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Tips for Planning a Wonderful Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Since chicken can be enjoyed in a variety of delicious dishes it is one item you may want to consider stocking up on when you are grocery shopping, especially when it is on sale. Some of your chicken can be safely stored in your refrigerator provided you keep it cold enough and some can be stored for future use in your freezer. Chicken is one food that you really want to be sure to keep an eye on as far as the expiration dates go since it can be hazardous to your health to eat outdated chicken.

Chicken is also one of the foods that need a bit of TLC when working with it. Bacteria can spread fast from raw chicken so be sure to have a good antibacterial soap, paper towels and hot water handy. Keep utensils and countertops clean while preparing your chicken dishes and especially afterwards. To be sure your chicken is thoroughly cooked it is highly recommended to own a meat thermometer and follow the internal temperature direction guides quite carefully.

Be sure there is never any pink showing in your cooked chicken. Following just these few suggestions can help everyone thoroughly enjoy chicken without risk of getting sick. There are so many wonderful chicken meals to enjoy and chicken parmesan is just one of them that your whole family may just love. Continue reading

Brining turkey pretty much guarantees a tender, moist roast, although brining is optional. Brining is done by dissolving a few tablespoons of salt in several quarts of water and soaking your turkey in this mixture before cooking it.

Meat naturally contains a lot of water but not much salt, so when you brine turkey, some of the salt from the brine goes into the meat and some of the water from the meat goes into the brine, making the meat drier and saltier. The salt then begins to modify the turkey, pushing the proteins apart. This allows more water to come into the meat and makes it more moist. A turkey can be 10% heavier after brining.

Despite all this, some people choose not to brine, believing that brined turkey does not taste as meaty as non-brined meat. Also, you cannot use drippings from a brined turkey to make gravy because the drippings are too salty. If you still wish to try your own brined roast turkey recipes, the following is very good. Continue reading

Everyone loves chocolate desserts and when you add nuts, the recipes become even more appealing. Take the following chocolate triangle recipe, for example. Boasting pistachio nuts as well as chocolate, cocoa powder and more, this luxurious dessert is really sensational. The dessert is made in two stages. First the dough is baked into cakes and then you need to make a glaze to go over one side.

The glossy glaze contrasts nicely with the soft, crumbly chocolate triangles. This is an unusual dessert which is impressive enough for a dinner party. You can make smaller wedges if you want to serve them with ice cream or whipped cream. Chocolate mousse served on the side would also be good or, for a contrast, what about fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries on the side?

You can make the triangles and glaze them in advance if you want, and they will keep for several hours in the refrigerator. They will keep for a few days actually but the texture will be soggier after a few hours so it is best to serve them as soon as you can. Continue reading

The following recipe blends potatoes with ham, onion, Cheddar cheese and more to make a wonderful gratin recipe. This dish is best served piping hot and bubbling with some fresh parsley. You can serve this by itself for lunch or supper, or make it into a more substantial dinner by serving your favorite vegetable on the side. Broccoli, green peas, string beans or sprouts would all work. This scalloped potato and ham recipe can be spiced up with a few drops of hot sauce if you like.

The word “gratin” applies to any dish which is topped with a browned crust. Butter, grated cheese and egg are popular gratin ingredients. This dish originated in France and gratins are usually made in shallow dishes and then broiled or baked to make the top golden brown. Sometimes you might like to bake your gratin and then broil it for a couple of minutes to brown it more. A gratin dish is a shallow dish which you can bake gratins in.

This scalloped potato and ham recipe is just one example of a tasty gratin. You could also make gratin recipes with ingredients like mushrooms, asparagus or other vegetables. Some vegetable gratins are nice served alongside a piece of meat, such as some pork, chicken or a steak. You can bake or broil your gratin while you pan-fry or grill your meat or poultry. Continue reading

Stuffed cabbage recipes can be enjoyed hot or at room temperature, and they make really nice appetizers. Just spear them with a toothpick to pick them up. These cabbage rolls freeze well and you can freeze them before or after cooking. You can also make them in a slow cooker. Serve leftover cabbage rolls the following day as a sandwich made with rye bread and mustard.

This Polish recipe is simple to prepare and cabbage rolls are real comfort food. Most stuffed cabbage recipes feature beef and pork combined with barley or rice. This filling is stuffed into rolled-up cabbage leaves and baked or pan-cooked until tender. Known as golabki in Polish, which means “little pigeons”, these cabbage rolls really are tasty. A similar meal is served in Croatia and Serbia, although the sauce is different.

Stuffed cabbage recipes are a nice dinner idea, especially if you are looking for something warming and hearty during the cooler fall or winter months. The following recipe is simple to prepare and also very nutritious. Continue reading

Wine has been around for more than six thousand years. Fermented grape juice, or wine as we call it, is well loved in many countries. Some people enjoy relaxing with a glass after a long, hard day and others love to collect wine or to invest in it and sell it for a profit.

Vines have been cultivated since 4000BC in the Middle East and the Egyptians were making wine with grapes in 2500BC. The Greeks planted vines from the Black Sea to Spain and kept the wine in earthenware pots. The Romans kept it in bottles and barrels and planted vines in some of what are today’s top wine districts.

