How to Cook the Tastiest Lamb

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Many people find it exciting and maybe even a bit nerve-racking when trying a new lamb recipe. It is very easy to overcook or undercook lamb. But no matter what your recipe is, there are a few essential tips to cooking a great piece of lamb: Ask Butcher About the Cut of Lamb You may not see the piece of lamb that you want when you get to the grocery store. Often the store can special order it or can cut if for you the way you want. They also…

How to Cook Properly With Olive Oil

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Olive oil is one of the keys to the very healthy Mediterranean diet, so people always have many questions about how to cook with it. It is a very versatile oil and it has many unique flavors and aromas. You can use different olive oils for sautéing, stir frying, deep frying and browning, among many other uses. It is a good idea to think about olive oils just like you would think of different types of wine. You can use strong extra virgin olive oil to cook fish, meat, create…

Tips for Roasting Ham

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Roasting is a popular dry heat cooking type that is great for cooking many large pieces of meat, including cooked and uncooked hams. Roasting is pretty much the same as baking and is very often the most popular way to cook ham. When you roast a ham, you take the skin off and the fat layer is left on to help add flavor and to keep the meat nice and moist while it cooks. The ham should be let to stand at room temp for about two hours before you…

Cooking Ideas with Squash

We really love fall and winter squash in the US! They are crammed with antioxidants, fiber, carotenes and Vitamin A. They are very filling with very few calories and can be prepared in countless ways. Plus, in fall, they are in season and are very inexpensive. But what are the best ways to buy, prepare and cook various types of squash? Butternut squash is tasty but can be hard to chop up, and some of the other types look rather gnarly and scary, so what to do? Purchase and Storage…

8 Foods to Eat for Your Heart

Dieting and exercise are two of the activities you can do to improve the health of your heart and prevent disease.  Most individuals do a great job at this.  They go on daily walks each day and try to maintain a more active lifestyle.  In addition, they eat a healthy diet and avoid fast foods that are bad for their health and heart.  However, along with these efforts, they can also add certain foods to their diet that are proven to increase the health of the heart.  Learn more about…

A Grand Old Independence Day Cake

The 4th of July is a great time for family fun and picnics. You don’t have to wait until evening for the “fireworks.” Try this great idea for a red, white and blue flag cake to make your event the talk of the summer. 4th of July Cake Impress your friends and family with this tasty “flag cake.” Any white cake recipe will do, but the experts recommend a denser, heavier cake. Some even recommend chilling or freezing the layers to help with the cutting and assembling. What you need…

6 Slow Cooker Meals for Sunday Dinner with the Family

Your weekly Sunday dinner is coming and it’s time to prepare that menu.  But it never seems like there’s enough time to get it all done.  That’s why using your slow cooker to help prepare your Sunday family dinner can be smart, quick and economical.  Here are some great recipes to try this Sunday: Leg of Lamb with Rosemary and Lemon What you’ll need: 3 lbs. whole leg of lamb 1/4 cup honey 2 tbsp. prepared Dijon mustard 1 tbsp. dried rosemary 1 tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. kosher salt…

How to Cook an Easy Chicken & Pork Gumbo

If you haven’t cooked fresh okra before, it’s easy. This unusual Southern favorite tastes mildly like asparagus and is an essential ingredient for making gumbo. It’s a new vegetable kids like to crunch. Substitute a pound of peeled shrimp and a can of crabmeat for the chicken and sausage, if you like. Use frozen okra when fresh is not available. 1 large sweet onion, chopped 1 sweet red pepper, chopped 1 green bell pepper, chopped 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 lb. boneless chicken…

Top Four Herbs and Spices for Your Kitchen

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Everyone knows how much good herbs and spices can add to your dishes. But which ones are the best and most popular in American kitchens? The five below are the ones that you really cannot afford to do without as you cook your next meal. Remember, herbs and spices are always best when they are freshly ground or chopped. Most dried herbs and spices on the shelf in the grocery store lost their potency long ago. Buy small, fresh quantities of these great herbs and spices and grind them up…

Best Banana Smoothies for Your Good Health

Banana Smoothies for Your Health Bananas are a natural health food.  They contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose as well as fiber.  They can give a substantial energy boost.  Bananas will provide enough energy to help you through a 90-minute workout.  It’s a favorite fruit of athletes around the world. Bananas also provide added health benefits and help with things like depression.  The natural tryptophan in a banana helps you relax and improves your mood.  Because bananas are high in iron they can help with the production…