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A Guide To Recreating Your Favorite Restaurant Recipes At Home...

When many people address budgeting, a designated food category is critical to avoiding overspending. Personal finance gurus announce again and again, “Stay in and save money.” And it’s true: by and large, making your meals at home instead of eating out at restaurants is likely to save you some serious dough, at the cost of having to knead out your own. But for many foodies who want nothing more than to chow down on their favorite specials from nearby establishments, this is an impossible task. Or is it? You don’t need fancy or elaborate kitchen gadgets or food equipment! With a little bit of groundwork and possibly some (elbow) grease, you too can be well on the road to whipping up your favorite meals from the comfort of your own home. Search for a similar recipe online. The most popular dishes from chains often have recipes located online, whether from the restaurant itself or from other diners who loved it enough to reverse-engineer it. If this is the case for you, fantastic! The legwork has already been done, and you can simply integrate the recipe into your culinary repertoire. Be sure to read the reviews, if there are any: sometimes a recipe can be slightly off and small updates from home chefs can make a big difference in the final product. List the ingredients. If you weren’t so lucky, start with your protein—this will be the easiest element to identify, as it’s usually right there in the title of the dish! From there, list as much as you notice about the way it was treated: was it breaded? Fried? Jot down a list of as much as you can remember, and then expand it to include any other elements, like starches and vegetables. Finally, try to remember the flavors. Garlic? Cheese? Make sure to record as much as you can remember. Break it down Now, separate those flavors out. Was there a sauce? Were the vegetables mixed, or separate? You’re trying to get every one of those flavors into the correct element of your dish. Once it becomes more manageable, you should be able to assemble the full dish on the basis of smaller recipes. For example, you may realize that there was a bechamel sauce used over your chicken—and bechamel is a quick component to find a recipe for. Taste, taste, taste! Perhaps the most fun part of trying to decipher a meal: taste your components as much as possible! If you can sample the original meal again, do so; better yet, try it alongside your home attempts....

How To Make Garlic And Onion White Pizza At Home

Are you tired of traditional pizza with red sauce and mozzarella cheese? Why not try something different? This homemade white pizza is topped with a homemade, Alfredo-like cheese sauce, plenty of cheddar cheese, garlic and sautéed onions. Once you have a slice, you’ll definitely be reaching for seconds. Ingredients (for the crust): 3/4 cup warm water 1 1/2 cups bread flour 1 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil Ingredients (for the sauce): 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup whole milk 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded ¼ teaspoon salt 1 pinch nutmeg Ingredients (for the toppings): 1 medium onion 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded To make the crust, begin by combining the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl. Let the yeast dissolve; the mixture should start foaming. Once the yeast is fully dissolved, add the flour, oil, and salt. Stir well, making sure the flour is completely worked into the liquid. Then, turn the dough out onto a floured countertop. Knead by hand for 8 – 10 minutes, or until the dough becomes smooth and stretchy. Place the dough in a covered, greased bowl. Let it sit on the counter for at least an hour – until the dough has doubled in size. When the dough has risen to twice its original size, remove the lid and punch the dough down. Form the dough into a ball, and place it on a pizza pan. Cover it lightly with plastic wrap. This dough needs to rest for 20 minutes while you prepare the sauce and toppings. To make the sauce, begin by melting the butter in a saucepan. When the butter is melted, add the flour. Stir to make a roux, and cook over low heat while stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring constantly. The sauce should thicken as it simmers. Stir in the Parmesan cheese until it is completely melted, and then remove the sauce from the heat and set it aside. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet, and add the onions. Sauté until they begin to brown around the edges, and then add the garlic. Sauté gently for another minute. Do not let the garlic brown. Once the dough has rested for 20 minutes, stretch it out into a 12-inch circle. Top it with your cheese sauce, followed by the cheddar cheese and sautéed onions and garlic. Place...

3 Helpful Wedding Reception Catering Tips

Have you decided to hire a catering service for your wedding reception to make things easier? Although a catering service will be able to handle a lot of work on your behalf, you will still have to help with planning how they will serve your guests. This article will give you tips that can make the process of making menu plans for a caterer to serve your guests an easier task. 1. Set a Firm Budget Before you can make any plans with a caterer or find one that you desire, you must first have a good idea of how much money you want to spend. When you have a firm budget, it will make the rest of the catering planning process go a lot smoother because you will be able to eliminate the catering services that are priced over your budget. You can then base the type of food that will be served at the wedding reception on the types of caterers that are priced within your budget.   2. Determine How Guests Will Be Served It is important for to have an idea of how you want your guests to be served. For instance, you might want to consider a seated reception in which guests are served at their tables if you want to keep track of how much food is available. A seated reception will allow you to make sure that everyone at your reception is able to get food before it runs out. If your budget is not an issue, you can opt for a buffet that allows your guests to serve themselves. You might actually save money by opting for a buffet because the caterers will not have to perform the extra task of bringing plates of food to the tables. 3. Request a Taste Test If you want to make sure that you are satisfied with what is served at your wedding reception, you can request to taste samples of food from the catering companies that you are considering. After the tastes tests are done, you can pick the caterer of your choice and come up with a menu for your reception. Keep in mind that the caterers may also be able to add additional food items to the menu as a special request, but it depends on who is hired. Get in touch with a caterer (such as Conestoga Place catering services) to start planning a menu for your wedding...

