Posts Tagged ‘food’

Looking for a Recipe? Pumpkin Soup Makes Fall Meals Great

Monday, September 28th, 2009

20090604-DSC_8161More and more people are learning about the benefits of eating seasonally - choosing your ingredients when they’re naturally in season - and how this practice can help us have better food and stay in touch with the natural world. While technological advances in agriculture mean that we can enjoy strawberries in December in the Northern Hemisphere, it does not ensure that this produce is high in quality. Everyone who has ever eaten a tough, tasteless winter tomato is aware that being able to grow it does not mean the food will be great.

This is why so many people are taking up eating seasonally, instead of buying whatever is available. Produce grown when it is naturally supposed to be is better tasting, more nutritious, and of higher quality. Strawberries belong in June and oranges in January. While it can be frustrating to have to wait for your favorites, it is worth it in the end.

Once you remember that in season foods are the tastiest, you will not want to try them out of season. A peach in winter usually is not worth your time, after all. Delicious summer beets and peppers, spring spinach and lettuce, and many other foods just taste best in season.

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Cutting back on fried foods, especially deep fried foods is a great idea. Roasted foods taste just as good and are easy to prepare in the comforts of your own home. You can take a classic fried food like jalapeno poppers and roasted them to create a much the healthier version, roasted jalapeno peppers.

Jalapeno poppers are usually stuffed with cheese, battered and deep fried. Sometimes they also contain bacon or sausage or even ground beef. Theyre delicious but not very healthy. But underneath all the fried batter is still a jalapeno pepper. And last time I checked, a jalapeno pepper was still a vegetable. If you remember that this is a vegetable youre on your way to healthier popper.

First lets start with the cheese. Stuffing a jalapeno with cheese is done to cut the heat of the pepper. They say that dairy products are the best defense against spicy heat and that’s why poppers are often served with sour cream. Go with a low fat cheese or skip it completely but remember that it’ll probably have more kick to it without the cheese. Goat cheese, cheddar or even mozzarella are good choices.

Great Hawaiian Macaroni Salad For Parties

Monday, August 10th, 2009

There is nothing better than traveling to Hawaii and tasting their delicious Macaroni Salad. If you’ve ever been to a luau, you know how great their Macaroni Salad is and how quickly it disappears. And unlike a luau, this homemade Hawaiian Macaroni Salad can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Add only 10 minutes to the recipe if you have to go to the grocery store to pick up a couple ingredients, but chances are you already have everything at home.

With a little more than 5 ingredients is all you need to make the best macaroni salad around. And, if you can believe it, 30 minutes is how long it’ll take to make Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. If you’re short on time, this will be your go to recipe. Easy to make and delicious, every guest of yours will love Hawaiian Macaroni Salad. Even your pickiest of eaters or your harshest food critics.

First step, go to the grocery store and purchase these inexpensive ingredients (you may have many of these at home already): carrots, macaroni, mayo, pepper, salt, and milk.

You Can Raise Chickens

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It’s nice to have your own chickens and it’s not surprising that so many people are doing just that , in their own backyard.

Those chickens will keep you supplied with fresh eggs each day, and possibly even enough to sell on to local shops, or at the local market.

I think eggs must be one of my favourite foods. They are just so tasty ” and so versatile. There are so many ways an egg can be cooked ” boiled, fried, poached to name just a few. And that’s not even mentioning all their uses in baking cakes, quiches etc.

I live in the city and I am a regular consumer of eggs. I get mine in the local grocery store or supermarket. They are OK I guess, but have you ever tasted real free-range eggs?

I go to my moms in the country every month or so for a weekend. She always has a supply of eggs that she buys from a local farmer ” they are the real deal, free-range, home on the range type.

Outdoor Teak Furniture To Upscale Your Patio or Deck

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Outdoor teak furniture is the missing component for your new patio, porch or back garden. Have you always wanted to entertain your guests outdoors in comfortable, dependable surroundings? Then teak furniture is definitely the way to go.

Teak furniture is made from teak wood, which comes from the Teak tree in Southeast Asia. It is renowned for its dense properties and durability, making it ideal for the construction of anything from houses or bridges to patio tables and chairs.

Not only is Teak a great choice for outdoor patio furniture it is also a winner for indoor furniture. Dining table sets, office desks, futon couches and many interior accessories are made from teak and offer a great complement to many indoor decors. There is also a place for teak in the business environment due to its rich and elegant good looks.

