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Hot Dog Nation | Quick Dish Recipes

Hot Dog Nation | Quick Dish Recipes | American Food | Scoop.it

Tucson Hot Dogs Recipe. Tucson Arizona's Mexican influence can be found all around this beautiful American Southwest city, so it's no surprise there's a touch of Mexico on their hot dogs. Classically known as the Sonoran ...

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Sydney's Chipotle Hamburgers. | Knead to Cook

Sydney's Chipotle Hamburgers. | Knead to Cook | American Food | Scoop.it

IMG_6502. After the Maroon 5 concert in Philly, we spent the next day exploring all my favorite food hot spots on Friday. My daughter, Sydney, spotted this cookbook for teens and insisted we get it so that she can cook for us.

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There are many ways to liven up your burgers. You might like to add soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce to the patty mixture, throw in some finely chopped onions or onion powder, include garlic, or use 2 different types of ground meat like beef as well as pork perhaps. This recipe shows you how to make patties which are flavored with chipotle powder, onion and garlic. The onion and garlic are sautéed beforehand to make then soft and then you add the other ingredients and shape these patties. I have not tried this recipe myself yet but it is certainly one to consider in the near future.

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How to make the world's crispiest french fries - Holy Kaw!

How to make the world's crispiest french fries - Holy Kaw! | American Food | Scoop.it

Full article from Lifehacker. More food. Photo credit Stack Exchange.

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This article is interesting but I have my own way of ensuring I make super-crispy fries, and it entails deep-frying the fries in very hot oil for a couple of minutes and draining them while they are white, then when they are cool finish cooking them.

 

This double-frying technique is widely used in places that serve the best crispy fries, and there is also a triple-frying technique although that seems a bit much fuss for a portion of French fries.

 

I have a friend in the UK who eats soggy fries, or rather I consider them soggy fries. British fries, called 'chips' of course, are thick-cut like steak fries and then served with malt vinegar and salt on them. How do you keep fries crispy if they have vinegar poured all over them? The answer is, of course, you don't. British-style fries tend to get soggy with the vinegar on. Personally I prefer my fries crispy, the crispier the better!

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Food Regulations of the Future?

Food Regulations of the Future? | American Food | Scoop.it

A sneak preview of the coming War on Obesity. (Food Regulations of the Future? - American Spectator http://t.co/ziArTuqdfy)

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Can you imagine a world where people are screened before they are allowed to buy 'fattening' food or where your refrigerator has an inbuilt camera to send your picture to the 'obesity police' if you eat more than you should, so you can reach your 'federally accepted healthy weight' sooner? Although this article is set in the fictional world of 2020 America, it might not be as far-fetched as you initially think.

 

Remember last week when it was announced that drinks bigger than 16 ounces were no longer allowed to be sold in New York City? This might sound like 'Big Brother' type fiction but it actually happened. This reminds me of the movie 'Demolition Man' where salt is "bad for you and therefore illegal". Not sure about you but it sounds like my idea of a nightmare. What happened to people being allowed to make their own decisions?

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Simple Crispy “Fried” Chicken | Juggling with Julia

Simple Crispy “Fried” Chicken | Juggling with Julia | American Food | Scoop.it

American ingenuity is also highlighted in our willingness to deep-fry anything that will stay still long enough to poke a stick into it. Visit any state fair and you'll likely find ...

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This recipe shows you how to oven-fry chicken so you end up with the juicy chicken and crispy coating you would expect from deep-frying, but without all the fat and calories. Oven-frying is similar to baking, so instead of the hot fat you have when you deep-fry you use the hot air in the oven to cook the chicken and crisp up the coating.

 

This recipe uses cornflakes, flour and egg white as well as the chicken, so you end up with something every bit as tasty as deep-fried chicken. Served with fries and coleslaw, this would make a very satisfying meal. I had my doubts about oven-fried food when I first heard about this cooking method but it is hard to tell the difference so if you enjoy fried chicken but want to cut your calories a bit, I recommend this.

