Good Cooking Tips For A Successful Night In


by Dorsey T. Emanus


The economy is not in the best shape right now, which may be preventing you from going out to eat as much. Chances are, however, that you still crave and enjoy a variety of foods that you have only experienced in a restaurant setting. Use the tips below, to learn how to create dishes to fulfill your cravings and budget!

If you are wondering what to do with leftover vegetables, consider using the vegetables in a salad. Simply cut the vegetables into strips and toss with greens and add salad dressing. To make a chef's salad, just add your leftover meat and add cheese. These salads are easy to make, and you can enjoy them within minutes.

One of the best things that you can do to save money and improve the quality of your dressings is to make your own. Homemade dressings will save you a lot of money in the long run and will also taste great, as most of the ingredients are natural and healthier.

For pasta that is cooked perfectly all the way through, do not place it the in water until the water is boiling. Pasta cooks from the outside in, so to keep your pasta all one texture you need to cook it at the same consistent temperature from the beginning to the end.

When you are cooking in oil, and you need to add more to the pan, slowly drizzle it along the edges in a thin stream so that it drips down. This is so that the oil will already be adequately heated by the time it gets to whatever you are cooking.

To cook healthier, try replacing highly refined goods with whole-grain alternatives when you bake. Enriched white flour and other such refined grain products are low in nutritional value. Even replacing a fraction of them with natural whole-grain products will improve the healthiness of the finished dish. Consult packaging directions for specific replacements; whole-grain products do not always replace refined ones at a 1:1 ratio.

Purchase a quality pair of kitchen shears, and make sure that everyone in your family knows they are intended for food only. You can use shears to snip herbs, cut bacon, remove bones from meat, and a variety of other purposes, but they won't do you any good if they stray from the kitchen or get used on craft projects.

After removing corn from the cob, scrap the cob with the back of your knife. Doing this will extract the "milk" from it. Drizzle the "milk" over the corn to add extra flavor.

Purchase a quality loaf of bread that you can use as a side piece to a variety of meals. Bread goes great with any dish that has sauce or cheese, as you can dip it in a variety of different toppings. Include a loaf of Italian or French bread with your next meal.

If you want to make a healthy, lower-fat salad dressing that is still creamy and rich, substitute Greek yogurt for at least half of the fatty mayonnaise, and fold it in well. The trimmed down dressing will still be thick and delicious, and you will save a lot of unnecessary calories.

As stated before, people cook on many levels. Amateurs cook at home for family and friends, while professionals cook in restaurants for customers and important people. Using the tips from this article, you can be able to cook at your best, no matter what your level is or your audience.




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