Cooking & Ingredients Articles & Consumer Guides

Different Methods of Preserving Fish

There are several methods in preserving fish. Fish preservation involves Chilling and Freezing, Salting, Fermentation, Drying and Dehydration, Smoking, Pickling and Spicing, and Canning. There is one thing first to consider, make sure that the fish that is going to be preserve is new and still fresh. The method of Chilling and Freezing; if the fish is exposed to a low temperature environment, the growth of the microorganisms could be prevented; this could lead to spoilage prevention. The appropriate temperature is 0 degree Celsius which involves the use of ice or a refrigerator.  The use of ice for chilling is very much convenient and widely used in the markets. If you are going to use ice for fish preservation, make sure that you have sufficient amount of ice. To keep the fish properly chilled with ice, usually the coarser ice should be put on the top while the melted ice should be put below. Fish can also be preserved by the way of salting. Salt elements will lower the water...

Uncle Sam's Wife, Aunt Sammy's Depression-Era Radio Recipe for Rhubarb Betty

i bet you thought the U.S. Department of Agriculture was only interested in farming and farmers. Perhaps today, but back in the 1920s, the Department's Bureau of Home Economics created a wife for Uncle Sam (Aunt Sammy) who would take to the radio to talk about food, cooking, and anything else that popped into her mind (fashion, fads, appliances and even world affairs). The first Aunt Sammy's 15-minute radio show was on NBC and it aired on October 4, 1926. It was called "Housekeeper's Chat" and it was on the radio five days a week.   Aunt Sammy was very popular, especially in the rural, farm areas. Soon,her program was carried by more than 40 radio stations.Thousands of people wrote in for her recipes. In 1932, there were 194 stations broadcasting Aunt Sammy (and, by then, there were a number of different actresses appearing as Aunt Sammy). Aunt Sammy's popularity led to the publication of some of her recipes in pamphlet form, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932, Aunt S...

How to Remedy an Overbaked Cake

When it comes to baking things need to be done pretty perfectly. Measurements need to be right on, and baking times must be followed and baked goods watched while cooking. If you are not an experienced cake baker you may find that you don’t know exactly when the cake is finished baking. Therefore you may over bake the cake thinking that it is not yet done. This article will not only teach you how to know when your cake is finished baking, but it will also teach you what to do if you accidently over cook it. Over Cooked Cake An over cooked cake is a dry cake. Of course you may not know it is over cooked until you go to eat it. There is a way however, to tell if your cake is over cooked. A perfectly cooked cake will pull away from the pan a bit, but an over cooked cake will pull away from the edge of the pan a lot. Plus if you push down on the center of the cake and it doesn’t sink in (undercooked) or it does not bounce back up (perfectly cooked), then it is very lik...

How to Make Solid Alcohol

Solid alcohol is a product many of us are familiar with under its trade name Sterno® that is used for cooking in the great outdoors or to heat chafing dishes for keeping food ingredients warm. The makers of solid alcohol obviously do not want their customers to know how this stuff is made, but it is really simple. This product was developed during the 1920s by mixing ethyl alcohol with soap. A very effective solid alcohol can be made easily from: 1 pint of denatured alcohol 1 pound of soap flakes (Ivory soap is the best) Mix the ingredients in a large bowl by adding the soap to the alcohol slowly while stirring the whole time you are pouring the soap into the denatured alcohol. When it is first mixed this product is fairly liquid so it can be poured into small cans with press top lids and allowed to gel. To use this product take the lid off the can and lite the solid alcohol with a match. An even better device for lighting the solid alcohol is made by tearing a strip about a ...

Recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

It's not very often that I eat dinner at a restaurant and immediately feel compelled to run home and re-create something from my dining experience. In fact, I don't think that has ever happened, but they say there is a first time for everything. A few weeks ago, while I was visiting my family in Tennessee, we had dinner at a quaint little out-of-the-way bistro with an awesome menu. My dinner was great but it was the dessert that had me running back to my own kitchen to (re)create. Maybe it was because I was feeling nostalgic by being back in the town where I grew up, back to my roots. Or maybe it was just because the slice of Orange Creamsicle cheesecake was so darn good. Either way, each luscious and creamy bite conjured up images of when I was a kid riding home from school on the school bus that was driven by my grandfather. After he finished driving his route, he would stop at the little gas station/convenience store close to his house and let me buy a treat. Sometimes i...

Diabetic Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you look at the Red Velvet Cupcakes pictured below, one thing pops out at you: the rich cream cheese frosting. There is about the same amount of cream cheese frosting atop these red velvet cupcakes as there is cupcake, itself. And for diabetics, that spells danger, with a capital D! There's more sugar and fat in the frosting than there is in the cupcake; however, there's one super simple way to turn this otherwise sinful dessert into a diabetes-friendly one, and that is simply to limit the amount of frosting that you spread atop each red velvet cupcake. (And a few other tricks, read on for more tips on how you can transform any dessert into one fit for a diabetic without hurting the integrity of the recipe.) Ingredients For the cupcakes: 7 3/4 oz all-purpose flour (baking is an exact science, weighing flour is better than measuring!) 3/4 tsp baking soda  3/4  tsp salt  3/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder  3/4  cups&nb...

Amazing Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving Around the World

Fruits and vegetables are source of vitamins and minerals and an important part of our food. The more colourful a food preparation is, it is appetizing as well, but there is another way of decorating the food, which is called 'fruit/vegetable carving'. The purpose of fruit and vegetable carving is to make food more attractive, and more appetizing. It is called garnishing or may be as an art form or hobby.  Some people call it 'veggy art'.  This post reviews about this amazing art around the world offering useful links to the sites with ideas and pictures of fruit and vegetable carvings. Food carving is a popular art form associated with cooking and decoration around the world. It has become a traditional feature of most of the restaurants, fast food shops and hotels around the world. Even at family gatherings, personal parties the decoration with fruits and vegetable is much appreciated and praised. In some countries this hobby has been adopted from man...

How to Make Duhat, Banana, Bignay, and Kasoy Wines for Special Occasions

“Any fruit containing sufficient sugar to taste may be used for making wine. If sugar is lacking in the fruit, cane sugar may be added. The flavor which the wine acquires depends largely on the kind of fruit used.” Banana Wine 1. Cut the peeled bananas into halves. For every kilo of bananas, add 1.7 liters of water. Heat to boiling point and continue heating for five more minutes. 2. Allow the peeled bananas to stand until the following day. Strain through a clean sinamay cloth. For every 9 liters of hot juice, add 2.9 pounds of sugar. Place in a glass container and add ½ tablespoonful of yeast. 3. Plug mouth of container with a clean piece of cloth and loosely cover it with a piece of paper or cotton to protect it from dust or dirt. Set aside for 2 to 3 weeks to ferment. After fermentation is completed, siphon out the clear fermented liquid. Transfer it to sterilized oak barrel for aging. 4. Aging of banana wine takes from 1 to 2 years. The aged wine...

Cooking Tips: How to Remove Extra Salt from Stocks, Sauces, Soups and Stews

I am sure that you will agree with me that at some point in our lives, all of us manage to cook an awfully salty dish. Adding too much salt while cooking is a very common mistake. Sometimes the salt just rushes out of the container too fast, and other times food becomes over salty because of the salty ingredients added in the recipe. But most of the time it is the wrong estimation of the salt. I was cooking lamb curry yesterday night, and unfortunately added too much salt. All the flavors from my curry simply vanished and I could only taste harsh flavor of the salt. My lamb curry was completely ruined but, then I just thought to check on Internet if there were any ways to remove the excessive salt from stocks, sauces, soups and stews. And here I am sharing with you my experience on dealing with an over salty situation. Excessive salt literally ruins the stocks, sauces, soups and stews. Next time if you end up cooking extremely salty food, do not just discard it then and there.Be...

Create a 'Master Grocery List' to Make Shopping Easy (Free Template)

What is your typical grocery shopping experience?  Is it anything like some of mine?  I don't know how many times I've gone shopping, armed with a list that I hastily scratched on the back of an envelope, bought my groceries, and got back home only to find I missed some important ingredients that I really needed.  Or, on other occasions, I've scurried off to buy milk, eggs and bread (usually while I'm ravenously hungry)...and bought enough food to feed a small country.  (See my related article on weight loss for shopping tips if you want to eat more healthful foods.)  Being ill-prepared before launching off to buy groceries can result in the shopper wasting both time - by making multiple trips to the store because something was forgotten - and money - using extra fuel, making impulse purchases when you don't have a list to guide you, or purchasing duplicate goods which may expire before they can be used.&...

Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup

Talk about comfort foods, this is one of my family’s favorite soups and rarely are there any leftovers. My kids like to serve this over their cornbread and biscuits with grated sharp cheddar cheese or sour cream. Legumes are the most versatile and nutritious foods to aid you in your quest for a healthy diet. Legumes are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. A good, source of protein, beneficial fats, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Legumes are a good meat substitute for those who are Vegans and Vegetarians or families who want to decrease their intake of animal proteins. Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup Makes about 1 gallon Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or vegetable oil 1 large onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 2 cups diced celery 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups smoked ham 4 quarts vegetable or chicken stock 1 cup lentils 1 cup barley 1 cup split...

The Most Popular Street Fruit and Cold Drinks in the Philippines and Their Health Benefits

These street cold fruit drinks are usually sold using plastic cups or plastic bags with sipping plastic straw. Here are some of the most popular street drinks in the Philippines.  Assorted Palamig   Image Source Orange Juice Several local types of “palamigs” are sold in the streets of the Philippines. “Palamig” is a term which literally means “cold drink”. It is very popular because it is much cheaper than commercial cold drinks and are readily available anywhere. Image Source Pineapple Among the most popular flavors of “palamig” sold in the Philippine streets include orange, pineapple, buko or young coconut and buko-pandan. Orange is the best source of vitamin C and other nutrients while pineapple is widely known for its pytho-chemicals which are very essential to the human body and are known to fight cancer cells. Chunks of fresh and ripe pineapple are mixed with water and sugar in a container with chunks of ice. So...

