I’ve Been Making Sweet Potatoes Wrong My Entire Life, And I Just Figured It Out Now

I’ve Been Making Sweet Potatoes Wrong My Entire Life, And I Just Figured It Out Now

There are a lot of things that could be my favorite about the fall season. In New England, we have the changing leaves, the cooling climate, and the holidays to look forward to as the year wraps up once again. While those things are all wonderful in their own right, my favorite things about the season are the food. Not only are the seasonal fruit and vegetables delicious, my wife always loves cooking extra items during this time of year.

She explains that she wants to cook these meals to “try out” items for our Christmas menu. And this one has to go onto her list. If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes (I sure am!) and you like them dripping with delicious goodness, you’re going to fall in love with this recipe. It’s called Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes. And you’re going to want to bookmark or print this recipe so you can add it to your archives.

The Hasselback method is at the heart of this recipe. You might be familiar with it because we’ve shared a delicious Hasselback chicken recipe before. The trick with these recipes is to cut the item like a loaf of bread but only three-quarters of the way through so it is still attached. That’s what makes this recipe both unique and visually appealing.

Here’s the full recipe to get you going this season!

Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes.

This recipe serves two only takes five to ten minutes of prep and 45 minutes total. Most of that time is baking time.

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. kosher salt
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then slice your sweet potato every quarter inch. But don’t go all the way through! Only cut down about three-fourths of the way. You can place chopsticks or other implements on the side of the potato to make sure you don’t cut all the way down.

Once cut Hasselback fashion, brush your sweet potatoes with the veggie oil and season with salt & pepper. Then place your potatoes on a pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the baked sweet potatoes (now soft) and increase your oven’s temperature to 450 degrees.

I Guarantee This Simple Trick To Making Grilled Cheese Will Change The Way You Make It Forever

I Guarantee This Simple Trick To Making Grilled Cheese Will Change The Way You Make It Forever

Even those with little experience in the kitchen can find a few tried and true recipes to add to their arsenal. One such staple for many people is a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s not complicated to make and, if you do it correctly, you get the perfect melted cheese sandwiched between golden brown crispy grilled bread. While grilled cheese sandwiches are almost foolproof, there is one simple trick that is a game changer.

Here’s the thing. A grilled cheese sandwich is not complicated, but there are definitely tips that ensure everything works out perfectly — such as making sure to preheat the pan and using softened butter that can easily be spread over the entirety of the bread. Of course, everyone has their own idea of a perfect grilled cheese, with variations in the bread and cheese used.

Some people swear by American cheese for its ability to easily melt uniformly, while others will rely on cheddar for a sandwich with a little more flavor. Some prefer to use white bread, while others use sourdough or even pumpernickel for a decidedly different flavor.

Whatever cheese or bread you choose, there’s one ingredient you probably never would have thought to add to the mix, but this totally will take your grilled cheese to the next level: mayonnaise.

It absolutely sounds bizarre as this is a sandwich that typically requires no condiments. Some people do add a Dijon or spicy mustard to enhance the flavor profile, but mayo?

In this case, however, mayo takes the place of butter. So, rather than smearing on butter, you’ll sub in mayonnaise. PureWow explains how mayo is the thing that many people have been missing if they’re looking for a more crispy and flavorful sandwich.

PureWow notes: “Mayo spreads better than butter does (crucial when you’re using a softer bread like brioche) and has a higher smoke point (meaning it won’t burn as easily). Plus, the oil and egg in mayonnaise brown nicely and add a creamy flavor to the crust.”

It honestly makes so much sense. So, grab a couple of slices of your favorite bread and some cheese slices, as well as 2 to 3 teaspoons of mayo. Heat a pan over medium heat and spread one side of each slice of bread with an even layer of mayo.

Next, place one slice of bread in the pan, mayo side down and lay the cheese on top, finishing with the other slice of bread, mayo side up.

Cook for a few minutes until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown, flip and cook for a few more minutes until the other side is golden brown and the cheese has melted.

