Quick Bites

Grains of Paradise ??

I learned something new today! I was watching the Food Network (my addiction) this morning, and a guest chef on Bobby Flay’s show brought some Grains of paradise spice for his jerk marinade. I had never heard if it before, and here is what I found out. Grains of paradise is a small reddish-brown, round […]

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  February 15, 2009   2 comments

Al Dente…cooking pasta “just right”

Al dente is an Italian term which describes the consistency of pasta cooked to a tender firmness. It literally means “to the tooth.” Pasta al dente is considered to be pasta cooked “just right,” when it is slightly resistant as you bite into it, but not soft or overdone. Hence, “just right.”

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  January 29, 2009   No comments

Make Your Own Spice Mix

For those spice mixes that you know you will only use once in a great while, try making your own with spices you probably already have in your pantry. For example: Chinese Style Five Spice Mix equal parts (powdered): fennel, anise, ginger, cinnamon, cloves. Now you have incorporated the five basic flavors of Chinese cooking; […]

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  January 18, 2009   2 comments