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Loaves and Dishes

You know what I was thinking about the other day? Should we do a spring cleaning with our diets? I tend to want to eat a little better in the spring when the strawberries come into season. Don’t you?

That then led me to thinking about spring cleaning my kitchen cookware. I thought you might like some tips about cleaning those too – especially since spring is upon us.

Stainless steel and Non-stick skillets – For everyday messes, simply boil the mess and scrape the pan with a wooden spoon or plastic scraper. Then wash as usual. Repeat for hard stuck on messes.

Blackened pan bottoms – Work outdoors, spread out some newspaper and turn the pans upside down. Wear rubber gloves. Spray with oven cleaner and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe the oven cleaner off and then wash the pan. Repeat for hard stuck on messes.

The garbage disposal – Toss in cut up pieces of lemon for a fresh smell and sanitizing. Run the disposal with the water running.

The Microwave – Microwave 2 cups of water on high in a microwave safe bowl for about 5 minutes. Then allow the water to sit inside the microwave for 5 minutes. This will steam the inside of the microwave. Remove the bowl (carefully so as not to burn yourself) and then wipe down the inside of the microwave with a wet washcloth. Repeat if all of the stuck on debris doesn’t come right off.

Cutting Boards – Make a paste of 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 tsp of water. Rub the board firmly with the paste and then rinse.

The sink – When washing dishes, add just a small splash of bleach to your dishwater to keep everything sanitized. On a regular basis, mix 1 tablespoon of bleach to 1 quart of water and wash down the sink. The sink can be an especially germy area.

Finally – you.

So, if we were to spring clean our diets, I suppose that would involve eating things that were all natural – but also tasty, right?

What follows is a salsa recipe that I developed for a friend of mine. It is table banging delicious and I’m not kidding. Even Mr. Spraker enjoyed it and gobbled up every bite, and believe me, he doesn’t get too adventurous with his foods.

If you give it whirl, I hope you will drop me a line at [email protected] and let me know what you thought. If this recipe intrigues you and you want a more good recipes, please stop in at my website at

Best Ever Peach and Fruity Salsa


3 cloves of garlic – minced

1 red onion – chopped as small as possible

1 red bell pepper – chopped into pencil eraser size bits

1 jalapeno – seeds and ribs removed and chopped small

3 limes – zest and juice

½ can of peaches – peaches chopped in pencil eraser size bits – reserve the juice

1 Cup chopped cilantro – (two bunches)

2 fresh peaches – chopped into pencil eraser size bits

½ cup chopped strawberry – (about 8 strawberries)

½ cup chopped pineapple (fresh or canned)

2 tsp fresh ginger – grated

¾ tsp chili powder

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla (good quality – NOT imitation)

1 ½ tsp Balsamic Vinegar (good quality)

2 tsp brown sugar


Chop all ingredients as indicated in the ingredient list and mix together gently in a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the remainder of the ingredients and mix well – but gently.

Serve immediately with chips for dipping or as a garnish for your dish.

Wendi Spraker

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