Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Top 100 Cooking Tips & Edible Songs

I’ve been working on a list of Top 100 cooking tricks and tips. I’m pairing it with the Top 100 edible songs (songs names with a reference to food). I’ll be giving out this list to those who sign-up for my monthly Backstage Pass newsletter. I figure you should get something for allowing me to take a spot in your e-mail inbox each month.

Here is a sample of the tricks and tips I’ve been putting together.

Tip #93 - Potato
To kick-start a baked potato, prick holes in it, pop it in the microwave for three minutes on high power and then finish in a 425F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Tip #27 – Tomato Paste
Freeze leftover tomato paste by the tablespoon in ice cube trays. Once the cubes are firm you can put them into zip-lock bags.

Tip #80 – Measuring Spoons
Spray measuring spoons with cooking spray before measuring gooey ingredients so they slip out easily.

Tip #36 – Seeding a Cucumber
To seed a cucumber, halve it lengthwise and use a teaspoon to scrape through the centre and remove the seeds.

Tip #40 – Herbs
To chop fresh leafy herbs such as basil, stack the leaves, roll them into a tight cigar then chop.

Here is a sampling of my Top 100 edible songs.

Song #23Wild Honey by U2
Perfect for when cooking Honey Garlic Ribs

Song #67Red Red Wine by UB40
Hey I didn’t say it had to be food related…just edible!

Song #45Lips Like Sugar by Echo & the Bunnymen
Do you remember those guys? Great ‘80s band!

Song #91 - The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin
It’s always fun to get the “Led” out when cooking.

Song #52Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
Fun song to listen to while cooking breakfast

This list is still a work in progress. If you have a favorite tip or song suggestion you think could enhance someone's cooking experience please feel free to share it in the comments section or send me an e-mail. If it's a good one (which I'm sure it will be) there's a good chance it could make it into my top 100! Thanks!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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