Fresh Strawberries

Written by Sherri Allen


Spring has arrived, bringing with itrepparttar sweet start of strawberry season. Strawberries,repparttar 113078 first fruit to ripen in spring, are enjoyed all overrepparttar 113079 world, with native forms growing on every continent except Africa and Australia. Families in 94% of American households eat strawberries, which were selected asrepparttar 113080 favorite fruit by more than half of all 7 to 9 year olds.

In addition to being delicious, strawberries are very nutritious. Ancient Romans prized strawberries for their medicinal value, believingrepparttar 113081 berries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, inflammation, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, halitosis, attacks of gout and diseases ofrepparttar 113082 blood, liver and spleen. In fact, strawberries are very high in vitamin C, containing more vitamin C than a medium orange. Vitamin C helps your body heal, resist infections and maintain healthy bones, gums and teeth. Strawberries are also high in antioxidants and fiber, as well as a source of iron, calcium,folate and vitamin A.

Whether you buy your strawberries from a local farmer's market orrepparttar 113083 nearest chain grocery store, take time to selectrepparttar 113084 sweetest, ripest berries. Look for bright red berries with fresh green caps. Make sure there are no signs of mold growth inrepparttar 113085 package; if one berry has mold, then you can be sure mold spores have spread throughoutrepparttar 113086 entire package. One-and-a-half pounds of strawberries equals one quart, which will give you about four cups of sliced strawberries.

As soon as you get home with your strawberries, put them in a shallow container, cover them loosely with plastic wrap and store them inrepparttar 113087 coldest part of your refrigerator for two to three days at most. Do not washrepparttar 113088 berries until you are ready to use them. To wash your strawberries, put them in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Then, just removerepparttar 113089 green caps with a paring knife orrepparttar 113090 tip of a vegetable peeler. Now, you're ready to eat your strawberries or use them in your favorite recipe.

FABULOUS STRAWBERRY MUFFINS

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups milk 1/3 cup melted butter 2 eggs, slightly beaten 1 tsp vanilla 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line muffin cups with paper cupcake liners. In a large bowl combinerepparttar 113091 flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until all ingredient are well blended.

Barbecue Tandoori Chicken

Written by Les Brand


One of my favourite types of food is Indian cuisine. So being able to make Indian style food onrepparttar barbecue appeals greatly to me.

Tandoori food is traditionally made in a clay oven called a tandoor in which meat is placed on long oversized metal skewers and placed throughrepparttar 113077 top ofrepparttar 113078 tandoor, withrepparttar 113079 tip ofrepparttar 113080 skewer touchingrepparttar 113081 bottom whererepparttar 113082 charcoal is smouldering. The heat insiderepparttar 113083 tandoor searsrepparttar 113084 surface ofrepparttar 113085 meat, whilerepparttar 113086 metal skewers conductrepparttar 113087 heat throughrepparttar 113088 inside ofrepparttar 113089 food. Cookingrepparttar 113090 meat simultaneously on bothrepparttar 113091 inside andrepparttar 113092 outside.

Naan bread is cooked by slappingrepparttar 113093 dough mixture ontorepparttar 113094 inside ofrepparttar 113095 tandoor. It cooks has it hangs down fromrepparttar 113096 inside ofrepparttar 113097 tandoor, forming into a teardrop shape.

Tandoori food can easily be cooked on a barbecue grill and youll achieve very similar results as obtained using a tandoor.

Its normal for tandoori food to be slightly seared black on some of its edges. Which is caused fromrepparttar 113098 intense heat created insiderepparttar 113099 tandoor.

The Barbecue tandoori chicken recipe below makes a good start to cooking tandoori style on your barbecue.

Practically every Indian restaurant offers tandoori chicken. The secret behind this succulent tandoori chicken dish lies inrepparttar 113100 long marinade in yogurt with spices. The coloring used to achieverepparttar 113101 distinctive tandoori color is created using alkanet root. This is not readily available so food coloring powder can be used to achieve a similar result. Use either red, orange or yellow.

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