Royal Icing Christina's Way

Nov. 16, 2018, 4:13 p.m.

How to make Royal Icing Christina's way:

Put a 2 pound bag Imperial Confectioners Sugar into the bowl of your mixer.

Make a well (hole in the middle of the sugar) and measure in 6 1/2 Tablespoons Wilton's Meringue Powder.
Measure 1 Tablespoon Clear Vanilla into a measuring cup, Fill to 7 ounces cool water.
Carefully pour on top of Meringue Powder, trying not to cause "dust".
Cover mixer with a damp towel and mix slowly for 1 minute.
Scrape down mixer, cover again and beat on high for 4 minutes.

This icing will store in the refrigerator one to two weeks, however if you need it stiff for edging or accents, beat it again before use. The icing softens over time. It also warms in the tube because of heat from the user's hand.

To thin the icing for filling in, add small amounts of water at a time, mixing slowly enough not to put bubbles into the icing. My best description of the consistency is to compare it to egg ...


Bulk Cooking Day

Nov. 13, 2018, noon

What is a Bulk Cooking Day and why would I want one?  

A Bulk Cooking Day is setting aside one day or part of a day to prepare most or all of your meals and snacks for the entire week. Simply make a date with your kitchen for about 1-2 hours, 1 day every week (I use Friday morning) and have some fun cooking!

No freezing is required for any of your batch cooking since you’ll be eating your meals throughout the week. This is very different from making a bunch of freezer meals, although you could incorporate some freezer meals into a Bulk Cooking Day.
Bulk cooking saves time, is healthier for you and your family and saves money (that you would have spend on fast food).
What would you do on a Bulk Cooking Day?

1. Gather recipes from your meal plan.
2. Look over the recipes and decide what ingredients or even whole dishes can be prepped ahead of time.
3. Cut up vegetables and fruits for meals and snacks.
4. Prepare dishes that c...


Cooking Technique - Braising

Sept. 18, 2018, noon

This lesson meets several of the criteria you mentioned on Facebook that you would like to learn about – budget-friendly, easy, tried-and-true, clean-eating, and kids can help prep for these meals. Kids can learn about vegetables, knife skills, how to brown things on the stove (all skills you can teach them depending on their age). These recipes use cheaper cuts of meat. They are recipes that have only real food ingredients in them. All of these recipes are beloved by my family. There you go!

Meat that is so tender it falls apart and then melts in your mouth – that's what a cooking method called braising produces. Braising is perfect for big tough cuts of beef, lamb, and pork, but fish, chicken and even vegetables can be braised.
Braising is a moist-heat cooking method in which food is partially submerged in liquid and then cooked in a covered dish at very low heat for a long time. As the meat cooks, the collagen in these tough cuts of meat dissolves into g...


Next Week in Divine Design - A Technique Class on Braising

Sept. 14, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

Once you learn this easy technique, you will be able to cook lots of things without a recipe.  You can take big, tough pieces of meat and turn them into delicious, easy dinners for your family in only a little active cooking time.  

I hope you will be there to join in!