Category: Dinner

Clever Substitutions For Alcohol in Recipes

If you do not want to use alcohol in your favorite recipes, you will be pleased to know that there are other ingredients you can use instead. Perhaps a recipe for braised beef calls for red wine. What can you use instead for the same rich flavor? Maybe you are making a dessert and the recipe tells you to add Kahlua. Can you substitute something else for the same delicious chocolate flavor? The answer is yes, you can usually use a similar flavored ingredient.

The exception to this rule is when the alcohol makes up more than twenty percent of the ingredients, in which case you should make something else because the recipe will not taste the same.

Wine Substitutions

If a recipe calls for wine, you can decide what to replace it with depending on the recipe. White wine can be replaced with white grape juice. Add a tiny bit of white wine vinegar to get the right flavor. If the recipe specifies sweet white wine, use white grape juice with some powdered sugar dissolved in it.

For red wine, you can use red grape juice or red wine vinegar. If the recipe needs more than a couple of tablespoons of red wine, use the grape juice because vinegar will impart a bitter flavor.

Champagne in recipes can be replaced with sparkling white grape juice or sparkling apple cider. Try sparkling cranberry juice or ginger ale too, depending on the recipe. For port, which is a fortified red wine, try cranberry juice with some orange or lemon juice added to it or red grape juice with some lime zest. Remember that you can always use non-alcoholic wine in recipes calling for wine as an ingredient.

Beer and Liqueur Replacements

Try mushroom stock, beef stock, or non-alcoholic beer instead of beer in recipes. If you need to use a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua or Tia Maria in a dessert recipe, coffee syrup, espresso or non-alcoholic coffee extract work well. Use almond extract for Amaretto, syrup from a can of cherries for cherry liqueur or cherry brandy, and orange juice concentrate for Cointreau.

For replacing vodka in a recipe if you do not want to use alcohol, you can substitute apple cider with a few drops of lime juice or white grape juice. For sherry, try something sticky and sweet like peach syrup, orange juice, pineapple juice, or vanilla extract. Apple cider or apple juice with a few drops of almond extract is a good substitution for rum, as is white grape juice.

Use vanilla extract, peach syrup, orange juice or pineapple juice for bourbon, non-alcoholic brandy extract for brandy, and non-alcoholic vanilla extract mixed with some powdered sugar for Creme de Cacao.

Anise flavor Italian soda syrup makes a good replacement for anisette and raspberry syrup, juice, or extract can be used in the place of Chambord. Spearmint extract mixed with water can replace creme de menthe and apricot, pear, or peach juice can be used as a substitution for cognac in a recipe.

Successful Recipes without Alcohol

If you follow these tips, your recipe will come out as close to the original as possible. Maybe you do not like alcohol or perhaps do not want to buy a twenty-dollar bottle of a liqueur, which you do not drink for a recipe calling for two teaspoons of it, which is understandable!

Maybe you are cooking for kids, in which case you do not want to use alcohol in your chosen recipe. Whatever the case, it can be very handy knowing the best alcohol substitutions for recipes.

Arabian Nights – A Dinner Party Idea

One of the most fun dinner parties I have ever been invited to had a Middle Eastern theme and it was sensational.

The reason it was so fabulous is that the hostess went to a lot of trouble to make the experience authentic.

When my partner and I arrived, the living room had been transformed – the room was lit only with candle light and a variety of cushions had been spread around the room. There was a lovely scent in the air – not too powerful. It must have been some sort of incense. The room looked totally different to the way it normally looked. I almost forgot I was actually at my friend’s house.

The background music was gentle but had that Middle Eastern beat to it – it was like Arabic chill-out music – very smooth indeed.

She’d also hung some rugs or material over the walls. It almost felt like being inside an Arabian tent – I have a warm feeling just reminiscing about it… because it had this really mystical feel to it.

I can barely remember what we ate because the atmosphere and what we had in store way over took and made the lasting impression

I do recall that on arrival we were given a glass of bubbly and could select appetizers from trays laid out with tempting dips like baba ghanoush (eggplant dip) and hummos (chick pea dip) and pitta and Lebanese breads that had been cut into smaller pieces, sprayed with olive oil and then lightly baked until crisp. There were also stuffed vine leaves along with a selection of pickled vegetables. I know my friend bought these rather than made them herself – recipes are available on the Internet for free if you want to do something similar and cook the food yourself.