Many people took to social media to debate whether or not mayo is a good alternative to butter for grilled cheese sandwiches. One commenter noted: “Yes! I watched a cook in a diner do this and I’ve made them this way ever since!”

Others agreed that mayo, while it sounds a bit unconventional, makes for a very tasty grilled cheese sandwich.

If You Ever Buy Chicken Breasts With White Stripes In Them, Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong

If You Ever Buy Chicken Breasts With White Stripes In Them, Experts Say You’re Doing It All Wrong

Chicken is a staple of the diet for people around the world. It’s easy to cook, doesn’t cost too much, and is relatively healthy. But there is one thing that can cause chicken meat to be a lot more unhealthy, and chances are you have no idea what it means. You may have bought chicken recently that had white lines across it, like reverse zebra stripes.

For the most part, chickens are still raised in “factory” settings. This means that they are rushed down the production line, sometimes taking only 40 days from its time in the egg until it reaches your hungry stomach.

These modern developments have allowed us to “produce” more chicken than ever before. Thanks to environmentalists and animal rights activists, there are also options to purchase chicken to eat that has never seen the factory. While things are improving, there is still a long way to go when it comes to fixing the meat industry.

One side effect of the rapid growth of modern chickens are these white lines. They are made of fat that somehow squirms its way into the chicken’s muscle.

Food Unwrapped recently investigated the effects of this phenomenon. They invited Massimiliano Petracci, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Bologna to co-present and explain exactly why these white lines appear in store-bought chicken.

“You can see that there are white cells – that means these are a deposit, so the fat has accumulated inside,” he explained while peering through a large microscope at the lukewarm raw chicken. “In normal meat, the percentage is around 1 percent, while in white striping the fat content is 2 or 2.5 percent.”

While a 1 to 1.5 percent increase in fat doesn’t seem like much, it’s more than double the typical amount in chicken. This is a crucial difference that everybody should be aware of, especially for a meat that is widely known for its low-fat nature,

“This kind of abnormality is associated with growth rate, and it’s related to the genetic background of the bird,” he continued. ”

When comparing the fat contents of meat, chicken is definitely king. But if you don’t watch out for these white stripes, you could be eating twice as much fat as you think!

Along with grass-fed beef and sustainable fish, organic chicken is one of the best types of meat you can choose to put in your body. It can definitely be more expensive, but it’s worth it in the end.

According to Good Housekeeping, “Chicken contains some of the highest levels of any meat. Protein protects you against obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and it can dull hunger and prevent you from overeating.”

“This is what you get when you have to feed 7 BILLION people on this overcrowded planet,” TygerTiger commented on the Daily Mail article. “Artificially grown food, bred in sadness, filth, and despair.”

‘What a load of trash. If that’s all I have to worry about, I’ll be happy,” Wendyquay added from the UK.

Have you ever experienced white chicken striping?

Farmer Shares Trick To Keeping Strawberries Fresh In The Fridge For Weeks

Farmer Shares Trick To Keeping Strawberries Fresh In The Fridge For Weeks

I don’t know about you, but I love getting fresh strawberries. When we have some time on a weekend morning, my wife and I make pancakes and put some sliced strawberries on top before dousing it with maple syrup. It’s a delicious breakfast item but hardly the only way to enjoy fresh strawberries. These versatile berries are good for many things from breakfast to dessert and even as an add-in to some salads. And if you’re like me, you like to stock your fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables.

And why should you? But strawberries can spoil and then you waste your money. However, expert farmers revealed a revolutionary tip to help you make your strawberries last longer.

Strawberries are a delicious way to add some nutrition into your diet. They’re loaded with Vitamin C, folate, potassium, fiber, manganese, magnesium and tons of cancer-fighting antioxidants. They’re a great way to get a much-needed nutritional boost.

Strawberries have been linked to improving brain function, boosting eyesight, reducing high blood pressure, decreasing symptoms of arthritis, and even lowering the risk of some cardiovascular diseases. If you’re not eating strawberries on a regular basis, you’re missing up on a great boost to your diet. You should definitely buy some this week. And after learning this tip, you’ll be able to ensure they last longer than usual.