Here Are Four Mistakes To Avoid When You Store Potable Water...

Water is something that every human needs. If there is a natural disaster or some other kind of emergency where your water supply is threatened, you will need to call on any reserves you have. That’s why it’s a good idea to store water on your own property. However, it can be easy to make some mistakes that could cause problems when you need the water. Here are four mistakes that you might be making. Using the Wrong Vessels One of the most important things you can do when you store your water is to use the proper container. Your first impulse might be to use large plastic containers, but bear in mind that some types of plastic cause the water to contain phthalates BPA, endocrine disruptors which can be harmful to your health over time. To avoid these problems, you may choose to use glass containers for your water. It is also important to use water containers of varying sizes. There are also industrial-sized tanks you can use to store your water. However, if you choose these tanks, it is vital that you are sure that the land where you plan to put the tanks is stable and strong. The weight of the water and the tanks may cause sinking to occur.  Whatever kind of containers you use, ensure that you check them on a regular basis for leaks. Storing Containers Near the Window You might not think too much about your water after you’ve put it in the garage or basement, but it is important that you don’t put the containers in the path of sunlight by putting them near the windows. Sunlight, because of its heat, can warm the water, making it a friendly environment to bacteria. Instead, keep your water away from the windows and in cooler places on your property. Filling Containers to the Top In order to save as much water as you can, you might want to fill all the water containers to the top. However, you must remember that water expands when it freezes; in the winter, if the water freezes, it may crack the container and then leak out when it melts again. Avoid this by leaving some air at the top of every container. Storing Too Little Water A common mistake made when storing water is to not realize how much water every person in your family will need. Public Safety Canada suggests about four litres for every person for every day. If you can manage to avoid the mistakes laid out in this article, you will have drinking water when you...

7 Mouth-Watering Pizza Topping Combinations You’ve Probably Never Heard Of...

Ordering pizza is an exciting feat. You anticipate the gooey, warm cheese. The sweet, slighty tart tomato sauce. The perfect crust. Biting into the pizza just moments after it comes to your door. But, regardless of the magic of pizza, you can get bored of ordering the same old toppings (or lack thereof) every time. That’s why you’ve got this list of tasty combos to help you mix it up (hint: just tell your pizza joint the specific crust, cheese, and toppings instead of the nicknames): The Tuscan – this is a unique topping combo that should please meat lovers. It consists of pepperoni, salami, bacon, gouda cheese, and about a handful of pepperoncini peppers on top. The result is something with real “gusto.” The Flying Fish – take your classic cheese pizza and add delicious anchovies and pieces of roast chicken to get this tasty style. The anchovies are the fish and the chicken is the “flying” part. Secret Garden – for you veggie lovers, there is an option that brings something different to the table. In addition to mozzarella and provolone cheese, the Secret Garden includes thin crust, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, cucumbers, and feta cheese. (For vegans, remove the cheese). Backyard Grill – few things are more tasty than a good grilled skewer of meat and veggies. You can have the best of both worlds with this one: take a cheese pizza, add barbeque sauce, grilled chicken, grilled beef, and grilled sausage to complete this masterpiece. The Winery – if your pizza joint has white wine, ask them to sautee chicken in it with garlic. Then, have them place the garlic sauteed chicken on a cheese pizza, adding white and red onions, and finishing with a handful of olives. Pool O’ Pizza – taking a Chicago-style deep dish pizza, top it with pepperoni, grated parmesan, and an extra helping of sauce. The result is a dripping, delicious puddle of pizza. No one’s stopping you. The “Gentleman” – this pizza is made with a thin crust, parmesan and mozzarella cheese topping, and no sauce. That way, you enjoy the salty, crunchy delight of the pizza without the mess to clean up afterwards. Pizza doesn’t have to be all cheese or pepperoni. You can spice up your pizza life by requesting the above combos next time you order (from companies like Pizza from Perfect 2 For 1 Pizza). And don’t be afraid to come up with some of your...