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Five Foods To Pair With A White Bordeaux

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re like most people who enjoy fine wine, you’re probably think of red wine when you hear the word bordeaux. However, white bordeaux also exists, and it’s just as fabulous as its red counterpart. You may be wondering, however, what kind of food white bordeaux pairs best with. Because white bordeaux isn’t a light, delicate wine, it may overshadow dishes traditionally serviced with white wine. Following are five great meals that can be made even better by bringing a good bottle of white bordeaux to the table.  Angel Hair Pasta with Basil Pesto This is a simple, yet elegant, dish that complements white bordeaux nicely. The wine’s fruity notes blend perfectly with the distance flavor profile of the basil. This meal is ideal for serving on the porch or patio on a warm summer evening, especially when the wine is chilled and the basil is fresh from the garden.  Roast Pheasant or Duck  Unlike chardonnay and chablis, white bordeaux has the body and flavor to pair well with game birds such as duck and pheasant. This meal is incredible during all times of the year, but it’s bet savored in on an autumn evening by the fire when the air has that classic crisp and cool fall feeling.  Halibut and Cod White fin fish such as halibut and cod are also ideal for enjoying with a good bottle of white bordeaux. Either type of fish has a creamy, light texture that makes for an elegant summer meal when enjoyed with the right white wine.  Braised Lamb Although lamb is technically a red meat, it nonetheless can successfully paired with strong whites such as a good white bordeaux. This is an excellent meal to serve on a spring evening with other classic culinary delicacies that we see in spring, such as fresh asparagus and artichokes.  Pacific Salmon  The flavor profile of Pacific salmon really don’t pair well with most white wines — they’re too soft and delicate to blend well with salmon’s robust taste. Fortunately, white bordeaux has just the right tang to stand up to be served with salmon. Serve this with a spinach salad any time of year for a refreshing, healthy meal that tastes delicious. White bordeaux is also a great choice for when you’re making salmon poached in wine.  For more information on how to enjoy white bordeaux with a variety of different foods, please feel free to contact your local wine dealership, such as JJ Buckley Fine Wines, at your...

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Bringing The Restaurant To You: 3 Easy Mexican Dishes To Make At Home

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Uncategorized |

With the many controversies surrounding Mexico being broadcasted in today’s politics, it’s time to look upon everything that Mexico has done for the world — starting with food! Everyone loves some good Mexican food, but if you don’t have time to sit down at your local restaurant, here are 3 easy Mexican Dishes that you can easily make at home. Starting with the Basics: Burritos A good burrito can be easily made with little fuss. Most Mexican restaurants will buy their ingredients fresh at local supermarket and stores. They usually consist of beans, some chillis for those who are up for some spice, and lots of beans. Burritos are usually topped off with some cheese and some vegetables, such as lettuce and onion. It’s really quite an easy dish to make. If you’re looking to achieve an authentic Mexican taste, you should stock up on mole the next time you’re dining at your favorite Mexican restaurant. Most restaurants are willing to sell their freshly made sauces to patrons. These sauces will generally keep for quite a long time when stored in a refrigerator. Making Quesadillas From Scratch Quesadillas are also very simple to make. While Mexican restaurants will be able to cook up fancy quesadillas stuffed with a wide array of different ingredients, you can try your hand at making something very basic and simple at home.  Tortilla shells are really easy to make. All you need is corn flour and salt to make the dough, which will then be cooked on a large nonstick skillet. Once you have the tortilla shells, you can melt some cheese and add some simple ingredients, like pepper. It’s not the same as eating at a Mexican restaurant, but it will satisfy your cravings. Enjoying a Quick Snack by Making a Tlayuda Another easy snack commonly found in Mexican restaurants that you can make at home is the Tlayuda, which is basically a Mexican pizza. A cooked tortilla is topped with meat, seasonal vegetables and cheese, and finished off with some spices for that extra flavor. Most Mexican restaurants will serve sauces, like guacamole, sour cream and mole, on the side with the Tlayuda. These easy-to-make Mexican dishes can satisfy your cravings temporarily if you can’t make it to a Mexican restaurant. These dishes can be made within a relatively short period of time, and taste wonderful if you have fresh ingredients in your refrigerator. If you’re looking for something a little more extravagant and authentic, local Mexican restaurants in tucson arizona may be able to better satisfy your...

