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Homemade One-Pot Baby Food

Inexpensive, easy-to-make, and easy cleanup method to making your own baby food in the convenience of your own home. Give yourself the peace of mind...(more)

Basic Pesto Recipe

Pesto is one of the easiest homemade recipes that can be made in the convenience of your own home. Using a food processor and blending...(more)

How to Make Hummus

Hummus is an incredibly easy recipe to make and is great for parties as dip or spread or can be incorporated into lunch or dinner...(more)

Career and Education

How to Cook Nopales

The prickly pear cactus leaf paddle or nopolitos is a delicacy throughout Mexico and the Mediterranean. In south Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona the cactus often grow along the highways. The paddles (flat oval leafs) are called nopales (nopalitos with the spines that contain thorns). Nopales are a healthy, inexpensive addition to any salad. They are also great boiled or grilled as a main dish. To cook nopales, you will need gloves, a vegetable brush, a vegetable peeler, a large strainer, and a sharp knife. Here are the steps of how to choose, prepare, and cook Nopales....(more)

Popular Types of Watermelon

Watermelon is a juicy and refreshing fruit group that is loved all around the world. What most people don't know though, is that there are over 1200 varieties of watermelon that are grown and eaten in various regions of the world. In the United States and Mexico, people eat from the 200 to 300 local varieties. Here are the five most popular types of watermelons found worldwide....(more)

What is Broccolini? Learn about This Healthy Vegetable

In the United States, broccoli is a well-known vegetable. However, many people do not know what broccolini is, as the name is barely different from broccoli so the two are easily confused. The two vegetables are related. Their appearances and tastes are similar, but broccolini is often mislabeled in grocery stores. It is more likely that you will see broccolini labeled as baby broccoli than it is to see it sold under its real name. Educating yourself about what broccolini is will help you recognize it and learn to cook with it as well. Here are a few answers to some common questions about this green plant....(more)

Curing

Brined Capers

Many chefs utilize the powerful flavor of brined capers to enhance their Italian, French, or Greek recipe. Capers are especially prominent in most Mediterranean dishes, namely fish sauces and marinades. Brined capers add flavor, are rather easy to use, and have an almost indefinite shelf life. Additionally, brined or salt cured capers are relatively easy to do yourself, should you have fresh caper buds. All of these features make capers appeal to many chefs, whether beginners or veterans....(more)

Making Your Own Homemade Pepperoni

Real, old-fashioned pepperoni is a long, time-consuming process that is tricky to do. The most difficult part of the process is drying the pepperoni properly because it requires a humidity-controlled room. The process also requires natural fermentation that is achieved through an expensive starter culture.Making pepperoni at home however, is possible. You just have to modify a few of the steps in the original process. First you need to reduce the diameter of the pepperoni from the typical 1 1/2 inch size to that of a pepperoni stick, which is about 3/4 inch in diameter. The smaller size lets it dry out properly in a home kitchen. The other adjustment is to switch the starter culture to an encapsulated citric acid....(more)

Dinner Recipes for the Family: Easy Baked Parmesan Meatballs

This family-friendly recipe is sure to please everyone at your dinner table. If you're the cook, baked meatballs are much easier and less messy to prepare than pan-frying. These Parmesan meatballs make the perfect addition to spaghetti and marinara sauce. Add a Caesar salad and garlic bread for a delicious complete meal. Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a less fat version that still yields moist, flavorful results....(more)

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