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Why Use Leftover Rice For Fried Rice?

11 Apr 2017 22:56

Fried rice can be a quick and satisfying meal, especially for those who love anything rice. Indeed, if you only equate fried rice with the soy sauce spiked stuff you get from carryout Chinese places, you have the wrong idea, entirely. Fried rice can be a quick and comforting meal you throw together, with nothing but leftovers, or it can be a bit more complex. Either way, it is not complicated to make. One rule you will always hear about making fried rice is to use leftover rice. Many think that this is just a bow to tradition since fried rice is a way to use leftover rice. Well, of course, that's true. But is this the only reason to use leftover rice?…

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Substituting Dried Herbs for Fresh Herbs: What Amount?

11 Apr 2017 02:09

You may have read that you should never use dried herbs in your cooking. But you do, don't you? What's more, you make tasty food with dried herbs. Sure, in a perfect world we'd always use fresh ingredients. However, depending on the preparation, dried herbs can sometimes be even better. But, what if you have to substitute dried herbs in a recipe calling for fresh?…

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Never Eat Complimentary Bread At Restaurants?

09 Apr 2017 05:09

I have long seen dire warnings against ordering or eating certain restaurant foods. These warnings come in two main varieties. One, the food is gross and dirty in some way and, two: it is a rip-off and of low quality. One of the most often heard examples is complimentary bread. Chefs, restaurant employees, and others say we should never eat it….

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What Do The Recycling Codes On Plastics Mean?

30 Mar 2017 21:56

When it was common for consumers to pay deposits for bottles and then return the bottles to a retailer to reclaim the deposit, the type of plastics used in the bottles were known. Now that curbside recycling or drop-off recycling centers are common, it is much more difficult to identify particular types of plastic. Plastic resin identification coding was developed to assist in this identification. Therefore, most plastic packaging, including bottles and food packets, have a symbol on them which identifies the type of plastic used. This symbol is a number from one to seven enclosed in a "chasing arrows" recycle symbol….

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Origin Of 'Kill The Fatted Calf' Expression

22 Mar 2017 21:30

To kill the fatted calf is to prepare a huge celebratory feast, especially to welcome someone. It means to have a big party with lots of food and drink.

The American Heritage Dictionary Of Idioms defines it as "to prepare for a joyful occasion or a warm welcome." An example would be a long lost beloved relative coming home: "When Steve comes home from his deployment we are going to kill the fatted calf….

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A Man Bought Lobster and Steak on Food Stamps?

21 Mar 2017 21:28

A viral image of a grocery store receipt from Menominee, Michigan has been circulating online since May of 2011. The receipt, from Angeli's Country Market, lists fresh cold water lobster, porterhouse steak, and diet Mountain Dew, totaling $141.78, dated February 8, 2011….

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Origin of the Word Pumpernickel

16 Mar 2017 00:40

I've written about many food word origins here on CulinaryLore. I have been meaning to write about the origin of the word pumpernickel for a while, especially since I had read it had some surprising derivations. I thought I may as well do some research of my own to confirm these odd and funny origins….

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Is Chocolate Milk Really Made From Expired Milk?

15 Mar 2017 04:49

I recently noticed an Instagram post under the hashtag #foodfacts, which I use for my CulinaryLore posts on Instagram. The image claimed that chocolate milk is actually made from expired white milk that is sent back to the processing facilities, boiled down and re-pasteurized, then mixed with artificial synthetic chocolate flavoring, sugar (GMO). In other words, chocolate milk is a way to get another month of shelf-life out of white milk while adding a lot of bad stuff….

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What Is Jackfruit?

27 Jan 2017 19:46

The jackfruit, native to Southeast Asia, had the distinction of being the largest edible fruit that grows on trees. It belongs to the family Moraceae or the mulberry family, and of the genus Artocarpus, an important group of about 50 species which also contains breadfruit and other edible starch fruits that can serve as staples. The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam) bears fruit which can weigh up to eighty pounds or even 100 pounds, reaching three feet in length, eighteen inches wide, with a two-foot circumference. Unlike most tree fruits, the fruits grow on the main trunk of the tree. The fruits are so large that branches could not support them….

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What Was the First Meal Eaten on the Moon?

05 Jan 2017 23:53

Having read more than a few accounts of the first moon landing, I am often surprised by the off-hand treatment of the many 'firsts' that occurred. I read passages like 'the astronauts ate their first meal and then…'…

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Why Do We Always Have Room For Dessert?

02 Jan 2017 02:50

The first Dorito in the bag always tastes the best. The second Dorito is pretty boss, too. Then, your Dorito high goes a little lower with each chip you eat. In fact, the same is true of any food unless it is my coconut cream pie. Did you know that this is a real and researched psychological phenomenon complete with its own scientific term? And, this same phenomenon can explain what most of us think of as our 'dessert stomach.'…

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How to Find the Freshest Loaf of Bread

09 Dec 2016 21:54

If you're like me, you probably buy the same brand of sliced bread each time you shop for groceries. You know that some of the loaves are fresher than others, so you try to pick one that is as fresh as possible. You may be able to read a 'best before date' which might be printed somewhere on the bag, but is difficult to locate and hard to read. Even if you can find a date, since there are so many loaves this can be tedious and take too long. So you use the feel test and pick the loaf that is the softest….

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'There's No Such Thing As a Free Lunch' Origin

27 Nov 2016 22:12

What Does 'There's No Such Thing as a Free Lunch' Mean?

When we say 'there's no such thing as a free lunch,' we mean to express that there are few things in life that are truly given to us at no cost or free. There are usually strings or at least expectations attached. The cost of goods or services has to come from somewhere. In other words, you can't get something for nothing, and if something appears to be free, it isn't really. A similar saying is "there is no such thing as a free ride."…

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What is the Origin of 'Vittles' for Food?

25 Apr 2016 15:27

Vittles Definition

Vittles is an old-time word for food which we tend to associate with the rural South, cowboys, pioneers, mountain men, and the like. It actually comes from Middle English, by way of French….

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Great Pizza Making Products to Buy

29 Feb 2016 20:06

These products are for the homemade pizza enthusiast. There is nothing like a pizza that you take the time to make yourself, with good cheese and all your favorite toppings. But pizza can be a daunting task. Just the difficulty many home cooks have with working with the dough is enough to dissuade them from tackling a pizza at home.

However, instead of picking up the phone or ordering a pizza online, or even popping in a frozen pizza, consider that part of the problem may be in your equipment! Here are some great pizza making products that can make your pizza crafting experience a lot less difficult….

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What are Safe Temperatures for Foods in Restaurants?

04 Nov 2015 05:12

Restaurant professionals know that bacteria responsible for food-borne illness can multiply by the thousands in very short period of time.

They also know that you cannot tell always tell that this has happened by the smell or the appearance of the food. Fresh chicken that was purchased in the morning and improperly stored can cause illness in the evening….

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Is it True That Spaghetti is Done When It Sticks to the Wall?

25 Jan 2015 22:53

Many cookbooks, articles, and even cooking show episodes will tell you that the best way to test whether spaghetti (or another pasta) is done, is to throw it at the wall. If it sticks, it's done. Is this a good indicator of the doneness of pasta?…

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Throw Away Unopened Mussels? Who Says?

09 Apr 2012 21:35

Most people who like to cook and eat mussels and clams know that they are done cooking when the shells open. As you may have gathered from the title, I'm going to question that. In fact, I'm going to have the question the whole tale about how if they don't open, it proves they were dead, and so you must discard them. You see, there is just no science to it!…

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