Speeding Up Grilling Time – Outdoor Kitchen Shortcut


Now that the grilling season is upon us, it's time to get outdoors and get our grill on.  Usually, I think of summertime cooking as relaxed and leisurely. I rarely look at the time and having dinner on the table for the hungry little people at 5:45 on the dot isn't such an issue. (Because they are swinging, in the sandbox, or kicking a ball around the yard, and have completely … [Read more...]

Cleaning Your Stained Cutting Boards – Kitchen Shortcut

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Several weeks ago, I mentioned stained cutting boards.  And a number of you threw out some ways to clean them.  After doing some research and experimenting in the kitchen, I figured out what works best for my strawberry stained wood cutting boards! Step 1- Sprinkle a little kosher salt on the cutting board and then gently squeeze some lemon juice over the salt.  Use the flat … [Read more...]

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – Kitchen Shortcut


More from $5 Dinners on Pinterest I love, love, love my homemade taco seasoning mix. It's convenient, cheap and oh-so-tasty. And I'm mixing up a new homemade seasoning mix today...this time for ranch dressing! This past weekend I planted some lettuce and other cold weather veggies (more on that this weekend).  I try to eat a salad for lunch everyday and usually mix up a … [Read more...]

Spicy Cilantro Pesto – Kitchen How-To

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So last week I found myself wondering what to do with the giant bunch of cilantro that I bought at Jungle Jim's for just $.60. I used some of a dinner I made last weekend.  But didn't want the rest to go to waste. I knew immediately that I wanted to make a pesto, and a spicy one...as I had about 30 jalapenos staring at my from the middle shelf of the fridge! This pesto … [Read more...]

Using a Silpat Silicone Baking Mat – Kitchen Shortcut


So I've been on a mission lately.  You know the one...it happens every spring.  Spring cleaning.  Decluttering. Purging. And finding new treasures in the backs of shelves and bottoms of closets. One such treasure for me. A silicone baking mat. It was in a plastic tube.  It had been in this tube since our wedding. Almost 9 years ago! Steve and I were married in 2002, … [Read more...]