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Spice Advice
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Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles SLIDESHOW: Ramen Hacks: 30+ Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Instant Noodles [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Ramen in the U.S. has come a long way. That said, my tastes have changed and expanded considerably over the years, and sometimes that little flavoring packet just isn't enough. As a card-carrying member of the Ramen Transmogrification Society of Greater New York,* it is my duty, my honor, and my privilege to share with you some of our methods and recipes. For full, step-by-step instructions on any of these dishes, please click through the slideshow above. * Our membership is pretty thin right now—care to join? Simple Add-ins Mix-ins. The easiest way to quickly upgrade a bowl of instant noodles is with ingredients that require no extra cooking. Miso pasteChili bean sauceThai curry pasteJapanese curry powderFish sauceHarrisaVinegarPonzu Here's the answer: Just crunch up the noodles in the bag, tear off a corner, add the seasoning packet, hold the torn corner and shake it up, then consume. Eggs

Rotary Peeler by Damian Evans for Joseph Joseph & Yanko Design Peeling With Three Variations There is a reason why potato peelers come with brown handles; to blend in with the peels, so that you accidentally throw it out with the trash and replace it with a new one. With a sophisticated peeler like this Rotary Peeler, I doubt any such accidents will happen. Designer: Damian Evans for Joseph Joseph

The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch I’ll admit it—my workday lunches can get pretty boring. I always think I’m going to finally make use of all those delicious recipes I’ve been pinning away, but then nighttime rolls around and I’m too busy watching really important things like The Bachelorette and Vampire Diaries. And then morning comes, and I’m running around like a headless chicken and I’m lucky if I remember my keys and bus pass on the way out the door, let alone find time to throw a tasty lunch together. But with a teensy amount of planning, delicious lunches can be just a few easy steps away. All it takes is a trip to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon, a couple pantry staples, some mason jars, and an hour of your time. Why mason jars, you might ask? There really are only two rules to the mason jar salad: Start with the dressing or sauce, and end with the lettuce and herbs. The best part is you can make five salads at a time, and they’ll stay fresh for the whole week—just grab and go on your way out the door!

Korean Chicken Sliders with Braised Kale & Kimchi Recipes from The Kitchn I have absolutely zero interest in football, so for me, the annual gathering of friends on Super Bowl Sunday is all about the food. The spread always includes a few of the grubby, nostalgic snacks we grew up with — cheesy queso dip, I'm looking at you — as well as some fresher, lighter snacks that often incorporate flavors from one of the many international cuisines that surround us here in Los Angeles. You're looking at my contribution this year: a Korean take on the usual pulled-meat slider, a juicy sandwich loaded with gingery, chile-spiked shredded chicken and tender kale braised with garlicky kimchi. These sliders were inspired by a simple meal made by The Kitchn's own Faith, a one-sheet-pan roast of cubed winter squash and boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinated in a mixture that included gochujang (Korean red pepper paste), ginger, toasted sesame oil and sherry vinegar. Korean Chicken Sliders with Braised Kale & Kimchi Makes 12 sliders 12 slider buns or dinner rollsMayonnaise

What Everybody Ought To Know About Seasoning Uses Of These 53 Different Spices Used as a food additive for the purpose of flavoring and has been a part of human history since their inception. They were the most valuable items of trade in the ancient and medieval world. Actually you can even find spice in the bible. In the biblical poem Song of Solomon, the male speaker compares his beloved to many forms of spices. Today there are around 2 billion tonnes of spices produced yearly to cater to the demands of the world. Below are 53 of the most common spices used in kitchens of the world today. Arrowroot Used mainly as a thickening agent because arrowroot tubers contain about 23% starch. Basil With an aroma of mint and tea, Basil is available in leaf form. However, basil is also used commonly as a seasoning for pizza, spaghetti sauce, sausage, soup, tomato juice, dressings, salads, and any other dish where oregano would also be used. Bay Leaves They have a woody, astringent flavor with a pleasant, slightly minty aroma. Black Pepper Broiled Steak Seasoning Caraway Chervil

