Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 4, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cooking Pasta…..

Do not use oil in water when boiling your pasta. It will keep the sauce from sticking to the cooked pasta.

Healthy Ravioli Recipes

November 2, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website it’s Healthy Ravioli Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Ravioli Recipes with recipes like Skillet Ravioli Lasagna, Crispy Baked Ravioli with Red Pepper and Mushroom Bolognese, and Mushroom Ravioli. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Ravioli Recipes
Find healthy, delicious ravioli recipes including cheese and spinach ravioli, and ravioli soup. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Skillet Ravioli Lasagna
This easy inside-out ravioli lasagna is the ultimate weeknight comfort food—no layering or mixing bowls required. Feel free to swap in ground turkey for the beef. Look for fresh mozzarella balls (also called “pearls”) in the specialty cheese section of your grocery store……

Crispy Baked Ravioli with Red Pepper and Mushroom Bolognese
Legend has it that toasted ravioli originated with a St. Louis chef dropping the pasta in hot oil instead of water. Here, we lighten it up by baking instead of frying and adding a serving of vegetables in the form of a vegetarian Bolognese-style sauce. More good news: this easy vegetarian dinner takes just 35 minutes to make……

Mushroom Ravioli
This mushroom ravioli builds on plenty of rich flavors from mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and a brothy sauce that coats everything. Garlic and shallot complement the mushrooms well, while spinach adds color and a fresh flavor……

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https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19261/ingredients/pasta-noodle/pasta-by-shape/ravioli/

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One of America’s Favorites – Orange Chicken

October 10, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Orange chicken

Orange chicken is an American Chinese dish.

The variety of orange chicken most commonly found at North American Chinese restaurants consists of chopped, battered and fried chicken pieces coated in a sweet orange-flavored chili sauce, which thickens or caramelizes to a glaze. While the dish is very popular in the United States, it is most often found as a variation of General Tso’s chicken in North America rather than the dish found in mainland China. Chef Andy Kao claims to have developed the original Chinese-American orange chicken recipe at a Panda Express in Hawaii in 1987. Since Panda Express is closely associated with this dish, Panda Express uses orange chicken as a promotion tool by having a dedicated food truck tour the country distributing samples of orange chicken.

Orange chicken is called Chinese food in North America, but orange chicken is rarely found in Chinese restaurants in China. Andrew Cherng, owner and founder of Panda Express, said that orange chicken is just a variation of General Tso’s chicken, another dish that is almost unknown in China. Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee says that both “General Tso’s chicken and Orange Chicken are Americanized mutations of sweet and sour dishes found in China.” Orange chicken has also entered the menus of the mainstream U.S. by being served in school cafeterias, and in military bases’ chow halls, and also found in the supermarket frozen meal aisle.

Jimmy Wang, executive director of culinary innovation at Panda Express, claims orange chicken is one of the most creative dishes in the past thirty years. In most countries in the western hemisphere, the names “orange chicken”, “orange peel chicken”, “orange-flavored chicken”, and “tangerine chicken” are typically used for this particular dish.

Another preparation of orange chicken

This dish may have originally come from the “tangerine chicken” dish from Hunan province, China. In Chinese, this dish is known as literally “dried citrus peel chicken”, referring to dried orange or tangerine peel. However, the taste and recipes of this dish differ due to cultural and geographical factors. In American Chinese restaurants, the use of tangerine was changed to the use of fresh orange peel or no orange at all. Tangerine is used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as cooking. Tangerine chicken tastes fresh and spicy, but orange chicken tastes sweet and sour. Orange chicken is crispy cooked in a sweet and little spicy orange sauce. The sweetness of orange chicken was introduced to cater to American tastes.

Orange chicken is the signature dish of the American fast food chain Panda Express, which sells over 100 million pounds of it every year. In the TV series The Big Bang Theory, the character Sheldon’s favorite Chinese food is orange chicken.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 3, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Love that Olive Oil…..

