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About Southern Roots Kitchen

A writer who loves to share her experiences in the kitchen.

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Kitchen Tip Thursdays: Types of Vinegars and Ways to Use Them

Happy Thursday Everyone!! We hope you enjoyed your holiday. It’s almost time for the weekend. Today in the kitchen we are going to talk about vinegar. We will explore different types of vinegar and ways to use them into your everyday meals.

Vinegar can be used to create a marinade, a sauce, a vinaigrette, or just add a burst of flavor to a dish. Store vinegar in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and they should last six to eight months.

Red Wine Vinegar is made from fermented red wine, has a bold flavor. Can used for braises, dressings, a simple vinaigrette and marinades.

White Wine Vinegar is mostly used to make creamy dressings, adds flavor to reductions and sauces like hollandaise and Bearnaise.

Champagne Vinegar is made from the same grapes as champagne, pinot noir, and chardonnay. Less acidic than red or white wine; can have a sweet, delicate flavor to it.

Sherry Vinegar is mostly used in Spanish cooking. It’s sweet and tart with a complex flavor. Often used with red meats, and to flavor soups and sauces.

Rice Vinegar is very popular is Asian cuisine. Lightly acidic and has a sweet taste.

Apple Cider Vinegar is mostly commonly used in BBQ sauces and marinades. It can also be used as a rinse for your hair.

Distilled White Vinegar has a very high acidic level. Commonly used for pickling vegetables.

Balsamic Vinegar is popular in Italian cuisine and made from white grape juice in a wooden cask. Usually ferments for a minimum of 12 years. Used a lot in dressings and vinaigrettes.

What vinegars do you like to use when cooking?


Taste Test Tuesday: Quaker Real Medleys Bars

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Happy Tuesday folks! We hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend, we sure did. This week we have a new item for you, well it’s kind of a spinoff from a previous post we did from Quaker. Remember the Real Medleys Oatmeal? Today’s taste test is the sibling to the oatmeal.

These bars have combined the fruit and nut combinations from the oatmeal and created granola bars. Great idea for an on the go snack. If you love oatmeal then you will love these bars. You don’t always have the time to grab a cup of oatmeal, mix in the hot water and enjoy the great taste of fruit, oats, and nuts. These Real Medley Bars give you that option.

These come in 3 flavors: Cherry Pistachio, Apple Nut Harvest, and Peach Almond. Each bar has 8 grams of whole grains in it. There are 5 bars to a box. They are located in the same aisle as the oatmeal.

Have you seen these yet? Are you going to try them?

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Taste Test Tuesday: Quaker Real Medley’s

Good day foodies! We’ve made it to another Tuesday. This week we’re talking oatmeal. The weather’s been changing a lot lately and sometimes you just need something that reminds you of your childhood. Quaker has released a product line of oatmeal called Real Medleys. As you have noticed McDonald’s and Starbucks have both started carrying oatmeal too.

I love oatmeal, I always have. It was the one thing growing up that my mother knew I would eat and not waste…lol. I like added things into my oatmeal, whether it be fruit, nuts or brown sugar. So these Quaker Real Medley’s are a real treat. There are for different medley combinations.
  • Summer Berry
  • Cherry Pistachio
  • Peach Almond
  • Apple Walnut
The Peach Almond oatmeal was delicious. Nice size chunks of peaches and slivers of almonds. The crunch of the almonds and the sweetness of the warm peaches is definitely a cozy fit. Apple Walnut oatmeal has a little surprise for you, there are also some tart cranberries in there. Crunchy walnuts and chopped pieces of sweet apples with the tanginess of the cranberries is like a party in your mouth. Sweet sun-ripened cherries, roasted almonds, and tasty pistachios create the Cherry Pistachio oatmeal. Pistachios aren’t a very popular nut when it comes to flavor combinations but Quaker did an awesome job with this one. Don’t want any nuts in your oatmeal? No problem. Check out the Summer Berry oatmeal with juicy strawberries, sweets raspberries, and plump blueberries. Fruit and oatmeal is such a great combination you don’t want to miss this one either.
All you have to do is pour hot water into the little cup, stir and enjoy. You can also add water and put it in the microwave, especially if you are on the go. I also tried milk with mine and it was just as yummy.
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