Monday, August 02, 2010

Beets Around the Bush Salad

Putting Color in Your Salad Theme

Instructions

In a shallow oval or round salad bowl position the pickled beets inside the outer rim while slightly overlapping each slice until you have completed a circle around the bowl. Next, place a couple fresh lettuce leaves in the center to form a cup (the bush) into which you may fill your favorite cut-up vegetables or fruit.

One of my favorite "Beets Around the Bush Salad" includes freshly cubed vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced cucumber, thinly sliced white onion and cubed avocado. I highlight my salad with a pinch of basil, a couple splashes of balsamic vinegar, and of course my favorite salt and spices - sea salt and black pepper.

But, you can let your own imagination kick-in and add the ingredients and spices which you and your guests prefer. Give it a try sometime. It is simple to make and rather delicious - even without salad dressing.

Enjoy! Ahheee!! Signature Icon

Monday, July 26, 2010

Most Viewed Real Cajun Cooking Videos

The following videos were the most viewed on our site over the last 12 months with "Skinning and Filleting a Catfish" weighing in at number one.

1. Easy Microwave Gumbo Roux



2. Easy Stove Top Gumbo Roux



3. Chicken-Shrimp-Okra Gumbo



4. Blackened Catfish Filets



5. Skinning and Filleting a Catfish

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Cajun Meatloaf with Mushrooms (video)

A Spicy Cajun Meatloaf for Mushroom Lovers





 Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground round
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs  
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce  
  • 1/2 med. white onion, finely chopped   
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, finely chopped   
  • 1 pk. Lipton ‘s Beefy Onion soup mix   
  • 2 eggs  
  • 6 oz. sliced button mushrooms (fresh)  
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional)
Combine all the above ingredients (except rosemary sprigs) and mix thoroughly. Sculpt the loaf in a 6” x 8” tempered glass baking dish, add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary on the top and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Serves 6. Signature Icon

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alternative Cleaning Methods for the Kitchen: H2O2

Hydrogen Peroxide to the Rescue

After reading the following informative article: Do Household Cleaners Cause Breast Cancer? we may want to learn more about alternative ways to clean our kitchens. One which caught my eye is Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), which is being used more frequently by industrial and commercial businesses because hydrogen peroxide is seen as an environmentally benign alternative to chlorine-based bleaches.

There are indeed caveats to consider when using higher strength solutions of H2O2, e.g., proper refrigeration, handling and dilution.

Informative links:
I would love to read your comments if you are already using H2O2 to clean your kitchen. By getting away from harmful chemicals perhaps we can make our world a better and safer place to live. Signature Icon

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