List of Scottish Food

Do not be alarmed at the picture above, it is only a deep fried Mars Bar. Below you will find a list of Scottish food, some taste better than they sound; some really do sound as if they would taste really bad. Aberdeen Angus: Scottish breed of beef cattle that has internationally renowned for its quality and flavour. Arbroath Smokies: A full haddock which has been salted and smoked over wood chips. Best served with warm, buttered oatcakes. Atholl Brose: A sweet oatmeal, honey and whisky drink. Bannocks: Can either be a different name for oatcakes or a type of soda scone. Named after an area around Stirling. Black Bun: Traditionally eaten at New Year, a black bun is a cake made with flour, dried fruits, spices, milk and treacle. Bridies: A folded circle of pastry with a meat and onion filling. The best bridies come from Forfar. Butteries: A long-lasting morning roll that is made with a yeast dough, butter and lard. Clapshot: Mainly made in Orkney, turnip and mashed potato with h...

How to Make an Authentic Cobb Salad

My father-in-law loves fast food. Over the years, however, I’ve realized that what he really likes is the predictability of the food. Take him into a mom and pop café in a strange town and he’ll immediately scan the menu for something that looks familiar. When he fails to find anything familiar he’ll order the simplest thing he can find, something that he perceives as having the least chance of risk. Take him to an ethnic restaurant and he’ll visibly squirm. You see, a Big Mac is always a Big Mac. The fries at Wendy’s always taste exactly the same. It’s predictable, it’s easy, and it’s comforting. Here’s the thing: I can empathize with him. I might even say I agree. And while I don’t eat fast food very often I will assert that some meals should be made a certain way. Take, for instance, the Cobb Salad. I love a good Cobb Salad. It’s light and substantial at the same time, and it’s loaded with both fiber an...

How to Make Nata De Coco and Nata De Coco Dessert

In about two weeks time you can harvest your nata from coconut water and prepare nata de coco dessert.  Just follow these simple steps: Utensils:              bowl              wooden spoon              measuring cup              measuring spoon              wide-mouth bottle              manila paper              rubber band Supplies:              12 cups coconut water              1 cup refined sugar      &n...

The Many Kinds of Jewish Yemeni Breads

Nearly all Yemeni Jews now live in Israel, with only a few hundred still living in The Yemen, and others scattered around the world. The Israeli Yemeni traditions are very distinct in all areas of their lives, in their prayer, language, dress and their food. Their traditional foods consist of Yemenite soup (chicken soup with the Yemeni spice Hawaiig), Hilba (made from fenugreek seeds) and a number of breads. Surprisingly the Yemeni people are not over weight, but they generally have problems with diabetes as they get older and this is attributed to the flour, not the sugar in their diet. The various forms of bread are all made from the same dough and are simply made using firmer dough or a dough with more liquid. Today modern Yemeni housewives still make most of these breads themselves on a weekly basis. The names of these breads are in Hebrew and I have used "H" as the guttural sound that has no corresponding letter in English. Trying to get a recipe out of one of these se...

Bolivian Food Recipes

Bolivia has a diversity of geographical zones with varied climate, culture and food. Bolivian cuisine has a great variety of dishes mainly meat, fish and poultry blended with herbs and spices. The diet also consists of fresh fruit and vegetables. Some traditional dishes include 'Majao', which is a rice dish with eggs,beef and fried banana, ‘Silpancho’, meat served with rice and potatoes, 'Pacumutu' a rice dish with grilled beef, fried yucca and cheese, ‘Saltenas’ and ‘Empanadas’ which are meat or vegetable pies, ‘Locro’ is a soup made with rice, chicken and banana and ‘Chicharron de Pacu’ made with the local Pacu fish, rice and yucca. The recipes for various Bolivian dishes are given here. Majao: Ingredients 5 cups water 1/2 pound charque (dry and salty meat) 1 cup rice 1/2 cup onion (without washing), thinly sliced 1/2 cup tomato, peeled and minced 1/4 teaspoon salt (if charque is not very salty) 1/2 cup o...

Easy Cake: Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake This chocolate mug cake is really easy to make, it can be made in a matter of minutes. The recipe is made in the microwave in around 3 minutes and contains no egg, so their is no concerns about under cooking. As you can see from the image, the cake was eaten almost as fast as it was cooked! You will need: 4 tbsp self raising flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp cocoa powder 3 tbsp milk 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp nutella/ chocolate spread (optional, but makes the cake really moist) Pinch of salt Drop of vanilla extract 1 coffee mug How To Make 1. In your mug sift flour, add cocoa powder, salt and sugar and mix together. 2. To the mix, add milk and butter and mix well ensuring there is no lumps or flour pockets. 3. mix in nutella and vanilla extract. 4. Once mix is smooth put a blob of nutella on top of the mix. This will melt down and form a nice topping. 5. Place mug in the center of the microwave and cook for around 3 minutes. This is based on a 750watt microwave. F...

Guide to Asian Noodles (Egg, Wheat, Rice, Bean and Soba Noodles Defined)

Here are the most common Asian noodles you're likely to see in stores or on menus. When shopping, remember that dried noodles will keep indefinitely; fresh ones can be refrigerated two to three days. Egg Noodles - made from wheat flour and egg. Varieties include dan mian and hokkien mee (China), ba mee (Thailand and Indonesia) and mee (Malaysia). Available fresh or dried and either thin and round or like wide ribbons in shape. It has a yellowish color. Use in stir-fry dishes or soups. Substitutes: linguine, fettuccine, spaghettini, Wheat-flour noodles - made from wheat flour, water, and salt. It is whiter in color than egg noodles. Lo mien (China) is a narrow or broad noodle that's available fresh or dried. Use in soups and stir-fry dishes. Substitutes: fettuccine or thin linguine. Udon (Japan) is a thick, white wheat-flour noodle that's available fresh (called nama udon) or dried, and resembles long, flat sticks. Substitutes: any ribbon-shaped pasta. image source Rice Noodles ...

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Legs

It's that time of the year again where many families with kids sports seasons are in full swing.  It is hard to cook dinner and eat as a family when there are mid week games and practices.  This is the time of year when having a crock pot is very practical.  When you prepare your meals in the crock pot you can prepare them earlier in the day.  The food will be ready at dinner time before practice or after practice and members of the family can have a hot meal ready to eat when they get a chance even if they only have just a few minutes to eat. Chicken is something that is always very versitile and easy to cook in the crock pot.  I have a super easy chicken dish for you.  You can serve it with some rice that you cook ahead of time.  Just heat the rice up in the microwave and pour the chicken over top. This dish tastes great with some pinapple on the side.  If you want to add a little fiber to the mix add some thick tomato slices and thick slices ...

Indian Cuisine: Types of Indian Breads

Bread is a fundamental part of the dining culture of India; in much the same way as it is in the European countries. There are various types of Indian breads found in the Indian cuisine which are cooked in different ways. Each differs from the other in shape and size, in the ingredients used, and of course in taste. Each region of India has its own specialty. The recipes and methods of cooking breads differ widely from one part of the country to another; therefore there is indeed an amazing variety of breads found in the Indian cuisine. The Indian bread is generally prepared by using flour made of wheat, rice, corn or lentils. Read on to find out more about the various types of Indian breads which are popular all over the world today. Chapatti                       Chapatti is an everyday bread of Indians, which is made from flour, water and salt. It is an unleavened flatbr...

Fried Foods - Types of Coating for Fried Foods

Fried Foods – Coatings for Fried Foods While it is possible to fry foods without a coating, potatoes for instance-this does not always result in the crispy golden morsels, cooked throughout but not greasy, that a good coating helps to achieve. The pieces of food can be rolled one at a time in flour or crumbs, or dipped in milk and then rolled in flour or crumbs. The Japanese dip their foods into a batter called tempura batter, and the delicious shrimps prepared this way are a familiar item in Japanese restaurants. The English use a mixture of egg, water and oil, with seasonings; so this kind of coating is call a’l’anglaise. The foods are coated with bread crumbs after being dipped into the anglaise mixture. Egg and crumb coating is particularly good for deep-frying as well as for other kinds of frying. In the case of mixtures such as croquettes, egg helps to hold pieces together. To obtain a chef’s result, prepare food ahead of time, dip it into the egg and c...

Brussel Sprouts Have a Horrible but Undeserved Reputation, Let These Recipes Fix That for You

I have always been a good girl and eaten my vegetables. I love them. But my husband is a bit restricted in this area. When I met him, he like broccoli. Period. Not much variety do you think? Well I have been married to him 25 years this May and we are making progress. He has a much wider range now in vegetables he actually likes. But our most recent accomplishment is Brussel Sprouts. This is a great vegetable with a horrible reputation. It has been maligned. For what reason I don't know. But it is so good and so good for you. And there are so many wonderful ways to fix it. I did take some help from a chef for one of her thoughts, the others belong to me. I hope you enjoy having your taste buds teased. I have grown my own Brussel sprouts in my garden. It is fascinating. They grow on these really tall stalks with a mop head at the top, and the little Brussel sprouts line each side of the stalk starting out tiny at the top and get bigger toward the bottom and you pick them as t...

Pressure Cooked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

This is the best time of year to buy both apples and sweet potatoes and pork pairs really well with both of them.  If you have a pressure cooker you could be eating this complete meal in no time.  When cooking pork in a pressure cooker keep in mind that the pork will need to cook for 15 minutes per inch. So if your pork chops are a different size then indicated in the recipe keep that in mind and alter you time.  Pressure Corked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes 6 1 inch thick pork chops, fat trimmed off 2 tbls. all purpose flour 3 tbls. olive oil 1 large onion, finely diced 1 clove of garlic minced 1 stalk of celery diced 1/8 cup of orange juice 1 cup apple juice or cider 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 3 large apples, peeled and quartered 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 2 inch thick slices 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tbls. cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water Place flour on each of the pork ch...

Food Combinations That Cause Gas

Correct food combinations are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimulation of the nutrients in our diet. Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive process - some acid, some alkaline. When acids and alkalines come in contact, they neutralize each other and this retards digestion. Poor food combining or food combinations can be a cause of indigestion or stomach disorders in the body. Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Acid Reflux are some of the stomach disorder examples. When wrong foods are consumed at the same time, you are likely to get digestive disorders. The reason for these ailments is that certain food groups do not digest well together. Some foods digest primarily in the stomach, others in the small intestine. Some foods digest in minutes while others take many hours. Some foods require an acid medium to digest in and others an alkaline medium. Therefore certain foods eaten together do not digest properly ...