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Twitter / nafisaalii: American. Food. Looks. So. ...

RT @nafisaalii: American. Food. Looks. So. Good. http://t.co/5uQDYjD89n
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Sometimes nothing but comfort food will do and the best comfort food is usually good old American food. Nothing says "comfort food" like a juicy cheeseburger and fries, which is why this photo looks so tempting. The fries should be piping hot and served with your favorite dipping sauce and the burger should be perfectly cooked and juicy in the middle.

The cheese should be slightly melted and then you can imagine your favorite additions like pickles, onion or a slice of tomato. The bread is gently toasted and the whole thing can be picked up in the hands. Imagine taking a big bite of this feast. I can imagine it clearly in my mind, can you?

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Recipes For Baked Appetizers Instead of Fried

Recipes For Baked Appetizers Instead of Fried | American Food | Scoop.it

If french fries, crispy onion rings, and gooey mozzarella sticks are your diet's doom, we have a few recipe solutions for you. Inspired by all-American classics, these recipes bake — not fry — your favorite finger foods.

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Appetizers can be prepared in various ways. You have broiled ones like bacon-wrapped shrimp, raw ones like smoked salmon and cream cheese pinwheels, grilled ones like mini chicken and veggie kabobs, and best of all deep-fried ones like mozzarella sticks and onion rings. But if you are trying to make something healthy then you might like to learn a few baked appetizer recipes, to make a change from the high-fat fried ones.

 

Try some crispy baked chicken wontons, oven-baked onion rings or even coconut shrimp done in the oven. That crispy finish which a lot of home cooks only expect from deep-frying is possible to get from oven-baking, so why not try some of your deep-fried favorites in the oven? Main dishes like fried chicken can be oven-fried instead, and so can all your favorite appetizer recipes.

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Along the Ol' Salt Creek: Smokehouse Mac N' Cheese - Corn Nation

Along the Ol' Salt Creek: Smokehouse Mac N' Cheese - Corn Nation | American Food | Scoop.it

Along the Ol' Salt Creek: Smokehouse Mac N' Cheese Corn Nation How better to celebrate the start of this off-season series than by celebrating our future divisional roommate Wisconsin's Big Ten successes with that truly American dish, macaroni and...

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Mac and cheese is a real comfort food and it is best served steaming hot, thick and cheesy. I love making it from scratch because packaged mac and cheese is just not good enough if you compare it.

 

This recipe interested me because it is different from the way I normally make it. This recipe features mustard and pepper for some heat, and a tempting trio of cheeses - Cheddar, Velveeta and smoked Gouda to be exact. Use this delicious molten cheese mixture to cover cooked macaroni and bake the mixture until the top is crispy.

 

The recipe takes about an hour from beginning to end but it is well worth it if you want to experience the most amazing mac and cheese recipe. If you have kids, you are pretty much guaranteed to have cleared plates if you serve this.

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A Taste of...: Quick and Easy Hamburgers

A Taste of...: Quick and Easy Hamburgers | American Food | Scoop.it

I remember when I volunteered for an organization called EyeGo back when I was in high school. It's this organization for high school students to get cheap tickets to a variety of shows across Canada, where all you needed to ...

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This basic hamburger recipe is perfect if you are making your first ever hamburger. Although you can make burger patties just by shaping a package of ground beef into patty shapes, adding ingredients like Worcestershire sauce, grated onion and Dijon mustard add even more flavor to your burgers, and it is so quick and easy to make these too.

 

Hamburgers are always a good answer when you want a quick meal for a busy weeknight because you can take your pick from various recipes and then choose your cooking method, perhaps pan-frying or grilling. This recipe is very simple to follow and you can adapt it however you wish.

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Providence: Luxe Burger Bar Serves Decent Drinking Companions ...

Providence: Luxe Burger Bar Serves Decent Drinking Companions ... | American Food | Scoop.it

Luxe Burger Bar 5 Memorial Blvd., Providence RI 02903 (map); luxeburgerbar.com Cooking Method:Griddled Short Order: Unimpressive burgers with flavorful toppings make for fine drinking partners Want Fries with That?

