Technique Tuesday

Technique Tuesday: Six Spins on Salsa

Chop some canned tomatoes, then mix together these cool dips. Pass the chips!

1. Taco Joint

Veggies & fruit: chopped carrots, radishes and scallions

Heat: chopped pickled jalapeño

Seasonings: chopped parsley

 

2. Chunky Salsa Fresca

Veggies & fruit: chopped onion

Heat: chopped fresh jalapeño

Seasonings: minced garlic, chopped cilantro lemon juice

 

3. Cool Customer

Veggies & fruit: diced cucumber, chopped onion

Seasonings: chopped cilantro, lime juice

 

4. Smoky Black Bean & Corn

Veggies & fruit: corn kernels, drained canned black beans, chopped scallions

Heat: chopped chipotle chiles in adobo

Seasonings: minced garlic, lime juice

 

5. Spicy Pineapple

Veggies & fruit: diced pineapple, chopped red onion

Heat: sliced serrano chile

Seasonings: toasted cumin seed, chopped mint

 

6. Tequila Sunrise

Veggies & fruit: chopped onion

Seasonings: chopped cilantro, lime and orange juices, shot of tequila

 

 

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Technique Tuesday: Six Cool Whips!

Dessert just got a little crazy! Pour 1/2 cup chilled heavy whipping cream into a bowl, then beat in these fun, flavorful additions.

 

 

1. Purple Cow

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. grape jelly until smooth, add to the cream, then whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Peanut butter pie

 

2. Double Coconut

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. cream of coconut, such as Coco Lopez; whip to stiff peaks. Fold in 2 tbsp. toasted coconut.

Serve with: Chopped pineapple

 

3. Green Apple-Licious

Mix it in: Add 2 tsbp. crushed green apple Jolly Rancher candies to the cream. Chill until candies dissolve; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Butterscotch sundae

 

4. Lemon Cream

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. lemon curd; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Strawberry shortcake

 

5. Chocolate Cloud

Mix it in: Whip the cream to soft peaks. Whisk 5 tbsp. chocolate syrup; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Vanilla Pudding

 

6. Pepperminty

Mix it in: Add 1 1/2 tbsp. crushed peppermints to the cream. Chill until candies dissolve; whip to stiff peaks.

Serve with: Hot chocolate

 

 

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Technique Tuesday: Meet Marsala

Ever see Marsala wine in a recipe and wonder, “Can I just drink it?” Guess what: You can sip the Sicilian beverage (especially today, on National Drink Wine Day)! It tastes great with cured meats and aged cheeses. But remember that it’s fortified, so a grape spirit, such as brandy, has been added to preserve the wine. There are dry and sweet versions: Dry has a rich, smoky flavor that’s ideal for sauces (think chicken marsala); sweet is sometimes used to give tiramisu its boozy kick. Try using it in these dishes:

 

Mushroom Soup with Marsala

Red Chicken Marsala

Sliced Steak & Mushroom Sandwiches

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Technique Tuesday: Hash Brown Heaven!

Buy a bag of frozen shredded spuds, then mix, pan-fry and top your way to the best-ever breakfast potatoes.

1. Lumberjack Special

Stir it in: chopped browned breakfast sausage

Top it off: butter, maple syrup

 

2. Spicy Ranchero

Stir it in: shredded pepper jack cheese, spicy salsa

Top it off: sour cream, chopped cilantro, squeeze of lime

 

3. Cheeseburger & Fries

Stir it in: browned ground beef, shredded yellow cheddar

Top it off: pickle slices, finely chopped onion

 

4. Veggie Confetti

Stir it in: shredded carrots, parsnips and beets, squeezed dry

Top it off: chopped fresh thyme, sage and parsley

 

5. French Onion

Stir it in: caramelized onions, chopped fresh thyme

Top it off: shredded gruyere

 

6. Everything but the Bagel

Stir it in: sliced red onion, capers

Top it off: sliced smoked salmon, cream cheese

 

By Nina Elder

 

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Technique Tuesday: Segment Your Citrus

Lately, we’ve been giving you lots of reasons to enjoy a nice, juicy orange, lemon or grapefruit (it is citrus season, after all). But how do we make those fruit segments look so darn beautiful? You, too, can upgrade your fruit salads, cocktails and desserts by cutting your oranges and grapefruits into pretty segments (“supremes” in chef lingo). Here’s how:

 

1. Prep It

Cut a small slice off the top and bottom, exposing some of the flesh. Stand the fruit up on one flat side.

