Browsing Archive: March, 2016

What Is a Pure Cooking Oil?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Cooking 

In this modern day and age there are a variety of cooking oils out there. There are so many different types such as sunflower oil, palm oil, olive oil and much more. But when it comes to sunflower oil, do you really get a pure cooking oil? Or rather how can you identify one?

Sunflower oil is a very commonly known type of oil because it has many uses. However, many people don't really know how to choose a good quality cooking oil and sometimes just take anything that they see on ...


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Planning a Meal From Tin Cans or a Cardboard Box Is Not the Healthiest Way to Feed Your Family

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Cooking 

Many people have large families today. They need to save as much money as possible to get the most out of their hard-earned money when they go grocery shopping. It may be easy to prepare meals out of a box or out of a tin can, but it's not the best, nor is it the healthiest way to prepare dinner all the time. Eating these types of foods are not very good for our bodies.The longterm effect of eating foods lacking in our daily nutrients can cause severe damage to our health in th...


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How to Prepare Homemade BBQ Links

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Cooking 

Smoky miniature hot dogs bathed in a tangy but sweet barbecue sauce vanish in no time when served to family and friends. Serve the homemade BBQ links hot as an entrée with baked beans, coleslaw and buns or room temperature as an appetizer. BBQ links travel well for a pot luck or picnics especially if heated in a crock pot and toted to the party in that crock pot.

What You'll Need
Ground meat such as pork, chicken or beef
Liquid smoke
Seasonings
Food processor
Sausage stuffer
Lin...


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Breakfast Burritos for On-The-Go Mornings

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Cooking 

Breakfast burritos are one of the fast food industry's best sellers in the morning. It's flavorful, high protein, and convenient for walking/driving and eating. Unfortunately like most things from fast-food restaurants, they are usually full of other not so great things. The obvious solution is to make them yourself. Its a very easy process that produces excellent, highly portable results.

To start, you need to spend about 30 minutes of your time making a batch of burritos. To ...


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The Essential Facts of Cooking with Tomatoes

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, In : Cooking 

Tomatoes Release Water

When heated, tomatoes release water, which means that whatever dish you're adding them to is going to see an increase in how much liquid it has. Even if you chop up tomatoes nice and small and throw them in with some scrambled eggs, they will release water. You can just cook the dish a little longer and let the excess liquid boil over. If you're making a Panini or grilled cheese sandwich, you are out of luck, however. Sliced tomatoes in a heated up sandwi...


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Tips for Cooking Chicken Parmesan

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Cooking 

Chicken parmesan is breaded chicken with an Italian-American twist: there is Parmesan cheese either in the breading and/or sprinkled on top. The chicken is typically covered in tomato sauce and more melted cheese, but as with many other dishes, there are variations. Making breaded chicken is not difficult, but it can be messy. Here are some tips to make the preparation easier.

The Basics

For the simplest chicken parmesan, the ingredients are chicken breasts, beaten egg, breadcru...


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A Breakfast Pizza for a Perfect Saturday Morning

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Cooking 

A lot of times we focus on how we are going to get breakfast done quickly. This is great during the week and it allows you to start your day in a positive way. But on the weekends, I challenge you to slow it down and make something special. Feel the accomplishment of a week of great eating and working hard. It's also a great time to help your family feel cared for and special. It may seem weird, but food can do all of that for you!

A breakfast pizza is an awesome way to put som...


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Why You Should Never Use Vegetable Oils

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Cooking 

I was doing a short pantry cleanse over the weekend and noticed my graveyard of cooking oils gathering cobwebs. I had a standard bottle of vegetable oil, canola oil, and corn oil sitting in the corner. I hadn't touched them in over a year. They went right in the trash. Why, you ask? Because they are chock full of GMO's (genetically modified products) and while marketed as 'heart healthy', are actually pretty harmful to your health.

I know, we have all been duped by the low fat,...


