In our family there is tradition that we celebrate each and every festival or occasion with zeal and fully enjoy it. A thought just came to my mind why not to look for solutions of some of the blunders which I had committed last year at Halloween time while making pumpkin recipes. I thought why not to look for their solutions. You know what I missed out the last year was the roasting of pumpkin.
Do you all know pumpkin cutting, de-seeding, peeling, roasting and pureeing is not an easy task it really does need a lot of pains and patience. Here I have listed out the mistakes which often occur while making pumpkin:
Choosing the Right Pumpkin:
While shopping for pumpkins go for the ones which are labelled as sugar or pie. Many pumpkin types are there which have hard, thick skin but are quite delicious in taste. Choose the one whose outside looks good it doesn’t matter if it’s a little dull unless there is any spot visible. You know what Pumpkins can be kept in store for months even at cool room temperature as they do have long shelf life.
Preparing a Big Pumpkin is Really Cumbersome:
Never ever go for big ones always go for the smaller pumpkins. The bigger ones which may weigh around 10 to 11 pounds are actually hard to cut and use. Bigger the pumpkin is the more number of seeds it contains and it becomes tough to actually remove them. Handling such big pumpkins becomes hard with huge mess scattered here and there at the kitchen counter. Better go for the smaller ones which are easy to use and cut.
Not Slicing and Peeling the Big Pumpkin:
At times when the pumpkin is really big one you can simply break it down into slices. It can be done by the use of a chef knife and slowly push the knife into it, apply pressure straightly downwards, and then wiggle the knife from sideways, widening the crack. For peeling firstly slice pumpkin into half and then clean it. Keep the cut piece into microwave until the skin gets moved away. Once the skin is removed you can either slice or chop the puree as per needed. Never ever peel the pumpkin before roasting as once you do like this the tiny bits of peel will be scattered here and there.
Don’t Use Small Oven to Roast a Hulk Pumpkin:
Not all of the pumpkin slices would ever fit into the oven just at single time you need to do this in batches. So better to make use of bigger size ovens which can be used to roast whole of the pumpkin at a stretch.
Now when I have quoted these mistakes and looked for their solutions I am hoping that I won’t be encountering any of the above mistakes. However it seems quite a cumbersome task to buy, cut, peel, roast, and cook the pumpkin so often.
A friend of mine suggested me to go for the ready-made options which can also be used during the off seasons.
I looked for some recipes in the web which make use of the readymade pumpkins. I have shortlisted three brands with varied pumpkin recipes let me name them here one by one Knorr Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Pie with Cinnamon Creme Fraiche and last but not the least why not to try something in sweet with pumpkin, here you go Marthastewart Pumpkin Muffins . You know what I successfully tried all three pumpkin recipes that’s why I am sharing them here. These are now my best choice and tried and tested by me. Hope you also find them good and do share your comments here at the end of the blog and do let me know.
I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba where the weather is really cold these days. In this freezing weather what comes to your mind is a bowl of hot soup. What a cold weather actually means simply a soup season. Moreover in our family soups are everyone’s favorite as we feel it certainly enriches our spirits. It’s not any kind of normal one but a hearty and soul warming soup that can actually makes you feel warm from inside.
In my family, my wife and I prefer to go for soups with a tinge of spicy & sour flavor, my kids like normal sweet one. I generally make different soups for 5 days a week as I think these are the best ways to provide nutrition to my family. I have to be ready with many variant soup recipes as I don’t have any scope to repeat the same taste every day.I came across these 5 distinct soup recipes which I found are rarest of the rare with different mix of ingredients. I have gathered the heartiest of the heartiest soup recipes out here for all my readers to try their hands at. It consists of the peas, beans, chicken, thick broccoli and cheese with pureed butternut, spinach and other hearty root vegetable stews. I hope these soups you will find scrumptious and easy to make during these ending winter months.
Butternut Squash Tortilla Soup
This butternut squash tortilla soup recipe is the top in my list. I choose this one because it is something very different and rare which can help you get fresh veggie fix with golden butternut squash. This is one of the scrumptious butternut squash recipes that I often try for a warm and also satisfying meal. Simply for the chicken broth you need to stir it occasionally for 20 minutes till the squash turns tender. Go through the recipe URL for detailed cooking instructions.
Colcannon Potato Soup:
Colcannon is something which I am going to try for the first time. I came across this one while browsing the Google. This is a dish made with mashed potatoes, chopped kale or cabbage mixed in, and butter on its top. In this freezing winter I thought why not to give it a try and enjoy this heartwarming colcannon potato soup? My kids are fond of butter, cream and that too in a soup form. This is again a distinct soup recipe which I am going to relish.
