A Good Ribbing- Rib meat is one of the most delectable cuts, irrespective of the quadruped in question. As usual, there's a myriad of terms and confusion over what's what and how to cook it. Since virtually all the rib meat we consume hails from cows, pigs and lambs, we will confine ourselves to those animals. But before getting into specifics, let's discuss rib meat in general.
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Chuck Wagon- Chuck is the general term for the meat from the shoulder section of cattle. Cuts from the chuck tend to be tough with notable connective tissue and intramuscular fat. This is because these muscles are regularly used. However, chuck is also very flavorful.
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Crabs Are Delectable Summer Fare- Although crabs are available year round in coastal areas, their consumption is most associated with the summer...
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Lamb: The Basics You Need To Know- Lamb is widely available in grocery stores and gourmet food retailers across the country. When shopping, look for American Lamb as it typically yields more meat on the bone than imported lamb...
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Mussels- Mussels are a bivalve mollusk found in fresh and salt water throughout the earth. Freshwater mussels are considered unpalatable. Mussels attach to rocks or other underwater structures by means of their byssus, or "beard", a proteinaceous bundle of fibers.
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Pork - Part I- It is universally agreed that the pig is one of the most bountiful animals on the planet; hence the saying that everything but its squeal is useful. While various parts of the animal are employed for a wide range of purposes, its meat, known as pork, is the focus of our concern. Pork is an extremely versatile meat and takes well to multiple cooking and flavoring techniques.
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Red Meat, White Lies- For those that define "meat" as only red meat, color is only the surface discriminator. The underlying differentiator is usually fat content and cardiovascular health.
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Salmon- Salmon is prepared whole, cut into steaks, or thinner fillets. Be on guard for the pin bones in the steaks and fillets. Run your finger along the flesh and have a pair of tweezers or small pliers available. You do not need to remove the skin; in fact it's quite tasty. Salmon, depending on the cut, can be roasted, broiled, grilled, sauteed, poached, braised, or not cooked at all.
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Steak - The Best of Both Worlds- There's much more to steak than fillet mignon. Let's begin with what fillet mignon is. Fillet mignon is merely the slices, (individual steaks) of a larger cut of meat known as the tenderloin. The tenderloin in turn,
is part of an even larger section called the short loin. Adjacent to the tenderloin is a cut known as the top loin....
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This Little Piggy - Part II- In the previous edition of "Food for Thought" we addressed the unwarranted fears regarding pork and trichinosis and dispelled the myth that pork should be cooked well done. We then discussed the aberration of breeding today's pigs to be leaner and how to brine pork to restore some of the lost succulence. Let us proceed in this final segment to illuminating the various cuts of pork and how they should be cooked.
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Let's Get Cooking!
While there are many reasons for teaching kids to cook -- less expensive than eating out, preserves family heritage, etc, the most important
reason is that by teaching your child to cook, you're giving him a better chance to be a healthy grown-up. Enabling your child with the ability
to appreciate freshness and to transform ingredients into tasty foods opens their eyes to making wiser choices about what to eat...