When it comes to home-cooking it’s important not only to control your portions but also to make sure that you have all the ingredients necessary to cook food that’s as healthy as it is delicious. Recipes can only take you so far before you find the need to restock on your favorite, healthy-cooking components. So before you start cooking healthily, check and make sure that you have these six ingredients in your kitchen at home. (more…)
In your wilder days you no doubt remember having at least one night where you didn’t have anything in your refrigerator besides an old container of Parmesan and a can of spaghetti. At the time it was no doubt satisfying to be able to put off going to the grocery at least one more day, but now that you have your own place you want to expand your culinary horizons. You’ve always felt daunted by cooking since you live alone, but have no fear! There are plenty of benefits to cooking for one besides working your way through your old cookbook. (more…)
It can be difficult sometimes to maintain healthy eating habits for those of us who abstain from eating meat. Vegetarianism is one of those hot topics which provide plenty of people with something to talk about, and it’s a great cause to get behind– whether you’re trying to reduce your carbon footprint or trying to say no to unethical treatment of animals. There are essential nutrients vegetarians need, and can easily attain without eating meat. (more…)
My introduction to Marjoram began, fittingly, in chef school. I remember distinctly the chef explaining that Marjoram was a wonderful herb to use then you wanted to bring flavors of the Mediterranean to your sauces with out making it taste like pizza. He was referring to the over use of Oregano at the time, but those words stick with me twenty *cough* years later.
Okay, so maybe you would rather not have it in your lawn, but it will make a great addition to your garden. Chives are a great way to bring a light onion flavor to dishes without going all in. Depending on what part of the Chive you use, one can offer only a scent to a bright onion crispness.
Do not confuse Chives with Scallions or Green Onions. These are different in application, flavor, uses and size. What we refer to as Chives in this article are the very thin strands of greens, no thicker than about 1/8” or the size of a pencil lead.
With so many oils on the market today, it can be a daunting choice when you need to pick ones to buy and to use. This is far from a definitive listing of all the oils available, but rather, enough information so you can reach your own conclusions.
There are many things to take into consideration when purchasing or choosing an oil to use. This can be from flavor profiles, flash point, a temperature at which the oil will catch fire, fat content and types of fats, and general performance of the oil.
Lets begin first by addressing the basic types of oils available and their normal uses and properties.