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Luxe Burger Bar, in Providence, offers a new spin on classic burger restaurants. You can choose from their menu or build your own burger. If you prefer to build your own then you get to choose which burger you want, such as kobe beef, chicken breast, ahi tuna or lean beef. Then you can pick how well-cooked you want it, ranging from rare to well done.

 

Choose a cheese like blue, mozzarella, aged cheddar or pepper jack, and pick up to 3 regular toppings like jalapenos, dill pickles or baby lettuce, or premium ones like onion rings, smoked bacon or fried egg. Which sauce do you fancy? Maybe some salsa, BBQ sauce, horseradish mayonnaise or Dijon mustard.

 

The bun can be whole wheat, classic, sesame or another choice, and you can choose a side, maybe potato salad, fries, coleslaw or sweet potato fries, and add bacon, sour cream or chili. These are just a few of the selections on the menu. There are plenty more options. There are also appetizers, soups and salads, as well as sides and desserts.

 

So far the critics have been harsh, claiming there are much better places to eat burgers in Providence, but I love the fact you can personalize your burgers this much. Try the potstickers if you are having an appetizer, and the freshly made soup of the day also sounds very tempting.

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Homemade Peanut Butter

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Delightfully sweetened with natural sugars.
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Most commercially-made peanut butters contain lots of additives you would not necessarily add to your own, such as colorings, preservatives and various oils, which is one reason making homemade peanut butter is such a good idea. This recipe is very simple, calling for peanuts, peanut oil, sugar and salt. All you need are these ingredients and a food processor to make your own peanut butter.

 

If you prefer not to use sugar you can use any artificial sweetener instead or you can reduce the amount of sugar for a more savory end result. Use this to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or serve the peanut butter as a dip for celery stalks. Smear it over hot, buttered toast or add it to cheesecake or cookie recipes for a wonderful nutty flavor.

 

Making peanut butter is really easy and once you have tasted how good it is you might like to experiment with other nut butters such as cashew nut butter or almond nut butter. Just swap the peanuts for another type of nut.

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How To Make French Fries Healthier - PerishableNews (press release)

How To Make French Fries Healthier - PerishableNews (press release) | American Food | Scoop.it

How To Make French Fries Healthier
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Eagle ID — As customer snacking occasions climb, the popularity of fried items remains steady, while consumers' interest in diet and well-being grows.

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French fries are not supposed to be healthy. They are supposed to be indulgent, delicious junk food. Trying to make French fries healthy is an anathema to some. Would you try to make apple pie savory instead of sweet? Would you try to make yourself look ugly instead of attractive? Of course not.

 

In my opinion, if you want to make French fries 'healthy' you should just eat smaller portions of them or limit your intake. Enjoying a small portion of fries once a week and eating healthier side dishes such as brown rice or boiled potatoes the rest of the week is a good balance, and means you can still enjoy fries without having to give them up altogether.

 

Fries are too good to give up! If you do wish to try making your fries healthier though, so you can indulge in them more often, making them wider so less of the surface area is exposed to the oil, oven-frying them instead of deep-frying them, and adding less salt to the fries are all good tips.

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Pizza: Coal-Fired or Wood-Fired? - New Jersey Monthly (blog)

Pizza: Coal-Fired or Wood-Fired? - New Jersey Monthly (blog) | American Food | Scoop.it
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Pizza: Coal-Fired or Wood-Fired?
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Does pizza taste better when you cook it in a coal-fired oven or a wood-fired oven? Actually it depends on the type of pizza you are making, how thick the crust is and which flours you are using in it. Although either a coal or wood oven will cook your pizza well, you might prefer to choose coal if you are having a thin, crispy crust or wood if you prefer a puffy, soft crust. Coal offers a smoky taste but it is much harder to control than wood.

