Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:47:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40765-oxo-greensaver-produce-keeper-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40765-oxo-greensaver-produce-keeper-review-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:42:02 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40765 OXO provided the products for the giveaway.

 

Waste less and save more with OXO GreenSaver™. Three things cause produce to rot and spoil quickly: ethylene gas, improper airflow and uncontrolled humidity. The OXO GreenSaver system has the solution. GreenSaver Produce Keepers feature all-natural, non-toxic activated carbon filters filled with nooks and crannies that trap and absorb . . .

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OXO Greensaver Container 3Fruits and vegetables are the largest part of our grocery budget, especially during the summer months when our garden is down (way too hot in Florida to grow anything!) However, fruits and vegetables are the most wasted foods in our house as well.

They just go bad too fast. We’ve tried sprays, drawer inserts to keep the produce fresher, but really couldn’t tell a big difference in its use.

Oxo just launched their GreenSaver products. We love them. Here’s why:

1) The Produce Keeper, which is a non-toxic activated carbon filter that absorbs the ethylene gas to slow down spoiling, is contained INSIDE the lid. This makes it more effective, trapping as much gas as possible in a smaller space. The refrigerator drawer inserts that we were using, were not as effective. The same size filter, trying to work an entire vegetable drawer.

2) The Basket keeps the produce dry. You can use the basket and the container as a colander to wash and rinse your vegetables, then add the lid to refrigerate. This saves time and washing of an extra colander. Such a smart design. The basket also lets the produce have airflow all around, not just on the top.

3) All of Oxo’s products are very well made. Sturdy, thick plastic, yet lightweight. The 3 sizes we got are the perfect size – the smaller one for soft fruits (berries), the larger ones for vegetables. We use the largest size for kale. We buy kale in large bags, and add handfuls of kale leaves for smoothies. We used to keep the kale in the same bag we purchased, but the kale would rot at the bottom of the bag. With the Oxo GreenSaver, our kale lasts us 3 weeks with no spoilage.

4) Carbon filter lasts for 90 days, and are inexpensive to replace. A few times, I’ve forgotten to remove the carbon filter prior to throwing into the dishwasher. I wonder how that affects the filter.

5) Use this outside of the refrigerator. Some produce, like tomatoes, are not refrigerated. We love to use the GreenSaver on the counter for these items. They have prolonged the life of my tomatoes! We also don’t like refrigerating strawberries – the GreenSaver comes to the rescue and gives us an extra 3 days. Just this alone has saved us so much money.

Big thanks to Oxo for providing the giveaway! ~Jaden

About OXO GreenSaver

Waste less and save more with OXO GreenSaver™. Three things cause produce to rot and spoil quickly: ethylene gas, improper airflow and uncontrolled humidity. The OXO GreenSaver system has the solution. GreenSaver Produce Keepers feature all-natural, non-toxic activated carbon filters filled with nooks and crannies that trap and absorb ethylene gas, slowing down spoilage and keeping fruits and vegetables fresh longer. They also have elevated, removable baskets that promote proper airflow and help prevent moisture buildup by lifting produce up and away from the bottom and sides of the container. These baskets can also be used as a colander to rinse fruits and veggies before enjoying. The vent on top of each Produce Keeper slides open and closed to maintain optimum humidity levels for different types of produce. These three factors work together to keep your produce fresh longer.

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OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Features & Benefits:

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  • Activated carbon filter absorbs ethylene gas, is all-natural and made from coconuts
  • Sliding date indicator keeps track of when it’s time to replace the carbon filter
  • Elevated basket promotes airflow to prevent rotting, and can be removed to be used as a colander
  • Adjustable vent slides open and closed for optimal humidity levels for different types of produce
  • Chart on bottom of vent shows whether to keep the vent open or closed for popular fruits and vegetables
  • 1.6 qt/1.5 L capacity perfect for a pint of berries, grapes and other small fruits and vegetables
  • 1 filter included
  • BPA free

 

About OXO

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Mission

OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier.

Design Philosophy

OXO was founded in 1990 on the philosophy of Universal Design, which means the design of products usable by as many people as possible. For OXO, that means designing products for young and old, male and female, lefties and righties and many with special needs. The goal of making products more usable forces us to first identify problems and inefficiencies of existing products (including our own!), not only in terms of comfort, but performance as well. This gives us the foundation to meet our commitment of making products that make a tangible improvement in peoples’ daily lives.

