Make Fruit Leather at Home

One of my kids' favorite snacks is fruit leather and now I've found a way to make them at home and to do one of my very favorite things, get my kids involved in cooking, too. Ingredients 1  1/2 lb strawberries, halved (4 1/2 cups) 3/4 cup sugar [sc:adsense ] Equipment: a  nonstick bakeware liner such as a Silpat Jelly Roll Liner 11-by-17-Inches and a large Offset Spatula Purée strawberries with sugar in a blender until smooth, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large heavy saucepan. Bring purée to a boil, then simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally (more frequently toward end), until thick enough to mound slightly and reduced to 1 to 11/4 cups, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat oven to 200°F with rack in middle. Line a large baking sheet … [Read more...]

Easy Braised Pork Chops Recipe

This really is just a plain old pork chop but the flavor was incredible. I have not had a pork chop in a long time especially with the bone in but when I saw these little morsels of goodness on sale at the supermarket - I knew they were coming home with Zesty. Pork chops have to be one of the fastest meals to prepare and lately I am all about speed and flavor. This meal was ready and delicious in about 35 minutes. Ingredients 4 Pork Chops 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1 tsp. Rosemary (Dried) 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard (Or Prepared Mustard) 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce 1/4 Cup Apple Juice 3 Dashes of Hot Sauce Salt and Pepper [sc:adsense ] Method Preheat oven to 400 Degrees. Warm saute pan to medium high heat. Add olive oil. Season pork chops with salt and … [Read more...]

Basic Cooking Terms and Abbreviations

When you first start cooking recipe books and online recipe sites can appear daunting if you don't understand the terminology and the shorthand. Never fear, today I'll help you decode the lingo and get you on your way towards becoming the fabulous Domestic Darling you are destined to be. Bake: Cooking in an oven Baste: Keeping foods moist during cooking either by pouring liquid over them, or brushing liquid over the food with a brush. Beat: Making a mixture smooth and creamy by whipping in a brisk motion, by hand or machine Blanch: Precooking food by briefly cooking it in boiling liquid.  Blanching usually loosens the skin, and retains the original color of the food. Boil: When a liquid is boiling, 212 F at sea level, rapid bubbles will form and break when they reach the … [Read more...]