Sushi is open to an almost never-ending variation. Though many people are intimidated just by the idea of mastering sushi-making in the comfort of their own kitchen, it’s really not that complicated. And given that it’s an awfully popular dish, it certainly deserves a try.
The first and foremost thing to consider when making sushi is the rice. The standard long-grain rice is not sticky enough to use for sushi. You must use a sticky short-grain rice. The most recommended brands to be used for making sushi are Tamanishiki, Nishiki, or Botan. Follow the package instructions and cook up 3 cups of rice. Make sure to rinse the cooked rice in cold water before starting.
While the rice is cooking, prepare the seasoning.
• 1/3 cup wine vinegar
• 3 tablespoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
Combine the 3 ingredients in a saucepan and place it over a medium flame. Stir the mixture to dissolve the sugar. Place the cooked rice into a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, drizzle 1/4 of the seasoning over the rice. Using a spoon or spatula, gently fold the mixture into the rice. If clumps form, break them up, but be careful not to smash the rice. Add the remaining vinegar mixture, fold and allow the rice to sit for 5 minutes.
For the fish– You can use just about any type of fish. You are able to use it raw, cooked, marinated, fried, or boiled. Half a pound is sufficient for 4 people. Being that the top parts of the fish has the most flesh and is the juiciest, it is best to use for sushi. Simply cut the fish into small pieces.
Although the primary use for toothpaste is for your teeth (duh!), there are many other things that you can actually use it for. In fact, toothpaste is pretty multi-talented. Here are just 5 good reasons why you should always keep a tube of toothpaste on hand.
1. Whether you have just handled pickles, fish or spare change, you detest the sharp smell that refuses to leave even after you have washed your hands with soap and water. In order to get rid of the stench completely, squirt a drop of toothpaste into each palm, lather and rinse thoroughly with warm water. The fluoride that is in the paste will neutralize the strongest scent particles, leaving your hands smelling minty and clean.
2. In the few seconds that you turned your back on your three year old, the little ‘angel’ became more capable than ever. He/she managed to create a literally breathtaking work of art on your dining room wall using crayons! For super-fast cleanup (the guest are expected to arrive any second), apply a small amount of toothpaste, rub it over the crayon marks and wipe it clean.
3. There is nothing more than the classic look of white tennis shoes, but your pair looks a little dingy lately. To get them squeaky clean once more, squeeze some non-gel toothpaste onto a toothbrush (probably one that you won’t use for your teeth again) and scrub the sneakers in a circular motion. Clean off the remainder of the toothpaste using a moist cloth. The toothpaste lends a hand in removing the grunge, whereas the carbonate peroxide whitens the fabric and makes the sneakers look like new.
Although sushi is most frequently associated with Japanese restaurants, it in fact dates back to 17th century China. The Chinese began making sushi in order to preserve fish, way before refrigeration was invented. Both salt and rice were needed to assist in the fermentation process and as a result, sushi got well acquainted with rice. As time went on and the Chinese and Japanese cultures crossed, sushi became an accepted food choice in both countries.
A bamboo mat, nori sheets, sharp knife, chopsticks for serving,
Mother. When you are young, you think the world of her. As a teenager, you think of her as horrifically out-dated, old-fashioned. As adults, you begin to realize that maybe she does know something. And, by the time you truly, fully understand what she is all about, it is too late. Grab hold of the opportunity before it slips through your fingers and thank your mom for all she did, does, and will do for you because without her, you wouldn’t be here.
Some of the Things my Mom Taught Me…
- Logic- "Because I said so, that’s why."
- Foresight- "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."
- Irony- "Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about."
- Weather- "This room of yours looks as if a hurricane hit it."
- Hypocrisy- "If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Stop exaggerating!"
- Behavior Modification- "Stop acting like your father!"
- Envy- "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."
