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 …

America, Get Ready: It’s Time to Cook Out!

Just in time for the cookout season, the country’s top grilling cities were revealed, naming the Show Me State’s St. Louis as number one. “St. Louis is known for its great barbecue and rubs, and we’ve got the grills going to prove it,” said Earline Walker, owner of one of the city’s best barbecue restaurants. “That’s because we know nothing can bring family and friends together like a cookout with that great smoky, real barbecue flavor of charcoal-grilled foods.” Memphis, Atlanta and Tampa were also named in the top ten list, which was compiled by Kingsford® Charcoal with Sure Fire Grooves™. Easy Does It Use a chimney to light the briquets. Simply place loosely wadded newspaper in the lower chamber, …

Amazing Thai Recipe

Bamboo Shoots: Bamboo shoots are called for in many Thai recipes. In order to prepare a bamboo shoot for cooking you need to peel them and boil the white inner stalks for 30 minutes in water. If you are using canned bamboo shoots you will only need to boil them for 10 minutes, or if they are going into curries or soups, boiling might not be required. Basil (fresh): There are three types of basils used in Thai cooking; sweet, holy and lemon. Sweet basil is much easier to find because it is commonly used in western cooking. Holy basil has a spicier taste and can be recognized by it’s slightly purple leaves. Lemon basil has a lemony flavor and …

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This is our families secret chocolate chip recipe. We have a large family so this one makes over 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies. You can experiment with most cookie recipes to adjust to your own taste. Remenmber the more brown sugar you use the more chewy type cookie you create. I don’t think this one needs much adjusting. First we will start with ingredients. INGREDIENTS: 4 cups (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate 1cup butter 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups yellow cake mix 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/4cup sour cream 3 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Directions …

Amateur Chefs Compete For Top Citrus Honors

For the 2005 Sunkist Citrus Challenge, hundreds of at-home chefs across the country proved that a splash of citrus can spice up any meal and inspire flavorful, fun and quick creations that any cook would be eager to share. The national contest called for amateur chefs to enter their recipes in three categories: Entree, Quick & Easy and Citrus Celebre. Entrants from nearly 30 states submitted their signature, citrus-inspired recipes. After much blending, sauteing, stirring and simmering, official Sunkist Citrus Challenge judges announced in March that they had discovered three excellent recipes bursting with citrus flavor. The winning chefs were Lisa Keys of Middlebury, Conn., Edwina Gadsby of Great Falls, Mt., and Nikki Norman of Milton, Tenn. “It’s a delight …

All about Cuban cuisine

The East Caribbean island of Cuba has a rich cultural heritage from which has arisen culinary traditions that are as vibrant and varied as the variety of cultures that have contributed to the development of this distinct and delicious cuisine. In addition to the ancient influence of the native peoples of Cuba, the Spaniards brought their own culinary styles, tinged by those of the Moors who held huge parts of Spain for centuries. The slaves that were brought from Africa made significant culinary and cultural contributions, with other culinary traditions being brought to the island with the French colonists fleeing uprisings in Haiti. As these various influences came together, a distinctly Cuban flavor and style evolved, which is reminiscent of …