Wednesday, July 10, 2013

fried polenta

IMG_0587.JPGFried polenta tastes AMAZING. It's one of the best fried foods out there as far as I'm concerned. Frying polenta gives it a chewy and crunchy outside, while the inside stays nice and creamy. It's perfect served with marinara sauce on the side!

Ingredients: one batch of homemade polenta, cooled and cut into slices.olive or vegetable oil for fryingsauce for dippingMethod: Cut your cooled polenta into slices 1/2 inch thick - make them as pretty or simple as you want!Heat about a 1/4-1/2 inch of oil in a small frying pan until it's nice and hot and starting to smoke.Add in your polenta slices without crowding them and fry for 3-5 minutes on each side.Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.DEVOUR
Keep in mind that the polenta will stick to the bottom of the pan and everything else if the oil isn't hot enough. It's best to use a nice stainless steel spatula for flipping - one with a really thin edge. That way you can slowly work it under the pieces of polenta without destroying their crispy crust. :D

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polenta lasagna

IMG_0610.JPGI am happy to say I came up with polenta lasagna all by myself a few nights ago. :D I am not happy to say that it turns out it's been a thing in Italy for a very long time, ha!

Regardless, polenta lasagna is so delicious I can't be too upset about not being first.

IMG_0551.JPGThis makes enough for one 8x8 pan of lasagna. You could add additional sauteed veggies, or even some basil in the layers - all up to you. I just decided to make mine nice and simple. :D

I made my tomato sauce from scratch - find out how to make it here or here! It's best to have a really chunky and flavorful sauce with the polenta. Mine includes capers, onions, garlic, celery and carrots!

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Show Us Your Favorite Home-Cooked Meal

Cooking at home offers financial savings, family time, healthier and tastier options, and a sense of accomplishment. Whether you're a seasoned cook or not, most people have at least one home-cooked dish they're proud of. We'd like to see yours.

Cooking is one of the most rewarding DIY activities you can take up, so it's no wonder we talk about it often here on Lifehacker. We've covered how you can get more into cooking at home. We've also shared ideas about food storage, important kitchen skills, and common mistakes you may be making in the kitchen. But now, we'd like to see what you're creating. Snap a pic of your favorite home-cooked meal and share it with us below!

Liquid Detergent Drainer

DSCN0631.JPGWe use liquid detergent and it always seems that there is a certain amount of product left in the bottle that is just to much of a pain to get out, but at the same time it seems like a waste to throw away perfectly good product. This is my solution to, ....ahem... wasted solution.( Sorry, couldn't resist.)DSCN0607.JPGThis is a nice simple project that is made out of scraps that I had in the shop( aka the garage).

Material List:
A few small scraps of 3/4" plywood. ( You could use almost anything that is about 4-6" wide.) A piece of 1/4" plywood. A hand full of  1 1/4" drywall screws. Empty detergent bottle. Cheap funnel. Tool List:
Table saw Miter saw Drill Hole saw Pocket screw jig Tape 1/8" drill bit(Not shown)

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Vintage Looking Wall Hanger

IMG_8767.JPG I have built a few of these and thought they would be a perfect project for my first instructable.  They look great and are fairly simple to make.IMG_8793.JPGYou will need: a 3x5 wood plaque (available at Michaels or JoAnne fabrics), a drill with an 11/64 bit and a 1/2 bit, 100 grit sandpaper, acrylic paint (2 colors), drawer pull or small door knob (vintage if you can find one), and 2 8x1-1/2 flathead brass screws. You will also need a Dremel with a cutting wheel bit to trim the knob bolt.

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Make a Party Popper Bandolier, the Essential Shotfun Accessory.

The two main materials for the bandolier are a wide fabric tape and a length of elastic. 

I bought two metres of each from Kitewife's favourite knitting shop. The tape is of a similar texture to hessian, and the elastic is similar in feeling (apart from being stretchy) to paracord.  The two came to less than £4.00.

Apart from that, you need basic sewing tools - needle, thread, scissors and a ruler or tape measure. You may need a thimble if your fabric ribbon is tough.

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