Chestnut Soup with Bacon and Thyme Croutons:
This is another excellent soup recipe which I found which uses the vegetable stock. The chestnuts are readily available in vacuum-packs and are peeled one which can be purchased from the supermarket and food shops. This recipe I took from Delia Smith’s Christmas. Its servings are for four hence sufficient for the entire family. One tip is there please do let the soup to cool down first then you can later shift it to the blender and then turn it into purée which is soft enough. Keep it in the microwave bowls to let heat them well and serve hot.
Aztec Chicken & Corn Soup:
This is another soup recipe which contains great combination of chicken and corn flavors. It contains the Bouillon Cubes, chicken thighs that too with chicken flavor. The corn is thawed and drained hence adding the fantastic flavors to the soup recipe. This is soup recipe with a difference made with a combination of chicken and corn hence making it best fit for the cold winters. My kids like corn and chicken is my wife's favorite. This hence is the best fit for the party and lets us enjoy the same.
Classic Tomato Soup:
This tomato soup is really the one which we have been enjoying since many years now. This tomato soup is really a great appetizer which can make you feel great. Here there is mixture of tomatoes which helps you to make a quick purée that too with a blender. It does require some bit of patience which is really a great payoff. The tomato soups I find quite appealing as these are quite famous and more in demand.
To conclude the above soup recipes I am going to try this coming week as I find them quite good and are also in the best of my interest. Surely I am going to try them. Hope you would like these soup recipes and would reward me with your alluring comments.
This type of chilli pepper is widely used in America and Mexico. When I was a child I ate them for the first time I was like what went wrong and I literally cried then. From that time onwards I resisted from even tasting any chilli recipe. My tongue was like gone with the wind I could not get the taste of even the chocolates for several days.
In a recent holiday trip a friend of mine asked me to taste the jalapeno popper recipe. Firstly I resisted but then I looked at it was quite appetizing. As I was so hungry that I thought why not to give it a try so once I put it into my mouth it literally got melted.
I thought how come I didn’t feel anything spicy reason was the jalapeno was properly cut and cooked. I did a research over the web and came across there is much to know about the cutting and filling process of jalapeno that makes it a wonderful dish to eat.
Also to work on my own recipe I thought why not to look for some of the highest rated recipes online which I found easy such as Knorr Jalapeno Popper Dip and AbeautifulMess Jalapeno Poppers
After many testing I found the following few methods for cutting and filling of Jalapeno
Cutting of Jalapeno
Mostly jalapeno poppers are being used in halves, which is later either stuffed or fried depending upon your choice. But in market it is tough to get the jalapenos of only one specific size. You actually end up with a range of jalapeno from little to huge sizes. It is advised to go for the recipe which requires half of the jalapeno.
Cross section cutting of jalapeno is much in demand. Simply slice the jalapeno about 1 inch which can help you get variations in their size and end with much more consistent ones. It is advised use gloves as unnecessarily you may rub your eyes later which may hurt you that is one of the mostly committed disasters while cutting jalapeno-popper. Once you trim its top and bottom you can then rub ends of each jalapeño and remove its seeds from white inner ribs.
What all to fill into it:
Its original recipe is made with a cream-cheese. You can make use of cheddar cheese to do the filling. But make sure to fill each completely, without pressing the air bubbles out and also smoothing its surface on both sides.
These are the basic tips which you need to keep in mind while making any recipe with jalapeno as cutting and filling are the basic steps required. Which I have tried to help you all with my piece of above information.
Guacamole is a typical Mexican side dish, which can go well with many of the food items as they can be used either as a dip or else anything of your choice. Since the time of my grandparents we have been consuming guacamole in many of the dishes and it is our family tradition.
I did a lot of research over Guacamole and collected some basic tips about them. Let me share one simplest way out to make Guacamole. For those who are new to this let me tell them the most basic ingredient in use are ripe avocados. There are numerous recipes which can be prepared by using Guacamole which are quite delicious. Out of all the avocados the Has Avocados helps to make a perfect guacamole for any of the occasion.
1. It is advised to first fully wash the fruit under running water and then cut them.
Every one wishes to get something amazing to eat and cook. I generally keep on looking for something different to try for my kids to eat every day otherwise they make faces while eating at the dinner table. Frankly I am also bored of repeating the same recipe and same style of cooking every day. This Sunday I thought of cooking something amazing with pasta recipes. You know pasta is loved by all especially kids. And being a mom I have to make sure there is right set of nutritional value in their diet. Which pasta recipes gives me an option to mix up all the veggies.
So here I have come up with the Pasta recipe from real simple which I came across while browsing on the web.
Preparation 15 min | Cooking 30 minutes | Serves 4
You know why I choose this one it gives me a chance to add many veggies which my kids do not even like to even taste otherwise.
