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  • Why rinse rice?

    Why rinse rice?

    It is important to rinse your rice, although if you’ve forgotten, you can still continue with your dish and it should work out just fine. That said, the cold shower will serve to rid your rice of extra starch which can cause your rice to clump or be mushy when cooked. It also results is a clean, fresh flavor for you finished rice. For hassle free rinsing without loosing the grain down the drain, I simply use a sieve, run water and rub the rice with my finger tips in a whirling circular motion. Rice is not as tricky to cook as commonly believed. In fact, if you open the lid to take a peek, your rice will not be ruined. Your rice can also recover if you don’t get the heat just right on your first few tries. If the rice isn’t tender, add a little water or if the rice is…

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  • Tips for Spicing Up Seafood

    Tips for Spicing Up Seafood

    The allure of exotic spices launched Columbus on his journey of discovery. Today, home chefs can explore new taste sensations by using spices and other flavorful ingredients to add a new world of flavor to fresh fish and seafood. “There’s nothing like the fresh flavors of herbs and spices for cutting unhealthy calories without sacrificing taste,” said Red Lobster Executive Chef Michael LaDuke, who offers the following simple tips for enhancing the natural flavor of fresh fish and seafood: World of Flavors: An easy recipe that turns fresh fish into an exotic dish is topping tilapia with a mixture of soy sauce, lime juice, orange juice, fresh ginger, garlic and cilantro. To produce a richer flavor, make the soy sauce mixture at least 24 hours in advance and refrigerate the…

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  • Braising 101

    The results of braising are comforting, healthy dishes that retain the nutrients of the ingredients and require little fat. For braising, foods are slowly cooked in a relatively small amount of liquid in a covered pot on top of a stove or in an oven. This is closely related to stewing, although with less liquid and bigger pieces of food, usually. Large saucepans are ideal for braising. The versatile Dutch oven is my favorite and can be used on top of the stove or in the oven. Contrary to the general rule that healthful foods should be prepared as close to mealtime as possible, braised dishes are often times better when prepared the day before. This waiting period allows the flavors to meld. In addition, when these dishes are refridgerated, any fat forms on the surface allowing easier…

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