October 10, 2011

a cooking day in pictures

Hold on to your spatulas - this is a riveting post! I know not everyone loves to cook as much as I do. It's just one of those things that I love thinking about, love doing and love reaping the benefits of. After a whole week on vacation and eating out almost every meal, I was ready for some homemade food. So today, William and I headed to our local produce/middle Eastern market and stocked up on bananas, white peaches, strawberries, pumpkin, lettuce, tomatoes, beets, green onions, cucumbers and lots of other veggies. Then I came home and made homemade bread.
It felt so good to make it that I decided to make pumpkin whoopie pies before I started dinner (except I just did cream cheese frosting spiked with cinnamon and maple syrup).
While those were baking I made dinner - cumin chicken pitas with cucumber mint yogurt sauce and beets with red wine vinegar. Unfortuantely, while the beets were cooking I made the mistake of getting on the computer while William played with legos and lost track of time. That's when this happened.
the curse of Pinterest.
All the water was gone by the time I remembered and ran to the kitchen. Luckily none of the beets were harmed but I have no idea how to clean my beloved Le Creuset pot that I've had since culinary school. Tips?
I have cleaned my kitchen three times today and this is the last installment of dish washing. I didn't even finish because I am exhausted but I'm well-fed and so is my family. That's enough for now. Thank you and good night.

13 comments:

  1. Try putting a dishwasher tablet (or dishwasher soap, if that's what you use) and water in the pan. Let it soak overnight.

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  2. oooooooooh yum. :-)

    I love you passion for cooking. Its what makes you...YOU.

    xoxoxo

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  3. Funny, a pinterest pin showed hydrogen peroxide mixed with white vinegar for cleaning pans. I was curious if it really works. If you get desperate I guess you'll find out. Let me know if it works! ;)

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  4. I've used a little steel wool on my Le Crueset before and it worked like a charm, without harming the enamel finish.

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  5. Fill your pot with water and a little bleach (Tbls) and leave over night- works really well.

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  6. Maybe try filling with water and heating again over the stove. Then using a wooden spatula scrape along the bottom as if you were deglazing the pan.

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  7. I'm embarassed to admit that I've done this several times with a couple pots... but they've come perfectly clean every time by boiling coke in them. It has to be regular Coke brand, not generic, and it can't be diet. Just regular coke. Fill up the pot, boil it for a while and then it should all scrub right off!

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  8. Homemade meals are the best! Congrats on your pregnancy by the way. I loved reading your anniversary trip posts. We just got back from our 6 month anniversary trip to Paris (blogged about it today if you feel like reading).

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  10. Try vinegar and baking soda. I usually let it set for a while, but if its still a problem, try heating. That's what I did when I had a similar problem in my crock pot. Worked like a charm.

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  11. Hot water + a used dryer sheet. Let it sit for a few hours and it should be a breeze to clean up!

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  12. There's nothing like homemade food. Those pumpkin whoopie pies look awesome. They have very much a presence out where I live (we're talking giant-sized ones popularly being sold at the grocery), so I will have to try out your recipe.

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