 

'Millie's Old World Meatballs and Pizza' in Morristown, New Jersey, is a pizzeria with a difference. Offering both a coal and a wood oven, the customer can select which he wants his pizza cooked in. This modern-looking restaurant is run by 2 brothers who are passionate about pizza, and if you are in the New Jersey area a visit is highly recommended.

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Buffalo French Fries | TidyMom

Buffalo French Fries | TidyMom | American Food | Scoop.it

The flavor of buffalo chicken wings meets the crispy texture of french fries topped with sharp cheddar and blue cheese. Serve with a fork and ranch dressing.

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Are you tired of the same kind of fries on the menu at home all the time? If so, you might like to try this buffalo French fries recipe. Use oven fries and add seasonings before you cook them, then add buffalo sauce, cheese, and broil it for a few minutes. That is all there is to it.

 

The resulting dish is really flavorful and you can serve it as a snack or pair it with grilled chicken for a tasty meal. I would also add a mixed leaf salad on the side. Drizzle the buffalo French fries with ranch dressing and drizzle some of it over the salad too. This is such as full-flavored dish and it is really easy to make as well, so everyone in the family should really enjoy it.

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How experienced chefs draw new inspiration - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

How experienced chefs draw new inspiration - San Francisco Chronicle (blog) | American Food | Scoop.it

How experienced chefs draw new inspiration
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Last weekend's trip to Pebble Beach Food & Wine event got me thinking about how chefs create recipes and what inspires them to move in new directions.

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Appetizing and inspiring.

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When I make up my own recipes they are usually based on classic recipes which I have tweaked. For example I have a tuna pasta bake recipe I make a lot but last week we were out of tuna. We did have a can of salmon though so I simply subbed the salmon for the tuna, changed the corn for spinach and a brand new recipe was born in our house. But all new recipes need to come from somewhere, so how do professional chefs invent recipes from scratch?

 

Obviously they already know which ingredients are likely to work together as well as cooking times and other cooking information, but where do their ideas come from in the first place? Is it like an artist deciding what kind of landscape to paint or a singer deciding what to write her next song about?

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White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid

White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid | American Food | Scoop.it

Instead of buying food from American farmers and shipping it abroad, the government would buy food in developing countries and distribute it.

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It has been proposed in the White House to change the way food aid is distributed, to make the system more effective. The suggestion is the food is purchased in developing countries rather than being grown by farmers in the US.

 

We spend nearly $1.5 billion a year on International Food Aid, so any way of cutting the cost down while still being able to give the same amount of food sounds theoretically sensible. On the flip side, there are a lot of American farmers making a living by growing these crops, so what would happen to them if suddenly their crops were no longer required?

 

I think before this is implemented there is a lot of thinking to do, and perhaps some of the crops should be grown overseas and some still domestically so the farmers do not suddenly lose their livelihoods, or at least phase the changes in gradually.

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Book : Cover & Bake (Best Recipe) by Cook's Illustrated Magazine ...

Book : Cover & Bake (Best Recipe) by Cook's Illustrated Magazine ... | American Food | Scoop.it

This kind of cooking is uniquely American, and many recipes have deep roots in regional traditions. From Turkey Tetrazzini and Chicken Divan to Crab Imperial and Hoppin' John, casseroles represent the ingenuity and ...

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Casserole, crockpot, skillet and pot roast recipes are offered in this cookbook. These traditional recipes are supposed to turn out really good but often they are disappointing because home cooks take shortcuts like using canned ingredients or cutting down the cooking time. To get the best results you need to use fresh ingredients and follow the recipe.

 

Once you have had success you can then adapt the recipe or try using different ingredients, but if you have given up on baked dishes like tuna noodle casserole or crockpot curried chicken because the results were not as good as your grandmother's then read this book and discover what you are doing wrong.

 

Featuring recipes like chicken curry with potatoes and peas, mac and cheese, and baked ziti, this cookbook aims to make slow-cooked dishes fun again. One dish meals should be easy and fuss-free, so this might be a good book for your cookbook collection if you want to rediscover the joy of baked casseroles and slow-cooked dinners.

