January 31, 2007

The Minimalist: The Boring Old Broiler Turns Out to Be a Superstar

Most ovens have broilers, but how many of us really use them, or really know HOW to use them? Find out more about this often neglected kitchen tool...
It's right there, invisible, inside your oven, the most underappreciated, taken-for-granted appliance in your kitchen: the broiler. Bread machines, microwaves, sandwich-makers, electric grills and other “must-haves” come and go, but the broiler is always there. Hundreds of books are written about grilling, roasting, frying, even microwaving and steaming, for crying out loud, yet the broiler is largely ignored. The broiler is free — that is to say, you already own one — and easy to use. It is essentially an upside-down grill, but it produces results you cannot duplicate any other way. It even has a couple of distinct advantages over the outdoor grill and the countertop version.
Includes recipes for:
  • Hard-Shell Clams With Parsley Pesto
  • Broiled Steak With Pineapple and Onion Salsa
  • Tortilla Soup
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January 30, 2007

Recipe News: Real recipes for real men who aren’t afraid to cook

Gone are the days when the grill was the only spot manly men could express their culinary leanings. A wave of man-friendly foods, gadgets and food-media have made it safe for guys to get in the kitchen. Here are a few recipes to play with while there.

Includes recipes for:


  • Oven Barbecued Spareribs

  • Broiled Bacon-Basted Salmon with Mushroom Oyster Sauce

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January 29, 2007

Recipe News: Recipes For The Perfect Tailgate

Try these recipes for your super bowl party.

includes recipes for:


  • PHILADELPHIA Cuban Sandwich

  • Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

  • Guacamole

  • Grilled Tailgate Buffalo Wings

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January 27, 2007

Recipe News: Super Food For Super Bowl

"Planning a Super Bowl party next weekend? Then you already should be thinking about your menu, and that's where The Saturday Early Show's Chef on a Shoestring comes in.

Bradford Thompson is the award-winning chef de cuisine at Mary Elaine's in Scottsdale, Ariz. He also happens to be a huge football fan who loves hosting tailgates and viewing parties. He has developed a party menu for four on the Shoestring budget of $40.

Mary Elaine's has scored some of the most coveted industry awards such as the prestigious Five-Diamond designation by the American Automobile Association, The Mobile 5-star award, and the esteemed Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine, one of only a handful of restaurants in the country to have garnered such impressive honors.

As chef de cuisine, Thompson is responsible for all culinary operations and oversees a staff of 60 employees."

includes recipes for:


  • CRAB AND SWEET POTATO FONDUE

  • SLOW COOKED BRISKET

  • COCONUT RICE

  • CHOCOLATE BEIGNETS

  • Orange sugar

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January 27, 2007

Recipe News: Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe

This recipe would be an easy one to try for your super bowl party.

includes recipe for:


  • Buffalo Wing Sauce Recipe

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Coffee News: Coffee OK during pregnancy, study says

"Pregnant coffee drinkers take heart: A new study provides evidence that moderate caffeine intake will not cause a baby to be born early or underweight.

Doctors still agree it's probably not a good idea to have 10 grande lattes a day. But with the new data, "you're essentially telling women, 'Don't worry about it.' We can drink coffee during pregnancy and not have problems," said Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital."

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Recipe News: Pretzels and beer, a perfect duo, bring harmony to onion soup

"Dark brown, rich with a hint of sweetness. Altbier fits that description. So does onion soup. And the two can certainly be in harmony.

During the tasting Eric Asimov hinted that he would like a pretzel recipe for these ales, so I decided to make pretzel dumplings with cheese to serve in the soup instead of the usual toasted French bread covered with cheese.

It turned out to be a fine package. While tasting the ales, I thought their malty, toasted, spicy flavors, with bitterness that sometimes suggested buckwheat and burnt caramel, would go with other soups, like lentil, and with pungent washed-rind cheeses.

