Pop quiz: Which appetizer will have your guests buzzing for days: (A) veggie platter, (B) canapés or (C) bite-sized chicken and waffles? The answer is definitely C. We pair crispy, well-seasoned pieces of fried chicken with our recipe for slightly sweet homemade waffles. These heavenly minis will undoubtedly be a hit at any barbecue, cocktail party, brunch or movie night. So whenever you decide to serve them, just be prepared to share the recipe (or not).
Mini Chicken and Waffles
Servings: 24 pieces
Time: Start to Finish: 1 1/2 hours
1 recipe PureWow Waffles (without the cinnamon-sugar coating)
Canola or peanut oil, for frying
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon dried Italian herb seasoning
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup buttermilk
1½ pounds chicken tenders, cut into bite-size (about 1-inch) pieces
Hot sauce, to taste
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1. In a deep, medium-size pot, heat about 3 inches of oil over medium heat until it reads 350°F on a thermometer.
2. Make the Waffles: While the oil heats, make the waffles. Let the waffles cool slightly, then cut them into bite-size (about 1-inch) squares and place them in a 250°F oven to keep warm.
3. Make the Fried Chicken: In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cornstarch, cayenne pepper, Italian herb seasoning, salt and black pepper to combine. Pour the buttermilk into a shallow, medium-size bowl.
4. Toss the chicken pieces in the flour mixture to coat. Working in batches, dip the floured chicken into the buttermilk, then return it to the flour and toss to coat.
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5. Working in batches, add the breaded chicken to the hot frying oil. Don’t overfill the pot with chicken, as it will bring down the temperature of the oil. Fry until the chicken is golden brown and floats on the surface of the oil, 3 to 4 minutes. Adjust the heat as needed if the chicken is browning too quickly.
6. Remove the chicken from the oil and drain on several layers of absorbent paper towels. Let cool slightly, then place a piece of chicken on top of a waffle square and secure with a toothpick. Serve immediately with hot sauce on the side.
By Katharine Jackson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Looking out from her food truck over a sidewalk left empty in downtown Washington on Friday by the U.S. government’s partial shutdown, Farida Abou Draa said she felt like crying.
“My business is to make people happy, to give them something to eat, to see their smiles,” said Abou Draa, 38. “There is no people to make happy today.”
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Food truck operators are among the many non-government workers suffering as a result of the shutdown.
On a typical day, the block in view of the U.S. Capitol where she parks her truck, the Corn Factory, bustles with federal workers. She had not made a single sale of her Venezuelan and Mexican fare by noon on Friday.
Since the shutdown began two weeks ago, some of the more than 400 food trucks that operate in the city and depend upon a steady stream of hungry federal workers have struggled to keep their windows open. Many of the approximately 800,000 government workers who are either furloughed or working without pay are based in the nation’s capital.
“If the government shutdown keeps on moving forward, next week and the following week, I’ve got to close,” Abou Draa said. “I can’t pay my rent. I can’t pay (for) my food. I can’t pay my employees.”
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The ongoing shutdown stems from an impasse between congressional Democrats, who control the House of Representatives as of Thursday, and President Donald Trump, who is demanding funding for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico that he says is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States.
On Friday, Trump told Democratic leaders he was willing to keep the government closed for “months or even years.”
“Terrible. Terrible. I don’t make any money,” said Moustafa Salem, the owner of the Habebe food truck.
He stood ready with his employees on Friday to serve meals at what normally would be peak lunchtime, but there was no line waiting for his Greek and Middle Eastern food.
“We need money for my son in college,” Salem said. “I need money for myself, for rent, for gas, for employees.”
Nearby, Abou Draa said she had lost about $5,000 during what are already lean times in winter months, a difficult situation for the food truck owner with a 3-year-old daughter and a mortgage to pay.
“We’ll find a way to survive, and once it’s all back to normal we will be smiling again,” she said.
(Reporting by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Bill Berkrot)
NEW YORK (AP) — Fumes from cooking fish combined with asthma could have killed an 11-year-old boy in New York City but such a death would be rare, medical authorities said.
The city medical examiner has yet to rule on what caused the death of Cameron Jean-Pierre on New Year’s Day, but allergy experts said it’s possible the boy could have suffered a fatal reaction to fish cooking in his grandmother’s kitchen.
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“It’s extremely rare,” said Dr. Wayne Shreffler, director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Most often it’s an issue for patients who also have asthma, and probably not very well controlled asthma.”
Cameron did have asthma and was allergic to fish and peanuts, his father, Steven Jean-Pierre, said on Friday.
The boy and his father were visiting relatives in Brooklyn on Tuesday when Cameron was stricken, apparently after inhaling aromas from a traditional Caribbean fish dish that his grandmother and aunt were cooking.
Steven Jean-Pierre told The Associated Press that he used a nebulizer to administer medication to Cameron, but the breathing treatment was not effective as it had been in the past.
“Out of nowhere he just said, ‘Daddy, for some reason it’s not working,'” the father said. “He felt like it wasn’t giving him enough air. And that’s when I called 911.”
Police said the boy was taken to Brookdale Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Cameron’s last words were words of love, his father said. “He took the mask off his face and said, ‘Daddy, I have to tell you something.’ He said, ‘Daddy, I love you. Daddy, I love you,'” Steven Jean-Pierre said.
Shreffler said allergic reactions are caused by proteins in a specific food, which normally would have to be ingested to trigger a reaction.
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“Generally speaking the smell of food is not sufficient,” he said. But he added, “respiratory reactions related to fish, anecdotally, do seem to stand out.”
Dr. Jay Lieberman, vice chairman of the food allergy committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said that’s because proteins in fish can be aerosolized by cooking.
“I live in the South where a lot of people fry fish,” said Lieberman, an allergy and immunology specialist at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. “If a child is fish allergic I tell the family that if they’re going to fry fish in the house the child has to be in a completely different room.”
Lieberman said he’s treated patients who experienced symptoms like hives and itching after breathing vapors from frying fish but he’s never seen a fatal reaction. He called Cameron’s story “devastating.”
Lieberman and Shreffler both stressed that an allergic reaction from smelling a food is not a common occurrence. “I routinely tell patients that they don’t have to leave the room when someone opens a jar of peanut butter,” Shreffler said.
Cameron’s family had moved two years ago from Brooklyn to Piscataway, New Jersey, where Cameron was a sixth-grader and honor-roll student at Theodore Schor Middle School.
Steven Jean-Pierre said his son was looking forward to going back to school and seeing his friends after the holiday break.
“He was a great kid,” the father said. “I don’t know why this happened to my son.”
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This story has been corrected to reflect that Jay Lieberman is the vice chairman of the food allergy committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, not the chairman.
Looking for a perfect New Year’s Eve punch recipe or a celebratory cocktail or two? Here are perfect recipes to kick off 2019, from bubbly and fruity to ‘champagne’ on a budget.
Pomegranate thyme bubbly rose
Rosé is light and fruity, and has been enjoyed since ancient times, as those from yesteryear felt classic red wine was a bit too harsh. These days, you’ll find that a quality rosé is still a great accompaniment to a meal, especially if you enjoy seafood, and it also makes for a terrific New Year’s drink. This inventive cocktail is a rosé with a bit of flourish, thanks to the addition of the secret ingredient — a syrup made from an infusion of pomegranate seeds and fresh thyme.
RECIPE: Pomegranate thyme bubbly rose
Nothing feels quite as festive as raising a cheerful toast with an elegant flute of bubbly, but good champagne can be pricey. Our sweet and fruity faux champagne is the ideal celebratory alternative. It’s not only delicious, but, with only three simple ingredients, is also much more affordable than champagne or sparkling wine.
RECIPE: Faux champagne
You can whip this up in just a few minutes for impromptu get-togethers, and it’s suitable for guests of all ages. This is an ideal drink for a toasting beverage for kids on New Year’s Eve, or an option for those who don’t indulge in alcohol but want something more special than humdrum cola or water.
If you want to save a few calories, try using diet ginger ale and your favorite sugar-free drink mix or some flavored sparkling water.
Cranberry cava cocktail
If you love a good sparkling wine but want to keep within budget, look no further than cava, a wine that hails from Spain and is often less expensive than champagne and its Italian counterpart, prosecco.
Cava is sweeter than champagne and drier than prosecco, but you can play up its flavor with the addition of cranberries. Not only does cava up the fancy factor of your flutes (with the addition of sugared cranberries and mint leaves), it’s a refreshing twist on a delicious drink.
RECIPE: Cranberry Cava cocktail
Cranberry pomegranate bourbon sparkler
This drink recipe is a tribute to the tiny-but-mighty cranberry. It might be small, but it is bursting with that seasonal taste we all love. So raise your glass in a toast to the unsung hero of the holidays: the sweet, tart, mighty little cranberry. Cheers!
Basil moscow mule
A traditional Moscow mule contains vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, and it is often garnished with a slice (or wedge) of lime. While the traditional version is terrific on its own, we’ve added a little extra oomph for your New Year’s Eve shindig. Our version contains freshly ground ginger and fresh basil leaves, which makes this delightful cocktail really work. And, of course, you should serve this drink in that classic copper mug, which is unique to Moscow mules and makes them taste that much better.
RECIPE: Basil Moscow Mule
French 75 cocktail
The French 75 is a simple yet elegant drink for any occasion, whether you’re ringing in the new year, toasting to a successful new job or just celebrating a new pair of shoes. The drink’s bubbles, spirits and fancy presentation in a champagne flute are sure party-pleasers.
Despite the name, the drink contains only four (not 75) simple ingredients; gin, lemon juice, champagne, and simple syrup. It’s a sweet and sour blend with the kick of gin and a pleasing fizz.
RECIPE: French 75 cocktail
Spiced rum apple cider
Apple cider is a classic cold-weather favorite, but if you’re looking for something with a little more spice for your New Year’s fête, we’ve got good news and an even better recipe. If you take your favorite apple cider and add a few choice spices, such as nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon, as well as some brown sugar and rum, then you’ve got a comforting New Year’s Eve cocktail that will warm your heart and help you keep the celebration going.
The flavor comes out when you heat the cider, spices and brown sugar together on your stovetop. Then, combine the rest of the ingredients for a drink that will make you (and your guests) smile.
RECIPE: Spiced rum apple cider
You can hop to your local store and buy some pre-made sangria for your New Year’s Eve party, but why not create your own sangria this year? Make a simple syrup with a variety of aromatic spices — including peppercorn, ginger, cinnamon sticks, star anise and clove — and add the syrup to a cocktail of dry red wine, cider, brandy and juices. Before you know it, you and your guests will be enjoying the spiced sangria of your dreams. And don’t forget the fresh fruit garnish, which can include oranges, apples and pears.
RECIPE: Spiced sangria
There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a sweet-tart glass of cold apple cider — and a little festive bubbly makes it even better by combining both of those treats in one sparkling glass.
Food may be the focus of most holiday parties, but this special signature drink will make your celebration even more memorable. You can adjust the sweetness by choosing your favorite wine — whether you prefer a German riesling or an Italian moscato — it’s up to you!
Your younger guests can also enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this drink. By simply omitting the wine and substituting it with an additional bottle of sparkling cider, you can create a special fizzy drink that both kids and adults will love!
Whichever version you choose, serve it up in a pretty pitcher or punch bowl, and break out your favorite glasses for a festive feel. And don’t forget to garnish it with a few apple slices, in honor of the humble-but-delicious apple.
RECIPE: Caramel apple sparkling sangria
Jalapeno cranberry cosmo
A holiday cocktail with a spicy kick? Sign us up! This tangy, holiday take on a traditional cosmopolitan is the perfect add-on to festive gatherings with friends and family.
The classic vodka, cranberry and lime drink gets an upgrade with some extra flavor, courtesy of one of the most popular peppers out there — the jalapeño. First, you make the juice by way of this awesome sauce recipe: Jalapeño cranberry sauce.
This perky pepper combines swimmingly with the other ingredients, especially since it pairs so well with the flavor of cranberries. Jalapeño has a spicy essence for sure, but it’s also almost pleasantly fruit-like, and will make your cosmo truly sing.
