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Cutting board and raw chicken

Using the Same Cutting Board for Raw Chicken and Raw Beef

So, you love wowing your family and friends with your scrumptious chicken or beef masterpieces. Unfortunately, E. coli, salmonella and other microbes love to thrive on these meat products, too. And they can easily spread from raw or undercooked chicken and beef to other ingredients via your cutting board. Using different cutting boards for raw…

Does Freezing Kill Salmonella?

Does Freezing Kill Salmonella?

Salmonella can put your digestive tract in shambles for a few days. Needless to say, it’s a must to ensure that there is no salmonella present in food before you put it in your mouth. And this might leave you wondering if storing potentially contaminated food in the freezer can kill salmonella. Freezing does not…

Raw Tuna Steak

Can You Eat Tuna Steak Raw?

Because it’s packed with good fats, protein and an assortment of vitamins and minerals, tuna steak is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s one of the most delicious, too, whether eaten cooked or raw. Tuna steak can be eaten raw if it’s meant for consumption as sushi or sashimi. If the packaging…

microwave

Here’s What Should You Do If Microwave Has a Crack Inside

Microwaves are great for heating food, especially if you’re in a hurry. They work better than ovens for this purpose, and that’s why many people own them. However, there has been a misconception surrounding microwave use, especially when they’re cracked or have a hole inside. Some people are cautious of radiation when using microwaves that…

onions

Do You Wash Onions? When and Why?

According to a 2021 report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people live healthy lives, onions are some of the cleanest vegetables on the planet. And this might leave you wondering if washing onions is necessary or a complete waste of time. Washing onions, in many instances, is unnecessary….

salt

What Is Cheese Salt?

If you’ve never tried to make cheese yourself, you might not be aware of salt’s role in the process. Without cheese salt, cheese would be less nutritious. It would also be subject to quality issues like acidity and decay. Cheese salt is a non-iodized salt that is used in making cheese. Cheese salt is responsible…

corn

Can You Eat Raw Sweet Corn?

Corn is a popular side dish and can be cooked in many different ways. However, many corn farmers and gourmets around the world are aware of how delicious this vegetable is without being cooked at all. Sweet corn can be eaten raw as long as the corn kernels are ripe. Sweet corn is usually eaten…

Extract

Top 12 Flavor Extracts For Baking

Whenever you are working with a bland or flavorless recipe, the quickest way to spruce it up is with some quality extract flavors made explicitly for baking. These products are designed to spice up (or sweeten) desserts and baked goods, giving them the specific taste without the hassle of using that specific item. While there…

Potatoes

Can You Overcook Potatoes

Everyone loves a delicious potato recipe. You can cook potatoes in a variety of ways which makes them so amiable for a side dish. You can do no wrong with potatoes, well maybe. So can they be overcooked? As a general rule, you can overcook potatoes. This goes with all types of food, although with…

french bread

How to Reheat Frozen French Bread

French bread is one of the best bread varieties out there because it is crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside. Grocery stores sell frozen french bread so that you can enjoy this delicacy whenever a craving hits, but how should you reheat it for the most enjoyable eating experience every time?…

apple pie

Is Apple Pie Good for You?

Mmmm…apple pie!  That good ol’ American dessert evokes images of summer picnics and Thanksgiving feasts.  But sometimes, diving into a slice of homemade apple pie may leave you with a nagging sense of guilt as you wonder if it’s a healthy choice.    In general, apple pie is not very good for you from a calorie…

sugar

Flammable or Not: Sugar Science

Whether you love creating saccharine masterpieces or doing science experiments in the kitchen, you may be wondering if sugar and fire is a dangerous pair that can put yourself, the ones you love and your home in peril. Technically speaking, table sugar is not flammable. That’s because it won’t catch fire or ignite readily at…

salt

Is Salt Flammable?

Based on a high school science experiment, it’s no secret that sodium ignites spontaneously when it comes into contact with water. It’s also common knowledge that sodium reacts violently with moisture-containing air. And since salt contains sodium, which is why it’s also known as sodium chloride, you may be wondering if salt is flammable. Salt…

scrapple

Is Scrapple Good For You?

Perhaps you have heard of a type of meat called Scrapple that is frequently served for breakfast. Or maybe you’ve recently tried it and enjoyed the experience. But if you don’t know much about scrapple, this could leave you wondering, is it good for you? In general, scrapple meat is not as bad for you…

Shrimp scampi

Is Shrimp Scampi Good For You?