Enter the OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper Giveaway

Giving away (1) set (of 3) OXO Greensaver Produce Keeper

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Cookie Cutter Kingdom Review & Gift Box Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40777-cookie-cutter-kingdom-review-gift-box-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40777-cookie-cutter-kingdom-review-gift-box-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 17:21:30 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40777 Cookie Cutter Kingdom provided the products for the giveaway.

PRECISION:We use a sharp .6mm edge that will produce the finest cuts into cookie dough, fondant, and gumpaste.

COLOR: Colors may vary, but the quality is the same!

CARE : Hand wash ONLY and please do not heat the plastic.

(photo credit: instagram.com/cookiecutterkingdom)

About Cookie Cutter Kingdom

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Cookie Cutter Kingdom provided the products for the giveaway.

I’ve been having so much fun with the new cookie cutters from Cookie Cutter Kingdom! They sent over a gift box full of summer fun cookie cutters. While my decorating skills need a little help (I’m not so steady with the frosting LOL), we had a blast making shortbread cookies in the shape of surfboards and sunglasses.

 

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The shapes are so unique – and a collection tells a story (with sugar!) We’re giving away a set of fun summertime cookie cutters.

 

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You can also order customized cookie cutters – like a dog shape with your dog’s name stamped on it as well. Or how about a baby bottle with the baby’s name on the cutter? Have fun! Jaden

About Cookie Cutter Kingdom

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CookieCutterKingdom was born from one simple idea: to innovate the baking industry using cutting edge technology.

We aim to offer the most comprehensive catalog of cookie cutters across all sizes. We use 3D printing and 3D modeling technology to offer thousands of cookie cutter designs across various sizes. Every cutter you see comes in a mini (2″), regular (3″), large (4″), and XLarge (5″) size – no more hunting around!

Another thing you will also notice about us that is unique is our customization platform. We’re bringing down the bar for making awesome-looking cookies that are personalized for special events ,occasions, and people/pets! Our home grown technology lets you (1) pick a shape – like a heart, (2) enter personalized text – like ‘Mike & Jennifer 2015′, and (3) voila – see and interact with your personalized cookie cutter right in the web browser!

We believe that cookiers and bakers are some of the nicest customers in the world. That’s why we do our best to offer easy, comprehensive customer service. We will always make sure a human, not a computer, is your first line of contact and that your problem, no matter how small or big, will always get resolved in your favor. We’d like to think that we also offer a pretty awesome return policy – if your order is not to your liking, simply keep your cutters and we’ll send you a replacement set.

Enter the Cookie Cutter Kingdom Giveaway

Giving away (1) Beach-themed Cookie Cutters Gift box that includes:

(1) 2-Piece Sand Castle Cookie Cutter Set

(1) Palm Tree Cookie Cutter

(1) Sunglasses Beach Cookie Cutter

(1) 2 Piece Beach Surf Cookie Cutter Set

(1) 3 Piece Beach Time Cookie Cutter Set

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Korean BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/27330-korean-bbq-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video-2.html http://steamykitchen.com/27330-korean-bbq-baby-back-ribs-recipe-video-2.html#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:03:44 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27330 The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

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Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

In this recipe, you’ll learn:

  • Slather ribs with Korean BBQ flavors: sweet, ginger-garlic soy glaze
  • 10 minute prep time for fool-proof baby back ribs
  • Secret trick to the most tender baby back ribs
  • Cooks in oven, easy cleanup

The nearest good Korean BBQ restaurant is over an hour drive away, simply too far when the best accompaniment to Korean BBQ is several super-cold OB beer alternating with sips of chilled soju (Korean rice alcohol, like Japanese sake).

That’s why we love making Korean food at home, but it also means that I have to modify ingredients and cooking methods a bit. You might be more familiar with Bulgogi, a popular Korean BBQ dish that features shaved rib-eye beef slices marinated in mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar and sesame seeds. But the lesser known dish is Kalbi, or thinly sliced bone-in beef short ribs flavored in a similar marinade. Bulgogi and Kalbi are both cooked over an open flame – usually hot charcoal set in the middle of the table!

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I’ve modified the Korean BBQ Kalbi recipe to use easy to find pork ribs to make Korean BBQ Baby Back Ribs, since my grocery store doesn’t carry the short ribs cut like this. Regular beef short ribs that are available are too chunky and clunky to eat by hand. Baby back ribs are perfect – tender, flavorful and simple to cook.