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Top 10 L.A. Grilled Cheese Joints - Neon Tommy

Top 10 L.A. Grilled Cheese Joints - Neon Tommy | American Food | Scoop.it

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Being that April is the official "National Grilled Cheese Month"—with April 12 being “National Grilled Cheese Day”—it's only fitting to pay homage to the classic American sandwich.

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April is National Grilled Cheese Month, making it the perfect time to highlight the best places to get a grilled cheese sandwich in LA. This wonderful food is very simple, and all you need is bread, oil or butter, and cheese. The sandwich is cooked so the outside of the bread gets toasted and crispy, and the cheese melts which holds the whole thing together.

 

However, if you are a fan of the humble grilled cheese sandwich and you know how to make it properly, it can be disappointing when you are in the mood for this dish and you order it and are presented with something less than appetizing.

 

Perhaps the bread is soggy instead of crisp, or the cheese is only slightly melted. This is why it is worth having a choice of 10 great places to get a grilled cheese sandwich in LA, so the next time you are in the area and have such a craving you can get one and know it will taste great.

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Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady

Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady | American Food | Scoop.it

A mysterious ailment appears to have expanded drastically in the past year, wiping out as many as half of the hives needed to pollinate much of America’s produce. (RT @justfood: '1/4 of American diet depends on pollination by honeybees.

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A mysterious illness has been killing bees for several years but it seems to be getting worse and up to half the commercial bees are disappearing. So, what does this have to do with American food? Well, these bees are necessary for pollinating the country's fruit and vegetables, so it is not just the beekeepers who suffer.

 

Not knowing the reason behind the bee deaths is very frustrating. My first though was a new type of pesticide but the pesticide companies are denying this. Whatever the reason, I hope they find a solution soon before the problem escalates even more.

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3 Vegan Recipes for Great American Meatout Day - Health News ...

3 Vegan Recipes for Great American Meatout Day - Health News ... | American Food | Scoop.it

Today is the Great American Meatout, a day meant to raise awareness of the benefits of eating a diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. To translate, that means that today—the first day of spring—people around the ...

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On 'National Meatout Day' people eat vegan food for the day, the month or even pledge to do it for the foreseeable future. Although the very idea of this might strike fear into the hearts of carnivores everywhere, there are some really tasty vegan recipes you can try, to prove to yourself just how delicious this way of eating can be.

 

Whether you are a vegan or you just want to find out how to make meat-free food which tastes satisfying, there is plenty here to whet your appetite. Eating vegan food means you can enjoy so much more than simply fruit and vegetables. Eat nuts and all your favorite seasonings and spices. You can even get vegan cheese and milk products.

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10 Weird Cookbooks With Recipes We Dare You to Try (PHOTOS) - Manolith

10 Weird Cookbooks With Recipes We Dare You to Try (PHOTOS) - Manolith | American Food | Scoop.it

10 Weird Cookbooks With Recipes We Dare You to Try (PHOTOS)
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But when Dubya labelled America's post-9/11 enemies the Axis of Evil, these recipes become traitorously delicious.

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Weird cookbooks make great gifts. Most people know how to cook the basics and can rustle up Sloppy Joes, pancakes or a grilled chicken salad, so when you are shopping for cookbooks as gifts, you need to focus on a niche. Perhaps you are shopping for someone who has recently been on vacation to Italy and fallen in love with the food, in which case an Italian cookbook would make a good gift.

 

Maybe you are buying for a student who has left home recently and never really cooked much, so a cookbook explaining the basics and focusing on cheap, easy meals would be ideal. But what if you are buying for someone who has an extensive cooking repertoire and probably already knows hundreds of recipes by heart?

 

That is where weird cookbooks come in very handy. They can be read for amusement or the recipes can actually be prepared. Try 'The World's Unhealthiest Cookbook' which features such cardiac arrest-inducing dishes as ice cream lasagna and deep-fried Twinkies, or 'Quick-Fix Cooking for Roadkill' where the main ingredient in each dish is scraped off the asphalt rather than plucked from the grocery store shelf.

