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About Zesty Tasty

Zesty & Tasty

The food culture of our world is diverse, robust and unique. While everyone remembers our specialties - from salad - roast beef sandwiches - barbecues - adobo - chow mein - pasta - the mouth watering deserts, there are even more things to discover. From starting your day with a great breakfast, from preparing your lunch and of course the fast cooking dinner meals. This website is dedicated to all of us who wants something more, something different, who LOVE to COOK and EAT. The meals are worth the wait. We may not use the standard ingredients or procedures but it works. Just remember to put the Zesty in Tasty! There is something here for the foodie in all of us! We all get excited when we hear the words: Its time to eat!

I forgot to buy "this and that!" What should I cook now?

We are hungry all the time. Our goal is to keep your house menu fresh and zest even if there is only this and that inside the fridge! So you can always have a new recipe to try. Check back often to find the latest recipes. Also, be sure to subscribe for more recipes - and catch up on social media! 

When all else fails!

There will come a time that you are so freakin tired and you don't want to go to the grocery. Then what? Daaaaddy!  I'm HUNGRY! What's for dinner? Yelled my wife and kid. Uhmm.. Lemme see. Opened the fridge, no left overs?! Then the freezer, Chicken Gizzard? What to do, what to do? ...Aha! The famous ADOBO-WHATEVER-I HAVE recipe!  Check out the recipe page!

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FEATURED RECIPE

Fettuccine Moringa & Cashew Pesto with Pimiento Stuffed Green Olives

The main ingredient Moringa Leaves contains many healthful compounds such as:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • B3 (niacin), B-6
  • folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • iron
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus
  • zinc

Moringa Oleifera Is:

Very Nutritious 

Rich in Antioxidants 

May Lower Blood Sugar Levels 

Can Lower Cholesterol 


Moringa leaves are highly nutritious and very beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients. 

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Cooking Basics for Beginners

Let's start from the beginning

When it comes to cooking, it is important to keep in mind that everyone started somewhere. I do not know of a single person who was born with a wooden cooking spoon and ready to go. There is a lot of learning that must be done in order to become a prolific cook and then there is always room for improvement. Not only do you need to begin with the basics when it comes to cooking but you almost need to begin again when learning to cook a new cuisine such as Asian, Caribbean or Mediterranean food. 

  

This means that at any given time in your cooking learning cycles there is quite probably someone somewhere that is better and/or worse at cooking than you. Take heart from this because even the best have bad days when it comes to cooking. There are many people who cook for different reasons. Some cook in order to eat and survive while others cook because they actually enjoy the process of cooking. Some cook during times of emotional upheaval and others cook out of sheer boredom. Whatever your reason for cooking or learning to cook you should always begin with the basics. 

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Learn from cooking classes

The first thing that you need to learn is what the different terminology you will find in recipes actually means. There are many new and sometimes foreign sounding terms that you will find in common recipes. These terms can mean the difference in recipe success or failure. You should be able to find a good section in any inclusive cookbook that explains the different definitions for unfamiliar terminology. If you aren’t absolutely certain what is meant by “folding in the eggs” it is in your best interests to look it up.

  

Another great bit of advice when it comes to cooking basics is to try simpler recipes for a while and then expand your horizons to the more complex recipes that abound. Most recipes will have a little note about their degree of difficulty and you can read through the recipe to see whether or not it is something you are interested in preparing or confident that you can prepare. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take quite some time to build a reliable ‘repertoire’ of recipes to work into your meal planning rotation.

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Get ready to cook

The good news is that once you’ve learned the basics of cooking it is unlikely that you will ever need to relearn them. This means that you can constantly build up and expand your cooking skills. As you learn new recipes and improve your culinary skills and talents you will discover that preparing your own meals from scratch is much more rewarding than preparing prepackaged meals that are purchased from the shelves of your local supermarkets. 

