Archive for January, 2008
Though many people eat healthy food very few people can resist the sight of a delicious cookie. There are as many different types of cookies as there are different ways of eating them. A few people eat soft cookies while others prefer the hard ones and the crunchy. If you love cookies and want to choose, why not prefer a cookie recipe yourself?
About Cookie Recipes
Many people assume that making a cookie is rather difficult and time consuming. They go to bakeries to buy them. Though buying readymade cookies saves time, there are more benefits in preparing cookie recipes yourself.
By making an easier recipe, first, you get relief from stress. You can relax and clear your mind after a very stressful job by making cookies. This act has a therapeutic effect on you.
Another benefit of making cookies is that it is a great way to bond with people. A busy parent, unable to spend time with their children, can join hands with them, in making cookies of delicious taste and relax with them.
Cookie recipes can be changed to cater to the tastes of persons. You may want more chocolate in chocolate chip cookies. You can choose such cookies or put more chocolate chips in the cookie dough and make your own cookie recipe.
People generally prefer larger cookies to several smaller ones. If you are one among them you can customize your favorite cookie recipes to make a large cookie or many larger cookies. It depends upon how much butter you use for each one.
You can have more information on recipes by typing the name of it in a search engine on the internet. You can even watch various cooking shows. There are a number of different variations of cooking recipes and through your research you can get wonderful and excellent results to your liking.
Dates (chopped and pitted) 1 cup
Sugar (granulated) cup
Margarine or butter (softened) cup
Packed brown sugar cup
Flour (all-purpose) 1 cups
Baking soda teaspoon
Oats (rolled) 1 cups
Method of Preparation
Heat the oven and bring it to 350F. Mount a small saucepan over low heat and mix dates, sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Keep over heat for 15 minutes and stir occasionally till you get a smooth and thick mixture. In a separate bowl add brown sugar and butter and cream together.
Separately add flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add this flour mixture to butter mixture prepared already and mix thoroughly. Now add the oatmeal and stir well. Add water and mix well to get dough. Make out the dough as a ball and keep in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut 2 inches rounds. You can use scrap and piece dough again after pressing together.
Place half of the prepared rounds over an ungreased cookie sheet and put dates mixture at the centre of the round using spoon. Now cover the round with date mixture with another round and get the edged pressed firmly to avoid dates getting out of the rounds. Bake 15 minutes or till the cookies turn brown in colour.
In recent years Mediterranean cooking has become popular and considered to be an extremely healthy diet. The Mediterranean coast line has influenced the Spanish diet. There are a lot of great classic Spanish recipes that include sea food and other coastal foods.
These Spanish foods are enjoyed for their freshness and flavor by the chefs world wide. The recent Bravo TV show top chef showed one of the top four finalists using a Spanish influence in his recipes. Any amateur chef can explore and enjoyed classic Spanish recipes.
The Classic Paella
Paella classic and traditional Spanish meat has many varieties in different regions of Spain. The ground for this recipe is rice cooked with different varieties of meat. The typical Spanish recipe for Paella includes Chicken, Pork, Shrimp, Scallops, Clams and mussels cooked with tomatoes and pepper sauce, garnished with vegetables like green peas or green beans. Seasoning is done by the use of rich and tasty saffron. Those who indulge in the meal will surely delight their palates.
The use of Fish
Many Spanish recipes use fish as the country is bordered on two sides with water. These recipes include potatoes baked in to casseroles. Olive oil is the cooking base and it creates a nice basic Mediterranean taste. The recipes can be flavoured with tomatoes, peppers, olives and garlic. Spanish recipes turn a basic fish into delightfully flavoured meals. Recent studies encourage the use of fish in the diet. If is worth while for the amateur chef to incorporate the recipes in his repertoire.
Other Spanish Classics
With any great Spanish meal traditional Spanish Sangria is a great beverage to serve with. The Spanish recipe for Sangria includes a mixture of reasonably priced red wine with fresh fruit like oranges peaches and lemons sweetened with sugar. The Sangria should be refrigerated and served chill.
Another classic Spanish recipe, Flan is a caramelized custard dish, a great treat for the dessert course. The trick is to caramelize sugar, place it in a metal mold and pour a custard base on the top. It is then baked in a pan with a water base. When the dish is done, invert the flan pans and get the beautiful dessert. Any amateur chef who serve, a meal with Spanish recipes completed by a Spanish flan will surely be praised.