Cooking with wine is a great way to concentrate intricate flavors and tenderize meat without adding extra fat. Depending on how you prepare your food, some or all of the alcohol in the wine will evaporate, leaving behind a sophisticated blend of flavors.Read More
Bring on the heat and make your dishes go from mild to wild by adding fire and flavor to your food with chile peppers. While bell peppers are sweet and mild, Habanero, the hottest, can be fiery. The heat or fire is caused by the natural chemical in peppers called capsaicin, which stimulates nerve endings in the skin.Read More
Kosher salt is called so primarily because its large crystals are used for making meats kosher. The process is done in part by sprinkling coarse salt on the surface of the meat to absorb the fluids. Kosher salt is typically free from additives commonly found in table salt, making it a favorite for cooking because it has a gentler flavor. Kosher salt is usually sold in large boxes and can be found in the spice and baking section of your market. Don’t let the large box scare you as it has many uses and has an indefinite shelf life if stored properly. A little goes a long way, so when using instead of table salt, use the conversion guide on the back of the box since some brands have larger crystals than others but keep in mind that 1 tsp of table salt = 1½–2 tsp of kosher salt. It is best used in highly liquid recipes or for rimming a beverage glass or lightly topping baked goods such as rolls, pretzels or baked potatoes before baking for a little flavorful crunch.
Mushrooms are a great low-calorie, sodium-free, fat-free source of potassium and other nutrients and lend a fun flavor and texture to stir-fries, casseroles, pastas, rice dishes, pizza, meat dishes, burgers, salads and more.Read More
Fresh herbs are an easy, aromatic way to add flavor to your meals without adding fat and calories. The amount of chopping required depends on the dish you are cooking. Some dishes require flavor without diminishing the overall appearance of the dish, such as when cooking fish, chicken or meat, so finely chopped herbs work best.Read More
MSG as a food ingredient has been the subject of many health studies and much controversy over the years and has caused many restaurants and food suppliers to label their food as MSG free, though that may be misleading. What is MSG exactly and why is it such a problem?Read More
The cinnamon you put in your French toast or sprinkle in your beverage at your favorite coffee shop is not only a popular spice, it was once considered as valuable as a precious metal and has medicinal properties dating back to early civilizations.Read More