Quick & Easy

Sundae best

Sundae best: add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy desserts - Food: Summer EntertainingIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration.

Date food

Date food: trick her into thinking you're a gourmet cook with this quick and easy mealBeef, like this filet mignon, is a great source of CLA--CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID--a type of good fat that has been shown in studies to help increase muscle mass and decrease levels of body fat.

Quick, healthy dishes

Quick, healthy dishes - recipesChicken and Vegetables With Penne makes a hearty one-dish meal. Note: To save time, prep foods-slice, dice and so on-as other items cook.

Go fish

Go fish: start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinner - WeeknightPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron.

Salad days

Salad days: rice chills out for an easy weeknight meal - Food: Quick CookThis salad is a simplified, lightened version of Richard Wong's original. Make your own seasoning sauce as directed here or, for a shortcut, use a purchased sauce such as his Chinablue Sesame Soy Sauce.


Wine Diamonds Can you eat them

What are those little things in my bottle of wine that look like tiny stones, crystals or even diamonds? The short answer is potassium bi-tartrate (KC4H5O6) or better known to the cooks in the house as Cream of Tartar. No kidding, cream of tartar is made from the sediments of grape production by partially neutralizing tartaric acid with potassium hydroxide. It is generally used to give more volume to and help stabilize beaten egg whites. Hence, you are likely to find it in bakery products or maybe your dessert, especially the frosting. In a pinch it can also be used to clean brass and copper cookware.

So now you know what they are but, is the wine good to serve? Has Aunt Sue given you another bottle of bad cheap wine? The short answer is no. The wine is fine and all you have to do is "decant" or avoid pouring the crystals into your guests' glasses and everything will be fine. What if some crunchies do make into the glass or what if my guest picks up the bottle before I have a chance to decant it? Here's your opportunity to shine (but don't show off), say the flakes have formed because the wine was made from ripe grapes, picked at the peak of their flavor and that the fermentation process was done with care i.e., longer and slower.

You can also impress by saying the wine clearly has a high degree of "Weinsaure" (tartaric acid) and minerality to be able create Weinstein (wine stones). It is partly because of this acidity that the wine will taste fresh and have a longer life in the bottle. You could go over the top and say that most inferior wines undergo cold stabilization, a process by which a wine is cooled down before it is bottled and the white flakes, "crystallized tartaric acid", are filtered out. But, as you might have guessed, this unnecessary process strips out some of the flavor and balance of the wine. So, you can eat the crunchies! The good news is you are probably drinking a great wine! Salute!.

Former silicon valley marketing executive, present day ski instructor and Washington Winery Owner, David now spends most of his time in Hood River, OR with sons Joshua and Jason and wife Jody. Foreplay Columbia Valley Washington Chardonnay is his current favorite.

Health Food

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Spicy Garlic Shrimp - Thanks to the heart-healthy garlic and olive oil and the cayenne pepper in this recipe, it is a great, healthy recipe that works well as an appetizer or a main dish.

Knock Your Socks Off Brownie Recipe - Knock Your Socks Off brownie recipe, is a very fitting title unless you're not wearing socks.