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Saturday, June 27 2009

If you're wondering how long do you cook roast beef, pork chops, or baby back ribs, the answer really depends on the amount of meat you are cooking, and whether you are grilling it, cooking it in the oven, or in the case of pork chops, frying it. Either way, follow these simple guidelines and you are sure to have delicious, juicy, and tender meat when you are finished cooking.

When it comes to how long do you cook roast beef, pork chops, or baby back ribs, let's start with the roast beef. Before you begin cooking your roast, it is a good idea to allow it to sit in a covered dish for a few hours until it reaches room temperature. This keeps it from having to be warmed by the oven before the actual cooking begins, which can cause cooking times to be inaccurate, resulting in the meat being tough. You should also sprinkle meat tenderizer and several seasonings on your roast beef while it sits to allow the beef to marinate in the flavor of the spices. Put the meat into a shallow pan designed for roasting, with the strip of fat on top. This will help the meat become more flavorful as it cooks and will also protect the top from overcooking. If you use a meat thermometer, you will know it is done when the temperature has reached approximately 150 - 160 degrees F.

And for knowing how long do you cook roast beef, pork chops, or baby back ribs, you will need to keep in mind that there are various ways of cooking pork chops. One rule of thumb is to look at the coloring. The meat of pork chops becomes almost white when it is cooked thoroughly. Baking them at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes usually produces perfectly done chops. Season them before baking or frying for extra flavor. Make sure that there in no pink in the middle when they are finished cooking.

And finally when you need to know how long do you cook roast beef, pork chops, or baby back ribs, you probably already know that you have two options for cooking ribs. You can either grill them or bake them in the oven. When grilling ribs, it is better to slow cook them over indirect heat. You can achieve this on a charcoal grill by placing the coals to only one side of the grill and putting your ribs on the opposite side.

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Friday, June 26 2009

These ideas for quick summer dinners will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time! Stock up on the ingredients for a fast summer meal anytime.

1. Grilled Chicken, Zucchini and Potato Salad: Marinate boneless, thin sliced chicken breasts in Italian salad dressing up to one day ahead. Slice zucchini diagonally, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill chicken and zucchini until done. Serve with store bought potato salad. Note: The thin sliced chicken breast will be tender and cook in half the time.

2. Salad Bowl: Purchase your favorite variety of bagged salad. Add any of the following items for a gourmet salad: dried fruit, grapes, apples, peppers, tomatoes, nuts, croutons, cheese, chicken, bacon bits or chopped hard-boiled egg. Top with your favorite salad dressing.

3. Make Your Own Pizza: Starting with a package of pita bread, there are many different variations on this theme. Mexican: salsa, cheese, olives, beans, tomatoes and chicken. Italian: pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, mushrooms and onions. Greek: hummus, feta cheese, olives, onions and spinach. Barbecue: barbecue sauce, cheese, onions, chicken and cilantro. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted. Try a new theme each week!

4. Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! Boil a pound of pasta and you can throw in almost anything. I like to sauté pre-cooked, shelled shrimp with garlic in olive oil. Toss with pasta and serve a salad on the side. This is also a great way to use leftover meats and veggies. Other toss- ins: diced tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes.

5. Tortilla Roll-Ups: Fill tortillas with assorted toppings, roll up and bake or microwave. Topping ideas: refried beans, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, chicken, spinach, corn, roasted peppers and onions.

Mary Crowther is a writer, webmaster and cook. Visit her successful website

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Thursday, June 25 2009

If you are looking for a great Italian dish that will not only fill the family up and offer some variety at the same time, then you would be best served to think about some lasagna ideas. This dish has become very popular in North America and for good reason, it is chocked full of tasty goodness. The Italians really stumbled on this one, and lucky for the rest of us they then perfected it. There are many ways that you can enjoy lasagna today; finding the right lasagna for the right occasion is going to require some serious thought.

For The Veggie Lovers

If you have any veggie lovers or even true vegetarians within the family fold, you will be happy to know that there are many great veggie lasagna ideas out there. Usually lasagna will contain some form of meat with the cheese and sauce, but this meat can be substituted with a variety of vegetables today and it does not take away from the dish one bit. With choices such as zucchini and squash, you have many great options. This is a baked dish, so the vegetables that will be used within the recipe will get anything but soggy. It can be enjoyed by those that just do not want meat in their food, even if they are not vegetarians at all. This makes it a wonderful dish for the summertime, and there will be more than a few compliments on it.

Cheese A Plenty

If you are looking for great lasagna ideas, then you may want to consider the type of cheese or even the quantity of the cheese that you are using. You can basically use whatever cheese that you please to make this type of dish, and there are many that will actually change the taste of the dish dramatically. You can spice the lasagna up rather quickly if you decide to use a cheese such as pepper jack or a hot havarti. When you are thinking about making great lasagna, you should also consider adding more cheese than you normally do. Adding an extra cup or two of cheese to the recipe can go a long way in pleasing the cheese lovers in the family. This is a recipe that has the chance to make everyone in the family smile at dinner time, and this will give you a sense that you making your family happy.

