The Different Kinds Of Salad Dressings

You would initially think that salad dressings are all the same, that the dressing for a particular salad tastes good once mixed with a different salad. If you do think so, then you are most definitely wrong. There are various types of salad dressings to make each salad’s taste perfect and more delicious. If you are thinking of having a yard salad served on your get-together, then you must know that yard salads require its special kind of salad dressing. You have to prepare a tablespoon of raw honey. Do not risk your life trying to evade stings of bees for raw honey can now be bought in grocery stores. You will also need 1/3 cup of lemon juice; fresh …

Tex Mex Food Surprises

The evolution of North Mexican cuisine in Texas is the cocktail of Texas and Mexican style giving birth to Tex Mex food, which is a highly spiced and vibrantly styled cuisine. History points out that Tex Mex food dates back to 1940’s when Spanish and Mexican recipes combined with Anglo fare. Today it is a 20th Century phenomenon for Americans. The first Tex Mex restaurant surfaced in the southwest region, which had a dense Mexican population. The gourmet Tex Mex began in 1970’s and appealed to the young generation. Diana Kennedy brought this common food to a trendy fare in her book Cuisines of Mexico in 1972. Robb Walsh has also commented in The Tex Mex Cookbook. Tex Mex Cuisine …

Tell Me All About Options For Wedding Cakes

It is time for the wedding; now for any traditional wedding it’s a black tuxedo for him, a white gown for her, a multi-layered cake to accommodate for the guests, and floral bouquets to tie it all together. For some brides, they seek for something more than the textbook wedding. With minor adjustments, their special day could be more original than the usual wedding- plus be one that their guests would remember. One of the most popular ways to tweak weddings is with the cake. With wedding cakes, there are about as many different possibilities as there are brides. Isn’t that really what makes a wedding special! If you really want to push the envelope, why not try a cupcake …

Red Velvet Cake In A Nutshell

Red velvet cake is a chocolate cake prepared by adding red food coloring, to the cake to give it the well known red color. Originally this red color was obtained by adding beets! Well, I think I will take the food coloring! This cake has been very popular for many centuries. The most basic ingredients for this basic cake are flour, baking soda, buttermilk, vanilla extract, sugar, cocoa powder, vinegar, eggs, and salt. Ingredients required for the preparation of red velvet cake, as all other cakes also, should be measured using measuring cups or spoons. Different ingredients have different ways to measure, in order to receive the accurate amount of ingredients. Mixing the ingredients together for this scrumptious cake is …

Recipe: Apple Streusel

Dr. Steven A. Schnur’s new book, The Reality Diet, has recipes the entire family will enjoy–including the kids. Packed with yummy desserts (non-sugar), high-energy breakfasts, and easy-to-fix dinners, we know you’ll enjoy them all, including this one for Apple Streusel. Streusels, along with cobblers and crisps, are American classics. But like most things American, streusel has its roots in another country, in this case Germany—and Streusel is a German word meaning “sprinkling.” 1/4 cup 2:90 granola 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon sugar substitute 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons light margarine, chilled and cut into pieces Nonstick cooking spray 1 large unpeeled apple, cored and sliced One container 2:90 vanilla yogurt with fiber (providing up to 90 calories) Preheat …

Selecting And Baking Your Holiday Ham

Use this guide to help you select and prepare your baked ham for that special meal. With this guide, you will be able to identify and understand the various types of hams and select the best ham for your family. We’ll even tell you how to bake your ham. This guide is organized in a question-and-answer format for easy reference. What are the different types of hams that I should consider? A ham is cured pork, specifically the entire back leg of a hog. But ham is very different than uncured pork. It’s the curing process that changes the flavor and texture of the meat. Cured hams can be either cured in brine—the most common—or dry cured. There are four …

Seafood Glossary

Enjoying seafood is an excellent way to eat healthy and enjoy delicious meals. The following is a primer to help consumers select and enjoy seafood items. General Seafood Terms Blacken – to sear fish or seafood in a cast iron frying pan or grill with high heat. The item is usually heavily coated with a blackening seasoning and typically cooked rare in the center. Broil – to cook an item in the lower section of the oven where heat contacts the item from above. This method is good for browning the topside of a fillet or other seafood. Ceviche – also spelled cebiche or seviche. A form of citrus marinated seafood salad. Ceviche originated in Peru. Chowder – a rich …

Steak-The Way To A Man’s Heart

Steak, though a grill favorite, can be cooked in several other ways. It can be pan-fried, braised, broiled, baked, etc. Selecting the proper method for cooking steak depends on its tenderness. There are dry heat methods and moist methods. Dry heat methods are generally applied for more tender steaks such as filet mignon and sirloin, while moist heat methods are more suited to tougher cuts of beef. The water helps in tenderizing the steak. The tenderness of cooked steak is influenced by how much it is ‘done’. Depending on the time for which the steak is cooked, it may be raw, very rare, rare, medium rare, medium, medium well-done and well-done. Rare steaks are exposed to the flame for a …

