Southern Themed Dinner? Four Fun Dishes To Consider...

Dec 25, 2013 by

  Nothing says great comfort food like southern dishes. These are often hearty and packed full of protein and carbohydrates that deliver an amazing flavor. There is almost always some type of chicken on the table, and biscuits are a necessity so that they can be used for dipping in gravy. The following has four fairly common, but very fun, southern dish ideas for you.     Fried Chicken   This is a classic when it comes to southern food. There are several ways to prepare fried chicken, but the easiest way is to roll it in flour and fry it in about an inch of vegetable oil. Add a little salt and pepper to the flour for seasoning. You can also get a chicken breading that gives a little more kick to the...

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Top Ten American Comfort Foods....

Dec 22, 2013 by

Waffles.  (without the chicken, PLEASE.) Donuts.  (I’ll take a dozen – hold the saliva.) Cream of Wheat.  (Stir in some Nutella for a taste bud orgasm!) Fried chicken.  (as long as someone else does the frying.) Mashed potatoes.  (the day there is enough gravy for ‘em is the day I know I’ve died and gone to heaven.) Green bean casserole.  (the only thing canned mushroom soup is good for, outside of cleaning grout.) Meatball sandwich.  (if it don’t drip, it’s a rip!) Grilled cheese sandwich.  (with tomato soup, natch.) Matzo ball soup.  (You were thinking we wouldn’t remember, maybe?) 10. Mac and Cheese.  (out of a box – we ain’t on Iron Chef,...

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6 Fun Ways To Make Homemade Food That Will Benefit Your Health...

Dec 18, 2013 by

If you are tired of going to the grocery store and buying processed foods that aren’t good for you, you are not alone. Food should be nourishing, and still taste good. You will see the benefits when you put sincere effort and energy into preparing foods that are healthy for the whole family. Here we’ll discuss six ways to focus your efforts on homemade food that can actually be fun to make, not to mention the superb nutritional value found in all of of these ideas:   Raise organic, backyard chickens for fresh eggs   Chickens make wonderful, delightful and low maintenance pets once you have the right supplies. The egg is considered nature’s perfect food because it contains a completely balanced set of essential vitamins and nutrients. Serve sunny side up on a...

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Top 5 Irresistible Bangkok Foods For Iron Stomachs...

Dec 16, 2013 by

Just when you think you’ve conquered a plate filled with scorching hot chilies, there are other dishes which stand in your way of complete food domination. Thai food in particular contains a wide range of delicacies which many are unheard of because it never leaves the country. The dishes that are presented in this article are dishes that challenge iron stomachs. Not only for their visual appearances but for taste and smell as well. If you’re looking for a Thai dish challenge, this is a great way to learn about your opponents and how to tackle them effectively! Phad Sataw (Stir Fried Stinky Beans) I know, the name doesn’t even sound remotely appealing. However, this one of the dishes which is delicious, according to south Thailand people (for example, my dad). Sataw, or stinky...

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Discover The Origins Of America’s Comfort Foods...

Dec 13, 2013 by

One incontrovertible fact about the United States is this: they know how to do comfort food over there. Nostalgic dishes that remind you of good times every time you tuck into them. Even as I write this, my mouth is watering and my stomach is grumbling, and I’m planning what to eat the next time I visit the States. Some of these dishes, such as apple pie or mac and cheese, are prepared and consumed all over the country in different styles, but they’re unmistakably true to the original. Here I have compiled short list of some of Americas greatest comfort foods and where in my opinion is the best place to sample them. I’d be interested to hear yours. Key Lime Pie The official pie of Florida since 2006, this dish is thought...

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Making Meals To Minimise Waste

Dec 10, 2013 by

Mary Creagh MP states, “Britain is the seventh richest national in the world yet we face a growing epidemic of hidden hunger, particularly in children The reality of parents unable to feed their children whilst food goes to waste is one of the starkest examples of the squeeze on living standards faced by many British families.” Britain’ shameful food-wasting habits have been all over the media lately thanks to Jamie Oliver’s latest series – Jamie’s Money Saving Meals. According to Jamie’s website, the average Brit “spends £1320 per year on fast food, eating 12 take-aways per month.” He also revealed “40% of food bought in Britain ends up in the bin.” But the last truth about first world eating habits, extended beyond Brits alone, shockingly he claims that the “US spends enough money on...

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Is Plum Pudding For Real? You Bet – Here’s The Recipe...

Dec 9, 2013 by

Delicious recipes during the holiday season make your mouth water just thinking about them. No matter how many times you taste this recipe you will not be able to get enough. There are so many occasions to use this recipe, but holidays are extra fun. Families around the world have served delicious plum pudding, and you have all the ingredients right here in this recipe, so your can make it anytime. Wow your friends with this scrumptious dish. However, keep their fingers out of the dish; they really need to wait until you finish, no kitchen samplers. I promise you, this dish will have your whole house as if it tastes delicious. Food is a universal thing. It is fun, it starts conversations, and plum pudding tops the list of great conversation starters. This...

