Lazy Budget Chef: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

20 Crazy State Fair Foods You are Afraid to Eat but Secretly Want To

The Ohio State Fair opened and you know what that means – insane amounts of sugar coated double deep fried , cooked in a sheep's bladder, insane thing on a stick food!

Wait a sec. Scratch the cooked in a sheep’s bladder part. That’s haggis at the Celtic Festival.

Never mind.

This mild mannered reporter disguised at Clark Kent your average Ohio State Fair visitor, braved the crowd and searched high and low for the wackiest state fair food I could find for this edition of our family’s favorite game: I Dare You To Eat That!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Easiest Way to Shuck, Cook, and Clean Sweet Corn That’s So Simple it Will Blow Your Mind

Summer sweet corn is finally in season! Yippee! Yahoo! *Backflips of joy*

During this time of the year it seems not a cookout, barbecue, or day that ends with a y doesn’t have sweet corn on the cob in some way shape or form. I think some of our local road side farmer stands sell the best sweet corn around but I’m not against buying it at my farm market either.

Boiling sweet corn on the cob is easy. Bring a pot of water to a rolling boil, drop the corn cobs into it, and let them cook for 5 to 10 minutes. Easy.

Except for taking the husk off the corn and removing the strings. No matter how well Husband or I think we removed all the corn strings, someone usually ends up with an extra portion of corn strings with their clean corn on the cob. Our bad.

Until Husband experimented with not only the quickest and easiest way to remove all the husk and strings from fresh corn on the cob. Let’s husk corn the lazy way!

The Quickest Way to Cook and Clean Corn on the Cob

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Resize Free Plastic Bags with a Food Saver

I shop with reusable shopping bags as much as possible. Many stores give you some sort of incentive to bring your own bags. Other stores, like Aldi, charge you for disposable shopping bags. Ten cents a disposable shopping bag isn’t such a big deal but I used it as incentive to get started on a new habit and put all of those freebie shopping bags we get from events and the like to good use.


Not to mention, the disposable shopping bag population threatened to take over the house! I’m convinced our Meijer has an employee contest for how many grocery bags they can use to pack an order. Could be why I don’t shop there as much as I used to…

Friday, July 11, 2014

I Ate My Way Around Put-in-Bay

When Lacey joined our family over a year ago her separation anxiety was so severe that she lost it when either of us went on a short business trip. With that and some of her other issues, Husband and I didn’t think it was a good idea to go on a vacation with her. Lacey behavior hasn’t earned the privilege of going on a vacation yet so we stayed home.

Husband and I really needed a vacation this year.

The signpost is in nautical miles!

We’ve been working with Lacey on her issues and she is making progress. We decided to test the waters and board Lacey while we took a went to Kelley’s Island and Put-in-Bay. We get a break, I finally get to visit the islands I grew up near but never visited, and we are close enough to home that if Lacey has issues, we can come home early. Fortunately, we didn't. Lacey did well while we were gone.



As soon as I smelled the lake air and the island ferry launched, I didn't realize exactly how much I miss boating and being on the water. Seeing some of the tourist puns during our first quick jaunt around downtown Put-in-Bay reminded me of my childhood lake life. I knew I was HOME.

TJ’s Smokehouse is kind enough to offer husband day care services for guys who don’t want to go poking around the many shops downtown. This wasn't an issue with us. When Husband went running, I window shopped for something to do.

We stayed on Put-in-Bay because there was more things we interested in seeing on doing (and eating!)

We took a day trip to hit the highlights on Kelley’s Island. Check out my DIY blog Condo Blues for more Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island fun!

Kelley’s is a little larger island than Put-in-Bay. It only made sense to fuel our day of pedal powered tourism with lunch at Kelley’s Island Brewery. We had a great chat with Doug the brewer about his beers and how he makes them as we sampled Kelley's Island Brewery Summer Haze. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Three Things That Make Grilling Easier and More Fun

This post brought to you by Grate Chef, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

My family likes to eat grilled food. It is quick. It is easy and it doesn't heat up the kitchen during the summer.
I am ready to put food on the grill as soon as the snow melts in the spring. My husband? Not so much. He isn't a fan of doing the grilling himself, which is fine since I like to cook that way. But it becomes a problem when my husband does cook on the grill, he doesn't clean it.

I don't grill as often as I'd like because cleaning the grill is such a pain, especially the dried bits of stuck on food my husband leaves on the grill.  Have you ever tried washing a grill in your kitchen sink because the grill brush doesn't get all of the charred bits off of it? It doesn't work very well at. all.