Oh, and I’m not about to carve out the middle of my dining table to install a charcoal grill, so we’re going with a simpler technique – the oven.

But firstlearn from my mistake

The first time I played with this recipe, it was a disaster. Not the recipe, but the oven was a crazy mess. I had cooked the baby back ribs on a cookie sheet, thinking it was the perfect size to fit 2 racks of ribs.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Unfortunately, I failed to remember that baby back ribs are JUICY and release a lot of FAT when cooking. Guess where that all ended up? All over the bottom of my oven where it then sizzled and burned. Burning fat in a hot oven is just not a good combo. While my family enjoyed the ribs for dinner, I spent the better part of the evening trying to scrub off all of the black, burned spots.

So, learn from my hot mess. Use a roasting pan at least 2-inches high.

Korean Kalbi Baby Back Ribs Recipe

 

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Servings: 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 95 minutes
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Ingredients:

6-7 pounds baby back ribs
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 onion, grated
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 stalk green onion, chopped
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white/cider vinegar)

Directions:

Heat oven the 375F. (optional) Using a butter knife to pry it up, separate the membrane from the back of the ribs and discard. Generously season both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. Wrap the ribs in foil, meaty side up and seal completely. Bake for 90 minutes. To make the Korean Kalbi sauce, mix together the remaining ingredients in a bowl. After the ribs are cooked, remove from the oven and carefully open up the foil -- be careful of the hot steam! Slather 3/4 of the Korean Kalbi sauce on the tops of the ribs. Place the oven rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler to high. Put the ribs back in the oven, foil still open, and broil until the sauce bubbles and caramelizes, about 3-5 minutes. Keep a watch on the ribs – it's so easy to burn them! Just before serving, pour the remaining Korean Kalbi sauce on top of the ribs.

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Tiger Rice Cooker Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40784-tiger-jba-t10u-rice-cooker-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40784-tiger-jba-t10u-rice-cooker-review-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:31:00 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40784  

Tiger provided the product for the giveaway.

The TIGER JBA-T "Soft Touch button" controlled Rice Cooker/ Warmer/ Steamer/ Slow Cooker incorporates the latest in cooking technology, therefore taking the guesswork out of rice preparation. With a press of a button, Tiger's Automatic Cooking Logic™ system actively monitors cooking temperatures and senses when cooking is complete. The . . .

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Tiger provided the product for the giveaway.

My Mom is the ultimate tester for this Tiger rice cooker – she cooks rice at least three times a week! Her current rice cooker is nearly 10 years old, so I let her take this one for a spin. Will the Tiger JBA-T10U Rice Cooker pass the Asian mom test?

The cooker is the perfect size for 2-6 people. It’s small enough to store in your pantry, yet has the capacity to cook 5 1/2 cups of raw rice. Asian rice cookers are designed very similarly, with a handle for carrying/moving the cooker around, a capsule-shape body and a one-button push for opening lid. American-style rice cookers are more “pot-like”, requiring you to lift the lid off and finding a place to put the lid, which is dripping with moisture. Tiger’s one-button open keeps the lid attached, and any liquid condensation drips back in, keeping your counters clean.

This rice cooker is computer-controlled, with their Automatic Cooking Logic™, which keeps track of weight, moisture and temperature, so that your rice is never burnt, and always perfectly cooked.

We love the thick inner pot, it’s sturdy and keeps the rice cooking evenly.

There are lots of other features too, with 9 preset cooking methods, including slow cooking, steaming, brown rice and multi-grain rice. My Mom was especially excited about the slow cooking capabilities. The pot size is perfect for slow-cooking a meal or soup.

She also tried steaming in the rice cooker, using the steamer insert. It worked just fine, but she wishes that the steamer insert had a little handle, or a notch so that it was easier to lift off and out of the inner pot without burning her fingers, The steamer insert fit very snugly, and there is no good way to lift the pot off.

Like all Asian rice cookers, the Tiger JBA-T10U comes with a rice paddle and a measuring cup. Take note that Asian rice measuring cups are NOT the same as a standard measuring cup. 1 cup of raw rice using the provided cup is about equal to 3/4 cup. Or, you could ditch the cup altogether and use the “finger-method” of measuring rice/water.