RECIPE: Jalapeno cranberry cosmos
Cranberry wine Moscow mule
The Moscow mule is a true classic drink, and it’s easy to add a bit of cheer to this super-easy recipe with the ultimate cranberry wine flavor burst.
This festive beverage is easy to create and looks fantastic, and for an added touch, add frozen cranberries and a lime wedge or two to top off this cheery mixed drink.
RECIPE: Cranberry wine Moscow mule
The hot toddy is a traditional cold-weather beverage that is ideal for sipping beside a roaring fireplace, but it especially appeals for New Year’s Eve. While the jury is still out on whether it helps you deal with a cold (the story goes that it was given to feverish children back in the day — adults only these days!), it remains a popular accompaniment for those cold and brisk winter nights. Whiskey is paired with comforting ingredients — like honey, cinnamon sticks and cloves — and added to boiling water to make a dreamy concoction perfect for your winter party.
RECIPE: Hot toddy
Candy vodka with Jolly Ranchers
This lively recipe features one of your childhood favorites (Jolly Ranchers candy) paired with an adults-only beverage (vodka).
When you’re on the hunt for New Year’s Eve drinks, this colorful concoction is a must-serve. It does involve some waiting time — after all, it takes time for the candies to add their delectable flavor and bright colors to the vodka. However, once the waiting game is over, you’ll have a super-fun cocktail that will make an enchanting addition to your NYE drinks game.
RECIPE: Jolly Rancher-infused cocktails
Classic Bloody Mary
While it’s fun to experiment with new cocktail recipes, there’s something to be said for tried-and-true classics. The traditional Bloody Mary is one of those drinks that never gets old or goes out of style. It’s a hearty cocktail that combines vodka and tomato juice, but there’s a lot more going that makes it a truly delectable drink.
We add hot sauce, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and a few tasty spices to make it an engaging cocktail that will make your tastebuds soar. Get your Bloody Mary vibe going this New Year’s to get your party started — or keep it going.
RECIPE: Classic Bloody Mary
Orangecello and honey martini
A citrus burst makes this unique martini shine. You might be familiar with the Italian liqueur called limoncello, but did you know about orangecello?
Thankfully for everyone, orangecello makes a terrific addition to your New Year’s Eve cocktail repertoire. Honey lends its smooth sweetness to the drink, and our version (uniquely steeped with thyme) really helps add even more flavor. Get your cocktail shaker ready, and prepare this bright and cheery drink that will wow your guests before the countdown begins.
RECIPE: Orangecello and honey martini
Sparkling pear cocktail
Served in a champagne flute, a sparkling pear cocktail is the fresh and fruity drink your New Year’s Eve party deserves. Sparkling wine, pear brandy and the zesty lemon flavor blend to make a refreshing drink. A few extra touches, such as a flute rimmed with green sugar (really!) and a sugar cube merrily bubbling in the bottom, take this drink to its own level. Don’t forget to garnish it with a thin slice of pear, and as the clock strikes midnight, toast to the upcoming year.
RECIPE: Sparkling pear cocktail
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There’s never a shortage of new restaurants in Metro Manila to try, and here at Coconuts Manila, 2019 has been particularly busy with hitting up trendy new hot spots, cafes, fancy joints, and trying out the latest F&B gimmick.
Some were misses, but many were hits — offering delicious food and, often times, Insta-worthy interiors, to boot.
From a mall kiosk to a sprawling food hall, and even an underground restaurant, here are all the places we tried in 2018 that are getting the most love from our Coconuts crew.
Flossom Place in San Juan houses a neighborhood cafe and a one-stop shop for your event planning needs
Flossom Kitchen + Cafe is exactly the type of place every neighborhood needs.
It’s an intimate space located in San Juan City that’s decked in fresh flowers and colorful industrial furniture.
While not everything on the menu got an A+ from us, we appreciate its modern take on classic Filipino comfort food like the Ube Champorado made with purple yam instead of chocolate.
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Many of the seen-and-be-seen bars and restaurants in Makati’s Poblacion area can get really crowded, so we were glad to have found Run Rabbit Run, a low-key bar on the quieter side of the neighborhood that’s fit for imbibers who just want to chill.
Their craft cocktails were concocted by the team behind Bitters and Love, a bar in Singapore’s Telok Ayer neighborhood, but also includes drinks inspired by Filipino flavors like the flower Sampaguita and the shaved ice dessert halo-halo.
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The coziest place we visited this year was by far Burrow Café.
As its name suggests, the restaurant is underground. It’s located in Antipolo, a city right outside Manila and has brick walls, a wood-paneled ceiling, and hammocks for swinging in.
All these factors make the place the perfect retreat for Manileños who want to get away from the bustle of the city.
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Another taste of New York City was brought to Manila earlier this year when the famous Magnolia Bakery opened in Bonifacio Global City in August.
Known here as M Bakery, the shop serves favorites like the creamy banana pudding and the iconic “Carrie” cupcake featured on Sex and the City, as well as classic desserts like a chocolate icebox cake and chocolate chip cookies.
Quite expensive but for the most part, they were all really good.
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Like other food halls, The Grid in Rockwell’s Power Plant Mall has some delicious and not-so-delicious offerings.
But we liked it for the sheer idea of having Thai, Japanese, Filipino, Spanish, Mexican, and American food housed in one minimalist chic space.
It’s best for big groups that can’t seem to agree on where to have dinner.
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This one is for the dog lovers out there.
Paw Club Philippines is a pet cafe that also houses a grooming salon and pet hotel.
Its owners wanted to create a place for doggos and their hoomansto bond indoors — perfect during the rainy season.
The food was just OK and we mostly only liked the Glazed Pork Ribs but that’s fine because dining there meant our pet dogs could order their own food too. Pupcakes, anyone?
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To be honest, we only tried MAXI Mango because we were curious to find out why so many people were lining up for it. We quickly found, though, that the hype was real.
The kiosk’s main offering is the mango float, their version of the classic Filipino refrigerator cake. It’s made with graham crackers, condensed milk, mangoes, and soft serve ice cream.
Heaven in a cup, if you ask us.
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It’s easy to get Filipino food wrong, especially when restaurants try to change it up too much, but Manam is one of the few places that successfully serves the national cuisine with a twist.
This year, Manam opened a Cafe that has the same signature dishes people love from its main restaurant alongside cafe-exclusive items.
One of our favorites was the Calamansi Tart, a Filipino take on a lime pie that has a creamy center and a crumbly crust.
We still daydream about it from time to time.
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Review: Grand Cafe 1919, the restaurant that resurrected an abandoned colonial-era building in Manila’s Chinatown
Last on the list: Grand Cafe 1919. Admittedly, the actual food isn’t much to write home about — but we still can’t forget about the place because of what it represents.
Grand Cafe 1919 is found inside a beautifully refurbished colonial building in Manila’s Chinatown that was almost taken down.
As a restaurant, it gets low marks, but we love how it is proof that historic architecture can and should stay relevant.
What’s the best restaurant you tried in 2018? Let us know below or tweet us @CoconutsManila.
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The sacrifices I make for you people. In 2018 I traveled extensively in search of amazing chefs and the outstanding food they serve, despite what it is undoubtedly doing to my cholesterol and waistline. As the year comes to a close, I ponder the weight I’ve gained, the Instagram followers I’ve lost, and the dishes that actually made it worth it for me to log that extra mile on my morning run. Across the country I enjoyed Korean fine dining, the reemergence of classic French cuisine, and a nostalgic look back at Midcentury fare. I also had the opportunity to see the future of American cooking by dining at the restaurants of some of the best young chefs in the U.S. today. It was exciting year of feasting, and these are the 19 best dishes I had along the way.
Crab Three Ways, Addison, San Diego
At this year’s Robb Report Culinary Masters, there were plenty of culinary fireworks on display. From Dominique Crenn’s buckwheat tart with trout roe and crème fraiche to Gavin Kaysen’s chicken ballotine. But my favorite dish came from the chef at the Addison, William Bradley. He served crab three ways featuring a crab chip, a generous chunk of king crab leg, a crab salad with coconut and curry on top, and then accompanied by a passion fruit sauce.
100-Day-Aged Tomahawk, APL Restaurant, Los Angeles
I’ve devoted plenty of actual ink (print is not dead!) to Adam Perry Lang’s new Hollywood restaurant and for good reason. The Zenmaster of meat has turned his focus away from barbecue and toward the nuances of sourcing and aging beef. And when you eat his tomahawk steak with more than 100 days of age, other beef can almost taste bland in comparison. Lang achieves a depth of flavor to his steak without being overly funky. There’s also something viscerally satisfying about gnawing on that giant bone in the middle of a respectable establishment.
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Halibut with Foie Gras, Butternut Squash, and Doenjang, Atomix, New York
The husband-wife duo behind Atoboy—Junghyun and Ellia Park—opened their personal take on Korean fine dining earlier this year. Inside an old townhouse in Nomad, there’s a basement with a U-shaped counter where 16 patrons dine on a progression of delicate and refined dishes. One of my favorites was the steamed round of halibut served with cured foie gras, a butternut squash dashi, and a brown butter made with a fermented soybean paste called doenjang.
Hawaiian Rolls, Bellemore, Chicago
I named Jimmy Papadopolous one of America’s Best Young Chefs and Bellemore the country’s Best New Restaurant, so I obviously like a lot of what I ate here. While many people would think Jimmy’s perfect little oyster pie served with caviar and apples would be my top choice, I went far more normie than that. I really really loved his Hawaiian rolls inspired by growing up in the Midwest and eating them at Thanksgiving. As he was preparing to open the restaurant, and actually eating a Hawaiian roll, he told his staff his plan to incorporate a homemade version in the menu, “We’re going to do it with a house made cultured butter, but we’re going to take the cream from upstate Wisconsin, and steep it with country ham scraps, so that the cream cultures and tastes of salty, smoky ham,” Papadopolous says. “They’re the most basic-tasting sweet delicious roll, but the magic is that butter. The fact that we culture our own cream in house, and we take the steps to making our own butter and churning it—it’s those little things that you hope resonate with people.” It did.
Chicken Milanese, Cosa Buona, Los Angeles
I can be a sandwich obsessive. Years ago, when a reputable publication put out a round-up of the best 100 sandwiches in New York, a friend and I tried to eat our way through the entire list. This year my favorite entry in the genre of meat between bread was Zach Pollack’s outstanding chicken Milanese sandwich from his nostalgia-tinged Cosa Buona on LA’s Eastside. It’s a place where he’s doing a perfect Caesar, the ideal fried mozzarella sticks, and one hell of a fried chicken sandwich that’s covered in a peperoncini slaw to create a salty, slightly sweet sandwich.
Brouillade, Frenchette, New York
On their own, soft scrambled eggs and escargots covered in butter and parsley are so very French. But together? Not so much. But that’s not how I felt when I dug some rich, creamy eggs studded with a row of snails. It felt so classic, so right. That’s the essence of Frenchette in New York, helmed by the seasoned duo of Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. Their deep understanding of the classics and mastery of technique allows them to play with French conventions and create delicious results. And why wouldn’t you want to eat a dish that Hanson describes as such: “There’s an emulsion that’s happening where there’s about as much butter and cream as the eggs can hold to create a fluffiness and creaminess.”
Peanut Ritz Crackers with Foie Gras, Gem, New York
This is truth in advertising when it comes to the what you get with this outstanding little appetizer at 20-year-old wunderkind Flynn McGarry’s Lower East Side restaurant. Between two house made Ritz crackers is a disc of foie gras terrine that’s topped with jelly that provides a fruity acidity that balances out the richness of the liver.
