One of America’s Favorites – Roasting

December 9, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Tudor style roasting meat on a spit

Roasting is a cooking method that uses dry heat where hot air covers the food, cooking it evenly on all sides with temperatures of at least 150 °C (300 °F) from an open flame, oven, or other heat source. Roasting can enhance the flavor through caramelization and Maillard browning on the surface of the food. Roasting uses indirect, diffused heat (as in an oven), and is suitable for slower cooking of meat in a larger, whole piece. Meats and most root and bulb vegetables can be roasted. Any piece of meat, especially red meat, that has been cooked in this fashion is called a roast. Meats and vegetables prepared in this way are described as “roasted”, e.g., roasted chicken or roasted squash.

For roasting, the food may be placed on a rack, in a roasting pan or, to ensure even application of heat, may be rotated on a spit or rotisserie. If a pan is used, the juice can be retained for use in gravy, Yorkshire pudding, etc. During oven roasting, hot air circulates around the meat, cooking all sides evenly. There are several plans for roasting meat: low-temperature cooking, high-temperature cooking, and a combination of both. Each method can be suitable, depending on the food and the tastes of the people.

* A low-temperature oven, 95 to 160 °C (200 to 320 °F), is best when cooking with large cuts of meat, turkey and whole chickens. This is not technically roasting temperature, but it is called slow-roasting. The benefit of slow-roasting an item is less moisture loss and a more tender product. More of the collagen that makes meat tough is dissolved in slow cooking. At true roasting temperatures, 200 °C (390 °F) or more, the water inside the muscle is lost at a high rate.

A Sunday roast consisting of roast beef, potatoes, vegetables……..

* Cooking at high temperatures is beneficial if the cut is tender enough—as in fillet Mignon or strip loin—to be finished cooking before the juices escape. A reason for high temperature roasting is to brown the outside of the food, similar to browning food in a pan before pot roasting or stewing it. Fast cooking gives more variety of flavor, because the outside is brown while the center is much less done.
* The combination method uses high heat just at either the beginning or the end of the cooking process, with most of the cooking at a low temperature. This method produces the golden-brown texture and crust, but maintains more of the moisture than simply cooking at a high temperature, although the product will not be as moist as low-temperature cooking the whole time. Searing and then turning down to low is also beneficial when a dark crust and caramelized flavor is desired for the finished product.
In general, in either case, the meat is removed from the heat before it has finished cooking and left to sit for a few minutes, while the inside cooks further from the residual heat content, known as carry over cooking.

The objective in any case is to retain as much moisture as possible, while providing the texture and color. As meat cooks, the structure and especially the collagen breaks down, allowing juice to come out of the meat. So meat is juiciest at about medium rare while the juice is coming out. During roasting, meats and vegetables are frequently basted on the surface with butter, lard, or oil to reduce the loss of moisture by evaporation. In recent times, plastic oven bags have become popular for roasts. These cut cooking times and reduce the loss of moisture during roasting, but reduce flavor development from Maillard browning, somewhat more like (boiled or steamed) stew or pot roast. They are particularly popular for turkeys.

Until the late 19th century, roasting by dry heat in an oven was called baking. Roasting originally meant turning meat or a bird on a spit in front of a fire. It is one of the oldest forms of cooking known.

Whole roast chicken

Traditionally recognized roasting methods consist only of baking and cooking over or near an open fire. Grilling is normally not technically a roast, since a grill (gridiron) is used. Barbecuing and smoking differ from roasting because of the lower temperature and controlled smoke application. Grilling can be considered as a low-fat food preparation, as it allows any fat in the food to drip away.

Before the invention and widespread use of stoves, food was primarily cooked over open flames from a hearth. To roast meat, racks with skewers, or, if accessible, complicated gear arrangements, would be utilized to turn the piece(s). In the past, this method was often associated with the upper class and special occasions, rather than customary mealtimes, because it required freshly killed meat and close attention during cooking. It was easy to ruin the meat’s taste with a smoky fire or negligence to rotate it at regular intervals. Thus, elite families, who were able to afford quality meat, appointed this task to servants or invested in technology like automatic turning devices. With further technological advances, cooking came to accommodate new opportunities. By the 1860s, working families were able to afford low-priced stove models that became sufficiently available. However, the key element of observation during roasting became difficult and dangerous to do with the coal oven. Hence, traditional roasting disappeared as kitchens became no longer equipped for this custom and soon thereafter, “baking” came to be “roasting”.

