We’ve all heard of aioli’s. They are all over current restaurant menus – but do you really know what it is? An aioli is a wonderful creation from France, originating in Provence where it was used in a variety of ways including as a sauce for seafood. A classic French aioli, in its basic form, is simply garlic, sea salt, pepper, egg yolk, lemon juice and olive oil. First the garlic is crushed with a mortar and pestle and then emulsified with the egg yolk. After that salt, pepper and lemon juice are added and lastly olive oil is whisked in until you wind up with this delicious, creamy goodness that you will want to dip, smear and slather into and onto anything you can find.
As you may or may not have known or noticed, the base ingredients are quite similar to good old mayonnaise. Now traditional mayonnaise doesn’t pack the flavor that an aioli can, and by making your own you can control the flavor as well as the consistency; thicker for a spread and thinner for a dip or sauce. Here is a quick and easy way to wow your friends and family in just a few minutes…
I found this great pic of my mom, niece and daughter while looking through old photos last evening. We had such a fun time all cooking together and this night really stands out. The inspiration for the cake was a bag of chocolate rocks that I found which later served as the fishbowl gravel. Just reminded me of all the fun times we had cooking and baking together as a family. Nothing is better than cooking with the people you love… Happy Throwback Thursday! <3
Using canned beans is not only quick and easy, it is pretty much commonplace in American households. I always see dried beans in the supermarket and at specialty food stores and I, probably like many of you, passed them up for a quicker, more convenient option…canned beans. So I decided to find out for myself which of these two alternatives was: 1. better tasting, 2. better for you and 3. the most economical. I love beans, they make whatever you are eating a lot heartier and healthier, they are after all packed with fiber and iron. But let’s face it, no one is going to take the time to cook beans from scratch unless they taste better and are better for you. So lets find out…
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Blueberries are at the peak of season in the summer, and while July is the official “Blueberry Month”, you can find delicious, plump, sweet blueberries from across the United States from May through August. Over the past few weeks, the blueberries in my area were not only very affordable but were packed with flavor. I picked up three pints and headed home to figure out what to make…
Read this article on MSN today – have to admit, never heard of the trick for the berries! Going to give it a try, especially with raspberries, I feel like they are going bad before you even get home from the grocery store… click this link: Tips for storing summer produce and have a read!
The answer to this month’s “Can you…guess the gadget?” is… herb mincer! It is used to mince all kinds of fresh herbs quickly and easily. I have already used it a few times to mince parsley and also basil. My father got this for mincing fresh parsley over his clams casino dish.
And the lucky winners are: Wendy K. from Chicago, IL and Dana M. from Seminole, FL. Email me at: QBKitchen@gmail.com to get directions on how to receive your prizes.
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My dad, Fred Glockner, “lent” this to me three days before he passed away earlier this year. When I saw this hanging on the pot rack above the stove in my parents kitchen, I grabbed it and brought it out back to ask him what it was (I was pretty sure I knew what it was but wanted confirmation). And as ill as he was, when I asked him, he face lit up and he started talking about a recipe he had made using this gadget. You could tell by the look on his face that he was reliving making and enjoying this dish in his head. He was smiling and licking his lips as he spoke about it. It made me and my sister smile as well. It was that night I realized I got my love of cooking from my dad. Funny, but I never realized that before. Thanks for that dad…
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There was a short little article about making homemade nut butters in my local newspaper about a week or so ago. When I saw how ridiculously easy it is to make I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t done this before. I was now on a mission to make my own peanut butter so I ran up to the grocery store to grab a few ingredients. The peanuts happened to be on sale BOGO (buy one get one free) and I also had two coupons – score! I was excited just about making some yummy peanut butter, but now this was going to be a lot less expensive than buying a store brand – double score! When I returned home with the ingredients, I got out my food processor and literally in minutes I had delicious and creamy, homemade peanut butter – no banana was safe at this point. The texture was not the same as store bought PB, but I actually liked this better. It just tastes so fresh and natural, not “commercial and processed”. I put the remaining peanut butter in an airtight, hinged jar, wrote the date on the bottom and popped it in the fridge. And I am happy to report, nearly three weeks later, the peanut butter is not separated or hard-as-a-rock like many store-bought natural brands I have tried. This would be a great thing to do with kids and when placed in a decorative jar, it also makes a nice little gift for someone. I brought a jar over to my mom and she loves it. Here is all you need to do to have your own fresh peanut butter in minutes…