Herby Butter in No Time

Herby Butter in No Time

tips & tricks, tips and tricks, 10-28-11

Today's Tip:

Are you looking for a simple way to dress up your meal?  Try compound butter.  All you do is take garlic, spices or any herbs you have lying around and mix them with room temperature butter. 

You can shape it in a cute log in wax or parchment paper or just put it in a container.  Store it in your fridge then use on any roasted meats.  It’s great on steak and roasted vegetables or for herb bread.

Thursday's Tip:

Tired of the same old sweet treat?  Mario’s got a great way to dress up boring ice cream or gelato and best part is, it requires absolutely no cooking whatsoever.

Adding some crushed up amaretti cookies to it.  Amaretti cookies are perfect little bites of almond flavored goodness.  They remind me of all of the delicious and beautiful marzipan candies that you can find in italy.

Try this and take your dessert from boring to italian perfection in ten seconds!

Wednesday's Tip:

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and hearty Halloween snack this toasted pumpkin seed popcorn is just the thing.

To make it just spread pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and toss with oil, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and some cayenne.  You can use any spices you like but these are Clinton’s favorite.  Then toast the seeds in the oven for about fifteen minutes at 400 degrees.

These pumpkin seeds are delicious alone, but even better tossed with plain popcorn.

Click here for the full recipe.

Tuesday's Recipe:

Fall is in the air, roasting vegetables is a wonderful and healthy way to warm the soul.  A roasting rack is an essential tool for perfectly roasted meats because it allows the heat to circulate all around the roast.

Carla likes to use vegetables such as leeks as roasting racks.  She cleans them well, places them into the roasting pan and put the meat right on top.

Monday's Tip:

Did you know that canned tomatoes are actually more nutritious than raw tomatoes? 

They have 2 to 8 times more lycopene, which is associated with lowering the risk of several types of cancer and coronary artery disease. 

Additionally, when you combine canned tomatoes with a fat like olive oil, you maximize the absorption of all that lycopene.  It’s a nutritional mash-up!

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