Adding even just a little of olive oil can really bring out the flavors of a dish. Obviously, it’s easy to go overboard on this. I’ve found that a little dab will do, but I do love the flavors it adds. I’ve used olive oil on Hummus, Pastas, and even cakes!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 25, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Oil and Water…..

Does oil in water help pasta? Contrary to popular myth, adding oil into the water does not stop pasta sticking together. It will only make the pasta slippery which means your delicious sauce will not stick. Instead, add salt to the pasta water when it comes to the boil and before you add the pasta.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 18, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Cooking Pasta…..

Use a big enough pot. During cooking, pasta can expand in volume up to three times its original size. So you’ll want to be sure you leave plenty of room in your pot. Also use plenty of water. Fill your pot with at least 2 quarts for each ½ pound of pasta. This will help prevent your pasta from sticking together during cooking.

Diabetic Dish of the week – Shrimp and Caper Vermicelli

September 13, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the week is a Shrimp and Caper Vermicelli. Tomatoes, Spices, Vermicelli, Shrimp, and Feta are just some of the ingredients that you will be using to make this week’s dish. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Shrimp and Caper Vermicelli

Ingredients
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons dry white wine or low-sodium broth
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
6 ounces uncooked dry vermicelli, broken in thirds
10 ounces peeled fresh or frozen and thawed raw medium shrimp
2 ounces reduced-fat feta, crumbled (plain or basil and sun-dried tomato variety)

Directions
Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 1 cup

1 – Combine tomato, parsley, capers, wine, lemon juice, oil, garlic, lemon peel, salt, and red pepper flakes in large bowl; set aside.

2 – Cook pasta according to directions on package, omitting any salt or fat. After 6 minutes of cooking, add shrimp to pasta. Return to a boil and cook 4 to 5 minutes or until shrimp is pink and opaque. Drain well. Add to tomato mixture, and toss well.

3 – Place shrimp mixture in pasta bowl or place equal amounts on each of four dinner plates. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with a quick sauté of fresh spinach and mixed greens with a light, creamy dressing.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 323 calories, Carbohydrates: 35 g, Protein: 23 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 113 mg, Sodium: 646 mg, Fiber: 2 g
https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/main-dishes/shrimp-caper-vermicelli/

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One of America’s Favorites – Chicken Parmigiana

September 5, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Chicken parmigiana from an American restaurant

Chicken parmigiana, or chicken parmesan (Italian: pollo alla parmigiana), is a dish that consists of breaded chicken breast covered in tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan, or provolone cheese. A quantity of ham or bacon is sometimes added.

The dish originated from 20th-century Italian diaspora. It has been speculated that the dish is based on a combination of the Italian parmigiana di melanzane, a dish using fried eggplant slices and tomato sauce, with a cotoletta, a breaded veal cutlet generally served without sauce or cheese in Italy.

Chicken parmigiana is included as the base of a number of different meals, including sandwiches and pies, and the meal is used as the subject of eating contests at some restaurants.

The dish, also known as “chicken parm”, originated in the northeast United States from Italian immigrants, and became a popular staple in restaurants serving Italian-American cuisine by the 1950s. Home versions also grew in popularity. A recipe was published in the 1953 issue of the New York Herald Tribune that used frozen fried chicken patties or fillets along with other pre-processed foods to make a version of the dish at home. A recipe for chicken parmigiana was published in The New York Times in 1962.

In the United States and Canada, chicken parmigiana is often served as a main course, and sometimes with a side of, or on top of pasta. Many restaurants also offer chicken parm sandwiches. Upon arriving in America, Italian immigrants began to take advantage of America’s affordable meat market, incorporating chicken into parmigiana.

Chicken parmigiana was known in Australia by the 1950s. It was offered in restaurants in Adelaide as early as 1953. It is regularly served as a main meal throughout Australia, where it is considered a staple of pub food. In a 2019 interview that was broadcast on ABC Radio Hobart, food historian Jan O’Connell believes that chicken parmigiana did not become a pub staple until the 1980s; before that time it was primarily served in restaurants.