Mom’s verdict? She loves this rice cooker and gives her “Asian Mom Seal of Approval” :-)

I’ve always been a big fan of Tiger products. Tiger is known for their very high quality small appliances made in Japan. Our family has used Tiger products for as long as I can remember – we used to have their Hot Water Heater on our counters for hot tea during the winters. If you like Shabu-Shabu or Chinese hot pot meals, check out their electric pans. We use one similarly designed (but not Tiger brand) for our family hot pots.

walmart logoWalmart sells the Tiger JBA-T10UW for $149.99 – which is a killer price for an Asian style rice cooker with all these functions that’s made in Japan! ~Jaden

Tiger JBA-T10U Rice Cooker

The TIGER JBA-T “Soft Touch button” controlled Rice Cooker/ Warmer/ Steamer/ Slow Cooker incorporates the latest in cooking technology, therefore taking the guesswork out of rice preparation. With a press of a button, Tiger’s Automatic Cooking Logic™ system actively monitors cooking temperatures and senses when cooking is complete. The cooker then switches to “Keep Warm” mode to keep the rice moist and flavorful until served. Tiger has added a great new feature which allows you to produce soups, stews and other meals using the slow cook function.

Tiger JBA-T10U Rice Cooker 2 Features:

  • Thick inner pot (1.4mm)
  • 9 computerized cooking menus including slowcook and brown rice settings
  • 2 preset cooking timers
  • Detachable steam cap for easy cleaning
  • Detachable inner lid for easy cleaning
  • Stainless steel design
  • Steam basket included

 

About Tiger

Japan Tiger Corporation USA in Torrance, CA, is a division of Tiger Corporation based in Osaka, Japan. Since Tiger Corporation was founded in 1923, we have continued to deliver accessible household products for daily living. It all started with glass vacuum bottles and went on to expand to rice cookers, stainless steel beverage containers, electric water heaters, and other cooking appliances. Since 1923, with the strength of our vacuum insulation technology and other creative products we introduced, we have been able to deliver convenience and comfort to our customers in a variety of every day scenarios.

In 2012, Tiger Corporation formulated our new Corporate Beliefs. Our mission statement is “We will continue to create new every day essentials for the dining experience with ideas that produce warmth.” With this we aim to become a company that will continue to grow for hundreds of years. As globalization of the company has progressed, we have established sales bases in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and the U.S.A.

The vacuum bottle, which is the origin on which this company was founded, is a product that not only functions to keep drinks warm; it plays the role of a magic tool that warms the hearts of those who drink from it. Even though the times may change, our resolve remains the same. Tiger Corporation will always continue to help put smiles on peoples’ faces so they can share their smiles with others, which will help people create happy and comfortable lifestyles. We hope you continue to enjoy life with Tiger products and we look forward to your continued support in the future.

Enter the Tiger JBA-T10U Rice Cooker Giveaway

Giving away (1) Tiger JBA-T10U Rice Cooker

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Falksalt Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40760-falksalt-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40760-falksalt-review-giveaway.html#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:33:14 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40760 One of my secret weapon ingredients in the kitchen is just salt. Salt seems like such a simple ingredient, but the salt that I'm talking about is pure, all-natural finishing salt. A three-finger pinch is all that's needed to finish a dish, right before serving.

I normally use easier-to-find brand called Malden (you can find it . . .

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One of my secret weapon ingredients in the kitchen is just salt. Salt seems like such a simple ingredient, but the salt that I’m talking about is pure, all-natural finishing salt. A three-finger pinch is all that’s needed to finish a dish, right before serving.

I normally use easier-to-find brand called Malden (you can find it at Sur La Table, Williams Sonoma, Whole Foods, and other high end grocery stores). I love their pyramid-shaped salt flakes, which are so thin, they literally melt in your mouth.

We recently tried Falksalt, from Sweden. Like Malden, Falksalt’s crystals are flakey, pyramid shaped. But the similarities end there. Falksalt’s crystals are harder, more clear (my husband said they look like uncut diamonds), and are shatteringly crunchy-crisp, which provides a beautiful textural experience in each bite.

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Falksalt harvests seawater from the Mediterranean, and its facilities in Cyprus, Greece, evaporate the seawater until there is nothing left but salt. “…Experienced salt makers heat up the sea water and let it evaporate until the delicate pyramid shaped crystal flakes appear. The salt is then harvested, dried, sieved and finally packed, all by hand.”

falksalt3Your fingertips act as the salt grinder. Just take a three-finger pinch of salt, rub and squeeze the salt pyramids and they’ll break apart.

