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8 Food Hacks That Will Make You a Kitchen Pro September 04 2014, 0 Comments

When you are juggling home and work, it can be tough to spend hours in the kitchen preparing ingredients and cooking up a healthy and balanced meal for your family.

On the other hand if you know certain tricks,you can make the prepping and cooking a lot faster and easier. So, here are 8 food hacks that will help you immensely and make you feel like a true kitchen pro:

1. Removing Strawberry Stems
Rather than struggling to remove strawberry stems and spending hours trying to do it, make use of a plastic straw. Push the straw into the strawberry at the pointed end and take it out from the stem end. This will help to remove the stem and make the task less tedious and messy.

2. Baking Cookies for Kids
During the weekend, most parents try to spend time with their kids and baking is popular activity that all members of the family can enjoy. But picture the look on your kid’s face after telling them you won’t be able to bake cookies because you have run out of eggs. Those sad faces will kill you! If you have bananas at home, substitute half of banana for each egg and you will be able to make delicious cookies for your kids and other family members.

3. Cutting Soft Solids
Cutting soft solids, such as cakes and cheeses can turn into a mess very quickly if you are not careful. Make sure you always keep a supply of unscented dental floss in your kitchen. Use the floss to cut these soft solids perfectly and also avoid making a mess.

4. Making Chocolate Bowls
Making chocolate bowls for your kids and filling it up with a helping of ice cream and cut fresh fruit is an innovative way to get your kids to eat fruits. However, making these bowls at home can be tough and difficult. Or is it?

Use medium-sized inflated balloons; dip them in the melted chocolate and put them on a greased tray to dry. Once the chocolate dries, you can remove the balloons and voila! You have a chocolate bowl that you can fill with fun goodies and serve your kids. They will love it!

5. Slicing Bread
When you slice bread, you can squish it if you’re not careful. You can avoid doing this by keeping the bottom side up and then using a bread knife to slice it. It cuts through the bread without squishing or making a big mess.

6. Grilling Fish
Sunday barbecues are great way to spend meaningful time with your kids and loved ones. And, most times, you prefer marinating poultry and meats as it is easier to get them to turn into flavorful delights. However, have you tried grilling fish? Most people avoid grilling fish, as it tends to get stuck to the grill and falls apart.

Nonetheless, fish is a healthy choice for kids, as it contains Omega-6 fatty acids that are good for the brain. To grill your fish without having it stick to the grill or falling apart, just place lemon slices on the grill and place the fish on the slices. Not only will you be able to grill fish to perfection, the lemon will give it a lovely flavor that you and your kids will love.

7. Get Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Whether you love your egg salad or you want to munch on boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper, the key is getting perfectly boiled eggs.

Most people don’t know this food hack, which can help them boil eggs to perfection. Use a thumbtack to make a hole on the broad end of the egg. Remove the tack and boil the egg as usual. The end result will be great – the perfectly boiled egg that you can transform into a culinary delight!

8. Making Undiluted Ice Coffee
There is nothing like sipping a glass of refreshing and rejuvenating iced coffee on a hot summer’s day. You can sit in your garden with your favorite book and enjoy your caffeine fix or sunbathe on the patio while enjoying a glass of iced coffee.

The problem with iced coffee is it gets watered down as the ice melts, ruining the taste. To prevent this from happening, pour your coffee into an ice tray and put it in the freezer to set. Use the coffee ice cubes to make your ice coffee. This will prevent the coffee from getting watered down.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


10 Delicious Party Favor Foods for Your Guests August 20 2014, 0 Comments

Party favors that you buy in a store can cost you a lot of money and if you’re hosting a large group, it could simply be too expensive for you to buy everything you want.

However, there are some homemade food party favors that make perfect parting gifts. You can treat your guests with delicious homemade gifts as a send-off present and make the memories linger for long. Best of all, they really won’t cost you much to prepare at all.

Here are 10 delicious party favor foods you can prepare for your next engagement party, birthday party, bridal shower, or baby shower:

1.Cake Pops
Prepare cake pops and wrap them in plastic wrap. Give one or two per party guests and they’ll have a great treat for the next day. You can also make cupcakes and put them in individual paper containers.

2.Rhubarb Compote
Make and jar your own rhubarb compote with fresh strawberries, lemon zest and a little bit of vanilla extracts. The jar is reusable and it’s a unique gift.

3.Olives
Marinate olives and give them out in containers. Buy in bulk to save money on the olives and spices.

4.Croutons
Bake your own croutons and give them out in bags. They can be used in salads for the next week.

5.Crackers
Prepare your own crackers to give away. It’s not as hard as you might think and they’ll pair particularly well with those marinated olives for a perfect foodie gift.

6.Loaves of Fresh Bread
Think about baking fresh bread. Small loaves or rolls are ideal gifts in a charming package.

7.Rock Candy
Make rock candy on a stick and put several pieces in a jar or container. This is especially good for kid’s party favors.

8.Shrimp Rillettes
Give out shrimp Rillettes if you want to get fancy. The food lovers in your group will adore them and everybody else can try something new to them.

9.Seasonal Fruit Preserves
Make your own preserves. You can make preserves in batches with seasonal fruit.

10.Whipped Up Mustard
Whip up some mustard and hand it out. A jar will last months.

 

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


Sweet Snacks: How to Make French Macaroons July 23 2014, 0 Comments

One of the best French confections is the French macaroons, but they are also among the most difficult to successfully make. If the ingredients are not whipped long enough, the result will be a rough. Over mix and they will be flat.

As with many of the other delicious and impressive French confections, it’s about finding the right recipe and following it closely. Once you have successfully made them a couple of times you can start to add your own personal touches.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


Making Confectioners' Sugar at Home: An Easy Recipe April 23 2014, 0 Comments

Icing sugar, also known as confectioner’s sugar, is a very handy ingredient to have in your kitchen. Most of us are comfortable picking up a bag of confectioner’s sugar from the supermarket. However, there are times when we run out of this important baking ingredient and are at a loss what to do. It is really annoying not to have all ingredients while baking. Making confectioner’s sugar is very easy and it can be done at home as well....

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


Wedding Day Party Favors Your Guests Will Cherish Forever April 03 2014, 0 Comments

This is it, your big day is fast approaching and you're adding all of the last minute touches to make it memorable. Your wedding is a time of celebration, love, and lots of planning, but you can make it even more personal with the right kind of party favors for your guests. Making this day as memorable for you as it is for your guests is usually at the top of your list.....

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


Sweet Trends: Rock Candy as Party Favors | by Gilles March 27 2014, 0 Comments

Throwing a party is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when you have to worry about seating arrangements, food and drinks, the location, the music, etc. But, one thing that can be easy at your next get-together is the party favors. These little inexpensive and unique treats are a great way to thank your guests for coming but.....

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States 800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com
by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States
800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com