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The Secrets of Stir-Frying

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Wok'n Roll

Wok’n Roll (Photo credit: Another Pint Please…)

This is an intro to a very helpful post I stumbled upon and wanted to share with you all. Check back weekly for other recipes and cooking tips!

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the time savings and health benefits of stir-frying and I have to say that I never thought I would own a wok until now!

Not only is it easier to sear meat and get your veggies to a crunchy stage without overcooking them, but cooking on a wok is also much faster than cooking on a regular frying pan. I have a small kitchen so the decision to buy a wok wasn’t easy. But after I read this helpful post on The Kitchn.com, I decided to give it a try. I was also pleased to discover that you actually use less oil when you stir-fry as the wok becomes more stick resistant over time! I know, this is probably not news to you my cultured and well-fed reader. However, I’m so excited about stir-frying that I’m actually considering adapting some of my traditional Mexican recipes to the wok. Now there’s an idea…
For more information on how to score a proper wok check out this great post on The Kitchn.com: “How to Buy and Season a New Wok“.

~ Fry on!

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What To Do With Those End-of-Summer Garden Leftovers

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Oh summer, we left you behind and now we’re one step closer to dreadful winter. Thankfully we still have fall, which is a wonderful season. Especially here in my own little corner of the midwest, where the tree leaves turn shades of fiery red and burnt orange. That’s right, it’s harvest season! What a great thing to look forward to. Many of us took great pleasure in the extended summer weather we had this year, well into October. These warm fall days have allowed us extra time to enjoy our fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Which I have been busy drying, freezing, and just consuming in large doses before the first frost comes. Read the rest of this entry

How To Roast A Pepper – The Mexican Way!

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To char–which basically means roast heavily–a Poblano or any other type of fresh pepper:

Roasting fresh peppers

Roasting fresh peppers

1. Place the pepper over a gas flame (if you have an electric range use a skillet or your oven’s broiler).

2. Cook until the pepper is blackened on all sides (see picture above). If you’re using the stove top gas flame, make sure you turn the pepper with a pair of steel tongs. Keep rotating it until it’s charred on all sides. Keep reading…