Donna Evans, Food Columnist
It's coming. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best days of the year to sit around with friends and snack. The numbers point to Super Bowl Sunday being the second largest food consumption day. The only day Americans eat more food is Thanksgiving. The figures vary a bit, but several sources agree that the following amounts of food will be consumed during Super Bowl Sunday: • 1.2 billion chicken wings. • 8 million pounds of popcorn. • 28 million pounds of potato chips. • 32.5 million gallons of beer.
When people think of chicken, it is often the breasts, legs or wings that come to mind. Chicken thighs are the unsung heroes of the poultry world. The dark meat of the thigh is tender and full of flavor. And because of the nature of the thigh, it is more forgiving when overcooked and can be reheated without drying out.
The Christmas cookies, fudge, stuffing, gravy and fancy holiday drinks all add up to a lot of extra calories. It doesn't take a university study to conclude that people gain weight during the holidays. Studies do vary in the amount of weight people gain — some studies come to a conclusion that people gain just a pound or two, while other studies point to people gaining 7 to 10 pounds from Halloween to New Year's.
The centerpiece of a holiday dinner tends to be a roasted turkey; juicy, baked ham; or, for some, a delectable seafood dish. No matter what main dish is being served, it is usually the sides and the dessert that are the highlights of the holiday meal.
Are you looking for a simple, yet thoughtful gift? Tired of crowded stores and high price tags? There is an alternative. Food is always an appropriate gift, and when presented in a glass jar decorated with bows and ribbons, it is quite a festive present. With a little bit of time and a dab of creativity you can put together a gift that truly conveys the holiday spirit.
It's always fun to thumb through cookbooks and cooking magazines or browse online to view new recipes. But some of us have cookbooks, three-ring binders and recipe card files that have been around for years - even decades - or handed down from generation to generation. These tried-and-true recipes are in dog-eared books, folders full of newspaper clippings, and of course, a box full of handwritten recipe cards.
There are times when leftovers are great. But other times, not so much. For large families, leftovers are not much of an issue. But when it is a household consisting of just one or two individuals, leftovers seem to be a frequent happening. After four days of eating spaghetti, it's not necessarily a good thing. Some dishes can be frozen and reheated. But there are quite a few meals that lose flavor after being frozen for a few weeks (or months).
Shrimp is one of those ingredients that cooks quickly, can be used in a large variety of dishes and can be prepared in any number of ways so there is a dish that will please everyone. So what's the catch? Shrimp is very easy to overcook; and when it is overcooked, instead of tender and juicy morsels, they become rubbery and tough. These small crustaceans cook quickly, which is one of the reasons they are often overcooked. There are several things to keep in mind to make sure your shrimp are cooked to perfection.
With the calendar page pushing past Sept. 21, it is officially fall. Some people love fall - the crisp days, beautiful fall colors, lack of bugs and numerous fall events. For others, it is a time of dread with cooler temperatures and shorter days. No matter if you love or hate the fall season, one of the benefits of fall is the abundance of Minnesota grown apples.
If you're looking for a new cooking method, forget about cooking in cast iron. Cast iron cookware has been around for hundreds, and perhaps even thousands of years. So what's the appeal of cast iron? The appeal to some may be the rustic look of this cookware - it is indeed something from the past and is often passed down from generation to generation. Some love this cookware because it is easy to use and can go from stove top to oven. And some people love cast iron because it heats up quickly and very little oil is needed when cooking.