Brown sugar is crystalline sucrose combined with a small amount of molasses, which is responsible for its brown color and rich flavor.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
About one percent of tuna comes to the market to be sold fresh. The rest goes to the cannery; Did you know canned tuna is America's most popular fish? If you haven't yet tried fresh tuna, you're missing one of the best meals to come from the ocean.
Friday, December 6, 2013
We really know our casseroles. I have put together a collection of some of our best casserole recipes that I know you will love. You will find that dinner recipe that you’re looking for right here. Casseroles are pure comfort.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Black pepper is a common pantry item, its hard to believe it was once so valuable that it was used as currency. We take it for granted, but the vast majority of savory recipes include some form of black pepper as an ingredient.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
If you don’t have a green thumb, fresh chives are available fresh in most markets year round. Choose fresh, uniform sized, evenly green leaves with no signs of wilting, yellowing, or drying.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Often folks assume that a Thanksgiving dinner requires a lot of side dishes to go with a bird that takes hours to cook. That might be true if you’re entertaining a large crowd, a turkey breast and a few side dishes are perfect for an easy meal for just a few people. You’ll get all the holiday flavors that you like with much less time and effort spent in the kitchen.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Shrimp is very nutritious. It is the most popular shellfish in the United States. It is available year round. It is a popular ingredient in salads, appetizers, chowders, and as a main dish.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Nearly every culture developed their own version of beer. Africans used millet, maize and cassava. Chinese used wheat. Japanese used rice. The Egyptians used barley. Hops the main ingredient in modern beer beverages wasn’t used in brewing until 1000 AD.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Black pepper is available whole, crushed or ground into powder. Ensure best flavor, purchase whole peppercorns and grind them yourself in a mill just before adding to a recipe. In addition to superior flavor, buying whole peppercorns will help to ensure that you are purchasing unadulterated pepper since ground pepper is oftentimes mixed with other spices. Whole peppercorns should be heavy, compact and free of any blemishes.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Hobos have been traveling the US and riding the rails since the Civil War. The image of the hobo peaked during the depression of the 1930's, when many took to the rails in a desperate search for work. It must be noted that a hobo is different from a tramp or a bum. Most hobos would agree that a hobo work, the tramp will only work when they have to, and the bums will not work at all.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods began in 1972 as a hobby in the retirement years for South Louisiana chef Tony Chachere. That same year, he published Cajun Country Cookbook, fulfilling a dream to record the recipes of his beloved South Louisiana cuisine.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Corned beef is a name given to salt cured cuts of beef, usually brisket or round. The term "corned" is not the use of corn in the recipe, but rather the corn sized granules of salt that were once used to cure the meat. Today, most corned beef is cured in salt brine rather than a dry salt rub.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Choose garlic heads that are firm to the touch, with no nicks or soft cloves. If you notice dark, powdery patches under the skin, don’t buy it because this is an indication of a common mold which will eventually spoil the flesh.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The story of Lea & Perrins® popular Worcestershire Sauce begins in the early 1800s, in the county of Worcester. Returning home from his travels in Bengal, Lord Sandys, a nobleman was eager to duplicate a recipe he'd acquired. On Lord Sandys' request, two chemists, John Lea and William Perrins, made the first batch of the sauce.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Cheddar is a cheese distinguished by process, not place. The name “Cheddar” is not protected, as some other names in the food world, so Cheddar can be made literally anywhere, by anyone. That can result in better availability and cheaper, but both frequently come at a price, that is to say, a lesser cheese comes at a lower price. Traditional Cheddar can be hard to find these days, and the industrial stuff turned out so inexpensively doesn’t deserve the Cheddar name. Sadly, that’s the only type many people know.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Black pepper is a common pantry item these days; it might be hard to believe it was once so valuable that it was used as currency. We take it for granted, but the majority of savory recipes include some form of black pepper as an ingredient.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Egyptians worshiped garlic and placed clay models of garlic bulbs in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Garlic was so highly prized; it was even used as currency. Folklore holds that garlic repelled vampires, protect against the Evil Eye, and rid off jealous nymphs said to terrorize pregnant women and engaged maidens. And let us not forget to mention the alleged aphrodisiacal powers of garlic which have been extolled through the ages.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Bell peppers have been cultivated for more than 9000 years, with the earliest cultivation having taken place in South and Central America. While the name "pepper" was given to the food by European colonizers of North America who first came across it in the 1500 - 1600's and then transported it back to Europe, the original name for this food in Spanish was pimiento.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Dried and canned black beans are available throughout the year. Dried beans are generally available in prepackaged containers as well as in bulk bins. Make sure that the bins containing the black beans are covered and that the store has a good product turnover to ensure the beans freshness. Whether purchasing black beans in bulk or in packaged containers, make sure that there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that they are whole and not cracked.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
The cayenne peppers as well as other chili peppers can trace their seven thousand year history to Central and South America, regions whose cuisines are renowned for their hot and spicy flavors. They have been cultivated in these regions for more than seven thousand years, first as a decorative item and later as a foodstuff and medicine.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Pietro Ferrero, owner and founder of the Ferrero Company from the Piedmont district of Italy, invented the spread. Ferrero originally began adding hazelnuts to chocolate during WWII when cocoa was being rationed. Hazelnuts were plentiful in the Piedmont area, and they helped to stretch the amount of cocoa Ferrero was allotted during rationing.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The tomato, fabulous nutritious fruit known as a vegetable. It's hard to believe that such a widely used food source was once considered deadly poisonous. Available year round in fresh and preserved forms, there is no shortage of uses for this versatile "vegetable."