Still Popular In Italy

When it comes to lasagna ideas in Italy, there are no shortages of recipes. Lasagna is one of those timeless and forever appreciated foods that fall into the comfort food category. When you are looking for a fantastic dinner idea, then the great lasagna in your recipe book may be exactly what you have been looking for. This is the type of dish that you can serve to the kids, and you will not have to worry about them turning up their nose at the dinner table.

Anna Fiori writes food related articles for the Italian Traditional Food website at

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Tuesday, June 23 2009

Since we live in such a fast-paced world, it's not surprising that we rely on high energy foods to help us get through the day. Unfortunately, a lot of us unwittingly fall for misleading advertisements and end up making the wrong food purchases. Energy bars and drinks are not exactly the healthiest choices.

Why go for these commercialized and artificial products when you can go for the real deal high energy foods? These foods are natural and won't even cost you a lot. If you're ready to trade your tin foil wrapped calorie junk for something healthier, read on!

1) Skip the Caffeine.

Coffee is a daily staple in people's mornings. However, if you're keen on switching to high energy foods, I suggest you exchange your steaming cup of caffeine for a nice, refreshing glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice instead.

For starters, coffee is not that great. It dehydrates your body and encourages mood swings. Natural fruit juice, on the other hand, contains enzymes that make digestion easier and allow the body to produce more energy faster. Citrus juices, in particular, are excellent sources of Vitamin C which help drive tiredness away.

2) Bean There, Done That.

Beans are an excellent example of high energy foods. They are rich in protein that is responsible for giving you energy, and fiber that lowers your cholesterol.

A lot of people tend to avoid beans though because they're known for causing gas. But then again, you don't have to have beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day.

If you're new to beans, eat them on a day when you're not needed anywhere important. You can either eat them alone or add them to your favorite recipes.

3) Yogurt for Dessert.

If you need your dessert fix, try eating yogurt. As one of the high energy foods, it helps convert nutrients into energy; and it contains calcium, protein and vitamin B 12 which are very good for the body. There are also live microorganisms in it that help strengthen your body's natural defenses. A lot of people like eating yogurt because it not only has a lot of benefits, it also tastes pretty good.

So the next time you visit the supermarket, be more conscious about what you put in your grocery cart. Now is the time for eating healthy and high energy foods. Stay away from junk food. Your choices are entirely your own. If you want to improve your life, start with one healthy food at a time.

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Wednesday, June 17 2009

When I was a young married man, I wanted to be home with my kids. I found "The Tightwad Gazette"- which was, at the time, a periodical, but now you can find it compiled as a book. Try to get it on interlibrary loan. The author has some good ideas about how to budget. A neat one is the pricebook. It is a fun little project. You get a looseleaf notebook, and you have a page for each food you eat. Then, when you buy that food, you write down the place, date, price PER POUND (or ounce or whatever), whether it was on sale.

You start to realize that store x has, say, rice cheapest, store y beef, store z onions. Then, you shop at store x, say once a month and buy one months worth. While you are at store x, you check out the flyers and stock up on any loss leader items your family can use (they are usually below market value) You can flip through your price book and flyers to write your shopping list, and strategize before you go (best with little ones not to think on the fly). Food co-ops are a good resource, farmers markets etc.

The author also suggests gardening, and of course, getting some basic cooking skills. "The Better Homes and Gardens" red and white check cook book taught me lots to get me started on basic cooking. I see this book often at used book stores. We mostly eat meat, broth, vegs, fruits, sauces, and nuts now; and those aren't really hard. Of course "Nourishing Traditions" is also a wonderful cookbook.

I also really like the easy coconut seafood soup recipe in "Eat Fat, Loose Fat", and make that about once a week, sometimes with meat instead of fish if I don't have fish. I just really like the taste of the broth, very Thai!

It's not hard to eat right and eat cheap at the same time if you're just willing to put a bit of time and footwork into doing the research. The best part is, once you've done it, you don't have to do it again. And you end up finding all kind of crazy little places you never knew about that make it really easy to eat right.

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Monday, June 15 2009

Beef have been the favorite of many peoples all over the world since a long time. But these days there is a vast change in the methods undertaken in raising the beef cattle. It has influenced greatly on the flavor of the beef. This has resulted such that only few people are guaranteed with the opportunity of enjoying quality flavored beef. Only the old generation people were enjoying all natural beef.

But only few companies are capable in producing these quality natural beef meats which also includes us. We raise the beef cattle which have been classified in the top quality bred breeds named as Angus Cattle. We deal them humanely with feeding vegetarian foods. Hence we are able to keep up the flavor of true natural beef which old people tasted in every cut of these meats.

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If you are looking for the best available Beef Online, we recommend Niman Ranch. They sell their beef online through MySteak, and it is some of the best I have every had. Delicious steaks online are great for any occasion.

Niman Ranch is a leader in the Beef Online industry. Jonathan Wickham is a freelance writer

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Monday, June 08 2009

This is a Veal Scallopini Saltimbocca recipe served over a Bleu Cheese polenta. If you like veal and polenta dishes, I would highly recommend this dish. It is a classical Italian dish with the extra kick of Bleu Cheese. Enjoy!

