Yesterday, my doctor told me to quit drinking so much tea and to drink water instead. Normally, I make 3 quarts of iced tea every day using my old Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker. Before I put it away, I noticed the years of accumulated brown tea stains on the decanter and the tea bag basket. Normal washing with warm water and liquid dish detergent has never been good enough to remove this stain buildup, and it looked really grungy.
Trying to think of something different, I wondered, “Okay, what would I use to remove tea stains from clothing?” Answer: a normal washing machine.
Next, I poured about 2 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent into the bottom of the decanter, filled it halfway with warm water, and proceeded to rub the stains with a sponge. Lo and behold, for the first time ever, those stains began to disappear, and before long, they were completely gone. Next, I attacked the tea bag basket. Using the soapy water in the decanter, I used a long-handled brush with a round head of stiff nylon bristles that I normally use to clean deep drinking glasses on occasion. After about 2 minutes of scrubbing with this brush, the stains disappeared from this plastic basket, too.
Now I can store my iced tea maker on the top shelf, knowing that the next time I need it, it will look almost brand new. I love Arm & Hammer laundry detergent!
My Texas Hash will never win any prizes at the county fair with its non-descript seasonings, but if you’re looking for an uncomplicated, easy to prepare, and filling dish that satisfies a craving for food, this is the one.
I used to go camping almost every weekend in the 1970s, and this was very popular with all my camping friends. After a hard day at play, this dish cooked on an outdoor camp stove was hard to beat for filling those growling tummies. Most of the time, it was a one-dish meal, and we didn’t bother to cook any extras on the side. It’s got beef, veggies (onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers), and rice. After a short nap, we were ready to jump back into the lake.
Not bursting with spicy, strong flavors, but very palatable when you’re hungry for something more “normal,” this is sure to hit the spot whether you’re at home or in the woods!
After butterflying large boneless skinless chicken breasts for my new Grilled BBQ Chicken Breast recipe, I rubbed them with some of my Southwestern Chicken Rub and Marinade, sprinkled some charcoal seasoning (http://americanspice.com) on both sides, and placed them on my gas grill. I only recently started using the charcoal seasoning on various meats, and it really does increase the flavor of meats.
About two minutes from finish, I poured some of my new hickory bbq sauce on the top, and then served some additional sauce on the side. This was so yummy!
This sweet, tangy Jim’s Hickory BBQ Sauce is and attempt to create a new and different all-purpose BBQ sauce that was different from all my other recipes. I believe I’ve achieved a new all-around all-purpose BBQ sauce that is good on all kinds of meat.
Well, I just missed St. Patrick’s Day with this Pistachio Nut Bundt Cake recipe, but I proceeded to try it anyway. The almond-flavored glaze is what set it apart for me, although the mix of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts in the middle helped quite a bit!
I think you’ll love this different spin on an otherwise common dessert.
Today the FDA announced proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Labels we’ve seen on food products since 1993.
Often, I don’t agree with new government “guidelines,” but this is one change I’m glad to see. The proposed labels are more in line with the servings we actually eat, instead of what we should be eating. Vitamin D and potassium content would be mandatory on the new label, along with the current Iron and Calcium. Vitamin A and vitamin C would be dropped from the labels.
One change that I especially like is that the Serving Size, Number of Servings in Package, and Calories will all be very bold and/or prominent at the top of the label. One thing I will miss is the “percent of calories in fat,” which I’ve always used as a “put it back on the shelf” kind of warning. Now that fact has been removed, and the saturated and trans fats are considered more important.
If you’re like me, you read those labels religiously before you buy a product, and I’ve always hated the unrealistic portion size (serving size) printed on those labels, forcing me to calculate in my mind how many calories I’m actually get in twice the serving size of that ice cream, for example.
There were three short 2-page documents published by the FDA today, and I’ve combined them in a single downloadable PDF file here: Proposed FDA Changes to Nutrition Facts Labels.
Let me know what you think of these changes. I like them!