Pasta Primer

Basic Principle of Pasta Pasta is a simple combination of flour and water or eggs that is made into dough and formed into different shapes — 3,500 different shapes to be exact. But before we delve into what shape pasta to use and when, let’s learn some basic principles. Fresh pasta vs. dried pasta –…

Meatloaf Recipes for Every Occasion

Try any one of these delicious meatloaf recipes – they’re guaranteed to be a hit! Use ground turkey for the lowest fat content (if you don’t like the taste, try a mixture of half-turkey, half-lean beef), or use lean ground beef, the old-fashioned way! Whatever you choose, you’re guaranteed a hearty meal without the hassle…

Fast and Easy Shrimp Recipes

Sweet & Sour Shrimp Ingredients 3/4 lb peeled, deveined fresh shrimp 1 medium green pepper ½ medium onion 1 can pineapple chunks in juice 1 tsp cornstarch 3 Tbsp chili sauce 1 Tbsp light soy sauce ½ tsp garlic powder 2 tsp oil Instructions Drain pineapple over medium bowl to catch juice. Mix cornstarch, chili…

Simple Recipes for Tasty Nonfat Low-Cal Muffins

Cranberry Corn Muffins Ingredients 1 cup unbleached flour 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 egg white, whipped 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream 1/2 tsp lemon zest 1 cup chopped cranberries Plus: 2 tsp vinegar enough skim milk to equal 3/4 cup Instructions Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix vinegar and…

Low Fat Free Oatmeal Based Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Ingredients 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 egg whites, lightly beaten 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup applesauce 1/2 cup nonfat milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup raisins Instructions Preheat oven to 375 F. Sift together…

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

What are you thankful for this year? I am thankful for my good health, the master’s degree that I recently achieved, all my beloved family members and friends, and the nice little traffic I got to this website. This year, believe it or not, I decided to have a vegetarian Thanksgiving. My Thanksgiving menu will…

Holiday Sweets and Treats

Doubly Chocolate Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1 1/2 cups sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 2 cups flour 3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened) 3/4 tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) Oven: 350 In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and…

Beginners Guide to Starbucks Drinks

Beyond the Menu In most restaurants, the menu is fairly comprehensive. Appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks are usually ordered as written, with only a simple variety available based on pre-selected side dishes, salads and soups. Guests of the average restaurant usually only become aware of any further choice if they are long-time patrons of an…

Stainless Roasting Pan

One of my favorite Thanksgiving tools is my stainless steel roasting pan. It’s a great turkey roasting pan. It helps me to create a wonderful Thanksgiving for my family. I’ve looked at many and yearned for the best. I was lucky enough to receive one for a holiday gift. It’s a lifetime pan and will…

Tuscan Theme Kitchen Decor

Tuscan Kitchen Decor Whenever we think about kitchen design or remodeling, we always seem to allow a rather insular, almost myopic view to take over our fertile imagination. The term decorative disappears off our radar, compelling us to deal with more contemporary, functional issues like laying tiles, tile saw, adhesive, cleaner, and grout. Intractable issues…