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When to Boil Water

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 19, 2016


Should you boil the water before or after you put the vegetables in the pot? Here’s a good rule of thumb to help you remember:


For vegetables that grow underground (beets, carrots, and potatoes), start off in cold water.


For vegetables that grow above ground (corn, peas, and greens), place in boiling water.

Slow Cooker Conversions

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 16, 2016


High

Low

3 hours

7 hours

4 hours

8 hours

5 hours

9 hours

6 hours

10 hours

7 hours

11 hours

8 hours

12 hours

Well-Preserved Limes

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 12, 2016

Limes aren’t just for the rim of your glass and squeezing into your Tecate. You can also squeeze them over fish tacos. You can do more with limes by preserving them. All you need is a sealable glass jar, quartered limes, salt and some time. Store in your pantry and after a month goes by the lime juice dissolves and the salt acts like a brine making the limes’ flavor shift to its more natural flavor – soft, floral, and fruity. You can chop up the lime rinds and use in Greek yogurt, vinaigrettes, braises and marinades. They also make a nice garnish on meats, mixed with herbs and oil, or on grilled seafood.

Cooking with the Right Onion

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 09, 2016

Knowing the right onion to use for certain dishes is an essential part of making recipes taste their best. Here are some tips for cooking with the right onion.

What onion is best for frying?

Sweet onions. Use sweet onions for onion rings, gratins and roasted vegetables


What onion is best for eating raw?

Red onions. Use red onions in guacamole, pickled onions, salads, and sandwiches


What onion offers the crunchiest and sharpest zing?

White onions. Use white onions in salsas, chutneys and stir frys


What’s the best all-around cooking onion?

Yellow onions. Best for meat roasts, braised meat dishes, sauces, soups, and stews


What’s a milder and subtler onion?

Shallots. Best in vinaigrettes, egg casseroles, and garnishes

Make Your Own Taco Seasoning

Pujols Kitchen - Monday, September 05, 2016

Out of taco seasoning? You may not need to run to the store after all as long as you have the following seasonings on hand.

  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp regular Paprika
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 2 TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Oregano

Dominican Seasonings to Always Have on Hand

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, September 02, 2016

As long as you have these seasonings on hand, you can give any dish a Dominican vibe:

  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Chipotle
  • Southwest
  • Mexican

How to Tell if an Egg is Still Fresh

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, August 26, 2016


Drop an egg into a glass or bowl of water to tell if it’s still fresh. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s still fresh. If the egg tilts upward, it’s one week old. If the egg its vertical in the water, it’s 2-3 weeks old and stale. If the egg floats at the top, it’s very old and shouldn’t be used.

Sugar Alternatives

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, August 19, 2016


                As most of us know, nothing packs on the pounds around the middle like sugar. That’s why these sugar alternatives are a lifesaver if you’re trying to shed some extra weight.


For recipes that call for 1 cup of sugar, consider ¼ cup of honey, 1 tsp Stevia, 2/3 cup Agave Nectar, or ¾ Maple Syrup.


For recipes that call for 1 TBSP of sugar, consider ¾ TBSP honey, 1/8 tsp Stevia, ¾ TBSP Agave Nectar, or ¾ TBSP Maple Syrup.


For recipes that call for 1 tsp of sugar, consider ¾ tsp hone, a pinch of Stevia, ¾ tsp Agave Nectar, or ¾ tsp Maple Syrup.

Dominican Cooking Herbs

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, August 12, 2016


There are several herbs that give Dominican food its distinctive flavors. Here are just a few.


Cilantro

Use cilantro in rice and beans dishes, legumes, soups, fish and seafood dishes.


Parsley

Same as here in the United States, parsley is frequently used as a garnish in Dominican dishes.


Thyme

In the northwestern provinces Thyme is used in stews, beans and legumes and may also be found in bean dishes and in sancocho.


Oregano

Oregano is used in beef dishes and in sofrito. Oregano gives goat meat an extra tasty flavor especially if the goats have grazed on wild oregano bushes.


Apio (Celery Leaves)

Celery leaves are often used to flavor soups and stews.


Mint

You’ll see mint used in herbal teas just like her in the United States.

How to Cut Star Fruit

Pujols Kitchen - Friday, August 05, 2016
  1. Choose Star Fruit that is bright yellow with tinges of light green.
  2. Rinse off star fruit and use a sharp knife to cut shallow strips down along the five ridges or star points, removing the brown outer edge.
  3. Next turn fruit on its side and cut off the stem.
  4. Now your Star Fruit is ready to be sliced. Like an apple, you can slide it thin or thick.
  5. Remove and discard the seeds.
  6. Enjoy your Star Fruit.

 

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