May be you all won’t like this pasta recipe so I would like to share with you names of other brands such as Knorr, Jamesoliver, Cookinglight whom recipes you can try at home. Out of them listed as this weekend I will try my hands on Knorr pasta recipe and Jamesoliver pasta recipe and will let you know which one is my favorite out of two.
Spinach artichoke dip has always been one of my favorite appetizers which I more often order in restaurants. Apart from this, I sometimes have taken this artichoke dip for dinner, lunch, and even breakfast. Keeping this in mind, I have decided it would be fun to make Spinach and Artichoke in my long holidays which falls after Thanksgiving Day just to enjoy this dish up to my heart’s wish. Most amazing thing about this dip is that it can be cooked by just putting together all of the ingredients in the microwave and you are done with your dish till the time your set of 6 mp3 songs have just finished playing. Today I am going to share recipe and method of this artichoke dip whose cooking time is just 35 minutes. First time I had tried this Knorr artichoke dip recipe which was delicious and yummy earlier I was fond of other dip recipes.
Makes 4 cups | Preparation Time 10 min | Cooking Time 35 min
After these steps artichoke dip will be ready to serve. You can serve whatever you like in sides. I forgot to add that I did not use Real Mayonnaise here instead of it I used margarine.
Hope you will enjoy this amazing dip recipe.
Thanksgiving falls in the last week of November, so it is time for enjoy with friends and family. My family is much excited to celebrate this festival by eating good food that too of our choice. It came to my mind no need to repeat the same recipe which I generally cook every day. So I thought why not to look for some which are there on the internet and have good feedback.
After a lot of research I have been successful in choosing some of them. Which I have never tried and tested before. It is for those who aspire to celebrate this festival with a difference like the way I intended to do.
I have listed some of my researched recipes here. Choose anyone which you find good and is as per your taste.
Turkey spinach + Artichoke dip
This appetizer recipes is with a difference. I find dips as easy to serve and prepare and are great for big crowd. This dish uses a leftover turkey to make it tastier with spinach and artichoke dip. You can also spread it on bread with some extra piece of sliced turkey just to make a delicious hot sandwich.
Read rest of the recipe here.
Spinach Artichoke Dip:
You should be knowing this fact that we cannot actually deny the fact that combination of artichokes and spinach are much popular worldwide as these are blended with cheeses. This hot, flavorful dip goes great with toasted bread or tortilla chips. It has a creamy-inside, brown and crisp texture that makes it quite softer and tastier. This rich and incredibly cheesy restaurant style spinach artichoke dip can be made in the slow cooker dish without any problem.
Read the rest of the recipe here.
Baked Brie Recipe:
This is another Thanksgiving Recipe which can be of great use to be served on this occasion. Here baking in oven does half of your task. Here simply wrap brie in foil and then bale it in oven till the time cheese goes inside it.
Read rest of the recipe here.
Out of all meat varieties beef is quite filling and can be actually cooked for the entire family anytime. Making scrumptious beef recipe is not considered an easy task. Beef meat is available with many cuts in it. Almost 29 beef cuts are there which can be used for making various dishes. Any meat cut can be picked by you to make a healthy beef recipe. But it is advised to go for simple lean beef cuts for cooking purpose as these are considered healthier than other cuts and have less fat. Less fat meat is advised to people of every age group.
Let us have a look at the best beef meat cuts that are widely used all across the world as below:
You can certainly add pleasant healthy herbs and spices for that dish. The healthiest materials that can be utilized to make a healthy ground beef recipe are onion, ginger, garlic, peas. Various legumes, lentils and many different dairy products like sour cream or milk can also be used.
Let me discuss here one:
Southwest Beef Pot Roast Recipe
Total Recipe Time: 3 to 3-3/4 hours Makes 8 to 10 servings
Hope my readers will try this beef recipe and share their experiences with me.
Chicken fried rice with its origin from Chinese is one of the most loved and extremely popular food found across the world. Actually it is not very difficult to make the fried rice and many other ingredients can be added to it. Fried rice can be made with other types of meat but chicken is usually the one which everyone likes.
This dish is made worldwide and each country has its own recipes and different methods of cooking it. One tip for making chicken fried rice dish is to use chilled rice. If freshly cooked rice is used it will not only give it a good texture but will make it tastier. Also another tip is that let the rice chill the whole night to let it get rid of excess moisture and make it firmer and hence less easy to separate.
Prep time: 15 min | Cook time: 13 min | Other time: 0 min
You can add other various ingredients such as red peppers, sliced mushroom and spring onions to it and try to add some other innovations to make this chinese dish a hit.
Just try this recipe and post your comments at the end of this blog. As this recipe of rice is something that we all will relish to eat at lunch or dinner as its quite filling for the entire family.