5 Fun Foods to Try With Your Family This Year...

Jan 24, 2014 by

Food brings families together. Often, most of the time you spend with your family involves food so why not make it a little bit more exciting? Here are five fun foods to try with your family this year. Spaetzle Have you gotten tired of pasta? Try spaetzle instead. It is a delicious egg noodle dish made in the southern regions of Germany and Austria and in nearby countries. It has a more interesting texture than pasta and tastes delicious. Spaetzle is yummy, but also pretty neutral tasting, so it can be paired with all sorts of foods. If you want to go the traditional route, pair it with meat or gravy. Seafood Gumbo We keep hearing that seafood is nutrient dense and very healthy. Seafood Gumbo is a great way to introduce more seafood...

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Tips For Interviewing Caterers In Sydney...

Jan 23, 2014 by

The very first step towards hiring a caterer in Sydney is to first discuss what your budget is over the phone. If you find that the company is willing to work for you within that specified budget you can short list them. However, your budget has to be realistic and it pays to be flexible in terms of what foods you want. Most caterers will be able to give you an estimated price based on the number of people you need the food cooked for and what dishes you need. They should also give you a ballpark estimate of exactly how much more it will cost you for alcohol, décor, rentals, staffing etc. Complicated events If the event you’re arranging seems a bit complicated with multiple vendors i.e. for lighting, entertainment and floral arrangements...

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Power Flour: Feeding The Hungry One Bug At A Time...

Jan 19, 2014 by

Can you imagine eating an insect? How about an entire pile of them? That is exactly what a group of researchers are proposing as they go forward with a project that could help impoverished populations. Believe it or not, bugs are actually a great source of nutrients and could be one answer to the issue of food scarcity. Why Insects? Though it may be shocking to some people, insects are starting to become an increasingly common food source. Many people from all over the world consume insects to provide themselves with the protein they need. This helps them maintain a nutritious diet that actually allows these communities thrive. There are some insect species that are routinely consumed by countries that are looking to add this kind of substance in to their diet. But a...

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The Importance Of Nutrition When Overcoming An Addiction...

Jan 18, 2014 by

Addiction is both a mental and physical hold over a person that makes them crave something that can be detrimental to their health. This addiction can be anything from caffeine or fried foods to hard drugs and stimulants. While overcoming addiction is a long process that may require help and guidance from a great support of people in your life, one thing that you can do is put the right foods into your body so that you are not depleted of essential vitamins and minerals. Lacking these vital nutrients can make your body crave unhealthy alternatives and cause your addiction to become worse. Whole foods, or foods that do not have chemicals, coloring, additives, or any alterations, are the healthiest type of food. Your diet should consist of eighty to ninety percent whole foods...

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Recipe For Adventure: Cooking With Lemon And Lilac...

Jan 17, 2014 by

Lemon and lilac are a statement-making duo sure to add a bright lift to your wardrobe any day, even in the throes of winter’s white. Both sophisticated and trendy, the exciting color combination isn’t just a fashion statement; cooking with lemon and lilac brings a fresh taste to the palate during cooler months as well. Here are a few ideas for looking stylish and cooking with flair using tried-and-true lemon and lilac. Cooking with Lemon and Lilca Zesty lemons and aromatic lilacs are a sensational combination in the kitchen as well. You can extract a tremendous amount of flavor from lilacs to add a sweet and floral tone to any dish. Once lilacs are in bloom this spring, impress everyone you know by whipping up fun flower recipes that the whole family will enjoy....

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3 Turmeric Recipes For The Kitchen-Savvy...

Jan 17, 2014 by

There is much about turmeric that is worthy of raves – not just for health, but in the kitchen as well. In fact, Marco Polo recorded notes about this spice on his diary while he was in China in 1280 AD, saying “There is also a vegetable which has all the properties of true saffron, as well as the smell and the color, and yet it is not really saffron.” For over 700 years now, turmeric has been substituting saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Perhaps the most noteworthy component of turmeric is curcumin, a curcuminoid that is responsible for giving the spice its yellow color. Like other important herbs and spices (such as tulsi), turmeric is a principal herb in Ayurveda, Indian’s ancient holistic health system. Today you can find turmeric in the...