While strawberries might be on sale some seasons of the year, they’re usually pretty expensive. So it’s a shame when you forget about them and then they spoil. It can sometimes deter you from buying them again. But don’t fear – there is a way to help them last longer.

Hip2Save shared a life hack to help keep your strawberries fresher in the fridge for longer.

To make your red berries last longer, you just need some white vinegar.

Simply mix one part white vinegar with 5 parts water in a large bowl. Think about using ½ cup vinegar with 2 ½ cups of water. Mix the liquids together then soak your berries in the vinegar mix for a few minutes.

After that, the strawberries shouldn’t spoil for a while. The vinegar helps get rid of mold spores and other bacteria that start to rot away the fruit before you’re ready to eat them.

While you might be a little squeamish around using vinegar, don’t worry – it doesn’t make your strawberries taste any different. Instead it just cleans them better than water alone.

Once you’ve soaked them in the white vinegar solution for a while, drain them out in a colander or a salad spinner. And when they’re all clean, pop them into a container and store them in your fridge like you normally would. But if you really want to make them last, dry them thoroughly then place them onto a paper towel inside your fridge.

Another tip: If you notice a moldy strawberry in the bunch, remove it immediately. This can help prevent the mold spores from traveling to other berries and running more of them.

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Warning: These Multicookers Have Officially Been Recalled Because They May Burst Into Flames

Warning: These Multicookers Have Officially Been Recalled Because They May Burst Into Flames

When you buy a product, you’re casting your vote for a manufacturer. In essence, you are telling that person, with your hard-earned dollar, that you trust them to deliver on their promise and give you something of quality. But sometimes manufacturers push out inadequate products and hope that people will turn a blind eye and buy them anyways.

While this type of behavior often has consequences, in the short term they can get away with it. But when people realize that they’re purchasing dangerous products like the massive airbag recall of recent months or how Claire’s was selling children’s makeup loaded with asbestos, brands can face total ruin.

If you’re the cook of the family, you know how valuable a multi-cooker can be. And if you’re loyal to the Instant Pot brand, you better think twice. They’ve recalled their products because they were a deadly fire hazard. The products could not stand up to the heat and would melt under pressure and result in potential fires.

So what do we know about this kitchen cooker recall? Instant Pot tried to preempt the chaos when they announced, a while back, on social media about how some customers were having “problems.” But they never explained how severe these really were. But to protect themselves from lawsuits, they advised customers to quit using their products until they could investigate what was making them melt.

Their investigation yielded some horrifying results. Electronics on the bottom of the cooker, the Gem 65 model to be exact, were faulty. And when they got warm, these electronics caused the multicooker to melt. And when it melts, the whole thing becomes a ticking time bomb and fire hazard.

Don’t throw away just any Instant Pot product. This recall only affects one model – so far. The one that you must beware of is the Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. This product is the one that can burn your house down. The rest have not proven to be dangerous when used as instructed.

But the recall did cause some confusion. The faulty ones were only sold at Walmart between August 2017 and January 2018. So these are newer products. If you got something like this Instant Pot for Christmas or gave it to someone, make sure you share this recall warning.

What exactly should you look for? If you have a Gem 65 model with one of the following batch numbers, it is subject to the recall. Unplug it and do not use it.

  • 1728
  • 1730
  • 1731
  • 1734
  • 1746

This “batch number” is vital to keeping your family safe from fire damage.

Instant Pot did the right thing as soon as they knew their product was faulty. They contacted and partnered with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to declare the official recall.

If you own one of this dangerous multicookers, stop using it and take it to Walmart for a replacement.

About 104,000 products are affected by the recall. 107 Instant Pot Gem 65s have malfunctioned. And five cases of exploding cookers have resulted in property damage.

Call Instant Pot at 888-891-1473 if you have any questions.

If You’re Going To Eat At A Restaurant This Weekend, Beware Of “Fried Rice Syndrome”

Germaine Mobley, 62, loves going out to eat. As a resident of Texas, she has her pick when it comes to delicious food. And with so many cultures in the massive state at the Mexican border, she knew that she could not go wrong when it came to picking dinner. But as she found out after eating fried rice, that simply was not the case, and now she may never eat the dish ever again.

