August 9th, 2013
“If love is the spice of life,” she’d say, “then good food is what binds it all together. Hon!” I can see my grandmother perfectly, apron tied around her waist, standing by the stove, talking to her pots and pans – worrying over them like a fretting mother over her newborn child. “Now, are you too hot?”, she’d ask quietly, stirring into her tomato passata. “Oh, good. You’ve rested well,” she’d say, as she lovingly tapped the apple pie cooling on the counter-top.
While I will probably spend Read the rest of this entry »
May 31st, 2013
Aspiring chefs often grab a cookbook eager to make their first dish only to start reading and realize they have no idea what the recipes inside mean. If you are new to the kitchen, follow this guide to basic cooking terminology to decode recipes.
Bake: Food is baked in an oven through dry heat. When meat or poultry are cooked in the oven, the technique is called “roasting.”
Al dente: This term stems from the Italian for “to the tooth,” and it means pasta that is Read the rest of this entry »
March 24th, 2013
Southern cuisine seems to always be in style. Maybe it’s because it is essentially classic country cooking, it’s good for the soul, and even Yankee’s can appreciate that! If you can master these three easy dishes, you’ll have a good start at being a Southern food expert.
Cornbread is a member of the quickbread family, and quick and easy it is. It is virtually fool-proof, has relatively few ingredients, and is best baked in a cast iron frying pan. It is Read the rest of this entry »
June 16th, 2012
The time spent in the kitchen can be enjoyed by all members of the family including children. Many parents wonder when they should be introducing the culinary arts to their off-springs. Some children love spending the time in the kitchen with their parents and grand-parents. Some children find it boring and not worth their attention. You will find that many children can be converted from watching TV and playing video games to cooking enthusiasts. They will most likely enjoy the mess they make, the Read the rest of this entry »
September 23rd, 2011
Help your child stay healthy and in shape by preparing a nutritional lunch. Instead of the traditional PB&J sandwich, pack an egg salad sandwich on whole wheat bread. Add variety to the lunch by replacing the usual fresh fruit with a piece of string cheese. The cheese is a good calcium source. Include a small fruit salad and a small bottle water to complete the lunch.
Make your own trail mix full of raisins, nuts and dried berries. A sandwich of lean deli meat, wheat bread, lettuce and tomatoes provides Read the rest of this entry »
September 19th, 2011
In today’s time, moms are busier than ever. Even though fast food is the fastest way of feeding the family it is not the healthiest. Prevent weight gain and make sure the family is getting the recommended servings of healthy portions each day by preparing food ahead of time.
Prepare a salad using the recommended five colors of vegetables a day. When kept at the recommended temperature, the salad will last several days in the refrigerator. Prepare Read the rest of this entry »
September 16th, 2011
When recipes are formulated they are typically made for the cooking conditions at sea level. Most of the western United States and Canada are at high altitudes so they require some modification. The most important thing you will have to adjust is the cooking time. The boiling temperature is lower at higher altitudes so your cook time will need to increase slightly if you are boiling any part of your recipe. You will also need to reduce leavening agents such as baking powder and baking soda while Read the rest of this entry »
August 30th, 2011
Whether you like to watch cooking lessons on your Satellite Star Internet or you’re more about buying cook books and learning in the kitchen there’s more than one way to get good at the basics. Here are a few of our favorite shows on TV that help you learn the little stuff to become a better cook:
Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten is the master at teaching technique and her simple recipes make any home chef feel like a Read the rest of this entry »
June 23rd, 2011
A busy lifestyle makes it difficult to cook every day of the month, but having a home cooked meal is an appetizing idea for many. You may eliminate the need to buy pre-packaged foods by replacing your freezer with delicious home cooked meals. While this may seem like a lot of work all it would take is one day of the month to accomplish it. Making your own meals will guarantee using fresh ingredients and customizing the meals to your own likes. It just takes Read the rest of this entry »
May 28th, 2011
Grocery stores can be a money pit these days especially when shopping for an entire family. There are several ways to save but we will highlight one in particular. It will prove to make a difference in your budget as well as free up time in your schedule.
Families are finding the need to budget spending extremely important while not wanting to find the pantry affected. Bulk grocery shopping has grown in popularity and stores providing bulk goods are popping up everywhere. This idea is perfect on all levels. The larger the quantity of groceries you purchase, Read the rest of this entry »