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How To Start A Great Gastropub

Jan 16, 2014 by

Today’s diners seem to be making the switch from frequenting top-notch, expensive five-star restaurants to trying out more low-scale, casual establishments. One result of this shift in restaurant culture is the increase in popularity of the gastropub. You may have heard the phrase a lot recently, but do you even really know what a gastropub is? Most people don’t, so if you have been considering opening one of your own, I would suggest familiarizing yourself with the genre in order to create a successful new business. Modern day gastropubs are a great way to ease yourself into the restaurant world and jump on a trend that seems likely so stay around for a while. What is a Gastropub? Gastropubs have long been popular in the United Kingdom, with many people stopping by to grab...

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Prepping Your Backyard For A Barbecue...

Jan 15, 2014 by

Kill Unwanted Pests A bug bite or two won’t ruin an entire barbecue, but it can really spoil someone’s day and keep them from enjoying the party to the fullest. So, invest in a pesticide regimen to keep the harmful creepy-crawlies out of your yard.There are numerous pest control products on the market for killing unwanted pests, so be sure to ask at your local home and garden store for recommendations depending on pest type, application type, or yard size. Apply pest control according to directions. If you live in a part of the country where mosquitoes are common, pick up some citronella candles or a zapper lantern to fend off mosquitoes in the evening. Pull Weeds Weeds are pests too, just the botanical kind. Not only are they ugly to look at, they...

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Think Outside the Box: Unique Chocolate Gifts for Your Valentine...

Jan 14, 2014 by

Looking for a gift that will show your significant other how much you care? You can never go wrong with the gift of chocolate. But when it comes to Valentine’s Day, even the biggest chocolate lovers grow tired of receiving that same old heart-shaped box. Don’t let the special person in your life have to settle for another unimaginative gesture. Put a spin on the traditional sentiment with sweet treats that are as unique as your loved one. Getting creative with your gift doesn’t have to cost a fortune; after all, it is the thought that counts. These budget-friendly, one-of-a-kind treats will impress even the pickiest chocoholics. Love Bug Have you been bitten by the love bug? Then let her know with these darling chocolate bees—gourmet creations created by John and Kira’s, which are...

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Food Labelling For All Seasons

Jan 14, 2014 by

For any manufacturing business, one of the key business goals is to increase utilisation of production capacity by increasing sales throughput. Manufacturers of perishable goods, particularly food related products, have an additional twist to the problem. Since the shelf life of the product is necessarily limited, there’s less opportunity to build stock in the warehouse in advance of anticipated seasonal spikes in demand. This means that the product needs to “hit the ground running” in terms of shop floor turnover if the manufacturer is to be able to take advantage of what may be a short, but particularly intense, spike in demand. The winter festive period is a good illustration of the problem. In the first place, there is a short lived growth in demand for some specific products – confectionery products such as...

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Liquid Investment

Jan 13, 2014 by

There has been a lot of media coverage recently about the amazing discoveries of previously lost shipwrecks and explorers encampments, and whilst these discoveries and relatively common in the grand scheme it is the nature of the precious treasures recovered by the salvagers excavating these sites which makes them so interesting. No we’re not talking about jewel encrusted precious metals, ancient weapons or even art work; instead we are referring to the precious water of life that is whisky. Two such special bottles of whisky have recently made an appearance at Christie’s in Edinburgh selling for £4000. They were recovered from the wreck of the SS Politician which ran aground off the coast of the isle of Eriskay off the coast of Scotland in 1941, the story of which has been immortalized in the...

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Caviar Bars: Courtesy Of LAX Airport...

Jan 13, 2014 by

Airport terminals are often known for providing first-class luxury supplies to flyers, but now thanks to the opening of Petrossian’s Champagne and caviar bar at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the world of airport service just got a whole lot classier. The Petrossian Bar The Petrossian Champagne and Caviar bar at LAX offers a range of luxuries, including more than 20 vodkas that are served in flutes and not shot glasses, including the $33 a glass ‘Beluga Gold Line’. LAX are also providing many of the finest champagnes, such as a 2002 Louis Roederer “Cristal” rose, which sells for $1,120. The lavish new menu also contains a ‘Tsar Imperial’ caviar range that consists of a caviar selection that comes complete with equally luxurious names: the Tsar Imperial Kaluga, Tsar Imperial Ossetra and...

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Easy Appetizer and Dinner Recipes To Help Recovering Alcoholics...

