Monday, June 8, 2009

Cooking Tips I Learned Over the Weekend

This past weekend was full of food filled discussions. Rob my hair stylist is a person who is passionate about food so we threw around some exciting cooking ideas while he was cutting my hair on Friday. Saturday I did a book signing at a local Chapters and met some really nice people who were more than willing to share their cooking tips with me. Then on Sunday I visited some friend’s who served a delicious lunch and introduced me to new creative serving ideas! Here are a few of the tips I picked up;

When you are washing raspberries, fan out your fingers under the running water from the tap to prevent the heavy stream of water from crushing the delicate berries.

Add lemon pepper to salads to enhance the flavor and reduce the amount of salt.

Instead of baking a pizza, cook it on the grill.

On the topic of pizza, Rob and I agreed that the best sauce is often the simplest. Here is one I’m going to try. Cut up canned tomatoes, mix with some Italian seasoning or oregano, add a pinch of salt and pepper then apply a thin layer to the pizza dough before adding the toppings. That’s it!

Rub the inside of a wooden bowl with a clove of garlic before filling it with a Ceasar salad. It boosts the flavor!

When you are serving guacamole, put the pit of the avocado in the middle of guacamole. It adds a nice touch!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie

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