I love that Falksalt creates different flavors, including Rosemary, Red Chili and Smoke.

Smoke is great on anything, but especially roasted vegetables. Anytime you need to add a hint of subtle smoke flavor, a pinch of Falksalt goes a long ways.

We also tried the Black salt – not my favorite of their selections, as the black isn’t a particular flavor, but made for visual appeal. Crushing the black salt on a white plate was visually striking.

Citron was lovely on grilled fish. We also liked crushing it and using the Citron to rim our margarita glasses.

Elevate your cooking to the next level, use what professional chefs use – finishing salts. ~Jaden

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Falksalt Giveaway

Falksalt is giving away a set of 6 Falksalt salts (your choice of flavors).

 

 

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Bio & Chic Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40580-bio-chic-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40580-bio-chic-review-giveaway.html#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:53:12 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40580  

 

 

Black Chinese Take Out Box

This unique and elegant Black Chinese Food Take out box is a great way to package food on the go. Its black color makes it one of a kind! Eco-Friendly and biodegradable, it is suitable for hot and cold food and is grease resistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bio & Chic creates eco-friendly and elegant disposable food packaging, and elegant disposable dinnerware for dinner parties, catering –  all disposable, and all eco-friendly.   Whether you are hosting a BBQ dinner for friends, or a wedding for 100, Bio & Chic can provide you with environmentally friendly disposable plates, cups, stands and takeout boxes.

Here are some of my favorites:

 

 

Bio & Chic Black Chinese Take Out BoxBlack Chinese Take Out Box

This unique and elegant Black Chinese Food Take out box is a great way to package food on the go. Its black color makes it one of a kind! Eco-Friendly and biodegradable, it is suitable for hot and cold food and is grease resistant.

 

 

 

Bio & Chic Decorative Chinese Take Out Box

 Decorative Chinese Take Out Box

This decorative Chinese Food Take Out Box is an exciting way to package food on the go. Its decorative pattern is fun and your customers will think so as well! Eco-friendly and biodegradable, it is suitable for both hot and cold food and is grease resistant.

Bio & Chic Sandwich Wrap Box

 

 

Sandwich Wrap Box with Window

The Sandwich Wrap Box With Window is great for packaging your delicious wraps. Elegantly present all of your delicious sandwich wraps for food take out.

About Bio & Chic

Bio & Chic LogoWe manufacture and provide eco-friendly and elegant disposable food packaging, and elegant disposable dinnerware. We provide catering supplies, baking supplies, party supplies… all disposable, and all eco-friendly.

All of our products are totally eco-friendly and biodegradable, made of bamboo, wood, paper, sugarcane, and cornstarch. Although disposable, they remain quality products – very chic and naturally elegant.

With years of experience in manufacturing food packaging and eco-friendly products BioandChic offers a very large selection of the latest products available. Offices are located in Manhattan. We also have our own warehouse located in N.J. and in California, where we keep a large stock, enabling us to ship to you the same day you place your order.

Enter the Bio & Chic Giveaway:

Bio & Chic is offering a $100 gift certificate to a winner.

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Thai Steak Salad Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/40566-thai-steak-salad-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/40566-thai-steak-salad-recipe.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:43:05 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40566 Thinly sliced, perfectly seared steak tops a Thai salad of crunchy cabbage, fresh bean sprouts and fragrant basil and mint herbs. Dinner can be ready in 20 minutes!  Salad as a main dish is combines so many textures and flavor profiles: crunchy, healthy vegetables, tangy dressing, and a warm, grilled meat or roasted vegetable. This Thai Steak Salad also has one ...

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Thai Steak Salad Recipe

Thinly sliced, perfectly seared steak tops a Thai salad of crunchy cabbage, fresh bean sprouts and fragrant basil and mint herbs. Dinner can be ready in 20 minutes! 

Salad as a main dish is combines so many textures and flavor profiles: crunchy, healthy vegetables, tangy dressing, and a warm, grilled meat or roasted vegetable. This Thai Steak Salad also has one additional element – fresh, fragrant herbs.

What makes this Thai Steak Salad recipe so appealing is the 5-S’s of flavor: spicy, salty, sour, savory and sweet. Toss in perfectly grilled, sliced flank steak, and you have a meal that only takes 20 minutes to prepare and pleases just about everyone.

