The Difference: Baking, Roasting, Searing, Boiling, and Braising

So what is the difference anyways?! A friend of mine had a short lived blog, and she googled a few things she had questions on, so I thought I should stop being lazy and do the same.

As a confused self teaching cooking student I have wondered the difference between baking and roasting. I do realize that some of us do not want to feel stupid and might not know the difference between the rest (searing, boiling, and braising). I for one, hear the term ‘braising’ on Top Chef all the time. Until I decided to do a little research, I left ‘braising’ for those fancy shmancy chefs. Unbeknownst (is that really a word because spell check is ignoring it?!) to me, braising isn’t really that difficult. I’m not a huge meat eater so I don’t know if I’ll be using it too often, but nonetheless I’ve included it in a table below. The information and ONLY place I could friggen get my questions answered was on the LiveStrong website. You go Lance.

I hope that’s not too teeny tiny for you to read! If so, just click on this link.

Now that the mystery is gone, I guess I must use the appropriate jargon when explaining new recipes to you guys. I’ll probably have to save this little cheat sheet to my desktop.

Back to normal blog topics…

Today, I substituted at a preschool in Tampa. Those little ones take so much energy out of me. I actually had to take a nap today which I hadn’t done in forever. Philly puppy is still a tired mess from his shots so I don’t think he minded the cuddle sesh :) .

After the power nap I made this:

turn into this:

A’ was on a huge breakfast smoothie kick for awhile so we stocked up on a lot of frozen fruit. Then the kick ended and we’ve had frozen fruit for months. I don’t know what inspired me to make it today! It was such a treat :)

With my new burst of energy I went to the gym. Ugh, boring. My knee still feels a little ehh so it meant another workout on the eliptical. So boring and I feel like I didn’t get a workout. Afterwards I practiced chin ups and TRX pushups followed by a round of the exercises that the PT recommended. This part was much better. I’m determined to hold a chin up for five seconds!

A’ just got home so we’re brainstorming dinner ideas. Don’t expect anything fabulous. The idea of ordering delivery was just thrown in :)

Toodles,

S2S

 

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About S2S

I've always been somewhat concerned with getting physical activity and eating healthy. My parents were always doing active things with my sister and I growing up and cooking good foods for us. I work out 6 days a week and recently began to get serious about it! I'm just learning how to cook and so far it's been fun. I enjoy hanging out with my husband, my family, and my puppy in Tampa. I got my undergraduate degree in Finance but after two years in the corporate world I have decided to go back to school at USF to become a teacher. It has been the best decision of my life, aside from marrying my husband! I travel to Orlando and Boca Raton frequently to visit the in laws. I'm always up for new challenges and am always willing to try something once. From running in my sneakers to walking the beach in my sandals - I'll share all my adventures with you. Enjoy!
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