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How to Store Fresh Herbs

August 26, 2015 5:22 pm

Adding fresh herbs to a dish is one of the best ways to add a bit of gourmet flair and delicious flavor, but storing those herbs is a bit trickier. If it seems like your colorful herbs wilt and brown within a day or two after bringing them home, use these smart tips to keep them fresh longer.

  • First things first: make sure to wash your herbs gently right after picking or purchasing them. Use a salad spinner or simply swirl them around by hand in a shallow bowl of cool, fresh water to remove dirt and debris, then allow them to dry thoroughly on an absorbent towel.
  • For resilient, hardy herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage, store them in the refrigerator. Simply lay them lengthwise across a paper towel, roll them up and place them inside of a plastic baggie. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator and it should last for weeks to come.
  • For tender herbs like parsley, cilantro, and dill, you want to keep them well hydrated. Begin by picking off any wilted leaves, then trim off the bottoms of their stems. Place the herbs in a mason jar with about an inch of water in the bottom, then place the lid on tightly and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Store basil in a jar of water just like you would flowers in vase. Keep this out of the refrigerator in a well-lit spot.

The Best Way to Store Fresh Herbs [Serious Eats]
4 Easy Ways to Preserve Herbs [Rodale’s Organic Life]
Keeping the fresh in herbs [Sunset]

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Back To School Tips

August 25, 2015 2:01 pm

1). Lay out the cereal, oatmeal or whatever your kids will be eating the night before.
If my kids are going to eat pancakes (their favorite), I will make them the night before. I put them in an air-tight container in the fridge & have it ready for the morning. All that we have to do is put it on their plate. I lay out their silverware and cups the night before, too.

2). Lay out their clothes the night before. This includes everything that they will need: underwear, socks, pants, shirt, belt, shoes… If they can get dressed by themselves (over 3 years old, I’d say), tell them to get dressed before they come downstairs (or out of their rooms).

3). Have their toothbrush baskets ready for them. Ours includes toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, a comb, hair gel & floss. I have this all in one basket under our bathroom sink. When getting the kids ready for school, its all about keeping things moving. As soon as they finish breakfast, they go in and get their basket out. I don’t have to run around looking for everything- it is all right there waiting for us.
4). Have backpacks ready (& lunches) the night before. We keep their backpacks on our organizing bench on their designated hook. The lunch boxes are packed and in the refrigerator, ready to go. They just grab them in the morning.

5). Keep their chores to a minimum in the mornings. I just have the kids make their beds. Our 4 year old has a ZippySack and he LOVES it. (He has the blue dog). This makes it really easy for him to make his bed on his own, since he literally just zips it up. Our 7 and 8 year olds still make their beds, even if it takes a few extra minutes. They also have to put away their pajamas and clean up after themselves at breakfast. That’s it and it takes them just a few minutes. Then they do their chore from the chore basket after school.

6). Eliminate all media in the mornings. We can ONLY watch TV IF we are ready. When shoes are on, teeth are brushed and backpacks and coats have been moved to the front door. If and only if those things are ready, they can watch TV until we have to leave.

And a big tip…. get up ten minutes before they do to get yourself ready. :) This is the hardest one for me! I use my TCL Pulse (it is a bluetooth alarm but it comes with a little box that you slip into your pillow case and it will vibrate when your phone app alarm goes off).

Good luck

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Italian Cuisine

August 22, 2015 4:00 pm

Just located right across the Rohnert Park Express way is a one of a kind dinning experience. Art's Place offers great Italian food at an affordable price. Take a Sunday night off and go sit down and enjoy a one of a kind experience.

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