When Is Food Not Food?


Did you know that if you have a tough knot you can’t undo, sprinkle corn starch over it. The fine powder lubricates it and helps the knot slip out.

Or how about this one: you can use Worcestershire Sauce to polish silver. Simply pour some on a soft cloth, rub, rinse and dry. The silver will look brand new!

I like this one a lot: When they’re dry, orange peels are faster than crumpled newspaper for getting a fire started. They smell better, too.  

Besides tasting good and being a healthy food peanut butter is good for taking off those sticky price tags. Just rub a little dab on the tag and rub off with a cloth. Lots cheaper than any commercial glue remover. And more environmentally friendly too.

Try adding a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to your dishwashers washing cycle. It will help prevent spots from forming and leave a nice citrisy aroma as well.

Have a spot on your carpet? Put equal parts of salt, vinegar, and borax on the spot, let dry, and then vacuum. Spot will be gone.

Many years ago I learned at Martha Stewart’s web site that you can polish stainless steel with olive oil. Just pour a bit on a soft cloth and wipe it on. Rub into the appliance and then wipe excess off with a dry cloth. I use this all the time with my toaster oven. Works like a dream.

I have also read that rubbing down stainless steel with salt and lemon juice will work too. I have never tried this as I am afraid the salt would scratch the appliance.

Want to remove the smell of garlic and/or onions from your hands? Rubbing vinegar and salt over your hands should take care of the problem.

Have some smelly shoes in your closet? Sprinkle some baking soda in them and leave overnight.

Have a spill in your oven? Sprinkle it with salt, let the salt absorb the liquid and then wipe off.

Well, that’s enough of the happy home maker for me today. I’d much rather cook and eat!

Oh!! I almost forgot the best part. These products and tips can save you a lot of money over comparable store bought and manufactured products.


Featured Recipe           Barley Pilaf

As promised on Monday today I am sharing the barley side dish you saw pictured with the Wrapped Herb Chicken.

Whole grains we are told are healthy for us. That is a good thing.

However, what I care most about my food is that it taste good.

And in that division, barley does not disappoint. I like barley and I like this recipe. Barley has a sweet nutty flavor. Kind of matches my personality; at least the nutty part anyway!!!

You might also be interested in knowing that when fermented barley is used to make beer and other alcoholic beverages.

It is high in fiber and low in calories.

This recipe has nuts in it and lemon juice which gives it lots of flavor.

This is a Martha Stewart recipe from Everyday Foods

This is what you will need to serve 4 people:

1 cup pearl barley (not quick cook)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 medium shallot minced

¼ cup pine nuts toasted

2 tablespoons parsley chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice*

Salt and pepper to taste

*NOTE: I use more, far more; about 3 tablespoons. What can I say? I like lemon. Does that make me a sourpuss?

Here is what you do:

In a large pot of salted boiling water, add the barley and cook until tender, about 35 minutes.

While the barley is cooking mince the shallots……………

………………and chop the parsley………….

…………And over low heat toast the pine nuts in a skillet.

In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium high heat. Add the minced shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.

When the barley is finished cook, drain it in a fine mesh sieve………….

……….. and rinse with cool water to stop the cooking.

Add barley to the shallots and mix to combine.

Now transfer the barley and shallot mixture to a large bowl.

Stir in the toasted pine nuts, the chopped parsley, and the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. 

Great with everything; chicken, pork, beef, or fish. It is great as a left over to take to work for lunch the nextt day too.

Bon Appetit!!!!


1 cup pearl barley (not quick cook)             $0.65

2 tablespoons unsalted butter                    $0.30

1 medium shallot chopped                         $0.30

¼ cup pine nuts toasted                            $2.70

2 tablespoons parsley chopped                   $0.10

1 tablespoon lemon juice*                         $0.30

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $4.35
Cost per person = $1.09

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