This month I will be starting a new monthly post where I will talk about the most favorite things I have discovered in July.
I got this idea from a great friend of mine, Kalyn of Kalyn’s Kitchen she specializes in low carb and south beach friendly food. I definitely know after this month I need to check out a few of her recipes. This month I went to two different blogging conferences. I went to the Food and Wine conference in Orlando, FL where I spoke about creating recipe videos. I also went to BlogHer in San Jose, CA, where I got to spend some time with Kalyn and Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes, both bloggers I admire completely.
So this month I have done a ton of traveling, like many of you I have a cell phone. I love my cell phone, I really do. I love it when the battery is charged. I have a Samsung Note 3 phone, it goes through a battery so quickly, that I pack a spare battery when I travel. I couldn’t have done all of these conferences without this Anker® 2nd Gen Astro E3 10000mAh Dual-Port Ultra Compact External Battery Portable USB Charger Power Bank – PowerIQ™ Broad Compatibility, Fast Charging, High Capacity – For iPhone 5s 5c 5, iPad Air mini, Galaxy S5 S4, Tab 2, Note 3 2, LG G3, Nexus, HTC One M8, MOTO X, PS Vita and More (Black). My battery typically dies at lunchtime, a charge off of this will keep me going until I get back to the room. At night I go back to my room and I charge up my phone and the battery and I am good to go the next day.
Another thing I discovered was Uber while I was on vacation. So Uber is a peer to peer almost Taxi like service. If you have a smartphone, you can go onto your phone and put in you need a ride. Someone who has been checked out via a criminal service, and his driving record has been checked out will pick you up. They cost about 1/3 of what a Taxi costs. You ride in random cars, I rode in someone’s Corolla, an Impala, and a Camry. All of these folks were nice. Best part, you exchange no cash. When you download the app, you put in your credit card number, and a non-cash transaction takes place. Very nice. We often were getting cars in less than 5 minutes. Now typically this is offered in major cities and is not available everywhere.
Growing up my Grandmother Eynard had a lovely canister set. It was avocado green, and it had a canister to keep grease in. For years I have wondered where I could get one. When I make bacon I always save the grease and I typically put it in a glass jar after it cools. I store this and use it beans, to cook eggs, or whatever. I found this gem White Stoneware Grease Keeper at Amazon. It does a good job of straining the grease so you end up with fairly clean oil. You could use it for bacon grease or you could use it to store oil you used for French fries. I think this will help you save money because you can reuse oil a couple of times before you have to toss it out.
Bordens Old World Bulgarian Cultured Buttermilk – this was an amazing find at Central Market in Houston. This was a creamy thick buttermilk that made amazing pancakes. Really amazing pancakes I haven’t found this anywhere else, but if you are into buttermilk and this is available, buy this. I would love to make some buttermilk ice cream with this stuff.
I wished I had more in the kitchen department this month, very little cooking went on between the two trips. I am looking forward to settling down and taking it easy for a change.
This month I am going to recommend three books about ice cream. I love each one of these books. All for different reasons.
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book – this was my first real serious ice cream book. It is inexpensive, and it contains many recipes for ice cream. It has several great bases to start with. I love this book.
The Perfect Scoop: Ice Creams, Sorbets, Granitas, and Sweet Accompaniments – Best chocolate ice cream I have ever made came from this book. Of course you don’t have to buy the book, but you will be missing out on his many fantastic recipes for ice cream in here. Love, this book.
Southern Living Scooped: Ice cream treats, cheats, and frozen eats – This book contains many creative flavors of ice cream, sauces, and other foods that go well with ice cream. I thought this was a great updated take on ice cream.
Well, that’s it for this month. Not a lot of cooking went on, so I can’t say I came up with great finds. I hope you enjoy some of these favorites, and if you have questions please let me know.
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