The onion soup I made followed a fairly classic recipe, though I deglazed the onions with some ale for another synergistic touch. There is ale in the dumplings, too. The recipe for those was based, to some degree, on my formula for matzo balls, which I make with sparkling water. Ale's fizz was a fine substitute. With this combination of ingredients, mustard was a natural seasoning."

includes recipe for:


  • ONION SOUP WITH PRETZEL-CHEESE DUMPLINGS

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Recipe News: Simple Slow Cooker Recipes

"Having a meal cooking at home while you're at work makes dinner so much easier. Phyllis Pellman Good has a new cookbook that'll make the process even easier: slow cooker recipes that only use five ingredients."

includes recipes for:


  • Lazy Lasagna

  • Chicken Cordon Bleu

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January 26, 2007

Blog Watch: Curried Noodle Patties

"What do you do with a big bowl of leftover pasta noodles? In this case I had angel hair pasta. I decided I was going to make some sort of savory noodle cakes from them. My game plan was pretty straight forward - I actually woke up this morning thinking about this. Toss the noodles with enough egg to hold the patties together, then throw in whatever else I could find in the refrigerator (in this case, tofu, green onions, and cilantro). I had a delicious lunch on my hands in under ten minutes. "

Includes recipe for:


  • Curried Noodle Patties


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The Minimalist: Cheesy Pasta, Redressed

"There was a time when pasta dishes dressed with just cheese, cream or milk were popular, at least with me and my family, but today they seem stodgy and fat. Although these popular standbys almost always feature a strong hit of black pepper, they don’t contain acidity or real spice, and seem one-dimensional despite the strong flavors. They’re also almost always white, beige and yellow, not exactly a stunning color combination for what for us was often a weeknight main course.

It doesn’t take much to fix that. Here’s a variation on a classic dish, pasta with Gorgonzola, that adds color, acidity and strong flavor without increasing the cooking time a single second. And it increases the shopping and prep times by only about five minutes."

Includes recipe for:


  • Farfalle With Gorgonzola, Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes


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Blog Watch: Cute, Cuter Mini Bagels

Want an easy way to make bagels at home? Delicious Days has a recipe for you!

"If your online browsing habits take you frequently to cuteoverload.com you’ll quickly notice that for the cuteness factor the same rules seem to always apply. Among many others, it’s size. Anything tiny there will make me go “ahhhh look at that” and then “I want one…”, same thing happened when I spotted the recipe for these mini bagels…

I am a big bagel fan and have become an even bigger one during my visits to the US, but I also have two big issues with bagels..."

Includes recipe for:


  • Mini Bagels


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Smokers Welcome: Try This at Home

Smoking at home, on the stovetop? A lot of people are doing it to great effect, based on this New York Times article.

"WINTER does strange things to grill lovers cooped up in city kitchens. They start daydreaming about smoldering hardwood.

Chefs around town seem to have that same impulse. Lately they have been smoking everything in reach — onions, tomatoes, chicken, fish, maple syrup. Some invest in professional indoor smokers, but the majority do what a home cook can easily do, rig a roasting pan with aluminum foil or use inexpensive gear like Camerons stovetop smokers.

After a 20-minute smoke and then a flash in a hot pan, chicken thighs taste like they are straight off the grill, but smokier, juicier and — depending on how you get your smoke — more interesting.

And the technique fills kitchens not with smoke, but with a cozy aroma, like potpourri, with Pavlovian effects."

Includes recipes for:


  • Tea-Smoked Chicken Thighs With Pomegranate Glaze

  • Smoked Catfish Salad

  • North Carolina-Style Pulled Pork


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January 25, 2007

Recipe News: Cool cucumber homemade spa recipes

"While we all know that cucumbers are great for reducing puffy eyes, their beauty benefits far exceed this simple remedy. Used in facial, hair and skin remedies this hydrates and nourishes both internally and externally.
Cucumber is from the cucumber plant, cucumis sativus, and is a part of the gourd family. They are made up of 90 per cent water, with the remainder containing vitamin B1 and vitamin C. These vitamins are wonderful for treating skin eruptions, pimples, wrinkles and facial dryness. In fact, our skin and cucumbers share the same pH level, and may help restore our skin's protective and natural acid mantle.
Try out these spa recipes to see all the ways that the cucumber can be used to soothe and soften. Your quenched skin and hair will thank you."

includes recipes for:


  • Cool-as-a-cucumber mask

  • Soothing scalp saver

  • Dead sea cucumber scrub

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Wine News: Wine Pairing Plays for Game Day Snack Foods

"As game day approaches, don't forget to include wine at your Super Bowl party. The Wine Market Council makes it easy by pairing game-day snack stand-bys with favorite wines. Super Bowl Sunday isn't just for beer drinkers anymore!

