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    February's Tag Game ~ Raisins (Uvas pasas)

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    Lalaloula
    Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:32 pm
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    Raisins are dried grapes. Typically, the grapes are sun-dried, but they can also be water-dipped or dried by a dehydration process. Raisins are produced for commercial purposes in many parts of the world and are used in a plethora of world cuisines.

    Dark seedless raisins are perhaps the most common variety in most world cuisines, but Golden raisins is another popular variety which comes from the seedless Thompson grape. A particular variety of seedless grape, called the Black Corinth, is also sun-dried to produce a variety of currants which are miniature raisins that are much darker in color and have a tart, tangy flavor. Green raisins are typically grown only in Iran.

    Raisins come in several interchangeable varieties. Specific raisin varieties depend on the type of grape used, which can result in a variety of sizes and colors including green, black, blue, purple, yellow, and red.

    Raisins are naturally sweet due to their high concentration of sugars. The sugars crystallize inside the fruit during the drying process. The dry raisins become gritty after long-term storage, though it does not affect their usability, quality or taste. These sugar grains can easily be dissolved by blanching the fruit in hot water or other liquids.

    Raisins are versatile and can be eaten raw, or they can be used in a wide variety of ways in daily cooking, baking, and brewing. Raisins are perhaps most commonly used a natural sweetener when added to breads and desserts, but raw raisins can add flavor, color and texture to fresh salads and snack mixes as well. Raisins can also be mixed with a variety of liquids to form a sauce to sweeten savory main dishes.

    Health Benefits of Raisins

    Often known as nature's candy, raisins are counted among the most nutritious dried fruits in the world. Raisins are naturally cholesterol-free, low in sodium, high in fiber and totally fat-free. They also contain a considerable amount of iron and have been shown to be helpful in managing anemia. Apart from that, they contain a lot of vitamins and minerals, making their nutritional value very high.

    Raisins are the best source of quick energy, as they contain 70 percent pure fructose, which gets digested by the body easily and gives instant energy. Other health benefits of including raisins in your daily diet include ….

    Having antioxidant properties, raisins help get rid of impurities in the body which aids in keeping the blood clean and flowing

    Raisins are believed to be good for bone density and have been associated with lower risk of osteoporosis in women

    The phytonutrients present in raisins makes them beneficial for the health of teeth and gums

    Raisins are good for eyes and have been found to be helpful in prevention of macular degeneration

    Studies claim that raisins contain additional nutritive compounds that can protect against heart disease and colon cancer


    February Tag Game
    For your convenience, we have selected an assortment of Spanish Cuisine recipes for the February Tag Game that contain raisins, sultanas, or dried currants. You can tag a recipe from this list, or you can branch out on your own and pick any recipe from the database as long as it contains raisins, sultanas, or dried currants. And feel free to tag as many recipes as you can make before the end of the month.


    Featured Raisins Recipes ~ Spanish Cuisine

    ~ Quinoa Beef Picadillo
    Posting chef, engrossed explains that this a zesty ground beef stew of Spanish origin. It contains a plethora of wonderful Spanish ingredients including capers, raisins, quinoa, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, cumin and oregano.

    ~ Red Onion and Orange Salad (Spain)
    Posted by our fellow chef, Sydney Mike This is a colorful salad that features succulent oranges and almonds, both widely grown in the Valencia region in Spain. This salad is an excellent side dish, especially when served over a bed of fresh spinach leaves for the perfect side dish.



    Main Dishes


    Sea Bass on Spinach With Raisins and Pine Nuts
    Spanish Style Chicken (Grilled With Raisin Wine Sauce)
    Cannelloni With Spinach, Raisins and Pine Nuts
    Grouper Skewers W/ Mango & Serrano Ham & Camembert Sauce
    Crock Pot Squash Couscous
    Chicken Curry With Cashews


    Side Dishes


    Rice Pilaf With Cinnamon and Golden Raisins
    Spinach With Raisins and Pine Nuts (Espinacs a La Catalana)
    Espinaca a La Catalan (Catalan-Style Spinach)
    Broccoli and Cauliflower with Pine Nuts and Raisins
    Saffron Rice With Cashews and Raisins
    Vegetable Brown Rice


    Soups and Salads


    Apple and Walnut Salad -Tapas
    Zucchini Salad
    Chickpea and Spinach Stew
    Broccoli Salad
    Citrus Cole Slaw
    Carrot and Raisin Salad With Pineapple


    Last edited by Lalaloula on Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:21 am, edited 2 times in total
    Lalaloula
    Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:34 pm
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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:09 am, edited 4 times in total
    Lalaloula
    Sat Jan 29, 2011 2:35 pm
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    Last edited by Lalaloula on Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:45 am, edited 6 times in total
    NorthwestGal
    Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:11 pm
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    For the February tag game, I am going to tag Lalaloula's Big Fat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies #355712. They sound scrumptious!
    Cookgirl
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:29 am
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    Tagging NcMysteryShopper's Saffron Rice With Cashews and Raisins
    Rita~
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:52 am
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    I made Roast Cauliflower With Almond, Pomegranate Seeds and Tahini Sauc #443884
    which was excellant. My DH and I ate the
    whole thing!
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    Rita~
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:23 pm
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    Lalaloula
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:15 pm
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    NorthwestGal wrote:
    For the February tag game, I am going to tag Lalaloula's Big Fat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies #355712. They sound scrumptious!


    Oh, thank you, Vickie! I hope, youll like them! icon_biggrin.gif

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:17 pm
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    Cookgirl wrote:
    Tagging NcMysteryShopper's Saffron Rice With Cashews and Raisins


    Welcome to our little game, CG! That recipe sounds super yummy and ties in so nicely with our january game...

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:19 pm
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    Rita~ wrote:
    I made Roast Cauliflower With Almond, Pomegranate Seeds and Tahini Sauc #443884
    which was excellant. My DH and I ate the
    whole thing!
    [img][/img]


    Oh, that looks gorgeous! Love the purple cauliflower! Havent seen one of those here in Germany yet. Just the yellow ones. Do they taste any different from the white ones?

    Loula
    Lalaloula
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:19 pm
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    Lalaloula
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:25 pm
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    Rita~
    Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:26 pm
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    No difference in taste just more benefits from the purple veggies.
    Cookgirl
    Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:54 am
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    Lalaloula
    Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:53 pm
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    CG, that pilaf sounds delish! yummy.gif

    Loula
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