Take Back the Kitchen with Alma Schneider

P1050926.jpgThere are few items one can make when snowed in, but fortunately, this carrot soup is primarily made with staples from the fridge and pantry. Great with a hot, fresh bread.
Creamy Carrot Soup:
2 cups steamed carrots
1 quart veg. broth
one chopped onion
1 TBS butter plus one tsp
1/4 cup skim milk
1 TBS flour
1/2 tsp salt
ground pepper to taste
In a soup pot, heat up TBS butter and add chopped onion. Cook and stir until translucent, 5-10 minutes.
Add one tsp butter and flour and whisk together with the onions until coated.
Add the vegetable broth and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the steamed carrots, milk, salt and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Puree with a blender or immersion blender, add groun pepper to taste and serve.
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.

Stopping in Snow or Ice

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skidding_pic2.jpgThe other night, we were driving home from seeing “Gulliver’s Travels” and the roads were downright treacherous. In fact, when we had to climb an incredibly steep hill, the car started swerving to the right and left and I gripped the door handle in fright. Of course, the kids had no clue anything was going on as my husband drove about 7 miles an hour. Thankfully, we made it home but after watching a segment on “The Today” show this morning, I thought it would be helpful to share their tips on how to stay safe while driving in the snow and ice. Plus, I’ve added a few tips of my own!
1. Do not speed when driving on snow and ice. I know that sounds pretty logical, but many people don’t realize how fast they’re going until it’s too late. According to “Today,” it’s four times harder to stop your car when you are attempting to brake on ice.
2. Do not try to brake and turn at the same time. You should do one or the other – otherwise, you could skid or spin out of of control.
3. If your car has anti-lock brakes, apply solid pressure on the brakes (don’t pump them) – that will enable the tires to keep rolling. If you don’t have anti-lock brakes, you can pump them.
4. Look where you want to go. Look torward the solution – not toward the problem. That means if you are skidding, turn the wheel where you want to go – not into the skid.
5. Put kitty litter under your tires before you leave – that actually gives you traction! (I knew that kitty litter was good for something).
6. Apply snow tires or snow chains on your car. Since we’ve already had our first major blizzard, better safe than sorry.
7. You can take a defensive driving class that will give you a refresher course on how to drive in inclement weather and taking the class might even help reduce your insurance rates.
8. If the conditions are too dangerous…DON’T DRIVE and use public transportation!
9. If you are not confident driving in the snow, select a more experienced designated driver who can drive your car.
10. If you are the parent of a new teen driver, DO NOT LET THEM DRIVE!!!