After indulging in a dish of fried rice at a restaurant outside Dallas, Mobley quickly fell ill and found herself getting “very, very sick” on her drive home and then “started having problems breathing.” She thought she was going to die. If she had known that she had just gotten fried rice syndrome, she would have driven straight to the emergency room.

Mobley tried to brush off the symptoms and go on with her day. But she simply could not. She spent the next days in the intensive care unit and now wants other people to know the truth about “fried rice syndrome.”

It is not uncommon for chefs to allow rice to sit at room temperature to prevent clumping. But when it occurs, a bacteria can form that can be harmful to anyone who eats it.

This potentially hazardous bacteria is called Bacillus cereus. And it forms when rice if left at room temperature for too long. And when the summer is as hot as it has been in the United States, the bacteria can form faster than ever before.

“Often we will cook batches of rice, we will leave them out at room temperature to cool,” Celeste Rogers, a culinary expert, explained during an interview with Inside Edition. “It is that period of time that we need to watch. We have a max of six hours to cool that rice.”

Rogers admits that it is common for chefs to do this, but that it cannot be allowed to occur for more than six hours.

Mobley has since hired an attorney, Kathryn Knotts, to help her fight the restaurant that she believes nearly killed her.

“’Fried rice syndrome’ sounds like a joke, but it’s very serious. I remember going, ‘I’ve never even heard of this.’ She wasn’t sure what could even really be done, she just wanted this to not continue to happen to other people,” Mobley’s attorney, Kathryn Knotts told Dallas News.

“To cool it quickly, we are going to get it on a flat surface so that it has more surface area to cool off,” Rogers said.

If you’ve ever had a bout of food poisoning, you can imagine the suffering that Mobley endured because she ate the spoiled fried rice. And because she spent more than a week in the hospital, she won’t be eating fried rice anytime soon and not just from the location where she claimed to have gotten sick, but from any restaurant.

Meanwhile, the Asian King Buffet, where Mobley said she got sick, denies that their food was the problem.

Did you know fried rice syndrome was a serious problem?

I’ve Been Making Sweet Potatoes Wrong My Entire Life, And I Just Figured It Out Now

I’ve Been Making Sweet Potatoes Wrong My Entire Life, And I Just Figured It Out Now

There are a lot of things that could be my favorite about the fall season. In New England, we have the changing leaves, the cooling climate, and the holidays to look forward to as the year wraps up once again. While those things are all wonderful in their own right, my favorite things about the season are the food. Not only are the seasonal fruit and vegetables delicious, my wife always loves cooking extra items during this time of year.

She explains that she wants to cook these meals to “try out” items for our Christmas menu. And this one has to go onto her list. If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes (I sure am!) and you like them dripping with delicious goodness, you’re going to fall in love with this recipe. It’s called Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes. And you’re going to want to bookmark or print this recipe so you can add it to your archives.

The Hasselback method is at the heart of this recipe. You might be familiar with it because we’ve shared a delicious Hasselback chicken recipe before. The trick with these recipes is to cut the item like a loaf of bread but only three-quarters of the way through so it is still attached. That’s what makes this recipe both unique and visually appealing.

Here’s the full recipe to get you going this season!

Hasselback Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes.

This recipe serves two only takes five to ten minutes of prep and 45 minutes total. Most of that time is baking time.

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
Salt & pepper to taste
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
½ tsp. kosher salt
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then slice your sweet potato every quarter inch. But don’t go all the way through! Only cut down about three-fourths of the way. You can place chopsticks or other implements on the side of the potato to make sure you don’t cut all the way down.

Once cut Hasselback fashion, brush your sweet potatoes with the veggie oil and season with salt & pepper. Then place your potatoes on a pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the baked sweet potatoes (now soft) and increase your oven’s temperature to 450 degrees.

Don’t Put Ice In Your Drinks At KFC, McDonald’s And Burger King. You’ve Been Warned.

