March 18, 2006

Recipe News: Recipe for pasta carbonara

"Generally, I avoid foods that pretend to be other foods. They usually disappoint, bear little resemblance to the original and rightfully make vegetarians fodder for Saturday Night Live skits.

Thus, I pass on tofu turkeys and soy baloney. I won’t make “meat” loaf out of morsels of textured soy protein and think chocolate mousse rendered from carob and pureed tofu should be treated like a controlled substance.

Mind you, I love tofu and happily eat it, but only for its own sake. So I won’t hesitate to add cubes of seasoned tofu to a salad or stir fry because the soy is good in its own right and isn’t imitating anything.

Of course there are exceptions. I love veggie burgers and don’t consider them a violation of my rule. In (thankfully long gone) days of patties formed from mashed beans and lentils, veggie burgers were a sad masquerade.

Today they have a life of their own. In even the most conventional of grocers, consumers can select from dozens of varieties, none tasting like (or trying to taste like) a beef burger. They are good in their own right.

I can’t say the same for tofu “hot-dogs.” I’ve yet to taste one that wasn’t insipid, limp and rubbery. In that sense, I guess they do remind me of the real thing. I’ll pass either way.

So it was with some trepidation that I considered a recipe for spaghetti carbonara, which loosely translated from Italian means pasta with gobs of animal products.

Ready? Boil pasta, then toss it and a bit of its cooking water with raw eggs, a bunch of cooked bacon, a mess of grated Parmesan cheese and — in case that wasn’t enough saturated fat — a hefty slosh of half-and-half."

Includes recipe for:


  • Pasta Carbonara


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Recipe News: Book offers tried-and-true family recipes

"When I first flipped through “Favorite Family Meals” (Atria Books, $22.95, hardcover), I thought author Annabel Karmel’s three children must be much healthier and more adventuresome eaters that my children ever were. I certainly don’t remember being able to get mine to eat bean sprouts, eggplant or zucchini.

But, after further perusal, I realized that Karmel means for the book’s 150 recipes to appeal to the whole family. She also wants to offer fun and easy recipes that families can prepare without spending hours in the kitchen.

In the 173-page book’s introduction, Karmel writes that she considers “Favorite Family Meals” a book of “everyday family eating.” It contains, she says, her “favorite tried-and-true recipes for all occasions, from healthy breakfasts to lunch boxes, family suppers, recipes for entertaining and even fun foods for children to cook themselves.” And, she says, the book’s recipes have been tested by a panel of children to make sure they have kid-appeal."

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March 16, 2006

Recipe News: Baked Corned Beef Dinner

" A recipe just in time for St. Patrick's day."

Includes recipe for:


  • Baked Corned Beef Dinner


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March 15, 2006

Recipe News: St Patrick's Day Recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • Irish Lamb Stew

  • Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage for Slow Cooker

  • Irish Soda Bread


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March 13, 2006

Recipe News: Zing! Wake-Up Recipes With 100% Orange Juice

"With a simple addition, you can add a flavorful, healthy boost to many everyday recipes. "One hundred percent orange juice is one of the most popular and naturally healthy beverages, and it enhances a recipe's nutrition and taste," said Chef Michel Nischan, a healthy-cooking expert and author of "Taste Pure and Simple" and "Homegrown Pure and Simple."

Adding 100% orange juice to recipes can have many benefits, from boosting antioxidants to providing daily fruit servings. Most importantly, using pure orange juice when cooking and baking adds essential vitamins and nutrients such as potassium, folate and vitamin C."

Includes recipes for:


  • Orange, Almond and Buckwheat Pancakes

  • Zesty Shrimp and Orange Fajitas With Whole Wheat Tortillas


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March 11, 2006

Recipe News: Fast Lane Recipe: Lemon Garlic Pork Chops

Includes recipe for:


  • Lemon Garlic Pork Chops


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March 9, 2006

Recipe News: Searing recipes

Includes recipes for:


  • PAN-SEARED FILET MIGNON WITH CABERNET SAUCE

  • SEARED SALMON WITH ORANGE GLAZE

  • SAUTEED GREEN BEANS

  • SAUTEED POTATOES

  • SEARED DUCK BREAST WITH CHILI, HONEY & GINGER GLAZE

  • SEARED TUNA STEAKS WITH WASABI-GREEN ONION MAYONNAISE


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Recipe News: COLORFUL CUISINE RECIPES

Includes recipes for:


  • Braised Celery with Tomato and Swiss

  • Lemon Kale Saute

  • Crispy Apricot Pork Chops

  • Baby Broccoli with Orange Sauce

  • Banana Corn Fritters


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Recipe News: Chocolate Chip Cookies For Grownups

"Put away those boring store-bought chocolate chip cookies. Instead, indulge your sweet tooth by making your own from scratch.

The Early Show resident chef Bobby Flay has an easy but decadent recipe to satisfy your cravings for these treats.

And it's one tailored for adults: It uses espresso powder in the cookie dough."

Includes recipe for:


  • BOBBY FLAY'S TRIPLE CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE


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March 7, 2006

Recipe News: Recipe of the Week: Twice baked potatoes and spicy baked shrimp

"When cooking comes down to a sauté, steam, sear, poach, fry, boil, sweat or simmer, I feel at ease. Now, with baking I become a little timid. Baking and cooking are art forms where a recipe is like a sheet of music and improvisation is highly encouraged. With baking, the recipe is more like someone else’s symphony you are about to play.

This is a sticky area for me because recipes just inform me of the correct ingredients, and I am allowed to switch things up. So, when my aunts came to me and said I needed to learn how to bake, I rose to the challenge with one request: no pies.

To make my baking lesson simple, my aunts picked out two food items I absolutely love, shrimp and potatoes. The first delicious idea that popped into my head after hearing what our main ingredients were was to sauté the shrimp and roast the potatoes.

Well, I was in for a little surprise in regards to the style in which these two favorites were to be prepared. Now I have made baked potatoes and they turned out fine. I have however never made twice baked potatoes. Come to find out, they are simple and super tasty."

Includes recipe for:


  • Twice baked potatoes

  • Spicy baked shrimp


Full article here.

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