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The globalization of cooking

According to Marriam-Webster.com, globalization is  the act or process of globalizing : the state of being globalized; especially : the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets. Anthony (1990: 64) has described globalization as ‘the intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa’. This involves a change in the way we understand geography and experience local-ness. As well as offering opportunity it brings with considerable risks linked, for example, to technological change.

Whether we realize it or not globalization occurs all of the time in our day-to-day cooking. For example, The first american refrigerator was offered for sale in 1913. In 1915 Alfred Meadows designed a new version of it and in 1916  The Guardian Frigerator Company was organized to manufacture his refrigerator. General Motors saw their potential and bought the company in 1918 and renamed the company Frigidare. Mass production techniques were applied and numerous sales offices were opened. Now Frigidare is an international company, selling its products worldwide… How neat! This same technique can be applied for all cooking appliances, utensils, storage space, etc.

Globalization has not only affected the products we use to cook our food it has affected the food itself. Thanks to free trade we are now able to stock our shelves with foods from other countries. Just the other day I was out grocery shopping and my recipe called for a certain spice from Mexico. Luckily my local grocery store has an entire isle full of foods, spices, etc. from Mexico. I was in luck and it was with a little searching I found the spice.  

With vast improvements in technology we are able to get recipes internationally. Pinterest is one of my favorite sites and I often frequent it for new recipes and clothing. When I was “pinning” the yesterday my eye was drawn to this delicious looking recipe. Come to find out it was pinned from a lady in Europe.. how neat! I can’t wait to try it and see if it turns out as good as it looks.

Globalization has affected cooking in so many different ways, what are you thankful for the most?

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Technology and Cooking

Technology has drastically affected cooking as we know it today.

Which would you prefer?

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If we venture back to the beginning of time people would build a fire to cook their food and  used ice blocks to preserve their food. With the advances in technology we are now able to vacuum seal and store food in a freezer for up to a year. Imagine what the pioneers would have thought of that?!

When the invention of the oven, microwave, microwave oven, etc. we are now able to cook more efficiently and expediently.

With the invention of the internet we no longer have to rely on recipes from people we know or have recipes handed down from generations. We are able to search for a recipe,  choose the highest rated recipe and cook that recipe. Thank you technology!

Most people would praise the upgrades in technology, however some people prefer it more simple. For example, my grandmother loves her new convection over and microwave she refuses to alter her recipes. If her recipes are not from her or someone she knows she WILL NOT cook them. She says they are cooked/baked with love and everything she makes has a story behind it.

Technology has affected everything in today’s society in one way or another and some oppose while others refuse to stay caught up with the changing times.

Do you think technology has helped or hindered our cooking methods?

 

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Bang Bang Shrimp

BANG BANG SHRIMP

This dish is very similar to Bonefish Grill’s bang bang shrimp.

It is quite a bit of work, but well worth the reward. 🙂

Serves 2-4 (appetizer or light meal)

Instructions: 

  • 1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined

For the sauce:

 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 4-5 teaspoons chili garlic sauce, such as Sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

For the egg mixture:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup milk

For the breading mixture:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil

For frying:

  • 8 to 12 cups vegetable oil
Instructions:
  1. Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl; cover and set aside.
  2. Combine beaten egg with milk in shallow bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, panko, salt, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and basil in another shallow bowl; set aside.
  4. Bread the shrimp by first coating each with the breading mixture. Dip breaded shrimp into the egg and milk mixture, and then back into the breading. Arrange the coated shrimp on a plate and pop them into the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This step will help the breading to stick on the shrimp when they are frying.
  5. Heat oil in deep fryer to 350 degrees F. Use amount of oil required by your fryer.
  6. When oil is hot, fry shrimp 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on rack or paper towels.
  7. When all shrimp has been fried, drop the shrimp into a large bowl or container. Spoon about 1/4 cup of sauce over shrimp and stir gently to coat.

Enjoy!

 

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Free Write: How to make slow-baked Mac and Cheese

The ideal blog I would like to create in-visions pictured recipes with a critique of the recipes. The genre will be a product review. I will find/post my favorite recipes and try to replicate them giving pictures of my final product and my thoughts about the recipe.

Below is a blog that is similar to one I would like to create…

http://www.plainchicken.com/2010/11/three-cheese-chicken-alfredo-bake.html

Here is my take with  a new favorite recipe it’s critiques:

Macaroni and Cheese is a staple in many households. After all who doesn’t love this comfort food? I made this recipe Sunday for my boyfriends birthday along with steak and green beans.

