Monthly Archives: July 2016

Make frozen pops at home for kids

Using whole fruit also allows you to take advantage of the wealth of fresh berries – blueberries would be a nice substitute – in the market this time of year. The infused liquid is added to the blackberry purée along with lemon and honey, and the mixture is poured into molds and frozen. Place the sage leaves in a small bowl or mug and pour boiling water over them. Use a wooden spoon to muddle (mash) the leaves slightly, then steep for 3 minutes. Combine the blackberries, honey-sage water and lemon juice in a blender; purée until smooth. Nutrition per pop: 70 calories, 0 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 3 g dietary fiber, 14 g sugar

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Naturally sweet granola bars sure to be a hit with kids

[…] sweet granola bars sure to please kids […] I outlawed traditional Indian food in my packed lunches, setting my mother free to get creative with Anglo-Indian dishes that became family favorites. The dates add a lovely fudgy texture, and the oats and peanuts give slow-release energy that will keep your kids (and you) going for a few hours. Add the butter, dates, honey, coconut, ginger and cinnamon to a deep saucepan and heat over low heat until butter and honey melt, stirring occasionally. Stir in the oats and chopped peanuts until mixed, then spread evenly into the baking pan.

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Dinner in 25 Minutes: Coconut Milk Soup With Lobster

The recipe collection is commendable for its preface chapters on 10 countries’ cuisines, explanations of key pantry ingredients, tips on menu planning, wine pairings and, mostly, recipes that are not overly complicated or precious. Here, a combination unfamiliar to me – toasted ground cloves, toasted poppy seeds, cinnamon, turmeric – marries with ginger root, lemon grass, cilantro and shallot. After a few minutes of heat, they are ready to season a cost-conscious amount of fresh lobster-tail meat, then infuse a mixture of coconut milk and half-and-half. Toast the poppy seeds in a nonstick sauté pan over medium heat for a few minutes, just until fragrant and lightly browned. Use the flat side of a chef’s knife to smash the lemon grass and discard its tough outer layers. Add the cilantro (to taste), ginger, lemon grass, poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon and turmeric to the sauté pan, stirring to combine. Stir in the half-and-half; briefly increase the heat to medium-high; as soon as bubbles form at the edges, reduce the heat to medium-low. Aroy-D coconut milk has the creamy consistency and natural flavor needed for this soup. Nutrition per serving (based on 4): 360 calories, 17 g protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 29 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 140 mg cholesterol, 410 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugar

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Flavor pork chops with buttermilk marinade

[…] when the kids start heading back to school, it’s time to switch gears; dinner usually needs to be planned and punctual.

The chops in question are crosscut slices of pork loin, also known as boneless pork chops.

[…] I threw in smashed garlic cloves and some chipotle hot sauce.

The chops are coated in a mixture of panko bread crumbs, which provide crunch, and seasoned bread crumbs, which glue all the bread crumbs together.

In a pie plate or resealable plastic bag, combine the buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and garlic, whisking the mixture in the bowl or shaking the mixture in the bag until the salt is dissolved.

Working with one chop at a time, lift it out of the marinade letting the excess marinade drip off; coat the chop well with the bread crumbs.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1½ tablespoons of the oil over high heat until it is hot.

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Tickets going fast for Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars event

If you’re a Houston foodie who wants to be the first to know who’s moving up or down on Alison Cook’s Top 100 Restaurants list, you’ll want to buy a ticket soon for the third annual Houston Chronicle Culinary Stars event.

VIP tickets are $150 and allow early access to the event (5:30 p.m. entry), a larger tasting glass, a special gift bag and an autographed copy of the 100-plus-page Top 100 book.

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