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Archive for March, 2008

Easy ways for making Hamantashen


Ingredients for the dough:
Sifted flour (all-purpose) 2 cups
Baking powder 2 teaspoons
Salt teaspoon
Sugar (granulated) cup
Cold butter (cut into half an inch cubes) cup
Egg (large) – beaten lightly 1 number
Grated orange zest 1
Orange juice (fresh) 1 tablespoons
Ingredients for the filling:
Dried pitted prunes (unsweetened) 2 cups
Dried apricots (unsweetened) 1 cup
Water 1 cup
Lemon juice 1 tablespoon
Honey cup
Coarsely chopped walnuts cup

Method of Preparation

For making dough, take flour, baking soda, salt and sugar and sift together in a large mixing bowl.

Using two knives or a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour till you get a coarse meal like mixture. Add egg and stir in. Add orange zest and juice, and mix well till you get a smooth dough. Now shape the dough into a flat disk.

After wrapping the dough with a plastic wrap keep the dough in refrigerator till the dough become firm.

For making the filling, first cut the apricots and prunes into small pieces. Put them in a
saucepan with the water and bring to a boil. After reducing the heat cover the saucepan and keep under simmer for 12 minutes or till the apricots and prunes become soft.
Now add lemon juice and honey and cook for 5 minutes constantly stirring all the while. Add nuts and stir in. Allow the mixture to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Keep ready baking sheets either lined with parchment paper or non-stick baking mats. Sprinkle flour on some surface and roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness and then cut into 3-inch circles.

Drop the filling at the centre of each circle using a rounded spoon and fold up three sides to make a triangular shape with a large opening in the center. To make a nice triangle shape, pinch together or press in the edges of the circle that are touching so that the triangle holds its shape.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until the cookies turn lightly golden brown in colour. Remove and transfer to wired racks for complete cooling.

How Crockpot Recipes Help People Get Healthy Effortlessly

Busy families opt for Crock pot recipes which are ideal for them. The chefs prepare the ingredients in the morning, add them to the crock pot and let them cook throughout the day. Thus there is an incredible saving of preparation and time when people return in the evening after a hard day s work and in no mood to cook.

While offering a healthy choice for the family, crock pot recipes have plenty of vegetables and meat cooked together in the crock pot with, either, seasoning and water or a hearty can of soup to add flavor. Crock pot recipes make an ordinary or simply made dinner. This healthy choice is perfect for families that always are on the move.

Where to Find Crock pot Recipes

Crock pot recipes are available everywhere as they are extremely popular as one of the best methods to serve healthy meals. We can go on line and spot the best recipe sites. These sites have dedicated pages to crock pot recipes which are easy to cook, follow, very tasty, and delicious and time saving for the whole family. You can take print outs of these recipes and save them for frequent use.

There are also a number of books dedicated purely to crock pot recipes as these have become a part and parcel of every day life rather than for any special occasion parties. The books are full of these well balanced meals. As such, things will be interesting and with innumerable recipes to try, dinner can never be boring.

Crock pot recipes, after one studies and tries, can be home made as well. You can make your own recipe. But the recipe should have plenty of protein, vegetables and some thing wet to add to the crock pot to be accepted by the whole family.

Crock pot recipes provide excellent healthy meal sans too much effort and time. This is a wonderful way to cook dinner in this fast world where every one is on the move and nobody has time to sit and eat leisurely. Thus crock pot recipes remove, all doubts and offers the family, a delicious and healthy meal.

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Few Need to Know Shrimp Types to make Your Shrimp Recipes Outstanding

There is no end to creative Shrimp recipes as any one who has watched the movie Forrest Gump and listened to Bubba s lines in that story knows. Though humorous in the story, it is true that shrimps can be converted in to many wonderful and creative recipes delightful to the chef and those who eat it shrimp recipes can be made in to very tasty and fancy or very simple home cooked meals.

Types of Shrimp

Shrimp recipes require a familiarity with many types of shrimp. Cold water shrimp is used for canned shrimp and salad shrimp. Small in size they are harvested from the northern oceans.
Most people are familiar with the typical warm water white shrimp. This includes brown, pink, tiger and rock shrimp harvested or farmed in warmer waters like the Gulf of Mexico or Asian waters. There is in them a variation in size from the very small to the colossal. These are often used as prawns.

The third type is the fresh water shrimp, actually a different species capable of growing very large and often seen in display tanks. They can be used in cooking and are famous for a mild taste and soft texture.

Warm Water Shrimp Recipes

Ordinarily people are most familiar with the white and pink shrimp {excluding the bay and salad shrimp}. This type is great for many shrimp recipes. One favorite way to cook these shrimp is to marinade and grill them. It can be placed on skewers or a fish grill rack to keep them from falling in to the grill. It can be cooked very quickly and care should be taken not to over cook. A combination of cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil to taste, will be a nice marinade for grilled shrimp. These flavors will blend nicely and compliment the shrimp.

Mexican and Spanish shrimp recipes are very pleasing. Shrimp enchiladas is, one such popular shrimp recipe. The shrimp substitute the meat or cheese traditionally wrapped in tortillas. Along with a Mexican cheese a seasoned white sauce is used. Shrimp can also be used in tacos or fajitas successfully. A more creative chef may desire and try to make a shrimp tortilla soup. What ever the recipe, a little creativity and its use will convert the shrimp in to a wonderful meal.

Learn to make delicious Flaming Arrows


Butter 1 cups
Butter 2 tablespoons
Sugar (granulated) 1 cup
Salt teaspoon
Vanilla 2 teaspoons
Yellow food colouring 1 or 2 drops
Egg (medium) 1 number
Milk cup
Flour (all-purpose) 4 cups
Raspberry jam or raspberry filling (solo filling) one 12-ounce can
Chocolate chips (semi-sweet)

Method of Preparation

Heat the oven and bring the temperature to 375 degrees. Keep ready cookie sheets either with lightly greased or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Ensure that the all the ingredients are at room temperature.

Take ingredients butter, sugar salt, vanilla and food colouring in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer till the mixture is fluffy. First add egg and stir with wooden spoon. Then add milk and finally flour and stir well to make the dough.

After ensuring that the dough is stiff, keep the dough in a large pastry bag (approximately 8 inches) fitted with large star tip (the number 4 tip might do well). Now squeeze dough over the prepared pans. Make large tear-drop shaped strips, about 2 1/2 inches long and leave a space of 2 inches between cookies.

In case you use a smaller bag more of the dough has to be squeezed out to make the desired shape. By holding the pastry bag in erect position, you can squeeze one drop of dough over the cookie sheet.

Then after turning the pastry bag sideways continue squeezing the dough in a straight line so as to resemble an arrow tip and the arrow shaft. For easier squeezing, never fill the pastry bag to its fullest capacity.

You will be able to squeeze out the dough more easily only when the pastry bad in not full with dough. Make all the cookies of same size as far as possible so as to get an even baking.

Bake for 10 minutes, or till the edges become light brown and cookies are set. The cookies will get set even without the tops getting brown colour. Remove and transfer to racks for complete cooling.

After the cookies are cooled, turn them over with the bottom sides up. Now spread raspberry filling on bottom side for 50 percent of the cookies and use the rest of the cookies for topping the cookies with spreads to make sandwich cookies. Note to top the cookies with the bottom portion facing the spread of other cookie.

Now use microwave oven or stovetop for melting the chocolate. Dip large end of each cookie up to half an inch into melted chocolate and transfer to racks or waxed paper and allow time for the chocolate to set.
Store cookies in refrigerator.

Servings: 48

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