How to Make Pastillas

Pastillas de leche are sweet milk candies that are usually served for dessert. They are very easy to serve because you don't need to cook to make pastillas. What we have is a no-cook fast and simple dessert recipe intended to gratify your cravings right away. Also, cooking or heating any recipe is not necessary. All you have to do is to mix the ingredients together and there it is, a super sweet delicious milk candy that you can have for dessert in no time. Making pastillas is also a great home based business. Here are the ingredients you will need: 1 can condensed milk(300 ml) 2 cups of powdered milk sugar Japanese paper Steps in making the Pastillas: 1.) Sift  over the powdered milk with a strainer. 2.) Combine the condensed milk with the sifted powder milk. 3.) Mix and blend evenly, using spoon, then, press with hand.  4. )Heat in low heat stirring thoroughly until mixture forms into a paste. 5.) Set aside for 5-10 minutes before shaping into small balls. 6.)Se...

Great Kitchen Tools Beyond the Basics

If you've decided to get more creative and adventurous in the kitchen, but all you have are the basic kitchen tools you left home with, you might ask yourself, " What's the next step?"  Before deciding which fancy new kitchen tools you might want to add to your arsenal, first you'll need to consider where your interests lay and what your cooking priorities are. Do you like to make food look beautiful, artful, and interesting? Do you like to bake scrumptious cakes and pastries, and decorate them creatively? Do you feel the pull of an alter-ego Italian inside you, yearning for fresh pasta and pesto? Do you want to explore the cuisine of a different culture? Or, do you want to master the art of bread-making? Perhaps all of these food genres appeal to you (hats off to your determination!), or just one new kitchen adventure.  Whatever the case, once you have decided which direction you'd like to pursue, then you can consider the kitchen tools needed to make it happen.&nb...

Traditional Indian Wedding Cake: An Artistic Pastry Delight

Who can doubt that the most looked forward to event of any formal wedding is the cutting and eating of the wedding cake.   However, Indians have taken the traditional Indian wedding cake presentation to the next level higher than most wedding planners have in Western culture. Typically, Indians look not only to the traditional Indian wedding cake as a pastry delight of which to part-take, but part of the elaborate wedding decorations and a wedding's spectacular highlight.  (1)  But first, let us examine what makes the traditional Indian wedding cake so very special.  The Traditional Indian Wedding Cake and Its Ingredients Actually, there is no basic difference between the ingredients used in the West and the ones traditionally used by Indians.  However, many Indians delight in having a wedding cake made up of banana chocolate.  Others prefer pineapple and assorted fruit including mango.  Many Indians also pref...

Tempranillo Wine Pairing

Among the many underappreciated wines is Tempranillo, a lovely Spanish red that lends itself to pairing with many foods, from Spanish tapas and paella to Moroccan lamb tajine. Tempranillo is one of the best wines from the Rioja region of Spain, and can be the main component of red wines labeled Rioja. It is often blended with other varietals like Garnache, Graciano, or Cabernet sauvignon. You can find excellent Tempranillos for pairing with meals from wineries in Australia, California, and Portugal. About Tempranillo Wine Tempranillo is often described as a “food-friendly” wine because its balance of medium to strong tannins and low acidity complements so many flavors, making it a good pairing with a variety of cuisines. Like Riesling, this red wine can also have characteristic “terroir,” a distinctive flavor or aroma from the vineyard. You often hear the terms “rugged” or “earthy” in conjunction with Tempranillo. It has a deep color, t...

How To Make Highland Coffee

A highland coffee is a very quick and simple thing to make and gives enough of a twist to a normal coffee to raise the bland to something quite delightful. It may be nothing more than coffee with cream with the added addition of a Scotch whisky but it really does work very well together and is both a pleasure.and a delight to drink. (Scotch whisky, the most important ingredient of a Highland Coffee - Image via Wikipedia) A highland coffee is best served in a tall wine glass that has a 300ml capacity. To make a highland coffee a true highland coffee the whisky that is added has to be one of the Scotch whiskies produced in the Highland region of Scotland. Some top Highland Scotch Whiskies include, Aberfeldy, Balblair, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Garioch and Pulteney. It should be noted of course that any other whisky may well be used to make such a drink, whether it be a Scotch whisky from a different region of Scotland or any other type of whisky made throughout the world. Below, we ...

Sea Vegetables: Fish Chowder with Seaweed

Both Alaria and Dillisk is a tasty seaweed and either can be used for this recipe. Vegans can use Soy milk, and Silken tofu in place of the fish and eliminate the clam juice and add vegetable juice. Use vegetable oil in place of butter.   Dillisk, popular in Ireland, is a purple reddish sea vegetable which is high in iron, a sea vegetable which purple to red in color, used in soups, stews and breads and risotto. Dillisk can be found "smoked" and is popular in Ireland. Irish Moss/Carragheen is rich in calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Carrageen or "Irish" Moss is a natural thickener used in many gourmet desserts, dips or sauces. ;Adding Irish Moss to this recipe will help add a smooth and thick consistency to the chowder. Add Irish Moss to smoothies, shakes and other dishes to give your dishes a boost in anti-oxidants and minerals.   Alaria is a winged kelp that grows in the lower inter tidal and upper sub tidal zones on exposed rocks....

Easy Entertaining Recipes: Tangy Cheese Ball

The busy Holiday season is just beginning, and for many people this will mean entertaining family and friends in your home, or perhaps you'll be needing to take food to a buffet-style get together.  Schedules are usually bursting with many activities - shopping, pageants, parties, and gift wrapping - so spending as little time as possible to prepare a tasty dish or two for entertaining will be a welcome relief.  The first recipe in this series of Easy Entertaining Recipes is for a Tangy Cheese Ball.  Always a favorite, this cheese ball gets rave reviews and is usually consumed in record time!  This is an easy recipe to modify according to what ingredients you might have on hand, or to offer flavour variations.  Delicious served with crackers, crostini, pita wedges, grapes or apples, and as part of an antipasti platter.  Read on for ingredients and method. Tangy Cheese Ball Ingredients: 4 oz. / 125 g sharp cold pack cheddar (Maclaren's Imperial brand,...

Artichokes: How to Make Artichoke Tea and Pan Roasted Artichokes and Vegetables

Baby Artichokes Artichokes have been a delicacy in Europe for more than 400 years. Artichokes are ranked higher than any other vegetable or fruit  and is considered a “super food,” due to its powerful anti-oxidants and extraordinary health benefits, with most of those health benefits found in the green leaves of the artichoke. Most often served as an appetizer where as the bract (a modified leaf,) is dipped in some sort of dressing and scraped across the lower front teeth to remove the edible flesh and the rest of the leaf in discarded. The hearts are usually sold in cans or jars and served in salad or antipasti. Before you can eat a Globe artichoke, it must be boiled vigorously in water for 30 to 45 minutes; after which the inedible choke is removed. It is not recommended that you use cast iron or aluminum pots as they would cause declaration. In many supermarkets, artichokes are not expensive, until you look at exactly how much of the artichoke you are actually e...

Some Facts About the Dessert of Pavlova

What is not in doubt is that the dessert was named in honour of the Russian ballet dancer of the 1920’s Anna Pavlova. She toured both countries during her period of fame with both claiming to have created the now famous dish. Researchers claim that the country that made the original dessert was in fact New Zealand, a hotel in the city of Wellington being given as the first creator of pavlova during the dancer’s 1926 tour. Professor’s of the culinary art at New Zealand’s University of Otago claim the first recipe for the dish to appear in Australia was not until 1935, with a similar version of the dessert appearing in an Australian magazine in 1929. Australian historian’s dispute the dates in question counter claiming that it first appeared in their country in 1926 and not in New Zealand and that the first meringue dessert in Wellington was not pavlova but simply a meringue dessert with a fruit filling. Australian claims that the dish was created in a ho...

How to Make Maja Blanca

In high school we had a Home Economics class as part of our curriculum. Accordingly this was to prepare the boys and girls for when they will start their own future homes. For the freshmen girls, they were taught basic cooking while the boys were introduced to carpentry. The girls’ class was divided into groups and the group I was with was assigned to prepare Maja Blanca or coconut cake for dessert. Maja Blanca is a common Filipino dessert or snack and is made with coconut milk, corn kernels and cornstarch. This snack is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available so whenever you feel like having something special for snack or dessert then you should try making a batch of maja blanca for you and your family to enjoy. Below are the basic ingredients and the process of making maja blanca. For the coconut milk ingredient, there are a lot of instant gata (coconut milk) powders already available in the market but it is still better to use fresh coconut milk. All y...

Food Storage; Purpose and Guidelines

The storage of food is very much important. Almost every society has learned to store foods for their future needs. There are certain proper ways in storing foods; these should be ensured to be able to avoid the risk of food poisoning. Different varieties of foods have different ways of storing. Some of the foods can be stored in the fridge so that it can be eaten in the future time. Some other foods especially the raw can be stored in the room temperature; however, foods have limitations as long as preservation is concern. Foods are stored to be able to prepare in the periods of scarcity. It is also stored to be able to take advantage to the short term surplus of food in the time of the harvest. Foods are also stored for the preparation of the special events as well as on the special occasions. It is also stored to be able to prepare for the time of catastrophe and emergency. In the preparation the food, it is important to keep it in a clean dry and well-ventilated environment. D...

Are There Any Negative Effects of Eating Too Much Tofu?

There are studies that support theories of soy causing negative health effects as well as studies that show little to no link between soy and health problems. However, it's important to keep in mind that these effects would only occur after eating large amounts of soy on a regular basis.  Tofu, also called bean curd, is a curd made from the milk of pressed soybeans. Tofu is a highly nutritious food with a protein-dense curd made from soy milk. Tofu was first popularized in China over 2000 years ago between AD 25-220, and now Tofu is a popular meal in Asia such as Indonesia and Malaysia. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in ironand, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calcium and/ormagnesium.  Tofu contains a...

How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

This article will detail how to make a great cup of coffee at home which can save you money instead of buying it at your local coffee house. It is easy to make good coffee at a fraction of the cost of buying coffee by the cup. All you need is an inexpensive grinder and a cone filter to make excellent coffee. You may also want to try another technique that involves a French press that high-end restaurants use to make coffee. Instructions 1. Buy whole, freshly roasted coffee beans. The fresher the better as coffee beans use their flavor after roasting. 2. Measure filtered or spring water into a kettle or pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the water sit for about a minute. 3. Grind beans in a burr grinder just before brewing. A burr grinder is important as it doesn’t heat the beans during grinding. Grind the coffee using the coarse setting for the French Press or a fine setting for a cone filter. Measure 1 to 11/2 tablespoons of beans for each 4 ounces of wate...