Roasting can be applied to a wide variety of meat. In general, it works best for cooking whole chickens, turkey, and leaner cuts of lamb, pork, and beef. The aim is to highlight the flavor of the meat itself rather than a sauce or stew, as it is done in braising or other moist-heat methods. Many roasts are tied with string prior to roasting, often using the reef knot or the packer’s knot. Tying holds them together during roasting, keeping any stuffing inside, and keeps the roast in a round profile, which promotes even cooking.

Red meats such as beef, lamb, and venison, and certain game birds are often roasted to be “pink” or “rare”, meaning that the center of the roast is still red. Roasting is a preferred method of cooking for most poultry, and certain cuts of beef, pork, or lamb. Although there is a growing fashion in some restaurants to serve “rose pork”, temperature monitoring of the center of the roast is the only sure way to avoid foodborne disease.

In Britain, Ireland, and Australia, a roast of meat may be referred to as a joint, or a leg, if it is a leg.

Some vegetables, such as potatoes, zucchini, pumpkin, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, cauliflower, asparagus, squash, and peppers, yam and plantain lend themselves to roasting as well. Roasted chestnuts are also a popular snack in winter.

It is also possible to roast fish as meat.

 

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU

December 9, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Dish of the Week, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU. Made using Tofu, Lite Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Brown Sugar, Ginger Root, Broccoli, Peanut Oil, Crushed Red Pepper, Garlic, and Sesame Seeds. Tofu done right! You can find this recipe along with all the other Diabetic Friendly Recipes at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Check out soon to find Delicious and Healthy Diabetic Friendly Recipes. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://diabeticgourmet.com/

BROCCOLI WITH ASIAN TOFU
Ingredients

1 pkg (16 oz) firm tofu, drained
2 Tbsp lite soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil (optional)
1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, finely chopped or shredded (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
1 lb fresh broccoli, rinsed and cut into individual spears
1 Tbsp peanut oil or vegetable oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
4 Tbsp garlic, peeled and thinly sliced (about 8 cloves)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Cooking spray

Directions

1 – Slice tofu into eight pieces. Place on a plate or flat surface covered with three paper towels. Top with four more paper towels. Top with another flat plate or cutting board. Press down evenly and gently to squeeze out moisture. Throw away paper towels. Replace with fresh paper towels and press again. (The more liquid you remove, the more sauce the tofu will absorb.)
2 – Place tofu in a bowl just big enough to hold all eight pieces lying on their widest side without overlapping.
In a small bowl, stir to thoroughly combine soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, and ginger into a marinade, and stir thoroughly. Pour over tofu. Carefully turn the tofu several times to coat well. 3 3 – Set aside.
4 РMeanwhile, heat a large nonstick saute pan coated with cooking spray. Add broccoli and saut̩ for about 5 minutes, until it turns bright green and becomes tender and crispy. Remove broccoli from pan and set aside.
5 – Heat a grill pan or flat saute pan over high heat. Drain tofu, reserving marinade. Place on grill pan to heat for about 3 minutes. Gently turn. Heat the second side for 3 minutes.
6 – At the same time, in the saute pan over medium-low heat, warm the peanut oil, crushed red pepper, and garlic until the garlic softens and begins to turn brown, about 30 seconds to 1 minute. 7 – Add broccoli and reserved marinade, and gently mix until well-coated.
8 – Place two slices of tofu on each plate with one-quarter of the broccoli and marinade mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
NOTES:
Optional: Delicious served on top of brown rice or Asian-style noodles (soba or udon).

Recipe Yield: Yield: 4 servings “Serving size: 2 slices tofu, with broccoli and marinade mixture
https://diabeticgourmet.com/diabetic-recipes/broccoli-with-asian-tofu

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 9, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Microwave scramble………………

Microwave scrambled eggs – Grab a mug and spritz it with nonstick spray. Crack a couple eggs inside. Top with a splash of milk or water, sprinkle with some shredded cheese, salt and pepper, then stir with a fork to combine. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after each, for a total of 90 seconds and a 12-grams-of-protein-strong breakfast is served!

Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers

December 8, 2019 at 6:48 PM | Posted in Skyline Chili, spaghetti | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers

 

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. Cloudy and 54 degrees out today, rain moving in overnight. Went to Walmart for a few items and to finish off my Christmas Shopping for the year. Back home I got the rake, leaf blower, and cart out and raked the front and side yard. Spent the rest of the day watching NFL Football. For Dinner tonight I prepared a package of Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers.

