Tip: Sticky Ingredients in a Measuring Cup

While measuring sticky ingredients like molasses or honey,  spray your measuring cup or spoon with a little non-stick cooking spray like Pam.  It will stop you from having to scrape it out and make it easier to add to your favorite recipe.

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Tip: Fluffier and Whiter Rice

If you’d like your rice to be fluffier and whiter, add a tsp of lemon juice to every quart of water.

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Tip: Home Made Non-Stick Coating

Ingredients:

1 cup of vegatable oil
1 cup of shortening
1 cup of flour

Directions:

Mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl intil smooth.  Store in an air tight container in the fridge until needed.  Use whenever you need to coat a pan for a cake, muffins or anthing that requires a greased or flour coated pan.

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Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chefs

Last night Food & Wine Magazine announced their Best New Chefs. The winners are listed below along with their respective restaurant(s) and city.

  • Nate Appleman: A16 and SPQR, San Francisco
  • Bryan Caswell: Reef, Houston:
  • Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook: Animal, Los Angeles
  • Kelly English: Restaurant Iris, Memphis
  • Mark Fuller: Spring Hill, Seattle
  • Linton Hopkins: Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House, Atlanta
  • Chris Kostow: Meadowood, St. Helena, CA
  • Paul Liebrandt: Corton, New York City
  • Barry Maiden: Hungry Mother, Boston
  • Naomi Pomeroy: Beast, Portland, OR
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Definition: Grades of Beef

The USDA grade beef at eight  quality grades. The grades are based on two main criteria: the degree of marbling in the beef, and the maturity. US Prime beef is sold to hotels and upscale restaurants. Only 2% of graded beef is Prime.

  • U.S. Prime – Highest in quality and intramuscular fat, limited supply.
  • U.S. Choice – High quality, widely available in food service industry and retail markets.
  • U.S. Select – lowest grade commonly sold at retail, acceptable quality but less juicy and tender due to leanness.
  • U.S. Standard – Lower quality yet economical, lacking marbling.
  • U.S. Commercial – Low quality, lacking tenderness, produced from older animals.
  • U.S. Utility
  • U.S. Cutter
  • U.S. Canner
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