Forest Chicken, Geranium, Copenhagen
One of the year’s truly transcendent dining experiences was at Rasmus Kofoed’s Michelin three-star Geranium. Kofoed and GM Søren Ledet have created a remarkable restaurant that just happens to be tucked inside the stadium where the national soccer team and FC Copenhagen play (you can see the field from the prep kitchen). The service is outstanding without being stuffy, and the same can be said of the food. It’s surprising, delicious, and sits slightly outside of the prevailing trends in Copenhangen, where many restaurants take their cues from Noma. Kofoed, who won an unprecedented bronze, silver, and gold at the culinary Olympics Bocuse d’Or, combines a streak of naturalism with a style that is more modern European than New Nordic. His forest chicken with pickled blackcurrant leaves, juniper, and aromatic herbs was pitch-perfect capper to the lunch’s 12 savory courses.
The Seagram Crab Cake, The Grill, New York
Another one of our Best New Restaurant winners, the Grill brought swagger back to the tired former Four Seasons space in the landmark Seagram Building. A lot of the press was focused on the prime rib carts rolling around, and rightly so. But for me, the best dish at Mario Carbone’s midcentury stunner was a competition between the Seagram crab cake and the pasta a la presse where delicate noodles are bathed in a jus made from duck bones pressed tableside and. When dining at The Grill, honestly, both should be ordered. But the crab cake seasoned with old bay topped with thinly sliced golden potatoes and served with a mustard sauce took the prize.
Oysters, Henrietta Red, Nashville
I’m touting the oysters I ate in a landlocked state? Yes, because Julia Sullivan—a Per Se and Blue Hill alum—knows how to source great product. At Henrietta Red she offers as many as 16 varietals sourced from around the United States, from the Atlantic to the Gulf to the Pacific. Beside each name is a place of provenance and a trio of evocative descriptors to help guide diners’ decisions. The choices span the flavor spectrum ranging from briny Night Tides to creamy Murder Points to sweet Saucey Lady Shells.
Quenelle de Brochet, Le Coucou, New York
Daniel Rose isn’t making your father’s French food—he’s making your grandfather’s. He’s taken the anachronistic French fare filled with butter and cream and breathed new life into it the last few years at Le Coucou. A perfect encapsulation of his embrace of the classics is his quenelle de brochet, a labor-intensive dumpling made by deboning a fish, mixing it with egg and cream, then poaching it before topping it with the lobster-filled sauce Americaine. It’s a dish that simultaneously light and frothy as well as decadent and creamy.
Pork Collar, Michael’s, Santa Monica
We’re going to miss the talented young chef Miles Thompson at the icon of California farm-to-table dining Michael’s. He’s left the restaurant in pursuit of a new project, but while at the restaurant that’s older than him he created some truly memorable dishes, like his pork collar with rosewater jaew, radish kimchi, and flowering cilantro. It’s a dish I went back for multiple times. One time, I even brought along a particularly exacting food critic, my mother (the daughter of an acclaimed chef, who herself has moonlighted as a caterer for decades). Miles, if you’re reading, Barb wants the recipe.
Duck Ssam, Momofuku Vegas, Las Vegas
I’ve long been a sucker for Momofuku. After my wife and I ran the New York CityMarathon, the place we wanted to celebrate was Ssam Bar in the East Village. So when I was in Vegas last, I had to check out what chef Shaun King was doing there. They’re not just turning out the Momofuku hits, but working a lot of large format dishes perfect for big parties out for a night revelry in Sin City. One of those is whole duck, aged two weeks, dipped in hot water to slowly render the fat, then rubbed with salt, maltose and soy sauce, cooked in a rotisserie, and then carved tableside. It comes with housemade kimchi, hoisin, ginger pancakes, and duck fat rice.
Yakimono, n/naka, Culver City
Another contender for meal of the year was the modern kaiseki served by Niki Nakayama. It’s really is hard to single out one dish from the dinner, but I especially loved the portion of the meal referred to as ‘Yakimono” where grilling is the featured technique. On this iteration of her menu, Nakayama served foie gras with duck, glazed purple cabbage, purple cabbage glass, and a mustard seed sauce.
Shawarma of Celeriac and Truffle, Noma, Copenhagen
This year I took the journey across the Atlantic to experience Noma 2.0. Now situated on the outskirts of the city, the restaurant celebrates three distinct seasons and changes their menu accordingly. The first part of the year is devoted to seafood, the middle is vegetables, and the third is to game. I happened to arrive during the months René Redzepi and team served their vegetarian menu. The finale of the savory courses featured a smiling young chef presenting us with what looked like a giant shawarma turning on a vertical spit in a shop. But this rich, meaty, delicious course had no meat at all. “We sliced celeriac super thin, and between the layers is a truffle puree, and a celeriac puree,” says Mette Søberg, the head of Noma’s test kitchen. “To build one, which is 40 to 50 portions, it takes one person three hours and that’s even after you have all the components ready. It’s very labor intensive.”
Whole Hog BBQ Sandwich, Rodney Scott BBQ, Charleston
Another crown jewel in my sandwich sojourns was James Beard Award-winning Rodney Scott’s pulled pork. Attached to the back of the restaurant is a smokehouse where Scott takes up to 24 hours to cook his whole hogs. This old school preparation is looks simple, but controlling the heat to different parts of the pig is an art that Scott has mastered. The sandwich came with a tangy vinegar and pepper sauce with some citrus that played perfectly with the pork.
Pork with Dark and Stormy Glaze, Roister, Chicago
Roister is what happens when you take the care and attention that the people behind Alinea put into their Michelin three-star restaurant, and direct it toward more elemental cooking. Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas’s Roister is focused on cooking in the hearth and creating craveable foods. Until recently the kitchen was led by Andrew Brochu, who turned out ideal versions of fried chicken, cheese rillettes, and their outstanding pork butt glazed with a dark and stormy sauce and served atop a bed red peas, then sprinkled with fried pecans.
Crispy Salmon Skin, Sea Creatures, Seattle
Under the name Sea Creatures, Renee Erickson’s burgeoning Seattle empire now includes Walrus and the Carpenter, the Whale Wins, Bateau, and more. At this year’s Aspen Food and Wine she served some delicious bites at an afternoon party, highlighted by her crispy salmon skin topped with crème fraiche, salmon roe, and chives. Erickson has the ability to take what seems so simple and straightforward and make them so delicious.
Pigtail Curry Bun, Somni, Beverly Hills
Inside José Andrés’ Bazaar in Beverly Hills is an intimate 10-seat, wood-ensconced space where chef Aitor Zabala breezes through a suprising and delightful tasting menu. Both Zabala and Andés are disciples of el Bulli, deploying techniques that allow them to play with their food, like a little pizza that doesn’t have an actual crust, but a merengue made with tomato water that’s topped with cheese. The most delicious bite of the night was this golden-brown bun, that was almost like a light doughnut hole stuffed with braised pigtail. Upon completing it I thought to myself that I wish they’d open up a to-go counter where I could buy the buns by the dozen.
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Step by step instructions and pictures showing you how to make delicious yet easy curry chicken. The secret is adding the curry powder to the chicken way before cooking it.
EASY CURRY CHICKEN RECIPE
- 1 chicken
- 1 onion
- 1 inch (2.5 cm) piece of fresh ginger
- 2 to 5 tablespoons of Baba’s meat curry powder: it’s an ideal curry mixture, easily available at online Malaysian shops
- 2 to 3 potatoes
- butter or ghee or cooking oil
- coconut milk (at least 2 cups or half a liter made from coconut cream powder)
- salt to taste (1 teaspoon)
HOW TO MAKE EASY CURRY CHICKEN
- Cut the chicken in small pieces of equal size, so each chicken piece won’t take too long to cook and all pieces will be evenly cooked.
- Add 2 to 5 tablespoons of curry to the chicken and rub it over the pieces. Let rest at least 15 minutes so the curry flavor can permeate into the flesh. The longer you let the chicken in the curry, the better.
- Meanwhile, cut the onion in half and cut each halve in slices.
- Cut the ginger as fine as you can (picture is still not very fine, but it works, just be prepared to chew on a ginger piece when you cut this size).
- Peal the 2 potatoes and half lengthwise and halve again. (smaller pieces also work fine, especially if your cooking time will be about 15 minutes).
- Put some butter or ghee in a pot on a low fire and saute the onion and the ginger for a few minutes.
- When the aroma is filling your kitchen, add the chicken pieces and the potato pieces. Fry the chicken pieces for at least 4 minutes, making sure to stir from time to time so all sides of the meat gets browned.
- Take a packet of (Chao Thai) coconut cream powder and add it to some water to make coconut milk. Of course freshly squeezed coconut milk from grinded coconut is even more tastier. Use what is easy to find.
- Poor the coconut milk over the chicken pieces so that they are almost covered: the less liquid, the thicker the gravy. Scrape with a wooden spatula anything that sticks to the bottom of the pan back into the liquid.
- Add salt to taste (1 teaspoon), bring to a boil and let simmer until the meat is cooked (20 minutes, when the meat starts coming off the bone) and the potatoes are tender.
- Have a look after 15 minutes: if the gravy is too thin, take the lid off the pot and simmer further. Taste and adjust saltiness (or add soy sauce to taste)
- Meanwhile you have just enough time to cook your rice.
This curry chicken recipe can easily be altered by simply adding a cinnamon stick, a star anis and 2 pods of cardamom whilst sauteing the onions. Blending cashew nut into the coconut milk with a blender makes a thicker even more tastier gravy.
Delicious Burgundian recipe for chicken pot pie in the oven: about 1 hour preparation time and 75 minutes to cook for 6 people to enjoy.
SHOPPING LIST FOR CHICKEN POT PIE IN THE OVEN
- 1 bag white pearl onions of about 1 inch (3 cm) : 10 ounce (284 g)
- 3 ounce butter (85 g) + 1/3th of a cup for the roux
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 finely chopped leek (white and pale green part only)
- 8 small red potatoes, quartered
- 1 cup green beans cut into pieces
- 18 ounce (500g) white mushrooms, quartered
- 3 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 1/2 lb (750 g) boneless chicken breasts, skin and fat removed, cut into cubes of 3/4 inch (2 cm)
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) dry white wine
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) milk
- 1 1/2 cup (375 ml) chicken broth
- 2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 dried thyme
- 1 lb (500 g) puff pastry dough from the shop
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon water
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
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HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN POT PIE WITH PIE CRUST
- Boil water in a saucepan and blanch the pearl onions for 1 minute. Drain the onions, rinse under cold water to cool and peel.
- Take a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of oil and put over medium heat.
- Add the leek stir-fry for 1 minute.
- Add the pearl onions, potatoes, green beans and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are slightly softened. Add salt and pepper, put the vegetables in a large bowl and set aside.
- Wipe the skillet put over a medium heatsource. Add bacon and bake for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp.
- Remove the bacon from the pan and let it drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Add the chicken in the skillet, bake and turn until the chicken is browned on all sides.
- Remove the chicken from the skillet and drain on the plate with bacon.
- Remove excess fat and put over medium-high heat. Pour the white wine in the skillet and cook, scraping bottom to loosen the bottomparticles for 1 to 2 minutes or until the wine has almost evaporated.
- Add the remaining butter and melt over medium heat.
- Sprinkle in the flour and cook for 1 minute whilst stirring. (same amount of fat and flour is needed)
- Stir in the milk and the broth with a whisk.
- Bring to a boil and stir with a wooden spoon for 4 to 5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
- Add the thyme and salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the sauce into the bowl of reserved vegetables, add the drained chicken and bacon and toss gently. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll half the dough out to a circle whose size exceeds that of the baking dish of about 1 inch (2.5cm).
- Place the dough in the baking dish (content of about 5 cups or 1250 ml) and let the excess hang over the edge.
- Pour the chicken-filling into the dish.
- Roll the remaining dough into a circle of the size of the dish.
- Combine in a small bowl the egg yolk with 1 spoon of water and brush a little of the mixture around the edge of the lower bottom.
- Place the second pie crust over filling.
- Fold the edge of the dough in the lower part and seal the two crusts together.
- Make three cuts through the top of the crust to allow steam to escape and then brush with the egg yolk mixture.
- Bake in the lower third of a preheated oven of 350 °F (180 °C) for 1 hour or until the crust is golden and the filling becomes bubbly.