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How To Successully Cater (And Save Money) For A Bridezilla’s Wedding

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized |

So your best friend is getting married and she has turned into a major bridezilla. And for some reason, she has put you in charge of catering. You know a little bit about the process, but keep butting heads with her. What can you do? Follow these steps to calm her down and give her a great dinner. Listen To Her Advice . . . No Matter What The key to understanding a bridezilla is knowing that she is suffering from a control freak persona. This may be a regular problem or something that is only coming out at her wedding. Fighting a control freak is only going to end in heartache. So, listen to her catering plans, no matter what, and make sure to keep a list of everything she wants. Does this mean you’ll implement everything she says? Not necessarily. For example, she may want personal waiters for each table or for every steak to be served medium rare (because that’s her favorite style); however, these suggestions may be beyond her budget and your means as a friend. Find Ways To Save Her Money Another aspect of catering that often brings out the rage of the bridezilla is food cost. The cost of the average wedding is around $26,000, which is enough to stress out any bride. That’s why you should try to find food options that fit her goals and which save her money on catering bills. For example, you can still serve a four-course meal of appetizers, salad, main dish, and dessert, but cut down on food costs. Avoid high-cost foods like seafood or caviar and focus on chicken alternatives. Avoid multiple food options, as this will only drive up costs on food that will go to waste. Present The Plan Well In Advance The controlling nature of the bridezilla stems from wanting everything to be perfect. Any type of variation will, understandably, greatly upset her. That’s why you need to sit down with her well in advance and discuss the menu and the costs. This is also a good time to help let her know about any potential variations in her plan and why they are occurring. During this discussion, bring up these salient points: The presentation of the meal The order food will be served The portion size of each meal The total costs There’s a good chance she will be upset by one or more aspects of your presentation. That’s perfectly understandable: simply adjust them to suit her needs. By working within the demands of the bridezilla and carefully managing food costs, you can help create a wedding meal that she’ll never forget. And remember: she’s your best friend. She totally deserves the best wedding experience possible. If you think that catering will be too much to handle, be upfront about it. Your friend may be okay with a professional caterer. Talk with a professional, like Marians Island Wide Catering, for more...

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Starting A Bread And Milk Delivery Company In Your Town

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Do you remember the good old days when milk was delivered to your doorstep and you didn’t have to go to the store several times a week for this needed household food item? Many people enjoy this kind of service, and combined with bread delivery, you can fill a niche in your hometown that people will love to take advantage of. If you are unsure how to start such a business, it doesn’t take much to get going. Here are tips to starting a bread and milk delivery system in your town.   Pick your suppliers Contact bakeries in your hometown and explain to them that you will be needing to make orders daily based on your clients’ needs. Choose a few types of bread that you will want to provide to your delivery customers, such as white, wheat, and a specialty creation, so your customers have a few options but you don’t have to carry a whole arsenal of bread varieties for them to choose from. Your local bakeries will be happy to provide large orders for you in exchange for your repeat business. You now have your bread supplier. Milk is much easier to obtain. Simply go to your grocery store and buy the number of gallons of milk you desire for your customers based on their orders. As your business grows, you can talk to the general manager of your local grocery store and ask about bulk discounts if you are buying a large supply a few times a week. Again, choose a few milk options for your customers that you will deliver, such as whole, 2%, or even almond milk, so they have options to choose from. Advertise your service You will want to advertise your delivery service to your customers in your local newspaper or on local posting boards at your city hall and other locations. On your flyer, you will want to list the cost of your delivery service (including your cost for the items you’ve purchased already), the routes you will deliver to, and the dates you will provide your service. You may also wish to list the bakeries you work with as well, so your customers know where their delicious fresh bread is coming from.You will want to make deliveries early in the morning on the dates you deliver, so customers can have their fresh goods as soon as the day begins. Starting a bread and milk delivery service is a great way to earn an income. You can benefit your community by providing a needed service that builds local businesses while enjoying a great career that will earn you more money as it...

