My mother loved Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Transform ordinary balsamic vinegar into thicker, slightly sweet reduced balsamic to make a best-ever salad dressing.
Reduction transforms inexpensive balsamic vinegar into an extraordinary sauce. At a restaurant supply store like Smart and Final, 5 liters of Italian balsamic vinegar sells for under $20.00. 5 liters will make 40 ounces of reduced balsamic, enough for a hundred servings.
For an individual serving, pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into a small saucepan and heat over a slow flame. That will take 10-15 minutes and make about a tablespoon. Let cool and mix with olive oil to use as a salad dressing to serve 4.
5 liters of vinegar will take 8-10 hours to reduce to 20% of the original volume. Use a small spoon to taste the vinegar. When thickened, the balsamic has a slightly sweet flavor. Roughly speaking, 5 liters will make 40 ounces of reduced balsamic.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Shrimp are easy to prepare, nutritious and low in fat. Adaptable with many sauces and preparations, their versatility makes them an ideal ingredient in appetizers, soups and main courses.
To document a meal I made for dinner, I posted a video of shrimps charring on a stove top grill. A friend followed my visual directions but was disappointed with the result. The shrimp were not tasty in the way she expected.
She asked for suggestions. I had a few.
My mother, who lived in Costa Rica and ate a lot of rice there, taught me to put the shells into a small saucepan, cover with water, simmer and strain and save the broth to use in soups and sauces. Very tasty.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Oven-roasted tomatoes to use as a side dish or in sauces
Freezing Whole Roasted Tomatoes
Defrosting Whole Roasted Tomatoes
Whole Roasted Tomato, Easy-to-Make Pasta Sauce
Roasted Tomato Sauce
Freezing Roasted Tomato Sauce
Defrosting Roasted Tomato Sauce
Penne Pasta With Roasted Tomato Sauce and Sautéed Vegetables
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