A Culinary Tour of the US: 12 All American Foodie Picks Posted by Katie on Thursday, September 12, 2013 · 5 Comments The melting pot ethos of the U.S. has helped create some fantastic regional culinary delights. No matter where you visit, there’s bound to be a famous regional dish. Here are 12 cities to visit to taste the best of America. EatWith host David’s all-American Brooklyn pizza 1) New York City Cheesecake Image credit: vnysia Some would argue NYC is the foodie capital of the U.S. 2) Anchorage Salmon Image credit: wordridden In Anchorage, you can look forward to fantastic Alaskan salmon dishes. 3) Philadelphia Cheese Steak Image credit: yurilong Home of the Philly cheese steak. 4) Miami Key Lime Pie Image credit: ralphandjenny Home to an amazingly vibrant Cuban community, you would think that would be the cuisine to pick. 5) Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Image credit: kylewith Home of the deep dish pizza. 6) San Francisco Wines Image credit: gpaumier 7) San Antonio Chilli Con Carne Image credit: berlinerkueche 8) Baltimore Crab Cakes Image credit: hsuyo

Use our spice primer to learn what spices go with which foods, and how to experiment. So you’ve stocked your cupboard and are eager to spice up your meals. But what to add to what? The possibilities for seasoning are endless, but to get you started here's a list with some tried and true matches. Don’t be limited by traditional uses, though — some of the most exquisite dishes come from unexpected seasonings. Beans (dried) — cumin, cayenne, chili, parsley, pepper, sage, savory, thyme Beef — basil, bay, chili, cilantro, curry, cumin, garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, parsley, pepper, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme Breads — anise, basil, caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, lemon peel, orange peel, oregano, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, sage, thyme Cheese — basil, caraway, celery seed, chervil, chili, chives, coriander, cumin, dill, garlic, horseradish, lemon peel, marjoram, mint, mustard, nutmeg, paprika, parsley, pepper, sage, tarragon, thyme Corn — chili, curry, dill, marjoram, parsley, savory, thyme

24 Must-See Diagrams That Will Make Eating Healthy Super Easy 1. For fruit-ophiles. Photos by Grace Hitchcock for PopSugar / Via popsugar.com Some diets require precision. 2. Women’s Health / Via womenshealthmag.com For more information on what makes these meals so easy: What Nutritionists Eat When They Only Have 5 Minutes to Prep a Meal, via Women’s Health. 3. Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.com This food guide will help you maneuver the Paleo way of life. 4. Northwest Edible Life / Via nwedible.com Look, ma! 5. Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen / Via lexiscleankitchen.com Smoothies should be considered cheat food: they’re so easy to make, super healthy, and also taste amazing! 6. Daily Burn / Via dailyburn.com It will almost be like you’re not even trying. 7. Beth / Eat Within Your Means / Via eatwithinyourmeans.com You can check out the recipe here. 8. utilityjournal.com What’s a coffee? 9. Shape / Via shape.com Impress your mom without batting an eyelash: these soups are all just different twists to the same basic recipe. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. greatist.com

Red Velvet Brownies This weekend I temporarily lost my baking mojo. I burnt a batch of caramel, ruined shortbread and my pizza dough was a disaster. What was happening? Why did my favorite past time turn on me? photo by Freutcake Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies Red Velvet: 1 stick unsalted butter, (8 Tbsp) melted 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup cocoa powder Pinch salt 1 tablespoon red food coloring 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 2 eggs 3/4 cup all purpose flour Cream Cheese: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brownie layer: Add melted butter to a large bowl and add sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, mixing after each addition. Cream cheese layer: Blend together cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl. To store: wrap remaining brownies in saran wrap and keep in fridge.

Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs I’d be remiss if I simply focused on imparting technical knowledge in the Kitchen 101 series here at Chasing Delicious. I’d be downright neglectful if I didn’t talk about ingredients, particularly the biggest misconception about produce today: that it is naturally available year-round. Though you may be able to find just about every type of fruit, vegetable, and herb in the grocery store every day of the year, a majority of this produce is not in season. Time spent in transit or storage is not the only inflated aspect of buying produce out of season. The biggest problem with buying out of season produce, and the focus of this article, is the lack of freshness and sacrifice in flavor and nutrients. My favorite part about abiding by an ingredient’s natural availability is what I like to call the Thanksgiving effect. That being said, there are many factors that effects a particular ingredients season. Take the time to read the sticker on the fruit.

Season This With That: A Quick Guide to Common Spices for Common Dishes As the resident food lover in my family, I often get panicked 5pm phone calls asking how to season a bowl of steamed veggies or what can replace thyme or if there's a way to make this chicken taste less boring. While there is really no "One Right Way" to season or spice your favorite foods, here's a quick guide to some of the most common — and dependably tasty! — ways to do it. A Million Ways to Roast a Chicken When given the choice between fresh herbs and dried herbs, fresh herbs are going give you better flavor every time. Likewise, whole spices freshly-ground right before you use them will also taste better. I included several spice mixes here because they are convenient for seasoning a quick weeknight meal and also because they can be good gateways into new ways to spice your food. Think of this guide and the seasonings I suggest as a starting place. What particular herbs and spices do you like to use when seasoning your favorite foods? Teeny Tiny New Potatoes with Lemon Chicken Fish

The Metric Kitchen - StumbleUpon The instructions and tables presented below will walk the reader through converting a recipe to metric measures. It is important to note that these conversions only work with U.S. recipes. Customary measures like cups, pints, quarts, and gallons mean different things in different countries. For example, if you try to convert a British or Australian recipe to metric using these instructions, it may flop. For the sake of keeping things simple, I have slightly rounded off the measurements stated below. Liquids (and Herbs and Spices) Liquids can be converted to liters or milliliters with the following table. Weight Weights can be converted with the following table. Other non-liquid ingredients Non-liquid ingredients specified in American recipes by volume (if more than about 2 tablespoons or 1 fluid ounce) should be converted to weight with the following table. Length Lengths may be converted with the following table. Temperature Finishing up

Grain-Free Almond Flour Bread Recipe - mindbodygreen If you’ve been looking to cut down on highly processed breads and starches, you'll love this recipe. On my new TV show Elizabeth Eats I teach you how easy it is to whip up a delicious, gluten-free, high-protein, almond flour bread. You’ll also learn the secret to making a healthy and easy stove-top jam that’s low in sugar but high in flavor. Almond Flour Bread Recipe Ingredients* 2 ¼ cups blanched almond flour¼ cup ground flaxseed½ teaspoon baking soda½ teaspoon fine-texture sea salt 5 eggs½ tablespoon honey1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar *Use organic whenever possible Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. Easy Chia Seed Jam Ingredients 2 cups frozen mixed berries (fresh work, too)1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons raw honey (more or less to taste)2 tablespoons chia seeds 1. 2. It will keep in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator up to 10 days.

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet | Belly Bytes The following is a "healthy food hot list" consisting of the 29 food that will give you the biggest nutritional bang for you caloric buck, as well as decrease your risk for deadly illnesses like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Along with each description is a suggestion as to how to incorporate these power-foods into your diet. Fruits 01. The Power: Beta-carotene, which helps prevent free-radical damage and protect the eyes. 02. The Power: Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat that helps lower overall cholesterol and raise levels of HDL, plus a good dose of fiber. 03. The Power: Ellagic acid, which helps stall cancer-cell growth. 04. The Power: Stop aging, live longer and keep your mind sharp with blueberries. 05. The Power: Vitamin C (117mg in half a melon, almost twice the recommended daily dose) and beta-carotene - both powerful antioxidants that help protect cells from free-radical damage. 06. The Power: Helps fight bladder infections by preventing harmful bacteria from growing. 07.

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