Ordinary Dishes Into Gourmet Meals With One Simple Ingredient

CinnamonSometimes all it takes is one simple ingredient to turn your everyday recipes into a gourmet meal. There are literally hundreds of single ingredients which, when added to your dish, will transform the entire flavor profile of the food.

You may recognize these ingredients, but when used in new ways, they become something totally different. Very simple spices like rosemary added to your baked chicken and potatoes or ingredients like prosciutto on your Hawaiian pizza, will change things up quite a bit. I can think of three extremely versatile ingredients to jazz up almost any dish you can make. Let’s take a quick look at these simple ingredients:

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Cooking Gourmet Meals on a Budget

Gorumet ChickenCooking gourmet can mean as many different things as there are ingredients in the grocery store. So, before you actually begin cooking gourmet meals on your budget, you have to define what it means to you. Take a look at the following general definitions of what gourmet dining means to different people:

Appearance – If you define gourmet as the way a dish appears, you can learn a few techniques for creating new and exciting presentations of your meals without spending a lot of money.

New – If your definition of gourmet means trying something new, there are hundreds of different foods that you can give a try without worrying about your budget.

Exotic – If your definition of gourmet food relates to exotic tastes, you’ll need to find creative ways to find these exciting new flavors without breaking the grocery budget.

Now let’s look at a few helpful tips to find ways to introduce gourmet ingredients and style to your meals, while keeping your budget in mind:
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New Tortilla Warmer from Nordic Ware

We just got our new tortilla warmer from Nordic Ware in. Its a great product to warm them up and keep them warm while eatting dinner. I know I hate when I got to reach for a tortilla after sitting down for dinner only to find the nice warm tortillas are now cold. This handy product will allow you to put your shells in the warmer heat them in the microwave and keep them warm while eatting.

Don’t forgot about our Norpro Tortilla Press too. We also have instock the Norpro taco shell maker. For those people who like to make their own tortillas and taco shells.

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Everything Apple

Everything apple

I wanted to focus on one of my favorite fruits the apple. My personal favorite is the red delicious. So crisp and sweet….I’m starting to get hungry. Anyways, I wanted to talk about some of the products we have out for those apple lovers like myself.

The first one being the Progressive Wedge and Pop apple wedger. This is a nice little apple slicer because once you have sliced the apple you can flip it over put the top on it then pop it out. I know when I’m slicing an apple I always hated that you couldn’t cut it all the way through. It always had the skin on the bottom that prevent the complete cut. Progressive makes some wonderful gadgets and this is one of my favorites.

We also have the Norpro apple mate 1 apple corer / peeler. This Norpro apple peeler would be recommended to the canner or the pie baker. This wouldn’t be for your every day use. This product can also do potatoes.

Keep checking back soon because as the fall rolls around we will be adding more and more apple related products.

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The Salmon Solution – A Super Food With All The Right Stuff

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk over the years about salmon being one of the healthiest fish to eat. You may have even added salmon to your diet. But, do you know why? Let’s shed some light on why salmon is a super food and what specific benefits salmon has to offer as a part of your regular diet.

Meet the Super Fish

The mighty salmon is probably one of the most widely studied fish we know. These studies often involve sustainability and contaminants comparing farmed salmon with wild caught salmon. Farmed salmon represents a large majority of available fish in the U.S. However, these farmed salmon have been treated with antibiotics, have more fat content, and have less beneficial omega 3. For these reasons alone, wild salmon is a much healthier choice for regular consumption.

Salmon is categorized as a ‘fatty’ fish, but don’t let that scare or confuse you. The fat that is referred to is where we find the most powerful super food imaginable – omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential nutrient elements that contribute to your body’s healthy functioning, beginning right at the top with the brain, and continuing throughout the body. And, you can get more omega 3 fatty acids in just one 4 ounce serving of salmon than you would get in several days of trying to eat other healthy foods containing some omega 3s.

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New Grilling Accessories for the Grill Master

A few items that are worth having if you love to grill.

The first thing is a good pair of leather gloves. These will protect your hands from getting burnt while grilling.

The Kingsford leather pair of gloves is a great set for the person just grilling steak or making an entire meal on the grill.

The next thing that I love is the Outset Jalapeno Roaster. This roaster is a fun addition to any grill. If you like stuffed peppers this roaster is a must.

Of course a person that loves to grill loves to grill burgers. To make the perfect burger make sure to pick up the Progressive Perfect Burger Press. Just as the name states it makes your perfect burger. Never have uneven sized burgers again.

The deliciously healthy benefits of steam cooking – cooking for the whole family with health in mind

Orka Silicone Multi Level Steam Cooker/Steamer

Orka Silicone Multi Level Steam Cooker/Steamer

Steaming is a simple cooking method that uses direct contact with steam to cook foods. There are many different types of steamers available from simple to complex, but they all work under the same basic principal. One simple method of steam cooking is heating a small amount of liquid (water, broth, wine etc.) in a pot to a simmer. Then placing a steaming basket containing the food to be cooked in the pot directly above the liquid and covering. The steam from the hot liquid is trapped in the pot circulating around the food and cooking it quickly.

The health benefits of steam cooking are that you don’t use oil, butter or fats to cook your food and because the food is not emerged in water or fried in a pan it doesn’t lose any of its nutrients. So, you retain the full, hearty flavors of your food without adding extra calories from fats and oils. Just adding 2 to 3 steam cooked meals a week to your diet can have astounding effects. The richer full flavor meals fill you up and satisfy your taste buds while consuming less calories and absorbing more nutrients helps your body burn away the fat.

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Progressive Collapsible Dish Drying Rack for Hand Washing Dishes

Anyone that hand washes dishes knows how valuable a quality dish drying rack can be. You want one that helps you with this argues task not a bulky piece of junk that takes up a lot of space and has to be replaced every year. The problem is there are so many choices finding the right one for you can be difficult.

You might want to be economical and pick up the old-fashioned wire dish rack for about ten bucks. That’s fine, they serve their purpose and they are pretty durable. The thing is they take up a good bit of counter space, they don’t hold very many dishes and the little cup attachmentCollapsible Disk Rack for your flatware and utensils is ridiculously small.  Also, after about a year they can get pretty banged up and some even start to rust, stain and collect odors.

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