What you need to know about cooking dried beans

Uncategorized Oct 01, 2020

What You Need to Know About Cooking Dried Beans

Where to Start

  • Always sort through the beans carefully and discard any small rocks you might find.
  • An easy method to do this sorting is to put the beans on a baking sheet and go through them.
  • My mama would put a small handful of beans in the palm of her hand and slowly let them drop through her fingers into the pot while looking for rocks.

Next Step

  • Rinse the beans and put them in a bowl.
  • Cover with water by 3 inches.
  • Soak the beans overnight.

How to Take the Gas Out of Beans...Silencing the Musical Fruit

  • Add 1 tablespoon epazote to a large pot of beans during the cooking process. OR...
  • Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 4 quarts of water.
  • Stir in the dried beans and bring to a boil.
  • Turn off the heat and let the beans soak overnight.

The Next Day

  • Cook the beans in a stockpot, covered in freshwater with half an onion, 3 cloves of garlic smashed, dried chile pepper and any other fresh herb that suits the recipe you will be using the...
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ABC10 Your California Life Roasted Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2020

This morning I was lucky to have a segment on Channel 10's Your California Life with Aubrey Aquino. I demonstrated making Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Tapenade. Fun times. The video is below along with the recipe that is delicious served as an appetizer, a sandwich spread, on top of grilled chicken...it's an all-purpose recipe. Hope you enjoy it.

--Paulette

Download the recipe below! I hope you enjoy it!

Roasted Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade

 

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Mise en Place - Everything in its place

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2020
 

Mise en Place is a French culinary phrase which means "put into place" or "everything in its place". It's the smart way to begin your cooking and to make every step as efficient as possible.

It will prevent you from getting halfway through a recipe only to find you're missing one key ingredient. With the help of some handy preparations, when the time comes to combine the ingredients on the stove or assemble the final dish, you aren't scrambling to dice your onions or chop your parsley while something is cooking and maybe burning because of your lack of attention.

To begin:

  • Read your recipe all the way through to understand what is expected of you to complete the recipe.
  • Gather the necessary equipment and utensils for the preparation, and have them all within reach of your cooking area. Small appliances should be assembled and ready to be plugged in.
  • All the ingredients should be pulled out of the pantry/refrigerator, measured, weighed, washed, trimmed and cut as described in the...
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How to Make Clarified Butter

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2020

Clarified butter, also known as drawn butter, is a butter with the milk solids removed. The clear yellow fat that remains has a high smoke point meaning it can stand up to cooking on high heat for a longer period of time without burning. You also want to use clarified butter when you want the flavor of butter, rather than the flavor of oil. You will also find clarified butter called for in many Keto recipes.

How to Make Your Own Clarified Butter

To begin, be sure to use a good quality of unsalted butter. You can clarify any quantity you want.

  • Heat the unsalted butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat until it's melted.
  • Let simmer until the foam rises to the top of the melted butter.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and skim off the foam using a spoon.
  • Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set the strainer over a heatproof bowl.
  • Carefully pour the pure yellow butter through the cheesecloth-lined strainer leaving behind any solids from the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour the yellow fat into...
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My Mamma

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2020

She was born Gena Marion Lorenzi in 1916 to an immigrant couple from Luca, Italy. She later became my mama, my teacher, my friend and my mentor. I can't remember a day that she didn't put three square meals on the table for our family and any friends who might have stopped by our home. She first taught me the importance of bringing people to the table for a hearty meal, friendship and lots of laughter. Then, she taught me how to put a good meal on the table. Her kitchen wisdom and abilities were impressive, and she enjoyed sharing them. I loved spending time in the kitchen with my mama, she taught me more than I can remember. And, there are still days that I think of something about her kitchen and her food that I just want to just pick up the phone and call her...and listen.

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Knife Care Keeping Your Knifes Sharp

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2020
 

 

Knives are used to perform a variety of tasks in your kitchen, from dicing vegetables to cutting up poultry and slicing a birthday cake. Each type of knife is used to perform specific tasks. How you handle and take care of your knives is extremely important in the life of your knife. 

Keeping your knives sharp is at the top of my kitchen essentials to-do list. Here are my tips to follow.

  • Always check the edge of a knife to make sure it is sharp. A sharp knife is much safer than a dull knife. Having a sharp knife helps to prevent injury because less pressure is required to use a sharp knife as compared to a dull knife.
  • No matter what type of knife sharpener you use, be sure to sharpen your knives from the heel to the point of the blade. This will ensure the entire blade is sharpened and not just a portion of it.
  • Be sure to have a good grip on your knife handle and hold it straight up and down. No tilting the blade. 

Here are my do's and don'ts to remind you how to...

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