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Who Would Have Thought Raw Fish Could Be So Tasty?

Sushi is an enjoyable part of a meal or enjoyed on its own. Traditionally made with cooked rice mixed with a little rice vinegar then shaped into bite-sized pieces topped with raw seafood. Other varieties come in the form of a long roll wrapped in seaweed "paper". This roll contains strips of vegetables and assorted seafood and is served by slicing it into small, bite-sized pieces. In earlier days, sushi is regarded as exotic and can be found only in specialty Japanese restaurants. Now, this food item has transcended its origins and have become so popular that you can get your sushi fix from delis and supermarkets. Making sushi at home can be a worthwhile experiment for the die-hard sushi lover. You get to choose what goes in your sushi and you get to have your favorite treat anytime. You will need a bamboo rolling mat, a cutting board, a sharp knife and a large bowl. The rice is the foundation on which you will build your sushi. Good varieties include short grain or calrose rice. You might as well cook th...

 


How to Cook Fish Properly

Many a cook has discovered that fish can overcook in no time. If there's one piece of advice for cooks who want to turn out peerless fish, it's this: Once it's on the grill or in the pan, leave it alone! Leaving fish undisturbed for two to four minutes helps the protein develop a nice crust. This crust makes it easy to turn the fish over. Beyond this advice, there can be as many ways to cook fish as there are, well, fish in the sea. For grilling, choose sturdy fish with plenty of fat, such as salmon, tuna, grouper, shark and swordfish. Clean the grill well and give it a light coating of oil before placing the fish on it. Lighter fish can be grilled in a basket or simply on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil placed over the grill. However, don't cover fish on the grill; the delicate flesh takes up too much smoke and becomes over-seasoned and sometimes dry. A bamboo steamer is ideal for steaming fish, particularly for Asian recipes. To steam fish this way, put the stock or water into a large saucepan along ...

 


Tips For Preparing a Thanksgiving Turkey

It is almost that time of year again. The air is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to change, which is a sign that the holidays will be fast approaching. The holidays are hugely centered around food, whether it is holiday parties, cookie baking or the dinner themselves, cooking is a huge part of celebrating. There is no better example of this than Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving turkey is at the center of the holiday and preparing a perfect turkey is much easier than you think. First of all, you will want to decide what size turkey that will feed your guests. One handy rule of thumb is one pound per person. This amount will likely provide a generous amount to feed all your guests and leave you just enough for all those yummy holiday leftovers. Once you determine what size turkey you need to buy, the next choice is brand. Your local grocery store will have a variety of brands available for you to choose from. Some brands, including your store brand turkey, will be very inexpensive, whereas others wi...

 




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