|Cooking Tips & Tricks
||[Sep. 1st, 2007|09:31 pm]
Tantalizing the world one tastebud at a time...
Hello, all! I was encouraged by a nameless someone (three guesses who, and the last two don't count ;P) to post over here, so here I am! I was wondering if any of you have any good cooking tips and tricks to share - we all have them. One I recently posted in my journal is extremely elementary, but I hadn't really thought of until recently:
A great way to make your standard bottle of pasta sauce better is to add any or all of the following:
1/2 c - 1 c of wine* (US measurements)
Fresh basil leaves
Freshly chopped onion
Chunks of tomato
Dried red pepper flakes (if it isn't already spicy)
*Even if you're under 21, you can buy a bottle of cooking wine at the grocery store for 3-4 dollars that can make any dish tastier. I really love white wine, because I grew up with my mom cooking with it and I have a few favorite recipes that use it, and silentauror heartily suggests burgundy wine!
Add whatever you want, and simmer for 5-10 minutes. The more wine you add, the longer you should simmer it. I HIGHLY suggest the wine above all else, it really adds to the flavor.
Also: NEVER BUY RAGU. It sucks.
Also, when serving a cold dish for public consumption (like fruit salad or home made ice cream) it can be kept cold for longer by putting the food into a chilled ceramic serving dish (think Le Creuset, as the
extremely expensive ideal). Just toss the dish into the fridge/freezer a few hours before serving time!
I'd love to hear any tricks at all, no matter how minor you may think them :)