Food rail for Dec. 22, includes an easy breakfast recipe, tips on making great meatloaf, a review of Nestle Toll House Ultimates, and more.
Easy recipe: PB&J Crunchy French Toast
3 tablespoons milk
4 slices day-old bread
½ cup finely chopped peanuts or pecans
Beat eggs and milk in shallow dish until blended. Soak 1 bread slice at a time in egg mixture, turning once; dip each slice into peanuts to coat both sides.
Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. Place 2 bread slices in skillet. Cook over medium to medium-low heat until golden brown and no visible liquid egg remains, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Adjust heat as necessary so that peanuts do not burn.
Clean skillet. Repeat to cook remaining bread.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar; serve with spreadable fruit, fresh fruit or fruit syrup.
Tip of the Week: Make great meatloaf
- Don't overmix. Handling the meat mixture too much will cause it to compact, resulting in a tougher, drier loaf.
- For traditional meatloaf recipes, you can use all ground beef, or add ground pork for a variation in flavor and texture.
- Let the meatloaf sit for 15-20 minutes before serving so the juices can sink in.
- To protect against food-borne illness, use an instant-read thermometer and cook beef meatloaf to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, poultry meatloaf to 165 degrees.
-- Brookshire Grocery Company
Did You Know?
More than half of the nation’s potatoes were produced in Idaho and Washington in 2008. – census.gov
Would You Buy It? Nestle Toll House Ultimates
Product: Nestle Toll House Ultimates
Details: A premium line of ready-to-bake chocolate chip cookies. One variety is filled with caramel and another is filled with chocolate.
Comments: We tried the caramel-filled cookies, and liked the texture. But we found the caramel had a fakey flavor, and would have liked the cookies better without the filling. “They’re too sweet.” “Not much chocolate flavor.” “It looks like caramel but tastes like chem lab.”
Would you buy it? No.
-- State Journal-Register
Chum, sockeyes, and chinook are all species of what very common and well-loved food fish?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Christmas melon
Around Christmas, the Christmas melons ripen and show up in specialty produce stores. They look like small watermelons with splotchy green and yellow skin. They may be labeled the Santa Claus melon.
The melons are related to the muskmelon. Some can weigh up to eight pounds. They taste like a honeydew melon and have small seeds. The best ones are slightly soft on the blossom end and smell sweet.
-- The Repository
Number to Know: 280
Calories in a small chocolate sundae from Dairy Queen – calorielab.com
The Dish On …
“Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook” by the creators of “Top Chef”
The much-anticipated follow-up to the New York Times best-selling “Top Chef: The Cookbook” draws from all 5 seasons of the show and features 75 of the best recipes from the Top Chef Quickfire Challenges -- from Spike's Pizza alla Greek to Stephanie's Bittersweet Chocolate Cake.
Everything the home chef needs to assemble an impressive meal and channel the energy of the Quickfire kitchen is collected here, including advice on hosting a Quickfire Cocktail Party and staging Quickfire Challenges at home.
This book also includes sidebar material, such as tips for home chefs, interviews with contestants, fabulous photos, and fun trivia related to the chefs, dishes, and ingredients that make “Top Chef” a favorite.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: More on glasses and gift packs
Gift packs are a great way to try new beers while getting a few glasses in the process.
Brewery Ommegang’s set is my favorite. It features three 750 milliliter bottles of their fine Belgian-inspired ales as well as a great glass.
Chimay’s is always good. You get three .33-liter bottles, one of each of its beers, along with a glass.
One of the best bargains – it’s less than $20 -- is the Weihenstephan gift set, which includes five 16.9-ounce bottles of their excellent beers, as well as a hefeweizen glass.
Other good sets include those from Corsendonk, Samuel Smith and Petrus.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
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