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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

HERBS AND SPICES: Asian herbs

Common Asian Herbs


  • Bay leaves
  • Chiles
  • Cilantro
  • Coriander seeds
  • Curry powder
  • Five spice powder 


BASIC CHINESE FIVE SPICE

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

1 teaspoon ground cloves.

1 teaspoon fennel seed, toasted and ground.
1 teaspoon ground star anise.

1 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground.



  • Garlic


  • Ginger
  • Kaffir lime leaves (don't substitute; just leave out); you can buy kaffir lime leaves, powder, dried and flakes.

  • Organic Dried Thai Kaffir Lime Leaves Flakes (0.88 Ounce)


    • Organic Dried Thai Kaffir Lime Leaves Powder (1.8 Ounce)
    • Organic Dried Thai Kaffir Lime Leaves (0.17 Ounce)


    • Lemongrass
    • Lime 
    • Mint
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Turmeric

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    HERBS AND SPICES 14 - FRANCE: Fines Herbes


    What are fines herbes?
    WHO KNOWS?

    There are several combinations.

    1. According to WIKI fines herbes is a 

    combination of herbs that

     forms a mainstay of French cuisine. The 

    ingredients of fines herbes are fresh parsley,

     chives, tarragon and chervil.  


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    2. According to my pantry (Spice Island) 
     fines herbes are a comination of herbs such as thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, marjoram and basil.

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    3. According to The Spice Hunter the 
    ingredients are chervil, tarragon, parsley
     and chives.


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    4. According to Simply Organic the ingredients are Organic thyme, organic rosemary, 

    organic basil, organic parsley, organic

     oregano, organic tarragon, organic 

    marjoram, organic "lavender flowers". *

     * Comment about the lavender flowers; they are commonly used in Herbes de Provence not Fines Herbes. 

    LINK TO MORE FINES HERBS INFORMATION




    Chervil, Chives, Tarragon, Marjoram, and 
    Parsley for above.

    Homemade from Food.com (like Julia's)






    Friday, September 18, 2015

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit - LASAGNA

    LASAGNA - PASTA WITH CREAMY CHEESE SAUCE AND PREMIUM SEASONINGS

    Photos below review:

    It's not about the money but it really is.  1 pound ground beef plus package mix costs anywhere from 
     6.99 to $8.99.  That sounds high but we got some on sale.  See this link for prices of beef in North Carolina:  http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/ra_lo101.txt

    Cost of Velveeta Cheesy Skillets in Walmart:     $2.36                 
    Cost of Velveeta Cheesy Skillets at Kroger:        $2.84                      

    We paid $4.00 for the beef on sale and $2.40 for the kit which comes to $6.40.  (Says on box 5 1 cup servings).  $1.30 per serving.

    1. Food is supposed to smell good when it is cooking, like sauteed onions, etc. It didn't. 
    2. This dish was disgusting!! It tasted terrible. (see below for photo of ingredients)
    3.  We served it with salad and ate a lot of that!!!!

    I would not ever buy this again nor would my husband and because of this experience we aren't fools and we will never try the other products listed on the box:

    • Chicken and Broccoli
    • Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac
    • Chicken Alfredo
    • Chili Cheese Mac
    • Creamy Beef Stroganoff
    • Nacho Supreme
    Recipe links below including a no meat one:





    Several recipes from Yummly













    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

    International food blog: AMERICAN: The Kitchen Back to School

    International food blog: AMERICAN: The Kitchen Back to School: LINK http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-kitchen/300-series/the-back-to-school-show.html Photos from The Kitchen ...

    AMERICAN: The Kitchen Back to School


    LINK


    Photos from The Kitchen








    International food blog: INTERNATIONAL: FRANCE - Paris - Brasseries from T...

    International food blog: INTERNATIONAL: FRANCE - Paris - Brasseries from T...: LINK TO THREE BR ASSERIES OUTSIDE OF PARIS  FROM THE LUXURY TRAVEL BLOG




    INTERNATIONAL: FRANCE - Paris - Brasseries from The Luxury Travel Blog






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