Quick and Easy Recipes; Thanksgiving Casserole Recipes Including Sweet Potato Casserole W/ Marshmallows

Here are some really quick and easy but still delicious Thanksgiving casserole recipes to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey. Every year I make a Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows on top that is always a huge hit. In addition to that I either make a cheesy vegetable casserole with broccoli, cauliflower and carrots or sometimes I'll opt for an easy green bean casserole. Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows 1/2 cup of butter or margarine 2 (16 oz) cans of sweet potatoes or yams (drain them) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons molasses 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg Dash of cloves 1 cup of miniature marshmallows Heat butter in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish in the microwave on high for 1 minute - 1 min 30 seconds or until melted. Combine melted butter, sweet potatoes, egg, milk, sugar. molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; mash until smooth. Spread into the same casserole dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Cook at high for 8...

Making Cheap or Choice Cuts of Meat Taste Like a Juicy Prime Cut of Steak

Indoor Steak Bake: Comparable to Outdoor Grilled Steak I recently wrote about a steak barbecue grilled slowly over a bed of wild leeks. However, not everyone has a backyard or a barbecue grill to try this. There are other methods to cook steaks, chops, roasts and other cuts of meat. Notably, this includes the cheap 'value cuts' as well as the more expensive prime choice meats. This is a method that makes them both come out super-succulent and flavorful. The secret, is salt! Worried About the Salt/Sodium in Your Diet? I am not a big user of salt in my cooking. Health reasons aside, it tends to hide other natural flavors. But did you know that salting steak does more than just make it salty? It actually changes the protein structures of the meat, tenderizing it. Lay your steak out on a plate and cover it with salt. Not just any salt though; table salt is finishing salt and does not work as well. You want to use SEA SALT, the coarse-grind type. Kosher salt is also good. You want to c...

Sauteed Chayote Con Espina with Penne Pasta and White Garlic Sour Cream Sauce

Also known as vegetable pear, Chayote is a type of squash from the gourd family that is native to South America. Chayote con espina, which means chayote with thorns, is dark green and covered in thorns or needles. Chayote flesh has a high water content. A 1/2 cup serving of chayote has 1 g. each of fiber and protein and contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium. Chayote is a good source of vitamin C and also contains calcium and iron. The skin and seed of the chayote are edible.    Chayote con espina Prepare Penne pasta according to package instructions Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chayote 1 clove garlic, minced 4 ounces sun dried tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon. sugar 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Preparation: Wash the chayote under cold running water and slice off the wider end. Stand the chayote on end and hold the sliced end with one hand. Use a knife to scrape off ...

Easy And Delicious Stir-fried Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken is a popular dish found in cuisines around the world. It usually consists of pieces of chicken meat that are sautéed or deep-fried and coated with a thick, sweet lemon-flavored sauce. Image source Here’s an easy recipe of a stir-fried lemon chicken that you’ll surely love. This delicious dish has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. You can substitute other thinly sliced vegetable of your choice. It’s served best with rice noodles, plain rice or brown rice. The ingredients are: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 lemon 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 10 ounces mushrooms, halved or quartered 2 cups snow peas (6 ounces), stems and strings removed 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots (1/4 inch thick) 1 bunch scallions cut into 1-inch pieces, white and green parts ...

The History of the Food Processor

Food processors are an ingenious appliance to have in the kitchen. Its main purpose is making meal preparation much easier and faster for the cook or chef. The food processor is equipped with several settings to knead, shred, grind, chop, slice, mix, blend, shave and pulverize numerous types of foods. On the other hand blenders, hand mixers, mini choppers, stick mixers and stand mix as well as various types of knives have been doing the job for years. Some of these applications require some sort of liquid to get the job done. Others are manipulated by sheer muscle and dedication of the preparer. All of these items are great alternatives to the food processor with the exception of simplicity and time management. It takes much longer to get the job done using a knife or blender than it does a food processor. The food processor was invented by a French catering company salesman in 1960. Pierre Verdon named his invention the Robot-Coupe. By 1971 this machine was renamed the Le Magi-Max...

Tips for Buying, Storing, and Cooking Fresh Corn

Summer means many things, most importantly fresh corn. There are numerous recipes that take advantage of this American staple and gardeners and cooks do their best to extract as much flavor as possible during its short growing season. The following are some tips on how to purchase, store, and cook fresh corn. Buying Fresh Corn One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to buy corn that has already been husked. The husk helps protect the kernels and keep them moist. The husk should be bright green, moist, and tight on the ear. The silks should also appear moist and pale in color. The ear of corn should feel heavy for its size. To check out the kernels, peel back the husk a little and look for tightly packed kernels with a few undeveloped kernels at the top of the cob. Though it may seem counterintuitive, this is a sign of slightly immature corn and young corn tastes the sweetest. Corn Varieties There are two main varieties: sweet corn and high-sugar hybrids. Sweet corn contains ...

Breton Butter Cake

Butter cake is a speciality of Brittany in the North West of France.  Known locally as Kouign Amann, this traditional Breton cake is made from dough similar to bread dough but laced with butter and sugar. The authentic Breton recipe consists of multiple layers of alternating dough, butter, and sugar. The layers are arranged in a big circular cake mould called roue de charrette (‘carriage wheel’). The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough and the sugar caramelizes. It tastes like a cross between a cake and a croissant.  The name derives from the Breton words for cake (‘kouign’) and butter (‘amann’). Kouign Amann is a particular speciality of the Finistère region of Brittany, where it originated. It is believed that the original Kouign Amann resulted from a failed bread paste made by a Breton baker from Douarnenez in 1865. The baker reputably turned the dough into a fine cake by adding sugar and butter. ...

The Health Benefits of Eating Wild Huckleberries and Recipe

Image Source Huckleberries are not grown commercially and may not be available at your local grocer. The best place to find them is at your farmer's and they will be expensive or you can purchase them online.  If you have never tasted a huckleberry it has a similar taste to the blueberry. There are many health benefits in just ounce of huckleberries, low in calories and no cholesterol make this little berry a perfect choice for your healthy diet. The different types of huckleberries include the black, box, dwarf, and thinleaf. Red huckleberries grow primarily in the western part of North America, preferring slightly acidic soils in the coastal regions. Huckleberries are high in minerals, iron, potassium calcium and vitamins vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin E and vitamin C.   One serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable except loganberries and is rich in antioxidants that fight against free radicals that could cause cance...

Vegan-Vegetarian: Pigeon Peas and Tofu Stew with Brown Rice

The pigeon pea is a very important legume that is grown primarily in Central America, India and Eastern Africa, which are the top producers of this crop worldwide. India leads the world in the cultivation of pigeon peas, accounting for more than 80% of all pigeon peas grown around the world. Of the more commonly grown peas and its cultivation dates back more than 3,000 years... Pigeon pea is one of the more commonly grown peas and its cultivation dates back more than 3,000 years. It is thought that pigeon peas were first grown in Asia, and then ended up in East Africa and ultimately in North America Pigeon peas may take a little longer to cook, but they are worth the wait. Native to Africa, and particularly popular in the Caribbean and southern United States, pigeon peas are also known as Congo peas, Congo bean and red gram. Pigeon peas with - Puerto Rico's national dish. Member of the Legume family as well as split peas, blacked peas, pigeon peas, small Dahl and lentils, They d...

Recipe: Quinoa Balls-delicious, Easy and Healthy!

Quinoa is a popular, health food, it is a grain which contains 12-18% protein making it a great food for vegetarians. It also is high in fiber, contains many essential minerals and is gluten-free. Quinoa is most often served as a substitute for rice, pasta or potatoes, simply boiled in salted water. Here is another way of preparing Quinoa which may make it more palatable to those who aren't crazy about Quinoa's taste. The finished Quinoa balls resemble falafel balls, and taste crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. To my surprise my kids gobbled up the whole lot and asked for more Quinoa balls the next day to take to school! To make Quinoa balls you will need: 2 cup Quinoa Water Salt and pepper 2 eggs 1 cup bread crumbs (half will go in the mixture and half is for coating the Quinoa balls) 1 carrot 1 baby marrow (zucchini) Oil for frying There are many options once you get the hang of making these Quinoa balls. You can add into the mix grated onion, chopped herb...

How to Make Sumptuous Fish Cardillo (Fish in Tomatoes and Egg) in Five Easy Steps

Cardillo is a simple yet sumptuous fish dish unique to the Philippines. While its exact origins are unknown, its Hispanic name as well as the liberal use of garlic, onion, and tomatoes betray the dish's Spanish influence. This is further boosted by the fact that the Philippines was colonized by Spain for more than 300 years. Today cardillo is a dish served in almost every Filipino home. Its easy preparation, flavorful taste, aand affordability make it a favorite among many Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. This is a very healthy dish too - it is rich both in protein and vitamin C. Here are five easy steps you can follow to make delicious cardillo:  1) Prepare Your Ingredients To make fish cardillo you'll need fish, tomatoes, four to six cloves of garlic, a medium sized onion, and a medium-sized egg. For the fish you can use white-fleshed, moderately firm varieties like mahi mahi, sea bass, grouper, Pacific perch, rainbow trout, or red snapper. For this particular dish I used ...

How to Buy the Healthiest Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become very popular, but not all Greek yogurts are created equal. Yogurt is healthy for you and your digestive system, but some yogurts are far from the healthiest of foods Why is Greek Yogurt Healthy? It gives you calcium, protein and live active cultures, otherwise known as probiotics. These live active cultures are the good type of bacteria in our digestive system. We have good and bad bacteria in our digestive system, when there are more bad bacteria we can have digestive and stomach problems. Taking antibiotics will kill both the bad and the good bacteria, so yogurt can help restore the good. More good bacteria than bad bacteria in our digestive system can improve the immune system. It can lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise the good HDL levels rose. Yogurt contains good amounts of the following vitamins and nutrients. Iodine, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, tryptophan, potassium, zinc and especially good amounts of protein. ...

How to Adjust a Recipe for Self-Rising Flour

Different baked good recipes require different kinds of flour. The two main types of flour used for baking are all purpose and self-rising. These two kinds of flour are not interchangeable without adjustments being made to other parts of the recipe. The adjustments are simple and make sense when thought about but without making these changes cakes and cookies will not come out the way they were intended to. Baking Powder One of the biggest differences between self-rising and all purpose flour can be seen in the names of each. Self-rising flour already contains a chemical leavener that is absent in all purpose flour, which cannot rise without a leavener being added. Self-rising flour is capable of rising without the addition of baking powder. When making a recipe that calls for baking powder and all-purpose flour, self-rising flour can be substituted if the baking powder is also eliminated. If self-rising flour is used in addition to baking powder, over-leavening and over-rising can ...