- Medical Science- "If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
Summer is finally here and you know what that means- hot weather and of course Popsicles!!! Ever noticed how many Popsicle sticks you can collect in just a short amount of time? If your family loves Popsicles as much as mine does, you are now going to love the sticks even more. Learn how creative you can be with those sticks once thought to be so annoying.
1) Plant marker
If you’re anything like me, let’s just say you have a hard time remembering which plant is growing where in your garden. Nothing to worry about, it is just that we have a whole load of other things to on our minds. Is that plant parsley?… or maybe it’s thyme? Let the Popsicle sticks do the remembering for you by using them as plant markers. Simply mark the stick with the type of seed you planted and stick it into the ground.
2) Paint Stirrer Say good-bye to paint/glue marked fingers. Use the Popsicle sticks instead of your fingers to spread white glue or paint. You can also use it to stir paint when you want to mix colors or just need to stir some paint in a container.
What differentiates a fine dessert from a noteworthy finale? More often than not it’s just a minute dash of artistic intelligence that moves an ordinary dish up a notch. What makes a good dessert shine is the extra touch, the color, or the surprise that is found in the center. While a number of people might call it petty to believe that visual appeal is a determining factor in a dessert’s victory, the fact is that a superior staging plays a huge part in a dish’s reception.
Aside from the fact that it’s deliciously refreshing, this lemon sorbet in lemon cups dessert has that tiny extra something that transforms typical to impressive.
- 10-12 lemons (1 ½ cups of lemon juice)
- 4 cups water
- 2 ½ cups sugar
Cut the lemon in half.
Ever stop and think what life would be like if there were no ovens, refrigerators, kitchen gadgets and food prep machines? Although kitchens have been around just about forever, kitchen appliances and gadgets came to be over the years and are still being upgraded as we speak. Here are a few of the most important kitchen inventions by the most brilliant inventors. We are forever indebted to them.
2800 BCE- Soap-like material is found in Babylon in excavated cylinders.
600s– The Chinese invent porcelain.
900s– Restaurants, known as catering food establishments, came to be. Guess where? Thanks again, China.
1679– Cookware takes a giant leap forward when a French physicist and mathematician, Denis Papin, invents the cooker pressure. Dutch ovens are brought into England and the Colonies only a few years later.
1742– Ben Franklin invents the open stove, which uses a smaller amount of wood than the fireplace. In addition, it is by far safer than the fireplace, as it is in a closed-in area, rather than having an open fire.
1802– The gas stove came to be, but unfortunately does not become accepted until the 1880s, when cities begin setting up gas pipes.
Beans. Very nutritious and take only minutes to prepare. Being one of the greatest sources of fiber, beans have been proven to help reduce the risk of sugar related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, and hypoglycemia and lower cholesterol. In addition, they contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc as well as antioxidants.
This great take-a-long salad can make an excellent pot luck dish, or a great main dish. The longer it marinates, the tastier the salad.
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz, can corn, drained or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (wear gloves when handling with the jalapeno peppers)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Red eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. No, it’s not the flu. It’s that yearly nuisance come back again. Hay fever! If it is not actually caused from hay nor does it cause a fever then just what is hay fever?
Hay fever is the frequently used name for the seasonal allergic rhinitis. There are some people who suffer from allergies on a daily basis that are caused by things such as dust, animals, or feathers. However, hay fever is seasonal and is most commonly caused by pollen from various plants. Outdoor allergens are the most difficult to control since they are all over, especially at the time of year when you spend most of the day enjoying the fresh air.
Hay fever is more widespread in Western countries; in fact, according to statistics, it’s the most common allergy in the US. Why do some people suffer from hay fever so badly, others mildly, while others don’t suffer at all? Doctors believe that it may well be hereditary. It also seems that those who suffer from asthma or eczema are more prone to develop hay fever or other allergies.
These cookies definitely take a bit of effort, but the beautiful results will encourage you to make them again and again. They are very well worth the extra effort!
¾ cup + 2 ½ tablespoon (7 oz.) margarine
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 packages vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups flour
8 tablespoon finely ground pecans