Basting Techniques When Roasting Meat

 

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Roasting Meat
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Based in Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Ann Miller is an attorney who guides a well-established real estate firm that handles a wide range of property types. Focused on Hinsdale, IL-area homeowners’ association disputes, Cynthia Miller enjoys cooking in her free time and has attended culinary school.

One foundational technique in roasting poultry and other types of meat is basting, which involves applying pan drippings or stock to the surface of what is being roasted. This can be accomplished either through a basting bulb, which efficiently sucks liquid from the bottom of the roasting pan, or a basting brush, which is more efficient at distributing the liquid over the entire surface of the meat.

The result of proper basting is a piece of meat that comes out of the oven moist and flavorful. Unfortunately, there is a trade-off: opening the oven door releases heat, and the more this is done, the slower the cooking process, which changes the texture of the meat in subtle ways.

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Harissa – A Spicy, Versatile North African Sauce

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Harissa
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Cynthia Ann Miller is a respected Hinsdale, IL, attorney, who represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions. Her activities as attorney extend to litigation related to foreclosures and declaratory judgements. Passionate about food, Cynthia Ann Miller has experience attending culinary school and is an avid traveler who has visited parts of the Middle East.

A varied cuisine reflecting a multitude of ethnic traditions, North African cooking has a distinct flavor profile that includes harissa, a chili pepper paste made of hot and sweet peppers. Combined with coriander, garlic, and cumin, the sauce typically accompanies stews, couscous, and flat breads.

Harissa also works as a rub and can be combined with yogurt to marinate chicken and other meats. A simple vegetable mix of squash and onions also benefits from harissa, with the addition of olive oil. Roasted together in the oven, the chicken and vegetables can be served with couscous and yogurt for a flavorful, healthful combination.