Chef Tim Says....
I just love the holidays. I like giving gifts and I try to find that exactly right present for the right person each year. This doesn't have to be expensive and over the next few weeks I am going to write about some ideas for those cooks on your list. Some of these are luxury items, some are the must haves in a kitchen, and nearer Christmas I'll have a few ideas for stocking stuffers or that last minute gift you forgot you needed to buy. Holiday Gift Guide, Part One
Turkey Burgers | Coumadin-Safe Version | GERD / Acid Reflux-Friendly Version | Low-Sodium Version
Featured Ingredient: Reduced-Fat Cheeses
Regular cheddar cheese is about 9 grams of fat per ounce. These days the lower fat versions are easy to find and full of flavor. Look for cheeses in the range of 4 to 6 grams per ounce.
Kraft produces a good sharp cheddar that is 6 grams per ounce that is marketed under the Cracker Barrel name. It is labeled "Made with 2% milk, Reduced Fat." Jarlesburg brand is a very good quality Swiss cheese. It has about 6 grams of fat per ounce.
I feel that in a lot of recipes lower fat cheeses work better than full fat versions because when they melt there is less chance that they will separate. There's nothing worse than oily French Onion Soup, for example.
The very low-fat or no fat cheeses are not very good. Besides being bland, because they don't have fat they don't melt well.
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