Posts Tagged ‘food’


You won’t believe the difference!

potato-boostPotatoes are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. One medium sized potato has fewer calories than a grapefruit, more potassium than a banana, and more usable iron than any other vegetable. Potatoes are also high in fiber, and loaded with complex carbohydrates. And best of all, potatoes are fat-free.

Contrary to a common misconception, potatoes are not high in calories. One medium sized potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup serving of rice has 225 calories, and a cup of pasta has 155 calories. Loads of people have boiled potatoes with their dinners. We love a good potato, but we like to add a bit of variation every now and then. For example, did you know that adding some pickle juice to your potatoes is delicious?It’s a true potato booster!

◾Boil your potatoes in pickle juice: boil your potatoes just like you would normally, but add about 30 to 40 milliliters of pickle juice. The potatoes will get a very subtle pickle flavor, which means you won’t have to add salt, butter or sour cream to flavor your potatoes.

◾French fries: pickle juice can also spice up your fries. Are you going to make French fries tomorrow? Soak the potatoes you’re going to use in pickle juice for about 12 hours. Dry them by leaving them on paper towels for a little bit, and then continue to make your fries like you normally would.

◾Potato salad: do you use mayonnaise when you make potato salad? Add a couple tablespoons of pickle juice to the mayonnaise. It’ll give your salad a very tasty twist!

Fun fact: Did you know that the average American eats approximately 126 pounds of potatoes each year? And that the potato is a relative of tobacco and the tomato?

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Thai Tuna Pizza

Posted: January 14, 2018 in Recipes
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thai_tuna_pizzaThis wholly untraditional pizza subs peanut sauce and soy sauce for tomato sauce but incorporates familiar pizza flavors such as peppers and Romano cheese. Thai peanut sauce can be found in the international foods aisle of your supermarket.

Difficulty: Easy
Hands-on: 15 minutes

Total: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

 

Ingredients
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (7 oz.) Thai peanut sauce
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 prebaked pizza crust (12")
1 can (6 oz.) light tuna, drained
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup shredded Havarti cheese
¼ cup grated Romano cheese
? cup chopped salted peanuts
¼ cup chopped scallions

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. In small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Step 2 Add peanut sauce, soy sauce, and cilantro; remove from heat and mix well. Spread over pizza crust.

Step 3 Top with tuna, sprouts, and cheeses. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with peanuts and scallions before serving.

How to eat Oreos in milk

Posted: January 2, 2018 in Recipes, Tutorials
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You can use a fork to dip your Oreos in milk without making a mess

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Simply stick the fork into the creme filling, then dip. As an added benefit, this makes you look slightly more dignified

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more satisfying, dip Oreos in milk and freeze them

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Be sure to put them in a freezer bag before popping them in your freezer. This gives you the flavor of cookies and cream in a slightly more convenient package.

This is also a great way to set up for a cookies-and-cream milkshake. Take the frozen Oreos and add them to your blender along with milk and ice cream for a delicious, decadent treat.

Apple Oven Baked Pancake

Posted: February 10, 2017 in Recipes
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apple_pancakeIngredients

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 egg
3/4 cup Complete pancake mix  
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 small apple, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar
Maple syrup  if desired

 

Directions
 
1. Heat oven to 400°F. While oven is heating, melt butter in 9-inch glass pie plate in oven.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat egg with wire whisk or egg beater. Beat in pancake mix, milk and vanilla. Pour over melted butter in pie plate. Arrange apple slices on batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup.