  

You will also discover as your experience and confidence grows that you will find yourself more and more often improvising as you go and adjusting recipes to meet your personal preferences. If you prefer more or less of ingredients or want to make a recipe a little more or less spicy in flavor you can make simple adjustments along the way in order to achieve this goal. In other words you will begin in time to create recipes of your very own. And that is something you won’t necessarily learn when it comes to basic cooking skills for beginners but you would never learn if you didn’t master those basic cooking skills. 

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Food & Wine Pairing Guide

We all have our favorite restaurants and favorite wines. Enjoy your food with paired wine. 


Food and Wine Pairing:


Beef, Lamb & Veal pairs well with: Chianti / Sangiovese / Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon 


Chicken, Turkey & Pork pairs well with: Merlot / Chianti / Sangiovese / Zinfandel
 
Fish & Seafood pairs well with: Merlot / Chardonnay / Pinot Noir


Pasta & Vegetables pairs well with: Merlot / Chianti / Sangiovese / Zinfandel 
 

Fruits and Desserts pairs well with: Rieslings Wines




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Cabernet Sauvignon flavors range from black currant, cherry, plum, mint, chocolate and spice.  Pairs well with rich roasted meats or with grilled vegetables.     


Chardonnay grape comes in a variety flavors. Tastes includes orchard, tropical, citrus fruit, butter or spice.


Merlot is a soft wine with rich plum-like flavors noted with blueberry and cherry.     


Pinot Grigio "Grigio" means gray in Italian. Is a bright golden color with an apricot, tropical lemon and pineapple flavors. 


Pinot Noir Red grape in color.  Flavors are raspberries, cherries and smoke. Wine pairs well with grilled salmon and lightly sauced pasta dishes.

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Riesling has a fruit-floral aroma and citrus flavors. Pairs well with Asian cuisine, summer salads and fresh fruit. A pleasant aperitif.


Sangiovese (San-gee-oh-vay-zay) a brilliant ruby red wine with ripe fruit flavors. Extremely versatile pairs well with a wide range of fowl, meat and pasta. Derived from Latin the "Blood of Jupiter."


Zinfandel a quintessential "California red." A versatile wine can be pairs with BBQ beef, grilled chicken or roasted chicken.


White Zinfandel Pale pink in color. Can drink alone or pairs well with chicken, pork or seafood.

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Make sure your wine is always ready to serve.

Vinotemp Wine Varietal Wine Cellar, 15 Bottle

 

  • Stores 15 bottles of your favorite wines
  • Features a decorative display of wine varietal names on glass door
  • Sleek black cabinet has recessed handle
  • Touch screen control panel with blue LED display
  • Automatic lock function prevents unwanted changes to your settings
  • Freestanding unit—not for build-in installation
  • Adjustable feet for leveling

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Smart Kitchen

What is it?

The kitchen is considered as the center of the home. With the advent of technology, our homes are becoming ‘smart’, and this trend is greatly transforming the kitchen space as well. There exists a plethora of smart kitchen appliances that are turning the kitchen and dining space into a pleasurable, comfortable, and smart experience.


There are several smart kitchen gadgets available in the market that make your kitchen experience a hassle-free, healthier, and safer one. By product type, the global smart kitchen appliances market is divided into smart dishwashers, smart refrigerators, smart ovens, thermometers and smart scales, smart cookware and cooktops, and others such as smart coffee makers and kettles.

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So What’s the Appeal of Smart Kitchen Appliances?

We saw a glimpse of what all functions smart kitchen appliances are capable of. However, the features that really make them appealing are:


Smart kitchen appliances help reduce waste. These appliances come equipped with features such as self-cleaning, while some of the smart kitchen appliances even sort the garbage for you.


Smart kitchen appliances help the users cook better. Using smart ovens, scales, and thermometers allows you to measure and monitor cooking perfectly, allowing you to create better recipes.


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How Smart are they?

Some manufacturers in the global smart kitchen appliances market are focusing on providing products that allow for healthier cooking.


