Cooking With Fresh Herbs

If you are thinking about Cooking With Herbs, you’ve made a smart and tasty decision.  Using Fresh Herbs In Cooking is a delightful way to cook and eat healthy, deliciously, and aromatically.  Cooking With Fresh Herbs is one of the best ways to enhance the flavors and aromas of food.  Plus, they have unique and healthy properties that can help change your eating lifestyle to one that will keep you and your family in good health.
Are you unsure about what herbs to use and what food to use them with?  To help you get the most out of your cooking with herbs, here’s a list of the best herbs available and what foods to use them with:
Flavor: Fragrant and spicy — almost peppery. 
Deliciously mix it with: Tomatoes, vegetables, poultry, grilled pizzas, salads. 
Flavor: Subtle onion with grasslike leaves. 
Mix it with: Egg dishes, soups, sauces, baked potatoes, fish. 

Flavor: A lively flavor; soapy, some say; looks similar to flat-leaf parsley. 
Great and ideal with: Asian, Mexican and Indian dishes; mix in salsas and chutneys.
Flavor: Fresh and grassy, feathery leaves used in pickle brine. 
Try it with: Tuna salad, omelets, vegetables, seafood dishes, yogurt dressing for cucumbers, herb vinegars.
Flavor: Cool; brightens up both savory and sweet dishes. 
Awesome with: Beverages, jellies, sauces, marinades for meat and vegetables; often tossed with buttered peas.
Flavor: Earthy, balances acidic tomatoes — hence common on pizza. 
Ideal with: Lamb, beef, eggs, beans, eggplant.
Flavor: Peppery and fresh; curly parsley is milder than flat-leaf Italian. 
Ideas to mix it with: Salads, vegetables (especially potatoes), pasta.
Flavor: Pungent aroma and pine flavor. 
Great with: Mediterranean dishes, lamb, poultry, fish, breads; add sprigs or finely chopped leaves to long-cooking stews. 
Flavor: Very aromatic and woodsy. 
Mix it with: Fresh sausage, holiday stuffing for turkey, rich meats like pork, goose and duck.
Flavor: Reminiscent of licorice. 
 Combine it with: Poultry, fish, shellfish, vegetables, vinegar and eggs; indispensable in the French béarnaise sauce.
Flavor: Minty and citrusy. 
 Try it with: Mediterranean dishes, stews, eggs, seafood, poultry; toss sprigs into boiling water to flavor steamed rice. 

Family Favorite Comfort Foods


Common Comfort Foods = Old Family Favorites, plain and simple.  There are so many types of Comfort Foods that we all grew up on; most of them bring back pleasant memories.  To this day we still use these Favorite Family Recipes from years ago to share with our own new family and friends.  Why?  Because they and tried and true to satisfy any tummy.  
So which Comfort Food rein above the rest, in most households in America?  They are as listed below (only a handful):
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Chicken And Dumplings
- Meatloaf
- Fried Chicken
- Beef Stew
- Brisket Pot Roast
- Biscuits and Gravy
 Comfort Food Desserts include (but are not limited to):
- Apple Pie
- Cherry Pie
- Banana Pudding
- Coconut Cream Pie
- Chocolate Cake
- Brownies
- Peach Cobbler
Any type of food with personal meaning to the person eating it could be considered Comfort Food, but many people associate "Comfort Food" with Southern Cooking.  These Traditional Southern Recipes usually include sugars, carbohydrates, and fats, often all together.  Deep-frying is also loved by many families.  If you aim to please some hungry tummies, small or big, Comfort Foods will always please.  

