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Tip Swap (Share Great Ideas!)

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For those of you who aren’t aware, September 10 was National Swap Ideas Day. While no Congressional decree establishes it, no founder is identified and no presidential proclamation supports its very existence, come on: it’s a darn good idea. So in the spirit of “two heads are better than one,” I’d like to share a couple of handy ideas I’ve come up with over the years to simplify my life in the kitchen–both professionally and in my personal life. At the bottom, you can learn how to share your ideas as well. We can get a conversation going about how problem-solving common household nuisances can leave us more time and energy to do the more enjoyable things in life.

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Lured by a Tiger

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True story: twice in the last three weeks, my kids were lured by a tiger. The first incident was a lazy Sunday morning when my two-year-old son checked out the Target flyer and noticed the Tiger (which is interesting is that this caught his eye over anything else–even toys). The second time was when we made a brief stop in a small market, and my five-year-old daughter noticed those eyes, which she said looked so “friendly.” Both incidents left my kids wishing we could invite the Tiger into our home and make him part of our family. Yes, that’s right…I’m talking about Tony the Tiger on the Frosted Flakes box. But more importantly, I’m talking about the time, energy and marketing that goes into making my kids react the way they did.

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Meathead: A Blog Worth Reading

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On the numerous occasions I’m asked how best to ensure success in the kitchen, my two part answer is always the same. If taste comes first, your starting point should be the freshest foods you can find. Whether it’s local and organic or supermarket and conventional, the best foundation for a satisfying meal–and its preparation–is starting with quality product. And with a modest investment in a simple digital thermometer, your workload, your risk and your frustration levels are all but eliminated.

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