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Deviled Ham Sandwiches

Deviled ham doesn’t have to come from that little paper-wrapped can. Try this tasty retro variety of deviled ham sandwiches, and you’ll be hooked. You can add sprouts, watercress, sliced pepperoncini, [more…]

Potato Gnocchi

You can serve potato gnocchi with many of the same sauces you use on pasta, including meat sauce and pesto sauce. Potato gnocchi are made with ricotta cheese in some regions of Italy. [more…]

Roasted Achiote Chicken

Achiote paste, a blend of spices and vinegar, gives this roasted chicken its distinctive orange hue and spicy aroma. Roasted achiote chicken is a recipe straight from the Yucatán — as Mexican as you can [more…]

Falafel (Fried Chickpea Nuggets)

Serve spicy falafel in a sandwich, as an appetizer, or as a snack. Falafel is made of soaked dried chickpeas, not cooked or canned ones. When the falafel balls are deep fried, the chickpeas become cooked [more…]

Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce, a yogurt-based Mediterranean specialty, has a thick consistency and is intensely garlicky. Don’t make your tzatziki sauce fat-free because it will get watery after standing for a few minutes [more…]

What Are Fruit Cobblers and Crisps?

Baked-fruit desserts fall into two main categories - cobblers and crisps. Popular fruits to use in both cobblers and crisps are apples, peaches, and berries. Whichever flavor you prefer, who can resist [more…]

Tools for Shaping Sushi

When making sushi, your well-washed, moist hands are the best tools you have for shaping the pieces. You may need a few other tools to shape sushi, depending on the type of sushi you plan to make: [more…]

Ingredients for Pickling

Pickling preserves food in a brine solution. The perfect balance of salt, vinegar, water, and herbs and spices can safely preserve your pickled food. You can achieve this balance by precisely measuring [more…]

How to Sauté

The common technique of sautéing, also called pan-frying, is nothing more than cooking food in a hot pan. You sauté with a little fat to prevent sticking. Sautéing imparts a crispy texture to foods and [more…]

Banana-Stuffed Mexican Toast with Coconut Syrup

Banana-Stuffed Mexican Toast with Coconut Syrup appeals to morning sweet lovers. This Mexican-style French toast features a stuffing of mashed bananas, a cinnamon-scented egg wash, and a topping of homemade [more…]

Including Cheese in Your Low-Carb Diet

Cheeses are a bountiful low-carb staple. Most cheeses have few carbs — if they have any carbs at all. All of your everyday cheeses are low in carbs, and they make up just the tip of the proverbial cheese [more…]

Basic Cooking Equipment

You need some basic equipment to start cooking — essential items for working in the kitchen. Here’s a short list of all-I-can-spend-now cooking equipment, including pots, pans, and other tools that no [more…]

Lime-Ginger Marmalade

This combination of lime and ginger is very Hawaiian. Although you may think pairing lime and ginger in a marmalade sounds odd, give this marmalade recipe a try — it might just become one of your favorites [more…]

Orange Chicken Veronique

Veronique? Not to worry — it just means to garnish with grapes. This orange chicken dish is both easy and elegant, so consider orange chicken veronique when you’re expecting guests. [more…]

How to Make Flour Tortillas

In Mexico, tortillas are often made by hand before almost every meal. The taste of a good homemade flour tortilla adds an extra dimension to any Mexican dish. Make your own flour tortillas for the next [more…]

How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives with a Steel

Sharpen kitchen knives with a steel to keep them in peak cutting condition. Knives are only as good as their cutting edges, and a steel will keep the edges sharp. [more…]

Salmon with Mustard Dill Sauce

Salmon with mustard dill sauce is packed with flavor. The recipe for this gluten-free dish is easy. If possible, use wild salmon which has a deep, natural color and a much richer taste than farm-raised [more…]

Guava Cheese Puffs

Guava cheese puffs, delicious fruit- and cheese-filled tarts, really show the Mexican kitchen’s knack for combining sweet and salty. You can find guava paste in the jam and jelly section or the ethnic [more…]

Greek Meatballs with Lemon Sauce

A rich lemon sauce accents these boiled meatballs, which are scented with a classic Greek combination of onion and mint. The meatballs emit a flavor while they cook, which converts the water in the pan [more…]

Cumin and Chile Marinated Skirt Steak

There’s nothing like a properly grilled, well-marbled piece of skirt steak. This recipe’s marinated skirt steak is filled with the flavor of cumin and serrano chile, making it an entree that doesn’t need [more…]

How to Make Your Sandwich Lowfat

You can make some simple changes to traditional sandwiches to make them lowfat and still tasty. Lowfat sandwiches don’t have to be bland — just follow these tips for keeping the fat out of your sandwich [more…]

How to Wash and Store Fresh Greens

Wash greens before you store them for later use. Washing your greens thoroughly before you store them can make salad preparation much easier. After all, unwashed salad greens can taste a bit like a mouthful [more…]

Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore means “hunter’s style” and refers to how Italian hunters used to prepare small game. Today, cacciatore dishes are usually chicken-based. Serving chicken cacciatore with white rice allows the [more…]

Raspberry Ribbon Pie with Meringue Crust

This raspberry pie recipe makes a wonderful low-carb dessert. The raspberry ribbon pie isn’t only delicious and very different, with its meringue crust, but it’s also very pretty. [more…]

Tuscan-Style Meat Loaf

This Tuscan-style meat loaf is comfort food. You brown two miniature meat loaves in a skillet and then simmer them in a white bean stew. Cooking the meat loaves in a tomato-flavored bean stew keeps them [more…]

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