How to Make Professional Quality Beef Jerky at Home

Over the past several years, beef jerky has become a healthy snack of choice for adults and children alike. Jerky is an excellent source of protein because all of the fat and moisture is removed from the meat during the drying process. However, commercially made beef jerky is usually made up of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, which offsets the nutritional benefits. If the additives and preservatives that are used to prepare commercial beef jerky alone aren't enough to get you making your own, how about the price? Small bags of beef jerky sold in our local stores average about $6.00 for an 80gram bag. That`s almost $35.00 per pound. Using the recipe below I am able to make an entire pound of beef jerky for around $6.00. I have been making and selling jerky made by this method to friends and local area residents for over twenty years and they all agree: Nothing Beats Homemade. Image credit You Will Need 3 lbs lean roast beef Sharp knife and a cutting board ...

Review of Healthy Mate Apple Cinnamon Cereal

Healthy Mate Apple Cinnamon Cereal is an instant breakfast meal in a cup. It's a quick fix if you're always on the go. It's similar to Nestle's Nesvita product; however, more pricey than the latter. Apple Cinnamon Cereal is sold in tiny boxes. Each box contains 5 sachets or packets. The product claims to have natural ingredients which are great especially for those who read the labels. Nutrition facts about the cereal: Net weight per packet: 30 g Serving size per packet: 1 Amount per serving: 130 calories Total fat content: 4 g Trans fat content: 0 g Cholesterol content: 0 mg Sugar content: 11 g Protein content: 1 g Note that while it is good that its label says Apple Cinnamon Cereal contains 0 trans fats and 0 cholesterol; it may not be 100% revealing. See how fats in labels are explained in Learning to Read Labels in Challenges of Losing Weight. Still, I always prefer 0 Trans fats in foods. At least I know I'm consuming trans fats at the minimum. Good point...

How To Make A Layered Appetizer Terrine

Layered terrines are easy to assemble and their multicolored slices are sure to impress. A soft cheese, like cream cheese, serves as the mortar that holds the other layers together. What you mold them in doesn't have to be fancy. A bowl will produce a rounded shape like a bombe, while using a loaf pan will result in a true terrine shape. Traditional terrine molds are made of ovenproof china or earthenware and are usually oval in shape. The lid must fit well and should have a hole for steam to escape if you are making a cooked terrine. Here's how to assemble a terrine from cream cheese, pesto, toasted pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. Step 1: Line a bowl or loaf pan with plastic wrap so that it extends a couple of inches over the sides. Step 2: Spoon in a layer of softened cream cheese, spreading it evenly over the bottom of the bowl or loaf pan. Follow this with a thin layer of pesto, a layer of toasted pine nuts, another layer of cream cheese, finely sliced sun-dried tomatoes...

How to Plan and Shop Your Food Budget

Menu planning can save hours of time, energy and money. With the sky-rocketing grocery and gas prices, household budgets are being diminished. Planning meals ahead is an efficient and cost effective means to managing your household budget. As a mother of five, monthly meal planning is necessary. One of the best parts about planning meals ahead, it reduces my children’s stress. No more “what’s for dinner or snack,” I direct them to the menu on the fridge. Now everyday they know what the meal plan is. Before planning your monthly menus, there are some factors to consider. Budget Your menu planner must be budget friendly. The idea of monthly menu planning is to stay within your grocery budget, lesson impulse purchases. Write out a grocery list and stick to it! Your grocery budget may vary when using a meal planner. You can set a budget before you do your meal planner or set your budget and plan within that budget Setting your budget ahead of time, you will ha...

Moroccan Kefta Tagine with Poached Eggs

Moroccan cuisine is well-known for its tagines- both the iconic clay pot with its conical lid and the many recipes made inside the vessel. There are hundreds of recipes for tagines using all kinds of meats, fresh vegetables, and copious amounts of spices to flavor the rich stews. The dome or cone-shaped lid of the tagine allows steam to rise up and fall back into the dish creating wonderful sauces and buttery meats perfect for sopping up with bread. Kefta tagine is a relatively popular dish in Morocco both in homes and in restaurants. Kefta (ground beef) formed into small seasoned meatballs is cooked in a spicy sauce and topped with eggs poached right on top of the dish. It is a really simple recipe that doesn’t actually need a tagine to make, even though it is a tagine dish. It's easy to prepare so it's a perfect recipe for a first attempt at tagine. Spice levels can be adjusted according to personal taste as well. Here are two different versions of the recipe. Kefta Tagine w...

Fond of Fondue: Revisiting the 1960s Thrifty Hip Dip

If you are a fan of Mad Men, the hottest show on TV (showing up again, early next year), you might think people only drank their dinners. Not true, the 1960s portrayed in Mad Men was an era exemplified by American's love of gourmet and European-style food. The gleaming stainless steel, red enamel or copper-clad Fondue pots every one rushed out to buy originally came from the Swiss tradition. No Americanized fondue pot was complete without the charming, long-handled, modern fondue forks. (Both vintage fondue pots and forks and even mint-condition sets can be found, for great prices, on popular auction sites, if you wish to indulge in a little table-side, thrifty cooking).  The haute fondue pot Fondue is a derivative of the French word, "fondre" which means to melt. It seems the Swiss adapted the French style of cooking in heated wine as an apres-ski meal or to use up their stale bread and left-over-cheese at home. It made its home here in the late 1950s at a Swiss resta...

LOGIK Egg Boiler with Poaching Tray

Boiling your eggs always ending up with eggs boiled too hard or too soft?  Get them perfect every time with the LOGIK egg boiler with poaching tray.  Boiling or poaching your eggs with the. LOGIC egg boiler is easy.  I used it this morning and it's fun too!  Here are all the parts of the unit:  Now, let's get into boiling them eggs for a delicious egg meal!  Yayay! First, get your eggs.  On the egg tray for this device, there is a little needle.  Just prick the eggs so they don't explode.  Now place them onto the holes on the egg tray.  Meanwhile, you will see on the included plastic water cup, there are measurements for hard, medium or soft, with numbers for the amount of eggs you'd like to boil each one to.  Fill the cup with water to the desired level.  Now pour the water into the bottom silver bowl of the unit, and place the egg tray with the eggs on top.   Close with the lid.  Now, plug in the ...

Importance of Tea in Chinese Culture

People throughout China drink tea daily. Tea is a customary drink worldwide. In Asian countries, drinking tea is an ancient tradition accompanied by a highly developed tea-based culture which is tied to art and local customs.  Tea is related to the Chinese culture for more than 5000 years and is also used in various religious practices. Chinese tea culture has long been an essential social component of this country and is an important aspect of their tradition. China was the earliest country to cultivate and drink tea which is enjoyed by people from all social classes.  A popular proverb among them says, "Rather go without salt for three days than without tea for a single day."  Moreover the Chinese have another saying: 'Firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar and tea are the seven necessities to begin a day.'  Tea from China, along with her silk and porcelain, began to be known the world over more than a thousand years ago and has since always b...

Recipe: Passion Fruit Icing/Frosting With No Margarine, Butter or Dairy

This passion fruit frosting recipe although loaded with sugar has no trans-fats, it is also a kosher parve passion fruit frosting having no dairy products in it which also makes it good for those lactose sensitive. passion fruit is also called granadilla, passionfruit and passiflora. If you make cakes regularly then you know that sometimes you can get into a cake "rut" where you turn out the same cakes over and over again (chocolate probably being the most popular). So this passion fruit icing can add an unusual twist to any cake. Passion fruit/granadilla icing doesn't necessarily have to go on a passion fruit cake it could be combined with whatever cake you choose, chocolate, vanilla, orange or a passion fruit cake, but it is possible to make a simple passion fruit cake as well. Making a passion fruit cake I created a passion fruit cake by making one of my standard sponge cakes (no particular flavoring except vanilla essence) then I spooned out the passion fruit pulp inc...

Zuccotto, Origins and Recipe

Although Zuccotto is said to originate in Italy, more specifically in Florence, many Italians have not heard of it. Zuccotto, the name given to this dessert, means "little pumpkin" in Italian and came about as this was the shape of the mould used for making it. It is believed to have been inspired by the “Duomo di Firenze”, Florence's main cathedral, that has a dome. The real name of the cathedral is “Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore”, but Italians tend to refer to any cathedral with a dome as “Duomo”, simply meaning dome, so if you are in Florence, this means the cathedral in that city, and if you are in Milan it means the cathedral in Milan, which is really called “Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nascente”. So popular is the habit of calling a cathedral “the dome”, some Italians even believe this is the real name of the cathedral and do not know another one exists. Zuccotto originally started as a “semifreddo&rd...

Kicking Off The Holiday Baking Season

Overview:   For me and many others, October kicks off the holiday baking season. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas on it’s way. Now is the time to make lists and start stockpilng those ingredients and staples needed for holiday baking and candy making. Look for sales in your local paper, especially on those items with a high ticket price such as butter, sugar, and nuts. Check out your local bargain stores for inexpensive baskets, novelty items, and decorations.   It is expensive to buy gifts for several people, much less than several families and gaggles of kids. “Family Gift Baskets,” Cute and functional baskets filled with things the whole family can use as well as your special homebaked goodies.   My kids are too old for trick or treating, so I have decided to have movie night, of course with all the scary movies and they, each, get to invite 3 friends, for whom they will create a Halloween basket that will include: assorted Hallowe...

How to Make Good Cheesecake Topped With Chocolate Espresso Glaze

Cheesecake: A Decadent History Many people believe that Cheesecake originated in New York, it actually dates back to Samos over 4,000 years in ancient Greece, moving through history when the Romans conquered Greece and expanded their empire, bringing cheesecake recipes to the Europeans, Great Britain and Eastern Europe began experimenting with ways to put their own unique spin on cheesecake by adding fruits toppings and glazes. The Italians use ricotta cheese, while the Greeks use mizithra or feta. Germans prefer cottage cheese, while the Japanese use a combination of cornstarch and egg whites. There are specialty cheesecakes that include blue cheese, seafood, spicy chilies and even tofu! In spite of all the variations, the popular dessert’s main ingredients – cheese, wheat and a sweetener –remain the same. New York is not the only place in America that puts its own spin on cheesecakes. In Chicago, sour cream is added to the recipe to keep it creamy. Meanwh...