Monday, September 16, 2013
Louisiana Fish Fry Products traces its roots back to 1959 when Donaldsonville, Louisiana native Tony Pizzolato opened a small retail and wholesale produce business in the city of Baton Rouge.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Today, cheddar ranks as one of the most popular cheeses in the world. Just within the United States, some claim that almost 90% of all cheese sold is some type of cheddar. Certainly, it is the cheese for which England is best known.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Carrot roots should be firm, smooth, relatively straight and bright in color. The deeper the orange color, the more beta carotene is in the carrot. Avoid carrots that are excessively cracked as well as those that are limp or rubbery.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Olives were more than likely first domesticated in the Mediterranean basin some 6,000 years ago. It is thought that oil from the olive was one of several attributes that likely made the bitter fruit attractive enough to result in its domestication. However, the production of olive oil, the deliberate pressing of oil out of olives, is currently documented no earlier than 2500 BC.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
In 1932, C.E. Doolin walked into a San Antonio cafe and purchased a bag of corn chips. Little did he dream this savory chip would become one of the nation's most popular snacks.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Today, the company we know as Mission Foods had its beginnings in 1949, Don Roberto Gonzalez and his father formed the company GRUMA S.A. in Monterrey, Mexico, and revolutionized the corn flour and tortilla industries.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Over time, many different types of plants across the world have been referred to by the common name "wild celery." Most of these plants, although not all of them, belong to the same family (Apiaceae/Umbellerifereae) as the Pascal celery found in United States markets. You'll find Australian celery, Vietnamese celery, Indian celery, Maori celery, and water celery all being referred to as "wild celery" in various cultures.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Raspberries belong to the rose family of plants, which houses some of the world's most beloved fruits including apples, apricots, blackberries, cherries, loquats, peaches, pears, plums, and strawberries. Almonds also belong to this diverse family of plants. Among United States consumers, raspberries are the third most popular berry and follow right after strawberries and blueberries.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
While potatoes are often conveniently packaged in a plastic bag, it is usually better to buy them individually from a bulk display. Not only will this allow you to better inspect the potatoes for signs of decay or damage, but many times, the plastic bags are not perforated and cause a buildup of moisture that can negatively affect the potatoes.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Many researchers believe that the potato’s arrival in northern Europe spelled an end to famine there. Corn, another American crop, played a similar but smaller role in southern Europe. More than that, as the historian William H. McNeill has argued, the potato led to empire, “By feeding rapidly growing populations, permitted a handful of European nations to assert dominion over most of the world between 1750 and 1950.” The potato, in other words, fueled the rise of the West.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
By the 1300's dried pasta was very popular for its nutrition and long shelf life, making it ideal for long ship voyages. Pasta made it around the globe during the voyages of discovery a century later. By that time different shapes of pasta have appeared and new technology made pasta easier to make.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Worcestershire sauce has roots in India, but was actually created by accident in its namesake town of Worcester, England in 1835. Lord Marcus Sandy had returned home to England to retire after successfully governing Bengal, India for many years. He so missed his favorite Indian sauce that he commissioned drug store owners John Lea and William Perrins to come up with a reasonable facsimile.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
For common mushrooms, choose those with a firm texture and even color with tightly closed caps. If the gills are showing, it's an indication of age, and they are probably past their prime, and should be avoided. Discolored, broken, wrinkle and damaged mushrooms with soft spots should be avoided.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Fresh shrimp should have firm bodies that are still attached to their shells. They should be free of black spots on their shell since this indicates that the flesh has begun to break down. In addition, the shells should not appear yellow or gritty as this may be indicative that sodium bisulfate or another chemical has been used to bleach the shells.
Monday, July 29, 2013
Black beans have long been a protein rich staple food of many Latin cultures. Today, black beans are enjoyed by most cultures around the world.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
It’s hot outside; the humidity is off the charts, so no need to turn your oven on when you can make easy dinner meals using a stove top recipe. These easy skillet meals saves time and easy clean up. "Quick and Easy” way to a delicious homemade dinner.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
The origin of the lemon hasn’t been determined; science suggests it may be northwestern India, where they have been cultivated for more than 2,500 years.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Mandarin oranges are little segments of citrus flavor suitable for salads, vegetables, main dishes and, can’t forget, desserts. Although mostly used in canned form, you may have eaten a fresh mandarin orange and not even realized it.
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