Cannellini Beans

Cannellini Beans

Cannellini beans, which are widely used in Italian cooking, actually originate from Argentina. These creamy white Italian beans are slightly larger and fatter than the white haricot beans and are more like a kidney in shape. They are related to the larger French Soissons and, like them, have a fluffy texture when cooked. They are […]

Breads

Breads

Bread can be either leavened or unleavened. Leavened breads are made with rising agents, like yeast or baking powder, which allows the dough to release gases and expand. Unleavened bread contains no yeast, baking soda, baking powder or other leavening agents that allows dough to rise. Leavened and unleavened bread are nutritionally similar. It is […]

Bake Better Cookies

Bake Better Cookies

December is here and is cookie-baking heaven. Here are some basic tips to make a better cookie. Split the dough. Work with half of the cookie dough at a time when rolling and cutting cookies. Too much handling of the dough makes cookies tough. Keep the other half refrigerated since chilled dough is easier to […]

German Chocolate

German Chocolate

German Chocolate is an American creation, created in 1852 when American Samuel German developed a dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, “Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate,” was named in Samuel German’s honor. The first published recipe for German’s chocolate cake appeared in a Dallas Morning Star newspaper […]

Roasting Your Turkey

Roasting Your Turkey

Remove Turkey From Refrigerator At Least 1 Hour Prior To Roasting. Preheat Oven To 325 Degrees. Place Turkey In Sink And Remove Neck & Giblets. Place In Roasting Pan And Brush With Melted Butter. Season With Salt & Pepper. Place Turkey In Lower Third Of The Oven And Roast For 10 Minutes Per Pound. To […]

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have a pronounced and sweet nutty flavor, quite unlike cabbage, although the two are closely related. They are traditionally served at Thanksgiving and Christmas and have an affinity with certain nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, and chestnuts. Brussels sprouts taste great with onions, and ginger, or with nuts. Brussels sprouts should be small […]

Turkey

Turkey

The turkey came originally from America and was first domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico. The Spanish introduced turkeys into Europe and they soon became a popular choice in France, Italy and Britain. When early settlers from Britain, France and Holland crossed the Atlantic to North America, the vast flocks of turkey that roamed wild […]

Old-School Mashed Potatoes

Old-School Mashed Potatoes

Old-School Mashed Potatoes Mashed potatoes are as American as Thanksgiving itself. Variations range from sriracha to pumpkin spice foie gras mashed potatoes (I wouldn’t recommend that latter). At Thanksgiving, nothing beats a well-made bowl of classic mashed potatoes, however. As with many other deceptively simple dishes, there are reasons why sometimes you have good mashed […]

Family & Thanksgiving

Family & Thanksgiving

Family & Thanksgiving More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving has evolved as a time to gather together. On Christmas most Americans stay at home, but on Thanksgiving, many pack up and leave home to spend the holiday with relatives and friends. This is nearly as old a custom of the day as having turkey and […]

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes Sweet Potatoes have a distinctive sugary and spicy flavor, which makes them an excellent addition to many savory dishes. There are two types of this highly nutritious tuber. One has cream-colored flesh and the other has an orange flesh. The orange flesh variety has a higher nutritional content because it is richer in […]