Buffalo Wings
Piquant and vinegary wings need white wines with a lot of acidity like Sauvignon Blanc or Albarino from Spain to stand up to the sharpness of the flavors. If the wings are exceptionally spicy, an off-dry Riesling from Germany or the United States also works well to tame the heat.

Pizza
With so many variations in its preparation, pizza matches well with many different wines. Keeping with the Italian theme, Chianti is a natural fit. Its tart cherry flavor and bright acidity meld well with any pizza's tomato sauce. Red wines from the Barbera grape, which is produced in Northern Italy's Piedmont area and parts of California also has a nice tang to accompany pepperoni or sausage. For a pizza emphasizing garlic or vegetables, try a Pinot Grigio.

Chili/Sloppy Joes
These quintessential American foods call for quintessential American wines. Try a lush, fruit-forward Zinfandel with a sloppy joe, the bright berry flavors will have affinity for the sweet, tomato flavors. With chili, a Syrah from the US or Rioja from Spain (with flavors of the Tempranillo grape) works wonders, as these wines have the same earthy and meaty characteristics.

Veggies and Dip
Crispy and crunchy crudites call for a fresh, zippy white like Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay from New Zealand, Australia or the United States. If you're in the mood for a red, try something light and fruity like a chilled Beaujolais from France or an inexpensive Pinot Noir from Oregon or California."

Full article here.

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January 20, 2007

Coffee News: Coffee may ease muscle pain

"Drinking two cups of coffee before exercise may reduce post-workout muscle pain by over 50 percent - more relief than a pain reliever medicine like aspirin can provide, says a study.

Researchers studying caffeine's effect on post-workout muscle soreness in nine female college students, who were not regular caffeine users and did not regularly engage in resistance training, reported their findings on the online edition of health portal WebMD."

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January 14, 2007

Recipe News: Mocha Meringues

"Fat-free cookies need not trigger a Snackwell’s flashback. They also don’t have to come from a box.

Meringue — that air puff of a confection baked from whipped egg whites and sugar — really is a dieter’s dream. Zero fat, zero cholesterol and, despite a fair amount of sugar, remarkably few calories."

Includes recipe for:


  • Mocha Meringues

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January 12, 2007

Wine News: 4 Wine Pairing Rules

"Until fairly recently, one of the best ways to expose yourself as a wine poseur was to proclaim loudly that you always enjoy a nice spot of white wine with your cheese. Although red wines have traditionally been seen as the best accompaniment to cheeses, the winds of change are blowing.

All of which is to say that even the most sacred pairing rules are not immune to change in oenophilic circles. With that in mind, I offer four timeless suggestions for pairing wine with food. These aren’t hard-and-fast rules, but suggestions, so feel free to serve white or red wine with red meat or whatever the trend is. Your wine should be selected to enhance the flavors of your meal, but what matters in the end is that you enjoy the particular pairing.
1- Match flavors and tastes
One of the best rules of thumb to follow when pairing wine with food is to think of the wine as another condiment for the meal. In other words, you should select varietals that will enhance the flavors of the dish. Instead of standing firmly by the old rule that you should always serve white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat, try pairing lighter wines with lighter foods and more full-bodied wines with heavier foods. So, while pairing a Pinot Noir with halibut violates the rules, it does follow the "light with light" rule. But, by the same token, pairing a white wine with game is just wrong. Period.

As far as sweetness goes, the general rule holds that you don’t serve a dish that is sweeter than the wine. This is why sweet dessert wines are usually only brought out at the end of or after a meal. On balance, this is one rule you’ll want to stick to as much as possible, but you can get away with pairing dark chocolate with a full-bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon."

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January 11, 2007

Recipe News: Recipes using beer deserve a toast

These recipes that call for beer come just in time for your big super bowl parties.

Includes recipes for:


  • Cheese Potpourri

  • Beer and Onion Soup

  • Mussels in Lager

  • Chocolate Stout Cake

Full article here.

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Recipe News: Immune-boosting recipes can be tasty and nutritious

img src="http://www.thecookingnews.com/images/cooking.gif" align="right">"Food columnist Did you know that eating certain types of foods can help prevent the flu by boosting your immune system?

