Today Todd and I revisited an old favorite topic – FOOD! Well, cooking, but the food is the best part of that anyways…
Here are todays facts:
Save on Heat: When meal planning, think about multiple dishes that you can cook simultaneously in the oven, such as a roast and a casserole. Better yet, turn a pot lid upside down while cooking, then place of veggies wrapped in foil on top. This will save time and money on your gas or electric bill!
Dental floss in your Kitchen: This is a must have for your kitchen toolkit is an unwaxed dental floss! Not only is it useful for trusting a turkey, but it’s also great for baking. Dental floss is perfect for cutting a cake without making too many crumbs, and if your freshly baked cookies are stuck to the baking tray, simply hold a length of dental floss taught and slip it underneath the cookie. It works better than a spatula!
Cuts Like a Knife: Say you finally saved up enough to buy a brand new knife set or better yet you’re compiling a gift registry. So which knifes should you get? The three basic knifes everyone should own are a chef’s knife, for chopping and slicing; a paring knife, for deseeding and other small jobs; a boning knife, for cutting meat and poultry. Additional Cutlery items you may want to have our a serrated knife for slicing bread, a fever, a fish filleting knife, and a pair of kitchen scissors!
Here are the pictures I promised:
Deodorize the Disposal: A quick and easy way to deodorize your in sink garbage disposal is to grind an orange or lemon peel inside it every so often. It will get rid of the grease and germs and plus it smells wonderful.
Toothpaste Trick: You’ve been cooking with garlic, and now you can’t get that smell off of your hands! To get rid of this or any other kitchen odor, just rub some White toothpaste between your hands and wash off.
Remove Strong Food Smells from your Hands: by running them under cold running water while rubbing them with you must steel spoon. Rinse with soap and water.
Stop the Stink: Don’t throw away used coffee grounds – instead, keep them in a can near the sink. Rub a small amount over your hands after handling fish, or chopping garlic or onions to get rid of the odors on your hands.
Look for Lines: As you probably know, white streaks running through meet are fat. But even if your diet conscious, you should always choose well-marbled meat, which will be the most tender, since the animal didn’t exercise those muscles very much. That is a storage deposit for energy, and for me to be well-marbled, and the animal must be fed a diet high in Rich grains such as corn. The fat imparts flavor and provides moisture that helps tenderize the meat.
Green Ham and eggs: Have you ever purchased a ham that has a greenish, glistening Sheen? This effect occasionally occurs when he is sliced and the surface is exposed to the effects of oxidation. It isn’t a sign of spoilage but it is caused by the nitrate modification of the meats iron content, which tends to produce a biochemical change in the pigment.
Question of the Day!
Our book suggests keeping a Shaker filled with a ratio of 75% salt and 25% pepper next to your stove to make food preparation easy. But my question to you is would you add anything else into that Shaker? I would! What’s your go-to seasoning? Let us know below!
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Today I, Hannah, (Yes just me, myself and I) had a super fun show recapping the 38th annual Food For the Hungry Drive, playing the WNZR gift exchange and giving you another chance to win with the Mystery Monday Mystery question!
Our Total for the 38th Food For Hungry Drive is $209,504.27 and 18.7 truckloads of food! Thank you so much Knox County for the support of this year’s Food for the Hungry! You can still give if you didn’t get the chance or find out more HERE!
Congratulations to Matt from Howard who won A Gift Certificate for a 9 inch homemade Pie of his choice from Auntie “M’s” Homemade Goodies and Debbie from Mount Vernon who won a WNZR tote bag and Vintage T-shirt! They have both been entered for our grand prize, a one-night stay the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and 6 hours of house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company! If you want to know more about all of this, click HERE!
Name one of the first famous people, real or fictional, that children learn about.
1. George Washington
2. Santa Claus
3.Martins L. King Jr.
4. Jesus Christ
5. Dr. Seuss
Congrats to Kenneth from Mount Vernon who guessed the top two answers right and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks so much for joining me today or checking out the blog!
Welcome in to another fun day of games and uplifting news!
For Song Poetry today, the lyrics were as follows… “Cause you stood right there And then you broke apart the lies You told me I had something beautiful inside You brought to life the part of me I thought had died.” That’s Britt Nicole with her song ‘Through Your Eyes’.
Congrats to Ashley from Belleville who guessed correctly!
We had a little uplifting news today! Think about knowing your best friend, then finding out you were actually brothers. Read their story here.
Our Name that Tune song was ‘One Step Away’ from Casting Crowns!
Congratulations to Jamie from Danville for correctly answering!
Welcome in to another week full of excitement here at WNZR!
Joe had a Food for the Hungry meeting this evening, so Rachel sat in for him today!
The Mystery Box made it’s triumphant return for 2018!
I hid something in the box, and Rachel had to guess what it was!
Rachel, from the shake test, learned that it’s not contained in its’ own box, and that it’s an irreguar shaped item. From the smell test, we learned that this item is used for making yourself smell good. (After we eliminated your house, and your car, we settled on yourself! From the touch test, we learned exactly what it was!|
Congratulations to Linda from Utica!
It was a soap bar shaped like a gemstone!
Pretty neat Christmas gift I got from my friend Megan : )
Welcome to the first Who-Knew Wednesday of 2018!
Today, we’re celebrating the Festival of sleep!
The Festival of Sleep day was founded by someone who had a profound and deep love of sleep. Sleep is a basic human function, and helps our bodies to regain energy for the next day, keeping our mind alert and ready for action. During the holidays, things can get crazy, so this holiday was created to let you catch up on those post-holiday Z’s.
Having a lack of sleep can be fatal to the human body and mind, effects caused by little to no sleep over an extended period of time are as follows.