This recipe is from The Great Cook Cookbook, by James Briscione, the Culinary Director of the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, and two-time champion of Food Network’s Chopped.

About The Great Cook Cookbook

Thai Steak Salad RecipeWhile most cookbook feature stories or a journey + recipes, The Great Cook Essential Techniques and Inspired Flavors to Make Every Dish Better is built differently. The book is like a master cooking class, with author James Briscione and the team of editors at Cooking Light at your side.

The book is organized in 35 main cooking lessons, like “Steamed Mussels,” teaching you how to debeard mussels, test for freshness and how to cook mussels with different flavor profiles. Each lesson is followed by a few variations that build upon what you’ve just learned: Mussels Steamed with Bacon, Beer and Fennel, Curried Coconut Mussels and Fettucine with Mussels.

This is a perfect book for those learning to cook, but enjoy the freedom of variations upon a theme. With over 400 gorgeously styled color photographs throughout the book, you’re sure to understand the lessons.

The Thai Steak Salad recipe is featured in the lesson on “Leafy Main Salads” which also includes French Frisee Salad with Bacon and Poached Eggs (learn how to poach an egg and make homemade croutons) and a Greek Salad Bowl (with artichoke hearts and olives).

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 12 minutes Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Recipe adapted from The Great Cook by James Briscione. Reprinted with permission. (c) 2015 Time Home Entertainment, Inc. Photo by Helene Dujardin

Make sure you cut the steak ACROSS the grain - here are detailed instructions on how.

Ingredients:

1 pound flank steak (about 3/4" in thickness)
salt and pepper, to taste
1⁄4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon Sriracha (or other hot chile sauce)
1 1⁄2 cups very thinly sliced cabbage or any salad greens
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup julienne-cut carrots
1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1⁄4 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions:

1. Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Season steak evenly with salt and pepper on both sides. Add steak to pan, cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steak from pan; let stand 5 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across grain into thin slices.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and next 5 ingredients (through Sriracha) for the dressing.

3. In a large bowl, combine cabbage and remaining ingredients. Add 6 tablespoons dressing to cabbage mixture; toss well. Toss steak in remaining 2 tablespoons dressing. Add steak to cabbage mixture; toss to combine.

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Excalibur Dehydrator Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40721-excalibur-dehydrator-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40721-excalibur-dehydrator-review-giveaway.html#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:37:32 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40721 Excalibur provided unit for review only. Steamy Kitchen is sponsoring the giveaway. I had completely forgotten that Excalibur agreed only to provide one for a review, and not for a giveaway. But we already published this as a giveaway, so we'll pay for the giveaway unit ourselves. ~Jaden

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Excalibur provided unit for review only. Steamy Kitchen is sponsoring the giveaway. I’m so used to publishing reviews with a giveaway — and I had forgotten Excalibur agreed to provide one for a review, and not for a giveaway. But we already published this as a giveaway (and have lots of entries already), so we’ll pay for the giveaway unit for the winner. ~Jaden

Our dehydrator gets used twice a month, but only for one thing. Beef jerky (check out our recipe for Korean BBQ Beef Jerky).  The snack of choice in our house is fruit or jerky. Both are easy to eat, easy to transport in my bag and also healthy.

nesco dehydratorOur $80 Nesco dehydrator is something we bought a couple of years ago, thinking that all dehydrators are the same. Trays + hot air. I was proven wrong when we tested out the Excalibur Dehydrator. But, at a price difference of over $100, is the Excalibur worth it?

We made several batches of beef jerky to find out.

Oops, well, first, we had to get the Excalibur unit replaced. The one sent did not work correctly – the fan was fine, but there was no heat. We called their customer service, left a message. The next day, we didn’t hear back, so I called again. This time I got a live person, who was very apologetic and friendly. She took care of our problem right away, and sent us a replacement unit. She offered 3-day shipment for our troubles.

As promised, a new unit arrived. We packed up the defective unit (it was the fuse) and shipped it back to Excalibur, postage taken care of.

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The Excalibur’s fan/heating element is mounted on the back of the unit. The Nesco’s fan/heating is in the lid itself, which sits on top of all of the trays.

The Excalibur has a door that hangs loosely, making it very convenient to open, insert/remove trays.

