Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!
I'm Cindy, and I love to cook! And, I love to eat... hence the size of my rear end! I come from a long line of cooks. My great great Grandmother was a cook in the original Harvey Houses. My grandmother Julia was an awesome cook, and my mom was incredible. I owe my skills to these great women. Especially my Mom who said this to me about making gravy... "Cindy Lynn, wallpaper paste is wallpaper paste & gravy is gravy. Never the two shall meet!" Shall we say my first experience at making gravy left a little bit to be desired! Thank the high heavens my cooking skills have improved since then! Enjoy!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

So... What IS Quinoa?

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is usually thought to be a whole grain. However, it is actually a seed. Quinoa can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. I’m going to make it for dinner tonight. My friend, Laura, really loves it and has spoken very highly of its taste and versatility.

I’ve read it takes less time to cook than other whole grains – just 10 to 15 minutes. It is said that quinoa tastes great on its own, unlike other grains such as millet or teff. Of all the whole grains, quinoa has the most protein. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. It is also a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, is kosher for Passover, and is almost always organic.

Quinoa was a staple food for thousands of years in the Andes region of South America as one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at such high altitude.

Hopefully my first attempt with Quinoa will be successful and I’ll have pictures and a recipe for you tomorrow. Wish me luck!


5Youngers said...

Good luck!

Columbo said...

I am looking forward to it. Might help me with my high altitude hiking.

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