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Wednesday, August 26 2009

If cooking is your passion and you love experimenting with food, and if are searching for scrumptious new recipes, or just love trying fancy meals, then here is a solution. Listed below are the top six websites for you to go through and start experimenting. Give your special guests some real fancy meal. Great recipes at your service!

1. Professional Chef Resources

This is the best recipe site ever! You will fall in love with the Guide to the practical cooking provided by the chef. Each section, forum, job board or directory - every section is a cook's delight. With the new and recent recipes that are added almost daily the featured chef's board is also a delight to read.

2. Epicurious

All you want to know about roasting, pickling, and prepping meat is right here on this website. If you enjoy all this then you will just love this site. Expert seasoned chefs know all about the trade and offer you with nothing but the most useful information and recipes about then same providing you with useful tips and secrets to prepare fabulous meals.

3. RecipeLink.Com

Influence your important guests, impress your boss, or colleagues, or prepare a scrumptious delight for your friends and family. There are plenty of recipes to keep everyone happy. The website even offers some safety tips for amateur cooks. What more, it also has a calorie counter that will inform you about the nutritional value too. So eat healthy!

4. 101 Cookbooks - Recipes Journal

Thinking of great recipes for appetizers, desserts, drinks and more? Then this website is your solution: Pastries, pies, soups, sandwiches, and every dish that will make your mouth water is in here! Experience the best of the recipes that easy to learn and hassle-free to prepare.

5. About.Com Food & Drink

Any and every cuisine that you wish to prepare is here on this site. This site will pamper you and spoil you like crazy. With its amazing and tempting catalog of mouth-watering delicious cooking recipes you will never look any further.

6. Food Network

Not just written text but this website provides you with videos that will guide you all along your preparation of the delicacy. On this website you will never run out of amazing recipes. So now no more boring text reading, lookout for demos and make cooking more exiting!

Use the above websites to prepare your next meal and you will never look back again. Improve your cooking and learn some very useful tips without joining any cooking class! provides the opportunity to research and request free information from baking degrees and pastry arts degrees for potential students looking to start or expand their career in the culinary arts.

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Tuesday, August 25 2009

A great way to relax on a warm summer day is to pack a basket with great food and head out into nature to enjoy a picnic. Some folks prefer the scenic beauty of a public park, while others prefer more of a wooded atmosphere. You can have a picnic anywhere outdoors that you can sit down and relax, as long as you've got the food to go along with it.

When you're packing your picnic feast, either in a bag or a basket, it is important to bring along foods that are easy to prepare and can be eaten with your hands. Olives and cheeses are a great example of some picnic finger-foods that are simple to munch on while sitting on the ground. Potato chips and sliced meats are also easy to snack on.

You can bring bread with you for making sandwiches or for eating individually. You can bring butter or a small amount of olive oil for dipping. Choose a fresh loaf of Italian or French bread for an authentic picnic taste. Or, if you prefer, you could bring crackers for a lighter snack that compliments the meats and cheeses.

Fruit is an essential part of any picnic. Be sure to choose fruits that are in season for freshness. Berries and grapes are great small fruits that are easy to eat without having to worry about a mess. If you enjoy watermelon or cantaloupe, prepare some beforehand and pack it in a portable container so you can serve it immediately without having to cut it during your picnic.

Don't forget to bring something to drink. A bottle of wine like a sweet Riesling or Chardonnays are refreshing on a warm summer afternoon, but you can bring any type of wine that compliments the food you've prepared. Remember to wrap your wine glasses up in cloth napkins or hand towels to prevent breaking. You can also prepare fruit juices and pack them in your bag or basket with some ice packs to keep them cool.

Be sure to bring something for your sweet tooth, like some a batch of freshly baked brownies or cookies. Remember that chocolate will melt in the summer heat, so bring a dessert that cuts down on messiness and is big on flavor.

It is important to remember to bring certain accessories with you on your picnic. Here's a checklist of items to be sure you've packed before you head out the door: wine bottle opener, can opener, napkins, knife for cheeses and fruit, condiments, a blanket to sit on and plastic bags for collecting your trash afterwards.

You can choose between a typical wicker picnic basket or invest in an insulated picnic bag. Either way, make sure your container has a place for storing utensils such as forks, knives, and bread cutting boards. Some even come with plastic wine glasses.

Spread out the blanket and enjoy the outdoors while tasting fresh foods on your next picnic.

