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BASIC COOKING TECHNIQUES – 10 OF THEM COURTESY OF SUR LA TABLE

BASIC COOKING TECHNIQUES

10 Basic Cooking Techniques

My Story

I know how to cook fancy stuff, but did I know the basic cooking techniques every diyhomegoddess should know? The basis for cooking? The ones, if you know these, you can do anything? I didn’t know.

A couple of months ago, I went to a Sur La Table class on ’10 Skills Every Cook Should Know’. To see if I knew them all. I am in the process of petitioning Sur La Table to give ‘degrees’ after you attend so many classes. I think I’m ready for a formal cooking degree from them!

What Are These Skills?

You know how to bake. And you know how to cook. When you watch the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, even PBS, do you understand what they are talking about? Do you know the terms for the skills you amassed, which are thrown around like they are the word cat? 

Prepare yourself to be educated! Read more

Undermount Lights Attachment

Undermount Lights

Attaching Undermount Lights

As you know, kitchen lighting for the counters can really suck, depending on how your kitchen is laid out. I have some under-mounted lights that are life-savers for me, in my tiny kitchen. However, have you ever noticed how sometimes when you attach undermount lights, they don’t stick all that great? Here’s a post I did discussing when I purchased my undermount lighting.

My Story

I have undermount lights that are great in an emergency. They are battery operated. If there’s ever a power outage, which happens ALL THE TIME where I live, they become emergency flashlights. I tried to use the adhesive to stick them underneath the cupboards.

Undermount lights

Look what happened!

 

I put them up after I had painted the cupboards, using the adhesive, instead of the screws, which I had used before I painted. After a few months, the adhesive lost its grip, and they started falling. Bam! It scared the crap out of this diy home goddess the first couple of times. It must have the same problem the puck lights have. The heat causes the adhesive to corrode. On top of that, the paint was being removed with the adhesive! Look at what they did!

What To Do?

The tape light strips are hidden. They look very sophisticated. I don’t have those, because you need a power strip, and I need my outlets!

The puck lights have the same problem, they will steal my precious outlets! These cannot be adhesive attached because of the heat. They need screws. Read more

Tile Mural for Kitchen Styling

TILE MURAL

Tile Mural for Kitchen Styling

The Story

There is this wonderful internet shop called the Tile Mural Store. They have ceramic, porcelain, and stone tiles to personalize your kitchen (or bath, or bar area), so that it looks like no one else’s. And I saw a lot of picture in the company’s gallery. You can believe me, there are no two rooms alike in there.

Note: I need to send my pictures to the company to add to the gallery.

When I was redoing my kitchen last year, I decided I wanted to redo the back splash. Someone recommended the plastic tin looking tiles for me when I bought the house because they were easy to clean. They didn’t have any grout that would get messed up. They were a silver tone, so they went with everything. You didn’t need to use any thin-set, because they were attached by using double sided tape.

Heck, I didn’t know any better, so that is what I bought. What were they called? Fasade-18-in-x-24-in-Traditional-4-PVC-Decorative-Backsplash-Panel. They were cheap. The EX put them up in a little over an hour, with some patchwork cutting (which I realized later was a sucky job). But I went with it. As I said before, I was going through a mid life crisis when I bought my first house, so I did what people suggested.

Tile Mural

This is what was originally put up, when I didn’t know any better

Yeah, they were definitely easy to clean, and they didn’t clash with anything in the kitchen. They kind of matched since the appliances I purchased were all the stainless steel look anyway. Read more

Update The Kitchen Cabinets!

update the kitchen cabinets

Update the Kitchen Cabinets

Probably the least expensive way to change your kitchen look, with the biggest plastic surgery impact, is to update the kitchen cabinets.

“Are you crazy?” you are shouting. That averages from four to nine thousand dollars! It is probably the most expensive part of a renovation. How is that cheap? Maybe if you are The Donald or Bill Gates! But me? I don’t have that kind of money. And if I did, I would replace my car!

Now wait a minute! I said change the cabinets, not replace them. If the guts of the cabinets are fine, just change the face of them.

“Hold on! Refacing!” That still runs probably five thousand dollars. How much money do you think I have? Coffee cans buried in the backyard don’t happen anymore. Who do you think your readers are?

My readers are the DIY goddesses of course! I got your back! Do not worry! How does about two hundred bucks sound? Is that better?

update the kitchen cabinets

My cabinets before the transformation

The DIY goddess does things herself, and as long as the structure is sound and the hardware is in good shape changing the cabinet look can be dune with less than two sawbucks and about six to eight hours of work spread over about four days.

I did this by myself, and you can too! It took under a week, while working my full time job, and totally changed the look of my kitchen. I went brighter, to make my tiny kitchen look bigger. Read more