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Healthy Gourmet Pistachio Snacks

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Pistachios are a delicious and healthy treat. A one-ounce serving of pistachios contains 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber, and 15 grams of heart-healthy fat. It also provides 25 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B-6 and 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of thiamin, phosphorus, and magnesium. Pistachios are a powerful antioxidant that help to rid the body of free radicals.  Pistachios can be eaten raw or toasted and added to your diet in many ways. Toasting pistachios is fast and easy. Here are some recipes with pistachios and directions for toasting them: Dry Roasted Pistachios Ingredients: 3 cups shelled raw pistachios Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the raw pistachios evenly on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 7 to 10 minutes. The pistachios will smell very fragrant when they are roasted.   Remove from the oven and transfer to a large serving plate.  While still warm, place the pistachios on a clean towel and rub briskly. This will remove the skins from the nuts.  Let the pistachios cool and store them in covered glass jars. Yield: Three cups of dry roasted pistachios.  Pistachio Butter Ingredients: 1 cup of pistachios (toasted or raw) 1 tablespoon of light vegetable oil pinch of sea salt Directions: Combine ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Yield: One cup of pistachio butter. Pistachio Milkshake Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup whole milk 1/4 cup pistachio butter 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and process on high until smooth. Pour into a tall glass.  Garnish with chopped pistachios. Yield: One large milkshake or two medium-sized milkshakes.  Cantaloupe with Yogurt and Pistachios Ingredients: 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt 1 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2 cup of toasted chopped pistachios 3 tablespoons of raw honey Directions:  Arrange the cantaloupe slices in a circle on a plate.  In the center of the slices, place the Greek yogurt in a mound.  Sprinkle the yogurt with the pistachios and drizzle the cantaloupe and yogurt with honey.  Serve immediately. Yield: Three servings.  Pistachios are a great addition to a favorite turkey or chicken stuffing recipe. Try them on baked potatoes drizzled with melted butter or add them to chicken, tuna or potato salad. Pistachios add a wonderful crunch to spinach salad and yogurt dips. Add pistachios to your favorite bread, muffin or biscuit recipes. Best of all, eat roasted pistachios by the handfuls at any time. They are delicious and good for you...

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Three Reasons To Use Clamshell Packaging When Selling Produce At A Farmers Market

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Selling fruits and vegetables at a local farmers market can be very lucrative for someone who loves to grow fruits and vegetables at their home. If you are someone that enjoys selling produce at a farmers market, you need to be sure that you make the process as easy as possible. The following guide walks you through a few reasons why you may want to consider clamshell packaging for your produce the next time you sell at the farmers market.     Pre-Portion the Produce   When you sell produce at a farmers market, you often have to weigh and determine the cost of the produce on the spot. This can be a bit time consuming, especially when you have a lot of people trying to buy your produce at one time. Pre-portioning the produce in the clamshell containers allows you to attach an exact price to each container so that you can easily ring someone up for their purchase and move on to the next order quickly so that no one is waiting too long to purchase your produce. Label the Produce The clamshell containers can be labeled with information about your produce. This can be a great form of advertising because you can put your contact information on the labels so that people can contact you outside of the farmers market when they want to buy your produce. This also allows you to promote the fact that your produce is organic, pesticide free, or any other key information you want your consumers to know.  Protect the Produce When you are selling produce at a farmers market, it can be difficult to watch every potential customer that comes up to the produce. There have been cases where people have contaminated produce with salmonella in an effort to make people ill. By placing your produce inside of the clamshell containers, you will make it difficult for anyone to contaminate your produce. The clamshell containers will often have to be opened in order to access the produce. If someone attempts to open the containers, it will grab your attention and allow you to stop someone from doing anything to the produce quickly and easily. Clamshell packaging is very affordable, when you buy it in bulk. It allows your produce to stand out from the crowd and many consumers may assume that your produce is of higher quality than the other produce at the market simply because you took the time and effort to place your produce in a...