 

 

 

So I wanted something easy to prepare but I still wanted a hot good meal. So since I’m always in the mood for some Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti, Cheese w/ Side of Oyster Crackers that’s what we had tonight. Nothing says comfort food more than a Skyline 3 Way! As always I used my favorite, the Skyline 3 Way – Chili, Spaghetti. It comes packaged for the microwave, a bit smaller size than what you get at a Skyline but just right for those that want a few lower calories and carbs than the normal size. It comes with Spaghetti topped with Skyline Chili. To prepare it, it couldn’t be easier!

 

 

It comes in a microwavable pouch. Easily prepared – Just shake the pouch. Then tear the corner off to vent while cooking. Place the pouch standing upright in the microwave. Then microwave on high for 2 1/2 minutes. Let stand for 1 minute and it’s ready! And I needed this. I had not had this in a while and it really hit the spot!

 

 

 

 

Poured the Chili into a bowl, added a couple of shakes of Frank’s Hot Sauce, topped it with Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I also had a side of Skyline Oyster Crackers. And if you’re having Oyster Crackers, then Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is a must! Just add a few drops on top of the Crackers, it’s the local way to have your Oyster Crackers. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Skyline Chili Spaghetti, 14oz Microwavable Pouch

It’s a great new way to enjoy the original Cincinnati favorite, Skyline Chili with spaghetti!
* Skyline Chili Spaghetti One 14oz Microwavable Pouch
* Cheese Not Included
* Cincinnati’s Famous Heats in 2 Minutes
* Also Can be Prepared on Stove top

Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe – Autumn Chicken Pot Pie

December 8, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Sunday's Chicken Dinner | 1 Comment
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This week’s Sunday’s Chicken Dinner Recipe is – Autumn Chicken Pot Pie. To make this Classic Comfort Food some of the ingredients you’ll need are Cooked Chicken, Pearl Onions, Carrots, Granny Smith Apple, and Dried Cranberries and more all in a Lemon-Ginger Pastry Crust. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a fantastic selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Autumn Chicken Pot Pie
A buttery, lemon-ginger pastry crust covers a filling with tender pieces of chicken, pearl onions, carrots, chunks of Granny Smith apple and dried cranberries.

Recipe Ingredients:
Dough:
1 cup all purpose-flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons cold water

Filling:
1 cup pearl onions, peeled and steamed until tender
2 medium carrots, cut into slices and steamed until tender
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped (leftover from roast chicken or freshly poached)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Dough: In large bowl combine flour, ginger, lemon zest and salt. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of water over the mixture and toss with fork. The dough should be just barely moistened, enough to hold together when formed into a ball. Add more water if needed. Form the dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate while making the filling.
2 – Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
3 – For Filling: Drop pearl onions into boiling water for 30 seconds; drain, peel. Steam pearl onions and carrots until tender.
4 – In large saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Whisk in flour and ginger until smooth. Reduce heat to low and gradually whisk in chicken broth. Stir in pearl onions, carrots, apples, cranberries, lemon juice and chicken. Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon filling into deep, 10-inch ceramic or glass pie dish.
5 – On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to a circle, about 12-inches in diameter. Lay the dough over the top of pie dish. Trim and crimp edges. Use a small knife to cut several slits in the center of pie. (Alternatively, make decorative cuts in pie crust before setting it on top of pie.)
6 – Set the pie on a baking sheet and place in oven on middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 400°F (205°C) and continue baking for additional 20 minutes, until pie bubbles around edges and top is nicely browned. Serve while piping hot.

Makes 6 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/chicken/autumn_chicken_pot_pie_recipe.html

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes

December 8, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From thge EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes. Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner Recipes with recipes like Slow-Cooker Chicken and Honey-Glazed Root Vegetables, Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken, and Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious chicken main dish recipes including chicken and pasta, easy chicken casseroles, low-calorie chicken recipes, and chicken pot pie. Healthier Recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Honey-Glazed Root Vegetables
This beautiful slow-cooker chicken dish should be a standby for day-of decisions to host dinner. In the spring, substitute baby white turnips and baby carrots for the regular varieties. To reduce prep time, cut the vegetables the night before; refrigerate. Place in the slow cooker with the browned chicken the next day…………………

Slow-Cooker Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken
You can fully indulge in the sticky-sweetness this slow-cooker chicken dish offers when you know that calories, saturated fat, carbs and sugar are in check……………..

Chicken Cacciatore Hoagies
This easy chicken cacciatore, the Italian braised hunter’s dish, gets a touch of Philly when you turn it into a sandwich and call it a hoagie. This is a chicken sandwich recipe to remember………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/17932/ingredients/meat-poultry/chicken/main-dish/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 8, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When using your slow cooker…………………..