Ingredients for the Bleu Cheese Polenta:

1/2 Cup of Course Polenta

1 Cup of Chicken stock

1 Cup of Milk

1 Ounce of Butter

2 Ounces of Onion

2 Ounces of a good Bleu Cheese

Salt and Pepper To Taste

Start with a deep side sauce pan and sweat your onion in the butter. You will then add your polenta and cook for about 1 to 3 minutes. You will then add half of your your chicken stock and reduce by half and then repeat. You will then need to adjust the salt and pepper content for your taste and cook for about another 5 minutes and then cover off of the heat. It will continue to carry over cook, while you prepare your Saltimbocca. You can check on it from time to time and give it a stir. Do not forget to add th bleu cheese right before you serve.

Ingredients you will need for the Veal Scallopini Saltimboca dish:

1 6 ounce of Veal Scaloppini, pounded veal cutlet

1 to 2 ounces of all purpose flour, for dredging

2 ounces of Marsala sweet wine

2 ounces of Parma prosciutto

3 to 4 ounces of brown veal stock. You can find at any whole foods market or Upper end grocery stores

1 ounce of butter

3 to 4 sprigs of fresh parsley

1 ounce of sage leaves

To Taste Salt and Black Pepper

Wooden Toothpicks

Make sure that the veal cutlet is pound out well, and that it is even. You will then salt and pepper the veal cutlet. Once that is done you will add the prosciutto, and sage leaves to the cutlet and attach with toothpicks in the center of the cutlet. You will then dredge the cutlet into the flour, and remove any excess flour from the cutlet. You will get a saute pan and add it to a medium to medium high heat. Once the pan is warm you will add some canola oil and heat for about 10 seconds or until hot and cook the veal cutlet until it is done. It should take about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. % minutes is the maximum I would go on either side you do not want to over cook this dish. Remove the cutlet from the pan and cover in a dish to keep it warm, You will degalze the pan with a Marsala wine and add the brown veal stock and heat, once it is well heated you will removed and add the butter off of the heat swirling in the pan until melted.

You will then get ready to plate your meal. First you will add the bleu cheese to the Polenta and give it a gentle stir. You will take your saltimboca and remove the toothpicks, slice, and plate in wedges around the Polenta. You will then add the sauce, and serve.

Chef Shelley Pogue, a Cum Laude, Le Cordon Blue graduate and Executive Research and Development Chef, for Vertical Sales and Marketing, San Ramon, CA. Shelley is also the desserts editor for

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Friday, June 05 2009

This recipe is an example of a well-balanced meal with a little fat, a good protein source (fish, shrimp and cheese), fiber (beans, vegetables), good carbs (lettuce, tomato, vegetables) with an abundance of vitamins and minerals. And even a novice in the kitchen can follow the 6 easy steps.

You can use any type of pepper: sweet peppers, pablano, or something hotter like jalapeño and the hottest the habanero. Remember when you remove the seeds and cut hot peppers to wear gloves, or wash your hands thoroughly.

Shopping/to do list - serves 4:
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound white fish of choice, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 pound shrimp, peeled
1 Tablespoon Mexican or Taco seasoning
1 cup pepper mix, chopped
1/2 cup onion, sliced thin
1 cut tomato, diced
1 cup black beans, washed and drained
4 tacos and 4 tortillas
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups lettuce, shredded


1 - Heat oil in skillet. Season fish pieces with Mexican seasoning.
2 - Add fish to the skillet. Stir around for ± 2 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 375°F.
3 - Add peppers and onion. Stir around for ± 1 minute.
4 - Add tomato and black beans. Stir around for 1 minute.
5 - Place tacos and tortilla on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 10 minutes.
6 - Stuff tacos and tortilla with 1/4 of the mixer, cheese and lettuce.

Serve family style, which means place food on some colorful platters and sit around the table together, chatting about the daily things, being grateful for the gathering and the great food.

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Monday, June 01 2009

Cooking has always been an essential part of life. However, food is also a great treat, which is why so many of us choose to eat out on special occasions - and why many of us are now choosing to take gourmet cooking classes. These may teach general cooking skills or the art of preparing specific gourmet foods including chocolate, seafood and more.

Gourmet restaurants are extremely popular due to the level of service that has come to be expected. This is no ordinary cooking, but is something above average - something that most of us will not be able to experience at home. This is why gourmet classes must maintain such a high standard of teaching, especially if you wish to use your skill to forge a career as a gourmet chef.

When searching for the perfect gourmet food course you should always be honest with yourself when it comes to your current skill level. Many cooking skills will have requirements as to who can enter themselves on a course, and you may have to demonstrate to them that you have a good understanding of basic cooking skills already. This all depends on the course offered, but it is worth choosing one that completely matches your current skill level.

Gourmet foods will never go out of style - they are a great way for many of us to inject a little luxury into our lives. This is why gourmet cooking classes will really pay off. Whether you just want to host some luxury dinner parties, or wish to advance your cooking career, there will be a cooking class to help you do just that.

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