Food from Liguria

This is a series on food from the different Italian regions. The areas included in this guide are; Calabria, Sicily, Lombardy and Liguria, along with a general food guide and points of note from Italy Liguria is often referred to as the “Rainbow of Italy”, for no apparent reason other than the fact it is “arch-shaped”. It is the piece on the left of the map coloured green, where the “blob” juts out, and is one of the smallest regions in Italy. Like many areas in Italy, it is long and narrow with the Apennine mountains running down one side and the sea on the other. The mountains take up 65%, while hills are 35%, meaning land is at a premium here, as the mountains slope into the sea in many places, and in order to use land for cultivating crops the natives had to cut “terraces” into the slope. Many of these terraces hold the silver green colour of olive trees, and lower down are “marine” pines. It is not unusual to take a ...

Frosting, Icing, and Glaze Recipes

There are seven main types of icing or glazes used in baking. Knowing which type is best for your dessert can improve on an already good thing. Buttercream Frosting Buttercream icing is one of the most popular icings for cakes. It is easy to spread, has a sweet flavor and a soft, smooth texture and is simple to make. Buttercream icing is made with a type of fat, often butter, and sugar. It can also contain eggs or milk to change the texture and thickness. Most icing found in the supermarket in the cake mix section is basic buttercream icing. Ingredients 3 cups confectioners' sugar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes. Add vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more. If the frosting is too thick, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of light or heavy cream to make the frosting e...

Where Does Chicken Tikka Masala Come From?

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most famous and most popular curries in the world today. Many people casually presume that it has its origins firmly in India, as most curries do, but the truth is, it was actually first created in Glasgow, Scotland. Chicken Tikka is a traditional Bangladeshi dish. For those of you who aren't quite sure, it is a dish of marinated chicken which is cooked in a tandoor. This style of cooking dates all the way back to ancient times and its name is derived from the Babylonian word for fire - tinuru. The first noted instance of a Chicken Tikka on a British menu can be dated back to 1966 in a London restaurant called 'The Gaylord'. Before long, the recipe had reached Glasgow but on one occasion, or so the legend goes, one Glaswegian ordered a Chicken Tikka and asked for gravy to go with it. (If you've ever met a Glaswegian it will come as no surprise to hear that they like to be 'different' when it comes to food.) The chef decided to improvise by making a s...

Oven Roasted Plantains with Rum-Pineapple Gastrique

Plantains, "potatoes of the air" or "cooking bananas" are the fruit of the Musa Paradisiaca, a type of banana plant. Plantains are more starchy than sweet and must be cooked before being eaten. They are a staple crop in much of Africa, and are served boiled, steamed, baked, or fried. Plantains grilled over a charcoal fire are popular street food in many African cities. In the Congo river region, plantain bananas—peeled, sliced, and boiled, or cut into rondelles and fried in oil—are called makemba (singular: likemba).  Use plantains whose skin is turning black. If they are not ripe enough, the plantains will be too starchy. The skin of    Plantains is much thicker than the skin of a banana. The easiest way to peel a Plantain is to cut one end and peel it as you would a banana. The basting sauce for this dish is similar to that of Shrubs. Originally made in Colonial America, Shrubs typically combined rum and a gastrique, which is a sy...

The World's Most Popular Beef Dishes

Many beef dishes are popular all over the world except in areas where Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism are the dominant religions because to Hindus and Jains and some Buddhist, eating beef is a taboo. Here are the most famous and deliciously good beef dishes from the different parts of the world. 1.) Nihari: Pakistan Image Source Nihari is a beef dish that is extremely popular in Pakistan. It is actually the national dish of Pakistan. This beef dish is also popular among Muslims in India. I am pretty sure Obama Bin Laden might have enjoyed this often that he had forgotten to tighten the security in his hide out. Nihari is a curry made from beef shank and spices and is usually eaten in the morning after overnight cooking. 2.) Sauerbraten: Germany Image Source Sauerbraten is a popular beef dish from Germany. This German pot roast is made of bottom round or rump beef marinated up to 10 days before cooking in a mixture of vinegar, water, seasonings and spices and served with p...

Tips and Techniques when Carving Meat

Carving meat is not the mystery some people like to pretend it is provided you understand a few basic facts. The only things needed are a large, sharp carving knife, a knife sharpener and a two-pronged carving fork with a finger guard. Boned and rolled joints are simply sliced through. The backbone of rib or loin cuts of lamb and pork helps keep the joint in shape during cooking. Get the butcher to 'chine' it (partially chop through the backbone lengthwise) when you buy it so you can then remove the bone just before serving, for easier carving. Place the cooked joint on a meat dish with recesses to catch the juices and leave to stand for 15 minutes before carving. Before starting to carve, always carve on a non-slip surface and loosen the cooked meat from any exposed bones. Take off all or at least some of the crackling before carving pork. One way of making the lean more tender and easier to chew is to cut across the grain of lean not along it, this technique shortens the muscle fi...

Father's Day: Steak and Delmonico Patotoes

Father’s Day Menu Celebrating Father's Day by honoring fathers everywhere, with an awesome day of great food and spirits. What man doesn’t like a good steak grilled to perfection? Especially if it’s a 12 to 16 ounce, Porter House T-Bone or Delmonico Rib Eye (bone-in) This special menu is all about dad and the grill, most dads I know are the grill masters and grilling is their domain. So you can prepare everything for him, in advance, and let him grill his way Delmonico Rib- Eye (Bone-in) 4 to 6 - Delmonico Rib Eye (bone-in) or Porter House T-Bone Steaks             12- to 16-ounces and 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick steaks Steak Marinade Ingredients: 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh oregano 2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 tablespoon of Thyme 1 tablespoon ground cumin Preparation: I...

What is a Traditional Israeli Yemeni Breakfast?

The Yemeni Jews who live in Israel have a traditional breakfast which doesn't vary much and is almost exactly the same breakfast they used to eat before immigrating to Israel. Although there are now 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation Yemeni Jews in Israel the traditional foods remain popular especially on a Shabbat morning. The traditional Israeli Jewish Yemeni breakfast centers around the traditional Yemeni breads – Kubana, jachnun and zalabia . Kubana is a round bread baked over night in a closed Kubana tin. Jachnun is a roll of layered pastry also baked over night in the oven. Zalabia is made using the same dough as the kubana but instead of baking it is fried as palm size rounds, if the family is religious the zalabia is prepared on Friday before Shabbat begins. One or more of these traditional breads is served with the other breakfast foods listed below. Kubana Grated tomato (resek) is served by itself in small bowls. Soft white cheese is served at a Yemeni breakfast, th...

Cooking with Surimi: Asian Shrimp Surimi and Vegetables Stir-Fry

Surimi Overview Manufacturing and fish processing companies has found a way to turn leftover and scrap pieces of fish and other raw materials into a high value, edible, protein product with a wide range of attractive and delicious uses Surimi is one such product – a popular fish-based food product specifically intended to mimic the texture, consistency and color of the meat of lobster, crab and other shellfish. For Surimi to be sold as high-value product, the edible proteins in fish and shellfish must be processed with the utmost care. Surimi comes in a variety of shapes, which resemble shrimp, scallops, crab, and lobster tail. It is available breaded or unbreaded, frozen or thawed. Use Surimi in recipes calling for shellfish.. People who are allergic to shellfish can safely use Surimi products, please read the label for exact ingredients. For years Surimi has been used in Jewish cuisine as part of the “New Jewish Cuisine”  culture.Taking traditional Je...

Facts About Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

The largest recorded peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the world was lovingly crafted in Peanut, Pennsylvania in 1993. It was 40 ft long and contained 150lbs of peanut butter and 50lbs of jelly. History doesn’t record who ate it. Dothan, Alabama is the "Peanut Capital of the World", apparently. But Georgia and Texas are the largest peanut producers in the USA though. It’s a tough old world, Alabama. Peanuts are Georgia's official state crop (but they aren’t the “Peanut Capital of the World"...), and more than 50 percent of the peanuts they produce are used in peanut butter. The video “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” had more than 18 million views at the time of writing this. 18,012,110 to be precise, no wait make that 18,012,111.    18,012,12, no, no wait... oh never mind. The “World's Largest Peanut Monument” is in Ashburn, Georgia. It’s a 20 foot Peanut on a brick plinth and massive golden crown. Dot...

How to Boil an Egg Perfectly...Every Time

Eggs can be one of those finicky foods; you know...sometimes they flop, sometimes they're perfect.  This is especially true when it comes to boiling them as you can't see what's going on inside those pretty, white shells.  Eggs are also one of those foods that people tend to be very particular about: Whether you are a runny-yolk kind of person, or a just-barely-soft type, or a nothing-must-jiggle-if-I'm-going-to-eat-it person, you like it how you like it. Or, perhaps you need to hard boil a half dozen eggs for a salad or devilled eggs, but almost everytime you do, the yolks get that nasty grayish ring around them (which, by the way, is perfectly safe to eat; it just spoils the appearance).  Whatever your level of love or hate for eggs happens to be, you inevitably will have to cook one someday, for yourself or someone else...at least once.  So, now is a good time to take the guess work out of it, and learn to master the skill ...

Famous French Desserts: Cherries Jubilee, Crepes Suzette

Crepes Suzette and Cherries Jubilee are among the greatest of French sweet desserts. They are necessary items on first-class restaurant menus all over the world. Complete your meal with these wonderful desserts. Cherries Jubilee Cherries jubilee is a spectacular dessert, invented by the great Escoffier in honor of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. After a full meal, it is a delicious light dessert, and easy to prepare when you have expected, or unexpected, guests for dinner. Ingredients:1 1-lb can Bing cherries 2 tablespoons kirsch 2 tablespoons arrowroot, dissolved in water Cooking Instructions: 1. Drain cherries. Reserve juice from the can. 2. In a chafing dish or skillet, heat juice. Bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes. Add cherries. Bring again to boil. Add arrowroot and continue boiling for a few seconds, until liquid thickens. Sprinkle with slightly warmed kirsch and ignite. Serve quickly.  Serves 4. Crepes Suzette Crepes Suzette are not difficult to make. They ar...

