Entries in Culinary Quick Tips (25)
Cooking with wine is a great way to concentrate intricate flavors and tenderize meat without adding extra fat. Depending on how you prepare your food, some or all of the alcohol in the wine will evaporate, leaving behind a sophisticated blend of flavors.
- 1 pinch - less than 1/8 teaspoon (dry)
- 1 dash - 3 drops to ¼ teaspoon (liquid) | ¼ teaspoon or less
- 3 teaspoons - 1 tablespoon | ½ ounce (liquid and dry)
- 2 tablespoons - 1 ounce (liquid and dry)
- 4 tablespoons - 2 ounces (liquid and dry) | ¼ cup
- 5 1/3 tablespoons - 1/3 cup
Bring on the heat and make your dishes go from mild to wild by adding fire and flavor to your food with chile peppers. While bell peppers are sweet and mild, Habanero, the hottest, can be fiery. The heat or fire is caused by the natural chemical in peppers called capsaicin, which stimulates nerve endings in the skin.
Kosher salt is called so primarily because its large crystals are used for making meats kosher. The process is done in part by sprinkling coarse salt on the surface of the meat to absorb the fluids. Kosher salt is typically free from additives commonly found in table salt, making it a favorite for cooking because it has a gentler flavor. Kosher salt is usually sold in large boxes and can be found in the spice and baking section of your market.
Fresh, colorful berries at your local supermarket or farmer’s market are a sure sign that summer is here. Some sweet, others tart, berries are a delicious and nutritious treat and can be eaten whole, served fresh, frozen or in baked goods. Berries are available all year from a variety of sources, though most are considered summer fruits.
Smoked salmon is typically a fillet that has been cured and then hot or cold smoked. Due to its moderately high price, smoked salmon is considered a delicacy. Since salmon is a large and fatty fish, it’s an excellent fish for smoking, which gives it a very distinct, smoky flavor and light texture.
Mushrooms are a great low-calorie, sodium-free, fat-free source of potassium and other nutrients and lend a fun flavor and texture to stir-fries, casseroles, pastas, rice dishes, pizza, meat dishes, burgers, salads and more.
Whether served raw or cooked, vegetables are excellent sources of vital nutrients for our bodies to function properly. Each vegetable provides something different so, as with any food, its a good idea to have variety to gain the maximum nutritional benefits as well as experience the many flavors and textures out there.