Add Elegance To Grilling

Whether it’s a small gathering of family members or an invitation extended to friends and neighbors, entertaining can take on a delightfully casual approach when it’s done outdoors. Add instant sophistication to a casual atmosphere with these entertaining and grilling tips guaranteed to impress every guest. Be Courteous to Your Guests Be sure to note any food restrictions or allergies and prepare alternate options. Prepare ahead. Cut meats and vegetables, set the table, and toss the salad before the guests arrive. This will give you more time to relax and enjoy your company. Create an Ambiance White dinnerware always looks appropriate and pairs nicely with casual double-duty prep and serving pieces, such as rustic wood cutting boards for an outdoor …

Adapting Your Recipes for the Slow Cooker

Now that you’ve started using your crock pot slow cooker regularly, you’re probably wondering how you can adapt your traditional recipes to use in a crock pot. The ease of preparing a meal with a slow cooker has literally changed the lives of busy families. With the help of their slow cookers, families are eating healthier and consuming less greasy fast-food. Here are some hints for adapting your favorite traditional recipes for crock pot cooking. 1.) Add vegetables like peas and broccoli to your recipe in the last 15 – 60 minutes. If you’re using frozen vegetables, remember to add them to your crock pot recipe during the last 30 minutes. 2.) Make sure to soak your dried beans so …

Acffac Accreditation Is Complex For Culinary Institutes

Searching for a certified or accredited college or university for most disciplines is largely a matter of finding a school accredited by a recognized agency. Culinary institutes are a bit different. Because many culinary schools today are associated with or a part of a larger university system, they may be accredited by the licensing agency that approves the school as a whole as an institution issuing bachelor or associate degrees. However, this type of general accreditation doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the particular division of the culinary institute within that university meets the highest standards for fine chefs and restaurant managers in the United States and around the world. The reason is obvious: no agency focusing on standard educational disciplines fully …

ABC OF SOUP MAKING.

Lean, juicy beef, mutton, and veal, form the basis of all good soups; therefore it is advisable to procure those pieces which afford the richest succulence, and such as are fresh-killed. Stale meat renders them bad, and fat is not so well adapted for making them. The principal art in composing good rich soup, is so to proportion the several ingredients that the flavour of one shall not predominate over another, and that all the articles of which it is composed, shall form an agreeable whole. To accomplish this, care must be taken that the roots and herbs are perfectly well cleaned, and that the water is proportioned to the quantity of meat and other ingredients. Generally a quart of …

A Recipe For Cooking Up A Colorful New Room

For many, choosing the right colors for the ceiling, trim and walls when painting a room for the first time can be a daunting household task. But, just like learning how to cook a great meal, creating the perfect room can be achieved with the right ingredients and a good recipe. “Spicing up the home with color is a great way to brighten the indoors-but the actual color selection process often can be quite overwhelming,” said Barbara Richardson, director of color marketing for ICI Paints and a licensed interior designer. “Follow these simple, sensible tips, and you’ll paint like a pro to create a delectable treat of a colorful new home–and have fun in the process.” Consult a color “cookbook” …

A Page From Betty Crocker’s Cookbook

Recently, while sitting in my chair drinking the last of my breakfast coffee, a thought staggered into my mind. I must confess most thoughts are quite lonely once they enter my mind, but this one had a nagging element to it. Experience has taught me I should never give in to these strange trespassers. Every time I entertain any of them, I’m the one getting burnt. This time was different. Don’t ask me how it was different, or how I knew it was different, it just was. Of course, looking back I could have been wrong. The thought: why not surprise my wife by baking her a cake? I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing when this …

A Delicious Companion To Good Health: The Olive Oil Story

The health benefits of olive oil in the Mediterranean diet has become more than a novel observation. Clinical research is substantiating healthy benefits, but the gourmet tastes and flavors are bonuses well worth mentioning too. “The… patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.” — Quentin Regestein Highly favored as a cooking oil, or for use in a variety of classic dressings, olive oil is being touted in some quarters as a delicious companion to good health. Research on the health benefits of olive oil is impressive, so is the affects of the Mediterranean diet. Recent Findings …

A Cook’s Guide to Quick Meals and Desserts

With cooking, creativity can be just as important as the ingredients. With our busy lives, we can all get in a rut sometimes when it comes to cooking. We want simple and quick meals that we’ve cooked hundreds of times – no surprises! We want our children to try new, healthier foods but aren’t willing to be creative and try out some new recipes. If you find yourself cooking the same old meals week in and week out, there’s good news. Now you can try out new recipes using many of your handy ingredients and create new healthy meals easily. Here are some tips to get started. Buy an Easy Cooking Cookbook This might sound obvious, but you should first …

