Environmental Organizations are Suing the Trump Administration Over Regulations Aiming to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

Bald eagle, animal saved by the Endangered Species Act

The Trump Administration is attempting to weaken the Endangered Species Act. These environmental and animal protection groups are fighting to stop it!

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Ranch BLT Pasta Salad

Ranch BLT Pasta Salad in a white bowl on a white background

This is quite possibly my favorite pasta salad in the world, and that’s saying a lot, because I’m a girl who lovvveesss her some pasta salad. But I really do think this Ranch BLT Pasta Salad is the queen of them all.

Because of course it is—it’s got crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and creamy homemade ranch dressing. It’s like all the good things in life came together in one bowl! This is the perfect picnic or potluck dish—trust me, everyone will be raving and begging for the recipe.

Homemade ranch dressing being poured over a pasta salad

The key to the best flavor here is my special homemade ranch dressing recipe below. I know, I know, you have your favorite bottled ranch that you love—and I’m sure it would do the trick if you’re crunched for time—but I think this ranch dressing recipe is really worth the extra few minutes it takes to whip up. You might never go back to store-bought ranch again! Read the post »

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5 Tips for Delicious Chicken Breasts

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5 tips for cooking chicken breasts

Over in the Frugal Girl Facebook group (Click here to join! I approve readers promptly.), reader Karen was asking for tips about cooking chicken breasts, since hers often turn out rubbery or chewy.

So, I thought I’d put together a list of my best tips for good chicken breasts.

1. Use a meat thermometer.

This is my single best tip. If you do nothing else, buy an instant read thermometer.

thermapen instand read thermometer

A lot of people overcook their chicken because they are scared of food poisoning (Understandable.)

A thermometer will help you cook your chicken JUST until it’s safe rather than 50 degrees past safe, which brings you into the Land of Dry and Chewy Chicken.

thermapen instant read thermometer

Cook your chicken breasts to 160-165°F and no further!

I got the classic Thermapen for Christmas a few years back and I use it multiple times every week.

thermapen instant read thermometer

I’d spring for the Mk4 if I were shopping now, or if you want a budget model, try the $35 Thermopop.

I know even $35 might feel like a lot, but I think it’s worth it. Skip a night or two of takeout and spend the money on a good thermometer that helps you make delicious food at home!

(I’m not affiliated with Thermoworks in any way, as they’re not sold on Amazon. I just love my Thermapen and it’s way outlasted the cheap digital thermometers I had in the past.)

2. Use a hot pan for a good sear.

I usually heat a little oil or bacon grease in a pan until it’s nearly smoking and then I add my chicken. 

This gives the chicken breasts a nice golden sear on the outside, which makes them taste (and look!) delicious.

seared chicken breasts

A Frywall is pretty handy to use for this, to help keep your stovetop from getting spattered.

frywall review

(Here’s my post all about the Frywall.)

3. Try a brinerade.

The editors at America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Country/Cook’s Illustrated are big fans of a brinerade, which is sort of a mix between a marinade and a brine.

It’s basically just a salty oil mix, and it makes a big difference in how juicy and flavorful your chicken will be.

brinerade

Here’s the best basic chicken brinerade, which uses pantry ingredients you probably already have!

4. Cut your chicken breasts up.

Unless you buy organic chicken breasts, the ones in stores these days tend to be enormous.

And it’s a little hard to cook something like that thoroughly without drying it out.

So, I pretty much always cut my chicken breasts up into three pieces.
how to cut up large chicken breasts

I’ve been doing this for years, but handily enough, the latest Cook’s Illustrated magazine had a drawing of exactly the method I use.

how to cut chicken breasts

Except I usually don’t bother with the pounding.

chicken breasts

5. Let your chicken rest before you cut it up.

Even if your chicken is cooked properly, it’ll be a little dry if you cut it up right away.

Letting the chicken rest will ensure that the juices stay IN the meat, rather than running out onto the plate.

For a piece as small as a chicken breast, a short 10 minute rest should do the trick. Even a five minute rest is better than no rest at all.

brineraded chicken breast

Let me know how your chicken comes out once you try these tips!

Do you have a good chicken breast tip for Karen and other readers? Share in the comments.

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10 Super Chic Recycled Home Decor Accessories

Love decorating your home, but hate buying more stuff? These recycled home decor accessories can be incorporated into your interiors guilt free! By Diane Small Recycled home decor accessories used to be something that maybe a creative student might be into, when she gets her first apartment: think milk crates used as shelving, or telephone wire spools used for a coffee table. But since people have started becoming increasingly aware of the importance of caring for the planet, principles of sustainability have gone from farming and food, to fashion and beauty, and can now be applied to the home. Innovative designers are giving new life to old objects and are selling them on mainstream retail platforms like Anthropologie or Uncommon Goods. But you don’t need to get a bunch of new credit cards for home renovations, or take out a loan to spend tons of cash on designer goods – there are plenty of highly affordable recycled home decor accessories, and best of all, you can even make some of them really easily, all by yourself! 10 Super Chic Recycled Home Decor Accessories Olivia Rattan vase above available here. 1. Mason Jar Herb Garden If you’ve got no room for […]
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End Cat Dissection in Schools and Protect Frogs From Extinction: 10 Petitions You Should Sign This Week to Help Animals

Critically endangered frog

Sign these animal petitions — protect frogs from extinction, pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, end cat dissection in schools, and more!

