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Ice Cube Trays - For More then Just ICE 
Jul. 29, 2010 3:19 pm 
Updated: Jan. 14, 2011 6:29 pm
When I was a kid, my mom would take fresh lemons and squeeze the juice into ice cube trays.  Once they were frozen, they were stored in Freezer bags in the fridge.  When someone in the family had a cold.  Mom would put a couple of these cubes, hot water and some honey into a cup and make "hot lemonade".  I still crave this beverage when I am sick, even now.  Something about that tart, citrusy drink with the hot steam and delicious smell, just makes me feel better.

I have to come to realize, pre-frozen cubes are good for more then just hot lemonade.   They are good for cold lemonade in single servings.  Just mix some cubes with sugar and water to taste, let melt and stir and you have a nice single serving of lemonade.  I have also started freezing lime juice.  I especially like to take a lime cube, sugar (once again, sugar, don't forget the sugar), and put it into some hot pomegranate flavored tea.  I like this hot or cold, but I might just be weird like that.

You can use ice cube trays to freeze single servings of homemade pesto or tomato sauce.  They are just perfect for a single serving of pasta.  You can have my ice cube trays when you pry them from my cold hands. 
Jul. 29, 2010 3:49 pm
I freeze homemade stock in them too. When the kiddos were little homemade baby food. The possibilities are endless
Jul. 29, 2010 5:20 pm
We always keep frozen coffee cubes on hand to use in iced coffee.
Jul. 29, 2010 10:18 pm
Ooh, coffee cubes! I hadn't thought of that. What a great idea!
Jan. 14, 2011 6:29 pm
I really hope you get notified when somebody reads this... I have a strange request, that actually has nothing to with your blog, lol. But I was looking up a recipe for macaroons and found one for "Coconut Macaroons III". 17 pictures in, is the picture you put up for that particular recipe, and your macaroons are dipped in some very, very dark (in fact, it's black) chocolate. In a long, convoluted way, I'm asking you... what kind of chocolate did you use for that? I need something black for a themed birthday dessert, and really just can't bring myself to use fondant. Please let me know what you used, I would really appreciate it! :]
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About Me
My mother always made great home cooked meals for our family, and I hope to carry on the tradition. I especially like to cook really good, filling vegetarian meals. I am focusing on learning family friendly meals so that when I have children, I will be ready.
My favorite things to cook
Mostly, I like cooking vegetarian main dishes. I a finally starting to feel comfortable altering recipes and changing them in ways I think they would work. I am really excited about new and interesting flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At thanksgiving, everyone in the family picks one part of the meal to cook and I always get to make the pies. They are the best part, after all.
My cooking triumphs
Finally knowing how to use every spice in my spice rack.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make this tofu pie thing I found in a cookbook. I even cut the salt in half and it was still inedible (I found out later that the book had a misprint, confusing tablespoons with teaspoons), and the crust came out like cardboard. A total and complete failure. I think that that is my only major tragedy so far, but I am sure I will have more as I really start experimenting.
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