6 Quick Cooking Tips For The Holidays...

Nov 30, 2013 by

The holidays are a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones, however, balancing travel, gift-buying, and the preparation for large family get-togethers can certainly be a struggle. If you find yourself playing host this year, you have the added responsibility of preparing a holiday meal that those closest to you will enjoy and remember. Cooking for a large number of people always involves additional preparation if you want your get-together to go off without a hitch. Here are 6 quick cooking tips to help you prepare a delicious dinner with less stress: Get a Headcount Making a final list of who is going to be coming to dinner will ensure you don’t make too much or too little food on the big day. Call all your guests and make sure you know who...

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Top Tips For Making Great Desserts...

Nov 30, 2013 by

Everyone wants to be a domestic goddess, but what are the secrets to making mouth-watering desserts? Below are some top tips to help dramatically improve your culinary prowess. Keep Your Cupboards Well Stocked A good dessert chef should have the basic ingredients (sugars, flours, fat, chocolate) in abundance. They should also have all the paraphernalia for baking at home and a wide range of tools. It may take time to build these up, but the investment will be worthwhile as you only buy them once. Buy Quality Ingredients High quality ingredients will make a huge difference to the success of your desserts. You can taste the difference of organic and non-organic ingredients. Be specific about what you are buying. Do not merely buy sugar. Buy granulated Demerara sugar, or Muscavado sugar. Do not ever...

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Cake Pops: Perfect For Any Occasion...

Nov 30, 2013 by

Cake pops has become a rapidly growing sensation in the last few years. It gained interest around 2009 until it became a bakery staple by 2011. From home style bakeries to major coffee and snack bars, cake pops can be seen around the continent in hundreds of flavors, forms and styles. February 1st has been declared National Cake Pop Day giving the indication of just how popular this tasty treat has become. Cake pops are crumbled cake that has been mixed with icing and rolled into a ball. From there the varieties are endless. The type of cake and the icing design is up to the creator. The creativity of these pops is the only limit to what can be imagined. Much like cake decorating, some of the most unique cake pops have been...

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Spanish Wines.

Nov 29, 2013 by

Every so often, you find that completely delectable wine that becomes your new favourite. From a great range of countries, you can find some of the best flavours that can revolutionise your palate. If you’d like to taste the best of Spain, you should look no further than one of the many Spanish wines on offer to you.   With particular regards to their Rioja exports, Spanish wines are some of the most crisply rich drinks you can find from any country and are finding a second home in other places all of the time with particular regards to the United Kingdom who have completely embraced it.   First-time sampler of these great wines? Here are a few classifications to help you understand the difference between the premium and the table fare.   Denominación...

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A Wine Novice’s Guide For A First Date...

Nov 29, 2013 by

Some people think of first dates as nerve-wrecking. For some first dates, nothing seems to ever go right. The outfit you wear, even if it’s the best one you have, may not seem enough and you may think maybe you could’ve done better. When it comes the actual date there are also many things that can go wrong, particularly when it comes to ordering wine. If you don’t know squat about wines, this can be a problem especially if you want to leave a good impression on the first date. So how do you prepare for a date? How do you make sure everything goes well, specifically when it comes to ordering wine? Here are some useful tips: 1. Pre-date Preparations Before going out on a date, make sure you make the necessary preparations...

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Your Guide To The Best Breakfasts In Byron...

Nov 29, 2013 by

Byron Bay is the Cadillac of Australian beach towns: wide stretches of white sand, deep cerulean waters, lighthouses dominating the sky, surfers everywhere and stunning sunrises and sunsets that will bring new light to your world. Despite the crowds that flock to Byron, it still manages to remain a peaceful, small town at its core. Packed with shops and lined with bustling restaurants and cafes, you could spend days in Byron checking out the scene. Here’s a guide to help start your days off right with the best breakfast spots you’ll find in one of Australia’s most idyllic towns. 1. The Top Shop 65 Carlyle Street, Byron Bay It seems like it is par for the course for locals to join the Top Shop cult. It’s earned a reputation as the best breakfast/brunch spot...

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Cook Your Freshly Caught Fish Like a First-Class Chef...

