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10 Things The Kitchen Taught Me in 2010

10 Things The Kitchen Taught Me in 2010

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    Love this post! I’ve learned a lot in the kitchen this year – but the two top ones are always toss your veggies in olive oil first before adding salt, pepper, or other spices, and second, its very convenient to have a throw away container while you’re prepping veggies to throw all your peels and skins into so you don’t have to go back and forth between the trash many times.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh I forgot about the bowl for garbage! I do that too.

      Thanks for the tip on the olive oil. Makes sense!

  2. Carbzilla

    #4 and #6. Yep and yep!

    I think my biggest lesson was to just slow down and enjoy the process. So many times I just wanted it DONE!

    As far as a practical tip – I was really tired of always having overcooked shrimp in our dishes so after seeing this trick on TV, I learned to buy raw, frozen shrimp, defrost them and then toss them in boiling water for only 3 -5 minutes (with a little Old Bay seasoning). Perfect shrimp every time and totally worth waiting for the water to boil. I’ll never buy cooked frozen shrimp again.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Great tip about shrimp! I’m not sure which one we buy. I’ll have to pay attention next time. 🙂

  3. kalin

    I’ve been working on learning to share the kitchen. It’s still very much a work in progress.

    I did finally start cutting onions properly this year, and learned it’s so much faster!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What is the proper way? 🙂

  4. Lori Lynn

    Being single, I’m trying to get myself around to cook– I tend to eat a lot of Lean Cusine’s and Lean Pocket’s, but include frozen or fresh veggies with fruits as well. For me, it’s hard to go to the effort of cooking just for myself. I’d rather cook for someone besides me, but I know eventually I need to get away from that mind frame!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Lori I’m with you. It was really hard for me to justify cooking a whole meal when it was just me.

  5. The Boyfriend

    You forgot to mention — Don’t cut yourself.

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  7. Meredith

    The biggest lesson(s) I learned this year are: #1.) A slow
    cooker is my best friend as a full time student. For some reason,
    despite the fact that the other two adults in my house share full
    time schooling, everyone seems to believe that only I have enough
    time to cook a meal for four. #2.) Never, ever, use a new recipe as
    a potluck or main dish at a party you are hosting. Feel free to mix
    up your recipe repertoire a smidge, but do not take the chance that
    something that looked delicious is most certainly not, or that
    Rachel Ray must have been on her fourth glass of wine when she
    decided something took thirty minutes to cook.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Good advice. My mom does that— she tries new recipes for family parties and dinners. It’s always a disaster. She will never learn !!

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