There's good news for health-conscious meat lovers -- you can enjoy heart-friendly leaner varieties without having to choke down your meal for survival. These may be new methods to you, but they won't require very many new tools or techniques.
Fatty meat is dangerous for your circulatory system but your taste buds give it a "thumbs up" because fat, along with salt, excites our oral sensors. It also provides "lubrication" within the meat which... Read More
The great English cook Prue Leith once famously remarked "life's too short to stuff a mushroom." I feel pretty much the same way about peeling a grape.
However, there may come a time when you want to do such a thing and it's handy to have a simple method standing by. Not that peeling a grape is all that difficult, just tedious. You simply do it.
The same cannot be said of such things as peaches, apricots and even small... Read More
We're all looking for that perfect pie, or cookies, or loaf of bread. It doesn't always happen. In our experience, there are four reasons that account for most of the less than perfect products.
Under baking or over baking. This has to be nemesis number one. Breads are often under-baked and cookies are often over-baked. Under baked bread is soggy. Crusty breads will never be crusty if the temperature doesn't get high enough to... Read More
No one wants to eat tasteless food in an effort to trim the fat from their diet. Eating healthier doesn't mean you have to skimp on flavor or the enjoyment of food. There are ways that you can trim the fat with these healthy (and delicious) food tips.
1. Light Cooking Methods
The cooking methods that you use can make a big difference in trimming the fat... Read More
Who could live without chocolate? When you are in the kitchen, knowing a little about this complex food and the best brands for cooking with chocolate will help you turn your chocolate cravings into a sweet reality. You'll also be able to bask in the delight of your family and guests after you serve them these sweet treats!
Before we get started, it's important to know the different types of chocolate as... Read More
"What is this for?" If your cooking utensils include a double boiler, you may have heard this question. You may have even asked it.
Double boilers, while not a commonly used kitchen utensil, are extremely beneficial. They are perfect for preparing cream-based sauces and soups, or desserts requiring melted chocolate. Once you get comfortable using a double boiler, you'll wonder how you lived without it.
A double boiler is essentially a... Read More
If you love sushi but are on a budget, get your fishy fix at home - for less - by making it yourself. You'll need the right ingredients, some practice and a little patience.
What you Need
Makisu (bamboo rolling mat)
Medium bowl with water
A sharp knife
Nori seaweed paper
Prepared sushi rice (sushemi)
Ultra-fresh seafood cut into strips. Try raw tuna, salmon,... Read More
When it comes to prime rib and there are two basic camps. One side says you must cook it with the bones attached. The idea is that the bones give more flavor to the meat. The other side says that the meat can be just as flavorful without the bones, and easier to carve. If you want to give it a try, here is a boneless prime roast recipe. There are plenty of variations on the basic boneless prime roast recipe so feel free to improvise. ... Read More
Pancakes are easy and almost foolproof. But there are some tricks to making them perfect. We'd like to share those tips:
1. Use a low-gluten flour. We like to use unbleached pastry flour in our recipes-that's what our mixes are made with-but all purpose flour will do. Bread flour makes for a pancake that is too tough and chewy.
2. Don't over mix. Mixing develops the gluten in the batter. Mix the... Read More
Believe it or not, there are actually people out there that think the only way to prepare their favorite proteins -- and other mealtime staples -- is by frying it in Crisco. Not so much. In reality, there are many diet-friendly ways to cook - sautéing, poaching, broiling, smoking, roasting are just a few. Most whole foods start out as healthy. It's the techniques we use to cook the food that make the transformation from healthy... Read More