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5 Amazing Healthy Benefits To Drinking Coffee

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Did you know that coffee is good for you? Many people drink coffee because they enjoy the taste, or like the kick that they get from the caffeine. However, there are many studies that have found that coffee has health benefits. Here are 5 of the amazing health benefits that come from drinking your morning coffee. Coffee Can Lessen The Chance Of Liver Cancer Liver cancer is often found in people who drink excessive alcohol. So, if you are someone who enjoys a bottle of wine at night, or a six pack of beer, then you should be drinking coffee. Scientists have found that people who consume several cups of coffee a day have a lowered risk of developing liver cancer. May Protect Against Alzheimer’s A promising study has linked caffeine consumption to a lowered risk of Alzheimer’s. The scientists found that in subjects who consumed caffeine, there was a lowered amount of a protein in the brain that is believed to be a precursor to Alzheimer’s.  A crucial point of the study was that decaffeinated coffee would not provide the same benefits. Parkinson Prevention The research on caffeine and Parkinson’s prevention is so promising that there are multiple companies trying to create a drug based on caffeine. So far, the drugs are still at the research and development stage. However, the good news is that you can lower your risk of developing Parkinson’s by as much as forty percent by drinking two cups of coffee a day. Lowers Your Chances Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes If you like to have a doughnut in the morning with your coffee, then this will make you feel less guilty about all that sugar. It turns out that coffee has been found to lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, type 2 is not something you are born with. People develop type 2 diabetes from bad eating habits. A diet high in sugar is one of the leading culprits. So, while it’s better to not eat a doughnut in the morning, if you are someone who can’t give up the sweets, then drinking coffee will at least help protect you. Prevent Gallstones If a person develops too many gallstones, they might have to have surgery and have their gallbladder removed. Women in particular are at risk for developing gallstones. The good news is that a study found that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee daily have a much lower risk of developing gallstones. One theory is that the caffeine might cause the gallbladder to “empty” itself more often, and this would prevent stone formation. When making your coffee, you may want to buy k cups and other...

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3 Tips For Making A Great Pizza At Home

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Pizza is one of the most popular meals in the country, and with good reason. Pizzas are available in varieties that can appeal to just about any type of palate or dietary restriction. The great news is that, by following the tips mentioned below, you will be able to make a great tasting pizza at home. Make Your Own Sauce The sauce is one of the most important parts of making any type of pizza, mostly because the sauce is going to flavor just about every bite of the pizza. If your sauce is bland, then the whole pizza can end up tasting bland. While it may be tempting to take a shortcut and buy a premade pizza sauce from your local grocery store, you will want to resist that temptation. Sure, it can save you some time, but a premade sauce will often be full of sugars and other unhealthy additives. In addition, a homemade sauce will be fresher because it will not have sat on a grocery store shelf for weeks. Do Not Use A Rolling Pin Whenever you make a pizza at home, try to stretch out the dough without using a rolling pin. This is because a rolling pin can force all of the air out of the dough, which can result in the crust of your pizza being tough and dense. Simply use your hands to work the dough and stretch it out to the size that you want. Sure, a rolling pin can help you get that perfectly round shape, but does the shape really matter? There is no rule stating that your pizza cannot be square, oval, or any other shape, so stop worrying about it and use your hands to create a pizza dough that will be light, airy, and delicious. Use A Pizza Stone Finally, using a pizza stone is absolutely vital in making sure that you have an evenly cooked pizza. This is possible because the pizza stone will often be made out of ceramic, which will distribute the heat evenly across the entire surface of the stone. A nice side benefit to using a pizza stone is that the cleanup process is very simple. In most cases, you can simply wipe down your pizza stone and walk away. The pizza stone will usually not require a lot of scrubbing or soaking to get clean. Providing a great pizza for your friends and family doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to order in or go to a restaurant. By using a pizza stone, making your own sauce, and not using a rolling pin you can easily make a great-tasting pizza at home. Of course, if you don’t feel like cooking, head out to some place like Barros Pizza. You can taste different types and see what kind you’d like to try your hand at making on your...

