Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Choosing New Recipes

So many recipe choices, so little time. Sometimes you just need a change up from the same old recipes you've been working with or you may want to explore a new ingredient.  Whatever your mission is, there are many resources at your fingertips.  When choosing new recipes,  I adore browsing and searching through cookbooks.  Although, [...]

How do you make Simple Syrups?

Why Simple Syrups? Simple Syrups are sooo easy to make and don't take much in the way of ingredients.  They're a great way to use up fruits that may be too sour, are on their way out and losing their freshness.  How about adding that last bit of fresh herbs you don't know what to [...]

Fresh Herbs or Dried?

Is there a difference between fresh & dried herbs? You betcha. Fresh herbs add a wondrous flavor & color to any recipe while imparting freshness from the get go.  Whereas dried herbs are much more concentrated and stronger.  When substituting with fresh herbs, you'll need 2-3 times the amount called for in the recipe.  For [...]

By | April 18th, 2017|An Efficient Kitchen, FLAVORING, Grocery Store, Herbs, SUBSTITUTIONS|0 Comments

Flavored butters

Butter makes everything better. Compound butter simply means butter mixed with other seasonings to be used as a flavor enhancer.  It will also add an element of color and texture.  Particularly when blended with fresh herbs, this butter can raise the ante on any steak or chops.  Add a fat slice of shallot butter to [...]

Simple Pan Roasted Chicken

A value pack of chicken is not  just for grilling with BBQ sauce... Chicken leg quarters make a simple weeknight dinner that can be in the oven cooking while you're settling in after a long stressful day.  If you can spare a few minutes in the morning or even the night before, this dish can [...]