The 3 Best Andouille Sausage Substitutes, From Awesome To Brilliant
Feb 12

The 3 Best Andouille Sausage Substitutes, From Awesome To Brilliant

By Rose | Meat , Smoking

Sausages are considered to be a staple food, wherever you are in the world. In fact, their popularity has reached the point that some people can’t live a day without eating one.

There are many different sausage varieties to enjoy. Perhaps you are already familiar with some of them. But if you want something that has a fierce yet delectable flavor, you should explore the world of smoked sausages.

There are two methods you can use to make smoked sausages. The first one is to smoke the sausage first, then cook it afterwards (preferably by grilling). The second approach is by cooking and smoking the food simultaneously. You can do any of these with the help of a smokehouse or a simple charcoal smoker or electric smoker.

It is these smoking techniques that give us the wonderful aroma and genuine flavor of smoked sausages. Among all of these sausages, Andouille features both a classy and earthy tang. Any food gourmets will appreciate the taste of this delicacy, which has a unique flavor. That’s why it is a struggle to find an Andouille sausage substitute.

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that this is the end of the line for us, because if that was the case, I would certainly get frustrated!

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The Best Potato Starch Substitutes (Hint: It Is Not Potato Flour!)
Feb 10

The Best Potato Starch Substitutes (Hint: It Is Not Potato Flour!)

By Rose | Flour

Finding a potato starch substitute can be easy or difficult, depending on how familiar you are with this ingredient, so there are times when the hunt for an alternative can become an ordeal.

But don’t get discouraged. All problems in the kitchen have their solutions, and you’ll find that some common foodstuffs can often replace an elusive ingredient in your pantry or refrigerator.

Have you remembered the article I wrote about tarragon and garam masala? Many people thought that they couldn’t be substituted, but with a little creativity and intuition, I was able to come up with alternatives to these ingredients. Of course, I had my chef friends to help me out with the brainstorming process!

At this point, it is safe to say that potato starch has several viable replacements. You just need to know how potato starch works in your recipes and see what other ingredients can replicate its effects.

But if you are unsure about searching for them yourself, then allow me to do all the dirty work for you. I have listed below some of the best alternatives for potato starch.

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Taco Life: The Best Low Carb Mexican Recipes You Will Ever Have
Feb 08

Taco Life: The Best Low Carb Mexican Recipes You Will Ever Have

By Rose | Special Cravings

Ask a bunch of people what their favorite food is and the chances are you will hear the word “Mexican” a lot. That will come as no surprise to those who have sampled the wonderful cuisine created by our friends south of the border. I mean, do you know anyone who does not have a story about Mexican food? Whether its a fantastic crunchy fish taco or a bad burrito that’s sent them scurrying to the bathroom, Mexican food has been a massive part of nearly everyone’s culinary journey. The rich history and culture of Mexican cuisine is further complemented by its symphony of flavors and eye-popping colors.

However, as good as Mexican food is, this cuisine is not without its critics. Not so much because of its taste, but because there are some people who deem it to be on the unhealthy side. But to be honest, most of these critics’ experiences of Mexican food have been limited to trips to Taco Bell and their local burrito parks. While it is true that Mexican food is not the healthiest of cuisines out there, there are still plenty of recipes that are as good for the body as they are for the gut.

One of the main problems is that Mexican food is heavily reliant on scrumptious carbs, which as we all know, are leading enemies of serious dieters. Since the main staples of Mexican food are rice, beans, and tortillas, it can be difficult to eat this cuisine without eating some serious carbs. But fear not fellow dieters, losing a few pounds does not mean that you need to part with your favorite enchilada. I am here to tell you that there are a lot of low carb Mexican recipes for you.

So put on your most festive sombrero and let’s cook some low carb Mexican dishes that are sure to shed some pounds for you.

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Wok On! The Best Carbon Steel Wok For Your Kitchen
Feb 06

Wok On! The Best Carbon Steel Wok For Your Kitchen

By Rose | Cookware

If there is one top staple in Asian cooking, it might just be the good old, reliable steel wok. Chinese food, in particular, utilizes a lot of stir-frying, so having a good quality wok is essential. Just ask any chef that specializes in Chinese cuisine and they will swear to you that a great wok is probably the most important aspect of their cooking.

As for me, I have made the mistake of not always heeding this warning. I love making Chinese fried rice and stir fried noodles at home, and have gone through numerous cheap woks as a result. One rusted on me while the handles of others have broken easily. A wok is the workhorse of the kitchen, especially if you love making Asian inspired dishes. My wok sees action at least twice a week with all the stir-frying that I do. Woks are such versatile partners in the kitchen, they can be used for searing, BBQs and much more. I can even whip up an amazing French omelette using my wok! (Although beginners should use a pan for that.) All in all, it is an amazing all around tool for your culinary needs.

It was, therefore, a blow when my steel wok recently gave up on me as I was making some Indian pork wraps. The handle broke while I was washing it because it was not well built enough. Screwing the handle back in place was not a very good option as it had already become too loose. It is always sad when a kitchen companion of mine dies on me. After shedding a few tears, I decided to scour the internet and order a wok that would last me a very long time.

I decided to narrow down my search to the best carbon steel woks as I had heard outstanding things about them. It did not take long before I had found my new partner in Asian cooking. And let me tell you, it has so far exceeded my high expectations. I have been frying and beating it up for some weeks now, and it just looks at me asking for more. I am truly pleased with what I have purchased for my growing kitchen.

But before I tell you what I have bought, let me give you a quick rundown of the other carbon steel woks I chose from. Hopefully, this will help you to decide for yourself which carbon steel wok you think is the best. So grab your spatulas and let us begin!

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Smoked Paprika Substitutes: 4 Excellent Options To Explore
Jan 31

Smoked Paprika Substitutes: 4 Excellent Options To Explore

By Rose | Condiments

Are there any smoked paprika substitutes that you could use if this spice suddenly went missing from your kitchen rack? To find out the answer to this pressing question, let’s start by examining this spice and joining the discussion.

If you have an excellent Spanish background, you are probably familiar with pimenton. This is the Spanish terminology for smoked paprika. They use it in a variety of delicacies, such as stews, soups, and their iconic paella, which contains lots of smoked paprika!

Although smoked paprika is not a primary kitchen ingredient, as your daily cooking adventures can generally do without it, there are particular recipes that require this powdered spice. If you want a dish with a smoky and spicy tang, then smoked paprika is the perfect choice.

But as you don’t use it frequently, this ingredient will not always be available in your spice rack. Don’t blame yourself for this, and instead focus on the fact that it can be replaced by a number of alternatives. Yes, smoked paprika can be substituted with some selected spices. Here are they…

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