Written on November 30, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
A slew of tasty new extracts are making the baking aisle look not quite so, um, vanilla anymore. Spike everything from dinner to drinks with these flavor boosters.
Cinnamon Extract does double duty in pancakes: Stir 1/2 tsp cinnamon extract into 2 cups pancake batter before cooking. Then, use it to spike your syrup!
(Pictured: McCormick Cinnamon Extract, $4.25 for 1 oz.)
Anise Extract makes a super flavorful broth for mussels in white wine: Saute chopped onions and garlic in butter; add white wine, chopped tomatoes, a few dashes of anise extract and mussels. Cover and cook until mussels open; serve with lots of crusty bread.
(Pictured: J.R. Watkins Pure Anise Extract, $3.49 for 2 oz.)
Coffee Extract brings new flavor to steak: Spike a classic marinade of EVOO, garlic and rosemary with a few drops of coffee extract and some cracked pepper. The coffee really perks up the steak and gives it a flavorful crust.
(Pictured: Nielson-Massey Pure Coffee Extract, $5.95 for 2 oz.)
Peppermint Extract adds a homemade feel to brownies: Stir 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract into a prepared boxed brownie mix. Transfer to pan; top with walnuts and bake. White heavy cream with confectioners’ sugar and a dash of extract for a minty topping!
(Pictured: Simply Organic Peppermint Flavor, $4.39 for 2 oz.)
By Alexa Weibel
Written on September 28, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Lauren Katz
With new products hitting the grocery stands every day, it’s hard to keep up with the latest food trends. Have no fear; we’re here to help! Each week, we’ll be highlighting a new product that’s worthy of a spot in your shopping cart and your kitchen.
Plastic-Wrapped Mozzarella costs only 75 cents per ounce and requires just a minute to prepare.
Why You Should Buy It
Compared to its water-packed counterpart, this stuff can have a more concentrated flavor. The wrapping also firms up the cheese, making it easier to slice and better for melting on pizza or in baked pastas. Plus, for just a few cents extra you may be able to find a package that is pre-sliced–a bargain considering that soft mozz can be tricky to slice!
How You Should Use It
A firm mozzarella is great fresh or melted in your favorite Italian dish.
The slices hold up perfectly–even when stuffed inside chicken for our Stuffed Chicken Caprese.
Gooey cheese keeps salty prosciutto and crusty bread in place in these Mozzarella in Carrozza with Prosciutto Cotto sandwiches.
The rich flavor compliments fresh fruit and basil in our Pluot “Caprese” Salad.
Really, is there anything this cheese can’t do?