Ingredients:

  1. Milk- 1 1/2 cups
  2. Evaporated milk- 12 oz can (I used skim, evaporated milk keeps the egg and milk from curdling)
  3. Unsalted Butter, melted, cooled to room temperature- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick)
  4. Eggs- 3 large
  5. Salt- 1/2 tbsp.
  6. Shredded Cheese- 3 cups (12 oz) shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend, recipe calls for Italian fontina cheese)
  7. Elbow Macaroni- 1/2 pound partially cooked and drained (this means cook them for about five minutes until tender but not completely cooked)
  8. Black pepper- add to taste
  9. Grated Parmesan cheese- 1/2 cup

Spray the inside of your slow-cooker with cooking spray or grease it with olive oil. Combine milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter, and salt in slow-cooker and whisk until until smooth (or you can use an immersion blender to do the whisking for you).

Add the shredded cheese (not the Parmesan) and macaroni, sprinkle with black pepper (and whatever other spices you want to use). Stir gently with a spatula to coat evenly.

Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top. Cover and cook on HIGH for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, reduce the temperature to LOW and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until custard is set in the center and the pasta is tender. The macaroni and cheese may sit in the cooker on the KEEP WARM setting for 30 minutes before serving. Before dishing it up, I sautéed some bread crumbs with olive oil and sprinkled them over the top to make it a little fancier.

It turned out YUMMY and he had 3 helpings!

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30 minute meals and social media

Connected: The Surprising Power Of Our Social Networks is a book about how we are connected to everyone we encounter and even those that we don’t. If you haven’t read it, I strongly recommend it. It explains how our friends, friends, friends, friends affect everything we feel, think, or do (kind of scary if you think about it). This is especially true in today’s society with all of the advances in technology and social media. Twitter allows you to follow anyone that interests you. If your friend follows a person that is interesting you might join the revolution and follow that person as well, and the following trend would continue throughout friends. Facebook actually recommends people that you might know and suggests people for you to be friends with. It is all a product of who you are friends with or groups of people who share common likes, networks, or check-ins. Pinterest is one of the best places to “connect.” The goal of Pinterest is to re-pin the things you like. Your friends follow you and if you like something, pin it, and your friends like it also they will re-pin it. This action connects your friends to you, the person you re-pinned the item from, who they re-pinned the item from, etc. ultimately all the way to the original pinner. Wow! We are a world of connected people! Below I have listed ways to find Quick/Easy meals through Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Some of the sites I researched are similar thus connecting us. Enjoy!

Quick/Easy meals on Twitter:

@Quickandtasty – Many 30 minute meals made with potatoes. A website is linked to their twitter; Many faces of potatoes. All of the recipes listed are with potatoes and they are quick, simple, and easy to make.

@Foodista is a recipe, cooking, and food news source. They have their own website; http://www.foodista.com/# On their website it features many recipe and cooking ideas, food news, holiday meals/treats, and also health and nutrition. They also feature community added recipes to get consumers involved.

@My_Recipes features thousands of different recipes. Some of the readers/users favorite recipes. They also have a webpage; http://www.myrecipes.com. The website has a section specifically dedicated to quick and easy meals. They have weekly meals planned out, menus, healthy foods, how-to-videos, kids recipes, etc.

@cooking_light is a website that features numerous recipes. Their website http://www.cookinglight.com has multiple recipes, including 30 minute meals. They have sections for healthy, holiday, entertaining, community, and even a spot for Valentine’s day recipes.

Quick/Easy meals on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Minute-Meals/111864002162880?ref=ts&sk=info#!/QuickandEasyRecipes
This site posts recipes from other blogs daily. Their recipes are quick, easy, and budget friendly.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Minute-Meals/111864002162880?ref=ts&sk=info#!/pages/Quick-Recipes/184580018241125?sk=wall
She posts recipes daily from her blog. Most meals are 30 minutes and under to create.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quick-Recipes-Community/321291421225709#!/pages/Quick-Recipes-Community/321291421225709?sk=info Their Facebook is full of quick and simple recipes, and they allow you to share your cooking experience and recipes on their page.

They also have a website; http://www.quickrecipestips.com it features recipes that are quick, healthy, and have a recipe guide and tips.

Pinterest quick/easy meals:

Like I mentioned in my previous blog many of the 30 minute meals were from pinterest boards. All of these boards feature a website where a 30 minute recipe was listed. I will list a few just for the sake of refreshment..

 

http://www.momswhothink.com/dinner-recipes/dinner-ideas.html

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/search/label/Recipe%20Index

http://www.marthastewart.com/274721/quick-recipes-for-entertaining/@center/276948/dinner-tonight

http://gooseberrypatch.typepad.com/blog/2011/03/rru-quick-easy.html/

http://meals4moms-alynn.blogspot.com/p/in-30-minutes.html

http://penniesonaplatter.com/2010/02/22/baked-creamy-chicken-taquitos/

http://kitchen-chronicles.com/2012/01/08/shrimp-and-grits/

 

 

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Celebrating 30 minute meal blogs