A Chef Does This And That

An online dictionary defines a chef as the chief cook of a restaurant establishment or a hotel. The chef is usually the one responsible for planning what is needed for the food preparation, menu, and everything that is related to kitchen and food matters. As for becoming the chef, one must realize and understand that it is not all about cooking. A big part of being creative is needed in becoming a successful chef. Aside from planning the daily menu, a chef also needs to be in the kitchen doing all the “kitchen stuff” that is necessary. It doesn’t sound like it requires a lot of work but if you try to get to the fundamentals, you’ll realize that cutting, …

A Career in The Culinary Arts

Many people who choose to explore the culinary arts sometimes have a pre disposition for Culinary Arts Training, and some do not discover their interest and talents for this field until later in life. It is necessary to have creativity if you want to be a chef. You will need to be creative with the recipes and ingredients as well as plate presentation. One thing a chef is responsible for is coming up with new and exciting dishes. A great sense of creativity can help accomplish this and help you find new ways to prepare old standards. You will also need creativity when dealing with your staff. It is often the responsibility of the chef to manage not only his …

A Brief History of Pizza: The Dish that Conquered the World

Pizza, the way we know it today, is a derivation from focaccia (from the Latin word for fire), flat bread that has been prepared since antiquity in different forms and garnished with herbs, olives, fat, raisin, honey, and nuts. The word pizza in Italian identifies any type of flat bread or pie—fried or baked. Although you’d find many types of pitas or pizzas around the Mediterranean, it is in Naples that pizza in the form we know it today first emerged, after the tomato appeared on the table in the 1700s. Naples has many records of pizza since around the year 1000; the first mentions call these flat breads laganae, and later they are referred to as picea. In those …

A Beginners Guide to Chinese Cookery

Introduction When I first ate Chinese food in the UK in the 1970s, it was really quite unappealing. Everything came in a gloopy sauce and seemed to taste the same, due to the overuse of monosodium glutamate, supposedly a flavour enhancer but in reality, nothing of the kind. Then in the 1980s a new breed of Chinese restaurant arrived (at least it took that long to reach the provinces) which provided lighter, tastier Chinese cooking demonstrating regional differences. There was one drawback, however, which was that this new type of restaurant was much more expensive than the original cheap ‘n tasteless ones. Consequently, I thought how nice it would be to cook Chinese food at home but I had no …

A Career As A Pastry Chef

Who doesn’t like dessert? Nothing beats the end of a meal or the accompaniment of a cup of coffee like a nice rich and luscious treat. If you like making them it may be something of interest to you to pursue a career as a pastry chef. A career in making breads, pies, chocolates, candy, cookies, ice cream and cake can be a fascinating choice. It can be especially thrilling for the one who loves to put their heart into it. There is a growing demand for food industry professionals and pastry chefs in particular. Culinary schools are dedicated to teaching the skills necessary for you to become a part of this exciting and rewarding field. Becoming a pastry chef …

10 Tips On Choosing The Best Arts Culinary School

Every enthusiast wishing to become an exceptional chef needs to choose the best Arts Culinary School. An ideal school provides the students with all the training and learning necessities to excel in this field. These schools include different specialization fields such as food writer, gourmet, restaurant owner, a baker and so on. It entirely depends upon the students that what kind of work in culinary field they need to consider after graduating from the culinary school. Tips To Choose The Best Arts Culinary School (ACS): Few basic tips an individual needs to follow are as mentioned below: 1.Accreditation by government bodies: This is the foremost and crucial step while selecting the best ACS. Check out the school’s accreditation. 2.Level of …

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Barbecue

Every spring, North Americans gear up their grill, stock up on the meat and prepare for many mouth-watering barbecues. But how much do we really know about the art of barbecuing? From the familiar pastime’s origins to surprising tips and tactics, this list will provide you with all the information you need to wow your friends at the next neighbourhood barbecue! 1) Barbecues originated in pig-pickin’s, feasts that were common in the Southern United States prior to the Civil War. Whole pigs were cooked and eaten by the crowd. 2) “Smoking” was used as far as 6000 years ago in order to make meats safe to eat and store. The meat was exposed to smoke and low heat in order …

10 Steps For Cooking-Up Family Memories

The kitchen is the perfect place for making memories. When you spend time baking, cooking and enjoying meals with your family, you create happy memories you and your children will cherish forever. The benefits of preparing and enjoying food as a family are clear. You save money and eat healthier meals. You create opportunities to connect and communicate with your children and spouse. And most importantly, you show love for your family when you spend time cooking and eating with them. Children of all ages need your attention and your time. By working together to create a meal or bake a batch of cookies, you spend valuable time together. So, here are 10 steps to get your family cooking up …