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10 Healthy Cooking Tips to Help You Cook Your Own Healthy Food

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Cooking 

Cooking your food has turned into an incredible alternative nowadays when you need to stay healthy and fit. Particularly in these times that quick foods and restaurants are blasting all over, it might be enticing to simply snatch those moment dinners, however obviously, it is dependably vital to stay healthy and administer a healthy weight too.

Has it ever been in your brain that home-cooked suppers are cheaper and a healthier alternative? What's more you know its safe in light...


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Fish-Suppliers and Fish-Fillet

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Cooking 

A cleaned and bone-free cut or slice of the fish meat is a fish fillet. It's easy to eat even for kids since the fillet is boneless and you don't have to put effort in separating bones from the fish meat while eating. Furthermore, it's a rich source of protein.

Fillets have a lot of demand in many countries across the world. There are numerous ways to prepare delicious fillet recipes all around the places. Fishes of the family of Yellow Fin Tuna are good for fillets. Here are t...


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8 Must Try Foods for the Elderly

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Cooking 

Do you remember when you were a carefree youth and you happily counted 2 bags of crisps as a healthy lunch?

It seemed that back then you could eat anything and pretty much get away with it, but now as your body is changing you need to be more aware of what you eat and dispense of those bad eating habits.

Old age may be creeping up on you but there are things you can do to slow down the process and keep yourself physically fit and mentally agile.

Healthy eating is important for both...


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What Is the Difference Between Parboiled Rice and Basmati Rice?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Cooking 

Rice is a valuable food source all over the world and forms an important part of our staple diet. It is popular because it contains many valuable nutrients and is affordable to most people. Notably white rice is the most common parboiled rice in the world but basmati is also widely used. If they are both a type of rice then what is it that distinguishes the two?

  • The size and appearance. Basmati rice and parboiled rice can be clearly distinguished from each other. Basmati rice...

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Why Most Modern Food Is Not Food

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Cooking 

Food is vital to maintaining good health. Yet we constantly force our bodies to run on substandard fuel. Often we are not completely at fault, we can only do the best we can, with what we have. In this article we look at what has happened to food and what we can do about it.

What's Up with Food Today?

Apart from the chemicals which are added intentionally, our food is dropping in quality at a remarkable rate. British geologist-turned-nutritionist, David Thomas undertook a study...


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Try A New Whole Grain This Week!

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Cooking 

Most of us eat the same grains over and over again: pasta, rice, and wheat. How about trying a new whole grain in place of one of your old standbys? One whole grain that we think is really worth a try is buckwheat. Japan, China and Korea have been cultivating buckwheat for over 1,000 years and a favorite food item soba noodles made with buckwheat has become very popular in the United States.

Buckwheat flour is commonly added to commercial pancake mix and this is how most people...


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7 Ways to Get the Most From Your Microwave Oven

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016, In : Cooking 

When you buy a microwave oven you expect it to provide many years of dependable service. Modern microwaves are well-made and most are built to last. However, there are things you can do to keep your oven in good condition and prolong its usefulness. These seven tips will help you get the most from your microwave and avoid many headaches.

1. Read the instructions. Learning all about your oven will keep you from making mistakes that shorten its lifespan. These papers may contain v...


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Creative Cookery

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Cooking 

Cooking is one of those things that seem as easy as falling off a log when you can do it, but an arcane science to those who can't.

Like anything creative, it's a matter of understanding what you want to achieve, using your imagination and practicing to make perfect. A few basic skills get you started and once the ball is rolling you just keep on getting better, more skillful and enjoying yourself.

Where to start? By eating, tasting, and developing your palate. What makes that c...


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How Vietnamese Chao Tom Is Prepared

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Cooking 

Chao tom is a traditional seafood dish in Vietnam which comes mainly from central Vietnam region. It is made from shrimp surimi (paste prepared from the meat of shrimp) grilled on a sugar cane stick. It's often regarded as a dish for ceremonious public dinner prepared for weddings, holidays, or other special events.