This week's recipes are loaded with Vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients to give you a fighting chance against the flu bug this winter.

What foods do you cook to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Do you have any recipes that always make you feel better if you do catch a bug?

Share them with us at What's Cooking at Gateway Newspapers, 1964 Greentree Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. Or email us at whatscooking@gatewaynewspapers.com. Please include your name, address and daytime telephone number."

includes recipes for:


  • Creamy Tomato-Balsamic Soup

  • Almond-Chive Salmon

  • Spinach-Orange Salad with Sesame

  • Sauteed Apples over Ice Cream

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January 10, 2007

Recipe News: Pomegranate recipes

"Although Mohammed Daftari can recall the time when he had to search through the East Bay looking for pomegranates, the fruit is now turning up everywhere from salads to martinis, and now has a book of its own, “Pomegranates,” by Ann Kleinberg (Tenspeed Press).

“The pomegranate is the new food of the new millennium,” she wrote. “Wouldn’t King Tutan-khamen be having a good laugh over this — he was buried with pomegranates thousands of years ago.”

The book includes 60 recipes for using pomegranates, from appetizers like Drunken Figs with Roquefort in Pomegranate Syrup to Rice Pudding with Currants, Pistachios and Pomegranates. “The writing of this book has led me on an incredible journey,” noted Kleinberg, a transplanted New Yorker living in Israel.

The book opens with two basic recipes for Pomegranate Syrup and Pomegranate Molasses, which appear in many Middle Eastern recipes."

includes recipes for:


  • Pomegranate Syrup

  • Basic Vinaigrette with Pomegranate Syrup

  • Beet and Pomegranate Borscht

  • Spareribs in Pomegranate Barbecue Sauce

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Recipe News: Soup recipes

The cold weather is finally here and what is better then soup on a cold winter day?

includes recipes for:


  • SPINACH SOUP

  • MUSHROOM SOUP

  • CHEESY POTATO SOUP

  • CREAM OF BROCCOLI AND CORN SOUP

  • ITALIAN TOMATO SOUP

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January 8, 2007

Recipe News: Do-ahead recipes

"Whether you plan meals a month ahead or strategically cook extra portions once or twice a week, there are plenty of recipe sources from which to draw inspiration.

For those who prefer strategy, the January issue of Fine Cooking magazine features a recipe for roasting two chickens -- one for immediate eating and another for use in other recipes later in the week.

And for planners, consider freezing some baked stuffed French toast from Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna's recent book, Dream Dinners (Morrow Cookbook, $19.95)."

includes recipes for:


  • Roast chicken with rosemary-lemon salt

  • Baked stuffed French toast

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Recipe News: Healthier chicken recipes for the new year

"If you are looking for some new chicken recipes for the new year to eat healthier and lose weight or if you're tired of fixing the same baked chicken recipes, take a look at these recipes from the Campbell's Soup Company "Campbells' Kitchen" Web site at www.campbellkitchen.com to add variety to your recipe collection."

includes recipes for:


  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

  • Thyme Chicken & Roasted Winter Vegetables

  • Swanson Rosemary Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

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January 7, 2007

Recipe News: Healthy Recipe Whole Wheat Pasta And Beef Stir Fry

This is a good healthy recipe to try if you are trying to eat healthier for the new year.

includes recipe for:


  • Whole Wheat Pasta And Beef Stir Fry

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Recipe News: Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

includes recipe for:
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
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Coffee News: Cold coffee drinks gain steam

"Even in this caffeine-soaked city, there are times Tommy Key can't make it to a Starbucks for his favorite pick-me-up.
On those grim mornings, Key's preferred stand-in is Starbucks' bottled Frappuccino, a cold milk-and-coffee concoction that he grabs on his way out the door.
''It's a quick fix, is what it is,'' Key, 43, said as he loaded a 12-pack into his cart at a local Costco warehouse. ''This will last me a good month or two.''
Hurried coffee lovers like Key will have more choices for that quick fix in the coming year, as Starbucks Corp. and others angle for the growing slice of consumers who get their java from the grocery store or vending machine.
Beverage titan Coca-Cola Co. plans to push further into the ready-to-drink coffee market this summer, introducing a new iced drink under the banner of the country's No. 2 coffeehouse chain, Caribou Coffee Co."

Full article here.

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