cream http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4396/all en-US How to Make Whipped Cream by Hand http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Picture 13.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="138" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fresh, homemade whipped cream is one of my favorite things. That's right, I love it so much that it's not just a favorite <em>food</em>, it's a favorite <em>thing</em>. It's delicious on its own, divine on&nbsp; desserts, and oh-so-simple to make, requiring just one ingredient &mdash; heavy cream.&nbsp;(Although you can include other things. We'll get to that.) (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts">15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <p>Making your own whipped cream is easy if you have an electric mixer, but it can seem super intimidating if you don't have one. The good news is that making whipped cream by hand is possible; it just takes a little time and gumption.</p> <p>That's why I made a video that doesn't just teach you how to make your own whipped cream (with options for delicious flavors like mint, vanilla, and bourbon) &mdash; but it also features a food quiz to entertain you while you're whisking.</p> <p>I'm writing this on the eve of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-breads-guide-to-valentines-day">Valentine's Day</a>, which is a perfect day for whipped cream. But then again, I think every day is a perfect day for for whipped cream. So no matter what the occasion, grab a bowl and some heavy cream, and get ready to make something delicious.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/nm_yvzH3qaA"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Homemade Whipped Cream</strong></p> <ul> <li>1 half-pint of cold heavy whipping cream</li> <li>2-4 tbsp of powdered sugar (or more or less to taste; optional)</li> <li>1/2 tsp of vanilla extract, peppermint extract, or liqueur (optional)</li> </ul> <p>Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Whisk continuously until the cream forms soft peaks.</p> <p><em>Do you make your own whipped cream? If so, do you have any tips?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-whipped-cream-by-hand">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes">15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes cooking techniques cream dessert Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:30:16 +0000 Meg Favreau 967859 at http://www.wisebread.com Can't Cook? Fake It. Easiest French Recipe, Ever. http://www.wisebread.com/cant-cook-fake-it-easiest-french-recipe-ever <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fennel.jpg" alt=" " width="319" height="208" /></p> <p>Sometimes you have to cook to impress. Fortunately, there are dishes out there that are so deceptively delicious that no one will ever have to know that you whipped it up in ten minutes using the bare minimum of ingredients. </p> <p>This is one of those recipes.</p> <p>Fennel is a bulb, related to dill, that grows wild all over the place, especially in northern California. It has a sweet, licorice-like taste when it&#39;s raw, and is enjoyed throughout much of mainland Europe and even parts of Asia as a part of fine cuisine.</p> <p>In its wild form, fennel&#39;s fronds are popular with swallowtail caterpillars. I used to work at a wildlife refuge in the East Bay outside San Francisco, and part of our job was to go out hunting for swallowtail cocoons in the fennel fronds. We would collect cocoons, and safely hatch them in our butterfly house, then release them when they butterflies were strong enough to fly. </p> <p>Swallowtail caterpillars are voracious eaters, and in the springtime, you can see them snacking like little potheads with the munchies on wild fennel all over the Bay Area.</p> <p>[<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fennelswallow.jpg" alt=" " width="168" height="178" align="left" />By the way, if you take this fennel dish to a dinner party, you can use this tidbit to impress the host. &quot;You know,&quot; you can say sagely, &quot;Wild fennel fronds are a favorite of the swallowtail caterpillar.... what&#39;s that? Oh, no. <em>This isn&#39;t wild fennel</em>. No caterpillars were harmed in the making of this dish.&quot; And then you can chuckle a bit, and everyone with think that you are awesome <strong>and</strong> wise.]</p> <p>I stole this recipe from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Three-Black-Skirts-Need-Survive/dp/0761119396">Three Black Skirts</a>, a cute little book by Anna Johnson. She claimed that the recipe was basically what French women cook when they don&#39;t feel like cooking. I don&#39;t know if this is true or not, but I&#39;ve made it dozens of times, and it&#39;s always a hit.</p> <p>Basic recipe:</p> <ul> <li>Three or more bulbs of fennel</li> <li>Heavy cream (pint or less)</li> <li>Salt</li> <li>Pepper</li> </ul> <p>Remove fennel stalks (the green part at the top - hack it off) and slice off the very bottom of the bulb. Save some of the fronds for garnish. Wash and thinly slice the fennel bulbs. Combine all ingredients in a glass baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for as long as it takes for the fennel to become soft and the top to brown.</p> <p>That&#39;s pretty much it. The amount of cream you use is up to you, but I don&#39;t ever let the cream cover the raw fennel, since the fennel will collapse and reduce as it cooks. I like a lot of salt, but some people don&#39;t, and I&#39;m addicted to cracked black pepper, so I use a lot of that. </p> <p>What you end up with is sort of a fennel au gratin. The fennel&#39;s sweetness and heady scent is tempered by the cream and the heat of the oven, and it&#39;s tender and succulent. It&#39;s usually served with a loaf of crusty French bread and far too many glasses of white wine, but it doesn&#39;t have to be limited to that serving style (although, if that also sounds like a good dinner to you, be my guest!). If you show up to a dinner party with a warming dish of baked creamy fennel and some kick-ass artesian bread, you&#39;ll be a gourmet hit! And it shouldn&#39;t cost more than $10, including the bread.</p> <p>The great thing about simple recipes is that you can embellish them and make them your own. Here are some optional ingredients that can be tossed in to change the dish&#39;s character. You can use creamy fennel as a topping for baked fish or chicken, or add cream cheese and gruyere and make it into a dip, or even use it as a pasta sauce.</p> <p>Optional ingredients - use one at a time or combine as desired:</p> <ul> <li>dill weed</li> <li>basil</li> <li>crumbled bacon</li> <li>sliced onion</li> <li>crushed garlic</li> <li>lemon zest</li> <li>tarragon</li> <li>thyme</li> <li>chopped hazelnuts</li> <li>sliced sunchokes</li> <li>anchovies</li> <li>bay leaves</li> <li>pink pepper</li> <li>feta cheese</li> <li>crab meat</li> <li>parsley</li> </ul> <p>The options are limitless, really. Herbs and spices make a big difference in such a versatile dish.</p> <p>A note about price: Fennel bulbs can be bloody expensive. It all depends on the time of year that you get them - they&#39;re usually best and cheapest during the summer. But shop around - farmer&#39;s markets usually have the best prices. Don&#39;t buy the fennel if it&#39;s too brown and bruised on the outside.</p> <p>On a side note, this dish can be made without fennel if you want to use something else more zippy - like Walla Walla Sweet onions. They&#39;re not available year-round either, but they cook up beautifully in this creamy dish, and really are sweet.</p> <p><em>(Bulb picture by </em><a href="http://www.cookingatdebras.com/"><em>Debra Samuels</em></a><em>. Caterpillar picture by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/shelly-and-roy/"><em>Shelly and Roy</em></a><em>.)</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cant-cook-fake-it-easiest-french-recipe-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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