A lot of Europe’s main wine areas were extended by the monks and they kept the trade in wine alive after the Roman Empire declined. Wine reaches the New World via Columbus and it was the Spanish missionaries who introduced it to Chile and Argentina in the 1500s. In the 1700s, the Californian south became a wine region when the missionaries traveled north. Continue reading

In the old days, it was far simpler to choose wine in a restaurant. The standard rule was red with meat, white with chicken or fish, champagne as an aperitif and brandy or a liqueur after the meal. The men would order the wine and the women (despite having arguably superior palates and being able to remember taste profiles better) would drink whatever the men ordered.

Today there are red wines which suit fish and chicken, white wines which suit meat and game, wines from the new world as well as the old world, and wine lists several inches thick. Unless you are a wine connoisseur, there will be pages and pages of wines you have never heard of.

No wonder choosing a good wine is so stressful, especially when you are choosing for a whole tableful of people. Making a poor choice will not ruin the meal but it can be embarrassing, and it is worth learning a few tips about how to order a suitable wine and how to get your money’s worth. Continue reading

Although many people have never even heard of a wine aerator, this is an item which many wine drinkers use regularly. A wine aerator is designed to aerate your wine, enabling all the flavors to come out and making it more enjoyable.

If you pour wine from the bottle into a glass, you are not allowing it to “breathe” so some of the depth of the wine and the wine’s flavors will not be apparent. A wine aerator gives the wine the space it needs to release all its aromas and flavors, by maximizing the wine’s exposure to the surrounding air. This warms the wine and encourages the aromas to open up, and the flavors to mellow and soften. This device looks like a decorative tube (or stemless glass) which you pour the wine through.

Although purchasing a wine aerator is optional, it does make wine taste better. A wine aerator is not expensive and you can get them in nice designs and different colors. Unless you have tried a wine aerator yourself, it might be difficult to understand how it is worth the money though. The best way to try out a wine aerator is to pour one glass of wine from the bottle to a glass, and pour a second one through the wine aerator. Taste each one and you should notice a difference. The aerated wine should be smoother and tastier. Continue reading

It is more difficult to find a sweet red wine than a sweet white wine, but they are available. Most red wine is made dry (the opposite of sweet, in the wine world), which means it contains less residual sugar and usually more tannins, which further enhance the dryness. Some people make the mistake of confusing a sweet red wine with a fruity red wine, but a fruity wine is usually that way because of both its aroma and flavor.

Some fruity red wines are not necessarily sweet. Our taste buds can taste four flavor sensations, which are sweet, salty, bitter, and sour, although our noses can distinguish between thousands of different smells. If a red wine contains a lot of tannin, that can disguise the otherwise fruity notes too.

How is Sweet Red Wine Made?

The level of sweetness in a red wine is determined largely by the amount of residual sugar it contains. The process of fermentation converts the natural sugars in the grape into alcohol, via yeast, so the alcohol level will give you some clue about how sweet the wine is. Continue reading

If you are thinking about making wine at home, you should know that you will require quite a few pieces of equipment for wine making. You can buy most of it from special wine making stores or order online.

Important Wine Making Supplies

You will need a food-grade bucket and lid for primary fermentation and bottling, as well as a spigot to drain the wine into the carboy. If you do not have a spigot, you can siphon the wine instead.

Another requirement is a six gallon glass carboy, which you will use for the secondary fermentation and aging, as well as a bung, which is a drilled rubber stopper, to provide an airtight seal that holds the airlock. An airlock lets the carbon dioxide escape from the plastic bucket while keeping out the oxygen. This is vital for wine making. Continue reading

There are about one hundred and fifty acknowledged grape varieties in Spain. The most common red grape is the Garnacha and the most common white grape is the Airen.

Spanish Red Grapes

The Garnacha grape grows well in hot, dry conditions, and it is usually used to make blended wines. Wines made with this grape are often sweet and fruity. Another popular Spanish grape is Tempranillo and this one is harvested during late September. Tempranillo grapes thrive in a limestone and calcium-rich soil and wine from this grape is usually blended with other wines to make up for its lack of longevity and acidity.

A further Spanish red grape is the Mazuelo. This one is originally from Aragon in Spain, and it is widely planted around the globe. It produces high yields and is high in acidity and tannins. Continue reading

Various white wine types hail from France but there are seven main ones and those are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Moscato, Semillon, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer and Riesling.

Let us take a look at each of those white wine types in more detail:

Sauvignon Blanc

This crisp white wine goes nicely with salads, seafood, and poultry. It is grown in the Bordeaux area and blended with Semillon grapes. Perhaps you have tried a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, as that is also a popular one. A lot of great Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Loire Valley in France. This wine is best from cooler places. Australian Sauvignon Blancs tend to lack fruitiness and be flat and these are grown in warmer regions.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay can be sparkling or still and it was the most popular grape in the 1990s. Pair Chardonnay with chicken or fish recipes. This grape is grown in the French region of Burgundy and it originated there. It is versatile and not difficult to grow. French Chardonnays are full-bodied with strong grapefruit or lemon flavors. Fermenting Chardonnay in new oak barrels gives it a buttery tone, which is comparable to toast, coconut, vanilla or toffee flavors. Continue reading

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