Smart kitchens are safer as they allow for automatic shut-off of appliances such as ovens, cookers, and stoves. This prevents any risk of fire from kitchen appliances.


Check out some new SMART KITCHEN  appliances available in the market today.

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basic Kitchen Essentials for starters

Chef's Knife

chef's knife

This is the first tool I grab when I prepare any meal. Not many people have used a Chef's Knife before. When I was in the culinary school, believe it or not, I had some classmates who have zero experience holding a Chef's Knife or any other kind of knife.


Choosing the right knife for you is not that complicated. You may go for something your comfortable with, the right weight, balance. They also differ from countries and materials that they're made from like from Japan or from Germany and the United States.


There are those knives that have been in the market for a long time and they really do the job well. But of course, some of them comes with a heavy price tag.


Check out the different available knives in the market:

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Cutting Board

cutting board

This is the next kitchen essential on my list. Whatever ingredient that you want to slice and dice, you will need a Cutting Board. Without it, you can easily dull or damage your knifes. Also you may get hurt in not using a proper cutting board.


Great cutting boards are designed and made to last a lifetime if you use it properly. Many cutting boards are made with different types of materials like the most basic is Wood,  Polypropylene (Plastic) and Slate. The different types of wood cutting boards are mostly Bamboo, Maple, Teak.


I have at least 3 different cutting board.

  • The first is  for cutting meats, poultry.
  • The second is for cutting fruits and vegetables for salads or desserts.
  • The third is for cutting fish or any type of seafood.

Its best to have at least two cutting boards for reason of sanitation and contamination. 

TIP: Place a Kitchen towel or a dishcloth under your cutting board to prevent it from sliding off when cutting

Here are some of the cutting boards available:

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Mixing & Prep Bowls

mixing and prep bowls

The essential kitchenware for mise en place, the preparation of premeasured ingredients for fast and flawless execution of any recipe. We also love them for serving sauces, dips, olives and more.


This essential kitchenware is available in different type of materials. Choose between Glass, Stainless Steel, Ceramic, and Plastic. Each mixing bowl set contains a variety of different sizes, pre-measured so you can always have the capability to get the job done with pre-measured ingredients. 

These are some of the prep/mixing bowls available:

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Cast Iron Skillets

cast iron skillet

Sear, fry, bake, repeat.

A Cast-iron cookware is valued for its heat retention properties and can be produced and formed with a relatively low level of technology. Seasoning is used to protect bare cast iron from rust and to create a non-stick surface .


The 12" FINEX cast iron skillet is polished smooth for perfect eggs every time. It’s a searing machine for hearty steaks, chops and salmon. It’s brilliant for baking perfect cornbread, pies, cakes and muffins. Introduce a lid and it’s great for steaming, braising and simmering. From stovetop, to oven, to grill—even over the coals—the FINEX cast iron skillet is a trusted essential you’ll pass down for generations.

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Stockpots & Soup Pots

stock pot

A stock pot is used for making stock. What is stock? A stock is the base for all soups and sauces. Broth is “without bones” and stock includes bones. A good stock pot is designed to heat rapidly, to simmer longer and evenly. It should be large enough to cover a whole chicken and lots of veggies with room to spare, for example. Boiling crabs or a large batch of corn are two purposes for a stock pot.


Stock pots may, or may not, serve as pot for making soups or stews. The difference is the material the pot is made of, and especially the base of the pot.


A soup pot must have a heavier and thicker base that heats evenly so a thicker soup or stews won’t burn easily. Since your stock pot is typically designed for a higher liquid content the base can be thinner and the lighter material. 

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Sauté Pans

saute pan

A sauté pan, from the French verb meaning "to jump" (sauter), has a wide, flat bottom and relatively tall, vertical sides.  


A kitchen without a sauté pan may as well be empty. There are wide selection of copper and stainless steel sauté pans will make cooking a treat. 