Chicken parmigiana is typically served in Australia with a side of chips and salad, although there is some dispute as to whether they should be served under or next to the chicken. Its popularity has led to a specialized chicken parmigiana restaurant opening in Melbourne, and chicken parmigiana is the subject of reviews on dedicated websites which compare the dish as purchased from various pubs within a region. The dish’s colloquial name varies across regions, with ‘parmy’, ‘parmi’ and ‘parma’ the most popular variations.

In fusion cuisine, chicken parmigiana has been modified to suit Asian taste preferences by the addition of a small amount of soy sauce (as a salt substitute) to the tomato-based sauce and sometimes served with a side of rice or stir-fried noodles. This dish is sometimes marketed in English-speaking areas as chicken katsu parmesan. Sometimes, the soy sauce is added instead to the egg wash for the chicken.

Aside from the melanzane alla Parmigiana, a dish using breaded eggplant slices instead of chicken, there are other similar dishes in Italy that use meat.

Chicken pizzaiola in Venice, Italy

Carne pizzaiola is a dish derived from the Neapolitan tradition that features meat topped with cheese and often cooked with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, and white wine. Beef is used most often but it can be made with chicken and pork as well.

A similar dish using veal is known in Italian as cotoletta alla Bolognese, which excludes tomato sauce but includes melted parmesan cheese and prosciutto. Costolette Parmigiana is another similar veal dish, but in Italy it is generally served without sauce or cheese.

In England, parmo is a dish originating in Middlesbrough that typically consists of fried breaded chicken or pork topped with a white béchamel sauce and cheese instead of tomato sauce. Parmo originated as escalope Parmesan, a derivative of chicken parmigiana.

In Argentina, a variation of milanesa a la napolitana is made with chicken instead of the usual beef, similar to chicken parmigiana. It is sometimes topped with ham, bacon, or a fried egg and is usually served with french fries.

Healthy Tomato Recipes

August 31, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Tomato Recipes. Find some Fresh and Delicious Healthy Tomato Recipes with recipes including Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce, Cherry Tomato and Garlic Pasta, and Sicilian-Style Chicken Thighs. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Tomato Recipes
Find healthy, delicious tomato recipes including roasted tomatoes, stuffed tomatoes and tomato salsa. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner recipe. The flavorful oil they’re packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce……

Cherry Tomato and Garlic Pasta
This easy and healthy cherry tomato pasta recipe takes just 20 minutes to prep, so it’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Cooking garlic cloves whole and then mashing them into the sauce not only saves time, it creates a mellow garlic flavor that melds seamlessly into the silky burst cherry tomatoes……

Sicilian-Style Chicken Thighs
Bright-green Castelvetrano olives hail from Sicily and have a buttery flavor and meaty texture that pair perfectly with the Italian seasoning and salty capers in this one-skillet chicken dinner. Look for them on your supermarket olive bar or in jars with Italian ingredients……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Tomato Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19320/ingredients/vegetables/tomato/

Healthy Summer Recipes

August 7, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Summer Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Summer Recipes with recipes including Chunky Black Bean Salsa with Corn and Bell Pepper, Prosciutto Pizza with Corn and Arugula, and Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Summer Recipes
Find healthy, delicious summer recipes including summer salads, appetizers, desserts and dinners. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Chunky Black Bean Salsa with Corn and Bell Pepper
This TikTok-trending, veggie-packed salsa gets inspiration from Texas caviar (aka cowboy caviar), a dish created in 1940 to ring in the New Year by Helen Corbitt, who was a chef at Neiman Marcus. Scoop it up with tortilla chips or try it as a topping for grilled meat or fish, or as a filling for a quick quesadilla……

Prosciutto Pizza with Corn and Arugula
This grilled prosciutto and arugula pizza makes the perfect summer dinner. If you have time, let the dough stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes to make rolling it out easier in this 20-minute healthy pizza recipe. Thawed frozen corn works in place of fresh, just pat it dry before sprinkling it on the pizza……

Ground Beef and Pasta Skillet
Sneak extra vegetables into your child’s day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Summer Recipes
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