Menudo Mix

Menudo Mix

Menudo Mix, Hibiscus, Cumin Seed… tiny clear, cellophane packets of these spices hang on racks in supermarkets and Latin markets throughout the southwest, and wherever large Latin communities shop. Sealed with a paper label noting their contents, usually printed in Spanish and English, the packets are more affordable than those in the traditional spice aisle,…

Introduction to Catering

Introduction to Catering

Caterers are critical people at any event. Not only do they feed the guests, but they’re also partially responsible for setting the tone. If you’re looking to hire or become a person in this field, you might wonder what the qualities of a successful caterer are. Read on to learn about five of the qualities…

Strawberry Banana Jam and Strawberry-Pineapple Jam

Strawberry Banana Jam and Strawberry-Pineapple Jam

Nothing tastes better than homemade strawberry jam on warm muffins, biscuits or just plain toast. And now that a bountiful strawberry season has arrived here in Southern California, it’s just the right time to prepare jars of glistening ruby-red jam—some to enjoy right now and others to enjoy once the season has passed. Capture the…

Veal Cutlets with Balsamic Vinegar (or Pork, Turkey, or Chicken Cutlets)

Veal Cutlets with Balsamic Vinegar (or Pork, Turkey, or Chicken Cutlets)

Simple, fast, and rather elegant. The cutlets aren’t fully breaded (flour, egg, bread crumbs), but simply pressed into bread crumbs. You need…30 minutesLarge skillet 1/2 cup bread crumbs Vegetable oil 2-4 cutlets (plan on about 4 ounces meat per person) 2 tablespoons butter 2 fat garlic cloves, minced 4 leaves fresh sage, chopped 2/3 cup…

Cooking with Dates

Cooking with Dates

Dates grow in large bunches weighing some 20 pounds (10 kg) and yielding as many as a thousand fruits. Average trees produce 100 pounds (50 kg) per season, with vigorous trees yielding three times as much. Most fruits are around 2 inches (5 cm) long. Types, Varieties and Ripeness of Dates Three main types of…

Chocolate-Covered Caramel Apples

Chocolate-Covered Caramel Apples

Ingredients 4 crisp apples, firm, unbruised and WITH STEMS,     each weighing 6-1/2 to 7 ounces12 ozs. soft and fresh wrapped caramels1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. hot water12 ozs. good-quality chocolate (milk, semisweet, or a combination), chopped1-1/2 tsp. solid vegetable shorteningAbout 1 c. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans, chopped     medium-fine) OR toffee chunks To learn more, get the…