Nov 28, 2013 by

Image by Edsel Little via Flickr For a foodie, the kitchen is where the heart is—and for an outdoor cooking aficionado, the campfire is nature’s kitchen where it all goes down—some delicious walnut-fried bass fillets, the smokey allure of the fire pit, the camaraderie around a blazing campfire… Mmm. Cooking freshly caught fish under a starry sky surrounded by majestic trees is euphoria. Before you set out on your next date with Mother Nature, use the following guide to create a gourmet meal after a day of fishing. Pre-Cooking Pointers Cooking over an open fire is a privilege. Pay attention to the fire and wind at all times. Air quality and forest fires are serious concerns for national parks and campsites. First, make sure to check and follow campground restrictions on open fires, just...

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How Soft Drinks, Even Diet Ones Harm Your Teeth...

Nov 27, 2013 by

How Soft Drinks, Even Diet Ones Harm Your Teeth Soft drinks for many people have replaced water as their staple drink. Statistics show that soft drink consumption is on the rise among people of all ages, but especially children and teenagers. Serving sizes have also increased over the years, now averaging 20 ounces. A soft drink habit can have much worse consequences than many people think. Soft drinks contain extremely high amounts of refined sugar and are also very acidic. Excessive sugar consumption causes obesity and has been linked with a number of health problems including bad oral health. Acidic drinks also erode teeth enamel, possibly leading to a number of dental problems. Drinking Soda Equivalent to Drinking Battery Fluid? Soft drinks are extremely corrosive for your teeth due to the dangerous combination of...

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Beginner’s Guide To The Best Brazilian Cuts Of Beef...

Nov 26, 2013 by

Beginner’s Guide to the Best Brazilian Cuts of Beef As you might know, Brazilians are pretty big on their meat, maybe even more so than Americans. Meat is definitely the main ingredient at a churrascaria, which in Brazil is a place where meat is cooked in the churrasco way (the equivalent to our barbecue). At a big churrascaria there can be more than 15 different types of meat to choose from during your meal. Given the fact that churrascarias usually offer an all-you-can-eat formula, you can imagine the amounts of meat that are served there every day. Don’t worry if you also like to get your daily portion of veggies, the Brazilians do actually serve vegetables with their meat as well. Any churrascaria normally has a salad bar that offers an ample choice of...

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Grilling Food: Quick And Easy Recipes...

Nov 26, 2013 by

The warmer months of the year are often the perfect time to celebrate a beautiful day or evening with family and friends. When Americans get together, what do they like to do? Eat! Grilling is a tradition that has spanned generations; many could say that some of their best memories were at parties with delicious grilled food. Why not fire up the grill the next time you have guests over. Check out these simple and delicious grilling recipes to try out! Marinated Rosemary Lemon Chicken For this easy grilling recipe, take ½ cup of lemon juice, 1/8 cup of olive oil, two tablespoons of dried rosemary and combine into a large, re-sealable bag with sliced lemon and four boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Marinate it the night before for around eight hours. The following day,...

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5 Common Questions About Wine Answered...

Nov 26, 2013 by

Wine is a deliciously rich and aromatic beverage that’s consumed by millions of people throughout the world. However, the unique qualities and properties of wine frequently raises questions among drinkers. Some people brush these questions under the table, while others seek to know the answers. In this post, we’re going to reveal answers to 5 of the most common wine questions. #1 – What Does It Mean When a Glass of Wine Has Legs? If you’ve worked in the restaurant business or been around wine for any given length of time, you’ve probably heard of someone referring to their wine as having legs. Obviously, the wine isn’t going to stand up and walk away, so what the heck does this mean? The ‘legs’ of wine refers to its consistency when the glass is lightly...

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The Strange, Yet Delicious Foods Of Hong Kong...

Nov 25, 2013 by

When traveling to a new country, you can expect 100% you’ll be encountering strange foods that you’ve never seen nor heard of before. You’d expect unlikely animals will pop up on the menu which piques your interest (or not). If you want to challenge your taste buds, the best recommendation is to head to Asia. Focus your efforts on Kowloon, Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of dishes you never thought are edible. So prepare yourself in learning more about foods you may (or may not) be interested in trying! It comes without saying that when you read the words Chicken Feet on a menu, your stomach churns. When served, chicken feet can be served deep fried or boiled; you can spot the wrinkly limb on your dish which indeed, challenges your thought process...