How To Use Wine In Your Cooking


Every good chef or cook knows the best tips on how to use wine in cooking.   The tips to Using Wine In Cooking, for them and they would suggest for you, may be the following:
•  Wine helps cook and add flavor , taste to fish. Usually deep-fried fish dipped in tartar sauce, it is tasty but defeats the nutritional purpose of eating fish. One of the ways to add some flavor and moisture to fish without jeopardizing its taste or its nutrients is to cook it with wine. You can add wine to the pan while the fish is simmering, poach the fish over a saucepan of boiling wine, or drizzle fish with a tablespoon or two of wine and bake it in a foil package.
•  Wine is a great ingredient in marinades. Wine is one of the basic ingredients which has acid and its property is to help tenderize the outside of the meat, as well as to bring out more the dish flavor. The wine-based marinade helps to keep meat, poultry, or seafood juicy while it cooks, too.
•  Wine has been of great help to cook and simmer foods. Add wine to dishes you're cooking in a skillet on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in the oven. Simmered along with the food, it adds flavor, taste and moisture to every dish you're making.
•  Wine has also been used in baking, too! For certain types of cakes, using wine or sherry in place of some of the fat not only lightens up the cake, but also adds complimentary flavors.
So, the next time you find yourself in the kitchen cooking up an old or new recipe, consider using wine.  See how surprised you are when you taste just how good using Wine In Cooking can be.

Stews, Soups and Chowders


The differences between Stews, Soups, and Chowders are many.  They definitely are not the same things.  The only things about all three of them that makes them the same are that they are liquid dishes and you eat them with a spoon.  The following are the differences between Stews, Soups, and Chowders:
•  Can be cooked or raw
•  Served hot or cold
•  Quick to prepare
•  Have a thin broth base
•  Ingredients are cut small, the perfect size to fit on a spoon
•  Broth-based
•  Served in a bowl
•  Slow cooked
•  Thick
•  Served hot
•  Rustic and hearty
•  Bigger chunks
•  Stick your bones food
•  Flour is usually added to make the thick broth
•  Usually served on a plate
•  Ingredients are cut small, the perfect size to fit on a spoon
•  Dairy based
•  No carrots
•  Served in a bowl
If you want to learn some Soup Recipes, the best place to start is with the classics.  You might want to begin with the all-time favorite—Chicken Noodle Soup.  Then, you can move on to the soothing soups—French Onion, Potato, and Tomato.  Starting off with these much loved soups is a great way to begin learning all about cooking soup.  They are the Comfort Food of soups.  Then, when you are comfortable with those recipes and you are ready to learn new ones, you should try making Lentil Soup, Leek Potato Soup, Broccoli Soup, and Turkey Soup.  Knowing how to make all of these Soup Recipes will bring you a lifetime of good, classic soup eating.  Enjoy!

How To Grow Your Own Fruits And Vegetables


If you love Gardening, the first things you probably learned how to grow were plants and flowers.  That’s how most people start.  Now, however, you want to expand.  Have you ever thought about planting an Edible Garden?  The best edible gardens around are the ones where people are Growing Fruits And Vegetables.  There are several reasons for this:
•  Having your own edible garden is now trendy.
•  To help you save money on food.
•  Growing your own edible garden makes your food as local as can be.
•  Growing your own fruits and vegetables means that you know exactly what does and does not go into your food and exactly where it comes from.
•  You will get healthier—By eating healthier, by getting exercise in the garden, and gardening reduces stress.
•  You get a greater variety of food and you can choose which foods to grow based on what you like best.
•  You can teach your children or grandchildren about gardening and where the food actually comes from—our earth.
Learning how to grow fruits and vegetables is really rather easy.  The first thing you need to know, however, are which are the best Fruits And Vegetables to grow in your garden.  They are:
•  Carrots
•  Beets
•  Peppers
•  Strawberries
•  Zucchini
The most important thing to remember when Growing Fruits And Vegetables is not just which ones to grow or how to grow them, but also to have fun doing it.

