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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Food is such a huge part of our family's lives and being able to find menus, recipes and cooking tips in one place online is something busy parents can really appreciate, which is why the Recipe Publishing Network aims to bring you exactly that.

Choose from all the best meal ideas which your family will love, and learn cooking tips such as how to marinate chicken, how to make a fantastic salad or how to make Mexican food, as well as sweet treats like cookies, cakes and pie recipes.

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The Best and the Healthiest Homemade Hamburger

You can now make the best hamburger recipe at home anytime you want because today I will be sharing with you the best techniques on how to make a homemade hamburger. I just love making burgers myself at home and it is really a good idea since you are able to prepare this recipe the way you want it to be. Hamburger is healthier and tastier and it is never a junk food when it’s homemade because you control the ingredients and the cuts of meat used to make it. I love hamburgers because they satisfy my hunger like nothing else, there are so many types to choose from, and I also love the fact this meal is so healthy when made right. I can choose the right meat, the type of cheese, and the healthiest and freshest toppings so I get the perfect result.

The ingredients for this dish are full of nutrients like the bun which is a very good source of carbohydrates which we need for energy. In addition, the fresh vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals and do not forget the juicy patties which are very high in protein. Gather the following ingredients for the best and the healthiest homemade hamburger ever. Be sure to choose the freshest and cleanest ingredients and your burger will taste amazing. Choose from grilling the burgers or cooking them on the stove, and then you can choose how to assemble them.

Sliced tomatoes, grated cheese, salad leaves and avocado are all good, while some people like to add bacon or caramelized onions to their burgers. Knowing how to make a homemade hamburger is fun since everyone has the chance to make their own style of burger and choose the ingredients they want. It is also great way to have a family bonding moment. Continue reading

Easy Asian Beef Salad Recipe

An Asian beef salad recipe is the perfect salad for anyone looking to eat a little lighter. Asian salads with beef are full of robust colors and flavors. You can find a recipe for Asian salad with beef to be the next best thing to sliced bread. This is a hearty meal which can be a lunch or a dinner recipe. Next time you want something different and unique, try making and Asian beef salad recipe.

Asian Beef Salad Recipe

A taste of the orient served in a luscious salad! Tender steak slices in a tangy oriental sauce with just the right sweet flavor. Tender salad greens, ruby red bell pepper strips, and crunchy water chestnuts offer an exciting taste sensation. This lovely and oh-so-delicious salad makes an excellent dinner entree. Serve with a side of vegetable egg rolls for a totally complete, light, oriental dinner.

Complement this dinner with a cup of hot green tea for a comforting and filling meal. This is nutritious and tasty and very easy to prepare. Vitamin-rich, protein-packed, and bursting with flavor, this will become a family favorite. Great for those busy game nights when you want something a bit more exciting than pizza or burgers. Make a large salad bowl of Asian Beef Salad and let guests help themselves on the next pot luck dinner night. You will find this becomes one of the most requested entrees salads everywhere you take this delicious dish. Continue reading

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

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