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…

Preparing a Horseradish Root

Preparing a Horseradish Root

Grind or grate fresh horseradish in a well-ventilated room. The fumes are potent—a whiff may be stronger than you expect! Using a blender for grinding makes home preparation more practical and less tearful than hand-grating. In either case, if you are cutting fresh horseradish, you may want to wear gloves. What Makes Horseradish Hot? The…

How to Serve Hors d’Oeuvres

How to Serve Hors d’Oeuvres

The two most common ways of serving hors d’oeuvres are butler-style and buffet-style. In butler-style service, the hors d’oeuvre selections are offered to guests by service staff carrying small trays as they pass among the assembled group. Several points should be kept in mind when planning this style of service: Each item should be small…