Now, let's move on to know about this popular Vietnam seafood recipe.

Chao tom recipe
Total time: 35 minutes (approx.) including 25 minutes of preparation time and 10 m...


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What Can Sunflower Oil Be Used In?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Cooking 

I know what you're thinking... "Sunflower oil doesn't have many uses". Well, yes it does. Sunflower oil is one the most versatile types of oil that you can find. It has many types of properties and uses in different areas of our lives. It is used in the food industry and also in the automotive industry. Quite a vast difference between the two, I know. But I'll go through all the various ways that sunflower oil can used in daily living.

Let me start with what you already know. S...


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Food Prep - It's Not Just For Parties

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Cooking 

My husband is a foodie. What that means is, he lives for the whole food experience. He loves thinking about, planning for, buying for, finding great deals for, making food for, and eating food for parties and everyday occasions, like dinner. Some days, it is so strong in him, that before we even taste a bit of our dinner before us, he will lean over to me and say, "do you know what we are having tomorrow?" With a huge grin and a twinkle in his eyes. Me, the non foodie, thinks, ...


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Beets Nutrition Facts and Cooking Methods

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, In : Cooking 

Beets are very nutritional and healthy root vegetables. Beetroots juice is a common ingredient for healthy diet recipes. This root vegetable can be eaten raw or as salads, cooked as a vegetable as a side dish to the main course of meal.

Have you ever tried eating fresh beets? In a grocery store, they will not look very tempting; covered with soil and a funny purple colour.

Not many are tempted to eat this purple coloured vegetable. Beetroot, when well-prepared can be a very tasty ...


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Make It From Scratch

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Cooking 

When you see the words "Make It from Scratch", you probably are thinking NO WAY, not enough time. Well, I know how you feel I felt the same way until I tried it. It is just my opinion, but I think you will be doing yourself an injustice not to try it.

Actually, most likely you will be pleasantly surprised to find out all the health benefits not to mention the enhanced flavors you will experience from cooking from scratch. It really is not as time consuming, as it might sound. W...


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Tips for Cooking Healthy and Delicious Mexican Food at Home

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Cooking 

Everyone loves Mexican food for its rich and diverse flavors. At the same time, the most popular Mexican dishes like burritos and tacos have got bad reputation for containing lots of fat and having a high calorie count. The reality is that the cuisine of this country is one of the healthiest in the world, in addition to being super tasty. Get back to the roots of the traditional cuisine and learn how to prepare amazing dishes which are healthy and full of flavor.

Make your own t...


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Choose the Right Type of Tomato for Your Recipe

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Cooking 

Which Tomato is the Right Tomato?

There are six different types of tomatoes to eat, and they vary in taste. Learning about the different types will help you choose the right one for your next recipe.

Cherry

This miniature tomato comes loaded with nutrition and flavor. They resemble a cherry but are the color of a tomato. When eating this type, you will immediately notice how sweet it is, compared to other varieties. They are perfect for a salad or to enjoy on their own.

Globe

Globe...


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Cooking Mistakes - The Most Common Cooking Mistakes That People Make

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Cooking 

Cooking is a science that is very old, perhaps as old as mankind. However, whereas it should have been perfected with time, that is hardly the case. People still make some very common mistakes that they should not. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people make when cooking:

1. Not being prepared enough - Cooking as they say is an exact science. It is like doing a science experiment at the lab, only that this time the results will end up on the dinner table. Most pe...


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Super Foods That Are Easy To Cook And Eat Everyday

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, In : Cooking 

Super foods contain many nutrients, are natural and people are encouraged to eat them every day. This term refers to foods that have essential elements in their rightful proportions. If included in your diet, they can boost your family's health tremendously. The beauty with these foods is that they are readily available and affordable but many people are ignorant of their benefits.

Four foods to start including in your daily diet

1. Beans - Beans are very nutritious and as dry fo...


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