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Posted by Hillman Homes on 4/15/2019

The kitchen is a vital part of the house where all the cooking usually happens. The kitchen is one of the most frequently used places in the house because we cook every day. Sometimes, people gather in the kitchen to eat and enjoy their meal. That is why it is necessary always to keep the kitchen tidy and make sure it is in excellent condition all the time. Also, you should consider equipping your kitchen with the appliances needed for easier cooking.

The size of your kitchen is crucial if you are the kind of person that spends quality time in the kitchen. You need a larger kitchen especially if you love to cook or bake. Apart from the fact that a large kitchen allows you to move freely, you will also enjoy the availability of complete access to your cooking appliances. You will always be willing to spend several hours preparing a sumptuous meal for your family if the kitchen spacious enough to accommodate all the necessary devices to make cooking easier. Here are the benefits of a large kitchen:

Easier to move 

You will be able to move freely if you have a kitchen that is spacious without bumping into different appliances in the kitchen. When there is enough space, the kitchen can be quite cramped and difficult to maneuver.

More storage 

This might be the most significant advantage of having a spacious kitchen. A large kitchen offers you enough room to place your cabinets where you can conveniently put all the things you need for cooking. You also have the opportunity of buying several secured cabinets to keep your cooking stuff. 

More space for appliances 

Another advantage of a large kitchen is that you will enough space to keep all your kitchen appliances. This helps plenty if you have a lot of cooking appliances. Regardless of the number of machines, you can get them arranged in a neat and well-organized manner when the kitchen is spacious. 

Put on a counter

One of the most vital things to have in the kitchen is a kitchen counter. A large kitchen can comfortably accommodate a kitchen counter. Therefore, if you have the aim of putting up a kitchen counter, then you need a kitchen that has enough space. A kitchen counter will provide you with a larger preparation area, which is ideal if there is a special occasion and you will be required to cook for several people. 

If you would like to remodel your kitchen to a bigger size, contact a general contractor in your area today for a quote.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 9/10/2018

If you live a busy work and home life, finding time to cook nutritious and filling meals can be difficult. As a result, many people find themselves ordering out for lunch during the work week and settling for low-effort dinners during the week.

One economical and time-saving solution to this problem is meal prep. You pick one day during the week, usually Sunday, and devote an hour or two to preparing meals for the week.

Not only does it take away the concern of not knowing what to cook for dinner each night, but it also helps you save a ton of money while eating healthy.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips for preparing your meals in bulk, and a few examples of meals that are easily prepared at home in advance.

Expert advice on meal prepping

One of the first issues people face when they start prepping meals is storage. Our best advice is to look for rugged, microwavable and freezable containers.

It’s good to have a variety of sizes, but if you have stray pieces to sets of Tupperware it can make it difficult to find the right sizes. So, we suggest starting from scratch and buying a set of three-compartment and a set one-compartment containers.

Find out the volume of the containers you buy. Doing so will help you keep track of the portions of your meals and make it easier to prepare the right amount to avoid waste.

Planning meals

Many poor eating decisions happen when you’re in a pinch and need to come up with something quickly. It can seem like the cheapest option at the moment is to stop at a fast food restaurant, but you can likely prepare 3 or 4 meals for the price of one trip to the drive-through.

The key is proper planning. Sit down and make your menu for the week. An easy way to start is to think about your favorite lunch items and figure out how you can make them in bulk.

Make sure your shopping list reflects the portions you need to buy, and you’re good to head to the store.

Once you’re home and have started cooking, remember that you needn’t freeze all of your meals. Refrigerate items that you’ll eat over the next 2-3 days and freeze the rest. If you’re worried about losing your meals in your crowded freezer and finding them months from now, use some masking tape to label and date them.

Easy meals to prepare in advance

You can usually find a way to prepare most meals in advance. However, some are easier than others. A good place to start is with rice and grain bowls and stir fries. These tend to be cheap (around $1.50 per serving) and simple to prepare. To add protein, you can include boiled eggs, beans, chicken or beef.

Along the same line, make some brown rice and stir fry black beans, peppers, and onions. Add your favorite southwest seasonings, and buy a large bag of tortilla chips. You can scoop the rice and beans onto your chips for a nutritious and cheap lunch.

For dinner items, you can make your favorites like shepherd’s pie or lasagna in advance and slice and freeze them in portions.




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Posted by Hillman Homes on 6/29/2015

Patriotic Potato Salad This is an American potato salad made from red, white and blue spuds. The blue ones are also referred to as purple potatoes, with a texture similar to a russet.  This dish will compliment any July 4th cookout celebration. Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of all the following, round white potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and purple potatoes unpeeled but scrubbed.
  • 1/3 mayonnaise
  • 1 table spoon of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions
  • Pepper and Salt to taste
Preparation:
  • Place the purple potatoes in a pot separate from the ones with white and red skins.  This will prevent them from tinting. Bring the potatoes to a boil in lightly salted water,
  • Simmer in a partially covered pot till they are fork tender, (do not over cook).  This will take about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Drain the water and let potatoes cool. Cut into pieces about ¾ of an inch in size
  • Whisk the lemon juice, mayonnaise, celery seeds and mustard together in a large bowl.
  • Add  green onions, pepper, salt and potatoes. Gently toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Serves approximately  8 people
ENJOY !




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