There is a saying that the kitchen is the heart of the home. In most homes now, wives and mothers have
little time or energy to cook after working all day. Boxed or prepared meals are time saving and have
gotten more appetizing, but the nutritional value is probably not as good as home-cooked meals.
One of the things that you will need to realize when you are making meats or fish is that you need to
spread your seasoning evenly. Adding too much seasoning in one area of your food can reduce the flavor
or lead to a tangy taste that will reduce the quality of your meal.
Substitute Greek yogurt for mayonnaise in creamy salad dressings. If you are on a diet or just trying to
eat healthy, you can still make creamy salad dressings with healthy ingredients. Just substitute the
mayonnaise in them with a low-fat Greek-style yogurt. This will make the dressing much healthier.
Purchase a quality loaf of bread that you can use as a side piece to a variety of meals. Bread goes
great with any dish that has sauce or cheese, as you can dip it in a variety of different toppings.
Include a loaf of Italian or French bread with your next meal.
Keep track of ingredients when baking. Sometimes, when you are adding a lot of dry ingredients to your
mixing bowl, it’s easy to lose track. An easy solution to this is to place each ingredient in a
different part of the bowl. That way, every dry ingredient you add can be seen and counted.
Unleash the tremendous flavor power of Mediterranean cous-cous by using this cooking tip. Pour your dry
cous-cous in a pot filled with boiling chicken stock instead of water. Mix for ten seconds, then turn
off the heat and cover for five minutes. The cous-cous will absorb the tasty flavor of the chicken
stock. This effect can also be achieved with vegetable or beef stock.
If you are planning on buying fish from a supermarket or fish store, make sure that you ask the person
behind the counter if you can smell the fish. The fish should be very firm and should not have any
pungent odors to them. Otherwise, do not purchase it, as they are probably not fresh.
When you purchase garlic for cooking, find the freshest head possible. In general, garlic tastes sweeter
when it is fresher. You will want to look for the following characteristics; firm skin, and no bruises
Make sure you season your meat and fish evenly. Sprinkle your salt and pepper over the food as though it
is snowing. This will make it so you avoid clumping and avoid having parts of the meat without any
seasoning. This will make for a tastier meal.
If you are planning on grilling, make sure that you take your steaks out of the freezer at least one
hour before you cook so that they can match the room temperature. This will allow you to cook them
easier and achieve the quality that you are looking for, by cooking them on the grill.
Don’t forget to clean your grill before you use it by scrubbing the grilling surface with a wire brush
while it heats up. This way the removed food and grease burn off. Built up food on the grill doesn’t add
flavor to the meat, but make the fresh food stick to the metal much easier.
Do you know how long your meat should be grilled? The best way to be sure that your meat has cooked
fully is to test it with a digital meat thermometer near the center of the thickest part of the meat.
For a steak, or any other meat, that is more than one and a half inches thick, you can speed up the
cooking time by covering it with the grill lid.
Before grilling any foods, make sure your grill is clean. A dirty grill surface can cause many problems.
Excessive smoking, soiling of flavors, potential for bacterial illness, not to mention being a fire
risk, are all side effects of a filthy surface. Clean your grill with a wire brush often for best
A great grilling tip to improve flavor and consistency is to try to cut similar foods into the same size
pieces. This ensures that foods stay moist and grill evenly. A nice side benefit is that it also makes
your workload a little easier. By cutting out the hassle of constantly monitoring foods for doneness,
you have the peace of mind of knowing your foods will all be ready right about the same time.
Prep your grill in advance of your barbecue cookout. Begin preparations around a half hour before you
intend to start grilling. Your coals should be covered in ash and of a medium temperature. This is the
best temperature for grilling.
To reduce cooking time for beef steaks and roasts, pull the meat out of the fridge an hour before you
intend to start roasting or grilling it. Letting the meat come to room temperature can shave valuable
minutes off the cooking time and allows the meat to cook more evenly.
Have you ever tried to do a “tri-tip” roast. The beef tri-tip roast is a lean, boneless roast from the
bottom part of the sirloin. Due to its unique triangular shape, it cooks unusually – from well done at
the corners, to medium rare in the center. It is very tender, and doesn’t require marinating. This cut
is ideal for roasting or grilling. With its short cooking time, it is an excellent choice for a mid-week
Cooking is easier now than in the past, since appliances are available which can be timed to cook foods
with preset programs. After the meal, it is easier to clean up with dishwashers, so no one has to stand
by the sink for an hour washing dishes. An exhausted mother or even older children can make a meal with