 

2. Pare It

Cut from top to bottom along the curve of the fruit, removing the peel and bitter white pith.

 

3. Section It

Over a bowl, make a slice on each side of each segment along the membrane and use the knife blade to life out the freed fruit wedge.

 

4. Use It

in tons of delicious recipes, like the ones below!

 

Orange and Ice Cream Trifles

Tarragon Grapefruit Salad

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Technique Tuesday: Mellow Out Those Onions

Raw red or white onions should be the perfect balance of sharp and sweet, but sometimes their natural pungency can take over a dish (not to mention your breath!). Tame the burn by submerging sliced onions in an ice-water bath for about 15 minutes, which will remove the harsh natural sulfurs from the cut surfaces. Drain and pat dry before using. Bonus: The refreshing dip crisps them up, too!

 

Here are a few ways to use your mellowed out onions:

 

Mixed into our brand-new recipe for Tarragon-Grapefruit Salad.

Pup ‘em on top of our Lemon Tilapia with Garlic-Parsley Couscous.

In our Guacamole Salad alongside Hot-or-Not Grilled Sliced Chicken with Cheesy Polenta.

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Technique Tuesday: Be Your Own Butcher

Save almost 40 percent by buying a whole chicken and using our easy instructions to break it down. Here’s how:

 

Step 1. With the breast side up, slice through the skin between the breast and each leg. Bend the legs back to pop out the joints. Cut through the joints to remove the legs.

Step 2. With the skin side down, slice along the white fat line in the legs to separate the thigh from the drumstick.

Step 3. Pull each wing away from the body; cut through the joint to remove.

Step 4. Flip the chicken over. Using kitchen shears, cut along either side of the backbone. (Toss or save for stock).

Step 5. With the skin side down, slice through the breastbone (you may need to use a chopping motion) to split the breast into two pieces.

Step 6. Use the chicken in all sorts of soups, casseroles and rice dishes, like our brand new Arroz Con Pollo recipe!

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Technique Tuesday: DIY Balsamic Glaze

If you can’t find bottled balsamic glaze at the supermarket, it’s easy to make at home. Just simmer 2 cups balsamic vinegar over medium-low heat until it’s thick and reduced by half, about 25 minutes. Cooking the vinegar tames its tartness, creating a sweet and tangy syrup. Drizzle over meat, fish, or roasted veggies, or go in a dessert direction: Spoon a little over berries, ice cream or pound cake.

Try making your own balsamic glaze in these recipes!

 

Seared Scallops with Shitakes

Watermelon-and-Prosciutto Skewers

Balsamic Pork with Fennel, Arugula and Parsnips

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Technique Tuesday: Cooking with Cola

In the December issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray, we share a recipe for Cola-Braised Short Ribs with Polenta and explain why you should spend more time cooking with soda:

Adding soda to your braising liquid or marinade is a fun, fast way to add a pop of flavor. The sugars in regular soda (don’t use diet) encourage caramelization during cooking, which is the key to the rich color and deep flavor.

 

But short ribs aren’t the only meat that are great made with soda. The next time you have a can or two of your favorite cola laying around, try these meaty recipes that are as delicious as they are simple:

Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches

 

Grilled Cola Skirt Steak Salsa Tacos

 

Cola Barbecue Ribs

 

Talk about a recipe to whet your whistle!

 

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Take a Dip

Technique Tuesday: Blades of Glory

If you just use your food processor to chop stuff up, you’re not getting your money’s worth from that pricey appliance! Dig these disks out of the drawer to make short work of tedious kitchen tasks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French-Fry Disk

The zigzag cuts in this disk turn a potato into square sticks in a flash. And don’t limit yourself to potatoes. Give parsnips or even beets a french-fry try!

Slicing Disk

Same-size slices equal even cooking, so this is your must-have attachment for cutting up vegetables for casseroles or fruit for pies. Some machines have adjustable disks, letting you customize thickness.

Julienne Disk

Stir fries cook up in a flash, but all that chopping can take forever. This julienne disk has twice the teeth of a french-fry disk and whips out perfect matchstick-shaped pieces at warp speed.

Shredding Disk

Retire your box grater–and save your knuckles! This tiny shredding holes work their magic, turning chunks of cheese into uniform shreds and carrots and cabbage into almost-instant slaw.

By Nina Elder

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