Posts Tagged ‘recipes’

What’s in the Kitchen

In Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on July 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

You can say a lot of things about the FDA institution,
but you don’t have to eat fast food when there are better food solutions.

Lean burgers that won’t dry out
In an effort to cook healthier, I’ve been making burgers with lean beef — but they just aren’t as juicy and succulent as my usual recipe. So I was happy to learn this trick: Mix 1 cup of plain yogurt and 3/4 cup of bread crumbs into each pound of meat. The yogurt’s lactic acid will tenderize the beef while the bread will retain moisture. Now my burgers are healthy and delicious.
–Julia Harnischmacher,
Test Kitchen Associate

Tasty way to prevent grilled fish from sticking
The trick to fillets that easily release from the grates every time: mayonnaise. Simply brush a very thin coating of the condiment onto the fish before grilling. Mayo’s thick consistency will adherer better than oil, creating a nonstick barrier. Bonus: The condiment’s subtle, savory flavor will perfectly complement the seafood without overpowering it.

Baker’s tip for a crisp, flaky piecrust
When baking a pie on a hot day, wrap an ice pack in a dish towel and leave it on your work surface for 30 minutes before rolling out the pastry. This will keep the butter in the dough from melting as you roll it out, making the task a breeze and ensuring a flakier crust.

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Keep chopped herbs fresh
To enjoy the convenience of pre-chopped herbs without taking away their vibrant flavor, try wrapping a handful in a damp paper towel and storing the bundle in a zip-top bag in the fridge. The moisture and lack of exposure to oxygen will help the herbs retain their color, texture and flavor for up to three days.

The secret to a sweet pineapple
Slicing into a whole fresh pineapple can be a gamble: The flesh often looks pale and tastes tart. That’s because the fruit constantly stands upright, so its natural juices settle on the bottom. The save: Cut off the leafy green top and turn the fruit upside down (so it’s standing on the cut end); let sit for an hour before slicing. This will distribute the juice evenly throughout the fruit, making every bite delectable.

I like to cook in the kitchen and I love to eat.
I like my beef: tender and my pineapples: sweet.

I like not eating out and knowing exactly what’s in my food,
I’m Qui
Doling out better food solutions
to aid you in your kitchen mood.
[Ref. source: First For Women Magazine]

T isn’t just for Tuesdays

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on June 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Photo Flipbook Slideshow MakerWhen I was in Art School I was religious in having Tea on Tuesdays. I’d go downtown (Dallas) and sip at artsy baristas in the presence of fellow artists, bongo’s, maraca’s and acoustic guitars. All on one accord, one vibe, and on an antioxidant high. I miss Art School.

hough Tea isn’t just for Tuesdays, any day is a good day to detox. So let’s have Tea more often. Shall we?

DID YOU KNOW? Tea has some amazing powers like

It Revs Metabolism
Sipping tea can in crease resting metabolic rate by 10 percent for two hours– enough to burn an extra 90 calories a day without lifting a finger. The credit goes to plant compounds that prevent the breakdown of a hormone (nor-adrenaline0 that triggers thermogenesis. the result: More calorie are burned instead of stored as fat.

It Improves Alertness
The caffeine and L-theanine found in most teas help stimulate brain regions that govern focus, reaction time and memory. In fact, British researchers found that drinking tea can heighten mental alertness in as little as 10 minutes, allowing you to zip through your to-do’s with ease.

It Balances Blood Sugar
A variety of plant compounds (including theaflavins, tannins and polyphenols) in tea work together to enhance the function of the hormone insulin, according to research in the journal Diabetes Care. This stabilizes blood sugar throughout the day to ward off fatigue, mood swings and cravings.

I’ve been sipping again,
but it’s not juice and gin. [lol!]
I’ve been sipping white tea
and it’s looking good on me.

Yes! I’ve renewed my affair with sipping good tea
and couldn’t resist sharing a few recipes with thee:

2 white or green tea bags
4 slices fresh ginger
4 sprigs fresh mint
2 lemon slices, halved
1 cup lemon seltzer
2 strawberries, halved

Steep tea bags and next 3 ingredients in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags and ginger. Chill. Add seltzer and strawberries. Sweeten to taste. Garnish with lemons. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The gingerols in ginger soothe sore muscles.

2 orange-and-spice black tea bags
2 orange slices, (halved)
2 lime slices, (halved)
1 cup pomegranate-blueberry juice

Steep tea bags and fruit in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags. Add juice. Chill. Garnish with mint. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The hesperidin in oranges helps regulate blood pressure.

3 wild-berry or mixed-berry black tea bags
2 lemon slices, halved
3 sprigs fresh thyme cup strawberry-peach juice or white grape-peach mango juice, [like Welch’s]

Steep tea bags, lemons and thyme in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove tea bags and thyme. Add juice. Sweeten to taste. Chill or server over ice. Garnish with lemon. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The pectin in lemons banishes belly bloat.

And that is why I love tea so,
—my belly fat has got to go!!!

It’s 79 degrees in Phoenix as we speak,
I’m Qui
Kicked back in the shade sipping on some tea.
Oui! Oui! Vibe these Antioxidants with me.