March madness is upon us! While the basketball games have yet to begin, it seems like the busy schedules have yet to slow down. Sometimes it seems that the basketball players are not the only ones who do not get to catch their breath during this month. It is all too easy in this fast pace world in which we live to get caught up in the hustle and the bustle, forgetting to prioritize our personal needs. It is of the utmost importance that we first take care of ourselves in order to keep up with all of the activities and events that oftentimes overwhelm our calendars. Work each week to dedicate your efforts and energy into taking care of yourself - eat healthy meals throughout the day, get out and exercise at least thirty minutes, as well as try to average eight hours of sleep a night. Each of these measures will help to ensure that you are a star everyday like the players out on the court.
CATCHING THOSE ZZZ’S
The National Sleep Foundation discusses the importance of establishing a healthy sleep routine. They have several suggestions on how you can go about putting into place healthy habits:
Set a schedule and then stick to it every single day of the week
Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
Exercise on a daily basis
Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature, sound & light
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
Avoid sleep stealers such as alcohol and caffeine
Turn off electronics before bed - the sooner you turn them off the better
Work on one of these habits each week and before you know it you will be sleeping soundly each night.
Cooking 101: Fundamental Cooking Class
This class is created for our customers’ first TFK cooking class. If you have not yet been to one of our cooking classes, this is the class for you. You will learn a few
adjustments that will make cooking fast and easy, as well as learn tips and techniques to maximize the value of your TFK products.
Saturday, March 25th at 11:00 am
Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 pm
If you have anything that you would like us to cover, please just let us know ahead of time and we will incorporate it into the class!
CALL OR EMAIL TO RESERVE YOUR CUSTOMER ONLY TFK COOKING CLASS FOR 2.
Prepare the stir fry sauce first. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, sriracha, and brown sugar. Set the sauce aside.
Shred the vegetables so they are ready to go when you need them.
Shred ½ the small cabbage using Salad Machine cone #3 - approximately 4 to 6 cups is needed
Grate 1 cup of cheese using Salad Machine cone #1 - approximately 1 cup
Scrub the carrots with a vegetable brush, then using Salad Machine cone #1 shred the carrot (shredding the carrot after the cheese, makes the cone even easier to clean).
Peel a knob of ginger using either a vegetable peeler or by scraping with the side of a spoon, then using Salad Machine cone #1 grate the ginger.
Slice three green onions.
Mince two cloves of garlic.
Heat your TFK wok or 12 inch large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the cooking oil, ground beef, garlic, ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the beef until browned (about five minutes)
While still on medium heat, add the cabbage and carrots to the skillet and continue to stir and cook until the cabbage is slightly tenderized or wilted (whichever you prefer). Stir in the prepared sauce and the green onions. Top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a drizzle of sriracha, then serve.
1 Tbsp sriracha makes a medium-spicy stir fry. If you don't like spicy, I'd start with 1 tsp. The sriracha adds flavor as well as heat, so I don't suggest skipping it all together.
Cleaning Your Cookware
Stainless steel can often be a foe for many dishwashers, but your TFK product has the upper hand when it comes to ease of cleaning. Your cookware’s outermost layer is a high grade stainless steel that has titanium embedded within, which means that your pans are nonporous. This in turn makes your life much easier when it comes to cleaning up after enjoying your dinner. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are cleaning your cookware effectively.
When you first bring your cookware home take the time to clean your pots and pans in a warm water and vinegar mixture. This will take off any of the factory oils and buffing compounds off.
Afterwards, when it comes to daily dishwashing of your cookware keep your favorite dish soap and blue Scotchbrite pad on hand. We recommend that you use the abrasive portion of the sponge for the bottom of the pan on both the inside and the outside, then the soft portion of the sponge for the remaining portions of the pan.
Finally, if you do overcook any of your food or cook any starchy food that leave a residue on the bottom of the pan, make sure to have a little BarKeeper’s Friend on hand to help you clean your pan with ease. Just sprinkle a little bit of the cleaner into the bottom of your cookware, then get your sponge wet (just a little bit) and make a paste. Depending on your needs this paste will take off anything ‘stuck’ to the bottom of your pan or it may just take a few minutes before you can wipe out the ‘mess’ with ease.
With these tips your “dishwashers” will find the cleanup process easy. If you prefer to wash your cookware in an automatic dishwasher just remember to take off the gauge before placing it in the dishwasher for cleaning.
EPSOM SALT BATHS
AS FEATURED ON MINDBODYGREEN
Epsom salt baths are known for their ability to help one relax, easing muscle pain or tension, as well as repair damaged or dry skin. You may already have a bath time ritual, whether for yourself or your kids, but here are some ideas to spice it up.
Before dipping into your bath, add in some ginger, Epsom salts, baking soda and a few drops of essential oil, which will help you to sweat out all those toxins. It is especially beneficial after an evening out...
Fight that Cold Bath
Before that cold brings you down, take the time to take a bath. Add green tea and some eucalyptus to your bath. These two ingredients combined provide antioxidants and expectorants that will work to improve breathing, as well as sinus and chest congestion.
Silky, Smooth Skin Bath
Before all the moisture is soaked out of your skin by the dry winter months, help to rehydrate your skin by sinking into a milk bath. Add some powdered coconut milk, coconut oil and any essential oil of your choice and soak away in your custom milk bath. When you get out your skin will feel soft, silk and hydrated once more.
FEATURED ON HIP PRESSURE COOKING
1 medium spaghetti squash (about 4 pounds)
1 cup water
small bunch fresh sage (about ½ cup fresh sage leaves) 3-5 cloves garlic, sliced
tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon nutmeg (a few swipes on the grater)
Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds.
Add water into the pressure cooker and lower the squash halves facing up - stacking them one on top of the other, if needed.
Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook for 34 minutes (use the fish preset).
In the meantime, in a cold 10 inch sauté pan add the sage, garlic and olive oil. Cook the oil mixture on low heat, stirring very occasionally to fry-up the sage leaves. The leaves will turn dark green when they're crispy - keep an eye on it to ensure the garlic slices do not burn.
When time is up, open the cooker by releasing the pressure.
Tease the squash fibers out of the shell using a fork and plop them into the saute' pan.
Once all of the squash is there turn off the heat, sprinkle with salt and nutmeg, then swoosh everything around to mix well.
Serve as-is or with a generous sprinkle of Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese.