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The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat Print Photography Credit: Elise Bauer There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it—use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your fingertips. The problem with the meat thermometer approach is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape, juices that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method, especially on steaks (whole roasts are better tested with a thermometer). My mother has been trying to get me to test meat with my fingertips for years, and for years, being somewhat of a scaredy cat (won’t it burn my fingers?)

Cooking Techniques for Beginner and Intermediate Cooks 8 Tips For Better Bread Making How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. Eat Like a Foodie at Home, Without Breaking Your Budget I don't know how I feel about their wine "sweet spot". I'm not a sommelier, but I drink wine fairly frequently, and I've managed to find many wines ~$10 that are great, everyday table wines. Last week I picked up a Rueda for $8 that was good enough that I'll probably buy a case. I'm sorry, but if you drink wine often, $15-$17 a bottle can get expensive quick.

raspberry buttermilk cake As you may have guessed, I have a serious soft spot for everyday cakes.* I call them Dinner Party Cakes. Or Potluck Cakes. Or I Heard You Were Coming and So I Baked You a Cake, cakes. Culinary Arts College & 100 Famous Restaurant Recipes You Can Replicate at Home Eating out is becoming a more and more popular phenomenon. With fast food taking only minutes out of a day and costing a few dollars, it can be convenient. Likewise, fine dining is also on the rise and can put a considerably larger dent in your wallet. But unless you were a master chef with a keen sense of taste, these recipes were lost to you.

How to Cook Tofu Like the Pros: Dry-fry and Marinate Method If you are a vegetarian, you know it well--tofu disaster, slimy tofu dishes where the tofu has disintegrated into a flavorless mush. How do restaurants do it? My special method uses dry-frying and marinating, resulting in firm, flavorful tofu that leaves even meat-eaters impressed.

Guide to Common Edible Wild Plants : Discovery Channel It’s often said that the last thing you need to worry about when in a survival situation is what you’re going to eat. The human body is highly resilient, and can go without food for longer than you think. Shelter and water, on the other hand, are pretty much non-negotiable in order to survive. However, it is possible to familiarize yourself with edible wild plants before you get into a survival situation, in which case you’ll have a good idea of which wild plants you can eat if necessary. In addition, once you learn to identify some of these common edible wild plants, you might be able to add them to your diet while you’re still in the city.

Better Than Takeout Orange Chicken - StumbleUpon Yesterday as I stood in the kitchen trying to figure out what to make for dinner I wondered to myself, how do those people do it on those shows where they are given random ingredients and are suppose come up with something genius. I think I stood there for a solid 20 minutes looking in the cupboards and staring into the freezer hoping that I would be struck by some ingenious idea. Then I saw the oranges, and it hit me “O-raang Shh-ikun”….that is orange chicken if you can’t understand the accent. I love orange chicken, and I almost always order # 14 Orange Chicken when we order Chinese take out and I wondered to myself if I could make it better at home.

The 29 Healthiest Foods on the Planet 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. Pretzel Buns Well, technically this is a recipe for soft pretzels. I got it from a friend of mine, eons ago. Ran into his recipe today and decided it was time to give them a try. They were a huge hit! Healthy Superfoods - Recipes for 7 Healthy Superfoods - The Daily Green Dried licorice root may fight tooth decay, new research has found. But if you're not a fan, these foods can also help keep teeth, gums, and breath healthy, says Mark Wolff, D.D.S., Ph.D., of NYU College of Dentistry: Yogurt. The lactic acid may ward off periodontal disease, but skip the sugary varieties.

Amazing Rosemary Roast Crock Pot Recipe @CDKitchen 3 pounds beef roast (boneless shoulder, round bone shoulder, chuck roast, or small rump roast)1/2 can condensed cream of mushroom soup2 cups chicken or beef broth1 packet onion soup mix1 envelope dry ranch dip mix1 can diced tomatoes2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed firm)4 carrots7 red baby potatoes1 large onion, quartered2 stalks celery1 bay leaf1 1/2 cup water (depending on how much juice you like)1 tablespoon thyme1 tablespoon rosemary1/2 tablespoon salt1 tablespoon black pepper1 tablespoon basil1 tablespoon oregano4 cloves garlic oil (canola, vegetable or olive) Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Place roast in skillet with oil and sear (brown over high heat) on all sides. Marinate roast with rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, basil and oregano until beef is completely covered while it's in the skillet. Hold it up in the pan with a long handle cooking fork if necessary or with tongs.

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