Jan 13, 2014 by

Alcohol withdrawal and alcohol craving are two different issues about one thing in common: alcohol. The latter is not experienced if the individual craving it has not had alcohol use experience, while the former is an individual who has had issues regarding excessive consumption of alcohol. Recovering alcoholics can either be avoiding or withdrawing from alcohol ingestion with determination, resorting to consuming nutritious foods, from easy appetizers to entrees, since food issues have to be put into context since in some conditions. Certain kinds of food can help with withdrawal from or avoidance of alcohol, as well as other lifestyle changes, dosage-based dietary supplements, and medical and therapeutic treatments which may be are needed. There has been research about some potential benefits of certain types of food consumed during the periods of alcohol withdrawal...

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Paleo Diet Meal Ideas That Taste Great!...

Jan 12, 2014 by

The paleo diet involves a lifestyle of food that matches similar items eaten during the early existence of humans. These foods include items that can be hunted or found like meats, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This diet also removes agricultural items like grains. However, just because pasta’s not on the menu, doesn’t mean you can’t eat great tasting meals while on the plan.   Breakfast Cut an avocado in half and remove the seed. Scrape out just a small amount of the avocado flesh (about 1 to 2 tablespoons) enough to fit one egg. Crack an egg directly into the avocado bowl. Place in a 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until egg white sets. Sprinkle with your favorite herbs like chives or cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.  ...

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Turkey Tricks: Five Ways To Use Turkey That You’ve Never Tried...

Jan 11, 2014 by

  Turkey can be a wonderful star of any meal; however, the traditional turkey dinner is rather labor intensive and the traditional options for serving up turkey can get a bit tiresome. If you seem to have fallen into a routine with how you serve turkey, it may be time to mix things up.   Omelets     When people think of turkey, they generally have a vision of it as a dinnertime food. However, it can be easy to start off the day with turkey incorporated into breakfast in the form of an omelet.     Turkey-stuffed omelets can kick off your day with a healthy dose of protein while delivering great flavor. Add shitake mushrooms, spinach, cheddar cheese to round things out for a delicious and healthy omelet. If you are feeling...

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High Altitude Wines: Production And Demand Shows Steady Growth In Colorado...

Jan 10, 2014 by

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. –Plautus Colorado has never really stood as a wine connoisseur’s paradise, however in recent years Colorado locals have been turning more towards the high-altitude, home-grown vino than those imported in. Colorado wine drinkers are now buying more local wine and spending more to support their homegrown industry. Compared to last year, wine production in Colorado grew by 14% while sales jumped from $19 million to $28 million. It is believed that this is due to the wine market in Colorado maturing, where businesses have long been focusing on higher quality and more unique wines while working hard to build up a demand for local wine in the state. Overall this has not been terribly difficult as “anything” homegrown in Colorado is more appreciated by...

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Soft, Light And Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe For The Holidays...

Jan 10, 2014 by

Now that we’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving, we are down to the last holiday (and last month) of the year – Christmas! If you didn’t eat too much during November you will still have space to enjoy more holiday treats for the coming season. Going back to basics, there is nothing like homemade Sugar Cookies – one of my personal favorites – to put you in the mood for a good book and a glass of milk. Below is my secret recipe for making a batch of the best sugar cookies ever! 2 sticks of butter 1 cup of organic sugar ¼ teaspoon of salt 3 cups of flour 1 teaspoon of vanilla ¼ cup of skim milk 2 teaspoons of baking powder ¼ cup of light corn syrup Turbinado sugar (for sprinkling) Organic powdered sugar...

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5 Most Likely Foods To Cause Food Poisoning...

Jan 9, 2014 by

Food poisoning occurs when either food or food products become contaminated with bacteria that ‘s harmful to humans and ends up causing certain illnesses and adverse health effects. The main pathogens that are the most present within contaminated food and are responsible for most of the food borne illnesses that occur each year are E. coli, salmonella and listeria. Overall, just over 100,000 people get some form of food borne illness every single year and end up getting hospitalized because of it, while roughly 3000 end up tying every single year from certain food borne diseases. In this article we’re going to cover how food poisoning usually occurs as well as the top five foods that are most likely to cause food poisoning. How does the process of food poisoning usually occur? The contamination...

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Coffee: To Drink Or Not To Drink...

Jan 9, 2014 by

Coffee: To Drink or Not to Drink Coffee is one of the most loved drinks in the world that’s a part of many people’s daily routine. Even though coffee provides a boost of energy that may help you finish all your work, it does have certain side effects that could jeopardize your health. But do not necessarily let that stop you from having a steaming mug of frothy goodness, because believe it or not coffee has many benefits as well. Positive Health Effects of Drinking Coffee So what sort of benefits can you expect from coffee? Diabetes: Coffee can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Studies indicate that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee can lower the risk of diabetes considerably. Improves memory and cognition: Let’s face it. Our bodies are not...