Health Benefits of Elderberries: Elderberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

In addition to the flavonoids, elderberries contain Vitamin A, B and C it also boost your immune system to fight infections like herpes, colds, cough, influenza (Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995) and viral and bacterial infections, . And has antioxidants to fight free radicals to protect against cell damage, improve heart health Cartenoids: When acting as an antioxidant, carotenoids have been shown to reduce the damage caused by certain molecules called free radicals. A generous amount of these chemicals might prevent damage to cells and tissues as well as genetic damage. This means that they might increase your immunity  to infection  and reduce the risk of cancer and protect against heart disease. Amino acids: Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins and are known as "the building blocks of life." Needed for the growth, repair and maintenance of your body’s tissues. Amino acids produce antibodies to st...

Southern Fried Taters (Potatoes) and Smoked Sausage Skillet Meal

This is a tasty, simple one dish meal for those of who are on a budget and wanting not to spend more than 30 minutes cooking. You can prepare one dish meals that are much more cost effective than a comparable frozen food meal costing much more. Many of the frozen, prepared meals lack the quantity of food needed to feed an entire “hungry” family on a budget resulting in one buying several packages to cook. In reality there are much better ways to save money and time. Here are some basic hints to help you prepare this simple meal. When preparing meals for several people you will need to use a few simple calculations to determine the quantities of food needed to cook. Keep in mind, bigger eaters will generally need larger portions versus lighter eaters; therefore, adjust portions accordingly. When preparing a dish with potatoes, one large or two medium potatoes per adult with an average appetite will suffice. With children, use about half the adult quantity. (Remember...

A Beginner's Guide to Enjoying Cognac

Just as oranges are fruit, but not all fruit is an orange, so it is with cognac. All cognac is a brandy, but not all brandy is cognac. Brandy can be made from any fruit, while cognac is made specifically only from grapes in the Cognac region of France. It is a very refined drink and this should be kept in mind. It is sipped, not chugged, and the entire experience revolves around giving reverence to the cognac and your enjoyment of it. When drinking cognac, the proper glass is important. A snifter works, or a tulip wine glass works as well. A snifter is specially designed to enjoy brandy of all types due to its design. It has a wider bottom, and a narrower top, so that the aroma of the brandy is trapped inside the glass. This allows you to savor and enjoy your cognac even more throughout the drinking process and capture more of the aroma. So now you have selected the correct glass, let's move on. You never pour an entire glass of cognac. You pour a small amount, usually covering a...

How To Make Queenies with Smoked Ayrshire Bacon

Scallop and bacon, fish and meat. Sounds good doesn't it. Here is a recipe for how to make a delicious scallop and bacon dish as it would be made in Scotland. Although this recipe mentions princess scallops (locally known as 'Queenies') and Ayrshire Bacon any type of scallop or bacon can be used just as easily to make a wonderful dish. The texture that comes from soft scallops together with 'crispy' bacon is a pleasure to the palate. But don't take my word for that, follow the recipe below and you will soon be able to taste for yourself. (Raw scallops - Image Source) Ingredients (serves 4) 6 rashers of Ayrshire Bacon, cut into thin strips 28 princess scallops 5ml ground turmeric 6 black peppercorns 1 sprig of parsley 1 sprig of thyme 1 bay leaf 75ml double cream 150ml dry white wine 30ml chopped fresh chives Recipe Fry the bacon, in its own fat, in a pan that has a cose-fitting lid. Fry it until it is well cooked an...

Turn Leftover Pork Chops into a Tasty Lunch

Most people have a forgotten box of restaurant leftovers sitting in their refrigerator, taking up space. We take what we don’t finish at restaurants home with the best intentions of reheating them for lunch the next day, or perhaps a midnight snack. More often than not, though, these once tasty items get lost in the shuffle of grocery shopping and meal planning. There are ways to turn a box of leftovers from your favorite restaurant into a filling and tasty lunch or dinner the next day. Sandwiches are a great way to infuse fresh ingredients into the day-old fare and can help disguise the foods’ status as leftovers. The key to a great leftover sandwich is starting with great leftovers. For example, a large portion of pork chops at your favorite restaurant can make for a large helping of leftovers to take home. For example, Yolos Restaurant and Bar in Nashville, Tennessee features a pork chop entrée that comes with two perfectly cooked bone-in pork chops and a choic...

Southern Comfort: Low Country Cuisines of South Carolina and Georgia

Low country cooking of South Carolina and Georgia is rooted in Caribbean and African cuisine, and parallels with New Orleans Creole and Cajun cuisines    Catfish Stew is a dish commonly found in the Southern United States, particularly in South Carolina. A great-comfort food for anytime of the year. Catfish Stew with Rice Ingredients: 4 to 6 pounds catfish fillets cut into 1/2 inch chunks 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or vegetable oil 2 cups onions peeled and chopped 1 cup diced green pepper 2 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 cups crushed tomatoes 1 cup cooked red beans (or use 2 cups diced white potatoes) 1 cup whole kernel corn – drained 2 cups of chicken broth 1 teaspoon chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon chopped basil 1 bay leaf 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to your taste Preparation In heavy skillet, bring oil to hot and saute catfish chunks, garlic, onions and green peppers for about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon flour and st...

How to Make Microwave Potato Chips

If you are concerned with your weight but can’t give up your favorite snacks, this cooking technique may become your best friend. Instead of frying or baking potato chips, you can microwave them to produce a fat-free and crispy chip that you can eat anytime. This cooking technique will also work with other root vegetables. This is an easy way to make a low-fat treat, but it does take a little preparation. It takes about 6 minutes to cook a batch in your microwave oven, and a good sized potato will yield 4 or 5 batches. Directions The most important part to making crispy microwave potato chips is to slice them as thin as possible. A slice between 1/16-inch and 1/8-inch thick works best and a mandoline slicer is a valuable tool to complete this part of the recipe. But even if don't have a mandoline you can use a very sharp knife to slice the potato chips.  Thicker slices will still cook, but only the edges will be crispy while the center will be slightly chewy. Whether usin...

Wedding Shower Idea Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets

Wedding Showers are a good time to help out the new couple with gifts to set up their household. One helpful idea is to outfit the newlyweds’ kitchen with all the kitchen gadgets and utensils that one needs to cook and bake. This list was compiled to provide a list of inexpensive but necessary items that will be affordable for everyone. Those who want to spend more can buy several items. Not included in this list are bigger ticket items like pots and pans and small appliances. Personalize the Shower With Memories To go along with the kitchen theme have each guest come with their favorite recipe to present to the bride. Decide ahead what the format will be and buy a binder that will accept them all neatly. This can be made ahead or assembled at the shower. Take advantage of the great Scrapbooking stores for supplies and papers. Instruct each guest that each recipe should contain a short paragraph about family and food or a memory of a family gathering or event that was par...

Indoor Barbecue for the Rainy Days

Indoor barbecuing is definitely possible. But barbecuing indoors doesn't necessarily mean you have to use the traditional wood or gas grill. Firstly, this is illegal in many places because it's a major fire hazard. Second, it is a health hazard you as these types of grills emit large amounts of carbon monoxide. Two basic types of indoor grills are available – the open grill and the folding contact grill. image source An open grill is practically similar to the electric variant of the wood/gas grill. It give you the outdoor cooking out feel since you occasionally have to turn the meat during cooking. It can even produce flavor that's closer to the outdoor type . The folding contact grill, on the other hand, acts practically like a panini press or sandwich maker (like the George Foreman Grill). The advantage to using this type of indoor barbecuing grill is that can cook your food quicker for it cooks both sides simultaneously. Hence, it does not need turning so you will be a...

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Spinach Pesto and Red Wine Tomato Sauce

French Cuisine with an Italian Twist Cordon Blue is a French term, meaning 'blue ribbon', that originally referred to an award for culinary excellence given to women cooks! Adding a twist to this tasty dish with spinach pesto and a red wine Marinara Sauce. Replacing Swiss cheese with Gruyere cheese (another type of Swiss cheese) adding another level of flavor with its nutty and slightly sweet taste and just an underton of mushroom flavor, a good marriage with the red wine.   Marinara Sauce *Ingredients: 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup finely diced onion 2 clove garlic, minced 1/2 cup red wine 1 tablespoon lemon zest, save lemon juice for Pesto *Preparation: In a food processor place tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, ...

Top 20 Most Fattening Beers

Drinking beer can double your calorie intake for the day, especially if you have more than one or two, having the same effect on your body as eating twice as much at each meal. The average American beer has about 150 calories --the equivalent of a Three Musketeers bar which is why drinking a few each day can lead to a beer gut. Some beers have even more calories than that, making it even easier for someone to ingest excess calories that easily turn into fat when they aren't burned off. Historically beer was seen as beneficial because it was often more sanitary than local water supplies. The water used to make beer was boiled early on in the brewing process which killed any pathogens. The alcohol produced during fermentation and the addition of hops helped to preserve it. Until modern civic water treatment plants became common beer was often the only reliable source of sanitary hydration. Beer was also a way to preserve the harvest of grains over the long winter months, converting it ...

Ottimo Stand Blender

The Ottimo Stand Blender will enable you to be living a healthier lifestyle from day one!  With a capacity of 1.2 litres, you can cram a good portion of fruit in there, add just a tad of water and start spinning yourself a good long, healthy drink.  To operate the unit, first clean your kitchen counter or other surface that the unit will be standing on.  The base of the Ottimo Stand Blender has little transparent rubber feet that will cling fast to a clean surface, to make sure the unit is steady during operation.  Now you can plug the blender's power cable into an electrical outlet in the wall.  Now place the transparent cup onto the base.  You will notice that it needs to be rotated slightly so that the little triangular arrow on the base of the cup fits right in line with the little triangular arrow on the base of the motor unit.  The blender will not function otherwise.  Pressing a button in the handle of the cup, you can remove the li...

Recipe: Traditional Yemeni Chicken Soup with Hawaij

Yemenite soup is a simple chicken soup eaten in Yemen and especially typical of the Jewish Yemeni community. In Israel today Yemeni soup is the staple of the Jewish Yemeni diet and is served both as a standard lunch or dinner and as a festive or Shabbat meal. The ingredient which differentiates Yemeni chicken soup from any other chicken soup is the spice which is added. Yemeni chicken soup has to contain the spice mixture called Hawaij. Hawaij is sold as a pre-mixed spice in Israel and in specialty spice stores worldwide. Basically it is a blend of ground cumin, turmeric and black pepper but it can include a few strands of saffron, caraway seeds, cardamom or crushed coriander seeds. If this is your first time preparing Hawaij try this blend: Hawaij: 1/2 cup cumin seeds 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds Grind the above spices together and then add 1 tablespoon of turmeric. Mix all together. You can also buy Ha...