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Butcher Shop Revival All Over The Country For Nostalgic Meat Shoppers

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You no longer have to wish butcher shops were a reality. You can now shop for healthy meat supplies straight from your local butcher shop. Once a must for meat shoppers back in the day, butcher shops have reemerged much to the gratitude of dedicated customers who want to know more about the meats they purchase. They ask about what animals were fed when they were alive. Many people also want to know whether the animals were treated humanely during their lifetime. Most of all, many consumers want fresh meat that is not prepackaged. Bid Prepackaged Meats Goodbye Forget about being forced to traipse down meat aisles in a supermarket looking to purchase meats. Never again choose meat prepackaged in fancy plastic-wrapped foam trays. You get to choose the meat you want at your local butcher shop. Your butcher is just as pleased to get you exactly what you want, and rest assured that the meats you buy are fresh products that you see before they are wrapped individually for you. How You Plan to Cook Your Meat Determines Cuts You Must Buy Decide what type of cooking you will be doing before you run off to the nearest butcher shop. Will you be grilling steaks or preparing cross rib roasts? Your planned type of cooking guides the butcher into making the right cuts. You will leave the butcher shop knowing that all you have to do once you return home is season your meats and apply the cooking method you have in mind. Try An Alternative Steak If Porterhouse Steaks Are Expensive If you want porterhouse steaks but find them too expensive, there are other steaks that you can purchase. Your butcher in all likelihood will recommend other alternative steaks that cost less. You may want to choose steaks such as ribeye or cowboy ribeye. You might even want to consider bone-in veal chops as a substitute menu. Caribbean Meat Choices From Your Local Butcher If you are originally from Caribbean countries and longing for some down-home menus, ask a butcher (such as one from Custom Quality Meats) to package kidneys, oxtails, pig’s ears and trotters as well as cow foot for you. Now you can take home all of those items and have a field day spicing up the meals with the use of Caribbean seasonings. Have a wonderful experience meeting your butcher and purchasing your fresh and healthy cuts of meat. Also remember that Jamaican Rice ‘N Peas dish is a staple to eat with your choice of meats. Rice ‘N Peas will enhance the taste of the meats. In cooking Rice ‘N Peas, you must add fresh coconut milk to the cooking mix. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cook on a low heat setting. Bon...

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The Healthiest Foods You Can Eat At A Chinese Restaurant

