Thursday, November 26, 2009

Feast Your Eyes on Chef Stuart O'Keefe...

as he shows us how simple it is to make chicken soup.

Chef Stuart uses some of my favourite Tupperware items in this demo... the Chef Series Dutch Oven, and the handy Quick Chef. Notice how he uses the Saucy Silicone Spatula to stir right in the hot pot?

Call me to host a party and add these helpful Tupperware products to your kitchen Free or 1/2 price!

Chef Stuart Irish Chicken Soup Demo Video

Chef Stuart's Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Chef Stuart’s Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

When it comes to cookies—and let’s face it, we all love our cookies, it’s hard to find healthy ones out there—but this is my best solution for healthy cookies. Oatmeal takes me back home and incorporating it into cookies is a great way to get fiber into your diet. If you’re on the go, grab a cookie on your way to work or put one in your kid’s lunch box. These are also great for freezing in Freezer Mates® Containers for later!

Makes approximately 24 cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend
½ cup pecans, chopped
1-1/2 cups quick cooking oats

Let’s Bake!
1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C.
2. In your Thatsa® Bowl using a Saucy Silicone Spatula, cream butter, white and brown sugars together.
3. Beat in egg.
4. Now combine flour, baking soda, salt, and Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend until well mixed.
5. Fold in pecans and the oats until well mixed.
6. Using a tablespoon from your Measuring Spoons Set, portion out cookie dough, roll into a ball, place onto greased baking sheet and gently press down with thumb.
7. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until a light golden brown.
8. Remove from baking sheet and let cool on a rack.
9. Place cookies in the festive Holiday Snack Canister or a Modular Mates® container to preserve freshness, or put in a Freezer Mates® Large 2 and freeze for later.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

TupperLiving Blooming Teapot with Infuser Review - by Valentina Bellicova

I love my Tupperware teapot!

When Cheryll showed me her Tupperware catalogue, the beautiful glass teapot immediately caught my eye. I liked the shape, the angled handle and that it was glass! It looked so modern and yet so classic. Of course I ordered the large sized one right away.

It arrived in practically no time at all. It was even better in real life than as a picture. So elegant! Cheryll pointed out the clip on the lid as a nice feature that keeps the lid from flipping when pouring the tea. At first I thought this was a frivolous feature until I started to use the pot and noticed that I no longer needed to put my other hand over the lid to keep it from falling off the pot.

The feature I like best though is the infuser. I’m a tea granny from way back. I like my tea loose. I like that I can put the tea leaves in the infuser, let them steep and when the tea reaches the strength at which I like to drink it, I just remove the infuser from the pot. This is important because tea leaves left to steep begin to take on a bitter taste after a while.

Oh, did I say that I got the Tupperware tea as well? I would pay a lot more for a tea of that quality at the tea store I normally buy my teas from and it is simply delicious!

I think that this makes for a wonderful gift – Christmas, birthday, showers, housewarming... I mean the list is endless.

Valentina Bellicova

PS. I forgot to mention that it pours well as so often the tea drips form the spouts and you get a soggy tablecloth.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

FridgeSmart Containers

FridgeSmart Containers are Tupperware's biggest selling items. Why is that you ask? Statistics show that a set of 3 containers will pay for itself 4 times in the first year alone with all the food they save. On top of that, the improved quality of your produce will have you recommending their use to everyone you know!

Here is a picture of my FridgeSmart Containers in my fridge. I love the organization and control I have in managing my produce.

Now for a few tips to help you get the most out of your FridgeSmart Containers:

1. Put your produce in your FridgeSmart Containers both naked and dirty
- that means take it out of the bag if you brought your produce home in one
- don't wash it until you are ready to use it... however, I give my lettuce a good rinse and a shake before storing it in the FS containers. That way it is all ready to cut up and spin in my Tupperware Salad Spinner when I'm making salad.

Why should fruits and vegetables not be washed first? It is actually the excess water that causes produce to rot.

2. Feel free to combine veggies in one container. Be sure they have the same venting requirements for best results.

3. Store your empty FridgeSmart Containers in the fridge. Give them a wash and return them to their rightful spot on the fridge shelf; that way they are all ready to go when you need them, and you won't have to find space in the fridge to keep them. Also, you won't have to find space in a cupboard to store them in when they aren't in use and dig them out when you arrive home with your groceries. It'll save you a ton of time and frustration.

- it is so easy to arrive home from shopping and think you'll just put the produce away in the plastic bags until you get the FridgeSmarts out. From experience, I can tell you that the next time you'll think about it will be when you are throwing out those plastic bags of old, past their best fruits and veggies from the bottom of your produce drawer that you didn't get around to using, before your next grocery shopping trip!

If you've never used FridgeSmart Containers and would like to try just one, be sure to get one to store your fresh mushrooms in. You will be amazed at how long your mushrooms will keep... 2 weeks for company, and 3 weeks for family! Once you've experienced the miracle of mushrooms in your FridgeSmart Containers you will know how fresh everything will stay when you use the containers for your other produce items, and before you know it you will want to completely outfit your fridge with FridgeSmarts! (You'll want to host a party to get them Free and 1/2 price too!)

Now let's talk cheese. FridgeSmart Containers are excellent for storing cheese in your fridge. Keep cheese in its package, slicing or grating it from one end. It is not necessary to re-wrap the cheese with plastic wrap and place an elastic around the end of it before placing it in a FridgeSmart Container. Just leave the package open. Also, you may store several different cheeses together in the same container using the same method. However, I caution you to not store your mild cheeses like Cheddar, and Mozzarella along with your smellier cheese such as Gorgonzola and Stilton. They will all store fine... but they will all smell and taste like the stronger cheeses! Ask me how I know!

-one more cheese storing tip: If you ever have a problem with mold growing on your cheeses, be sure to rinse your FridgeSmart Containers out with a vinegar and water solution. The addition of vinegar into the water reduces the pH within the container, preventing mold from growing. This trick works like a charm!

So organize your fridge with FridgeSmart Containers and save yourself a small fortune with all the food you save. Also, feel good about reducing waste and your contribution to the landfill!

Did you find these tips on storing produce and cheese helpful? Date a party with me and discover many more ideas on how to save time and money, while earning Free Tupperware and having fun with your family and friends. I look forward to hearing from you!