Mr. Oliver is a marketing agent of DeFazio's Catering. The popular full-service caterer provides complete catering needs for large and small events and also prepares meals for self-catered events to customers throughout the Richmond Virginia area. For more information on their DeFazios Catering Service, Richmond Virginia please visit their website.

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Wednesday, August 12 2009
2 cups Grilled Tomatillo Salsa (see Note)
1 pound boneless top sirloin steak, trimmed of fat
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Nutrition Info
Per Serving

Calories: 227 kcal|Carbohydrates: 8 g|Dietary Fiber: 0 g|Fat: 11 g|Protein: 18 g|Sugars: 4 g
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Cooking Directions
Make Grilled Tomatillo Salsa.
Preheat grill to high.
Rub steak with oil; season both sides with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the grill rack (hold a piece of oil-soaked paper towel with tongs and rub it over the grate). Grill the steak until cooked to desired doneness, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steak thinly across the grain and serve with Grilled Tomatillo Salsa.
Yield: 4 servings

3. Still Hungry?
A simple grilled steak topped with tangy tomatillo salsa is a favorite of EatingWell's Food Editor, Jim Romanoff. Instead of serving a slab of steak, he likes to slice it and fan it on the plates. Not only is it more attractive this way, it is easier to control portion sizes.


The recipe for Grilled Tomatillo Salsa, listed here as an ingredient, can be found on this site.

Make Ahead Tip

The salsa will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Thursday, August 06 2009
The high price of fish always amazes me. Fortunately, almost every big city has a Chinatown where fish is much more reasonably priced. You just have to know how to buy it and prepare it.

First of all, don't buy fish that will be served rare or uncooked from a fishmonger that you don't have a relationship with. Instead, look for fish that are best prepared fully cooked -- like tilapia. When you get it home, rinse it really well and rub it down with lemon.

If you are going to eat it right away, here's a great way to make it:

Dust the fish with a spice blend, perhaps a little bit of harissa and some salt. Then heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy sautée pan over very high heat. Add the fish and sear it on both sides. Squeeze lemon juice over the fish and serve it with a side of broccoli raab.

If you want to freeze it to use later, wrap the fish tightly in plastic wrap, squeezing out any air bubbles, then put it in a zipper-lock bag and freeze it for up to two weeks.

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Tuesday, August 04 2009

We've written in the past about what not to eat on a date... now, for a few things you should try when out breakfasting with a new beau, dining with the wife, or picnicking with a potential mate. Dive into these delectable goodies to amp up the amorous mood!

  • Strawberries  They look like little red hearts and the taste is to die for. Red, ripe, plump, juicy, and bite-sized, these natural sweets remind us of the natural sweetness of life and love.
  • Shrimp  are easy to eat, don't overfill you, and finger foods rate high on the romance scale because the act of feeding yourself elegant foods with your hands is naturally seductive.
  • Fondue  Cheese or chocolate fondue, shared with someone special, makes for an intimate meal. We suggest avoiding meat fondue since it gets greasy.
  • Milkshakes  These frothy concoctions are wonderfully childish but they never go out of style. Sipping one through a straw, slowly, as you stare up into your partner's eyes will make for a memorable meal, or at least for a few flirtatious giggles.
  • Sushi  Eating sushi shows you're open-minded and that's always a turn on. Shared plates of small sushi (steer clear of those over-sized gargantuan rolls that fill your mouth to capacity) and a carafe of sake set the stage for an adventurous, sensual evening.
  • Hot Chocolate  Foamy and fabulous, a steaming mug of hot chocolate is just the thing to warm you -- and your significant other -- up on a cool, crisp day. The nostalgia-factor puts everyone in a cheerful, cuddly mood. Be sure to get it with whipped cream for bonus points!
  • Ice Cream  Smooth, creamy, and sweet, this treat is so sexy because it's so delightful to so many of your senses -- taste, texture, look. It makes sense that would lead your interest to other things... So, share a spoon and eat slowly. Mmmm...
  • French Fries  We know what you're thinking -- grease, salt, ketchup? Sounds gooey, but French fries are also indulgent, comforting, and they let your date know that you're willing to live a little. Sharing a plate of fries is actually a fun, intimate act.
  • Grapes  ...the fruit of the gods. Pop these neat, tiny treats into your mouth and all your lover's attention will be on your luscious lips.
For more fun with dating, check out these First-Date Deal-Breakers.

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