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Home-made Burgers Are The Best

Nov 23, 2013 by

If you have never tried to do this at home, then the time has arrived. Making burgers at home allows you to control what goes into them, as opposed to visiting a fast food chain. This allows you to make them as healthy as you like by using only the finest ingredients. You also have the freedom to make your own patties, meaning that you can flavour them with whatever your heart desires. Firstly, you can select exactly what type of meat you want to use. You could use beef, lamb, chicken or pork, or even game meat on their own, or mix them together to make your own unique blend. Many people use ingredients including bread crumbs and egg to ensure that the patty doesn’t break up while being cooked. Herbs and spices...

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Breakfasts Around The World

Nov 23, 2013 by

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, this is an old saying that actually might be- at least to some extent- true. There are generally two different groups of people, those who can’t leave their homes without having breakfast and those who never eat when they get up because they have a lack of appetite. While every country has it’s own food traditions, we cannot deny that the world is in a continuous globalization process where you can find almost all the foreign products on your actual country. Additionally, there are some breakfast trends like the granola cereal that suits a wide range of countries. Granola is currently consumed and well known in almost every country, being especially famous in North America. Granola is my preferred breakfast! I like it because it...

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4 Tricks To Make Cooking Easier...

Nov 23, 2013 by

Cooking is a great way to save some money and it is really fun thing to do together with the whole family. Making your own meals will also provide you much healthier meals than just shopping for ready meals. Of course, for someone who isn’t used to cooking the whole process can seem like a laborious process that takes a lot of time. Here are four simple tricks to make cooking easier for you and guarantee you can enjoy great homemade meals. 1. Learn To Freeze Freezing your food can make planning for meals easier and it is also going to save you a lot of money. So if you don’t take advantage of freezing your food already then start practicing it right now. For example, if you are cooking a recipe that only...

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Best Thai Sweets For Sweet Tooths...

Nov 22, 2013 by

It’s an undeniable fact there’s a whole bunch of Thai sweets which may be enough to satisfy any hardcore sweet tooth. Thai sweets come in a variety of categories, depending on what types of fruits it consists or textures it presents. There’s a whole plethora of sweets you can choose on and most of them are unbelievably delicious. Makes you want to go for seconds, or even thirds! Hands down, Thai sweets are delicious and in no way they should be missed! If you’re eager to try every Thai sweet available in Thailand, here’s a nifty beginner’s guide introducing you to the sweets you’ll be sure to love! Khao Neow Mamuang (Sticky Rice with Mango) You can find this treat in most restaurants and hawkers (mobile shops on wheels). This basic treat contains sticky...

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3 Amazing Healthy Leftovers Recipe Ideas...

Nov 22, 2013 by

So, forgetting the festive Christmas traditions of exchanging presents, decorating a tree and spending time with friends and family, we all know that one huge part of the festive season is the food. Turkey, mince pies, Christmas pudding and a couple (a lot) of glasses of mulled wine are all readily available, making it even more difficult to monitor your waistband. But whilst eating as much as you can before falling asleep in the afternoon may be a traditional Christmas day for many, it is possible to maintain a (semi-) healthy diet over the Christmas season. As you may not be hosting the big day, it can be tricky to avoid the goose-fat roasties and the Christmas pudding with cream. So, in the days following the 25th, there are plenty of ways to use...

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Need A Little Luck This Friday The 13th? Here’s A Few Lucky Cocktails That Might Help...

Nov 22, 2013 by

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. –Ralph Waldo Emerson Luck is the residue of design. –Branch Rickey Everything in life is luck. – Donald Trump If you are superstitious enough, or know yourself to have Paraskavedekatriaphobia, the phobia of Friday 13th, you like many other people are probably interested in finding anything that might make this upcoming Friday the 13th better. You may be worried something tragic may occur, some calamity may arise, or worse yet… nothing at all! Let us not forget that the truest and starkest dangers lie in the unseen. But rather than fret your Friday away, perhaps this is the time to eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow may never come! Oh… well that probably didn’t help much either. Well let’s forget about...

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Anti-Aging Secrets Of The Simple Sicilian Diet...

Nov 21, 2013 by

When many of us think of Italy, we immediately think of food. Having previously ventured to Tuscany, I can’t help but be transported back to visions and smells of beautiful tomatoes, olives, cheese and, of course, wine, whenever I think of the country. It has been said, for years, that the secret of old age and good health in Sicily is as a result of their diet. So, what is it that is so damn good for you? How to Grow Old Healthily There is an area of Sicily, The Sicilian Mountains, where the prevalence of centurions is twice that of any other area in Europe – 4.32 per 10,000 inhabitants. Although there are numerous reasons why this may be the case – healthy social environment, fresh air, minimal stress etc – it is...

