It's always tempting to dip into the margarine...when the butter is hard as a rock in the fridge. However...when your livelihood comes from the dairy industry...you really shouldn't be dipping into anything besides butter. So my new butter bell has solved that problem...
...and I now have butter that is always just right for spreading. The bell is filled with slightly softened butter...and then inverted into the base which has a little cold water in it. Just flip it over and enjoy fresh, spreadable butter anytime. We quite like our butter bell crock!
Pastry brushes don't last too long around here...but I think I might have found one that will. A silicone brush works great...for everything from applying an egg wash to spreading BBQ sauce. Just throw it in the dishwasher...and it always looks like new.
I tried out a new twist on meatloaf yesterday...and will pass along the suggestion. If meatloaf doesn't sound all that exciting to you...how about trying meatloaf pizza? I found the idea on the Farm Chicks blog...and went with it.
Make your favorite meatloaf...and press into a well greased pie plate. Top with sliced tomatoes, shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning...bake at 425'F for about 25 minute...and enjoy! We enjoyed a Tex-Mex version last night...topped with a layer of salsa, tomato slices and grated nacho cheese.
So those are my kitchen tips for the day. And on another note...my dad is home from the hospital....and we are all happy about that!
Have a good one...