Frankly Francine! Dinner Out Dilemma

 Dear Francine, I love my wife very much. We’ve been married for 35 years and recently we both retired. We enjoy meeting friends for lunch and do so several times per week. The women in the group like to shop and often insist on meeting for lunch at the local mall. I’ve talked to the men in the group and none of us enjoy the mall atmosphere. We would rather have our lunches at the golf course or the coffee shop by the car dealership. I’ve suggested to my wife that perhaps we can divide our time between locations so that everybody is able to relax and have a pleasant lunch. She told me that since we’re retired we should do things together and that I should find something to enjoy at the mall. This disagreement has caused hurt feelings to carry over into our evenings and I’d like to find a way to solve the problem. ~Not a Mall Walker Dear Mall Walker, The problem you describe is one that many couples have at the beginning of retirement. It seems that a portion of our culture dictates retired couples do everything together and spend their golden years hand in … Continue reading →

Frankly Francine! Exploding Margarine

Dear Francine, I have so many recipes that call for melted margarine. I’ve tried to melt the margarine as quickly as possible. But I haven’t found a good efficient way to have the butter melted when I need to add it to the recipe. The last time I tried to melt it in the microwave, it exploded all over the inside of the microwave oven. It took me an hour to clean that mess up. I went through an entire roll of paper towels in the process. Can you tell me what the best way to melt margarine or butter would be? Dynamite Cook   Dear Dynamite, You tested the heating properties of oil and the expansion qualities it has when heat is applied.  There are several ways you can melt butter that would be less messy. First thing you could do is place the butter in a small pan on the stove top burner. Heat it on low and wait patiently. The second method you could try involves the microwave and the defrost button. Set the defrost time for 20 seconds at a time and watch closely. The third and probably safest method is to let the butter set … Continue reading →

Freezer Guidelines for Fish

Is your family into fishing? Do you catch much when you’re out with the sun, bait and warm air? While fishing isn’t my favorite past time, I do enjoy sitting in the sun and warm air, then eating a wonderful fish dinner. I usually catch my fish in the local freezer case. But, if you do catch and clean your own fish, sometimes you’ll have much more than you can eat in a week of Sundays. I know, I don’t speak from personal experience, but I have friends who fish and they promise me its a true story. Knowing how long to store fish in the freezer is important. I found this chart not long ago, that will help take the guesswork out of storing fish. My favorite types of fish are tilapia and salmon. My husband has a preference for scallops. And my daughter, princess of picky eating, loves catfish. go figure. This guide will be quite useful to us!   How often does your family eat fish / shellfish?      Printable Copy Remember! Share this post using the links below and Sign up to follow ApronFreeCooking or receive email notices using the buttons in the upper right margin.     … Continue reading →