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My Favorite Recipes - Veggie Fritatta

My Favorite Recipes - Veggie Fritatta 0

Easy to make, healthy and delicious... Three things all good recipes should be.  

 

Ingredients

6 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced red peppers
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 cup fresh spinach
1 tbsp minced fresh chives
tsp fresh rosemary
tsp fresh thyme
oz sharp grated cheddar cheese (Tillamook is my favorite)
Instructions

  • Heat oven to 425˚F. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Combine the zucchini, red peppers, spinach and onions in a bowl. Heat an 8 inch skillet over medium-low heat and add in the olive oil followed by the vegetables. Cook until the onion is fragrant and zucchini starts to soften, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and sprinkle with herbs. Reduce heat to low and cook until the frittata starts to set on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cheese on top and transfer to the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes until frittata is set - it should be puffed and the cheese should be lightly browned.

Note:  Frittatas are so much fun to get creative with.  You can add just about any combination of vegetable, cheese or meat and make a delicious meal.

  • Erica Kim
Apple & Chicken Panini Recipe

Apple & Chicken Panini Recipe 0

Barbeque chicken is a summer staple, the smoky, tender chicken tastes delicious and makes for great leftovers. Straight up chicken leftovers can be boring, so here is an awesome recipe that uses leftover chicken in a creative and flavorful way. My secret ingredient in this sandwich is Sweet Onion Balsamic Jam. The jam has its own wonderful flavor and it brings all the flavors together.

I use grated cheese because I love how it gets a nice even melt, but sliced cheese works just as well. I made this sandwich in a panini press, the bread gets wonderfully crunchy and the inside melts beautifully. If you don’t have a panini press, you can cook it like you would a grilled cheese.

My new favorite tool is the 2-in-1 Tovolo Scoop and Spread. I can get my condiments out of the jar without getting anything on my hands and it spread evenly on my sandwich. I loved that I didn’t have to use another knife.

Tools you will need: apple corer, knife, panini press, scoop and spread, pastry brush

Serves 4

Sliced barbecue chicken breast

1 apple, cored and thinly sliced

1 cup grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese

4 tbsp sweet onion balsamic jam, divided

Olive oil

Use a pastry brush to coat one side of the bread with olive oil. Place oiled side of bread down and layer on the cheese, chicken, apple and jam. I use 1 tbsp of jam per sandwich, but feel free to add more or less depending on your taste preferences. Oil the second piece of bread.

 

Place sandwich in the preheated panini maker, make sure the oiled sides of bread are facing either side of the grill. Press down and keep an eye on the sandwich. A hot panini grill will cook your sandwich quickly. Once the cheese is melted and your bread is crispy, your sandwich is ready to eat! It will be hot when you remove it from the panini grill.

 

Enjoy your delicious sandwich!

  • Jackie Miller
Fun Summer Snacks!

Fun Summer Snacks! 0

Summer is here, which means it’s the best time to take advantage of seasonal fruit and vegetables. I love fresh, bright snacks that are fast and easy to make.

 

Frozen Yogurt Treats

 

I love ice cream, but not the calorie count. I got the idea of making frozen fruit yogurt cups from tablespoon.com, which combines the creamy texture of yogurt with fresh fruit for a refreshing summer snack. This is a versatile recipe that easily mixes and matches fruit and yogurt flavors.

I like to use Greek yogurt that’s high in protein and low in sugar. My favorite flavor combos are vanilla yogurt topped with mandarin oranges, lemon yogurt with blueberries, and mangos with vanilla. This yummy treat satisfies my ice cream fix with bright summer flavors.

You will need a muffin pan, muffin cups, measuring spoons

Ingredient List: Yogurt flavor of your choice and fruit of your choice

Place muffin cups into the muffin pan.

If you are using a mini muffin pan scoop one tablespoon of yogurt into the muffin cup and one tablespoon fruit.

If you are using a regular size muffin pan, place 2-3 tablespoons yogurt in the muffin cup, followed by 2-3 tablespoons fruit.

Freeze for about 2 hours and remove yogurt treats from muffin cups when ready to eat.

 

Apple Cookies

Cookies are my favorite dessert, a bite sized treat that always satisfies my sweet tooth. But they aren’t always healthy, and it usually means turning on the oven, which is never fun during a heat wave. Then I was introduced to the easy to make Apple Cookie from the Rachel Schultz blogand fell in love with the sweet and savory flavors.

 

You will need apple corer, paring knife, cutting board, nut chopper

Ingredient list:

1 apple

¼ cup peanut butter

¼ cup almonds, sliced

¼ cup walnuts, chopped

¼ cup chocolate chips

Core apple and slice apple into thin rings.

Spread peanut butter over one side of ring. Top with almonds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

 

If you don’t like those toppings or you are allergic, swap them out for other toppings, for example – dried fruit, seeds, coconut.

