Sunday, July 6, 2014

Weeknight Cooking is Easier with Reynolds!

  Weeknight Cooking is Easier with Reynolds!

I must admit - I have always been a fan of Reynolds Wrap! 

I love to use Reynolds Wrap in the kitchen!!
From covering dishes while they bake...

 to lining roasting pans...

  Reynolds is a frequently used item in my kitchen!

I've also used it for years for combining ingredients in packets 
to cook on the grill, over an open campfire, or in the oven.

I like to keep a box handy, for any use that might come up.

Recently, I had a bit of a Reynolds Wrap Ah-Ha moment!

I was cooking a covered fish dish in the oven, and making fried okra to serve on the side.  At a point near the end of baking the fish dish, I removed the foil cover for the final 10 minutes. 

Now, I hate to waste things.  So I always remove the foil and set it to the side.  It often comes in handy if I want to make some quick warmed or garlic bread to serve with the meal.

But this night, when it was time to drain the frying okra, and with a piece of paper towel in hand, I reached past the clean plates and grabbed the recently removed piece of foil.  I lined it with the paper towel and gently placed the okra on it.  Sweet. 

Even better, and the true Ah-Ha Moment - I loosely wrapped this up and popped it in the oven to keep it warm while the fish dish finished up.

And the final Ah-Ha Moment -
Always keep some Reynolds Wrap handy

 for easy kitchen weeknight cooking!!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Bit of Flavor Tasty Fried Okra

Bit of Flavor Tasty Fried Okra

Bit of Flavor Tasty Fried Okra
Serves 4
Ingredient List is at the end...
I love fried okra!!  But I do not have the best frying skills. 
I tend to over-stir, and lose all of the batter.
Yes - this happens to pretty much anything I fry.

But this time - Oh, this time, I got it right!!

So grab a handful or three of fresh okra, and let's do this!

First, gather your ingredients.

Rinse and pat dry the okra.

Using a sharp knife, cut the okra into 1/4" slices.

In a medium bowl, gently beat the egg.


Put all of the okra into the egg, stir it up a bit, and let soak for 10-15 minutes.


In another bowl, mix bread crumbs, panko, and seasonings.

Pour dry mixture over the marinating okra, and gently mix.

Heat oil over medium-high heat.

Carefully pour the okra into the hot oil, and allow to begin cooking.

Using a flat, wide spatula, gently lift a section of okra and flip it over.

Continue flipping sections so that all the okra has a chance to cook on all sides.

Reduce heat to medium as okra continues to cook.

Remove okra to a paper towel to drain.

If not serving immediately (which is the recommended way, of course!),
you can wrap loosely in foil and set in a warm oven.


Serve, and Enjoy!!
Ingredient List:
 10 pods okra
1 egg 
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup seasoned panko
1-2 grinder twists of sea salt
1-2 grinder twists of black pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
 Remember ~ Life tastes better with a bit of flavor!