Get Saucy With Herbs & Spices


You grow your own fresh herbs, but have no idea how to cook with them.  You also have a great spice rack, but its full of spices that you’ve never used and you don’t even have a clue about how to cook with them.  Don’t worry!  Here’s your chance to learn how to use those Fresh Herbs In Cooking and Spices For Cooking.  By learning how to cook with the fresh herbs in your garden and spices in your kitchen, you will be able to enjoy cooking and eating many Old Recipe Favorites.
Besides being able to cook those Old Recipe Favorites, as well as any new ones you may come across, you will enjoy a world of outstanding flavors in your food.  But, in addition to the flavors you will discover, you can also benefit in many other ways by Cooking With Fresh Herbs from your garden and spices from your kitchen.
Take a look at the benefits of cooking with Fresh Herbs:
•  Alternative way of adding extra dimension to dinners – no more boring meals.
•  Herbs are not only good for you – they are a great way to increase your vitamin intake. 
•  Readily available.
•  Money saving.
•  You have something to share.
•  They make great gifts.
•  An herb garden for children – it’s a great way for children to learn about             gardening and nutrition.
•  Variety.
Cooking Spices also has benefits including:
•  Antioxidants—Some spices, like cumin, dried ginger, and paprika, have antioxidant potential equal to fresh produce and can further reduce the risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers. 
•  Anticancerous—Meat marinated in spices, like rosemary and thyme, prior to being grilled may feature a reduction in cancerous properties.
•  Antibacterial—Spices have antibacterial abilities, which have prevented illness since the days of pre-refrigeration.  Garlic, onion, allspice and oregano inhibit or kill every bacterium.
•  Antimicrobial—Spices can reduce the progression of bacteria in raw ground meat.  Clove, cinnamon, and garlic are most effective at reducing fungal growth. 
No matter which Herbs And Spices you choose to cook with, rest assured they can only add a tremendous amount of flavor to your food.  And, not only do you get to enjoy the benefit of flavorful food, you also get to enjoy all of the benefits of Cooking With Herbs And Seasonings.

How To Use All Those Spices & Seasonings On Your Spice Rack


Seasonings and Spices make the world go round!  Have you ever received a Spice Rack or gave one as a gift, yet had no clue or idea what all of those spices are and what you use them for?  Part of the Cooking Fun and Culinary Experience is learning to cook with spices.  Think about how bland and tasteless the food would be without adding spices to your dishes!
Here is a list of some spices and what you can use them for:
- Salt and Pepper: a must have used to flavor meats, soups, pastas, sauces, and anything and everything!
- Garlic Powder: this is a great add in to flour for frying chicken and will not burn like fresh garlic does.
- Onion Powder: this adds a nice onion taste to hamburger before grilling or frying.
- Red Pepper Flakes is great on pizza; it is also used in olive oil to infuse the oil with a nice hint of spice.
- Rosemary: great on Lamb meat and can be used in potato dishes.
- Paprika: a nice smoky flavor and when added to chicken before searing or grilling gives it a nice beautiful color when done cooking.
- Bay Leaves: used for starting soups, stalks and sauces, has a nice layered flavor.  Be sure to remove the bay leaf before serving your dish.
- Oregano: used in spaghetti sauces and goes great with Greek salads.
- Thyme: used in just about everything (soups, salads dressings, stalks and add to flour to season chicken before frying).
- Basil: very good in pesto sauces and used on fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
There are hundreds more, believe it or not!  When using your spices from your Spice Rack it's a good idea to rub the spice in the palm of your hand before adding it to your dish.  This helps awaken and release the oils in the spice.  Don't be afraid to use your spices and be creative.  Remember to taste your dishes as you prepare them; this helps you to know whether to add more or less spice to your dishes.  Happy Cooking and enjoy your Spices!



Have you said or heard any of these?
Come, Sit-A-Spell.”

“Over Yander.”

“Got any Moonshine.”

“Cornbread and Milk.”

“Beans and Cornbread, the soul food of the Ozarks.”

“Well, shuckey durn.”

“Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

“Give us a holler” (call us)

”Down the road a piece” (anywhere from 1 to 10 miles)

“Horsefeathers” (nonsense)

“I’m right proud of you” (good job)

”Well, I swear to my soul” (when things aren’t going well)
If you have, you are probably Ozark or have been to the Ozark region of north central Arkansas.  The history and culture of the Ozarks is very distinct and their cooking is just as diverse.  Ozark Cooking Traditions go back many years ago with traditional old recipe favorites being passed from generation to generation by Ozark families.  Many Ozark Family Recipes and stories are dated as far back as the mid-1900s.
Ozark Cooking Tradition includes the art of cooking vegetables to a mush, as contrasted with the European al dente tradition.  Additionally, Ozark Cooking is not completely southern, as shown by the lack of grits, yet it keeps the southern touch in food such as corn pone.
The blackberry is an honored fruit and is served as cobbler, jam, or even liquid.  By honoring this fruit with these specific serving traditions, the Ozarks are keeping with I Timothy 5: 23 in the Bible.  How the Ozarks cook and speak goes hand-in-hand.  Many of their sayings relate to their food.  That’s because their cooking and food traditions define who they are just as much as their unique dialect defines who they are.  Both their cooking and speech styles separate their culture from any other culture.  Stay tuned in to Old Recipe Favorites for more great cookign info — you have nothing to lose and only great recipes to gain!

Authentic French Cuisine


So you love French Food.  If you haven’t already traveled to France and enjoyed its delicious French Cuisine, you are definitely longing to go.  But, have you ever thought about Cooking Authentic French Cuisine right in your own home?  Doesn’t sound very easy?  Well, it is!  All it takes is a little know-how, some simple recipes, and a strong desire to have the very best in French cooking in your own home.  There are thousands of old recipe favorites that you can explore and enjoy.  So, start studying those good old French recipes and get cooking!
Authentic French Cuisine is something that most people get to experience only a few times in life.  But, if you have the knowledge of how to cook French Cuisine at home, you can enjoy all of the wonderful flavors of France anytime you wish.  Enjoy home French Cooking for yourself or share the scrumptious tastes with friends and family.  No matter how you choose to experience authentic French Cuisine, rest assured that it will definitely be hit.
There are many French flavors to explore and all of them are just as tasty as the next one.  Among all of those French flavors, there are four French Traditions, including:
•  Classical French
•  Haute Cuisine
•  Nouvelle Cuisine
•  Cuisine du terroir
Each cooking tradition comes from a different region in France, just like French wines are classified by region in France.  The flavors of actual French Recipes do not make them authentic French cuisine alone.  The dishes have to be prepared under one of these four cooking traditions in order to make them French.
French Cooking at home sound like a plan?  Excited to get started?  Don’t waste another meal!  Get to cooking authentic French cuisine right in your own kitchen today!

Keep Old Recipes Alive


Ahhhh the good old days and those favorite old time recipes that we all grew up loving as far back as we can remember.  Each of us remembers the eggs, pancakes, meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, sticky buns, brownies, cookies, and pies (the list can go on and on) that grandma and mother used to make.   Those are meals that will never be forgotten.  However, they don't have to be just a memory!  Keep the Old Recipe Favorites alive by passing down Family Cookbooks.  
If you already have a priceless family cookbook then good and lucky for you and your loved ones.  For those who do not, start one now; it's never too late.  If the Family Recipes are handed down by teaching and memory, it's best to get these mouthwatering recipes on paper, and in a protected book that can be handed down for generations to come.  Some Family Recipes are private and not to be shared, so respect that.  If they are too good not to share, and grandma said you could, share with the world her unique kitchen creations.  
If there are some recipes you loved, but want to add your own unique twist to them (to make it healthier or to appeal to children) then go for it.  Recipes are so much fun because they can be tweaked and molded into something new.  however, there are those recipes that need to be juuuust right!  These are those Old Recipe Favorites that must be kept in a Family Cookbook.  Have fun cooking down memory lane!  Keep Family Recipes alive and well by preserving them properly.  

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