Fall’s cool weather seems to bring out my domestic side; cooking and baking are more fun this time of year.
Of you share my urge to get into the kitchen, Inner Oasis’ Fall Sale is the place to begin.
Imagine the smell of home-made bread permeating the air as the kids come home from school. You can do it easily and quickly with Lekué’s Bread Maker. It’s a silicone bowl to mix in, knead in, and bake in (Silicone takes temps up to 425 degrees).
Hints from my kitchen: I lowered the oven rack by one. And for white breads, I open the top the last 10 minutes for a darker crust. Delicious!
Lekué Bread Maker NOW $17.56!
Dinner? Lekué’s pasta cooker is a gem. Use any type of pasta,cover with water, pop into the microwave. Turn the lid over (lift away from you to avoid the steam) and drain.. then serve in the same bowl you cooked in… Dishwasher safe.
The Lekué Pasta Cooker is now on sale – Was $39.95 NOW 29.95! Buy one and get a free pasta claw (also a measure).
Inner Oasis is holding their annual Dog Days of Summer Sale through the month of August – as supplies last!
25% OFF ALL SOLMATE SOCKS: We love our Solmate Socks, but it’s time to clean house. We’re clearing out the all Solmate socks so we can start the fall with fresh supplies and new colors. Shop today.
It’s hot.. .who wants to cook? You can prepare healthy meals for your family easily, and quickly with Lekué’s silicone cookware. Our steamers are all 25 % off: Deep steamers large and small, regular steamers large
and small and the corn cooker. Take advantage of all the wonderful fresh vegetables available in this area. Microwave cooking is fast so less vitamins are lost.. steaming is looses
less vitamins than any other form of cooking. Shop today!
Charles Viancin’s Silicone Lids stick to glass, plastic, metal, wood and porcelain. Use them in the frig, freezer, microwave, oven (up to 428 degrees) and on the stove top. Great for picnics. All floral lids now on sale at 25 % off.
Himalayan salt, also known as pink salt, is mined in the Punjab area of Pakistan near the base of the Himalayan Mountains.
Thought to be from a primal sea, these salt deposits , many 5,000 feet below the surface of the earth and 100 to 200 million years old, were discovered when Alexander the Great’s army stopped to rest and their horses began to lick the rocks in the area.
Himalyan salt is 99% pure and contains trace minerals of calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron, giving it its pink coloring and making Himalayan salt the most nutritious of all salts.
Himalayan salt lamps and candle holders provide beauty in your home and contribute to healing. They are known to aid respiratory problems, balance the body’s pH, aid in digestion, act as air purifiers and sleep aids, sinus issues, muscles cramps, regulate water levels and much more.
Inner Oasis carries Himalayan salt lamps, tealights, find ground salt and salt grinders.
Mix sourdough starter and butter. Add flour a little at a time and mix until dough is tiff. Cover and set aside 8 to 35 hours.
Preheat over to 35o. Add baking soda, salt and paprika to dough. Knead well to incorporate. Grease a cookie sheet. Using a rolling pin roll dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. The thinner the cracker the faster it will bake.
Sprinkle coarse grain salt over the rolled-out cracker dough. Use a pizza cutter to cut into squares or triangles. Bake 10 min. If crackers are still soft, continue to bake, checking every 5 to 10 minutes. Bake time is usually 15 to 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from The Pocket Farmer.com by Chef Lucas Knapp
Create your own sourdough starter – from guest Chef Lucas Knapp
From Guest Chef Lucas Knapp
Mix thoroughly 1/2 C Flour and 1/2 C filtered Water. Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place overnight. After 24 hours mix in 2 Tbs flour plus 2 Tbs filtered water every day. When starter is bubbly, it’s ready to use in baked goods. Refrigerate when not in use.
For advanced sourdough starter care (after the initial bacterial colonies are established – about a week), discard half (or use for baking) and replace with fresh water and flour to prevent the yeast from starving due to overpopulation.
1/2 zucchini, diced 1/4 yellow summer squash, diced 3 baby bella or white mushrooms, sliced 1/2 C long grain rice 1 C water 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and Pepper
Dice the zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. Place all ingredients in LeKue Rice Cooker with pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in microwave for 16 minutes at 800 watts. Remove from the microwave and let sit for 1 minute. Enjoy!
The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, heats food for the shortest amount of time, and uses as little liquid as possible. Microwaving meets those criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water essentially steams food from the inside out. That keeps more vitamins and minerals than most any other cooking method.
from Harvard Health Publications; Harvard Medical School. Jan 2, 2015