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Going out to eat or ordering in is dangerous territory when you are trying to stick to a healthy diet. It is even worse if you are trying to lose weight. Although Chinese food in some ways is one of the healthiest ethnic foods you can consume, there are still some drawbacks. If you want to eat at a Chinese restaurant, or if you just want to order Chinese in for the night, there are some very healthy menu options. Eat Steamed, Not Fried As delicious as all of that fried food is, the high fat content goes right to your abdomen and hips. Instead, try steamed vegetables, which are rich in nutrients and maintain their bright healthy colors. Also, choose chicken, shrimp, scallops or lobster instead of beef or pork as the meat to accompany your steamed vegetables. As for steamed dumplings, leave those off your plate because they are made with fatty meats and high starch wrappers. Skip the Duck Sauce and Use Low Sodium Soy Sauce Instead There are many Chinese sauces and condiments, which are very tasty, but not exactly healthy. Any sauce with an origin in fruit, such as plum sauce and duck sauce, you should avoid. The sugars, both natural and added, push your insulin levels through the roof, making you want to eat more, not less. If you order steamed vegetables and meat, many Chinese restaurants will send a container of soy sauce on the side to season your meal as you like. If you request low sodium soy sauce instead, it makes the condiment drastically healthier. Oil-based sauces are heart-healthy and reasonable substitutes, too. Avoid Rice and Noodles Leave the rice at the restaurant because it is loaded with carbs and has virtually no health benefits. Noodles or pasta of any kind are not any better. If you absolutely cannot live without a little rice on your plate, request whole grain brown rice instead. Brown rice at least has a little fiber and more vitamins in it. For Dessert If you want that fortune cookie, go ahead. Fortune cookies are surprisingly low calorie, so long as they are not dipped in chocolate or coated with anything. As for the Chinese donuts and ice cream, you do not want to know the calorie load there. For the Healthiest Meal Cook at home. It is not the same as going to a good Chinese restaurant, but you can duplicate most of your favorites at home while substituting healthier ingredients and sauces for the less healthy ones in the restaurant. Plus, a good stir-fry makes several days’ worth of meals, just like the orders you get when you ask for delivery or eat out. To learn more, contact a company like Lilac Blossom Restaurant with any questions you...

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3 Types Of Seafood Your Kids Should Try Before They’re 10

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kids come into this world with bright eyes and open minds, but sometime around their 10th birthday they can start to lose some of that open-mindedness. Around that age, many kids start to worry about what their friends think more than what their parents think. That’s why it’s important to give your kids a love of different types of foods as soon as you can, so they can enjoy the bounties of different cultures as adults. Here are 3 types of seafood they should try before they hit double digits: Raw Oysters These delicious gems harvested from the sea have a wonderful briny quality to them, and they’re so flagrant and flavorful that they hardly need any seasoning to brighten them up. Plus, they come packed with tons of nutrients like Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acids that can support healthy growth and development. There are numerous varieties of oysters, and they have different characteristics based on where in the world they grow. Teaching your kids how to eat oysters involves a fun trip to a raw bar in which your kids will truly see how sophisticated they are by slurping down the delicious little bites with other foodies. It’s fun to learn about the different oyster regions and learn from waiters and chefs about why they like certain types of oysters over others. Sushi While sushi itself isn’t actually it’s own type of seafood, it incorporates such a vast majority of fish that it’s included in this list. Sushi is quickly growing in popularity amongst the elementary school crowd, probably because it’s flavor combinations seem endless and so much punch is packed into a little bite. Your kids should try all kinds of sushi (including those with raw fish and those with cooked fish), and you probably shouldn’t spend too much time on their differences if you want your child to try them without hesitation. Once you know what kind of sushi you like, be adventurous and try to make it at home on your own. Many mainstream grocery stores now contain everything you need to make sushi: rice, nori, fish, veggies, and rice vinegar (mixed with a touch of salt and sugar). Jellyfish Wait . . . the little jellyfish that you love watching at the aquarium can be eaten? Yes, and it might actually be a good thing for the environment if more people start eating them. They’re starting to take over certain regions of the ocean, so environmentally-friendly kids can feel good about their choice to eat jellyfish. People, mostly in Asia, have been eating jellyfish for years, and they’re a delicacy in several cultures. Even if you don’t start to eat extremely textured and slippery jellyfish dishes every week, your kids will love knowing that there’s a world of food possibilities out there, and that food can be something besides just crunchy or mushy. If you want your kids to continue to explore their world and the possibilities of food, make sure they try these 3 foods while they’re young. They won’t forget the experience, and they’ll likely keep asking for more. For more information, check out companies such as Water Front Bar And...

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