Comfort Food: Smothered Pork Chops, Baked Beans, Fried Apples, and Blueberry Cornbread

June seems to be one of the busiest months in the year, outside of the months of Thanksgiving and Christmas. With graduations from 3 school levels, after school parties, proms and graduation ceremonies, not to mention world wind shopping trips, your family, especially the kids, are eating on the run and skipping nutritional meals, everyone is just too busy. And now that it’s over, everyone is tired and stressed out. It’s time to bring them  back with some good old home cooking. For the past week this is what has being going on in my household. I heard my kids talking with each other about wanting some smothered pork chops, fried apples and baked beans with blueberry cornbread. Of course I got right to work on that one. As they sat at the table and ate their dinner, I began to see a change in them almost immediately; they became calm and relaxed, almost euphoric,.all it took was a little comfort food.     Smothered Pork Chops  Step one: *Pork S...

How to Cook Barley and Beans with Chicken

Cooking Barley with Beans     Types of Barley Barley is very high in fiber and contains important vitamins and minerals, low in fat and cholesterol-free. A good source of fiber, it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Barley is a cereal grain, which comes in many forms, including baby, fine and regular or flakes, flour or grits. Barley is also sold as processed pearl barley for use in recipes, as a rice-like side dish or as a bulk natural food product. Pearl barley is chewy, has a nutty flavor and is a source of fiber. Many recipes mix the kernel or berry form of pearl barley with beans to make soups or stews. Pearl barley is found in the supermarket near beans and rice. Barley bean recipes usually require cooking the pearl barley and the beans together. Cooking and Storing Barley Cover the barley with cold water, bring to a boil and cook on low heat for 45 minutes. The barley is done when it is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid. You should have about ...

Fruit - How To Properly Wash Strawberries So They Are 'Sand-Free' and Ready To Eat

Fruit – Sand-Free Strawberries Strawberries are really ambrosia. They are expensive and not something which we set on our table everyday, unless they are on-sale at the farmers market or grocery stores. The best way to wash strawberries, which are to be eaten right away, is to wash them first while the stem and “greenery” are still attached to the strawberry itself. If the strawberries are first washed to remove sand, while the stem is still connected, the juice will not run out. And there will not be many grains of sand re-deposited in the cut ends. Strawberries must be washed very well. The little seeds seem to hold the soil. The best way to do the job is to float them in a pan of water! Do not put them in a dry pan and run water on them as this bruises the strawberries. Fill your pan half full of water, dump the strawberries in very carefully,  and then toss them lightly with your fingers. Then put the pan under your cold water faucet (a spray type gadget ...

Simple Homemade Biscuit Recipe

Homemade Biscuit Recipe Wampum biscuits, the kind you buy in a can at the grocery store, and wampum on the counter to open, have unhealthy additives and preservatives. They don't taste like real biscuits, either.  This recipe is a favorite in my family.  Many biscuit recipes require the use of shortening, which many people prefer not to use.  This recipe uses canola oil instead. Vegetable oil is an option, but do not use olive oil.  The biscuits will be inedible! 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 3 tsp. baking powder 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil (do not use olive oil in this recipe) 3/4 cup milk In a medium mixing bowl, stir dry ingredients together.  Make a small well in the center of the flour mixture.  In a liquid measuring cup, measure oil, then fill to the 1 cup mark with 3/4 cup of milk.  Pour the liquid into the small well in the center of the flour mixture.  Stir with a fork until a dough ball forms.  Stir 25 times.&nbs...

Chicken Recipes of the Jews: Pot-Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pullet

"Chicken recipes are staple with all Jewish families. The classic Friday night meal of Jewish families throughout the world consists of chicken soup, followed by boiled or roast chicken. The following are delicious but simple ways to prepare chicken in the Jewish tradition." Pot-Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 4-pound chicken 1 cup minced onions 4 tablespoons chicken fat 2 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons flour 2 cups boiling water Instructions: Have the chicken disjointed. Brown the onions and chicken in the fat. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and flour. Stir in the water. Cover and cook over low heat 2 hours or until the chicken is tender. Serves 4-6. Roasted Pullet Ingredients: 2 cups mashed potatoes 2 tablespoons melted chicken fat ½ cup browned minced onions 3 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 5-pound pullet ½ teaspoon ginger &frac1...

How to Cook Baked Beans the French Acadian Way

In southwestern Nova Scotia, French Acadians have been making simmering pots of homemade baked beans for centuries. Traditionally, beans were cooked and served every Saturday night, usually with a loaf of homemade brown bread and butter. Winters in Nova Scotia tend to be long, dark, and cold. A steaming pot of baked beans is the perfect food to warm the body and soul. French Acadians along the south shore of Nova Scotia typically had wood stoves which also served as a source of heat for the home. Even today there are many homes that use wood stoves for cooking. For residents looking to make the best use of the time and money, letting a pot of homemade baked beans simmer in the oven all day made perfect sense. Not only would there be a hearty meal on the table, the house would fill with the warm of the oven. It takes time and patience to cook a pot of baked beans from scratch, but it is well worth the effort. To get started, you will need: • One standard package of beans (kidney...

How to Make and Decorate a Pirate Birthday Cake for a Kid's Pirate Birthday Party

Although there are various types of kid's pirate birthday cakes, pirate boats, pirate flags and pirates from head to toe, this pirate birthday cake is only of the face of a pirate. This is the easiest of all the kid's pirate birthday cakes to make and decorate. As far as the baking is concerned all you need is one round cake and one square or oblong cake of any flavor and of any height. To decorate this pirate birthday cake you will need:Icing/frosting You can use your favorite recipe but my favorite white icing recipe is 250ml whipping cream, 1 cup of milk and 1 packet of instant vanilla pudding powder. When mixed all together the cake cream is whitish yellow and delicious. Whichever frosting recipe you use make the icing white or brown as it needs to act as the skin of the pirate. You will also need to color half of the icing a different color (for the pirate hat)so you can perhaps make a chocolate icing (200gm dark chocolate melted together with 250ml whipping cream) or add a...

Diri Ak Djon-djon: Haitian Creole

Diri ak djon-djon – Haitian Creole – is a Haitian delicacy with a distinct aroma, flavor and color. Haitian Creole is usually served with a meat or fish. Putting an American twist on this dish by using fresh Shitake mushrooms and Red Kidney beans gives it an additional level of flavor and texture.When you travel throughout Haiti, you will find many variations of this dish. The green, Scotch Bonnet, chili pepper is an extremely hot pepper and will definitely give you more than a little kick. The Scotch Bonnet pepper is used in most Latin Caribbean dishes as the pepper of choice, and is used to make the West Indian Pepper Sauce- that has two uses, one as a condiment and the second as a seasoning for meat, seafood and poultry. It is advised that you wear gloves when handling this pepper and keep your hands away from your face and eyes. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t bring this pepper to the kitchen. The original recipe calls for dried black mushrooms wh...

How to Make the Ultimate New York Cheesecake

I've lived in the greater New York area for about 23 of the last 30 years.  First, you need to know that we don't call it "The Big Apple" or "New York City."  The term used by the natives is simply "The City."  But if you want to cook like we do, it's important to know a good cheesecake from a bad one.  The bad ones are dry, lemon-y and sponge-like, and the cheese part of the cake crumbles like feta against a fork.  The good ones are creamy like ice cream, have no citrus undertaste and weigh a lot more in the pan than they appear.  The recipes vary greatly, but the most authentic ones are generally only made in New York and surrounding areas.  Some companies offer pricey mail-order cakes, but in fact, they are not the best you can get.  Today, you can make one at home and look just like the NYC natives, minus the cup of flame-percolated coffee and funny nasal accent. Lower Manhattan, taken from the...

Southern Fried Catfish and Collard Greens Cornbread

Fried Catfish and Cornbread, a southern favorite, but with a twist. If you have never had collard green cornbread, you are in for a nice and interesting treat.. This cornbread could be eaten alone for a quick something to tied you over until the big meal or you can complement it with some "southern Fried Catfish", Cole Slaw and sliced, fresh tomatoes and a side of red Beans and Rice. now that's :southern eating.             Collard Greens Cornbread Preheat oven to 400°F. *Ingredients: 2 bunches fresh collard greens ( 16 ounces frozen - thawed, squeeze out moisture) 8 pieces of bacon fried crisp 1 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup onions, diced 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped 1/2 cup corn , drained 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes:   *Preparation: Clean and stem collards, place in boiling salted...

Food from Sicilia, (Sicily)

This is a series on food from the different Italian regions. The areas included in this guide are; Calabria, Sicily, Lombardy and Liguria, along with a general food guide and points of note from Italy. Sicily is a small island in the south of Italy, (purple on the map), and is often called “the ball the boot of Italy is kicking”. Although separated from mainland Italy by water, this is the fourth most populated area in the whole of Italy, (after the areas containing Rome, Milan and Naples). Sicily is nicknamed “God’s Kitchen” because of its fine cuisine and wines, and even here Sicilians are possessive of the dish from each area, declaring that a true Granita must come from Catania and a Cassata from Palermo. The climate is typical of a Mediterranean country, with mild and slightly wet winters and hot, dry, (sometimes humid), summers. In 1999 48.5 °C was recorded in Sicily, and this is one of the highest ever in Europe. The lack of rain makes the...

Comfort Food: A Remake on Casseroles of the '50s - Broiled Tuna Steaks with a Broccoli-Onion Cream Sauce Over Pasta

Broiled Tuna Steaks with a Broccoli-Onion Cream Sauce Over Pasta The highly nutritious tuna fish, with its intense flavor and meaty texture, mostly found in warm waters, is considered a delicacy in most parts of the world. Canned or fresh. tuna is regarded as a culinary treat and is particularly popular in the coastal areas of the world. However, the fresh varieties have higher content of the beneficial Omega-3-fatty acids, as compared to the canned ones   This dish is a remake on the Tuna Casserole, from the 1950s. At that time it was prepared with Cream of Mushroom Soup, using a more classic cream sauce married with fresh broccoli and sweet onions, make for a more sophisticated dish.. This dish is served in individual casserole dishes, placed on top of a charge plate at service. You can either broil, grill or bake it and it is also good pan seared or fried.. Broccoli and Onion Cream Sauce  Ingredients: 2 tablespoons. Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ...