In the time it takes to cook a pot of pasta, you can have this delicious, springtime dish on the table... and cleanup is easy since it requires just the pasta pot and a skillet to prepare. Asparagus and Shrimp Pasta makes good use of a favorite seasonal veggie, paired with delicate shrimp and a generous sprinkling of asiago cheese before serving.
When I was asked to come up with a recipe to make for a market demo featuring strawberries, at first I thought of strawberry shortcake, smoothies, or strawberry puree over cheesecake bites. But then I decided to feature strawberries in a totally different way than the sweet treats we're used to. I ended up with Strawberry Cucumber Salsa, a totally unexpected and delicious way to eat this favorite springtime fruit. Try it with chips, as a condiment for tacos, or drizzled over grilled chicken or fish.
The consensus with my demo audience? A resounding thumbs-up!
Up-and-coming IMUSA is a company known for its products geared towards Hispanic cooking. But judging from the products highlighted at the recent International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, it is branching out to other ethnicities, including Asian, Caribbean and Mediterranean. Read up on the newest products from IMUSA and learn about its plan to globalize its kitchenware offerings.
Interested in mastering an international cuisine? Take a look at some of the must-have cooking equipment for a variety of ethnic cuisines.
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A new product just crossed my desk - the Cookina line of reusable cooking sheets. It's an innovative product: a thin fabric base that's encapsulated in a nonstick coating. It's flexible, can be cut to fit your pans, and can be used again and again. As one who uses a ton of parchment paper when baking, I'm excited about this product. Take a first look at the Cookina line of cooking sheets (which includes a sheet developed specifically for grilling and will even give you grill marks, and an oven liner that my clean-freak mom would love).
While we're on the topic, take a look at the Baking Sheets Buying Guide if you've been considering upgrading or replacing your collection of baking sheets. With a couple of Cookina cooking sheets, you can keep those new baking sheets in mint condition for years to come.
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When it comes to breakfast, do you prefer sweet breakfast like pancakes or French toast, or savory, egg-based breakfasts? For me, it's split 50-50; in fact, on weekends we have a tradition of having a sweet breakfast one morning and a savory one the other. Your trusty nonstick skillet can satisfy your breakfast fix, whatever craving you have. Two to try: Oatmeal Pancakes or Breakfast Taquitos.
Do you have a portable induction cooktop? If not, you should know what a useful tool it can be in (and out of) the kitchen. I use mine as an extra burner for holidays or parties, to keep things warm on a buffet, or to take to potlucks or for cooking demos. I know people who use them on RVs and boats or even at campsites that have electricity. If you're curious about induction cooking (but don't want to invest in a new and expensive cooktop, a single-burner cooktop is a great way to test the waters. A good, affordable option is the Max Burton Portable Induction Cooktop. Max Burton is the consumer electrics brand name for Aervoe Industries, which makes paints, coatings and other industrial products, but also has a line of 12-volt portable products, such as for automobiles and RVs, plus induction cooktops.
The company's basic, single-burner induction cooktop sells for around $80, and is efficient and easy to use. Read the review of the Max Burton Portable Induction Cooktop to learn more.Image courtesy of Aervoe/PriceGrabber.