Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Ethnic Recipes & Cooking Terms

This week I was feeling a little ethnic. I've added several new German and French recipes for you to enjoy (highlighted below) and thought I would also include some of our other ethnic recipes. Whether it's Chinese food, Italian dishes or Mexican meals, I've included several just for you!

Oh, and on a quick note, February is National Cherry Month! Be sure to check out some of our recipes using cherries to celebrate this wonderfully tasty fruit.

In This Issue:
  1. Ethnic Pick
  2. New Recipes Added
  3. Cooking Terms
  4. Need Your Input
  5. Great Features

Ethnic Pick
I love, love, love authentic Mexican and Chinese food! The other day we had some really mild weather which gave me the urge to cook on my grill. I started thinking of all the wonderful warm weather foods that I make for cookouts and barbecues. One of those recipes is salsa. I love salsa with a great big bowl of tortilla chips, yum! So I thought I would share with you some of Annie's great salsa recipes.

Mexican Salsa
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1 tomato, finely chopped and well drained
1 onion, finely chopped
5-10 cilantro leaves, finely chopped or 1/4 tsp. dried cilantro leaves
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped and seeded

If chopping fresh jalapeno peppers, cover hands with plastic gloves or plastic bags. Can substitute above ingredients with 1 (15 oz.) can Mexican style tomatoes, well drained, and finely chopped with 1/4 teaspoon of chili pepper powder or black pepper powder. Mix tomato, onion, cilantro and pepper into 3 cup serving bowl. Chill thoroughly. Prior to serving, squeeze lemon into salsa and mix. Serve with tortilla chips, corn bread sticks, pita bread slices, other plain chips or as a side sauce for eggs, fish, chicken, pork or beef dishes. Use 1/4 lemon to squeeze over top. Can also add chopped cucumber!

You may also like:

Italian Bread: This delicious bread is easy to make and smells so good while baking. Start 3-4 hours ahead to allow for rise and bake times.
Click here for the recipe

Chow Mein: This is a tasty Americanized version of chow mein using ground beef, a great frugal alternative, making it an inexpensive family meal.
Click here for the recipe

Browse all of our ethnic recipes!

New Recipes
We have recently added some new recipes which can be found on our What's New page. These recipes come from Germany and France but have been eaten on plenty of American tables.  Here are the latest additions to our recipe collection of thousands:

French Onion Soup
Leg of Lamb with White Beans (Gigot Montaigu)
Caramel Custard Ring (Creme Caramel Renversee)
Chicken in White Wine (Coq au Vin Blanc)
Lobster in Tomato Sauce (Homard a l'Amoricaine)
Mousse au Chocolat (chocolate mousse)
Pepper Steak (Entrecote au Poivre)
Potatoes Anna (Pommes de Terre Anna)

Braised Celery with Mushrooms
Chilled Raspberry Pudding
German Fried Potatoes
Hazelnut Torte
Herring in Dill Sauce
Lentil Soup
Potato Dumplings

Cooking Terms

pare : To cut off the outer skin of something; peel.

ricer : A utensil with small holes through which boiled potatoes or other soft food can be pushed to form particles of a similar size to grains of rice.

Proof : To activate yeast and ensure it is alive by dissolving it in warm water and setting it aside in a warm place for 5 to 10 minutes. If it swells and becomes bubbly, it is alive.

Dutch Oven : A thick-walled iron (usually cast iron) cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid.

If you have a question on certain cooking terms, ask us and we'll share the answer here!

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Great Features!
If you haven't already, be sure to check out all of our new features implemented just for you! Remember, you can now print, email, comment on, rate, upload pictures and save recipes in a recipe box on the site. We add new recipes each week, so be sure to check the what's new page whenever you visit the site.

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