Effect One: Lack of sleep in the modern world can cause people to get into vehicular accidents, which happen daily in large numbers.
Effect Two: Lack of sleep can in fact, dumb you down. As we all know, sleep plays a critical role in our thinking and learning processes. We also know that a lack of sleep hurts these cognitive processes in many ways. First, it impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. This makes it more difficult to learn efficiently. Secondly, sleep helps to retain memories of the day’s experience. Meaning that with a lack of sleep, we would not remember much of the previous day’s experiences. This makes sleep incredibly important for students, from those in college to those simply trying to learn a new language on their own.
Effect Three: Probably the most dangerous effect from having a long term lack of sleep is it can cause many and deadly health problems. Here are some examples of these problems.
In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
Sleep is just as important as diet and exercise.
The higher the altitude, the greater the sleep disruption. Generally, sleep disturbance becomes greater at altitudes of 13,200 feet or more. The disturbance is thought to be caused by diminished oxygen levels and accompanying changes in respiration. Most people adjust to new altitudes in approximately two to three weeks.
In general, exercising regularly makes it easier to fall asleep and contributes to sounder sleep. However, exercising sporadically or right before going to bed will make falling asleep more difficult.
Snoring is the primary cause of sleep disruption for approximately 90 million American adults; 37 million on a regular basis.
Scientists still don’t know — and probably never will — if animals dream during REM sleep, as humans do.
People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have bigger appetites due to the fact that their leptin levels (leptin is an appetite-regulating hormone) fall, promoting appetite increase.
Good afternoon! Today is Chocolate Chip Day, so I took the show today to give you some fun facts and some history on the chocolate chip! DaysoftheYear.com says that the best way to eat chocolate chips is by the handful, straight out of the bag, and I’m pretty inclined to agree with that statement.
Since today was Mystery Monday, we had a chocolate chip related Mystery Question!
My question was: “Who is credited with the invention of the chocolate chip?”
Congrats to Olivia of Mt. Vernon, who correctly answered our question!
The correct answer was Ruth Graves Wakefield!
Check out some of the fun facts and history that I talked about on the show today below!
It all started at a little place you may recognize the name of, the Toll House Inn. Located in Whitman, Massachusetts, it just happens to be the home of that most favorite of cookies, the chocolate chip cookie. Ruth Graves Wakefield had originally planned on making a chocolate cookie, and decided to do so by throwing in chunks of a chocolate bar into it. In a happy accident, it turned out that the chocolate did not melt and mix with the rest of the cookie, but maintained its shape, filling the cookie with delicious little chocolate bits.
But it didn’t immediately go from chocolate bar to chocolate chip, there was a little innovation that happened in between first. Based off of the success of the cookies she made, Nestle agreed to add Ms. Wakefield’s recipe to their wrapper. What did they pay her for this honor? A lifetime supply of chocolate! Sounds like an awesome deal to us too! Nestle (and at least one other company) went on to include a chopping tool to help prepare the bars for use in cookies. That is, right up until 1941 when they started selling them as ‘chocolate chips’ or ‘chocolate morsels’.
DID YOU KNOW?
The chips melt best at temperatures between 104 and 113 °F (40 and 45 °C). The melting process starts at around 90 °F when the cocoa butter in the chips starts to heat. The cooking temperature must never exceed 115 °F (for milk and white) or 120 °F (for dark) or the chocolate will burn.
Today, chocolate chips are very popular as a baking ingredient in the United States and the chocolate chip cookie is regarded as a quintessential American dessert.
Chocolate chips are also available in Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. Nestlé and The Hershey Company are among the top producers of chocolate chips.
In 1987 Chester Soling sponsored a contest to find the best recipe for chocolate chip cookies and got over 2.600 responses for various recipes.
Our word of the day today was peregrinate. verb ||PAIR-uh-gruh-nayt
This means to travel especially on foot, or to walk or travel over.
We begin our narrative of the linguistic travels of peregrinate with the Latin word peregrinatus, the past participle of peregrinari, which means “to travel in foreign lands.” The verb is derived from the Latin word for “foreigner,” peregrinus, which was earlier used as an adjective meaning “foreign.”That term also gave us the words pilgrim and peregrine, the latter of which once meant “alien” but is now used as an adjective meaning “tending to wander” and as a noun naming a kind of falcon. (The peregrine falcon is so named because it was traditionally captured during its first flight—or pilgrimage—from the nest).
It’s Wednesday and today, we brought you facts about peanuts and peanut clusters! This month is peanut month, and today, March 8th, is peanut cluster day!
WE WANT TO KNOW YOUR OPINION!
Chunky or smooth peanut butter? Which do you prefer?
Let us know in the poll!
Here‘s the Hershey recipe for some delicious peanut clusters!
And here is the Betty Crocker recipe!
Just to share a quick few facts about peanuts and peanut clusters, here are our top 3 facts!
1. Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were both peanut farmers
2. The average peanut farm is about 100 acres
3. Astronaut Alan Shepard brought peanut butter with him to the moon
1. During World War II the the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company “shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”
2. Peanut clusters have been around for many years before they were made popular in 1912 by the Goo Goo Cluster.
3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
To learn more about National Peanut Month, check it out here!
And to learn more about Peanut Cluster Day, check that out here!
Our word of the day, aptly, was cluster! (noun clus·ter \ˈkləs-tər\)
– Two or more consecutive consonants or vowels in a segment of speech
– A group of buildings and especially houses built close together on a sizable tract in order to preserve open spaces larger than the individual yard for common recreation.
– An aggregation of stars or galaxies that appear close together in the sky and are gravitationally associated.
– A larger than expected number of cases of disease (as leukemia) occurring in a particular locality, group of people, or period of time.
– A number of computers networked together in order to function as a single computing system.
Thanks for listening and have a great night!