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February 2016

Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks | Setting the Table

All of us at one point in life have struggled with setting the table. Whether it be when you were a young child learning to do it for the first time or when you are having your significant other over for dinner and you are stressed over all of the little details…we have all been there. Over the summer I learned a great trick to help you to remember how to set the table. The acronym is F.O.R.K.S or really FOrKS.

When you spell out the word “forks” it shows you the order of where your cutlery and plate should go. Pretty easy, right?

Another easy to remember trick is if you shape your hands into a “b” and “d” with your left hand making the “b” and your right hand making the “d” that will remind you that your bread plate is to the left of you and your drink is to your right. This is especially helpful when you are at a catered meal and there are a lot of plate and drinks all around you.

These two tips have helped me countless times during business meals and when I have had friends over for dinner. Hope they help!

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Try It Out | Homemade Pizza

One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. Any style. Any toppings. All the time. I didn’t realize how often I made it at home until I had a new roommate during my senior year of college and when she ordered delivery pizza I realized I had never seen a pizza delivery guy at my apartment front door! Now that is not to say that I don’t love Domino’s or Papa Johns, but if I’m going to have pizza at home it is almost always going to be made by yours truly.

I say that because making pizza yourself is an inexpensive way to have fun in the kitchen and try out new flavor combinations. I especially love making homemade pizza for friends because it is a comfort food that you can easily make new again just by switching up the ingredients. Today’s theme is sausage and pepperoni hearts (yep, I’m that girl on Valentine’s Day).

I have a few tricks I want to share that I have picked up along the way. I hope they will help you in your homemade pizza making adventures.

1. Use tomato sauce WITH tomato paste.

Tomato paste by itself is pretty boring, but when you use your favorite tomato sauce it is too watery and then your toppings might slide off. By mixing the two you get the consistency you need and the flavor you want.  It is also worth noting I prefer to use fresh dough, but take the shortcut and pick some up at the store.

 

 

 

 2. Layer cheese on the sauce before you layer on the toppings.

 This is what I think of as the “glue” to the pizza. If you put the toppings on the bottom and add cheese on top then the cheese can slide right off. Trust me, I’ve done it.

 

 

 

 

3. Make sure to add more cheese on top!

Not only is this the most delicious option, but it “protects” the toppings from burning before the rest of the pizza is cooked. So now your toppings are nestled in between two layers of cheese. Yum. Although some crispy pepperoni on top is pretty delicious. However, burned caramelized onions are not. So choose your layers wisely.

 

 

 

4. Resist temptation to immediately cut into the pizza!

As delicious as that ooey-gooey pizza will be, it is worth your while to wait 3-5 minutes to let the pizza set. My personal choice is to use kitchen scissors, but a knife or pizza cutter will work as well.

*Bonus tip: use the last few minutes of cooking time wisely and slide your pizza off of the pan and directly onto the oven rack. This will give you a crispier crust.

I don’t have a particular recipe that I use, but I thought I would list my ingredient list

  •  Flour
    • to coat the dough and keep it from sticking all over
  • Non-stick spray
    • spray the pan before putting on the dough
  • Fresh Dough
    • you can pick this up in most local grocery stores
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
    • whatever your favorite may be
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
    • this can go in the sauce and on top of the pizza
  • Your favorite toppings!
    • try caramelized onions, roasted cherry tomatoes and basil

Now all that is left is to enjoy your masterpiece!

-Samantha

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Tasty Travels | Denver Biscuit Company

One of my favorite spots to go when I am in Denver!

LOCATION: Denver, CO
RESTAURANT: Denver Biscuit Company
MUST GET MEAL: The Franklin

This was a “must go to” spot when I had a reunion with friends in December. I went this restaurant the year before and I had been craving it ever since. Massive biscuits with unique flavors, that is my kind of breakfast. This restaurant has a story to tell. It is three things in one: a breakfast spot, a pizza joint, and a bar. What you get depends upon the time of day.

My recommendation is to go with someone so you can order two things and split. I am all about having a sweet and salty option, so splitting is the way I can guarantee that. The picture above is of their Dahlia biscuit which is a sweet and savory in one. But we also ordered The Franklin which included fried chicken and gravy. So delicious.

Another one of my favorite things about this place is the atmosphere and decor. I love when restaurants have a modge podge of coffee mugs, and I love it even more when there is a mug with my name on it! To add another level of fun, their water pitchers had humorous sayings on them, and I appreciate that small touch.

If you want to learn more about Denver Biscuit Company, check out their site here. Check them out the next time you are in Denver, it won’t disappoint!

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Tasty Travels | Mod Market

LOCATION: Denver International Airport (DEN)
RESTAURANT: Mod Market (Next to C29)
MUST GET MEAL: Flat Iron Steak Salad (Half is only $8!)

Iced Tea from Denver Airport’s Mod Market

I will run across the airport for this meal. Luckily, the last two times I have flown through Denver, my Southwest flight conveniently has been right next to Mod Market. I came across this tasty place by accident, and now it is my go to recommendation for anyone that has a layover in Denver. Everything on the menu looks phenomenal, but I stick to ordering the Flatiron Salad.

They also print the nutrition facts right on the receipt, which I find fun. Others may not agree.

Check them out next time your are in the Denver airport! Click here to take a look at their menu.

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Welcome to In The Midst!

2016 is the year I decided I would start a blog. I have had family and friends tell me I should start a blog in the last few years and I always agreed with them. Life was a little unstable for the last two years when my life was packed in a suitcase. Now that I have a somewhat “normal” life I thought I would keep it interesting by starting up a blog. So here we are.

If you know me, you know I love food more than the average person. So my blog will be food-centered. I want to be a resource to my fellow “mid-twenties” friends that are looking for ways to make cooking easy. I don’t know all the techniques but I do know how to make a good meal and make it simple enough that anyone can do it. Really, you can do it.

My plan for In The Midst is to share my experience in a few different ways:

  1. I will share my travel experiences and where you can find great food.
  2. I will share my tips and tricks that I’ve picked up over the years so I can help make your cooking experience a little easier.
  3. I will share how I go about trying out a new recipe from start to finish. Pinterest and food blogs can be daunting to new cooks and I want to show that with some time and research you can take a recipe you find online and accomplish it in your own kitchen.

I look forward to you all following along! I am always looking for ideas, tips, feedback and much more…so let’s connect!

Happily in the midst

-Samantha