With this being my first blog post I want to inform readers of my initial goals and objectives. I would first like to educate my readers about 30 minute meals. I am currently a senior a Georgia Southern University. Taking 16 hours of class and working part time I know how hard it can be to even breathe, let alone cook a nutritious meal at home. I love to cook, and thought what a perfect way to share my love of cooking, fulfill my class requirements, and share easiness of 30 minute meals. Also, I will be getting most of 30 minute meal recipes from Pinterest, if you don’t know about Pinterest, you should definitely check it out, and follow my boards. http://www.pinterest.com or http://pinterest.com/kboston128/

Attached are 20 blogs that I found to fit into the 30 minute meal category:

** The following blogs feature simple meals and are home to other categories such as gardening, parenting, health, and crafts.**

http://just2scrumptious.wordpress.com/category/fast-meals/ This was a very simple blog that featured 5 “fast meals.” They also blog about gardening.

http://www.momswhothink.com/quick-and-easy-dinner-recipes/quick-and-easy-30-minute-meals.html/ A whole section is dedicated to 30 minute meals, how awesome?! The site also features recipes pertaining to recipes, celebrations, parenting, health, diet and nutrition, and pregnancy/baby names.

http://www.ourbestbites.com/category/30-minute-meals/ This site features a 30 minute meal section as well as numerous other recipes. They also feature crafts & family ideas, and tips/tutorials.

** These blogs feature a variety of recipes including 30 minute meals **

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/09/quick-and-easy-shepherds-pie.html I absolutely love shepard’s pie so I had to post this blog on the Shepard’s pie page. Six sisters manage this blog and as you could imagine they have a variety of everything you could dream of cooking. It all looks so yummy!

http://forkfulofcomfort.blogspot.com/2011/12/mashed-potato-balls.html I also posted this blog on a very interesting recipe that I can’t wait to try, fried mashed potato balls. I can’t wait to try some of these!

http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/ Another website that features numerous recipes. She is a mother of four growing boys with one on the way so she has a lot of quick/easy meals. She also offers giveaways on her site.

http://www.plainchicken.com/ When I found this blog I couldn’t help myself I had to browse all of the yummy Valentines treats recently posted. The recipes look delicious and the pictures definitely made my mouth salivate.

http://www.chef-in-training.com/ This is a wonderful starter website with all sorts of recipes. It also features a talent show Tuesday where new chefs can display their skills.

http://www.acouplecooks.com/about/ This cute couple started a blog due to their love of cooking. They blog about everything from appetizers to desserts.

http://www.sippitysup.com/sippity-sup%E2%80%99s-hangover-remedy-guaranteed-possibly-work-maybe This blog was created by Greg, an awesome individual. He has recipes galore! I posted his website on a hangover remedy that is possibly guaranteed to work. Being a college student, I thought I could help out my fellow students. 🙂

http://foodgawker.com/popular/favorites/ One look at their favorite recipes and I was in the mood to eat, well cook then eat. The site features yummy recipes which most are quick and simple.

** These blogs feature simple and affordable recipes **

http://penniesonaplatter.com/2010/02/22/baked-creamy-chicken-taquitos/ This site has it all. How could you not be drawn to a site named “pennies on a platter?” I posted this website on a scrumptious recipe for quick, baked, creamy-chicken taquitos. Her love for cooking began as a newlywed family and friends took notice, and she decided to post her recipes on a site to share with the world.

http://goodcheapeats.com/recipes/ The name of the blog says it all. It features bountiful recipes that are good as well as cheap to make.

http://www.sandraseasycooking.com/ This site features simple and affordable meal ideas.

** This blog celebrates appetizers **

http://just2scrumptious.wordpress.com/category/fast-meals/ This blog features mainly appetizers, which could also be substituted as a meal if need be. They also have a food for thought section that talks about the neat facts about food. There is also a section about tips and tricks. It is quite useful to gaze over before cooking for neat tricks and ideas.

** These blogs feature planned meals. Meals are planned by the month, week, or daily. **

http://diaryofarecipeaddict.blogspot.com/   I was immediately drawn to the sweet and spicy bacon wrapped chicken.. YUM! From planning meals by the month, week, or day this website has it all. They have every recipe imaginable from quick, easy meals to slow cooker recipes.

http://joyinmykitchen.blogspot.com/2009/06/recipes.html Meal plans already made? How awesome. This site has it all.

http://www.thehungryhousewife.com/recipe-archives You are able to search this website through the archives by the month or the recipe.  They also  have a section devoted to $10 dollar meals which are great for the average college student.

**These blogs are dedicated to baking and desserts. **

http://annies-eats.com/category/annies-picks/ It features recipes and desserts for every food lover.

http://www.justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com/# This blog is mainly about baking but most of the recipes are around 30 minutes cook time.

Many of these blogs/sites feature each other, share their stories and recipes among the blogger world. Most sites also let you link-up and follow them and join their blog-group sessions on certain days.

I can’t wait to make some of these recipes and share my own! Check my Pinterest board for some of my favorite recipes and some of my own.

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