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Health Nut: Five Foods To Introduce Into Your Winter Diet...

Jan 7, 2014 by

During the winter months, the human body becomes deficient in a variety of nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. These deficiencies range from mild to severe, depending upon the individual’s diet, and physical activity level. Winter brings about more than colder weather, and lack of direct sunlight, affecting even the healthiest person. A low level of vitamin D is common during the winter season. A deficiency in this vitamin can lead to mental and physical issues such as depressed mood and anxiety. While it may be difficult to obtain some nutrients from a proper diet, there are five foods to introduce into your winter diet that can fill in the gaps left by the cold temperatures.   Nuts/Seeds Nuts and seeds are excellent choices during the winter months to add to your diet. Rich...

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Why You Should Eat Organic To Reduce Your Chances Of Food Poisoning...

Jan 6, 2014 by

Food poisoning can be a very serious issue, it brings with it major health concerns and can even cause death in some cases. If you think you have food poisoning it can be helpful to make sure you get the proper medical treatment. The last thing you want is to have to treat your sickness all by yourself, getting the proper medical treatment is extremely crucial. Some of the easiest ways to limit your chances of getting food poisoning are to eat more organic foods, and be aware of where your food is coming from. When you eat higher quality foods these foods will naturally have less exposure to harmful chemicals and other bacterias that are given a chance to pollute less quality foods. In this article we’re going to cover the reasons you...

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Cell Phone Etiquette in Fancy Restaurants....

Jan 6, 2014 by

So you’re on a cheap date at a burger joint and the ring tone on your cell phone lets you know it’s your best bud in the world, probably calling back about those football tickets he was getting for you.  You tell the girlfriend, or boyfriend, to excuse you a minute, and you take the call.  No big deal, right?  Cell phones are so ubiquitous today that funeral homes offer to bury your loved one with a cell phone – in case they wake up or something, I guess.  We talk on our phones in the bathroom, the office, on the bus, in the car, at the movie theater, while waiting in line, and so on.  But there are occasions when you should put your cell phone on ‘vibrate’ and leave it alone, if...

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Our Very Own Food Factory Tour In Italy...

Jan 5, 2014 by

As far as food tours go, I must say that one of the best I have ever taken is the Bologna food tour. As a fan of food tours, I have visited many and I was very much looking forward to this one. I had scheduled it as part of my holiday in Italy. I knew that they do some pretty amazing things with ham, cheese and vinegar in this regions but I wasn’t prepared for all the delights that I experienced. To understand why I would recommend this tour to anyone who is visiting Italy, let me take you through exactly how the food tour went. The Parmesan cheese tour We had a pretty good guide, Julio, for our tour. He explained to us that in most cases, the Parmesan cheese tour takes...

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Indulge Your Cocoa Cravings This Winter With Chocolate Treats...

Jan 3, 2014 by

It’s the season to be jolly, which also means that most of us forget the idea of dieting and instead enjoy the tasty treats to be had over the winter period. As well as all the festive fodder to be sampled, lots of us end up tucking into chocolate boxes, nibbling on chocolate bars, warming ourselves up on hot chocolate and indulging in other cocoa inspired delights. So as well as being jolly, it’s also the season to enjoy chocolate! Here is a selection of chocolate treats to savour this wintertime. Dark chocolate bar Dark chocolate is really rich and indulgent, so keep a good quality bar stashed away in your cupboard over wintertime, and snap a chunk off whenever you feel a cocoa urge coming on. Don’t feel too guilty about enjoying dark...

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American Viticultural Areas (AVA) 101...

Jan 3, 2014 by

American Viticultural Areas (AVA) 101 Whether you’re a wine aficionado or someone who simply enjoys an occasional once-a-week glass with your dinner, you’ve probably come across wine varieties labeled as AVA. Some people assume this is a particular variety of grape, but this isn’t the case. Understanding AVA and the unique characteristics of each region will allow you to make smarter decisions when it comes to purchasing wine. Don’t worry if you’re still scratching your head trying to make sense of AVA, as we’re going to break down this system and what it means. AVA, short for American Viticultural Areas, is a wine region classification system governed by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). If a vineyard or winery wants to label their wine as “AVA,” they must file a petition...

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