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Thursday, April 21, 2016

International food blog: UNITED STATES: The Kitchen - Spring Entertainig o...

International food blog: UNITED STATES: The Kitchen - Spring Entertainig o...: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-kitchen/500-series/early-spring-entertaining.html Early Spring Entertaining Jeff Mauro's grilli...

UNITED STATES: The Kitchen - Spring Entertainig on Food Network QUICK LINK and VIDEO on Easy Ingredient Replacements

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-kitchen/500-series/early-spring-entertaining.html

Early Spring Entertaining

Jeff Mauro's grilling a delicious blackened hanger steak 

and Cooking Channel's Tiffani Thiessen shares her 

entertaining tips for an at-home pizza party. There's 

quick and easy snacks on the go, new tricks for hiding 

healthy ingredients in decadent desserts and tips on 

planting a kitchen herb garden. Plus, Geoffrey 

Zakarian's herb infused cocktail. 








VIDEO ON Easy Ingredient Replacements LINK BELOW
http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/the-kitchen/videos/kc500/early-spring-entertaining.vid-0237141.html



International food blog: AMERICAN: The Kitchen on Food Network tells some ...

International food blog: AMERICAN: The Kitchen on Food Network tells some ...: LINK TO THE KITCHEN SECRETS Secrets Show Take everyday recipes to the next level with Katie Lee's Barbecue Potato Chip- Crusted...

AMERICAN: The Kitchen on Food Network tells some secrets QUICK LINK



Secrets Show

Take everyday recipes to the next level with Katie Lee's Barbecue Potato Chip-

Crusted Salmon and Jeff Mauro's Pickle-Brined Pork Chops with Sweet and Spicy 

Peppers. Restaurant secrets are revealed to help make your food taste better, then 

it's a showdown between Geoffrey Zakarian's Cherries Jubilee French Toast and 

Marcela Valladolid's Cafe de la Olla French Toast. Plus, cookbook author Candice 

Kumai shares some hidden healthy ingredients in desserts while making truffles with 

dates and Geoffrey makes a Balsamic Boulevardier cocktail










Monday, April 11, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

FRANCE: Paris - Patisseries (Bakeries and Pastries) You Will Fall in Love With - From the Culture Club - QUICK LINK (REPOST)

Red link below photos take you to the site























UNITED STATES: Top Restaurant Review Sites

I did some internet studies and came up with the following rankings using 3 popular ranking sites. Not all of the below review sites were on all three rankings sites: (nor are these necessisarily ranted 1-9 - just stats)


  • Yelp - number 1, 1, 1
  • Urban Spoon - 2, 3
  • Trip Advisor - 3, 10
  • Chowhound - 2
  • Open Table - 3, 7, 7
  • Gayot - 4, 6, 10
  • Zagat - 5, 5, 7
  • Citysearch - 4, 5, 12
  • Yahoo local - 8, 12
Generic photos of foods below:












Thursday, April 7, 2016

HERBS AND SPICES 22 - Sarriette (from Provence in ...

International food blog: HERBS AND SPICES 21 - Sarriette (from Provence in ...: About summer savory or sarriette from WIKI Another link about sarriette (Pronounced sah ree et) Looks rosemary, doesn&...

HERBS AND SPICES 22 - Sarriette (from Provence in France)



(Pronounced sah ree et)




Looks rosemary, doesn't it?


PURCHASE:  You can order from Amazon using "sarriette" as the search word to get the authentic French Herb. If you use summer savory you will get other products also. 

USE:  Sarriette or summer savory (not as bitter as winter savory) is used as an ingredient in Herbes de Provence, famous world-wide, add flavor to the Beyond region. Rosemary (romarin), sage (sauge), origan (origan), marjoram (marjolaine) and savory (sarriette) are used alone or in different mixtures together to give Provençal cooking its unique taste and smell. A typical jar of Herbes de Provence lists " savory , rosemary (romarin), (serpolet), marjoram (marjolaine), origan (origan), (basilic), thyme (thym) in variable proportions".
Photo of Herbes de Provence

USES:  Summer savory is a traditional popular herb in Atlantic Canada (Atlantic Canada is the region of Canada comprising located on the Atlantic Coast, excluding Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and parts of Newfoundland and Labrador) where it is used in the same way sage is elsewhere. It is the main flavoring in dressing for many fowl, mixed with ground pork and other basic ingredients to create a thick meat dressing known as cretonnade (cretonade) which may be eaten with turkey, goose and duck. 
It also is used to make stews such as fricot (a traditional Acadian (French) dish.  The word fricot has its origins in 18th century France where it was used to mean a feast.  The following century, it had evolved to mean "meat stew", and later still it became used to refer to prepared food).
The main ingredients of fricot consist of potatoes, onions and whatever meat, and whatever meat was available, cooked in a stew and topped with dumplings. The common meats used were chicken, clams, rabbit, beef or pork and in meat pies. It is usually available year-round in local grocery stores in dried form and is used in varying proportions, sometimes added to recipes in large generous heaping spoonfuls (such as in cretonnade), and sometimes more subtly (as in beans, for which savory has a natural affinity). 
Summer savory is a characteristic ingredient of herbes de Provence, a fairly standard mixture of dried herbs sold in most US and Canadian stores which specialise in French foods. It is also widely used as a seasoning for grilled meats and barbecues, as well as in stews and sauces.
Summer savory is preferred over winter savory for use in sausages because of its sweeter, more delicate aroma. It plays an important role in  Bulgarian cuisine, LINK FOR Bulgarian recipe for stuffed cabbage leaves providing a strong flavor to a variety of dishes. Instead of salt and pepper, a Bulgarian table will have three condiments: salt, paprika and savory. When these are mixed it is called sharena sol (шарена сол 'colorful salt').