Put the chicken pot pie on a wire rack to cool down for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Tips For Great Cajun Flavors And Dishes
Not too many people don’t enjoy sitting down for a nice meal. It’s even better for cajun flavors when there’s a skilled chef in the kitchen. This article will provide advice on cooking for the expert and novice alike to make meal time tastier.
You need to prepare to cook a meal before you can actually cook it. Always have all ingredients before starting to cook. Check the day before you start to cook to make sure that you have everything that you need to cook the dish you have planned. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Always keep a set of sharp knives in your kitchen. Dull knives are difficult to use and they are dangerous to cut with too. Cutting vegetables with dulled blades can be difficult, and can result in the knife slipping, and cutting you instead.
Many use a good number of apples for baking and cooking throughout fall and winter, but if improperly stored, they will spoil quickly. Air that is dry and warm tends to make apples rot, and you can slow down this process by loosely placing them in plastic bags that are tied shut. Store them in a cool area, such as a refrigerator, garage or basement. One rotten apple will spoil the whole bunch, so check each one occasionally to see if you should throw any away.
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It has a wide variety of cooking uses, even outside the combination with meat. This type of seasoning can be applied to pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and even roasted peanuts to create a great on the go snack. Everyone will be wondering what your secret ingredient is!
Garlic’s only disadvantage is that it transfers smell onto your hands. To remove the odor, simply take your hands and rub them against the sides of a stainless-steel sink. This works for garlic and for other foods that leave behind a strong odor on your hands. Not only does this clean your hands, but it also stops the unwanted smells from getting into other foods you are about to handle.
When you want to add a bit of protein to your diet, tofu and beans are a great source of it. You can buy both items at almost any grocery store, and they will fit into any budget. Tofu can be seasoned and pan-fried, and then served in lieu of a meat dish. Beans boiled with herbs is a flavorful source of protein.
This will allow your fruits to stay fresh and delicious for long periods of time. You’ll also be able to enjoy fruits out of season when the mood strikes you.
Allow the food to sit for a little while before serving. Most people are unaware that it’s a good idea to have a meal sit out for a few minutes before eating. You may think it is better to serve the food immediately. Eating it so quickly after cooking doesn’t give the juices or flavors enough time to sink down into the meats, or whatever you may be preparing. Let your meal sit and cool off for a couple minutes before serving.
When chopping fresh herbs, try sprinkling a bit of salt over the cutting board before you begin. The salt will give the herbs more flavor and prevent them from sliding of the board as you cut. Do not add more salt as you are cutting the herbs. The salt used on the board provides that extra bit of flavor by sticking to the herbs.
Prepare all of your ingredient before you begin cooking. This allows you to economize on the amount of gas or electricity used when cooking, and keeps you from becoming distracted and accidentally getting injured by something like hot oil splashing out of a pan.
If you’re going to be barbecuing, it’s a good idea to prepare your grill beforehand so that it’s already ready for you when you need it. You should start preparing your grill around 30 minutes before you put the food on. You should keep the coals at a medium heat and covered with ashes. You will get the best grilling results at this temperature.
When it comes to sauteing food, do not put too much food in the pan at once. Too much liquid in the pan will result in steamed, soggy food and not the crispy texture you were trying to achieve by sauteing. This should be done at a lower temperature, too.
When you’re trying to cook with an ingredient that’s new to you, learn a little about it first. You may find that your research leads to many great new ways to use the food. Educating yourself before you start doing anything in the kitchen will go far in making your experience more fun.
Cooling racks that can be stacked are great things to use when baking. When making several batches of yummy cookies or other treats, the finished batches can use up all your counter space while cooling. This is why you should use these cooling racks so that you can have more space. Using the vertical space lets your cookies cool while you still have usable space to work.
If you’d like to inject a little more flavor into your food, prepare meals using beef, vegetable, or chicken stock in the place of water. You can also use the required amount of water and add bouillon cubes. In this way, you will be adding the right amount of liquid to your recipe, along with a little extra flavor.
Many dessert recipes require copious amounts of butter. Instead of melting the butter, you should ensure that it is only softened; this will make creaming the butter easier. If it is melted, pop the bowl into the freezer for a few minutes to harden it a bit, or refrigerate the dough after mixing the ingredients. When dough is cool, it is less likely to spread haphazardly.
When you sit down for a good meal, the feeling of bliss when you take a bite is unmistakable. Do not convince yourself that developing good cooking skills is a laborious and time-consuming process; it’s easier than you think. Just about everyone can do it! With the insights gained here, you can be prepared to jump in and create a glorious culinary delight.
Brew Coffee Maker Tips!
Do you enjoy the refreshing boost you get from your morning cup of coffee? Join the crowd! Do consistently purchase the same kind of coffee? Consider taking the time to learn more about other options. Keep the following advice in mind the next time you have a cup of coffee.
The more you pay, the better the quality. When you are buying coffee know that you will get a great cup of joe when you spend some money on it. If you purchase cheap coffee you are not going to get the quality taste you are seeking.
When you drink coffee the right way, it can actually be good for you. Coffee alone is not that bad, but added cream and sugar are dangerous. Make coffee healthy by adding stevis or milk latte with honey instead.
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Those of you who work from home can turn to coffee to get rid of cabin fever. Lots of coffee shops offer Wi-Fi for customer use, which allows you to bring your work along with you as you grab a beverage and get a change of scenery. Some restaurants have followed suit.
Pay attention to the quality of your water. Using bad water will lead to a poor pot of coffee. You should also pay attention to the mineral content of your water. Without this, your coffee may have a bitter taste.
Experiment with your new coffee machine to determine what works and what doesn’t. Run water through it as if you are making coffee. By cycling water through your machine, you will clean out any dust or dirt that got into the machine during manufacturing and transport.
Only use airtight containers to store coffee in your refrigerator. The coffee will absorb odors from the refrigerator if it becomes exposed. Improper storage can add moisture to your coffee.
Water is crucial to your coffee. Make sure it is of good quality. If the water is dirty, your coffee isn’t going to taste good. You might want to taste your water before brewing with it.
Buy a good coffee grinder. This really brings out the flavor of the coffee by leaving the oils intact. Choose a grinder that has options for adjusting the grind to the type of brew you desire. There are also coffee machines that come equipped with grinders already.
You will always get a better cup of coffee if you use beans that are roasted fresh. If you use whole beans, check the roasting date before you buy. You would probably be better off to purchase coffee beans from your local coffee shop or a specialty store rather than your local grocery store.
Now matter how badly you need a caffeine fix, don’t pour your coffee until it is fully brewed. Even though some machines let you do this, your coffee will be worse. To combat this problem, buy a coffee maker that runs on an automatic timer. Then, your coffee will be ready when you awake.
If your morning coffee does not taste quite right, keep in mind that water that does not taste good will produce coffee that does not taste good. Make sure that you buy a filter to rid the chemicals of your tap water. Alternatively, you could utilize a pitcher that has a built-in filter. Another idea is to just use bottled water to make your coffee.
If you feel the need to lower your caffeine intake, you do not actually have to stop all at once. Try watered down versions of coffee that do not contain high amounts of caffeine. If you normally use ground coffee, simply use half of each when you make coffee.
Make sure that you shop around to find the best quality coffee. You are probably getting coffee that is not very fresh. Search specialty shops or the Internet for the finest coffee possible.
In order to maintain flavor in a fresh pot of coffee, remove it from the heat before ten minutes have passed. If you leave your coffee on any longer, it will start to burn, which will leave your brew with a bitter taste. Use an air-tight thermos to help keep your coffee nice and warm.
Avoid buying the same coffee every time. Experiment a little with the blends you use. Buy several kinds at a time. You can store them in your freezer to keep them fresh.
Do you like to sweeten your coffee with milk? There are quite a few ways to add milk into coffee. While some people enjoy cold milk, a different coffee texture is created when using a frothing machine or by warming up the milk. Changing the amount of milk in your coffee can affect the flavor.
If you drink a lot of coffee, purchase a quality coffee machine. French presses create strong coffee brews and brewers with glass pots allow coffee to lose their freshness. If you constitute the entire coffee drinking portion of your household, think about getting a single-cup machine.
If you have coffee left over, pour it into a tray made for ice cubes and freeze it. This way, as your ice melts it only adds to the coffee’s flavor instead of making it watered down. They also are a great way to add a coffee flavor to mixed drinks.
You should always put your coffee in an airtight container. Coffee that gets in touch with the oxygen in the air loses taste. This can cause your coffee to taste flat. To keep your coffee’s fresh taste, store in airtight containers.
Never drink the coffee before it is done brewing. It’s weak in the beginning, but by the time it’s done it’s at the full strength. When coffee brews, it gradually mixes together until the flavor is complete.
Now that you’re done with this article, you’re ready to experiment a bit. You’re probably ready to start trying some different coffees now. Do you know someone with an equally adventurous love of coffee? Bring them with you to search for the best coffee.
Pointers For Grilling Over Charcoal And Propane
Excellent food is many things. Implement the provided tips to step up your cooking skills.
Before attempting to prepare food with skewers, take a few things to heart. Twisted or square shaped metal skewers hold the food better than round ones will.
Try to keep your spices and herbs in a dark, cool area of your kitchen. The flavor of herbs and spices will be diminished if they are subjected to humidity, heat, or light. When stored correctly, your spices can stay spicy for up to a year. Though if you have whole spices, you will notice the flavors are strong for 3-5 years. If spices are stored properly there is a better chance that they will stay fresher for a longer period of time
Preparation is key when cooking for family or friends. Look at your recipe, and ensure that you aren’t missing any ingredients. Along with the ingredients, you need to make sure you have the correct utensils for cooking the next day. Having everything ready will take some of the stress off and increase the chances of your success.
When making a stir-fry dish, the meat needs to be cut into very thin slices, always on the bias. It can be a tedious, lengthy process. Retrieve the meat after it has firmed a bit, and cut thin slices across the grain, holding your knife at a 45-degree angle to the cutting board.
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Cooking vegetables for a long time in a boiling liquid will remove nutrients that are found in them. When you use faster cooking methods, such as steaming and sauteing, vegetables keep more of the nutrients intact. The best way to make sure you get all the vital nutrients housed within veggies is to eat them raw.
It has a wide variety of cooking uses, even outside the combination with meat. Try roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled with the seasoning for a tasty snack or mix it in your scrambled eggs. Everyone will start to wonder about your secret ingredient and what it might be!
Whenever you are adding seasoning to a recipe, add it slowly over time rather than dumping it all at once. It is easier to add more seasoning to taste than to take some away, and you’ll more evenly divide your ingredients.
If making dinner every night is becoming laborious, start preparing for it the night before. You can cut your vegetables, prepare sauces, soup contents an many other things in the evening before you lay down for bed. You will be a much happier cook if you do not have to do as much the next day, resulting in less stress.
You can dry out your own tomatoes. Try slicing a Roma in half lengthwise, or cut larger tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Put the tomatoes, cut-side up, onto a cooling rack and give them a light salting. Set the rack on a cookie sheet in an oven at 190 degrees for a 10 hours. You can then freeze your tomatoes in Ziplock bags. Another option is to store dried tomatoes in a jar that contains fresh, flavorful herbs and olive oil. Refrigerate and use within 2 weeks.
Put any of the unripened fruits you buy in a plastic bag with small holes on the bag. As some fruits become more ripe, they can produce ethylene gas. When air is allowed to reach the fruit, the gas will not escape, thereby maintaining its flavor and freshness for a longer period of time.
You may have heard master chefs on TV say, “Let the meat rest before serving it.” Most people are unaware that it’s a good idea to have a meal sit out for a few minutes before eating. There is plenty of temptation to just whisk the dish off of the grill and eat it immediately. But many foods need to “rest” for a few minutes before being served in order to taste their best. To maximize taste and satisfaction, wait a little while before you serve your meal to friends or family.
If you want to cook a complex meal, try doing prep work the night before so you are less stressed. Make sure you have all your ingredients before you start cooking, and that you shop and measure them so they are ready to go. Then all you have to do is put everything together when you get ready to cook the meal.