My non-stick sauté pan is perfect for sautéing, searing and braising meats and vegetables.  


i use this essential tool almost everytime I'm cooking something.

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Ladles & Slotted Spoons

A ladle is a type of spoon used for soup, stew, or other foods. A typical ladle has a long handle terminating in a deep bowl, frequently with the bowl oriented at an angle to the handle to facilitate lifting liquid out of a stock or soup pot and conveying it to a bowl. 


A slotted spoon is used in food preparation. The term can be used to describe any spoon with slots, holes or other openings in the bowl of the spoon which let liquid pass through so you can get the ingredients without the liquid. For example a piece of meat without the soup.


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Spatulas / Turners / Flippers

spatula turner

These are great kitchen tools. It's used to flip burgers, eggs, pancakes, chicken breasts,  so the other side can cook and then lifting or removing food from a pan. It's also good for serving food. 


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Tongs

tongs

Tongs are used for cooking, grilling and not only to prepare foods, but also for serving. I normally use the metal tongs for grilling. I use a silicone coated tongs when I'm cooking fish or meat on a pan to turn them and avoid being splashed by the hot oil. I also use tongs when serving pasta or salad. Great tool! Its like an extension of your hand.

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Y-Peeler

y peeler

A chefs favorite, designed for comfort and efficiency. Named for its shape, the Y-Peeler features a sharp, stainless steel blade, sometimes its made of ceramic material that glides through even the toughest fruit and vegetable skins with ease. The soft, comfortable handle cushions your hand as you peel, and is non-slip, even when your hands are wet.


Unlike a lot of swivel peelers, which often have the blade on only one side, the shape of a  y-peeler makes it work in either hand.  The wider handle, as compared to most narrow-handled straight peelers, means you can hold and use the peeler with less of a death grip, which is more comfortable.  

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Can Openers

can opener

I use this regularly to open the canned goods and when I have those pre made sauces like tomato or chiken broths.


A can opener  is a device used to open tin cans (metal cans). The development of new can opener types continues with the recent addition of a side-cutting model. 

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Mandolines & Slicers

Mandoline slicers are great tools for making evenly thin slices of fruits and vegetables.


Other blades perpendicular to the main blade are often mounted so that the slice is cut into strips. The mandoline juliennes in several widths and thicknesses. It also makes slices, waffle cuts and crinkle cuts, and dices firm vegetables and fruits. 


I love using this everytime I have to make home made fries or those perfect julliened carrots.  I save a lot of money by buying fresh potatoes instead of those ready to cook ones.


A word of caution when cleaning them. Mandoline blades are very sharp. Use a safety guard and take precautions when using and cleaning a mandoline slicer.  

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KITCHEN UPGRADES

When was the last time you made upgrades to the heart of your home?

The kitchen is the heart of your home! May it be in a large mansion, a cozy home or simply an office pantry, it is where the warmth comes from. Where the magic happens! Where the reason for gatherings comes from. Yes, the kitchen is that place! We always go there  to get our daily nutricious meal. Whether we cook or we simply just use a microwave.


Upgrade your kitchen to make it more beautiful. You will also be able to cook easier. Remodel your area, selecting the style that you like. You can go for a traditional look, a contemporary look, country, or old world. Maybe you prefer a combination of looks. You can choose looks that feature a combination of features from other styles.
 

Most people feel that adding or changing cabinets can completely change the look of this area. The cabinets are one of the most eye-catching features in this room. You can add new decorative cabinets as well. Cabinets with clear glass cabinets are attractive and allow you to see your dishes inside. You can spend hours choosing between premade designs. Look for the perfect color, finish, and shape. If you can't decide on premade cabinets that you love, you can have custom-made cabinets installed.
 

Upgrade your outdated stoves, exhaust fans, fridge, your counter tops and even the lighting fixtures. When your done upgrading, you'll love being in your kitchen all the time! I have some of the appliances and furniture that can add elegance and or coolness to your kitchen space.

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