What Is Braised Beef?

What Is Braised Beef?

“Braised”, “Braising,” and “Braised beef” are concepts you may have read poring over a menu or in cookbooks. These terms come from French cuisine, one of the world’s most interesting culinary traditions. “Live Coals” The French verb “Braiser” (a relative of the English word “Brazier”), means cooking food with vegetables and some form of liquid…

Chiles rellenos are the inspiration for our Mexican Ground Meat Stuffed Pepper

Try Our Mexican Ground Beef Stuffed Pepper!

Our menu for Gourmet Prepared Meals this week includes Mexican Ground Beef Stuffed Pepper, a dish that gets some ideas from Chiles Rellenos, a staple of Mexican cuisine that deserves to become more popular. What Are Chiles Rellenos? “Chiles rellenos” means literally, “stuffed chili peppers,” and although this dish is common all Mexican states, it…

4 Interesting Facts About Artichokes

4 Interesting Facts About Artichokes

Artichokes, a plant of Mediterranean origins, offer many culinary possibilities and have a fascinating story to tell. From its origins to its remarkable nutritional value, here are four interesting facts you probably didn’t know about artichockes. Artichokes Are Flower Buds Artichokes are the immature flower buds of a thistle. If they are left to mature…

Purple rice, or Heukmi Bap, is a Korean delicacy.

What is Purple Rice?

You may know already about brown rice and black rice, but what about purple rice? The most obvious characteristic of this Korean delicacy is a pleasant iridescent color, the result of mixing Korean white rice and black rice. Koreans themselves call this dish heukmi bap (흑미밥), or “Black rice.” A Matter of Personal Taste Korean…

Basmati is often called "the prince of rice"

Basmati, The Prince of Rice

You may have seen basmati rice mentioned in magazines and websites. This type of rice is touted by its taste and health benefits, and is so popular that some call it “the prince of rice”. However, not everyone knows the essential facts about basmati rice. Keep reading to learn more about basmati, its origins, and…

How tomatoes conquered the world.

How Tomatoes Conquered the World

Food as we understand it wouldn’t be the same without tomatoes. For example, without ketchup and tomato, hamburgers are not as tasty; salads just need tomatoes to add excitement and flavor; and entire culinary traditions like those of Italy and Mexico owe many of their distinctive characteristics to the way they use tomato. And yet,…