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The Haggadah and the Steps of a Seder

The Passover seder (a Jewish ritual dinner) is based on the haggadah, a book of instructions, prayers, blessings, and stories that lays out the proper order for the ritual. [more…]

Great Tips for Mexican Cooking

If you love to cook (and eat) Mexican food, these terrific tips will help you make the most of preparing delicious, festive Mexican dishes and beverages: [more…]

Types of Chiles for Mexican Cooking

Chiles are a staple in Mexican cooking. Take this list grocery shopping so you can recognize the type of chiles used for Mexican meals and choose the chiles with the flavor and degree of spiciness you [more…]

Mexican Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you're new to cooking Mexican food, you're in luck — this Cheat Sheet offers tips for cooking festive and delicious Mexican dishes and a look at different types of chiles to give just the right flavor [more…]

How to Wrap Tamales

Tamales are made and enjoyed during fiestas, but wrapping tamales can be a party in itself. Gather friends and family to help wrap these tidy corn-husk packages. You'll find yourselves sharing stories [more…]

How to Make an Antipasto Platter

You can assemble various foods into an attractive spread easily. Antipasto calls for serving an array of cheeses, meats, breads, olives, and vegetables on a large platter. Assembling antipasto is 50 percent [more…]

Nopales Salad: Mexican Cactus Paddles

If you try cactus, you’ll probably like it — so stop being a food wimp and try a little cactus! This authentic Mexican salad uses the popular Mexican ingredient called nopales [more…]

Nondairy Dinner of Manicotti with Tofu, Spinach, and Mushrooms

This traditional Italian dish made with manicotti (long, hollow tubes of pasta) is rich, flavorful, and free of saturated fat and dairy ingredients. The pasta tubes are cooked, filled with a nondairy cheese [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara Sauce

This pasta dish is spicy, tangy, and sure to be a favorite in your house for a dairy-free dinner. You can easily change this simple meal just by trying different shapes of pasta, like bow ties, rotini, [more…]

Easy Dairy-Free Vegetable Lasagna

This take on the traditional Italian dish, omits dairy, adds protein, and cuts the saturated fat, sodium, and lactose by replacing ricotta cheese with tofu. Using plenty of your favorite spaghetti sauce [more…]

Roasted Red Pepper and Nondairy Cheese Panini

A panini is an Italian-style sandwich grilled in a sandwich press, usually recognized by those nifty horizontal marks on the finished product. You can find panini presses just about anywhere. The roasted [more…]

Vegetable and Nondairy Cheese Quesadilla

These Mexican-style grilled “sandwiches” are a great dairy-free dinner alternative (or cut into wedges and served as a snack) to a classic nondairy grilled cheese. [more…]

Dairy-Free Baked Seven-Layer Burritos

Burritos are a whole meal wrapped into one-flour tortilla. This dairy free burrito recipe combines the great flavors and contrasting colors of beans, sweet potatoes, fresh veggies, salsa, rice, and nondairy [more…]

Salmon Roe Battleship Sushi

Sushi is especially gorgeous when adorned with salmon roe — known for its showstopping size, orange-red color, and velvety texture. This easy Salmon Roe Battleship Sushi has only four ingredients, so it [more…]

Hard-Boiled Quail Eggs with Matcha Salt

Most people eat their first hard-boiled quail egg out of curiosity. When they taste how much flavor these little quarter-ounce quail eggs have, especially when dipped in [more…]

Shrimp Finger Sushi

Shrimp finger sushi is a beloved sushi bar staple. The process for making shrimp finger sushi isn’t difficult, and the sushi looks (and tastes!) amazing. [more…]

California Inside-Out Roll

Some people say that the California inside-out roll was invented in Los Angeles during the early 1960s for people new to sushi bars. The California inside-out roll became [more…]

Basic Rules of Italian Cooking

How do you capture the essence of Italian cooking if you didn't grow up in Italy? If you want to think like an Italian chef, practice these simple Italian cooking tips and you won't go wrong: [more…]

Serving a Traditional Italian Meal in Order

A traditional Italian meal is leisurely process — a time to share news of the day and enjoy the delicious results of the cook's labor — and has several distinct courses. If you're preparing an authentic [more…]

Popular Herbs for Italian Cooking

Fresh herbs are used almost exclusively in Italian cooking. Why? They taste better than dried herbs. Fresh herbs have all their aromatic oils. The intensity of herbs vary, so when substituting, try to [more…]

Common Pasta Shapes

Pastas come in an amazing variety of shapes. Certain Italian dishes call for specific pasta shapes because they compliment the sauce. This list gives a brief description of the most common pasta shapes [more…]

Italian Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to try your hand at Italian cooking you need to follow some basic cooking rules that govern Italian cuisine and learn the structure of a traditional Italian meal. If you run into a problem [more…]

Following the Eating Principles of the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet includes some modern eating principles inspired by traditional diet patterns of certain Mediterranean regions around the 1960s. Following these Mediterranean diet principles may [more…]

Using Mediterranean Portion Sizes in Your Diet

Eating appropriate portion sizes is essential when incorporating the Mediterranean diet into your daily life. Use these Mediterranean portion size estimates to help you make healthy choices and truly eat [more…]

Stocking Your Kitchen with Mediterranean Diet Staples

Keeping your kitchen stocked with staple Mediterranean ingredients helps you adhere to the Mediterranean diet lifestyle. When you can easily make food in your own kitchen, you're less likely to fall off [more…]

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