All About Wedding Cake

The wedding cake has always been important to the marriage celebration. In ancient Roman times, bread was broken above the head of the bride, signifying good luck for the couple. As time passed, different foods replaced bread and were stacked, the happy couple expected to lean over it and kiss before dismantling and serving. The contents evolved into buns and small cakes or pastries, sometimes even meat pies which were eaten as part of the meal. But the symbolism has pretty much remained the same, that of fertility and good fortune, as the newlyweds ceremoniously cut the cake and share with each other prior to their guests.

Contemporary cakes are often not even edible but merely disguised cardboard or styrofoam, elaborately decorated, then whisked away to the kitchen where a simple sheet cake is cut and served to the unsuspecting guests. Traditionally the top layer, often called the groom’s cake, is saved and consumed at a later date, or may be separate entirely. At some weddings, the cake consists of tiered cupcakes for easy serving, or displayed on an elaborate “sweet table” of desserts where

All About Strong Coffee

Those who have to like for strong coffee, then they will surely love the Blue Mountain Coffee. Cultivated in extreme conditions and roasted using strict methods, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is known for their mild flavour and lack of bitterness. While the Jamaican coffee has grown in popularity over the decades, it is the most sought type by espresso companies, cafeterias and also households. That is not only because of its great taste but a myriad of health benefits. Here, take a look at the some of them to have an idea of what wonders a strong coffee can do to your health.

#1 Gives energy and helps fight diseases

A cup of strong coffee bears a lot of nutrients and vitamins. Besides, there are tons of antioxidants which help in detoxifying the body of the consumers. The caffeine has been a great influence on the immune system and has the ability to ward off diseases. It blocks all the pathways that inflammatory molecules.

#2 Helps burn fat

Caffeine also affects the metabolism of the body and results in the rise in the oxidation of fatty acids in

How To Make Great Sandwich

Every day, half of America eats one or more sandwiches, mostly for lunch. That computes into 300 million a day. They’re easy, they’re filling, no muss, no fuss. And you don’t even have to know how to cook. The varieties are endless, so where do we start? The short list includes the BLT, Grilled Cheese, Club, Dagwood, French Dip, Monte Cristo, Muffuletta, Pastrami or Corned Beef on rye, PB&J, Cheesesteak, Po’ boy, Reuben, Sloppy Joe, Submarine, Fried Egg. It’s endless.

The British first referred to “bits of cold meat” as a “sandwich,” named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was an eighteenth-century aristocrat. Legend has it that he instructed his servant to bring him some meat between two pieces of bread while he was playing cards with his cronies. Apparently he could play uninterrupted, as the bread acted as a napkin (rather than his sleeve) and kept the card table tidy. His cronies caught on and followed his lead. What was in them we’ll never know, but what a beginning (the Earl will never know).

Let’s check out these favorites:

1) Elvis immortalized

All About Coffee Ground

Is there such a thing as truly useless refuse? I would think not, particularly in light of the wealth of information on how to reuse things of little value. Things that most people undervalue, for example, glass, lumber, wood pulp, paper, used rubber tires, and in the scope of this article. I guess it truly is a case of one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. As it turns out, this treasure, in this case, used coffee grounds, can be put to more than one use, in fact, I can list 15 uses right now.

1. Insect control
Insect control – There is currently an online meme going around that spraying used coffee grounds on your plants and skin will repel mosquitoes, particularly ones that carry Zika Virus. There is in fact no scientific literature to demonstrate this, although there is some evidence research-wise that spraying coffee and used coffee grounds on mosquito breeding sites inhibited the embryogenesis of mosquito larvae, and thus significantly reduced the number of mosquito larvae that successfully matured into adults.

2. Fertilizer
For plants that like acidic soil, such as hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, blueberries, magnolia trees, etc. Used coffee ground can serve as a source of

Facts About Rice In Clay Pots

There are several advantages of cooking rice in a clay pot. If you have tried it, you must already be aware of most of these. For instance, rice cooks soft, fluffy and each grain separate from one another in a clay pot – without using any oils or additives. On the other hand, while cooking rice in conventional pots, they mostly turn out to be mushy and taste quite bland. But the important thing is – what happens to the carbohydrates? Let’s find out…

Types of Carbohydrates in Rice

Rice contains simple and complex carbohydrates. The body needs a balance of both for optimal management of insulin – a naturally produced hormone that controls sugar levels in the blood. Simple carbs break quickly and release glucose, but complex carbs burn and release energy slowly.

Rice Cooked in Conventional Cookware

Complex carbs, the slow-burning kind- are also delicate and subject to damage with harsh heat. The problem with metals and ceramic cookware is that they give out harsh near-infrared heat. It is evident from the fact that touching a hot metal/ceramic pot burns your fingers. It does something similar to the delicate complex carbs. As a result, the cooked rice is left with only simple

Tips To Make Butter

The basic design consists of a base that house the motor bowl that fits around the shaft and disks that perform the desired tasks. Most all modern units have safety features built-in to make sure all the attachments are in the proper alignment. Although most of today’s food processors are powered by electric and some still function by manually operating the cutting blades.

Food processors are an appliance that can perform many functions and take the drudgery out of the preparation process. They can also be one of the most expensive additions to your countertop appliances. Consider your counter-space and ease of cleaning when searching for the right model for your cooking and preparation needs.

