Cooking Basics

Cast Iron

August 12, 2013

Cast Iron I’m in love with my new Cast Iron pan.  I made the best fried chicken with it over the weekend.  Actually, the best fried chicken that I have ever made and believe me I’ve made a lot.  When my husband’s mother passed away, quite a few years ago,...

A Few Words About Hamburgers

June 30, 2013

A Few Words About Hamburgers A delicious, juicy, tender hamburger can be yours, if you choose the right ground beef.  The amount of fat directly contributes to the juiciness of the burger, so the leaner the beef, the drier the burger.  Some markets state the cut of beef used for...

Feta Cheese

April 24, 2013

Feta Cheese Choose the right Feta for your dish! Goat’s Milk Feta: Goes with pita bread, olives, grapes, cherry tomatoes & pasta Sheep’s Milk Feta:  Goes with watermelon and red onion salad, pizza, lamb & anchovies Cow’s Milk Feta:  Goes with Greek salad, olive oil, rosemary and thyme, black beans,...

Ways To Enjoy Asparagus

April 11, 2013

Ways To Enjoy Asparagus Spring is here and asparagus is in-season.  Here are some ways to enjoy such a wonderful seasonal vegetable. Quick Pickle:  Combine vinegar, cumin, coriander, garlic and chile flakes and pour into a jar.  Add the asparagus spears and place in the fridge for a few days. ...

Vegetable Stock

March 20, 2013

Vegetable Stock It doesn’t really take too long to make a nice and rich vegetable stock because the vegetables release their juices into the broth very fast.  You can make it from almost any combination of vegetables.  If you have parsnips, fennel, pea pods, bell peppers, mushrooms or leftover corncobs...

Chili Powder

March 3, 2013

Chili Powder Commercial chili powder can be used for making sauces for tacos or enchiladas, salsas and dishes like chili con carne.  When using store-bought powder look at the labels to see what spices are included.  You can also make your own chili powder.  Here is a perfect version. INGREDIENTS...

Chorizo

March 1, 2013

Chorizo Did you know that you can make your own chorizo?  Well I’ve got news for you!  It’s easy to make and the payoff is big.  Chorizo is simply Mexican sausage.  It can be prepared and stored uncooked or cooked until you are ready to use it.  Uncooked chorizo can...

Victoria’s Solutions For Special Diets

November 22, 2012

Victoria's Solutions For Special Diets EVERYONE deserves a special holiday so it is important to be prepared for friends and family who may have dietary preferences or restrictions. We all know that food allergies are no joke. Here are some tips for special diets. When you shop read the labels...

Cooking Parchment

May 30, 2012

Cooking Parchment   I love cooking in parchment packets or “en papillote.”  It gives big rewards without much effort.  Cooking chicken or fish with vegetables in a sealed parchment paper packet may look fancy, but it’s actually a great no frills technique.   Just place a few ingredients into the packets...

Basic Italian Meal Ingredients To Keep On Hand

April 13, 2012

Basic Italian Meal Ingredients To Keep On Hand   No pantry should be without these basic Italian meal ingredients.     Dry Pasta of Various Shapes & Sizes Crusty Italian Round Bread Garlic Flat Italian Parsley Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fresh Native Tomatoes or Canned Plum Tomatoes Fresh Mozzarella Oregano Cannelloni...

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