Learn How To Cook And Serve Meat And Poultry! #HormelFamily #Ad

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods.  All opinions are 100% mine.    Today's meat has a variety of exciting choices.  You can probably find more than 100 different cuts of meat in your grocer's meat case during any of your shopping trips and more than 1,000 names for those cuts if you travel across the United States.    The problem is that there are specific ways to prepare different kinds of meats and many people don't know what to do with them once they take them home.  Personally, I always have problems preparing meat because I never know how long I should cook it or how to get the best flavors out of it during the cooking process.     Luckily, Hormel Foods Test Kitchen director, Joan Hanson has come up with a tip sheet of information that you can use to prepare different types of meats.  In order to ensure accuracy, use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the meat that you are preparing in order to … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared For Hurricane Irene?

       As I'm sure many of you already know, Hurricane Irene is scheduled to wreak havoc throughout the Eastern Seaboard all the way from North Carolina to New England this weekend.  Since we live in New York City, it definitely looks like we will not be dodging this bullet.  Even as I am writing this post, I am going over in my mind all of the preparations that we need to make before this storm hits our area as expected on Sunday Morning.      If you reside in an inner city like I do, you are probably as puzzled about emergency preparation as we are.  The only difference is that New Yorkers have been hit with a couple of emergency doozies in the past couple of decades so we don't take emergencies lightly.  Despite this level of awareness, I am ashamed to say that I really do not have much of an emergency plan in place should a real catastrophe occur.    In an attempt to make myself feel better and to get a better idea regarding what emergency supplies we need to prepare, I … [Read more...]