Four years ago, I dreamed of putting together step-by-step video and picture books to help people get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible – and live to tell about it – with something darn flavorful on a plate. And though I hopped on that dream right away and do have video and picture books on the market, I’ve always been limited by book distributor file size constraints and could never have the videos directly embedded in the books free of Internet access. Now I can – but only through Apple and iTunes – and specifically, only for the iPad. Read more »
Mai Tai is Tahitian for “out of this world”. Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron created his signature drink in Oakland, California in 1944 and is remembered for saying, “Anybody who says I didn’t create the Mai Tai is a dirty rotten stinker!”
That full-on attitude matches the rich citrus, almond and rum “out of this world” flavor of this popular tropical cocktail.
Rule of thumb to make two 4-ounce drinks: for every 2 ounces of lime juice, add 1/2 teaspoon sugar, 1 ounce almond (orgeat) syrup, 1 ounce orange curaçao 2 ounces white or amber rum and 2 ounces dark rum. Just click any picture on this page for a complete step-by-step picture book recipe.
All right! The temperature’s finally changing from cool to warm, so how ‘bout we take tea from hot to cold as easily as possible. What you’ll see here is the fastest and easiest way I know to make fresh and flavorful iced tea. The key is warming the water only enough to get the tea bags to steep effectively and then getting the tea in the refrigerator to cool as quickly as possible.
Just click any picture on this page for complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book directions. Read more »
The hardest part about making this fresh and flavorful apple pancake – that’s nothing like a syrup soaking, sugar high and crash inducing flapjack – is turning it over from fruit-side up to fruit-side down so that the fruit side of pancake can cook in the pan and then turning the pancake back to fruit-side up to serve on a plate. But, no problem. The step-by-step directions you can get by clicking the picture above show how to make those turns as easily and safely as possible using either a pan top or large plate.
All right! Last post was something totally different: pickled pork. If you haven’t tried it yet, I hope you give it a shot sometime soon.
And if you do try it, here’s something very cool to make: Harvest Grains with Pickled Pork Alfredo. if you don’t have pickled pork on hand or don’t even want to make it yet, you can substitute any kind of leftover meat, chicken or fish. The same goes for Harvest Grains, which are a mix of Israeli couscous, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa and can be substituted with rice, pasta or even quinoa. Easy! Read more »
The last post showed how to cook quinoa on the stove (just click for a direct link to step-by-step picture book recipe). Here’s what you’ll need to cook quinoa in the microwave oven, which eliminates the need to watch a pot. Just click either picture on this page for complete step-by-step picture book directions.
Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is a fully flavorful, highly nutritious seed that’s incredibly versatile to use and easy to cook. Now, before you say “Keen-what”, I know it sounds different, and it’s actually something that’s somewhat new to me. My favorite variety is red quinoa because of its slightly sweet, nutty flavor. But quinoa of any color tastes great and has excellent texture – smooth on the inside with a great mouth pop to it when you first bite on it. And then there’s the incredible nutritional value, which is even more remarkable when you consider the tiny natural package it comes in. Read more »
Love the flavor of mangos but don’t know how to check for ripeness or how to prepare them? No problem. What you need is shown below. Click either picture for a direct link to complete step-by-step picture book directions.
- Ripe Mango
- Sharp Short Bladed (Paring) Knife
- Cutting Board
- Paper Bag (if needed – to ripen under-ripe mangos)