It’s seems like orange juice has been around forever. However, there is a relatively new juice in town, watermelon juice. Thanks go to our newer seedless watermelons. It’s a simple matter to pop some of the bright pink flesh into the blender and let ‘er rip. Its color is beautiful, its uses just as many as those of orange juice. Also, the new watermelons are smaller and quicker to chill.
Choose firm, symmetrical, bruise-free watermelons, ones heavy for their size. Check for a yellow side where the melon has rested in the sun to ripen. Many families have their “foolproof way” of checking for the perfect melon, and these are okay, too.
People have a lot of fun with watermelons and so do the statisticians. They tell us, in the year 1999, over 4 billion pounds of watermelon were consumed. In 1990, a Bill Carson in Tennessee grew one which weighed over 260 pounds.
On the worldly scene, we learn over 1200 varieties are consumed in 96 countries around the world. Watermelons make a popular host gift from guests in China and Japan. The Israelis and Egyptians like to serve watermelon with feta cheese because of its saltiness. Continue reading
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- Salt-Roasted Beets
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- Pan-Seared Monkfish
- Fresh Truffle Mushroom Risotto
- Country-Ham Mac’n’Cheese
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Ever go to a tapas bar, order their plain potato salad and discover it tasted “to-die-for?” It’s the aioli! The same goes for Italy’s favorite, aioli pasta dishes, topped with grated Parmesan. Basically, it is a fresh, homemade garlic mayo sauce great on vegetables, fish, salads, on pasta or as a dip.
Aioli is made from an oil you prefer, fresh garlic ground into a paste. Make sure all aioli ingredients are at room temperature. It is important to point out, pre-peeled garlic or chopped garlic from a jar does not make good aioli. To the mashed garlic, whisk in a scant teaspoon of Gray Poupon mustard, then an egg yolk until blended. Continue by adding the acid, vinegar or fresh lemon juice. Next, slowly drizzle in a cup of oil, blending thoroughly until smooth after each addition. Add a couple of shakes of cayenne pepper, plus salt and black pepper to taste.
As is usually the case, different regions put their own spin onto aioli, usually influenced by local availability. Cooks in the West Indies, Caribbean region use bitter orange as instead of lemon juice.
Emulsions were very much an interest for all early chefs along the Mediterranean Riviera. Roughly you can think of France for aioli’s origination, Italy and its love of aioli with pasta and nearby, Spain, is where the emulsion, mayonnaise, was first said to be fashioned. Continue reading
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- Goat Cheese Croquettes
- Coconut Mussels
- Maple & Soy-Glazed Chicken Wings
- Braised Pork Belly
- Seared Duck Breast Noodle
- Bueuf Brisket
- Linguini Aus Confit de Canard
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Gluten-free quinoa (pronounced “KEEN’- wah,”) is similar to couscous but with some major differences. Though uncooked non-Israeli-type couscous and quinoa and look quite similar, couscous is fluffed with a fork after soaking in boiling water for a certain number of minutes. Quinoa, also fluffed with a fork, must simmer in its liquid for 15-20 minutes before fork-fluffing. It’s also different in appearance after cooking. “Little white tails” develop against the background of an off-white grain mixture. Tabbouleh is a very popular recipe for quinoa.
Red, as well as black quinoa, is also available. All colors of quinoa are eaten as cereal grasses. Ironically, it is related to beets, spinach and chard. Flavor of all colors is mildly nutty, texture is crunchy yet creamy. Rinsing quinoa in a fine-mesh screen colander removes any traces of a slightly bitter-tasting coating.
Typically, the U.S. is quite late in working quinoa into its diet. The highly-nutritious grass/grain is native to western South America and had the name of Incan rice, also “mother grain” as far back as 5,000 years ago. The greatest amount of quinoa is still grown in South America. Continue reading
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- Warm Smoked Pancetta Salad with Poached Egg
- Chicken Supreme with Black Pudding and Baby Onions
- Mixed White Fish and Spinach Pie
- Pan-Fried Hake on Crushed Potatoes
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