Simple Cooking, Family Style
Less and less American families today sit down at the table together for their evening meals. We are so busy running here and there and grabbing fast food or eating on the couches in front of the television. When we do that, we don’t focus on each other and how our day has been. We sit like zombies in front of the television. There is rarely the simple cooking and home meals and family gathering. Some say that it takes a toll on our children and their values and keeps us from staying close as a family.How to Cook Gourmet on a Budget
If you want to cook gourmet but are on a budget and don’t want to be eating rice and beans every day, I have a few tips for you. I have taken Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University and learned a lot from the class but there was one thing that didn’t sit well with me.Ensuring Your Party Is Sweet As Sugar
It’s not that hard to organize a good party, but it does take some trial and error if you’ve never had to do it before. And you should definitely learn from your mistakes too, as you’ll likely make plenty of those at first. One thing that’s very important in any case is the food – that’s one of the reasons people come to a party after all, to drink and eat.Simple Cooking
These days, who has time to come home and cook a four course cuisine? We need good ‘ole fashioned simple cooking, and with all of the studies out there that tell us that living on fast food is killing us and is increasing our weight, our cholesterol levels and lowering our life expectancy, we already know that we shouldn’t be making dinner plan in the drive through line!How Many Different Ways Can You Cook a Chicken?
As cooks, we are often faced with the question of “how to cook”, so let us see how many different ways can we cook a main ingredient such as the ever so famous chicken. You may be surprised at the seemingly endless options that we have. No wonder we have such a dilemma with so many to choose from.My Success for Recipe Development
What it takes to become a Recipe Developer: I am a professional chef in Austin, Texas. I am a Le Cordon Bleu Honors Graduate. I have a degree in Culinary, but I think that the qualifications for being a good chef are good technique, a good palate and knowledge of food, and knowing how to use all of them at the same time. I believe that you have to have fun while you are doing this too, put on your favorite music, make sure that you are comfortably dressed and get to it!How to Reduce the Fats in Your Meals and Be Healthy
Unhealthy saturated/trans-fats have been known to worsen, if not cause, diseases like arthritis, gallstones, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, skin problems and a bunch of others. If you don’t want yourself to be counted for having any of these diseases, or someone who is looking for ways to eliminate them, then you should start reducing your intake of fats, if not switching to fats rich in omega-3 and omega- fatty acids. How? Read on.Authentic Italian Cuisine: Tips for a Real Italian Meal
When visiting Italy, you can expect to find a unique blend of foods that are nothing like what typically passes for “Italian” in American cities. The basis of a pure Italian meal is in its ingredients. Buy fresh and buy quality and plan to prepare it the same day you purchase it. An authentic Italian meal includes a lot of work to prepare the many homemade components, but ensures a fresh, delicious meal for all of your guests.Packing School or Family Lunches With A Vacuum Food Sealer Helps Save Money and Time
Make up your family’s favorite after school snacks like trail mix. Choose favorite items that will energize them for the after school and work activities and package in single serving sizes. This allows you to save money and give the family items you know they will eat. Making your own finger food lunches allows you and your family to choose healthy choices and things that your family will eat. Prepackaged lunches do not always contain everything the person likes and items can be tossed out. This causes money to be wasted on expensive food not eaten.The Salt Conundrum – Is Salt Healthy or Not?
Salt has been painted the villain in the goal of good health. The U.S. government recommends lowering salt intake to prevent myriad health issues, such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, to name a few we all recognize. Salt is a natural substance. Some say we cannot live without some salt in the diet. Our blood actually contains 0.9 percent of salt. Why is there a problem?Borage – A Lesser Known Herb to Know and Enjoy
The common thread running through historical descriptions of borage is its ability to make men and women glad and merry, to comfort the heart, dispel melancholy and give courage. These noble qualities may derive from its high content of calcium, potassium and mineral salts, and research suggests that borage works on the adrenal gland, where courage begins. This wonderful herb can be grown in your own backyard. Its rough, unrefined sprawling habit makes it unacceptable for formal garden settings, though it suits an herb garden well, as it blends nicely with other wildflower type plants. It grows to about 2 1/2 feet and easily topples over. It can be added to your vegetable patch, as it is said to strengthen neighboring plants’ resistance to disease. It is an especially good companion for strawberries, as the two plants seem to be mutually beneficial. Try to keep borage as the junior partner in that arrangement.Szechuan Pepper – What It Is and How To Use It
To most people Szechuan pepper sounds like something that you would use in an Asian dish, but its complexity of flavor makes it a very interesting addition to stews and even steak. Here’s what you need to know about this unique spice.Gluten Free – My Story
Last year I was asked to make foods for a Princess Party at the local museum. It was to be for young girls from tiny tots to teens (with an accompanying Queen) to learn about what it meant to be a princess in real life. Things they were shown were pictures of real princesses from past and present, and talks presented on the rigors of growing up a princess. The little budding princesses were taught how to curtsey and wave. Any little girl hears the word Princess and goes dreamy-eyed. There are so many princesses in fairy-tales, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, to name just a small handful. All the little girls wanted to dress up and come to a Princess Party. My task – making the princess treats – took me to making some delicious, as well as beautiful little foods. At the last minute, I found a recipe for Chocolate Mice.Gluten Free, Just the Facts Ma’am
Gluten Free – This is a popular term these days. What does it mean? Why is it so popular? A gluten free diet is used to treat celiac disease (an autoimmune disease triggered by gluten), along with wheat allergies, and non celiac gluten sensitivity. What is gluten, you may ask? What does it mean to be “gluten free”Pepper: The “Cinderella” of the Cupboard
Pepper is an unappreciated spice. It is always there. It is called for in nearly every savory recipe, and some sweets. “Freshly ground pepper” is called for everywhere in recipes, rather like “Cinderella, Cinderella!” It is expected to be in its place, doing what it does best, but completely under appreciated. How many of you really taste pepper? Can you identify the different types and varieties? How many kinds of pepper can you name? Are they all pepper? Pre-ground pepper, the ugly step-sister, bears no resemblance to good peppercorns. As with all spices, peppercorns should be kept whole until needed, and ground just for the recipe. I have not had pre-ground pepper in my kitchen for more than 25 years. Once I discovered the difference in flavor, I could never go back.