This story is both disturbing and disgusting.

The Daily Mail released a report by a BBC Watchdog group about the presence of fecal matter in ice machines at some fast food restaurants. See, disturbing, right?!

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Several restaurants reportedly failed a random ice machine test when the coliform bacteria was found growing inside!

The presence of the bacteria is evidence that fecal matter was once present in the machine. Want to know which restaurants failed?

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Burger King, McDonald’s, and Kentucky Fried Chicken were among some of them. The BBC group found that seven out of ten KFC’s failed this test.

To make matters worse, the contamination in five of those seven machines was classified as ‘severe.’

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Of course, KFC responded to the report saying they have strict procedures for cleaning the ice machine – but it would seem like those procedures were not being followed.

McDonald’s issued a similar statement and added that they would review their food safety guidelines.

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Both McDonald’s and KFC claim that their restaurants earn high scores during independent hygiene ratings.

In 2010, in Virginia, 90% of ice fountains had coliform bacteria in them, and even the soda dispensers were below U.S. drinking water standards.

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Makes you want to stay out of any fast food restaurants!

The study indicated that the E. coli found in the soda machines were unlikely to cause any harm – unless you have a compromised immune system.

That doesn’t make me feel any better.

Share away, people.

Boy Left In Tears After Teacher Throws Away His Lunch, Says He Can Never Eat It At School

When you sent your child to school with their lunch, the last thing you expect is for the teacher to throw the items you gave our child in the trash.

That is exactly what is happening in one school district in Durham, Ohio.

The school employees are reportedly removing what they feel are ‘unhealthy’ food items and tossing them in the garbage.

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This action is all a part of the Durham School District’s new healthy eating initiative.

Elaina Daoust was very upset when her son wasn’t allowed to eat a piece of banana bread last year – why he couldn’t eat it was because it had chocolate chips in it.

So it was tossed out.

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In response to the complaints from parents, James MacKinnon, a teaching consultant, said that the district has no policy that allows teachers or staff to throw out food from the students lunchboxes.

Okay, then why is it happening?

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More than 30 parents have said their child has had food taken from them.

A few of the items that were thrown out were juice boxes, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, chocolate milk, and string cheese.

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A healthy food initiative is one thing, but to take food away from a student is unacceptable.

Can you imagine how the children feel when the foods their mom or dad has packed for them is tossed out?

teacher throws out lunch
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Maybe the school should not allow any foods to be brought in – it will save the parents money, and the teachers will have more time to teach (which is what they should be doing).

Share away, people.

Boy Left In Tears After Teacher Throws Away His Lunch, Says He Can Never Eat It At School

When you sent your child to school with their lunch, the last thing you expect is for the teacher to throw the items you gave our child in the trash.

That is exactly what is happening in one school district in Durham, Ohio.

The school employees are reportedly removing what they feel are ‘unhealthy’ food items and tossing them in the garbage.

teacher throws out lunch
Image Credit: N/A

This action is all a part of the Durham School District’s new healthy eating initiative.

Elaina Daoust was very upset when her son wasn’t allowed to eat a piece of banana bread last year – why he couldn’t eat it was because it had chocolate chips in it.

So it was tossed out.

teacher throws out lunch
Image Credit: Recipes Hubs

In response to the complaints from parents, James MacKinnon, a teaching consultant, said that the district has no policy that allows teachers or staff to throw out food from the students lunchboxes.

Okay, then why is it happening?

teacher throws out lunch
Image Credit: Durham Region

More than 30 parents have said their child has had food taken from them.

A few of the items that were thrown out were juice boxes, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, granola bars, chocolate milk, and string cheese.

teacher throws out lunch
Image Credit: Pixabay

A healthy food initiative is one thing, but to take food away from a student is unacceptable.

Can you imagine how the children feel when the foods their mom or dad has packed for them is tossed out?

teacher throws out lunch
Image Credit: Pixabay

Maybe the school should not allow any foods to be brought in – it will save the parents money, and the teachers will have more time to teach (which is what they should be doing).

Share away, people.