Spanish Tortilla

Detoxification is a process and can be a gentle cleansing or a more rigorous therapy, where many foods are completely avoided over a long period of time. The detoxifying program you would choose would depend for the most part on the condition of your elimination system and your ove-rall health. It certainly is a poor man or woman who cannot find a few eggs, a couple of potatoes and an onion in their store cupboard! The ever-practical Spaniard realized this and thus created their marvellous “tortilla” – an easy-to-make dish that could be savoured by rich and poor alike. Not only cheap to make the tortilla, or Spanish omelette, is immenseley adaptable: you can eat it hot or cold, depending …

Spanish Food Recipe

One common detox diet is the combination of nothing but fruits and water for a given period. The promotion of chemicals being matabilized by our bodies can be helped with certain vitamins, herbs and supplements. Some supplements will help the mobilization of toxin’s in our fat and other toxin deposit’s located throughout the body. Whilst on your travels in Spain and pausing to take a breath from site-seeing, you have surely experimented with “tapas” at a welcoming bar. If this is the case, it is more than likely that you have come across the small, tasty filleted fish, preserved in olive oil, sliced garlic and chopped parsley, and highly popular throughout Spain. This delectable dish is usually known as “boquerones” …

Sushi – The Japanese Delicacy

Sushi is a Japanese dish, popular all throughout the world. Sushi lovers, young and old alike, mistakenly think Sushi refers to raw sea fish. Sushi actually means vinegar-flavored rice and the raw food accompanying it are called Sashimi. Types of Sushi Preparations There are five kinds of Sushi preparations like Nigiri, Maki, Temaki, Chirashi and Inari Sushis. Sushi rice is the staple ingredient in all of them. The types are determined by the kind of fillings or toppings used. The same ingredients can be served, assembled in both traditional and modern ways. -Nigiri Sushi is the most popular form of Sushi. It is served with an oblong mound of rice topped by wasabi and a thin slice of egg, seafood …

Sugar Substitutes

What if you could drink all the soda you wanted and never get fat? To some people—computer programmers, harried editors, every ten year old in the world—this sounds like heaven, while others shudder at the proposition. We can’t hear enough about how harmful Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and the like are to our bodies (and, thanks to all the excess caffeine, our minds) these days, and every month it seems like a new diet soda arrives to alleviate those worries while still treating our collective sweet tooth. Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, those pink Tab cans, Pepsi One, C2, Pepsi Max—it goes on. But even these sodas, designed to appeal to the healthy-minded who can’t give up that sweet taste, may have a …

Home Made Gourmet Chocolates.

A few weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to make some gourmet food for a party I was going to arrange. Well I put on my chefs hat and finished up making some truffles, and wow, my friends thought they were fantastic and actually thought that they were gourmet chocolates that I had bought from a quality gourmet food store. I would like to point out that making gourmet chocolates for yourself is difficult and will take a lot of time, however to be positive it does give you the opportunity to try out some recipes that you probably could not get from the local store. The key to making amazing gourmet chocolates: Choosing and buying …

Holiday Gourmet Food Gift Guide

It’s official, people of all ages love to receive gourmet foods as a gift. For any occasion, for birthdays, for anniversaries, for Christmas, for Mother’s Day, for Father’s Day, it doesn’t matter. Gourmet foods are one of the few gifts that you can count on to please the recipient. Everyone who receives a gourmet food gift basket or package feels special. Here is a guide to the most popular types of gourmet food gifts and what type of gift recipient they are perfect for: Cheeses Cheese is a great gift for the true “foodie”, or anyone who also enjoys wine. Gourmet cheeses are available from all over the world, but the very best specialty cheeses tend to come from France, …

Mustard For Health: Speed Up Your Metabolism And Improve Digestion

Mustard is known to be very helpful for digestion, and can help to speed up your metabolism. Mustard produces such a tiny seed yet it yields many health benefits. Mustard is one of the most popular spices in the entire world and is used in every country as a favorite spice. Part of the cabbage family, mustard can be used in its whole seed form, as a ground powder or combined with wine, vinegar or some other liquid to create a loose paste. There are three varieties of mustard: black, brown and white. The mustard plant grows to be quite tall and has a bright yellow flower. It was imported to US through Spanish missionaries and seen as a cure-all. …

Peanuts Are Loaded With Anti-oxidants

Research now claims that peanuts rival many fruits when it comes to their antioxidant value, according to the University of Florida’s research. Peanut not only contain a wide variety of helpful antioxidants, but they contain the ‘good’ fat. “When it comes to antioxidant content, peanuts are right up there with strawberries,” said Steve Talcott, assistant professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Florida. “We expected a fairly high antioxidant content in peanuts, but we were a bit shocked to find that they’re as rich in antioxidants as many kinds of fruit.” The study researched a dozen different varieties of peanuts measuring their ability to block the aging effect of free radicals that occur naturally in the …