Summer savory is used in Romanian cuisine, especially in sarmale (stuffed cabbage or grape leaf rolls).

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

International food blog: ITALIAN: PASTRY: Sfogliatella - Pronounciation g...

International food blog: ITALIAN: PASTRY: Sfogliatella - Pronounciation g...: What is  Sf ogliatella?   An Italian dessert from the province of Salerno pronounced - See pronounciation link:   LINK TO PRONOUNCIATION...

ITALIAN: PASTRY: Sfogliatella - Pronounciation guide, photos, recipes and VIDEO

What is Sfogliatella?  An Italian dessert from the province of Salerno pronounced - See pronounciation link:  

LINK TO PRONOUNCIATION

According to WIKI:  
The dough is stretched out on a large table, or flattened with a pasta maker, then brushed with a fat (butter, lard, shortening, margarine, or a mixture), then rolled into a log (much like a Swss roll, but with many more layers). Disks are cut from the end, shaped to form pockets, and filled. The pastry is baked until the layers separate, forming the sfogliatella's characteristic ridges.
Recipes for the dough and filling vary. Fillings include orange-flavored ricotta, almond paste and candied peel of citron. 
Recipe first came from Salerno but is popular in other areas such as Naples.  (photos below video link)











GREECE: Homemade Greek Seasoning Recipe from Spice-Mixes.com MINI SLIDE SHOW and recipe QUICK LINK

GREECE: Homemade Greek Seasoning Recipe from Spice-Mixes.com MINI SLIDE SHOW and recipe QUICK LINK

GREECE: Homemade Greek Seasoning Recipe from Spice-Mixes.com MINI SLIDE SHOW and recipe QUICK LINK








Tuesday, April 5, 2016

HERBS AND SPICES 10 B - ITALIAN: UPDATE AND REPOST - Tuscan spice mix - PRODUCT REVIEW: BEWARE OF MANUFACTURED SPICES AND HERBS

LINK TO PART A






LINK TO TUSCAN 10 A

LINK TO TUSCAN RED WINE BEEF STEW
10 B:  Tuscan

THE FIRST PART OF THIS POST IS FROM HERBS AND SPICES 10 A - ITALIAN - TUSCAN SPICE MIX 



  • LIST OF COMMON SPICES AND HERBS FOUND IN TUSCAN SPICE RECIPE (I read over 30 recipes to calculate this list) 
  • sage*
  • fennel seeds*
  • thyme*
  • red pepper flakes*
  • green pepper flakes
  • black peppercorns*
  • rosemary*
  • sea salt* **
  • kosher salt
  • regular table salt
  • juniper berries
  • basil*
  • oregano*
  • garlic powder*
  • Spanish paprika*
  • granulated onion*
  • sugar
  • cayenne pepper
  • parsley*
  • marjoram*
  • cilantro
  • savory
  • crushed chili peppers
  • sun dried tomato*

*The most common have a star beside them.

**Don't let too much of any kind of salt overpower these wonderful flavors.

Photo of fennel seeds at top and sesame seeds below.




Photo of fennel seeds at top and sesame seeds below

Figured it out that a company in New York didn't make a true Tuscan spice by putting sesame seeds and oil in their Tuscan spice instead of fennel seeds. After reading several Tuscan spice recipes it is clear that a true Tuscan spice includes fennel. Listed sesame on label. See photo above of fennel seeds.  The taste of these two seeds are totally different. (See difference in costs below.)

Sesame seeds: (DEFINITION FROM GLOBAL SPICE UNIVERSITY) : sesame seed = benne seed = goma   Notes:   These nutritious seeds have a mild, nutty flavor.  They're commonly used in baked goods, Asian stir-fries, and Middle-Eastern candies.  European recipes for sesame seeds are usually referring to white sesame seeds, but Indian and Asian recipes sometimes intend for you to use the more pungent black sesame seeds. Substitutes:  pumpkin seeds.

Fennel seeds: (DEFINITION FROM GLOBAL SPICE UNIVERSITY): fennel seed = fennel = sweet cumin   Pronunciation:  FEN-uhl Notes:   This is similar to anise seed, but sweeter and milder.  It pairs well with fish, but Italians also like to add it to sauces, meat balls,  and sausages.   Both the seeds and the stalks from the plant are sometimes called fennel.  If a recipe calls for a large amount, it probably intends for you to use the stalks.   Substitutes:  anise seed OR cumin OR caraway seeds OR dill.  


BEWARE OF THE PRETTY CONTAINERS!!  I DON'T MIND THAT I BOUGHT IT BECAUSE THAT IS MY JOB!!


      They also used lemon peel and I don't know what the natural flavorings are!!
See up and coming Part C - for recipes to make yourself. 

FENNEL SEEDS ON LINE
1 - 1 LB BAG $24.00

SESAME SEEDS ON LINE
1 - 1 LB BAG $16.00

SESAME SEEDS ARE 49% CHEAPER THAN FENNEL SEEDS SO THAT IS WHY THEY PROBABLY USED THEM! 

ADVICE:  DO YOUR RESEARCH ON LINE BEFORE SPENDING MONEY ON A SPICE OR HERB AND READ THE LABEL!!

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THEY TASTE DIFFERENT:

Fennel and caraway are relatives, but not the same plant. Fennel seeds have 
a flavor dominated by anise/licorice, where caraway is quite different, being 
dominated by other flavors. They also have subtle differences in appearance.
Cumin, anise, and dill are other look-alike seeds with very different flavors. 
Anise and fennel have very similar flavors, and can be substituted for each 
other.  Caraway and dill are likewise similar in flavor. Cumin has a flavor 
different from any of the above.