The benefits of owning outdoor teak furniture are plenty. Firstly, teak wood is a high quality material that has been tried and trusted over many decades. Early settlers in Central Africa even used Zambezi teak wood to build railway lines, bridges and buildings thanks to its extreme durability.

How To Place Stop Losses?

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

The forex markets are highly volatile. There is so much noise in the intra day forex market; it becomes difficult for new retail forex traders to know where to put the stop loss. The prices in the intra day market keeps on jumping 10-20 pips for no apparent reason.

The noise in the intraday market keeps on frustrating new day traders. They constantly find their stop losses being tripped even when the rates are going in the anticipated direction.

Many new forex traders develop the habit of using a static 10-20 pip stop loss. This is an arbitrary decision. Many also try using a trailing stop loss. However, if placed too close; your stop hits too early. And if placed too far; you will have to forgo potential profits if the price retraces later on.

The actual reality is this that many professional forex traders do use stop loss but mostly place it on their computers making it invisible from their brokers. A better method to place a stop loss is by using a dynamic level that changes as the market rate changes.

Authentic Mexican Cooking Utensils and Cookware

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Perhaps you have eaten Mexican food in a top quality Mexican restaurant or even in a Mexican home. If you have, maybe some authentic Mexican cookware or utensils were used to make the dishes. Mexicans use a range of different cooking methods, including baking, slow roasting and deep-frying and they have unique pots and pans for these methods. Mexicans like to use plenty of fresh produce in their cuisine, including spices and herbs, so you will find sharp knives and a mortar and pestle in any Mexican kitchen.

Authentic Mexican Cooking Pots

Ollas or Barros are big, deep clay cooking pots, which are great for simmering soup, stew or beans. Barro means mud or clay and olla means pot. Clay is a good medium because it heats evenly and is fine to sit over a direct flame all day. The even heating means you can avoid burnt spots in whatever you are cooking.

You do need to warm clay before using it else; it might crack if you suddenly expose it to a high heat. If you are baking, you can let the pot warm up as the oven does. Your Mexican food will have a subtle earthy taste if you cook it in a clay pot.

Spice up Your Kitchen

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

They say variety is the spice of life, but where would we be without spices? Even a little table salt and pepper makes our food more palatable and tasty. Garlic is another common seasoning that adds a lot of oomph to our dishes. Without spices, food tastes bland and uninteresting. Add a little spice, and it becomes delectable.

With more exposure to other cultures, we are experiencing more of their cuisines, and their regional spices. It is not uncommon to experience the foods and spices of Mexico, China, Italy, and India in a single week. The week after that, maybe you will try something from Morocco or Afghanistan. Regional spices are becoming more available all the time, and as we taste these new combinations, it wins us over. Suddenly we have added a new favorite to our cupboard.

The Care and Storage of Spices

Using the Crockpot to Make Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

It is true that you can use your crockpot to make a wonderful kettle of chicken noodle soup. While you are busy doing something else, it will be simmering away, creating a delicious bowl of healthy goodness. Whether you are an accomplished cook who uses only the freshest ingredients, or if you only cook when you absolutely have to with ready-made ingredients from the store, you can make a tasty chicken noodle soup in the crockpot that will be much better than canned soup.

Using Fresh Ingredients

If you prefer to use only the freshest ingredients that you can buy, the crockpot can still be your best friend. Before cooking, remove the skin from the chicken. You can use whatever chicken you have on hand… parts, boneless or a whole bird. Place the chicken in the pot and cover it with enough liquid that it is completely submerged. Add a bit of celery, a carrot, and some onion… whatever helps flavor your broth. Put it on high for three to four hours.

Put Something Interesting On Your Deck - An Aussie Grill

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

As with many grill companies, Aussie Grills were born from a metal fabrication shop that started operation in 1959. Metal Engineering Corporation (MECO), the shop in question, began making charcoal and electric grills in 1999. With their headquarters in Greeneville, Tenn., they’ve quickly become known in the market for their level of expertise in water smoker grills, as well as electric and charcoal grills.

Everyone has different needs, and grill makers try to define their niche, so keep these things in mind when you being shopping for a grill:

* Where will you be using the grill?

* What type of fuel do I feel inclined to use?

* How big or small should it be?

* Do I want it to fit in with existing dcor or try a new style?

* How much money do I have to spend?

* Do I just need a grill, or a grill with bells and whistles?

* Try to find a grill that lasts 10 years instead of 3 years

* Don’t focus on BTU’s, make sure everything makes sense as a complete unit.