Friday, February 18, 2011

Free App- Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook

Leave it to the ole standby, Betty Crocker® to come up with a super-nifty app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and the good news is…its free!
Yes! My favorite four-letter word…FREE!
Do your meal planning on the go from whereever you are…how incredibly
handy is that?
The Betty Crocker® Cookbook for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has:
More than 9,000 kitchen-tested recipes….i.e. that means a plethora
or a whole bunch!
It is fully loaded so it’s super fast and doesn't require a wireless or 3G connection. (Cool!)
Features include:

  • Recipe Search: Search for a favorite dish. There it is!

  • Ingredient Search: Do you have too many canned tomatoes in the cupboard? Do an ingredient search and find a recipe that includes the ingredients you specify.

  • Recipe Detail with Photos: Detailed step-by-step instructions, full nutritional information, and photos. (I love photos.)

  • Recipe Email: Send the recipe to yourself or a friend.

  • Favorites: Save your favorite recipes for later access.

  • Coupons: Receive mobile coupons for your favorite General Mills® products. Use your mobile handset to show the cashier the coupon. The cashier will scan the barcode shown.

For more info visit Betty Crocker.
The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook app is available at the Apple iTunes AppStore.

P.S. Not a paid advertisement. I just thought it was a super-handy app and thought you might like to know about it. *smile*

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Cooking With Chili Spices- Chili Powder

Chili powder is one of the most popular and most used spices in the kitchen. You might say it's a kitchen staple. Chili powder is used in chili of course, but it's also used in a wide variety of Mexican and Indian dishes. It adds a bit of heat and spice to American dishes as well.

From the name you may think that it's made of just ground chili peppers but chili powder is actually a blend of many spices. Chili powder contains chili peppers plus a combination of garlic, oregano, cumin, and salt. Some chili powders also contain cloves, coriander, pepper, and allspice.

  • Try different brands and varieties to see which you prefer. McCormick sells a hot chili powder and well as a regular blend.
  • Purchase your chili powder in small quantities as the flavor will start to decrease after opening. Be sure to check the spice "best by" date on the container.
  • Here's a yummy recipe for Brown Bean Chowder which uses our featured spice.
*smile* Sherri

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Flour types-bread flour, cake flour, wheat flour...


As promised in the last post...here’s more info on additional types of flour.

Bread flour- Bread flour is specially formulated for yeast bread baking. Bread flour has a higher protein content (12-14%) than all-purpose flour. This higher gluten content causes yeast breads to rise higher and gives the bread a full, round shape.
Cake flour- Is made from soft wheat flour and has a velvety, fine texture. Cake flour is used when making fancy cakes, biscuits, and cookies. Your baked goods will be especially light and tender when using this flour.
Tip: Make your own cake flour- If you have no cake flour on hand you can mix up an acceptable substitute. Take 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour and add two tablespoons of cornstarch. Mixed together this equals one cup of cake flour.
Whole Wheat flour- Whole wheat flour is made from the whole wheat berry- the bran, germ, and endosperm. It adds a slightly nutty flavor to baked goods.
Whole wheat flour is less refined and so is healthier. It’s a great way to add whole grains to your diet.
Whole wheat flour is best used in combination with all-purpose flour in a half and half blend. For example, if your recipe calls for one cup of all-purpose flour use half the amount in whole wheat flour (1/2 cup).
Using whole wheat flour alone in a recipe will create a denser, heavier baked good. Use this flour by itself only when the recipe requests it.
Unbleached flour- Unbleached flour is just that, unbleached. It has not been chemically treated to make it white like bleached flour. It’s slightly less white than bleached flour, so your baked goods will have an off-white, creamy color but they will still taste the same.
A bonus: Unbleached flour has more protein content than bleached flour.
Bleached and unbleached flour can be used interchangeably.
Organic flour- Organic flour is certified organic and is sold unbleached. It can be used interchangeably with other flour types.
Flour recipes- Most baked goods such as breads, cakes, muffins, and cookies require flour as a main ingredient. Here's a yummy recipe for bakery-style blueberry muffins using all-purpose flour.
For info on all-purpose flour and self-rising flour click here. To see how to correctly measure flour click here.
Store all flour in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place for up to six months. You can also store flour in the refrigerator or freezer. Make sure to defrost it before using.
*smile*