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How to Cook with Bamboo Skewers

Bamboo skewers are first used in Japan to cook chicken, beef over an open flame.  They became popular in the US following World War II.

So what is a bamboo skewer?

Bamboo skewers are thin, pointed sticks used to grill kabobs of meat, vegetables and seafood, or a variety of ethnic foods such as satay. Depending on your preferences, you can use round or flat skewers as short as 6 inches or as long as 12 inches.    Some bamboo skewers have a twisted or knotted end that makes handling easier.  Bamboo disposables are inexpensive.

For first cooking experience,  find the flat wider skewers.  Using it will reduce the spinning of the meat or vegetables while on the skewers and they will catch on fire less easily as well.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Immerse bamboo skewers in a bowl or a tray with water.  Soak for 30 mins.  Soaking bamboo skewers will keep the skewers from burning on the grill.

2.  Prepare foods for your skewers.  For meat,  cut it into uniform, bite-sized chunk.  For vegetables, wash first before cutting into bite-size chunks.

3.   Thread the food on the soaked bamboo skewers alternating chunks of meat and vegetables. Don’t place quick-cooking vegetables on the same skewer with large pieces of meat. Place similar foods on each skewer, or precook meat before grilling so the meat and vegetables will finish cooking at the same time. Leave a small space between each chunk of food to allow for even cooking.

4.  Preheat your barbecue or grill to medium or medium-low heat. Place the filled barbecue skewers on the grill.

5.  Sprinkle water, oil or lemon juice over the skewers to keep the meat and vegetables moist. Turn the bamboo skewers often so the food cooks evenly.

6.  Remove the bamboo skewers from the grill with tongs, then place the skewered food on a plate or platter. Buy bamboo plates, for an added presentation to the food.

Sweet Ham Pasta Salad

delicious ham pasta salad

This recipe is great for kids and adults alike. Add garlic is optional.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 pound cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 15 small sweet pickles, chopped, juice reserved
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the drained pasta, ham, peppers, onion, pickles and tomatoes.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, beef bouillon granules, vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic and 1/2 cup of reserved pickle juice. Fold into the salad and toss gently until evenly coated. Chill overnight to allow the flavors to blend. Serve near room temperature.
Wonderful pasta salad, this Sweet Ham Pasta Salad is great to offer on your guests. Serve this on black tableware products for an elegant look.

Curried Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

curried butternut squash and pear soup

Creamy and satisfying soup with the comforting flavors of butternut squash and curry.

Ingredients

  • 1 (2 pound) butternut squash
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 firm ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1 inch dice
  • 1/2 cup half and half

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membrane. Place squash halves, cut sides down, on the prepared baking sheet. Roast in preheated oven until very soft, about 45 minutes. Scoop the pulp from the peel, and reserve.
  3. Melt butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder, and salt. Cook and stir until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth into the pot, and bring to a boil. Stir in the pears and the reserved squash, and simmer until the pears are very soft, about 30 minutes.
  4. Pour the soup into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender. Puree in batches until smooth. Return the soup to the pot, stir in the half and half, and reheat.
Excellent recipe. With the combination of flavors so deliciously right, serve this with disposable bamboo bowls for an earthly style.

Iced Coffee Recipe

iced coffee recipe

A cooling pick-me-up of a iced coffee-chocolate milkshake.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tray ice cubes
  • 1/2 (5 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the water and instant coffee. In a blender, combine ice cubes, coffee mixture, milk, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
This is the best coffee recipe you can have, our Iced Coffee Recipe are best serve with seagreen tableware products for a nice presentation.

Haitain Voodoo Sticks

haitian voodoo sticks recipe

This fiery dinner goes great with fresh pitas, chopped onion, and sour cream to temper the black magic heat.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons beef bouillon granules
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 10 wooden skewers, soaked in water for 1 hour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Directions

  1. Dissolve bouillon in water. Stir in the garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper. Toss the meat in the marinade, cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat.
  3. Skewer the beef cubes, using 6 to 8 pieces per skewer. Pour the oil onto a plate, and roll the skewers in it to coat them on all sides.
  4. Grill the skewers, turning frequently, until the beef has turned light pink, 12 to 15 minutes.
Very good beef kabobs, this Haitian Voodoo Sticks are surprisingly spicy and great taste. Get this on bamboo disposables and skewers.

Grilled Pineapple Slices Recipe

favorite grilles pineapple slices recipe

Grilled cinnamon sweet pineapple rings! You can’t eat just one ring!

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh pineapple – peeled, cored and cut into rings
  • 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat a grill for medium heat. When the grill is hot, lightly oil the grate.
  2. Place the coconut milk and cinnamon sugar into separate dishes. Dip slices of pineapple into coconut milk, then coat in cinnamon sugar.
  3. Grill slices for 6 minutes on each side. Remove to plates, and serve.
So simple and so good recipe, had these with a honey sesame chicken and they were taste great. Grilled Pineapple Slices will be a nice snack for everyone. Put this on white tableware and serve.

Potato and Egg Frittata

sweet potato and egg frittata

A very simple recipe, Potato and Egg Frittata is good for breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Spread potato slices across bottom of the pan and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides. Remove slices from pan and drain.
  2. When all potato slices have been cooked, return them to the pan. Turn heat to high. Pour on the beaten eggs and season with salt and pepper. Tilt the pan so that the eggs flow to the bottom of the pan. Turn heat to medium low. Cover pan with a plate and flip pan so that frittata is turned out onto plate. Slide the frittata back into the pan with the uncooked side down. Cover and let cook another 2 minutes.
  3. When frittata is finished cooking, remove it from the pan and drain briefly on paper towels before serving.
This Potato and Egg Frittata is suited for small meal, easy to prepare ans special. Serve this with silver cutlery for nice look.

Coffee Ice Cream

delicious coffee ice cream

Scooped Coffee Ice Cream into a dessert dish, so the mild, creamy coffee flavor can be enjoyed to the fullest.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, stir sugar, cornstarch, coffee and butter until blended. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool completely. Stir in condensed milk. In a mixing bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form; fold into milk mixture. Pour into a 9-in. square pan. Cover and freeze for 6 hours or until firm.
Special Coffee Ice Cream with sweet and delicious flavor you can enjoy. Serve on plastic dessert cups.

Sweet Baby Blue Punch

sweet baby blue punch

A nice recipe you can prepare for your baby’s shower.

Ingredients

  • 1 (0.13 ounce) package blue, berry flavored unsweetened drink mix
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white cranberry juice
  • 8 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup white sugar, or to taste

Directions

  1. In a large punch bowl, stir together the drink mix, lemon-lime soda, and white cranberry juice. Taste, and stir in sugar to your liking. (I like to add the whole cup.) Float scoops of ice cream on the top. The ice cream melts somewhat and turns the punch a beautiful baby blue color with frothy white clouds floating on the top.
This Sweet Baby Blue punch is great idea on a simple party like baby showers. Pour it on plastic dessert cups  to maximize quantity.