Shrimp scampi is a delectable meal many love to enjoy. With the creamy sauce and flat noodles, who wouldn’t want to have shrimp scampi for dinner? It is delicious and easy to make, but the question is: is it good for you? Shrimp scampi is good for you because shrimps contain antioxidants and healthy fatty…

Chicken Poêlé

What Is Chicken Poêlé?

There are many types of food in the world and even more dishes. One of the most iconic is chicken poêlé. Although many are familiar with this mouth-watering entree, some have no idea what this dish is at all. If you are one of these people, you might wonder what chicken poêlé is. A chicken…

mango

Mango

Here are a few tidbits of mango minutia: Mangos are the #1 most consumed fruit in the world. Mexico is the leading supplier of mangos to the U.S., and to the rest of the world. From Asia to South America, some 400 varieties of mango exist, widely varying in appearance and flavor. They can be…

Pickles

Pickles

Pickles date back forty-five hundred years to Mesopotamia where it is believed cucumbers were first preserved. Cleopatra, a devoted pickle fan, believed they enhanced her beauty. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were pickle fans. America’s namesake, Amerigo Vespucci, hawked pickles in Seville to seafaring ship captains to help fight the sickness known as scurvy….

tuna

Portuguese Marinated Tuna

Ingredients Marinade: 4 cloves garlic, peeled 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon capers 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 4 tuna steaks, at least 3/4″ thick (1-1/2 to 2 pounds…

dry rub

Dry Rub for Beef Ribs in Oven

This is our main all-purpose rub, good on ribs, brisket, chicken, and more. 3/4 cup paprika 1/4 cup ground black pepper 1/4 cup salt 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons garlic powder 2 tablespoons onion powder 2 teaspoons cayenne Mix the spices thoroughly in a bowl. Store covered in a cool, dark…

Super Bowl

Superbowl Book

Ten Speed Press/Celestial Arts and Jennifer created a best-selling hot sauce poster series that to date has sold over 40,000 copies. The Great Hot Sauce Book figuratively and literally gives the poster three dimensions. Get the book at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Hot-Sauce-Book/dp/0898157838

Cookbook

Low-Fat Recipes

Jambalaya Per Serving Max Min calories 704 456 fat (gm) 41 16 calories from fat 52% 31% cholesterol (mg) 241 178 sodium (mg) 2312 981 fiber (gm) 2 3 Nutritional profile Serves 6 Ingredients 16 ounces smoked ham hocks (450 gm) 4 cups water (944 ml) 4 bay leaves 1-3/4 pounds uncooked shrimp in their…

Fajita

Simple Fajita Pizza Recipe

Here are the ingredients: 1 (5 ounce) pizza dough ball (recipe follows) 3 ounces beef sirloin, cut into 1 x 1/2-inch slices olive oil 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced 3 onion slices 2 tablespoons chopped…

Tart

Sweet Tart Dough

Makes enough for one 9-inch crust Storing: Well wrapped, the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months. While the fully baked crust can be packed airtight and frozen for up to 2 months, I prefer to freeze the unbaked crust in the pan…

Turkey

The Perfect Turkey Handbook

We were going to give you just 20 simple turkey-cooking tips, but we realized there are far too many turkey questions, so instead we created this comprehensive “Handbook for The Perfect Turkey.” It’s still very simple and easy to follow, but we think it addresses more of the complexities of why turkeys come out properly…

Red Snapper

Smoked Red Snapper

Serving Size: 4Preparation Time: 2:00 1-1/2 lb red snapper filet, skin on—6 oz 2 tbs olive oil 1 tbs brown sugar 1 tbs garlic, chopped 1 tsp pepper black—freshly ground 1 tbl maple syrup 6 oz wood chips for smoking—moisten 1 each foil pie plate the brine 2 qts water 12 oz kosher salt—approx 2…

Menudo

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,…

Burger

Labor Day Best Burgers & Ribs

I call Labor Day the “hand to mouth holiday”— the best foods go directly from hand to mouth, no utensils required. The all-American sandwich has a rightful place, but juicy burgers and messy ribs top my list of Labor Day faves. And while Miss Manners would not approve, I just can’t help but lick my…

Strawberry 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

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…

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…

apple pie

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…

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…

Canapes

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…