We of course were all given small plates and serviettes and sat comfortably on the cushions mingling, eating and chatting. The experience had an incredibly soft and laid back feel. We’d all brought a bottle of wine so enjoyed a glass with the food.

Once we’d got through the starters my friend brought out some more dishes – felafels, lentils with spinach and some stuffed eggplant and tomatoes. Again, these were bought from a Lebanese take away restaurant and heated just prior to being served.

By this stage we were all feeling very full and content.

Then something magical happened – gradually we heard the music getting louder and louder – the beat was getting faster and then out of another room a belly dancer appeared and came dancing into the room.

She looked stunning – she had the full belly dancing costume on and her make-up was amazing – and her moves made me feel very envious (in the nicest possible way). She put on quite a performance, even producing a sword and doing the “sword’ dance.

Toward the end of her show, guests were invited to join her but we were not put under any pressure. A couple got up and it was fun to see people having such a good time. Can you believe we got to see this sort of entertainment at a friend’s house during a dinner party?

After the show, my friend served Turkish coffee and Turkish Delights which proved a lovely light way to finish off the meal.

It was such a great night that I’d highly recommend this idea to anyone who wants to make their dinner party memorable – just as this dinner party was for me. Afterwards, my friend told me she’d been taking belly dancing lessons and had found out who could do a show – it didn’t cost her much but she said it was well worth every cent to see the delight on the faces of her guests.

Aklan’s Chicken Inubaran

Chicken is the most common poultry dish feature in Philippine cuisine. The widespread recipes in various restaurants and by home chefs are evidences of this liking. What’s great about Pinoy delicacies is the creativity in indigenous cooking. When you get the chance to travel around places, each locality has popular specialty dishes that leave a mark in every tourist’s heart.

In the Western part of the Visayas region lies the oldest province in the country, Aklan. Along the rich heritage is their sumptuous cookery. And one of the most popular Aklan specialty dishes is the Chicken Inubaran (chicken with banana pith). It is a chicken dish cooked with coconut milk and slices of banana pith, locally termed as ubad, which is the center-most layer of the banana trunk. This tender and sweet white part is what gives the recipe a blissful flavor. The preparation of this dish is actually laborious since you have to cut down a whole banana tree to get the pith. But nowadays, you can buy canned hearts of palm or ubod (in Filipino) in local markets or grocery stores.

Chicken Inubaran is preferably cooked with native chicken as it gives the dish its real authentic taste. Since native chicken requires more cooking time than commercially bought chicken, you can make use of your best slow cooker to tenderly cook your Chicken Inubaran recipe. Slow cooker is ideal for inexpensive cuts of meat. Likewise, other ingredients are very common and within reach. It includes lemon grass, salt, vinegar, onion, garlic, black pepper and ginger as spices to taste. You can also add libas leaves, a souring ingredient, if you want your recipe to have a little bit sourly taste. Simply put all the ingredients in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low for about 6 to 8 hours, or until chicken is tender. Afterwards, you can now enjoy the creamy soup over hot steamed rice and savor a flavor rich eating experience. It perfectly goes well with your favorite grilled food too.

Aklan’s cuisine looks exotic but the taste is very much pleasing since it makes use of common ingredients. It showcases an original way of cooking that provides an appetizing experience to all the local and foreign visitors of the land. Considered as the best tasting dish in the province of Aklan, Chicken Inubaran is something that you should try to cook. Introduce an exhilarating flavor of Visayan cooking to your friends and family.

It’s quite amusing to discover the finest gastronomic flair of every region that makes cooking at its best! You can have all the opportunity to explore and enrich your cooking preferences. Truly, Filipinos have exceptional range of culinary grace which represents simplicity and resourcefulness.

12 Easy Dinner Recipes – Easy Food Recipes To Make At Home #5

This video have 12 Easy Dinner Recipes that I try collection for all of you and i hope all recipes you want to try.

1. Cheesy Chicken Rice
2. Spaghetti Squash Gratin
3. Pumpkin-Stuffed Pork With Curry Sauce
4. Easy Beef Stew in a Bread Bowl
5. Baked Honey Garlic Chicken Tenders
6. Paprika Chicken with Bacon and Spinach
7. Rice Cooker Braised Pork Belly
8. Salmon Steamed Rice With Miso
9. Rice Cooker Kimchi Fried Rice
10. Chicken Teriyaki Stacker
11. One-Pot Beef Stroganoff
12. Easy Pumpkin Ravioli