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Best Wines Used For Cooking Different Dishes...

Dec 4, 2013 by

  Wine is an excellent ingredient that brings out miraculous tastes, aromas and color in cooking. If you love to experiment with different ingredients and drinks, you might consider including different wine varieties in your creations. Mix fine French wines with numerous spices, herbs and nuts to invent a new dish. This could be a big culinary adventure for chefs and connoisseurs. Choosing an Ideal Wine for Cooking Depending on your personal requirements and tastes, you can easily prepare meats, vegetables, gravies, sauces, stew soups and stocks using red and white wine. It doesn’t matter what wine you choose. Selection of alcoholic liquors for cooking is determined by the kind of taste you prefer. For example, fortified wines and rice wines are used for cooking Asian dishes whereas grape wines are perfect for European...

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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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7 Tools to Make your Kitchen into a Healthy Eating Haven...

Nov 16, 2013 by

With the variety of pre-packaged and prepared foods available on the market today, it has become harder and harder to eat healthy. Luckily, a recent surge in popularity of healthy foods and food processing tools has resulted in a greater range of available products for those looking to eat healthy. What equipment should you have in your kitchen to help in your quest to eat and live healthily?   1. Garlic Card A garlic card allows you to finely grate cloves of garlic for addition into your favorite sauces or dishes. Garlic is an excellent taste enhancer for many types of meals and has the added benefit of being good for heart health. Keep a garlic card around to healthily enhance your meals. (Image source)   2. Citrus Juicer Freshly squeezed juice is one...

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Health Benefits Of Chocolate

Nov 15, 2013 by

If you’re a chocoholic, there’s no reason to feel guilty; your “addiction” may actually be healthy in the long run. According to a recent study, those eating chocolate on a regular basis had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 29% lower stroke risk when compared to non-chocolate eaters. Chocolate should be consumed in moderation, just like any of the finest things in life, but it is easy to see why the treat is such a sweet addition to your diet. Below are five ways that regular, moderate chocolate consumption can make you healthier. Increased cognitive ability: The antioxidant-like flavonols in chocolate are believed to increase blood flow to the body, especially the brain. According to a study done in 2009, participants could do mathematical calculations more accurately and quickly after consuming...

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Make Your Kitchen Energy Efficient…...

Nov 15, 2013 by

The Carbon Trust has warned the catering industry that it could be missing out on a staggering quarter of a billion pounds in energy savings every year. According to recent reports, just using kitchen equipment inefficiently is costing the industry over £250 million every year; and there are further savings to be made from optimising menu options and using a short term approach to catering equipment. The Carbon Trust has been working with the catering industry trade associations to come up with a useful calculator designed to help businesses save money and cut their carbon emissions down at the same time. Here are a few top tips for cutting down your energy use. Don’t waste your energy It’s easy to leave equipment switched on all day long, and it’s a fairly common practice too,...

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How To Make Three Timeless Cocktails...

Nov 5, 2013 by

Fads come and go, but style is eternal. That’s true of everything from cowboy hats to cocktails. While trendy bars serve a million variations on the martini, other drinks have withstood the test of time and are still as delicious today as when they were first created. These three cocktails have facilitated business negotiations, lent flavor to romantic dates and helped revelers celebrate for decades. They are simple to make and even easier to enjoy, but they’re as far as you can get from the latest fad for cupcake or cream soda flavors. Only the best ingredients will do for these timeless classics. The Old-Fashioned As Don Draper’s favorite drink on AMC’s Mad Men, the old-fashioned has had a resurgence of popularity, even though it was never technically out of style. In 1948, David...

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Tasty chicken breast recipes

Nov 4, 2013 by

Chicken fillets are a staple of the average family diet, there is almost no end to the amount of meals you can create with them. Whether you’re a fan of spicy food, a health conscious individual or you simply enjoy dinners that take almost no effort, there is a chicken breast recipe for you. Here are just a few brief chicken breast recipes to get you started: Chicken fried rice Cut the chicken into small chunks and brown in some oil in a wok. Chop some vegetables such as mushrooms, peppers, spring onions, or pour in frozen peas or sweetcorn and stir fry. Add some cooked rice and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes. Make a space at the side of the pan and crack in an egg or two. Scramble the egg and...

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Making Healthy Cheesecake.

Nov 1, 2013 by

Cheesecake is a delicious, irresistible dessert that is usually loaded with fat, sugar and calories. Fortunately, there are many ways to make this decadent treat healthier while still tasting like the real thing. From incorporating nuts and seeds into the crust to light and fresh toppings and smart ingredient swaps for the filling, you can easily transform cheesecake into a luscious and nutritious dessert the whole family can enjoy without feeling guilty. Transform the Filling Most of the fat and calories in a traditional cheesecake are contained in the rich filling. There are many low-fat alternatives available. If you still want to use cream cheese, use a low-fat version. Try using tofu, which offers a silky texture. Cottage cheese that is finely blended makes for a rich and creamy filling alternative. Greek yogurt is...

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