When preparing pasta, it is important to add salt to the pot of water. This is so that the seasoning will set into the pasta. Salting cooked pasta will not have the same effect.
If you plan on using your barbecue, make sure you prep the grill beforehand so it’s ready for use when you need it. The charcoal will need to burn about 30 minutes before your coals are hot enough to start grilling. The heat should be moderate and the charcoal should be a little ashy. This is the perfect temperature to grill.
When you truss your bird, you tie its legs and wings together. This ensures that the legs and wings remain near the bird, which results in more even cooking. If not tied down, the tips of the wings and legs tend to burn easily while the rest of the bird is still cooking.
If you are cooking a simple meal, add some seasonings and fresh herbs to add some flavor. Dried herbs can be used for recipes that are complex and filled with lots of flavors. Don’t forget though, the best tasting herbs are always the freshest. Maintaining a miniscule herb garden can be a fabulous way to make sure you can always have some fresh herbs available.
Food is a very powerful part of our lives. Use the information found in this article to become the cook you could always be.
Cook Like A Professional With These Simple Tips
Many people think that they cannot cook. It is not that difficult of a thing to do if you have the right information to follow. This article was written to help the self-doubting cooks to gain the confidence that they need to work magic in the kitchen. Read carefully through these tips and gain the knowledge to help you cook like a chef.
A salad spinner can be a great addition to your kitchen. It will help to spin the water out of your lettuce so your salads aren’t soggy and droopy. Salad spinners are inexpensive and can be found at most discount stores. They’re also small so they store easy.
When you are chopping onions for a home cooked salsa make sure you rinse them. Rinse your onions immediately after you cut them then blot them dry with a napkin. This will remove the sulfurous gas and will make your salsa taste better. This works well for other recipes too.
You should try juicing if you do not like the taste of vegetables. It is very easy to mask the taste of the vegetables by juicing them with fruits that are full of flavor. Spinach, zucchini and carrots can easily be juiced with apples, strawberries and pears to make a delicious drink that is full of vitamins and nutrients.
When making baked goods, try to get parchment paper for lining pans. By using parchment paper, your baked goods will be easier to remove and it will help to keep your food in one piece. Also, using parchment paper makes less of a mess and is much easier to clean up afterward.
A well-stocked pantry is a cook’s best friend! Never is that more true than when you are faced with unexpected company and you have nothing specifically planned to serve. Maintaining a pantry stocked with the basics gives you the flexibility to create easy meals at the last minute. For help in creating a great cook’s pantry, think hard about the items you go back to again and again. You can also find great tips on items for the pantry in most good cookbooks and online at cooking sites.
If you want to cook a roast, yet you don’t have much time, don’t take out the bone. The bone transfers the heat from your oven to the center of the roast, helping it cook far more quickly. It is easy enough to cut the meat off the bone once the roast is cooked.
Have you ever had to eat a cauliflower that was more off white then actually white? It can make people turn away from this wonderful vegetable. To keep that white color in your produce, add some milk to the water when cooking. This will not change the taste, just the look.
Chicken Recipes For Dinner
For stir fry with an authentic Chinese touch, try using their velveting technique! Prepare a mixture of corn starch, egg whites, seasonings and sherry and set your pork, chicken or shrimp in it for about half an hour. Then, blanch it in hot oil or boiling water for shiny, tender and delicious restaurant quality stir fry.
Leftover vegetable pieces shouldn’t go to waste. Broccoli tops, carrot pieces and onion peelings can be added to your vegetable, beef or chicken stock, to fill it with extra flavor. Don’t forget to add the stock to your favorite meals to enhance their flavor and appear as a great cook in front of your friends and family.
Cook your chicken over other ingredients. If you are making a chicken dish that includes an ingredient like onions, cook the chicken over them. Oil the pan and cut the onion into slices. Put them in the pan and place the chicken over them. The juices from the chicken will soak into the onion.
If you plan to let your chicken sit in the oven for a while after it is baked, then subtract a few minutes from its baking time. Since chicken continues to bake even after it is taken away from a heat source, it can dry out quickly in an oven that is still hot.
When roasting a chicken or turkey, maximize the flavor and juiciness by stuffing the cavity with halved or quartered lemons, onions, shallots, garlic cloves or oranges. These foods will add a great, subtle flavor to the meat while providing extra moisture as they roast in the oven. Simply remove the items from the cavity prior to carving the bird.
Ditch the roasting rack when roasting a chicken, instead laying the bird on a bed of thick onion slices lining an oiled pan. The onions will absorb the juices from the chicken as it cooks, and you can whip up a delicious sauce with them by adding some stock or water and reducing the mixture while the chicken rests on the carving board.
To cook foods kids will (probably) like, follow these simple rules. First, serve foods that are bland, unless you know the children are familiar with (and like) a particular spice. Second, avoid “complex” flavors and sauces. Children usually prefer simple tastes which they can identify. Finally, most kids like chicken nuggets, so keep them handy.
Experiment with different breeding for everything from chicken to vegetables to appetizers. To add an extra dimension of flavor to breaded foods, try using coatings other than the usual breadcrumbs or panko. Get creative! Cereals like corn flakes, toasted o’s, and crispy rice work well too. Don’t forget to try crushed crackers and cookies as well.
As it was stated at the beginning of this piece, cooking is not difficult. Take these tips and head to the kitchen where you are sure to cook up a meal for your family that they are sure to love. Apply this information to your everyday cooking and find success in your meal preparation.
Shed Unwanted Pounds With The Right Information
Fitness should be a part of your everyday life to ensure that you stay healthy. If it isn’t, you’re missing out on something important. Getting involved with fitness is not something to pass up. The article below gives you some great advice to use in your endeavor for a fitness oriented lifestyle.
If you are looking to increase your stamina in your workouts, make sure to include aerobic exercises. In addition to burning calories, aerobic exercises such as jogging, dancing and biking help improve your lung and heart function, making your whole cardiovascular system more effective at bringing oxygen to your muscles.
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Add music to your fitness routine. Listening to music on your iPod while working out will keep you going for much longer than if you are doing repetitive exercises in a quiet area. Music will make you feel energized and help you keep pace by following the beat. Put together a specific fitness playlist, featuring songs that you know will keep you on track.
If you want to work on toning up and gaining muscle strength, remember two key things: rest your muscles and don’t overdo it. All weight workouts should be kept fairly short because after an extended period of time your body begins to create a stress response. It is also important to take time off between muscle workouts in order to allow your muscles to rest and recharge.
A fun and exciting way to change your exercise up is to replace one or two exercises with sprinting. A sprint in a park will allow you to enjoy the scenery while having an intense aerobic workout. It requires no special training, however you should speak to a doctor before starting.
While doing specific workout routines like lat pull-downs and pull-ups it is not necessary to wrap your thumb around the bar. Place your thumb next to the index finger, this will cause you to use your arm muscles less and put the focus on main back muscles. Placing your thumb in that position may create an odd sensation but you will be placing the focus more directly on the correct muscles.
Smart fitness buffs do not subject themselves to long sets of crunches or sit-ups every day. The abdominal muscles that these exercises target are like any other set of muscles: They respond best when they get time to recover following a workout. The best results come from limiting ab workouts to two or three sessions a week.
One of the best security measures that you can take if you are into lifting, is to protect your neck. Neck injuries can set you back a while and could have devastating effects on your performance. When lifting, try not to overdo it, so that you can stay as healthy as possible.
Prior to embarking on a weight lifting regimen with the goal of improving your arms, know exactly what you plan to achieve. When looking to add muscle mass, start lifting heavier weights to add extra intensity. In order to sculpt and tone your arms, you should be doing more reps of lighter weights.
Diet greatly affects your body in the matter of fitness. A great way to eat healthy is to eat 4 to 8 ounces of meat every day. This will help you to grow muscle since meat is a good source of protein. Studies show that people who do this tend to be stronger as well.
Invite your close friends to exercise with you. A great way to make your fitness routine more fun, and rewarding, is to have your friends join you in it. You will soon find that working out in a group is an easy way to keep each other motivated and moving.
A great tip to improve quickness is to lift your left foot in front of you and touch it with your right hand and then lower it to the the floor. Then lift your right foot and touch with your left hand before lowering it to the floor. Do this as fast as you can for 20 seconds at a time for five sets.
In order to gain more muscle it is essential to eat some quality protein, such as lean meat, every single day. Make sure you get at least 4 to eight ounces. Avoid supplements; it is far better to get your protein in a tasty meal, and it’s cheaper doing it this way too.
A great fitness tip to build endurance and gain lean muscle while melting fat away is to introduce circuit training into your routine. To do this simply perform a series of exercises one after the other without any rest to get your heart rate up. You will see results very quickly.
When you are trying to increase your fitness level through exercise, it is extremely important that you track your results and write them down. This can motivate you to progress further and further every single workout, and it will give you visual evidence of the progress you have been making.
Make sure that you stretch for strength. After each muscle group that you work, you should stretch out that group for 20 to 30 seconds. It has been shown by researchers that men and women who do this tend to increase their strength by nearly 20 percent. Remember to stretch for strength.
Being obese puts strain on your heart. Exercising helps to improve heart health and get weight off as well. Exercising alone is not good enough for losing weight, you will have to change your diet as well. To lose the weight, make improvements in your cardiovascular health, and lower your cholesterol, eat fewer calories, eat more fiber, and munch on lots of fruits and vegetables.
As you read at the beginning of this article, fitness is something that everyone should be involved in to have a healthy lifestyle. Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to be healthy and live a more fulfilled life. The article above highlighted some great tips for you to apply to your everyday workout.
Terrific Cooking Advice That Will Transform Your Kitchen Time
A lot has been said about good food. Follow the tips here to add that special “magical” quality to all of your cooking.
Make sure to keep your spices and herbs sealed in airtight containers, protected in a dark, cool place. When exposed to light and heat, spices will lose their sharpness and flavor. Herbs and spices that are ground usually remain flavorful for a year. You may retain your spice’s flavor for about 5 years. When spices are stored in the correct manner, they will stay fresh for much longer.
If you are working on creating more home-cooked meals, try the library for cookbooks that offer a variety of easy recipes that will be fun to prepare. Pick out a few recipes to try and decide after it has been eaten if it is a recipe you want to add to your permanent collection. Be sure to be patient as you try these new recipes.
Bake pie and tart crusts for a longer time than you think is really necessary. Go past the usual pale tan color and take them to a caramel gold. This is because the golden color lets you know that the sugar from the crust has caramelized, which give it that sweet, yet crisp taste.
Do not keep your herbs or spices in a place that is not cool and dark. Storing them out exposes them to light, excessive heat and humidity, which can reduce their shelf life. Always keep your spices in a dark and cool location to extend their longevity. Your food will be even more delicious if your spices are fresher.
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Make sure that the knives you are using are very sharp. Only the dull-witted use dull knives, as they are both ineffective and dangerous. When your knife is dull, it can be easier for it to slip off the vegetable and end up cutting you instead. Keep your knives sharp for safety as well as convenience.
When you are cooking, use fresh ingredients instead of frozen or dried ones for the best results. Use fresh ingredients whenever possible, as they make the food more flavorful, and they may cost less over the long run.
Make your meal preparation go more quickly by preparing some of the ingredients ahead of time. Look through any recipes you make before you begin and prep accordingly, this can save you time before you cook letting you concentrate on your task when the time comes. The day before the cooking happens, there can be a lot of prep work done. This can turn even the most complex recipes into quick, fun and fast cooking jobs.
Ice cube trays are fabulous for freezing and storing leftover sauce. Then, at a later date, it is a simple process to reheat the cubes on your stove top in a pan. Do not worry, the sauce will still be edible after it has been in the ice cube trays!
To prep a pumpkin for cooking, set the pumpkin upright, and then cleave it down the center, effectively cutting it into two halves. Arrange each half face down on a baking sheet. Toss a little water on the pans, and bake for roughly an hour at 350 degrees.
