Food

Steak can have place in diet

Think a juicy steak has no place in a healthy diet? Think again.Studies linking consumption of red meat to all sorts of health issues certainly have dealt beef some seriously bad press. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy moderate amounts of extra-lean and lean beef.Beef is an excellent ...

Learn the lingo to get most out of meat purchase

Frank Ottomanelli makes a point of knowing his customers. If not by name, at least by meat.And so when "Lamb Chop Lady" or "T-bone Mike" walk in to his old-style New York butcher shop, Ottomanelli is able to give them the sort of personalized service that can mean the difference between a ...

Quick kofta makes tasty wrap

The meatball has become so synonymous with Italian food it's easy to forget there is a world of variation out there.Italian meatballs are just one part of a large family of spherical minced meat dishes, which have roots in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa and much of Europe.Kofta, a ...

Reader seeking low-sodium marinades with plenty of flavor

Q: I need to reduce the sodium in my diet. Do you have any meat marinades that do not use salt?A: Marinades are savory concoctions that bring out flavors, tenderize less-expensive cuts of meats and moisturize. Three basic ingredients are needed:¢ Acid to tenderize: vinegar, citrus juice, wine ...

Quick, elegant meals in store on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "Last-Minute Magic: Three Quick-Fix Meals."Host Jayni Carey will prepare the following recipes: Chili-Glazed Chicken Tenders served with Jasmine Rice and Snow Peas with Sesame Oil, Pan-Seared Strip Steaks with Potato, Sun-dried Tomato and Arugula Salad, ...

Deep-dish decadence

It started as a 4-H cooking project, then became a "good luck" gift for fellow cast members in area stage productions.Now, Annette Cook is taking her signature chocolate pizzas to a new level."It's exciting to branch out and make it bigger," Cook says.At first glance, the boxes from Amore ...

Look beyond dairy for calcium boost

Each May the National Osteoporosis Foundation celebrates Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. The theme for 2007 is "Osteoporosis. It's Beatable. It's Treatable," which addresses the important issues associated with osteoporosis for different audiences, and encourages people to take ...

Mushrooms, cream make for luscious pasta

After several failed attempts to make a healthy and speedy creamy mushroom sauce for pasta, it was time to embrace the horror that sometimes healthy has to give way to Parmesan and heavy cream.It didn't seem a complicated goal - penne pasta tossed with a rich sauce crammed with a variety of ...

Exotic, faraway flavors of India explored on ‘Jayni’s Kitchen’

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week to experience the faraway flavors of India. Host Jayni Carey will prepare four spicy and aromatic dishes: Tandoori Chicken, Samosas, Tomato Chutney and Rice Pilaf with Cashews, Raisins and Pineapple.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower ...

Tofu choice depends on texture

Once relegated to the crunchy and ethnic fringe, tofu has moved solidly into the mainstream.After years of populating mostly Asian markets and natural foods stores, tofu now is a staple of major grocers. And with good reason. Not only is it a great low-fat alternative to meat, the soy protein ...

Baby food for thought

Pauline Amell-Nash worried that the pesticides and additives used to grow and preserve food were bad for her 1-year-old daughter Sophia, not to mention the earth itself. That's why the pureed carrots, sweet potatoes and fruits Sophia ate were purchased from makers of organic baby food."She is ...

Make healthy dressings at home

The key to making delicious healthy dressings at home is to reduce the oils and other fats (though retain enough to preserve a luscious mouth feel), and bump up the ingredients that contribute texture and flavor.The oil in dressings serves several functions, including providing a "cling factor, ...

Subbing cheeses can ruin recipe

Q: How do you melt cheese successfully?A: Here are some tips to help prevent melted cheese disasters.First, use the cheese the recipe recommends, if possible. Sometimes using a substitute will cause problems because it doesn't melt the same. There are many varieties of cheese, and they are all ...

‘Jayni’s Kitchen’ experiments with international flair

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "A Taste of Travel."Host Jayni Carey and her guests will prepare the following recipes: Greek Salad, Tyropitakia and Meatballs Patties with Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. The show also ...

Cooking with tea: Oolong works in brine for shrimp, poultry, pork

Tea is one of those ingredients you don't often consider cooking with.And that's a shame, because it is a nearly effortless way to add or accentuate flavors. Fruity teas are the most obvious choice, as they easily complement baked goods and fruit-based desserts.For example, try poaching pears ...

Bundles of joy

RecipesAsparagus Recipes (04-18-07)Asparagus, like the robin, has long been a sign of springtime.When farmers markets open this time of the year, the green spears are often the first varieties of produce ripe for consumption.So if you went to opening day at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers Market ...

Versatile lemons becoming more precious than ever

After this season's citrus-freezing weather, lemons have become little luxuries. It's a new way of thinking about an everyday ingredient.Every bit of the fruit is precious to the cook - the peel (rich in aromatic oil), the tart flesh - nothing need be discarded. Instead, showcase the lemons ...

Recipes

Asparagus braised with rosemary & bay leaves2 pounds fresh green or whiteasparagus, bottoms trimmed,peeled if tough1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon coarse sea salt3 sprigs fresh rosemary3 bay leaves, preferably freshIn a skillet large enough to hold the asparagus in a ...

Simple frittata solves leftover pasta dilemma

Finally, something to do with your leftover pasta. Cookbook authors Margaret Fox and John Bear have devised an easy recipe for using cooked pasta in a frittata, essentially an Italian omelet. They say any variety of noodle will do.Noodle frittata1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 cup finely chopped ...

TEN chef previews restaurant’s new menu

Join "Jayni's Kitchen" this week for "TEN: Great American Food with Chef T.K. Peterson."Host Jayni Carey and her guest will prepare recipes that preview the restaurant's new menu.A new show airs at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6. The show also is broadcast at 9:30 p.m. ...