1. First of all, I have a Hamilton Beach food chopper. It is probably 12 years old, but it's still going strong. The main thing (not the only thing, just the main thing) I use it for is to chop onions. Onions burn my eyes terribly, and I am a slow chopper. I can just pop some onion into this baby, and I have diced onions in a snap! Here's a picture of what their new ones look like, and retail price is only $26.99, very affordable. But, mine doesn't look exactly like this because it's very old.
2. Making a menu plan and sticking to it is what works for me in the kitchen. It assists me in planning my grocery list, and when I get home from a long, tiring day at work, I know what I need to do to prepare dinner rather than just looking in the pantry and wondering what to cook. Saves me time. And, if I really want to hold myself accountable, I can post my menu plan at I'm an Organizing Junkie each Monday.
3. If you want your big pot of water to boil faster, keep it covered. It seems to boil in about half the time as it would if it isn't covered. You can then take the lid off to cook your pasta, or whatever you're cooking.
4. Speaking of boiling, my husband read somewhere a method to boil eggs that I hadn't used before. Boil the water vigorously. Using an egg punch, punch a tiny hole in one end of each egg. Turn OFF the stove and let the eggs sit in the water for 15 minutes, and you will have perfect boiled eggs. It really works well, and the shells don't crack.
5. And here's a link to one of my favorite homemade recipes for dessert: Texas Chocolate Sheetcake.
All of this works for me!
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