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5 Interesting Facts About Whiskey...

Nov 21, 2013 by

Whiskey is a great quality drink that is perfect crown for a quality dinner. It is also a drink with a really long history and there are a lot of great things to know about this amazing drink. Next time you are having a glass of whiskey with your friends you can share these five interesting facts about whiskey with them. 1. Whiskey Isn’t The Same As Whisky You might not have known but there is a difference between whiskey and whisky. The Scots call their whiskey whisky and every other form of this drink must be called whiskey. The reason for the shorter name is all about having more time to drink this great drink. And why would you waste time writing the additional e when you can just skip it and get...

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The Psychology Of Taste – Evolving Passions...

Nov 21, 2013 by

We have all been there. A listen back to some of the music we used to obsess over when we were young can result in a confusion that verges on regret. This is matched by the sense of disapproval the majority of parents feel towards their children’s choice in music. It is a natural phenomenon, but one that, until recently, has not been properly explored. Now, however, a study by the University of Cambridge has proved that our music tastes do indeed shift as we pass through different phases of life. This is largely said to be catalysed by a shift in psychological and social needs. Further on from this, the research suggests that music is used as a platform of identity exploration, assisting individuals and groups with emotional and intellectual growth. Studying Musical...

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Trying to quit smoking? Try these foods to help you...

Nov 21, 2013 by

‘Kicking the butt!’ is a very common statement, which most people are trying to completely apply into their lives. You too must be among the many who are trying to give up smoking. You’ve tried all the alternatives and still nothing has worked? You’ve put in all your desire and dedication and still find yourself smoking the butt? Nicotine always ends up playing a temptress? If ‘yes’ is your response to all these questions, don’t fret. What if you learnt that one way to quit is to eat? No kidding. E-cigarette can work wonders if you truly want to quit smoking or try some of the non-addictive foods that help you truly kick the butt of the butts. Image source: http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2608/4170136164_b650ccca9a.jpg Milk: Milky tales A calcium rich drink, milk plays as an accomplice for...

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What Extinct "Primitive" Cultures Taught Us About Healthy Diets...

Nov 20, 2013 by

In the early twentieth century, Dr. Weston A Price, a practicing dentist, was disturbed with what he saw in the mouths of his patients. He saw nothing but physiological decay, he noticed physical deformities and underdeveloped patterns among his western culture and so he set off for an investigation around the world. He had the notion that humans were not meant for a life of constant decay, but a continuum of development and vitality. As he traveled around the world his findings were astonishing and continue to influence nutritionists today. The Study of Isolated Civilizations So Dr. Price decided to study “uncivilized” cultures. He imagined if our “civilized” culture was decaying, there might be something more constructive to learn from groups of people living untouched by this civilization. In the early twentieth century there...

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6 Techniques To Avoid Gaining Weight This Holiday Season...

Nov 20, 2013 by

The holidays are supposed to be a time for joy and giving, not eating your weight in holiday cookies. Every year during the holidays, many people struggle with trying to keep the weight off. Some people are successful while others fail miserably. If you truly want to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, the following are six techniques to help you. 1. Start working out. If you take in 2000 calories a day and only burn off 100 of them, you’re going to gain weight. Maintaining a healthy weight is about balance, which is why it’s very important for you to create a workout regimen. Use this time to join a gym, enroll in a fitness class or to simply start exercising on your own. P90X or Insanity are two regimens you can do...

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Legal Pitfalls In Food Public Relations...

Nov 20, 2013 by

Public relations for any company will always be an important endeavor. However, it can also be a very tricky one to get right, as there are many guidelines and laws that dictate what can and cannot be done in the advertisement of a product. Here are some common pitfalls that companies fall into when using public relations for their food products. Advertising to Specific Demographics Some products can be very profitable when marketed to particular social demographics. Children are a very easy target; they are usually naïve about advertising techniques and can be easily swayed by messages, especially if another child is shown enjoying the product. However, many ethical dilemma arise when advertising to children; many parents and adults in general may become incensed about your food product and the way that it is...

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