Recipe Box, Random Wednesday

Here’s a few totally random things you might want to keep in the back of your mind


crazy chicks at the table


Fix those Scratched Plates with Bartender’s Friend


plate Collage


It’s easy to make your own Olive Oil Spray


olive oil spray



Baking Soda will unclog drains
To get your drain running again (without resorting to chemicals worthy of a hazmat suit) pour ½ cup baking soda, then ½ cup vinegar, down a clogged drain. Cover it with a wet cloth, wait 5 minutes, uncover, and flush with steaming-hot water





Taco Seasoning is easy to make


baked tacos



Taco Seasoning

  • Servings: varied
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 T chili powder

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Combine ingredients in a small jar


If you add vodka to your pie crust recipe, it will make your crust more moist and easier to work with, preventing the gluten in the flour from binding, resulting in a more tender and flakier crust…who knew???


garden tomato pizza pie



See the recipe for the vodka pie crust from Cook’s Illustrated here and Pizzeria Pie here


lemonade 2 1


Can you freeze lemons?

Yep, just toss fresh lemons in the freezer and you will always have fresh lemon juice


daisies and lemons




Brine chicken overnight in buttermilk for extra moisture and tenderness


buttermilk chic web



Make 1 cup heavy cream out of 2/3 cup whole milk and 1/3 cup butter.  This will not whip, but it is great for savory sauces, soups, potato dishes and casseroles.  For baking or ice cream you’ll need the real deal


white BBQ sauce



Make your own powdered sugar in a blender




1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 Tbsp corn starch

Place ingredients in blender. Blend on high speed for 15-30 seconds, until sugar has turned into powder. Wait a minute or two for the dust to settle before opening lid

Have a wonderful random day!

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Celebrate and Decorate,  Rustic and Refined,

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Tickle My Tastebuds,  Full Plate Thursday

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16 Responses to “Recipe Box, Random Wednesday”
  1. Jodi says:

    Love these tips Jenna!

  2. Great tips, Jenna! My Mother always brined her chicken in buttermilk, and her fried chicken was the best! Happy Wednesday!

  3. What a great post! They’re all good tips, but the baking soda didn’t work for me and my drain – it was too far neglected. Note to self: buy barkeeper’s friend.

  4. Great tips to remember Jenna. I do use non fat buttermilk for my chicken, and you are right, keeps it moist and so tender when baked. I really needed the taco seasoning mix recipe, I don’t like using premixed from the grocer, this way I can control the spices. Thanks Jenna…..

  5. Stacey says:

    Now this is a handy post. 🙂

    We love BKF and have used it for years. I’m always surprised how many people don’t know about it.

    Baking soda is a life saver for everything from clearing the drain to curing heartburn. Just saying. 🙂

    We much prefer homemade taco seasoning because the packets are too salty.

    Thanks for this. Sharing. 🙂

  6. Thank you for these great tips Jenna, especially the plate scratch repair one and the spray olive oil!

    Johanne Lamarche


  7. Mary says:

    Love your random tips Jenna! I use Bar Keepers Friend to clean my ceramic cook top, it works like nothing else 🙂

  8. I’m bookmarking this one, Jenna. Especially the baking soda, lemons and bar friend. And taco seasoning. Yes, you can see why I’m saving it!

    Thanks for coming to the Gypsy and your wonderful comments. With no-reply I can’t respond directly but know that I appreciate every single word! Happy day!

  9. So many great tips Jenna, thanks! I learned all kinds of new things today!

  10. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, thanks for all the wonderful tips. I especially like the one about removing scratches from plates. I hope that you are having a wonderful week!!!

  11. Kim says:

    Wow, these are awesome tips! Thanks for sharing them. 🙂

  12. Thanks for all the how to’s. I learned so much today. Pinning for reference later.

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