These two things makes the Excalibur superior – the fan/heater are still working and drying the food, even if you are rearranging the trays. I can do this with one clean hand. With the Nesco, you have to lift and remove the lid/fan/heater off the trays first. Rearranging the trays requires two clean hands (normally, if I’m dehydrating beef jerky, one hand is touching raw meat).

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The Excalibur includes mesh for each tray. The food lays on top of the mesh. This makes it so easy to clean, just pop the mesh in the dishwasher. The plastic trays just need a little soapy water to clean.

The Nesco only comes with 2 mesh trays. Their round rack is very difficult to clean, and too tall for dishwasher to fit in all 5 trays at once. Food sticks to the plastic tray, and you need to soak them in hot, soapy water before the food particles scrub off.

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Both units have different temperature settings. But the Excalibur also has a timer that you can set. Nesco does not have a timer.

Quick time-out to show you how we make Chinese Char Siu Beef Jerky. We have a meat/deli slicer by Kalorik that use to get the exact thickness of beef that we like. London Broil is our meat of choice, as it is nice and lean, and the perfect shape for slicing for jerky.

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We use prepared Char Siu (Chinese BBQ) sauce, thin it out with just a bit of water. Marinate the sliced beef for 15 minutes, then lay on the trays to dehydrate.

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We love our jerky sliced thin, so that it’s almost like the texture of crispy chips.

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See how thin they are?

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Another plus for the Excalibur – the trays are rectangular (Nesco is round with a hole in the middle). For making beef jerky, this makes it so much easier to lay and arrange the beef. Previously, with the Nesco, we were having difficulty arranging long, thin rectangles of beef on a donut-shaped tray. We were able to fit much more jerky on the Excalibur.

The Excalibur is big. You’ll need more storage space for the unit. Performance-wise, they are about the same. Beef jerky dried just as well in both units, and in nearly same amount of time, despite different wattages.

Excalibur 3526TB

  • 5 trays
  • $194 on Amazon
  • 10 year warranty
  • 400 watts
  • Not expandable (the trays fit into slots)

Nesco FD-75A

  • 5 trays
  • $70 on Amazon
  • 1 year warranty
  • 600 watts
  • Expandable (just buy and add more trays)

Is the extra $124 worth the price for an Excalibur? For our purposes, yes. We use our dehydrator constantly, and I like the 10-year warranty. Plus, the shape and size of the trays make it easy for beef jerky. The cleanup is so simple – the mesh goes into the dishwasher and then just a few minutes washing the trays. The Nesco used to take us at least 20 minutes of hand-scrubbing to clean each plastic tray to remove the bits of beef jerky stuck to the plastic.

If you are only using the dehydrator a couple times a year, then I would advise the cheaper Nesco.  It’s easier to store, saves $120 and dehydrates just as well as the Excalibur.

Thank you for your support!



Excalibur Dehydrator Giveaway

We’re giving away one Excalibur 5-Tray Dehydrator. Sponsored by Steamy Kitchen.

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Tiger Stainless Steel Vacuum Tumbler Review http://steamykitchen.com/40714-tiger-stainless-steel-vacuum-tumbler-review.html http://steamykitchen.com/40714-tiger-stainless-steel-vacuum-tumbler-review.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:13:11 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40714 Tiger America provided the mugs for the giveaway.

Where we live in Florida, it's hot. Where my parents live, it's hotter! During the extremely dry Las Vegas desert summers, drinking water throughout the day is an absolute must.

We just spent several days transitioning from the tropical, humid Florida hot to visit my parents in 111F "oven-like" . . .

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Tiger America provided the mugs for the giveaway.

Where we live in Florida, it’s hot. Where my parents live, it’s hotter! During the extremely dry Las Vegas desert summers, drinking water throughout the day is an absolute must.

We just spent several days transitioning from the tropical, humid Florida hot to visit my parents in 111F “oven-like” temperatures. We had brought our double-walled Tervis tumblers on the trip, but found that the ice in the tumblers very quickly melted, leaving us with warm water to quench our thirst.

Of course, my Mom knows better. The plastic, see-through tumblers that we were using does not insulate nearly as well as her stash of stainless steel, double-walled, vacuum sealed travel mugs. We grabbed one of her metal mugs, filled it with a ice water and left it in the car while we ran our errands throughout the day. Five hours later, we were drinking ice cold water.

tiger mug 6Tiger sent us their brand new travel mugs to try out. It’s perfect for keeping cold drinks cold, and hot drinks hot. Their stainless steel, vacuum tumblers are made in Japan, and will keep your coffee or tea hot for up to 6 hours at 138F.

tiger mug 2The mugs are a beautiful, matte metal, with a flip top lid that seals very tightly. The lip where you drink is designed so that you can sip without spilling, which is important especially for hot beverages.