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How to Take a Culinary Vacation—without Calling a Travel Agent ...

How to Take a Culinary Vacation—without Calling a Travel Agent ... | American Food | Scoop.it

This entry was posted in Ask the Expert, Authors, Books, Cooking, Food and Fitness, Recipes, Tips and ideas, Uncategorized and tagged American Diabetes Association, cooking, diabetes, diabetes recipes, Nutrition, recipes, ...

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Part of the fun of traveling is enjoying a different cuisine. If you visit Italy, for example, you can enjoy the architecture and scenery but also the food. Take a trip to Mexico and a wealth of Mexican food awaits you. Go to England and see Big Ben and the Tower of London, but do not forget to sample some fish and chips.

 

Although some people will always seek out the nearest McDonalds when they are away, most will try at least some of the local cuisine. If you enjoy eating international recipes but you do not have the time or funds for a vacation, you can still eat the food. All you need to do is use a good cookbook or find some reputable recipe websites and gather your ingredients.

 

You can then plan a week of Mediterranean food or Mexican food perhaps, or even vary your dishes, having a different cuisine each evening. You might not be able to have the new sights and sounds of an international vacation but you can have the aromas and flavors, and that is a big part of immersing yourself in a new culture and enjoying the differences.

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3 Beer-Based Recipes For the Boozy Chef - Gizmodo UK

3 Beer-Based Recipes For the Boozy Chef - Gizmodo UK | American Food | Scoop.it

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I came up with a few new wing recipes in last month's tailgating test kitchen.

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Beer is a popular beverage and that is not news, but what is interesting about this drink is how well it fits into recipes. From beer-battered fish filets to beer and cheese soup or dark beer-glazed wings, beer is the magical ingredient which can transform a plain recipe into an extra-special one. Like other alcohols, beer cooks off once you add it, leaving only its flavor and not its alcohol content. Of course if you add it late on in the recipe this will not be true.

 

Sometimes beer is used because of the carbon dioxide bubbles it contains, and beer-battered cod is a prime example of that. Combine equal parts of flour and beer and let the mixture sit for several hours. You can then use it to batter fish. Once deep-fried, this batter will be supremely light and crispy.

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Adult Refreshments

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Eggplant Parm - Italian-American Classics on Food & Wine (http://t.co/jMMuKMqwNc Eggplant Parm - Italian-American Classics on Food & Wine)

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This photo of eggplant Parm is so mouthwatering. This makes the most incredible lunch or dinner, and I love Italian-American classics like this. It is easy to make too. When I make this dish, I bake eggplant slices until they are golden brown, then smother them in homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan. Next I sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top and broil until the breadcrumbs are crispy and golden brown. Oh wow, what an amazing dish!

 

 

This smells amazing and tastes even better. A lot of home cooks drown the eggplant in heavily seasoned tomato sauce and then add a ton of cheese but because I like the natural flavor of eggplant, I prefer to honor this vegetable by keeping the tomato sauce simple and not adding too much cheese.

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French Fries are One of the Worst Foods You Can Eat

French Fries are One of the Worst Foods You Can Eat | American Food | Scoop.it

Most of us don't eat as well as we should, but we should at least be trying to cut back on junk foods that ruin our diets and expand ... (RT @ItsFoodPorn: Like french fries and hotdogs?

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There is a lot of scaremongering around at the moment about deep-fried food and French fries in particular, but I still maintain it is about balance. Now, a balanced diet does not mean a cheeseburger in one hand and a portion of fries in the other, but it is more about eating healthy most of the time with the occasional indulgence in junk food.

 

Having fries occasionally never hurt anyone and if you do fancy them more often then there are always other options such as oven-baked fries or potato wedges. This list also mentions other 'bad foods' as being bacon, donuts, hot dogs, and ice cream. What do you think about it? Do you think it is OK to enjoy junk food in moderation, do you eat it more often or do you have a total ban on these foods?

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