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How To Flame Spirits

By: | Comments Off on How To Flame Spirits | On: November 26, 2014 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information

Homemade Bananas Foster

Spirits are used to flame sauces and desserts. How to successfully flame spirits at home requires a little practice Igniting a dish at the table never fails to capture everyone’s attention. When spirits are flamed, the alcohol burns off leaving a concentrated flavor with hints of caramelized sugar, producing a... more

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How Much Sodium Does Salted Water Add To Pasta

By: | Comments Off on How Much Sodium Does Salted Water Add To Pasta | On: October 1, 2014 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information, Health Benefits, Sodium

Green Peas in Pasta

Cooking Pasta When you cook pasta, you have two options: Use unsalted water Add salt to cooking water I was raised in the second camp. My parents always added salt to the cooking water. Most pastas have little or no sodium. That’s good if you are on a sodium restricted... more

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Cooking Dry Beans

By: | Comments Off on Cooking Dry Beans | On: June 12, 2014 | Category : Cook's Tips, Diet, General Information

Dry Pinto Beans

Advantages of Dry Beans Canned beans are convenient, but there are several reasons for buying and cooking dry beans instead of canned beans: Lower Cost More Variety Significantly Less Sodium BPA Free With dry beans you get just beans and no chemicals, additives or preservatives. Beans are an excellent source of... more

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Meal Planning

By: | Comments Off on Meal Planning | On: February 17, 2014 | Category : Cook's Tips

Turkey Burger with Baked Beans, Steamed Brussels Sprouts and Roasted Bell Peppers

Home cooking takes time, but not as much time as some people would have you believe. It is convenient eating out. No groceries to buy, no preparations, no cooking, no clean up. But what you get in return for convenience is usually more calories, saturated fat, sugar, sodium and refined... more

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Fat & Oil Smoking Point

By: | Comments Off on Fat & Oil Smoking Point | On: January 2, 2014 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information, Health Benefits

Bottle of Avocado Oil

There are several reasons for knowing the smoking points of oil and fats. The healthiest fried foods, especially deep-fried foods, are cooked at high temperatures to prevent soggy, greasy foods loaded with fat calories. Deep frying temperatures range from 350°F to 400°F (177°C to 204°C). The higher an oil’s or... more

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Fresh versus Processed Garlic

By: | Comments Off on Fresh versus Processed Garlic | On: August 30, 2013 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information

Fresh Garlic Heads

Mediterranean, Asian and Indian foods would not be the same without garlic. Originally, garlic was only available as bulbs. There was no need to buy this herb when it can be easily grown from fresh garlic cloves. If you see sprouts browning from your garlic and have a garden or even... more

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Corn Muffins

By: | Comments Off on Corn Muffins | On: June 4, 2013 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information

Homemade Cajun Corn Muffins

Corn is an abundant and relatively inexpensive grain. Originating in the Americas, American Indians and Spaniards called it maiz. In Italian it is mais or grano. An inexpensive Italian peasant food food derived from corn is polenta a cornmeal mush that can be baked, fried or grilled. American ingenuity has... more

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How to Perfectly Poach Shrimp

By: | Comments Off on How to Perfectly Poach Shrimp | On: June 4, 2013 | Category : Cook's Tips, Dinner, Entree, General Information, Lunch

Homemade Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

Most recipes cook raw shrimp in boiling water. But shrimp, like most seafood cook very quickly and it is easy to overcook shrimp producing a tough, rubbery, chewy consistency. Frozen, precooked shrimp is usually grossly overcooked. The secret to perfectly cooked shrimp is poaching. Poaching is the method restaurants use for... more

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Salted vs. Unsalted Butter

By: | Comments Off on Salted vs. Unsalted Butter | On: May 8, 2013 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information, Health Benefits, Sodium

Stick of Butter

Virtually every celebrity chef and cooking show recommends cooking and baking with unsalted butter. The rationale is using unsalted butter allows you to control how much salt is in the food. But does cooking with unsalted butter really make that big a difference? Considering how much salt is added to... more

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Blanching and Roasting Almonds

By: | Comments Off on Blanching and Roasting Almonds | On: November 24, 2012 | Category : Cook's Tips, General Information

Homemade Chinese Almond Cookies

Click for Step-by-Step YouTube video. Many recipes require blanched almonds (almonds without skin). You can buy blanched and toasted almonds or prepare them using this simple method. more

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