~Kimberley


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autumn surprise cake

Autumn Surprise Cake

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As soon as the first hint of fall arrives, I start craving this amazing Autumn Surprise Cake!

I fell madly in love with the flavors of this cake many years ago…and the thick, maple-vanilla icing on top is the stuff of daydreams during the long, hot Texas summer.  I just can’t wait to taste this little bit of heaven on a cake plate!  It’s always the first ‘fall treat’ to come out of my kitchen.

When no one is looking…I may or may not lick my fork clean.  Okay, I lick my fork even when people are looking, ha!  I have no shame.  You will lick your fork, too…trust me on this one!

I mean, really — with apples, pecans and coconut, what more could you possibly ask for?  Oh, you could ask for the rich, creamy, maple-licious icing, that’s what!  Simply put, this is a glorious cake!

Bake this for family and friends, and enjoy the rave reviews!  Be sure to dress it up on a pretty cake plate, and garnish with thinly sliced apple.  Yum!

Kitchen Kimberley’s Tip:  For garnish, coat apple slices in lemon or orange juice to prevent browning.  Lemon-Lime soda works, too!

Autumn Surprise Cake will take your weekend to a whole new level!

Autumn Surprise Cake is a recipe which falls into the category of “look forward to baking this cake every year”, and I certainly do just that!  I don’t really need a reason to bake this cake, but I think fall weekends are a great reason to have your cake and eat it, too.  I especially like to bake it on a Friday, so that my sweet Terry and I can enjoy it all weekend long.

For some odd reason, when I eat a single layer cake like this one, I feel a little less guilty than when there are 3 layers in a cake.

Does it sound like I am justifying the frequent baking of Autumn Surprise Cake?

Perhaps, but single layer cakes are a permissible treat around our house…and we eat them guilt-free on weekends!

Speaking of weekends, one of my favorite fall activities is a weekend visit to the Dallas Arboretum.  Have you visited yet?  You should!  There’s a lovely exhibit called Autumn at the Arboretum, and it is the perfect getaway for anyone who loves fall!

Pumpkins at the Arboretum

Around every corner are bountiful fall blooms, and there’s a 1-acre Pumpkin Village in the Pecan Grove where you can lose yourself in the fun fall festivities!  We love to enjoy this exhibit and then relax with a light picnic lunch on the lawn.

There is so much to see and do at the Arboretum, and the whole family will love it!  If you’re in the Dallas area, it’s a must-see attraction!

Pumpkin House at the Arboretum

After a full day of walking and enjoying the colorful acres of the park, we look forward to coming home to a nice slice of Autumn Surprise Cake!

What’s the surprise?  Good question!

Perhaps the name indicates how surprising the fabulous flavors are that come from such a simple cake.  I didn’t name this cake…but I sure do love it, and hope you will, too!  It’s a simple cake with scrumptious flavor, and it bakes up beautifully in one simple 9-inch round cake pan.

Autumn Surprise Cake is one of the hundreds of fabulous fall and winter recipes you’ll find in my cookbook, Fabulous Foodie Favorites: Cook, Eat, Smile, Repeat!  available on Amazon.  Since I am such a ‘seasonal foodie’, I wrote this book as a kitchen reference for the cool seasons.  You’ll enjoy everything from appetizers through desserts, with cooking tips and serving ideas sprinkled throughout this lovely book.  Read a sample on Amazon, and then order your copy today!

Here’s the recipe for Autumn Surprise Cake, so run to the kitchen and bake this as soon as you can!  Oh, and once you taste that icing, think of other fall treats you can use it for again and again!  Pumpkin cupcakes?  Top them with this icing recipe!  You’ll be so glad you did!

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Autumn Surprise Cake

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Nutrition per portion

Ingredients
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, chopped baking apples (Granny Smith, Rome, or any firm apple)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • Vanilla Icing Ingredients:
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Method

Cake Instructions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples and sugar; let stand until juice forms.
  3. Meanwhile, sift together the dry ingredients, and then add them to the juicy apple mixture.
  4. Add egg, oil, nuts and coconut, blending well.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan.
  6. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes; let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to  wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Icing Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix brown sugar, butter and milk; bring mixture to a boil and boil for only one minute.
  2. Carefully stir in powdered sugar and vanilla; remove from heat.
  3. Beat icing until smooth and thick enough to spread onto cooled cake.
  4. Spread icing onto cake and then sprinkle with chopped nuts.  Enjoy!

Until we eat again…happy baking!

~Kimberley

 

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Scrumptious Salmon Patties

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Salmon Croquettes or Salmon Patties?  Let’s just be casual and call them Patties, shall we?!

Scrumptious Salmon Patties

Perhaps if you’re serving them at a fancy-shmancy dinner event you can call them “Croquettes” and impress people with your Southern-ish French accent.  You have fancy-shmancy dinner events in your life, right?

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Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Burritos

Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Burritos

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Ever wake up and want to move to Alaska, or maybe, I don’t know…um…Antarctica?

Here in Texas, that’s a daily occurrence for me during the long, hot summer, ha!  It is hot!  How hot is it?

It’s so hot, the weathermen don’t really have to work on a forecast.  All they have to do is repeatedly say ‘record breaking heat’ and ‘dangerous heat advisory’ and their job is done for July and August.

Goodness gracious!  Instant Pot to the rescue!

Instant Pot Chicken Chile Verde Burritos

The thought of preheating my oven (and in turn my kitchen!) doesn’t really sound appealing, so I am super thankful for my Instant Pot!  It has saved dinner more than a few times this summer!

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner

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Last Saturday night we enjoyed a lovely “date night” at home with this scrumptious Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner!

Since we’ve been eating “clean” for about 4 weeks on the 17 Day Diet, we have not been to a restaurant.  Not even once!

Why not?  Because this Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner is the perfect example of how fabulous cooking and dining can be in the comfort of your own home!

Being on a ‘diet’ conjures up images of raw celery sticks and rice cakes, but we haven’t had any of that!  On this new ‘lifestyle’ (I don’t like the word ‘diet’!) we have lost a combined total of 28 pounds so far!  Woohoo!

Best of all, we’ve been enjoying scrumptious food that is packed with flavor and nutrients, like this Sheet Pan Shrimp Dinner!  

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