Recipes From Around the World Right in Your Kitchen

Written by Pat Schraier

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Drain and chop soaked dried chiles, set aside. Heatrepparttar vegetable oil in non-stick stew pot. Add onions, garlic, ginger, fresh chiles, fry untilrepparttar 113107 onions have begun to

soften. Add chicken cubes, fry until very lightly browned. Add spices and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Addrepparttar 113108 chicken stock, tomatoes, dried chiles, and peanut butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring

occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add vinegar and peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. Cook until sweet potatoes are done (20 to 30 minutes). Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Pat Schraier is an ECookbook writer and former restaurant chef/owner. She has been cooking since she was 4. Soup & Stews Cookbook

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Coffee--Everything You Need to Know From Arabica to Zanzibar

Written by Larry Denton

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Most gourmet coffee is produced from Arabica beans which results in a coffee rich and full, providing an intense and fulfilling taste experience. Unlike Robusa coffee, which is considered inferior in taste, aroma and body, Arabica beans grow at higher elevations which means that they take longer to mature thus allowingrepparttar beans to produce more ofrepparttar 113106 oils which give coffee its remarkable flavor. With tastes including caramel, chocolate, nutty, earthy, spicy or even floral, gourmet coffee has something for nearly every palate.

It isrepparttar 113107 roasting process, however, correctly described as both an art and a science, that is essential torepparttar 113108 outcome of any coffee. Roasting gives coffee beans their characteristic dark color and intense aroma. The heat cracksrepparttar 113109 beans, releasingrepparttar 113110 rich oils hidden inside. Roast at a temperature that is too low, andrepparttar 113111 bean becomes sour. Roast at too high a temperature andrepparttar 113112 bean is burnt with arepparttar 113113 taste of wood ash. The darker roasts producerepparttar 113114 espressos, whilerepparttar 113115 lighter roasts yieldrepparttar 113116 more mellow morning coffees.

Grindingrepparttar 113117 coffee, another critical phase in preparingrepparttar 113118 "perfect" cup, should be done atrepparttar 113119 last possible moment, just before brewing. Utensils should be clean andrepparttar 113120 water cold and untreated. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of about one tablespoon of ground coffee to every six ounces of water. Of course individual tastes vary, so adjust accordingly.

The Internet is a tremendous source forrepparttar 113121 refined drinker of gourmet coffee. In addition to buyingrepparttar 113122 world's greatest beans online, there is easy access torepparttar 113123 miscellaneous accessories necessary to preparerepparttar 113124 ideal beverage. Coffee can be both a food and a pleasure and with a little online helprepparttar 113125 perfect ingredients can be easily gathered.

P.S. In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life thatrepparttar 113126 price is regulated byrepparttar 113127 government.

Larry Denton is a retired history having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently Vice President of Elfin Enterprises, an Internet business dedicated to providing information and resources on a variety of topics. For an urnful of information, history, tips and advice about coffee, or a unique coffee recipe visit

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