 

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One important feature of the Tiger Travel Mugs is the super-clean finished surface, which keeps away rust, stains and odors. The mugs are easy to clean, dishwasher safe on top rack.

tiger-mugBonus: the mugs fit in my cup holder!  ~Jaden

Tiger Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Mug Giveaway

Win 1 Tiger Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Mug in either gray or pink.

 

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Crisp™ Tools Review & Giveaway http://steamykitchen.com/40698-crisp-tools-review-giveaway.html http://steamykitchen.com/40698-crisp-tools-review-giveaway.html#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:45:49 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40698 Crisp™ provided the products for the giveaway.

 

What’s pasta without a touch of garlic? The Crisp™ GARLIC PRESS helps you mince up a clove in a flash. This beautifully designed kitchen tool has an easy to grasp handle that allows you to rock the press back and forth across a garlic clove for a perfect mince . . .

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Crisp™ provided the products for the giveaway.

Crisp makes kitchen tools that are colorful, beautifully designed and function well. Their products are designed to make fruit and vegetable prep simple, with a big, bold pop of color.

Crisp-Garlic-Press-1Chopping garlic is a chore that I leave to my garlic press. I prefer a tool over mincing with a knife, because I want to break down the garlic as much as possible, to release all of its flavor and juice. Smaller garlic means more garlic flavor spread evenly throughout the dish.

The Crisp Garlic Press works differently than a traditional garlic press. The tool allows you to rock back and forth, pressing the garlic between the cutting board and the tool’s mincing holes.

What I like about this design feature is that my fingers stay off the garlic. No more digging into the garlic press to pick out the skin. The snap on cleaning tool makes cleaning the holes easy, but I found it unnecessary – a quick scrub with my sponge cleaned the small holes easily.

  • One handed rocking motion provides great leverage to press or crush cloves quickly and easily
  • Integrated crusher
  • Soft handle for sure comfortable grip
  • The oval slide pushes garlic up and out of the blade opening for easy removal. The slide comes off simply for easy cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: 5.02 in. X 3.48 in. X 1.19 in.

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The Crisp™ DUAL JUICER is great for oranges, limes and lemons. I like the measurement marks on the cup – it’s convenient and I know exactly how much juice I’ve made.

It has a sturdy, nonstick base, and is wide enough so that I can press down to juice the citrus without having the unit tip over.

There are 2 spouts, one for more pulp and one for less pulp, if that’s important for you. I always go for all pulp, so I don’t bother with the pour spouts.

  • Reversible juicing heads makes this your all in one tool
  • Unique dual pouring spouts for both fine and coarse for more or less pulp
  • Measurements on frosted body lets you easily determine the exact amount you need
  • Features a non-skid base for one handed use
  • Dishwasher safe

-Jaden

About Crisp

Crisp LogoCrisp™ is a bold, new collection of fruit and vegetable cooking tools that transforms tedious kitchen prep to a world of delicious possibilities.  We believe healthy eating should be exciting, and there’s no end to what you’ll create with Crisp™ tools. Salads are stunning, pies are perfect, even peeling and slicing potatoes becomes an art form, instead of a chore.

Crisp™ kitchen tools help you easily prepare fruits and vegetables for healthy and delicious eating year round. Developed by award-winning housewares designers, these tools fit your hand so well, it’s like they were designed expressly for you. Gracefully contoured handles, angled blades, and above-and-beyond features give you the confidence and inspiration to take your cooking further and make every day food prep more fun and more fulfilling.

The new innovative collection of over 27 Crisp™ kitchen tools has been uniquely engineered to save time, ensure great results, and provide an enjoyable food prepping experience. All about solving everyday problems, Crisp™ tools blend clean looks and superior function, refined by a panel of exceptional cooks. Each item in the collection is dishwasher safe and priced affordably. Crisp™ transforms the mundane kitchen experience into a craft filled with culinary adventures and more satisfying possibilities. It’s time to Create With Crisp™.

Enter the Crisp™ tools giveaway:

Giving away (1) Garlic Press and (1) Dual Juicer

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