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    TIPS ON BREAD MAKING

    I’ve always wondered how breads are made and also maybe one day try to make one myself. Apparently, there are two ways to describe a bread: yeast breads or quick breads. I know what you are thinking; that if I didn’t know that then I have a lot to learn. Well, you would not be wrong. Using yeast in bread makes it light and spongy (Go yeast!). Quick breads on the other hand, depend upon baking powder, baking soda with sour milk or molasses, air or steam for their lightness. The difference between a batter and a dough is the proportion of liquid to flour used; a batter uses more…

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    5 SOUPS FOR THIS SEASON

    We are walking into a colder season and that means hot soup season to warm us up. Well, here I was sitting down and wondering what soup toΒ  make and I realize that there are so many soups to choose from, like a lot of soup. I mean, why do we need so many soups? Anyooo….. there are so many types of soup to choose from and so I decided to write a post of some of the soups you can make for this colder period. Let’s begin.   VEGETABLE SOUP Ingredients: 11/2 qts. soup stock 2 Tbsp. shortening 1 onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 cup carrots, diced…

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    ITALIAN MINESTRONE

    Minestrone is a vegetable soup originating from Italy. It is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be a vegetarian dish, it could also contain meat or a meat based broth like chicken stock. Bean broth is argued to be the base of a minestrone and that Borlotti beans also called Roman beans are the beans to use for a genuine minestrone. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup dried beans 1/4 lb. salt pork, diced 1 cup carrots, diced 1 cup celery, chopped 1/2 cup onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 bay leaf 1/4 tsp. thyme 1 qt. soup stock 1 cup elbow macaroni 1 cup tomatoes, canned…

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    SPAGHETTI, MEAT BALLS AND SAUCE

    Toss cooked spaghetti lightly with sauce.Β  Add meat balls if desired. Serve on big platter. This is the best recipe imaginable. Meat balls and spaghetti can be made even more flavorful when teamed with green salad and bread sticks. Note: It is more effective to fry onions and garlic for sauce and meat balls at the same time. When they are cooked, divide into 2 portions and proceed as directed. SAUCE 2 Tbsp. salad oil 1 large onion, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 No. 21/2 can Italian tomatoes 1 7-oz. can tomato paste 11/2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup raisins 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp.…

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    BAKING WITH RECI: BAKED APPLES

    The individual casserole is a delightful container for a baked apple prepared this way. You can select Greenings or Rome Beauty apples. INGREDIENTS 4 large unblemished apples Syrup 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 4 Tbsp. raisins 4 Tbsp. honey 1/2 tsp. nutmeg   DIRECTIONS Core the apples and pare about one third of the way down from the stem end. Select a saucepan with deep sides. Make a syrup of sugar and water, boil for 5 minutes, add 1 or 2 apples, cover and simmer gently until apples are tender but unbroken. Pierce lightly with steel needle or silver fork Lift apples out with perforated spoon; place in casserole…

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    COOKING WITH RECI: CHOW MEIN

      Chow Mein is a popular foreign delicacy. There are many discussions concerning the recipe for Chow Mein. Many think it is a typical Chinese dish, and the Chinese themselves offer stories concerning its origin. One of the most frequently heard stories explains it thus: “A Chinese cook came to America and was asked to prepare a meal. Knowing nothing of American way of cookery, he struggled to create a dish out of the ingredients he found available in the nearby markets.” What do you think of that? Do you really think the cook created the dish by just putting together the ingredients below? INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp. peanut oil 1…