Place hard vegetables, like potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables at the bottom of the slow cooker where they will have more moisture and cook swiftly.

Baked Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries and Light Texas Toast

December 7, 2019 at 6:41 PM | Posted in Chicken Wings | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries and Light Texas Toast

 

 

Just a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea for Breakfast. Dealing with some bad Sinus Headaches today. I haven’t felt real good the couple of days. Hopefully better tomorrow. For Dinner tonight its Baked Chicken Wings w/ Baked Fries and Light Texas Toast.

 

 

 

I’m using Kroger Oven Roasted Chicken Wings. I started by heating the oven on 425 degrees F., same temperature I’ll need for my Fries and Texas Toast. I took a small Baking Sheet and lined it with foil. Then sprayed it with Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray. Spread the Wings out across the sheet and baked them for 33 minutes, turning them once after 17 minutes. I love Wings, and these are excellent Wings! Served them with Dipping Sauces of Hidden Valley Buffalo/Ranch Dressing and Litehouse Light Blue Cheese Dressing.

 

 

With the oven already heated I baked my Fries. I used Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries. Like all the Ore Ida Products, they are easy to prepare and delicious. I just baked them for 19 minutes and done! Served them with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup.

 

 

 

 

 

I also baked up some slices of New York Bakery Light Texas Toast. For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple to drink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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SERVING SIZE 84g
CALORIES 120
FAT 4 1/2g
SODIUM 290mg
CARBS 19g
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Litehouse – Lite Blue Cheese Dressing

Made with 48% fewer calories than regular blue cheese dressing, this version tastes as delicious as ever. The handcrafted blue cheese crumbles and fresh buttermilk together create a taste you can feel good about. You won’t even miss those calories! Great taste with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

https://www.litehousefoods.com/products/lite-blue-cheese-dressing

It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday – Chunky Beef Chili

December 7, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, It's Chili Soups or Stews Saturday | 1 Comment
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This week’s It’s Chili, Chowder, or Stew Saturday is a recipe for Chunky Beef Chili. Made using Beef for Stew (cut into chunks), Seasoning, Onion, Jalapeño Pepper, and Diced Tomatoes. The recipe comes from the CooksRecipes website where you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines so be sure to check it out today! Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Chunky Beef Chili
This simple hearty bowl of red is an excellent source of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of niacin.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds beef for stew, cut into 1 to 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium jalapeño pepper, minced*
2 (14.5-ounce) cans chili-seasoned diced tomatoes**

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat 1 tablespoon oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Brown 1/2 of beef; remove from stockpot. Repeat with remaining beef. Remove beef from stockpot. Season with salt, as desired.
2 – Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion and jalapeño pepper to stockpot. Cook and stir 5 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
3 – Return beef and juices to stockpot. Add tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours or until beef is fork-tender.
Makes 4 servings.

*To control the level of spicy heat, remove and discard some or all of the seeds and membranes from the peppers, or one (4-ounce) can of mild green chiles can be substituted for the fresh jalapeño pepper.

**Canned Mexican or Southwestern-style tomatoes can be substituted for the chili-seasoned tomatoes.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): 328 calories; 15 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat); 73 mg cholesterol; 849 mg sodium; 2 g carbohydrate; 1.7 g fiber; 27 g protein; 3.5 mg niacin; 0.4 mg vitamin B6; 2.3 mcg vitamin B12; 3.8 mg iron; 18.3 mcg selenium; 5.8 mg zinc.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/soup/chunky_beef_chili_recipe.html

Healthy Italian Soup Recipes

December 7, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell website and Magazine its Healthy Italian Soup Recipes. Find Delicious and Healthy Italian Soup Recipes with recipes including White Bean-Sausage Soup, Italian Bread and Tomato Soup, and Winter Minestrone. Find these Comfort Food Soup Recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Italian Soup Recipes
Find healthy, delicious Italian soup recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

White Bean-Sausage Soup
Make this heart-healthy main-dish white bean and sausage soup with fresh onions. If you’re really pressed for time, look for frozen chopped onions, which can be added to soups and stews in seconds……………..

Italian Bread and Tomato Soup
Inspired by Tuscany’s legendary pappa al pomodoro, this soup is a great way to use stale bread. The traditional version doesn’t contain kale or a topping of squash and grape tomatoes, but why not?…………………….

Winter Minestrone
This version of the Italian classic vegetable and bean soup is made in the slow cooker and mixes in flavorful sausage and squash. Use any variety of winter squash………………..

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Italian Soup Recipes
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/21089/cuisines-regions/european/italian/soup/

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