Many vegetable and herbs give off a smell that tends to remain in your chopping board, even though you scrub it over and over again. Separate the halves by using indelible ink on the cutting board so you know what belongs on each side.
It is very important to make sure your cooking utensils are clean before you start cooking. Any leftover food residue can ruin the food you are preparing. This can cost you a lot because it might cause bacteria to spread.
When using fresh herbs in your cooking like parsley or basil, bundle them together and cut them with scissors instead of chopping. This makes the herbs fluffier and lighter, and not wet like they would be if they were chopped.
The perfect sandwich can make any meal amazing, and spreading the topping evenly can make every bite complete. A haphazard chef might just rush through and slop a dollop of mayonnaise in the middle of the bread and call it done. However, if the mayonnaise is evenly spread across the bread, every bite of the sandwich will be flavorful and delicious.
Do all your cooking prep work well ahead of time. This will aid in avoiding cooking disasters that can arise from being unprepared, including flare-ups from overheated oil or choosing the wrong temperatures for your needs.
You need good cutting utensils for your kitchen. The ease of cutting with a sharp knife will save you time and is more safe than using a dull knife. Most of the accidents that happen in the kitchen are due to someone using a dull cutting utensils.
Tortillas can be heated up in several ways. You can place tortillas right on the rack of a 350 degree oven until crisp. An alternate method is to hold a tortilla over a gas flame. These methods give you crisp, fresh tasting tortillas.
Try reheating foods that contain lots of oil rather than microwaving them to avoid having a greasy mess. In a microwave the oil will heat up rather quickly, causing it pool together while the rest of the dish is still relatively cold. Try to avoid microwaving oily dishes. Reheating foods in the oven allows everything to heat more consistently, keeping the ingredients blended and the flavors intact.
When your recipe calls for butter and sugar, soften your butter but do not melt it. If it is melted, pop the bowl into the freezer for a few minutes to harden it a bit, or refrigerate the dough after mixing the ingredients. Your cookies will not spread as much if you use cooler dough.
The best utensils are made of rubber, silicone or nylon. These should always be used with nonstick pans. Using metal utensils can cause damage to the pan, which may cause you to end up with pieces of the coating in your food. This is dangerous, as well as unappetizing.
Food is a necessity but it can be very powerful as well. You can use the tips provided to wow your loved ones the next time you cook.
Cook Like A Chef With These Easy Tips
Cooking is one of those activities that anyone can participate in. Can you buy ingredients, follow recipes and operate a stove or oven? Do you have a few pans and a stove? If you answered yes to those two questions, then you are able to cook. If you want to make the sort of meals that will make your friends and family beg for seconds, cultivate your culinary expertise by reviewing the tips provided in this article.
When cooking with skewers, be aware of some important facts. If you are using metal skewers, the square or twisted kind are much better than round ones for holding food in place.
A great starting point when looking to expand your cooking repertoire is your local library or bookstore. Look for cookbooks which contain basic and simple recipes for you to practice and have fun preparing. Try a few recipes, and be patient with yourself as you are mastering this new skill.
Preparation is key when cooking for family or friends. First, check that you have everything you need to get started. Put everything you need to cook the dish out the night before. Make sure you have all the cooking equipment and ingredients required. This will allay some of your fears and anxiety when it is time to cook the meal.
Slice meat thinly on the bias for stir-fry dishes. It can be a tedious, lengthy process. Remove the meat when it is firm but before it freezes, and cut at an angle of 45 degrees against the grain.
Spices should be stored in a cool and dark place. Leaving your spices out will expose them to moisture and light, which will diminish their quality. You can preserve the flavor and freshness of your spices by storing them in a dark, cool spot. You’ll taste the difference in your dishes.
Will you be making a meal using fresh basil? In a glass put a lot of fresh basil inside. Make sure the stems are submerged in water. Leave it on your counter and it will stay fresh for a very long time! Refresh the water quite often, and you will notice that the basil starts to grow roots. Cut or trim basil occasionally so it grows more and you get fresh herbs every time.
Make big portions when preparing stock. If you prepare a large pot of stock, it can be frozen and stored for future use. This stock is a popular base that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups to casseroles and much more. Allow the stock to cool, then split it up into heavy duty Ziploc freezer bags.
Decreasing the amount of oils that you are using when cooking is essential if you are interested in losing weight and eating a healthy diet. Butter and oils have fat that you do not need! Another healthy alternative for low fat cooking is nonstick spray.
Sauteing vegetables in chicken broth is very healthy. Not only does it lessen the amount of cooking oil needed as per a traditional saute, the broth adds an extra dimension of flavor to the vegetables. You will love this cooking style if you just give it a try!
Be sure to spread the application of seasoning throughout your cooking time instead of only applying when you start to cook. When this is done, the flavors of the food will be enhanced, and you will be bringing out the best in all of your ingredients.
If you are making a meal that requires garlic, buy fresh garlic or grow your own. Usually, fresher garlic will have a sweeter taste. Fresh garlic will have firm skin and cloves. In addition, it should not be shriveled or have any bruises.
If you’re feeling stressed at the idea of making dinner for the family, consider doing much of the prep work the evening before cooking. You could pre-cut the vegetables, pre-mix the sauce, or even prepare the meat marinade prior to heading off to bed. This will help you to feel less stressed when you have to cook the following day.
If you are going to cook a complex meal, doing the prep work a day before can ease some stress. Get the ingredients ready, chop the veggies, measure and prepare the spices and herbs. It’s also a great time to make sure you have everything that is needed. When the time comes to make the meal, all you need to do is put it all together and cook it!
Shake a little salt onto your cutting board when you are chopping up fresh herbs. This gives the herbs a little flavor. Mostly, though, a little salt keeps the herbs from flying off the board. Remember to use moderation; you don’t want to add too much salt to your ingredients. The salt you put on the board will stick to the herbs and add a bit of flavor.
Even the simple things can make the family go wow, like spreading mayo evening completely across a piece of bread. Many times, people are in a hurry and just put some mayo in the middle. Every bite will be filled with flavor with the dressing evenly spread.
Do all your cooking prep work well ahead of time. This way, you will not waste gas when you are cooking, or save yourself danger when cooking.
Learn about any new foods that you haven’t worked with before. It can be a wonderful surprise to see all that you can do with a new food item. If you take the time to learn about the item before heading into the kitchen, the experience will be that much more enjoyable.
Whether it is a life skill, a hobby interest, or a profession, cooking is important. With food, the possibilities are limitless. Learn something new by studying the habits and recipes of the people who know cooking best and are willing to share that knowledge. Next time you’re in the kitchen, give these tips a try.
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Food is essential for survival. But, there is much more to eating than surviving. Eating someone else’s creation is never as rewarding as enjoying your own! These tips can help you take those cooking skills to an other level.
Save yourself some time and stress by doing prep work a day ahead. This will simplify matters when you are cooking your meals. When you have a timeline for your meal to be ready, things can get a bit stressful once you start cooking. Try and prepare your ingredients ahead of time to avoid unnecessary stress.
When you are baking pastry crusts, try increasing the cooking time a bit. They need to be a golden caramel color rather than pale blonde. The caramelizing of the sugar in pie crust gives it crispness and extra sweetness.
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Do not keep your herbs or spices in a place that is not cool and dark. Leaving your spices out will expose them to moisture and light, which will diminish their quality. Always keep your spices in a dark and cool location to extend their longevity. Keeping your spices fresh can improve the taste of every recipe you prepare.
To make your French fries crispier, let the raw potatoes soak for about half an hour in cold water prior to frying. The fibers of raw cut potatoes that have been soaked in cold water prior to hitting the deep fryer, are stronger and can handle the heat better without breakage.
It is possible to do a lot of preparation beforehand in order to speed up the cooking process and make it easier. Check recipes to find out what can be prepared ahead of time without risking spoilage. The majority of preparation can be done the day before the cooking begins. Completing half the work ahead of time makes cooking time quicker and more enjoyable.
Guessing how long food will take on the grill is nearly impossible. Using a meat thermometer, especially one with a precise digital readout, is a good idea for checking whether the meat is cooked or not. For a steak, or any other meat, that is more than one and a half inches thick, you can speed up the cooking time by covering it with the grill lid.
To greatly enhance your chances of weight loss and a better diet, reduce the amount of oil you use in meal preparation. Most oils, and butters, too, contain a very high fat content, and this fat is neither necessary or always the good kind. Try cooking with a cooking spray so that you will use less oil but the same effect.
Try to add some broths or other ingredients to recipes that call for liquid in place of what it asks for. Broth is a great substitute for water, and milk adds delicious flavor and extra nutrition to soups and stews. If your favorite recipes call for milk, try substituting with buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream. Try making your recipes stand out and more nutritious by interchanging your liquids.
Measure cooking oil out. To cook with less fat, measure specific amounts of oil instead of pouring oil into the pan straight from the bottle. This will enable you to keep track of the amount of oil you are using.
If you are about to serve salad to multiple guests, serve the dressing separately instead of putting it directly on the salad. Certain people prefer a larger amount of dressing on the salad than others. Because of this fact, you should allow people to pour dressing on their own. Make sure you have a selection to choose from.
Tomatoes can be easily dried. Try slicing a Roma in half lengthwise, or cut larger tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Next, lightly salt the open sides and place them salt-side up on a wire cooling rack. Set your oven to 190 degrees, place the rack on a baking sheet and let the tomatoes dry in the oven for approximately 10 hours. You can store your dried tomatoes in your freezer. Zing up your dried tomatoes and conserve them at the same time by canning them in olive oil and herbs. Tomatoes stored in this fashion will last for two weeks in the refrigerator.
Be sure to refresh your spices every few months. If you keep them longer than this, they may lose their flavor. If you have spices that you don’t intend to use any time soon, give it as a gift to someone who will use it.
When unpacking your groceries, place any unripened fruits in perforated bags. As a fruit ripens, it produces ethylene gas. If you put them in a perforated plastic bag, the air can circulate and assure that the gas is retained, keeping the fruit fresh and tasty.
You do not need to cook something elaborate to impress others. A simple sandwich with mayo or mustard perfectly spread to each corner of the bread can make a lasting impression. Take your time spreading mayo. Don’t just dump a spoonful of mayonnaise into the center of a sandwich. When you spread your condiments evenly, you ensure that every bite is as good as can be.
If you plan on using raw onions in your salsa, rinse them with cold water after dicing and then proceed to blot them dry. Onions from the store have gas that smells like sulfur. This unappetizing gas by-product can ruin the taste of your salsa. Thoroughly rinsing the onions after you cut them will get rid of the gas.
Be sure to care for your wooden cutting board properly. Your wooden cutting board can be damaged by too much moisture or too much heat. The result can be warping or splitting. Do not immerse the cutting board in water, but instead, wipe it off with a sponge using warm water and soap. To repair a damaged cutting board, use an oil designed to restore this type of board. Make sure that your board is completely dry before you use it.
It is enjoyable to cook once you learn how to do it. This can be as much fun as having the meal itself. Try out a few of the tips provided here and you’ll be on your way to enjoying your cooking experience even more. With each new meal, you will be a better cook and people will clamor for more.
Tips For Becoming King Of Your Kitchen
Everyone needs to know how to cook. Homemade food is not only better for you, but affords you the chance to save some dollars.
bake tart or pie crusts longer that you think they should be baked. They should not be a pale blond color, they need to be golden brown. The deep caramel color demonstrates that the sugar has melded with the other ingredients, giving you an optimal flavor.
When adding oil to cooking food, pour it on the sides of the pan. This way, it will already be heated by the time it reaches the food. Using this technique ensures that your food will have more flavor.
In order to have plenty of fresh fall apples for cooking, store them properly to keep them from spoiling. Air that is dry and warm tends to make apples rot, and you can slow down this process by loosely placing them in plastic bags that are tied shut. Store them in a cool area, such as a refrigerator, garage or basement. Be sure to remove any spoiled apples as soon as you spot them, or the entire batch will end up rotten.
