The holidays are right around the corner, which means it is time to start preparing your menus. Cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task, which can take a lot of hard work. Your holiday cooking does not have to be an impossible task, though. Just follow the advice from this article, and you will breeze through it. Chicago Banquet Hall Chicago Banquet Hall
Start watching cooking shows on television. Not only are they fun to watch, but they are also a great place for you to learn new recipes and cooking tips or glean ideas for entertaining. These shows are constantly coming up with new ideas, so you will always be learning something about cooking.
Soup is for all seasons! When we usually think of soup, we think of a hot bowl of chicken noodle when we are sick or a piping hot bowl of chili on a cold winter night. But don’t forget about soup in the summer, too. There are a lot of easy recipes for refreshing cold soups like gazpacho and fruit soups to enjoy during warm months.
Use oils for flavor. When using oil in uncooked sauces or dressing, be sure to use a high quality oil. The flavor of regular cooking oil will ruin your dish. Extra-virgin olive oil, with its fruity flavor, is a must for uncooked sauces such as aioli, or raw tomato sauce. A green salad will benefit from a simple dressing of extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar. Hazelnut and walnut oil have a delicate flavor that is suitable for ‘light’ sauces and dressings.
Make red beans, sausage and rice the easy way. Brown your sausage in a skillet. Add a can of red beans, liquid included, and then add enough instant rice to soak up the juices. Once the sausage is fully cooked turn off the heat and let the mixture simmer. It is a filling, low-cost meal that you can prepare in minutes.
If you are going to be making candy make sure you do not do it on a hot day. Making any candy on a hot and humid day is not good for the texture. If you cannot wait until the next day to make it cook it at least 1-2 degrees higher on the candy thermometer.
If you envy the straightness of restaurant bacon, here’s an easy tip that will help you get the same effect. Simply dip each slice of bacon into cold water before you place it in the frying pan. This keeps the bacon strips from becoming curly and gives a straighter edge.
As we previously mentioned, upcoming holidays mean lots of cooking. A lot of people do get concerned about getting started on their holiday menus, because they can be so vast. However, the tips and tricks you read in this article will make your cooking woes and inhibitions disappear and get you ready to conquer that holiday cooking!