The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 8, 2001 · Page 58
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 58

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 8, 2001
Page 58
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Pam's 12-step program for cooking every day 1 Be committed. Cooking every day is a liafait.To develop it, you must resolve to sticl< with it, 2 Keep staples handy. Face an empty pantry and you're likely to order in or dine out. Stock up on basics witin a long shelf life: canned tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, pasta, rice, broth, garlic, onions, eggs, cheeses, Romaine hearts. Have small cuts of frozen meat and poultry that thaw quickly. 3 Shop infrequently. Racing to the grocery every day is overwhelming. I shop once a month at a food club and once a week at my local grocery. 4 Don't follow recipes. Learn the rules behind a recipe so you can cook with the ingredients you have. See rules for an elegant spring dinner, page 10. 5 Leave a pan on the stove. On especially bone-weary nights, it helps me to see an all-purpose pot or skillet sitting on a burner. 6 Turn it on. As soon as you walk in the kitchen, put water on to boil for pasta, or turn a skillet on low. 7 Start cooking before everything is ready. When I make a supper soup, I heat a pot while I chop an onion, and I prepare other vegetables and meat while saut^eing the onion. No wasted time. 8 Limit the menu. Traditional meat- starch-vegetable meals take more time than one-dish dinners (such as pasta with vegetables, a frittata filled with vegetables and cheese, or a stir-fry). 9 Use few pots. I cook vegetables in the same water as pasta. I cook a frittata's filling in the same pan as the frittata. I use the same tongs to toss salad, stir pasta and serve it all. 10 Get help. I delegate tasks that sidetrack: setting the table, pouring drinks, making salad, serving, clearing the table, cleaning up. 11 Clean up as you go. The dirtier the kitchen, the tougher it is to cook. 12 Eat the salad while the rest of dinner finishes cooking. You can eat sooner. Plus, kids are more likely to eat salad if it's served first. — Pam Anderson USA WEEKEND • April 6-8,2001 13 While you're brushing to fight cavities and tartar build-up and to freshen breath, why not whiten; too. Crest MultiCare Whitening. Open Up and Smile. Crest MultiCare Whitenino Toothpaste has been found to be a sate and effective decay-preventive demitfice that can be of sianilicanl value when used as directed in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular protesslonal care. II has been shown lo whiten teeth by remouino surface stains. It has been shown to reduce the formation oi tartar above the gumline. but has not been shown to have a therapeutic benefit on periodontal disease. Council on Scientific Affairs • American Dental Association Visit your dentist regularly. *Whitens by removing surface stains. O2001 P&Q JAN00408

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