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47 Goats and a Brood of Hens Were Saved From Floods in India By Five Hero Dogs!

dog and goat

Recently, in Kerala, India, 47 goats and a brood of hens were saved from severe floods by five pet dogs! Amazingly, they helped each other survive!

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The Best Chicken Brinerade

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I’m working on a post about cooking juicy, flavorful chicken breasts, and before I publish that, I wanted to post my very favorite brinerade for chicken, with a printable.

The best chicken brinerade

I got this recipe from Cook’s Country and my goodness, it’s SO useful.

What’s a brinerade?

It’s a cross between a marinade and a brine.  So, it’s got way less water than a brine does, and it’s basically a really salty marinade but with no acid.

(ATK/CC/CI feel that acidic marinades make chicken mushy, not tender.)

brinerating chicken

What does a brinerade do?

It does an amazing job of making chicken tender, juicy, and flavorful, in very short order.

A quick 90 minute (or overnight if you like) soak in a few pantry ingredients will transform your chicken. Seriously.

What’s in this brinerade?

A few ingredients that you probably have on hand already!

brinerade

  • oil
  • water
  • sugar
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic

I know it seems like this should not make a big difference in your chicken, but trust me, it does.

Should you brinerate in a dish or a bag?

I always brinerate my chicken in a glass lidded Pyrex dish, which works great for me and avoids a single-use plastic bag.

But a plastic bag also will work fine.

What should you use brineraded* chicken for?

*is this a word? I don’t know!

I use this recipe whenever I need basic chicken for a dish.

For instance, it’s great in chicken salads, chicken pasta, on green salads, and in sandwiches. And it’s also tasty enough to be eaten just on its own, or with a sauce.

brineraded chicken

Give this a try if you struggle with chicken breasts! And stay tuned next week for a post with more tips about cooking chicken breasts.

(email subscribers, click here to visit the post on the blog to see the printable recipe.)

The Best Quick Chicken Brinerade

The Best Quick Chicken Brinerade

Yield:
4 chicken breasts
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Additional Time:
1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time:
1 hour 45 minutes

This juicy, flavorful chicken is perfect for sandwiches, salads, pasta, and any other dish that calls for cooked chicken breasts. This chicken is great grilled or cooked on the stovetop.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 (6-8 ounce) chicken breasts

Instructions

  1. Combine first six ingredients in a lidded container; stir to combine.
  2. Add chicken, toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 90 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  3. Cook chicken on a preheated grill or in a hot pan on the stove until chicken reaches 160°F, flipping once.
  4. Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information

Yield 4

Serving Size 1

Amount Per Serving

Calories 98 Total Fat 10g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 9g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 794mg Carbohydrates 2g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 0g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 0g

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Cuisine:

American

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Category: Main Dishes

A quick and easy brine/marinade makes chicken breasts juicy and flavorful.

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Burma Superstar Chicken Dal Curry

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.

Chicken Dal Curry is a comforting Burmese stew made with yellow lentils, chicken, ginger, turmeric, curry and spices.
Chicken Dal Curry

Although I don’t want summer to end, I am looking forward to more braised dishes and stews. This dish satisfies both my cravings for curry and chicken stew, combining two of my favorite comfort foods. More comfort food chicken recipes I also love, Chicken Coconut Curry, Filipino Chicken Adobo, and Instant Pot Latin Chicken Stew with Corn.

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10 Of The Best No Fly Holidays From the UK

Who needs planes? We’ve found 10 great no fly holidays from the UK that save money, and the planet By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi We all love to travel, there’s no doubt about it. But as conscious travellers know well, tourism has a meaningful impact on our planet. Flying has a particularly damaging effect on the environment, as the aviation industry produces 2.5% of total carbon emissions. This could potentially rise to 22% by 2050. For those who wish to take steps towards being more environmentally conscious this summer, here are a few ways holidaymakers reduce their carbon footprint: Rather than pack travel toiletries, decant your existing toiletries into reusable travel containers — this means you are not contributing to further plastic reduction and helps to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Choose public transport when abroad – getting the train from the airport is much better for the environment and is usually cheaper than getting a taxi. Take part in activities that have a good environmental impact – many destinations offer beach clean-up activities or involve some form of wildlife preservation. Do your due diligence on the resorts and hotels you choose — finding out the environmental records of hotels […]
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