German Oven Pancakes

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Recipes
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oven_pancakeIngredients

  • 1/2    cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3    eggs
  • 1/2    cup milk
  • 2    tablespoons melted butter
  • 1    tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4    teaspoon of salt
  • fresh fruit of your choice, cut into bite-sized pieces and  whipped cream    

    Directions
     
    1.  Preheat oven to 450°F. If you have a convection oven, set it at 425°F (the pancakes rise even higher on the convection setting).
    2.  In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a whisk or fork. Stir in the milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour to the egg mixture, a big spoonful at a time as you continue to whisk. Be careful not to over-mix, to keep the pancake light and fluffy.
    3.  Lightly spray a 9"-11" oven-safe skillet with cooking spray.
    4.  Pour the batter into a heated skillet (this will yield a more golden brown, puffier pancake). Bake 12-18 minutes, just until the edges are golden. Check your pancake at the 12 minute mark. Top with the fresh fruit and whipped cream just before serving.

Beignets – A French Doughnut

Posted: January 30, 2017 in Recipes
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beignetIngredients

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 packages yeast
6 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup evaporated milk
2 eggs, well beaten

Directions

Cream together shortening, sugar, and salt. Once fully creamed, add one cup boiling water and one cup milk, then set aside.

In another bowl, mix yeast well in 1/4 cup warm water. Add this and beaten eggs to the creamed shortening, sugar and salt mixture.

Add 3 1/2 cups flour and beat with spoon. Add another 3 cups of flour and mix. Put the dough in a greased covered container in the refrigerator.

When ready to fry, roll out dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into 3 inch squares with a knife. Use a knife to cut a 1/2 inch slit in the middle of each square.

Fry in oil heated to about 360 degrees until the beignet is golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels. Powdered sugar may be sprinkled on top. The dough may be kept in refrigerator for a few days.

History of King Cakes and recipe

Posted: January 23, 2017 in Recipes, Tutorials
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kingcakeThe Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the "Twelfth Night," also known to Christians as the "Epiphany." Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means "to show." Jesus first showed himself to the three wise men and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake
The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which signifies "Justice," GREEN for "Faith," and GOLD for "Power." These colors were chosen to resemble a jeweled crown honoring the Wise Men who visited the Christ Child on Epiphany. In the past such things as coins, beans, pecans, or peas were also hidden in each King Cake.

Today, a tiny plastic baby is the common prize. At a party, the King Cake is sliced and served. Each person looks to see if their piece contains the "baby." If so, then that person is named "King" for a day and bound by custom to host the next party and provide the King Cake.

Mardi Gras Day has a moveable date and may occur on any Tuesday from February 3rd to March 9th. It is always the day before Ash Wednesday, and always falls 46 days before Easter.

King Cake recipe

lge_kingcakeIngredients

1/2 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
2 packages dry yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
4 to 5 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/2 cup warm milk (105 to 115 degrees)
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter, cooled
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup finely chopped candied citron
1 pecan half, uncooked dried bean or King Cake Baby
Glaze:
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
Purple, green and gold sugar crystals

Directions

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Combine the warm water, yeast and 2 teaspoons sugar in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside to a warm place for about 10 minutes. Combine the 4 cups of flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, nutmeg, lemon rind and add warm milk, melted butter, egg yolks and yeast mixture. Beat until smooth. Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place the dough in a well-greased bowl. Turn once so greased surface is on top.
Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours). Punch the dough down and place on a lightly floured surface. Sprinkle with the citron and knead until the citron is evenly distributed. Shape the dough into a cylinder, about 30 inches long. Place the cylinder on a buttered baking sheet. Shape into a ring, pinching ends together to seal. Place a well-greased 2-pound coffee can or shortening can in the center of the ring to maintain shape during baking. Press the King Cake Baby, pecan half or dried bean into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough. Cover the ring with a towel, and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove the coffee can immediately. Allow the cake to cool. For the glaze: Combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. To assemble, drizzle cake with the glaze. Sprinkle with sugar crystals, alternating colors.

Do I plan to attend the Mardi Gras Day  and the great parades? Oh yes I am! it’s not that far away for me to travel, I hope the battery power on my scooter can last as long as the parties, food and all the dancing in the streets, and I promise I won’t Martini glass and drive my scooter Fingers crossed

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