Are you planning to use freshly picked basil in a recipe? In a glass put a lot of fresh basil inside. Next, put water on the stems until they are covered. When you do this, it easy to store and stays fresh for several weeks. The basil can actually grow roots if you keep the water changed occasionally. You should also trim the basil once in a while so it grows even more.
Take the stress out of a major cooking endeavor by completing as much prep work in advance as possible. Look through any recipes you make before you begin and prep accordingly, this can save you time before you cook letting you concentrate on your task when the time comes. It is often possible to prepare your ingredients as much as 24 hours ahead of time. This can make it even easier to cook complicated dishes and make them more enjoyable.
Ice cube trays are fabulous for freezing and storing leftover sauce. You will then have it readily available for when you need to make a quick and easy meal. All that needs to be done is to warm it up in a pan. Do not worry, the sauce will still be edible after it has been in the ice cube trays!
When burgers and other foods become stuck to the grill grates, it can be hard to loosen them without damaging the food. Try brushing a thin coating of vegetable oil on the grill or pan to keep food from sticking.
When you cook vegetables, use chicken broth. Add extra flavor to your vegetables and keep them from sticking by using chicken broth instead of water. You can make your own chicken broth or you can buy it at most any supermarket at a very low price.
This will ensure that the fruit stays fresh for an entire year. Additionally, you may be able to keep some fruits frozen and enjoy them during months when they are not available in stores.
If you have decided to serve salad with the meal that you are preparing for guests, be sure to serve the salad dry and serve the dressing on the side. Amount and type of dressing are personal tastes, so let your guests dress their own salad. Make sure you have a selection to choose from.
Try making your own dried tomatoes. Start by cutting full-sized tomatoes into 1/2″ slices or by halving Roma tomatoes. Take a cooling rack and place the tomatoes on it. Sprinkle them with salt. Place the rack on top of a cookie sheet, and bake the tomatoes in an oven set at 190 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 10 hours. They can then be stored in plastic freezer bags in your freezer. Another way to preserve your dried tomatoes is in olive oil, with herbs for added flavor, in a glass jar. This jar should be used within 2 weeks and kept refrigerated.
When cooking macaroni and cheese, you should follow the instructions to the letter. The macaroni cooks perfectly when you do this and is nothing short of spectacular after the nice, creamy, melted cheese is poured over the noodles. Use a solid spoon to serve your macaroni and cheese. A little bit of pepper can add surprising dimension to this simple dish.
When preparing a pasta dish, you should add salt to the boiling water before adding the noodles. This will allow the pasta to take on the seasoning more efficiently. Pasta that is salted after it is cooked does not absorb the salt as readily.
If you plan on cooking food using the barbecue, the grill should be readied prior to the event so it is good to go when you are. You can plan on 30 minutes as an average time before your charcoal grill will be ready for you to begin cooking. You should keep the coals at a medium heat and covered with ashes. This is the best grilling temperature.
When cooking an easy recipe, you should always use fresh seasonings and herbs. Dried herbs can be used for recipes that are complex and filled with lots of flavors. However, your dish will be improved by fresh herbs because of their fresher and stronger flavor overall. Maintaining a small indoor or outdoor herb garden is one easy way to guarantee you always have those fresh herbs when you need them.
It’s easy to cultivate your cooking skills and prepare delicious, nourishing meals when you make use of advice like that presented above. With enough practice, you will quickly be able to cook delicious and healthy meals at home. You will also save a lot of money! In addition, the entire family can benefit from the healthier lifestyle that home cooking inspires. Follow these suggestions to have meals that taste much better.
Amazing Advice For All Your Cooking Questions
Cooking is a diverse topic that involves many different ideas and techniques to create delicious food. Some are a snap and only take a few minutes, while some are really involved and can take hours. In this guide you will see fast and simple tips you can do to improve your current skill level.
You want to make certain you have the prep work done ahead of time. This will simplify matters when you are cooking your meals. Setting a time limit can add stress to your cooking experience. By doing all of your preparation in advance, you avoid the stress and just enjoy your meal.
As with many other things in life, one of the keys to making great meals for your family is preparation. Save yourself time and trouble by having all your ingredients ready. The day before the big event, get everything ready to go. Make sure you have all the utensils and cookware you will need. This can seriously reduce stress and anxiety levels.
Fresh ingredients are always preferable to dried or frozen ones in all of your recipes. Use whatever seasonal ingredients are available to create tasty dishes, which are also less expensive.
You can prepare a lot prior to cooking to streamline your cooking process. Try looking at recipes and see what can be done in advance without spoiling. There are a lot of things you can prep the day before you need to cook. This makes preparing even more complex recipes fun and fast.
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Ice cube trays are fabulous for freezing and storing leftover sauce. You will then have it readily available for when you need to make a quick and easy meal. All that needs to be done is to warm it up in a pan. The sauce will be very edible after it comes out of the trays.
When you need to store dry ingredients such as flour, or sugar in your kitchen, use airtight containers. Bugs can creep into your food, and most food items will become stale if exposed to the open air. These are just a couple of solid reasons that you need solid containment. Airtight containers are your best friends in the kitchen. You buy them pretty much anywhere and they are a beneficial asset.
Keep in mind that tofu and beans are excellent sources of protein when you want to add more protein to your diet. Both are easily available to buy at almost every grocery store. Tofu can be pan-fried with some seasonings, and makes a tasty meat alternative. Beans can be used in vegetarian chili, added to baked goods, or just boiled with herbs and vegetables.
By doing this, you will find that you will have fresh fruit for a much longer time. You will also be able to enjoy fruits that are out of season.
When you are making any kind of food that requires seasoning, put a little seasoning on every few minutes instead of adding it all in the beginning. Seasoning in this manner offers several advantages. First, you are maximizing the flavor of whatever you are cooking. Second, you are utilizing ingredients in the best way possible.
Carefully measure the oil you are going to cook with. When it is time to add oil to your cooking pan, measure it instead of pouring directly from the bottle. This can ensure you are aware of the amount of unhealthy fat going into your food. This allows you to keep a strict amount of oil, instead of overdoing it.
Always try to purchase the freshest garlic available. When garlic is fresher, it will not taste as bitter. Fresh garlic will have firm skin and will not be bruised or soft to the touch.
If a particular wine’s flavor is unknown to you, then you shouldn’t use it as an ingredient in your food. Using wine that does not appeal to your palate when you are cooking can lead to a meal that lacks the flavor you desire. Try using wines that are sold specifically for cooking.
If you’re feeling stressed at the idea of making dinner for the family, try to do most or all of your prep work the evening before cooking. You can marinate the meat, make sauces, grate cheese and cut up veggies before retiring for the evening. This will make you much more prepared, less stressed out, and ready to begin cooking the following day.
If you are big on using spices and herbs, store them in a cool and dark place to preserve their flavor and freshness. You are destroying your herbs’ flavors and wasting your money when you store them in a warm area or where they are exposed to sunlight.
Get your cooking utensils squeaky clean before starting a new dish. If there is food leftover after washing, this could ruin whatever you are going to cook. This can also spread harmful bacteria.
If you are going to use fresh herbs, such as dill or parsley in your meal, put them together to form bunches and use scissors to cut them. They will be light and fluffy, and won’t have the wetness that chopping would give them.
When chopping fresh herbs, sprinkle a small amount of salt on the cutting board. This gives the herbs a little more flavor, but more importantly, it makes the herbs stick to the board better, so that they don’t fly everywhere as you chop them. Do not over-salt by making sure you don’t directly add any extra salt to the foods you’re preparing. The salt will stick to the herbs and make their flavor stronger.
Do all your cooking prep work well ahead of time. Otherwise, you might use the stove longer than you need to, and waiting can also make it safer and harder to burn food.
Making the recipe more complicated than it needs to be will not take you anywhere. Sticking to the basics will lead to easy, nutritious dishes that can taste just as delicious as the more complicated ones. Implementing these tips will allow you to understand how to become a better cook.
Sadly, many people consider meal preparation a monotonous chore. Cooking can, however, be an enjoyably pastime. Cooking can also be one of the best way to be a healthier person. A good cook is always learning, and this article will hopefully enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of how to cook.
Slicing meat into thin even strips is easier when the meat is partially frozen. This works well when cooking many oriental meals. The meat holds a tighter form when the it is partially frozen making the strips clean cut with out any stretching of the meat. To ensure that the meat cooks properly, be sure it is completely thawed before cooking.
Have you ever felt sorry for throwing away moldy fruits? Would it be less wasteful to cut off the moldy sections and save the rest? Unfortunately, you cannot save half rotten fruit and expect it to be healthy. Discard them, as mold goes deeper than the eye can see and can make you quite ill.
This seasoning can be used with various foods other than meat. It can add flavor to all manner of foodstuffs, such as scrambled eggs. No one will know how you made that tasty food!
Fresh ingredients are always preferable to dried or frozen ones in all of your recipes. The more fresh ingredients you use in your cooking, the better your dishes will be. Fresh ingredients have more flavor, and are less costly than frozen and canned ingredients.
When purchasing recipe ingredients, always carefully read the label. A lot of ingredients that are common to cook with have hidden, unhealthy ingredients. Keep track of the amount of sugar and sodium in the staple products used for your recipe, and make adjustments by omitting additional sugar or salt, to avoid diet-related health issues.
Always measure your cooking oils! Avoid pouring oil directly from the bottle to the pan when you cook, as this will allow you to lower your consumption of fat. Measuring your oil instead of estimating allows you to closely approximate the fat content in your dish.
Dry your own tomatoes. Dry your own by slicing ripe tomatoes 1/2″ thick, or cut Romas in half, lengthwise. Lay your tomato slices across a cooling rack with the cut-side facing up, and salt them lightly. Heat your oven to 190 degrees and put the cooling rack with the tomatoes directly onto a cookie sheet, baking for no more than ten hours. Put the tomatoes in plastic bags, and store them in the freezer. You can also pack dried tomatoes in a jar with fresh herbs and olive oil. Kept in the refrigerator, these tomatoes will keep for a couple of weeks.
There’s almost always leftovers after serving turkey. Instead, get some airtight containers, cut up the leftovers and freeze them. This will keep the turkey fresh, so it can be reused for salads or sandwiches.
There are much better ways to heat tortillas. You can heat the oven to 350 and place the tortilla right in the oven on the rack. Grill tortillas by putting them on the grill plates right above the flames. These methods can make your tortilla taste better.
Check to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly by using a meat thermometer. Follow the recommended guidelines for the correct internal temperature for each kind of meat. Bacteria flourish on the meats, so you need to make sure the meet is cooked properly and thoroughly so the bacteria don’t stay on the meat and cause sickness if you were to consume the meat.
Trussing is the method of using string to bind the wings and legs of the turkey. This pulls the legs and wings close to its body so that it can cook evenly. If you don’t truss your bird, the smaller pieces could dry out and burn.
To save time, prepare your future meals in advance. It’s often possible to do some preparations even a couple days before you need to cook. Sometimes the longer prep time results in deeply flavored dishes. You may never go back to cooking the old fashioned way once you see how much time advanced prep saves.
There are a wide variety of potatoes, and they are not always adequate substitutes for each other when cooking. Waxy potatoes are best for potato salad and should be avoided when making mashed potatoes or french fries. For those types of dishes, Russet potatoes are best.
Set both your oven timer and the timer on your watch. If you have a watch timer on you, you will hear it anywhere in the house.
Use leftovers for a delicious fried rice, soup or a hearty stew. Rice that is a day old and cool is the best to use. If you have to cook it fresh, don’t use as much water so it’s drier. Fry all the veggies and meat with some oil, and then add in the rice, followed by seasoning with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and additional spices.
Use a few spices to flavor your cooked meals. Choose from a variety of spices, including garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and pepper. A lot of people have different preferences in taste when choosing spices. Instead of including these spices during the cooking process, make them available afterwards so people can customize their meal. This way, each person can personalize their own meal.
If you are using nonstick cookware, make sure to use nylon, rubber, or silicone spatulas. Metal and wood will cause scratching that may loosen flakes of the coating that may end up in your food. Not only does this taste bad, it can be potentially dangerous.
