Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Know These Three Terms Before Getting Creative in the Kitchen

July 28, 2015 1:48 pm

Any cook knows that for a dish to turn out as intended, he or she needs to have a clear understanding of the recipe. That includes knowing the different common ways to cut and slice ingredients. Here are three terms you should know before getting started in the kitchen.

  1. Pare. Preferably done with a paring knife, to pare a fruit or vegetable means to peel the outer skin from it. Apples and potatoes are often prepared this way.
  2. Mince. You can do this with a sharp knife or kitchen scissor, just so long as you cut or chop the ingredient into very fine pieces. Mincing often applies to herbs and spices.
  3. Dice. If a recipe asked you to dice an ingredient, it means to chop it into small, uniform pieces. Chunky salsas and fruit salads often employ this action.

The Basic Kitchen:Glossary of Cooking Terms [Le Petites Gourmettes]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes and Gardens]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Cookery]
Culinary Terms: Food Dictionary and Glossary of Cooking Terms [Culinary Arts About.com]

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Quick and Easy Marinades for That Upcoming Barbecue

July 21, 2015 4:23 pm

Every barbecue enthusiast knows that the marinade is key when it comes to adding flavor to your meats, but there are a whole lot more options than just the usual barbecue sauce to choose from. From sweet to tangy to spicy, these grill-ready marinades can take foods from bland to mouthwatering in just a few minutes flat. And best of all? They don’t have to sit in the refrigerator all night, so they’re perfect for the last-minute home chef!

Greek Marinade [greek.food.com]
Olive oil and lemon juice impart a bright, zesty flavor to foods like chicken and fish, while a bounty of fresh herbs and spices will make you feel like you hopped a plane to the shores of Greece. Pour this perfect marinade over your meats and pop them into the fridge for an hour before grilling.

Maple Grilled Salmon Glaze [myrecipes.com]
Take salmon to the next level with this sweet and smoky glaze that you can brush on the fish — or even on a juicy pork chop — right as it’s cooking. Garnish with orange slices to bring out even more sweet, citrus-y flavor.

Barbecue Sauce [marthastewart.com]
Although there are limitless options for marinades, sometimes you’re just in the mood for a good old-fashioned barbecue sauce. This simple, straightforward recipe takes just 30 minutes to make, and it can be used on everything from ribs to chicken at your next cookout.

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5 Must-Know Tips for Beginner Runners

July 14, 2015 11:29 am

No exercise routine is easy at the beginning, but for many people, running is particularly difficult. Once you get into the groove of things, however, your morning run might just become the most enjoyable part of your day. Here are a few expert tips for beginning runners, including how to stick to your new routine.

  1. Choose the proper apparel. In order to have a safe, comfortable run, experts recommend getting fitted for the proper type of running shoe for your body.
  2. Run with a friend. If you’re the type of person who has trouble being alone, enlist an equally motivated friend to run with you. If you hold each other accountable, you’ll be less likely to slack off.
  3. Allow your body to acclimate. You won’t be able to run 10 miles on your first day, and you shouldn’t expect to. It’s even been shown that your fitness levels might bottom out when starting a new exercise routine. If this happens to you, be sure to stay focused and give it about six weeks to even out.
  4. Make a plan. Find a running plan online or at your local running store to help yourself stay on track.
  5. Get outside. If you normally run inside, try heading outdoors for a change of scenery.

10 Tips for Beginning Runners [Active]
11 Tips for Newbie Runners [Runner’s World]
10 Stick-With-It Strategies For New Runners [Prevention]

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