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Marinated Make Ahead Mushroom Salad

Marinated Make Ahead Mushroom Salad

Print Recipe Marinated Make Ahead Mushroom Salad Serves: 8 from the kitchen of: Jack Ingram Pair the convenience of a make-ahead dish with exquisite taste, and you have a salad that will be-come one of your hallmark dishes. Original, fresh, and delicious! Prep Time: 20 […]

Dump and Bake Chicken Taco Casserole

Dump and Bake Chicken Taco Casserole

Serves: 6
Author: The Seasoned Mom
Yield: 50 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 50 minutes

Dinner in a Squash

Dinner in a Squash

Serves: 6
from the kitchen of:
Lenore Beckstrom

This is a fun twist to a typical dinner in a pumpkin. Acorn squash is a good choice because, depending on the size of the squash used, everyone can have their own. Or if need be, they can be cut in half since this is a hearty meal.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Slow Cooker Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Squash Soup Print Recipe Slow Cooker Squash Soup This soup is healthy, satisfying, and unique. Pair with fresh crusty rolls and a tossed salad, and dinner is served! Course Soup Recipes Print Recipe Slow Cooker Squash Soup This soup is healthy, satisfying, and […]

Iced Sweet Orange Cookies

Iced Sweet Orange Cookies

Iced Sweet Orange Cookies Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Iced Sweet Orange Cookies This is the same basic sugar dough recipe as used in the lemon cookies, but orange emulsion is substituted for the lemon emulsion, and orange zest is […]

Iced Lemon Cookies

Iced Lemon Cookies

Iced Lemon Cookies Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Iced Lemon Cookies This versatile dough feels and looks like play dough, and it holds up well as a base for several different kinds of flavored cookies. Iced Lemon Cookies Votes: 0 […]

Fisherman’s Pie Low Carb and Gluten free

Fisherman’s Pie Low Carb and Gluten free

Fisherman’s Pie Low Carb and Gluten free Fisherman’s Pie Low Carb and Gluten free Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe Author: Mellissa Sevigny Recipe type: Entree Cuisine: British Serves: 4 Fisherman’s Pie Low Carb and Gluten free Votes: 0 Rating: 0 […]

Fancy Cabbage Rolls

Fancy Cabbage Rolls

Fancy Cabbage Rolls Fancy Cabbage Rolls Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe These fantastic cabbage wraps are something you won’t want to leaf behind. Preparing the mixture takes just a few minutes, and once it hits the crockpot, your work is […]


The Art of Cooking

The Art of Cooking

The Art of Cooking

The Art of Cooking Cooking or cookery is the art, technology and craft of preparing food for consumption with or without the use of heat. Cooking techniques and ingredients vary widely across the world, from grilling food over an open fire to using electric stoves, to baking in various types of ovens, reflecting unique

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Historical Oven cooking depicted in a painting by Jean-François Millet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

environmental, economic, and cultural traditions and trends. The ways or types of cooking also depend on the skill and type of training an individual cook has. Cooking is done both by people in their own dwellings and by professional cooks and chefs in restaurants and other food establishments. Cooking can also occur through chemical reactions without the presence of heat, such as in ceviche, a traditional South American dish where fish is cooked with the acids in lemon or lime juice.
Preparing food with heat or fire is an activity unique to humans. It may have started around 2 million years ago, though archaeological evidence for it reaches no more than 1 million years ago.
The expansion of agriculture, commerce, trade and transportation between civilizations in different regions offered cooks many new ingredients. New inventions and technologies, such as the invention of pottery for holding and boiling water, expanded cooking techniques. Some modern cooks apply advanced scientific techniques to food preparation to further enhance the flavor of the dish served.

History

Phylogenetic analysis suggests that human ancestors may have invented cooking as far back as 1.8the art of cooking The Art of Cooking 360px Diorama cavemen   National Museum of Mongolian History million to 2.3 million years ago. Re-analysis of burnt bone fragments and plant ashes from the Wonderwerk Cave, South Africa, has provided evidence supporting human control of fire there by 1 million years ago. There is evidence that Homo erectus was cooking their food as early as 500,000 years ago. Evidence for the controlled use of fire by Homo erectus beginning some 400,000 years ago has wide scholarly support. Archeological evidence, from 300,000 years ago, in the form of ancient hearths, earth ovens, burnt animal bones, and flint, are found across Europe and the Middle East. Anthropologists think that widespread cooking fires began about 250,000 years ago, when hearths started appearing. More recently, the earliest hearths have been reported to be at least 790,000 years old.

Historical oven baking, in a painting by Jean-François Millet, 1854
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, food was a classic marker of identity in Europe. In the nineteenth-century “Age of Nationalism” cuisine became a defining symbol of national identity.
Communication between the Old World and the New World in the Colombian exchange influenced the history of cooking. The movement of foods across the Atlantic, from the New World, such as potatoes, tomatoes, corn, yams, beans, bell pepper, chili pepper, vanilla, pumpkin, cassava, avocado, peanut, pecan, cashew, pineapple, blueberry, sunflower, chocolate, gourds, and squash, had a profound effect on Old World cooking. The movement of foods across the Atlantic, from the Old World, such as cattle, sheep, pigs, wheat, oats, barley, rice, apples, pears, peas, chickpeas, green beans, mustard, and carrots, similarly changed New World cooking.
The Industrial Revolution brought mass-production, mass-marketing and standardization of food. Factories processed, preserved, canned, and packaged a wide variety of foods, and processed cereals quickly became a defining feature of the American breakfast. In the 1920s, freezing methods, cafeterias and fast-food establishments emerged.
Along with changes in food, starting early in the 20th century, governments have issued nutrition guidelines, leading to the food pyramid (introduced in Sweden in 1974). The 1916 “Food For Young Children” became the first USDA guide to give specific dietary guidelines. Updated in the 1920s, these guides gave shopping suggestions for different-sized families along with a Depression Era revision which included four cost levels. In 1943, the USDA created the “Basic Seven” chart to make sure that people got the recommended nutrients. It included the first-ever Recommended Daily Allowances from the National Academy of Sciences. In 1956, the “Essentials of an Adequate Diet” brought recommendations which cut the number of groups that American school children would learn about down to four. In 1979, a guide called “Food” addressed the link between too much of certain foods and chronic diseases, but added “fats, oils, and sweets” to the four basic food groups.


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