In conclusion, a great cook is constantly learning. Enjoying cooking is much more than simply preparing food. One of the most interesting aspects is learning about new foods and the various ways of cooking. In addition, it provides you with the pleasure of teaching others the wonderful things you have learned. Cooking is a skill that is helpful to show others.
It does take some skill and time to develop, though. Whatever your motivation for learning how to cook, the skills you acquire in the process will be invaluable. Here are a few hints that will set you in the right culinary direction in your own home kitchen.
When planning on seasoning meats, first use a little piece, before cooking all of it. Meats like meatballs, hamburgers or meatloaf can be easily under or over seasoned. Avoid cooking all of it after it’s been seasoned. Instead, make a small patty out of a little piece and cook that first. If the flavor of the sample is to your liking, you can proceed with seasoning and cooking the entire quantity of meat.
Prepare dishes that you’re an expert at when you’re cooking for someone important in your life, such as a supervisor or a new partner. Never prepare an unfamiliar recipe or try to use a different ingredient than you are used to. You will be more comfortable cooking, and there will be less of a risk of messing it up.
You have probably felt guilty for pitching moldy fruits before. Would it be less wasteful to cut off the moldy sections and save the rest? If you have fruit that is just a little rotten, throw it away. Mold and other potentially dangerous contaminants can be found even in portions of the fruit that look healthy, so you should pitch the whole thing.
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If you have sauce left over after a meal, store the remainder in one or more ice cube trays and let it freeze. For a quick and easy sauce on another night, simply remove as many cubes as you need and reheat in a pan. Freezing the sauce in this manner will keep it fresh and ready to be reheated.
Properly frozen fresh fruit can stay good for up to a year. Additionally, you’ll have access to fruits that aren’t currently in season.
Measure out your cooking oil! To lower the fat you use when cooking, make sure to measure the oil you use as opposed to just pouring it straight into the pan. Measuring your oil instead of estimating allows you to closely approximate the fat content in your dish.
If you need to cook a dish with garlic, you should get the freshest garlic that is available. Fresh garlic has a sweeter taste than old garlic. As garlic ages it becomes bruised, shriveled and less firm.
When serving a salad for guests that accompanies a meal, avoid pouring dressing on it. Leave the dressing on the side instead. It is much better to let guests add the amount of dressing that they prefer according to their needs. Offer many different types of salad dressing as well.
Don’t use bitter, sour, or tasteless wine in your recipes. Using cheap or unfamiliar wine puts the flavor of your food in danger. Look through your grocery store to find wines that are used specifically for cooking.
If you always feel harried when making dinner for the family, prepare some of the meal in advance. You can cut up vegetables and onions, marinate your meat or make a sauce in the evening before you head off to sleep. You will more prepared to cook your meal the next day, and will experience less stress!
Every cook knows how important it is to organize their cooking supplies. Supplies and staples kept in disarray will have you scrambling when trying to find a needed utensil or ingredient. Organize your kitchen logically. For instance, spices can be placed in the same compartment.
Many food items leave their odors on cutting boards, which can linger even with vigorous scrubbing. You should mark your cutting board on the side you will be cutting herbs on.
You can chop fresh herbs quickly by bundling them together in bunches and cutting them with scissors. This method of cutting herbs provides a drier, more flavorful product than chopping.
Always follow the directions on the box when making a simple mac and cheese. Remember that the makers of your mac and cheese designed these instructions with the best possible result in mind. Serve it with a solid spoon to get all the cheese from the pot to the plate. Spice it up with some type of pepper!
Use a paper towel to blot moisture off of any ground meat before you put it in the pan to cook. Make sure you get rid of all the moisture present in the meat. If the moisture is left, it will undergo its natural chemical changes whilst you are cooking. Sizzling will occur. This causes your meat to be steamed, instead of seared the way it is intended.
Complete your prep work before you start cooking a meal. This can help you avoid too much heat or gas when you cook, and can also make it safer to cook with a hot pan, oil, or other dangers that could harm you if you’re distracted.
High quality cutlery and knives are worth the expense. You can save time not having to sharpen or deal with dull knives and sharper knives are safer to use. Many cuts and accidents are caused by dull utensils.
Use only a very small amount of fat when sauteing a food. The extra moisture creates steaming which will prevent the food from attaining the crispy texture that sauteing is known for. Keep the burner at a low setting during this process, as well.
A wooden cutting board requires a certain amount of care. Cutting boards made of wood can often warp due to climate. The correct way to clean a wooden cutting board is to use a damp, soapy sponge or cloth to wipe it clean, rinse with boiling water and towel dry. If your board becomes damaged, use an oil consistently that is made for wood boards. Let the board dry thoroughly before you use it.
Now, are you ready to practice what was discussed in this article? Use this advice to assist you in making scrumptious meals! It doesn’t matter the reason behind you wanting to begin cooking, you will find immense enjoyment out of serving dishes created personally by you. Cooking requires skills and practice, but you can get there if you want to. However, the end result is worth the effort.
Coffee Drinkers Might Live Longer
We often know that caffeine in coffee might lead to a serious addiction toward a bunch of people. Well, this is true. But, a lot of past studies worldwide reveal that people who are coffee drinkers might live longer than people who aren’t. Moreover, several cases show that people who drink coffee on frequent daily basis will be healthier than others who don’t. Although it seems addictive, coffee is actually good for our health as well.
There are several thoughts and results about this case. Drinking at least three cups of coffee per day will boost our immunity system since coffees are good to go for our heart. If there are people who talk about disadvantages and risk of having coffee frequently, believe me, they are so wrong. Coffee has been developed and studied well, showing that it is not the causality of being sick or getting any health risk. Despite the fact that coffee is actually good for preventing some sort of liver disease, diabetes, and dementia, the ingredients in coffee are also good to stay away from some cancers. It has been studied by several doctors as well.
Robin Poole, a public health specialist at the Britain’s University of Southampton ever did research about an “umbrella review.” This study aimed to observe coffee drinker’s habitual and how many cups they take per day. This study by Poole’s team also revealed that coffee drinking is definitely safe, nothing else to worry except the coffee is being modified with sugar and other sweet cravings as ingredients.
This study is accepted around the world, and it is made as an essential breakthrough that coffee is truly safe. The ones who say coffee is not good for human’s health are actually thinking about modified coffee, not the original black coffee. Black coffee, especially when it is pure and free of sugar will give a good impact on our health.
Scientists and doctors even advise patient with liver disease to consume it frequently. But, if coffee is already being mixed up with various sweet additions, the health benefits of coffee will disappear. Coffee with sugar, condensed milk, creamer, topping, chocolate, cream, and other sweet ingredients will affect our body by leading us to fatness and chronic disease. Drinking one to three cups a day can help us getting less risk of various diseases. Hence, drinking more than three cups is acceptable, but the health benefits will remain lower.
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Coffee Can Prevent Premature Death, Does It True?
Drinking four cups of coffee per day is a must, doctors say. A long time ago, people believed that coffee might lead to various chronic disease. Moreover, they also think that people with high daily consumption of coffee will be crawling to death slowly but sure, making coffee drinkers are likely to die earlier than people who aren’t coffee drinkers. On the other hand, there are no scientific studies which can prove this thing. Besides, doctors and scientists found that coffee can help to reduce the health risk. How can?
Well, this brief summary writing will eventually tell you the reason. Coffee, which is pure and free from any additional ingredients, is full of good natural ingredients by itself. It is true that espresso coffee is the best for our health. The things we should avoid in drinking coffee is the sweet contents such as candy floss, chocolate, milk, condensed milk, sugar, creamer, cream, and the other cravings that can lead to fat and also death risk. The coffee itself is actually good for daily basis.
You can drink one to four cups of coffee in a day, but you have to make sure that you give them a limit and space. No need to be in a rush by drinking them at once. Drinking coffee one by one will help you to reduce stress in the morning, give you relaxation, and prevent you from chronic diseases such as stroke and heart attack. Studies found that coffee drinkers are going to live longer than people who aren’t.
Moreover, coffee can lead to a proper diet for fat people. It can also be used as a diet plan for ordinary people to prevent any risk in health. The recent research in the medical state showed that participants in the study who drank at least one to four cups of coffee in a day would get lower sugar blood and more likely to stay away from heart disease.
Dr. Adela Navarro, who is a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, brings a statement due to her findings with her team in the latest study. She said that drinking four cups of coffee in a day is the very best thing people can do for daily consumption and it is the ideal dosage per day of caffeine. Moreover, drinking coffee instead of any other drink in the morning will boost the power and also focus on starting a good day to study or work.
Cuts The Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease by Consuming Coffee Every Day
Drinking coffee is a good start to begin a brand new day. Coffee also can help people to stay focus when doing something such as work and study. Moreover, there are clinical studies in the world conducted by several researchers and doctors to find out whether coffee is a good beverage or not since it contains caffeine.
The coffee itself is divided into two kinds. There are caffeinated coffee and decaffeinated coffee. Both are different. Caffeinated coffee is formed by preparation of grilling, heating, and several steps to get a coffee. The brewing process is also connected to the level of caffeine. The more it is grilled, the more it has caffeine. So, processing coffee bean needs to be under consideration. The preparation of coffee until it is ready to be consumed is pretty neat.
There are two studies conducted in the recent times to get to know better about how does coffee affect to our body and how can it reduces the level of risk of stroke and heart disease. The first study is conducted by involving more than a hundred and eighty thousand participants. All of them are recruited in the early 1990s, starting from 16 years old. There was an amazing result from this study that showed coffee could reduce about twelve percents of death risk, especially premature death risk. In addition, the volunteers are consuming short black coffee, not the ones with various and multiple ingredients such as sugar and creamer.
Veronica Setiawan, as a second author and also a part of the research team from the University of Southern California under the major of preventive medicine, revealed that coffee drinkers have higher life expectancy than others who aren’t. She also stated that coffee could help reduce the level of cancer risk.
The second study was conducted by recruiting more than 450,000 people as participants. All of them are varied in age between 1992 and 2000 across ten European countries, starting from 16 years old since it is assumed that people start to drink coffee in around this age. It was revealed that coffee did reduce the level of heart disease and other health risk related to liver and blood pressure. But, coffee did not affect anything in cancer causality. It was different.
Hence, from the two studies above, we can conclude that it is recommended to drink a cup of coffee every day to cut the risk of stroke and heart disease.
How to Clean Your Coffee Machine Properly
I believe that every coffee lover has a coffee machine in their house instead of buying coffee on and on in the outside. It is undeniable that the smell of brewing is like a heaven for coffee drinkers. The heat and the wait are worth to enjoy. It is making us feel so good in the morning.
One of the most questioned things, when we have a coffee machine at home, is how to clean it properly so that it can stay like new every day even if we use it on and on. So, here I am. This article will tell you about how to unclog, descale, and clean your coffee machine properly. You will be satisfied since your coffee maker will be back like new after you perform these following steps.
First, scrub your coffee machine before descaling and unclogging your coffee machine
A cup of coffee cannot lie. The smell and the heat are totally in sync to boost our energy in the morning. You have to clean your coffee machine since you use it every day. I believe you won’t end up in anger since your coffee machine stops working. So, you have to clean it. The very first thing to do is you have to give the exterior and interior of the machine a good scrubbing. You can use an old toothbrush to help you do this step as well.
Second, pour white vinegar in your coffee machine steadily and slowly
After your machine is cleaned, you can pick a tissue to run the deep cleaning and completing the task. Then, you have to pour white vinegar (not much) into the reservoir where the hot water usually goes. It is essential to reset your coffee machine easily.
Third, fill up the coffee machine with water and run through several complete cycles
Finally, run several cycles until the white vinegar is completely gone and this step will eventually tackle any clogs or buildup in the machine.
For your information, the coffee machine is likely similar to our pets. Once you don’t pay attention to, you will get it dirty just in case that you wear this to make a cup of coffee every day. You must keep an eye on your coffee machine. At least once a week, you must do the steps of deep cleaning so that you can use your coffee machine safely. It also makes your coffee machine stand still like new if you do this frequently.