 

One of the iconic treats of summer is the popsicle. The frozen treat was invented in 1905 by a young boy named Frank Epperson and started commercially selling the treat in 1923. It is beloved summertime staple with dozens of different flavor combinations. This two ingredient popsicle from the Loves Bakes Good Cakes blog is a perfect summertime dessert that is also healthy!

You will need a strawberry huller, measuring cup, mixing bowland popsicle mold

Ingredient list:

1 lb. fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled

2 cups vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt

Makes 10-12 popsicles

  1. Place the strawberries in the bowl of a food processor, cover and pulse a few times – or mash strawberries with a potato masher until strawberries are mashed.
  2. Place the yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Pour the strawberries over the top and gently fold the strawberries into the yogurt. Carefully spoon the mixture into a popsicle mold.
  3. Freeze overnight.

TIP: To easily unmold the popsicles, dip the bottom of the popsicle mold into hot water for a few seconds.

If you don’t feel like strawberries, try switching up the flavor with blueberries, raspberries, or mangos!

  • Jackie Miller
Reducing Kitchen Plastic

Reducing Kitchen Plastic 0

In today’s culture, going plastic-free has become a new lifestyle trend. It is a constant, pervasive presence in our lives and it seems impossible to avoid plastic, let alone go plastic-free. Plastic and plastic packaging lurks in everything from food to cosmetics. If you ever wanted to start the process of reducing plastic from your life, but have no idea where to start, this short guide will give you a starting point and hopefully inspire you to look at all the plastic items in your life.

Tongs ‘n Things specializes in kitchen products, so the kitchen is a logical place for our guide. Yes, we sell products that are plastic and contain plastic materials, but it makes a great point on how much our society depends on plastic. Raising awareness is the first step.

Beeswrap – One of the first alternatives to plastic wrap, the wraps come in three sizes – small, medium and large. We have three delightful patterns to choose from. Use Bee’s Wrap whenever you would traditionally use plastic wrap; use it to cover a bowl, wrap fruits, vegetables, or sandwiches,  or even wrap a loaf of bread.

Stainless Steel Straws – Traditional plastic straws are used once, then thrown away and can easily end up in the ocean. This set of stainless steel straws are endlessly reusable, eco-friendly and comes with a handy cleaning brush, so that your straws are always ready for your next drink.

Silicone Lids – This set of lids from Joie creates a vacuum seal on any pot or bowl, reducing the need for plastic wrap or plastic bags. The lids come in three different sizes and is sure to fit a wide range of containers.

What are some ways you would like to reduce plastic in your life? Comment and let us know!


Life is a journey, take small steps and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.


Plastic facts:

“80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic.”

“In the U.S., we use 500 million straws a day! That is enough straw waste to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times or to fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times in a year!”

Source: The Last Plastic Straw
Best Knives for First-Time Cooks

Best Knives for First-Time Cooks 0

It's natural - and smart - for new cooks to wonder how to choose kitchen knives. All too often, new home cooks go all-out and splurge on a complete knife set full of items they don't know how to use and won't ultimately need anyway. Choosing the right kitchen knife can mean the difference between being an adequate cook and a kitchen wizard, so let Tongs n' Things give you a hand.

Grab a Chef's Knife First

The chef's knife is one of the only knives you'll ever need. Opt for a blade that's 8-10 inches, and as you choose, keep in mind the size of your hand and your counter space. Larger foods, such as a beef roast or a squash, may require the larger size, but that's a matter of personal choice. You can find an excellent chef's knife for a fair price, so even if you want to buy both sizes, you won't break the bank.

how to choose kitchen paring knives

Pick Out a Paring Knife

Paring knives are small, but they're wickedly sharp and wonderfully versatile. Most cutlery sets worth their weight include a 3-4 inch paring knife. In addition to peeling a variety of fruits and vegetables, this knife is ideal for the smaller jobs that don't require a chef's knife. Knowing how to choose kitchen knives means using the right blade for the job at all times.

Shop for a Serrated Bread Knife

In choosing the right kitchen knife, you might wonder about the logic of picking out something with a specific job. Contrary to its name, a bread knife isn't solely for bread. Obviously, you can slice through rolls and loaves much more easily, but serrated knives also slice effortlessly through any foods that are soft inside and firm outside.

Get the Gyuto

Alternately known as the gyutou, the gyuto is roughly the same size and shape as a traditional chef's knife, but the Japanese blade is lighter and more controllable. It's thin and sharp, making it ideal for mincing, julienne, and anything else that requires a precise cut.

how to choose serrated kitchen knives

Snag Some Steak Knives

Lastly, every cook needs a set of steak knives. They saw through any piece of meat. They're smaller than bread knives, however, and you can place them with the rest of the silverware when you set the table for a meal that consists of tougher proteins. The majority of knife sets include five or six steak knives, but you can also purchase them individually and separately if you like.

  • Alan Olmstead
Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 0

Does your dad love to cook, experiment in the kitchen and eat? Get cooking this Father’s Day and show your dad how much he’s loved with our extensive kitchenware catalog. Here’s a short list of awesome food themed gifts he might love!
  • Jackie Miller