Tips For The Week!

Alison’s Tip

I am always cooking food for Luke on Monday and reheating it throughout the week.  I also host a lot so reheating food is a common occurrence in our house.  Here are some general guidelines for reheating food without losing the flavors or drying it out;

The basic rule of thumb is reheat food in the same place where it was originally prepared

Oven/Toaster -no more than 350 Degrees Fahrenheit, and wrap in foil to prevent drying out.-Best food to reheat- crusty bread, fried or breaded chicken, baked goods,roasted or grilled meat, seafood, pizza, grilled sandwich

Microwave- Foods that have a crisp crust generally reheat better in the microwave. Spread food out in an even layer, cover with a damp paper towel so it doesn’t dry out, and stir every so often.  Reheat different kinds of food separately. Best foods to reheat in microwave- soups, stews, sauces and stir fries, steamed or boiled vegetables, rice, pasta, noodles, casseroles

Stove Top -Stick to low to medium heat, and stir often to promote even heating. Best foods to reheat on stove top- soups, stews, and chilis, pizza (throw it into a frying pan with a lid to get a crisp crust and oozy cheese), rice, pasta, and noodles(they usually needs a splash of water, stock, or milk to add a little moisture back in. It’s best to use a liquid that was in the original dish) Sautes and stir-fries (A shallow pan or frying pan over low heat ) meat (reheat meat over relatively high heat in a cast iron pan. Turn it frequently)

Katie’s Tip

During Flu season, we see alot of ear infections. Parents are always asking when they should consider placement of ear tubes. The placement of ear tubes (tympanostomy) is the most common surgical procedure performed on children in the United States. There are many factors  to consider when deciding to get ear tubes. All which should be discussed with a specialist! Below are some basic guidelines used when considering the procedure.

Guidelines for ear tube placement:

  1. Fluid in the middle ear for more than three months
  2. Three or more infections in the last six months (or four in one year)
  3. Risks for speech, language or learning problems due to other health problems.

See you Wednesday!

 

Carrie’s Tip

It’s Oscar’s night everyone! Which means tons of fashion, food, celebs and fun cocktails! If you are planning on an Oscar’s party tonight, I have searched the internet to find some fun ideas to spruce up your party.

This guide from Goodhousekeeping.com has some really fun ideas. I love the idea of handing out ballots when your guest arrive. Make it even more exciting and have everyone give in $5.00…winner with the most correct answers takes home the pot. And how cute are those little hotdogs with their bow ties ? For cocktails, here’s 6 new recipes to try with cute themed movie cocktails names. Have fun tonight. GO LEO 🙂 Stay tuned for my oscar best dressed on Instagram.

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