If you already have one and haven’t used it for a while, try making your own butter and buttermilk.

Here is a way you can make your own butter in roughly two minutes.

Step 1

Warm one pint of heavy cream and a 1/4 tsp of salt to room temperature.

Step 2

Prepare the food processor and wash and dry the bowl and blades before you begin.

Step 3

Place the heavy cream in the bowl of the processor. Now is the time to add ingredients if you want your butter fancy such as

Ideas For Leftovers Food

Most recipes are geared to servings for 6 or so, and for those who have less than that, or have picky kids, leftovers are an issue. What do you do with the leftovers? Persnickety won’t eat them. Make it into something that you like, something you can recycle! The Persnicketys of the world do not like leftovers. They must be disguised, and the best way is to plan your menu.

-Don’t have stew the first night of the week, have tacos. The next day it could become taco soup with leftover corn, canned tomato, chopped onions. Cooked shrimp becomes shrimp scampi the next night, and if that does not do it, make a shrimp stew with cream of potato and cream of shrimp, along with some half and half, garlic, and red pepper.

-Leftover corn, green beans, noodles, squash? Vegetable soup. Keep some chicken stock around, and stock your kitchen with basics like cream of mushroom and chopped or diced tomato. The noodles can become soup with carrots and celery or another noodle salad with your excess meat leftovers. The raw carrots become sauted carrots and later boiled carrots and then salad. The roasted vegetables can be lunch the next day!

-If you

Tips To Make Yogurt At Home

How to make yogurt at home? But not just any yogurt, how to make delicious, thick and creamy yogurt right in your kitchen? This question can tempt your taste buds any time but the process of making it might seem daunting, a lot of times. Some of the common problems are yogurt turning out watery, runny or too sour or yogurt not setting at all! This makes most people turn to the store-bought yogurt which tastes good for sure, but with consequences.

The Additives in Store Bought Yogurt

The store-bought yogurt gets its taste and texture from a number of additives and artificial sugars which may be good to the taste but are a lot less nutritious and even bad for health sometimes. The commonly used additives for thickening are gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk etc. And it is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners that can make things really bad for people who have type 2 diabetes. While real and all-natural yogurt is actually supposed to help with many health issues, this one with the additives does just the opposite.

So, if one wants to take advantage of all the essential

Pasta For Your Diet

Pasta is one of the best-loved comfort foods in the world. It is just as versatile as it is inexpensive and it can be served with a number of different sauces. Sadly, this is a simple carbohydrate meaning that your body breaks it down and burns it fast. As such, it is gotten a negative reputation among the weight loss community. Following, however, are several incredible reasons why this delicious dish should be made a regular part of your diet.

For busy people, this is one of the most portable foods out there. For instance, if you regularly pack your lunch for work, you can easily store this in a coverage dish and rewarm it at lunch time. This will provide a hearty, filling meal that will give you lots of energy and at a nominal cost. Bringing leftover pasta to work is infinitely cheaper than paying to have someone in a local deli make your lunch for you.

Another major benefit that you can gain from this food is the ability to make vegetables tasty. For instance, if you have a hard time getting your youngsters to eat lots of produce, this is a great way to sneak a colorful

All About World Pasta Day

I just can’t believe it!

A “World Pasta Day” actually exists!

A day when the entire world has reason to rejoice.

You can probably already tell that I like pasta. In fact, I’ve never met a pasta I didn’t enjoy.

Whether it’s served with tomato sauce that’s simmered for hours, or a sauce that’s thrown together in a matter of minutes, it matters not to me.

Even if it’s topped with pesto or just garlic butter, the meal is special and deserving of respect.

Yes, pasta is a dish to be enjoyed under any and all circumstances.

Can you remember the best pasta meal you’ve ever had?

I recall a meal in Toronto on Yonge Street in the 1970’s. My client and I were walking down the street looking for a place to eat when we smelled the delicious odors wafting from an open doorway. We had no choice but to follow the invitation of smells and partake of the best they had to offer. Their chef used a generous amount of garlic and with the salad, bread, butter and olive oil we consumed our fill, and created memories that resist fading.

During my formative years I enjoyed the occasional can of spaghetti at room temperature. Yes, right out

Easy Crock Pot Pasta Recipes

Pasta is a favorite dish worldwide, so if you’re a cooking beginner, knowing how to cook pasta is a must. There are endless options when it comes to cooking pasta dishes. You can choose from a variety of noodles, sauces, meats, veggies and even herbs and spices to make your own. But if you’re just a beginner, you can try these crock pot pasta recipes to help you get started with your cooking journey – everyone will surely approve!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs Soup

What you need:

  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup angel hair pasta, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Mix together beef broth, water, spaghetti sauce, frozen meatballs, parmesan cheese and basil in a slow cooker. Stir, cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. When ready, stir in angel hair pasta and cook for 20 minutes on high.

Amazing Cheesy Bacon Macaroni

What you need:

  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine eggs, fusilli pasta, cheddar cheese,

Simply Pasta Recipes

Like any other dish, you can make pasta into a more nutritious and more delicious meal choice if you’re trying to lose weight or simply starting a healthier lifestyle. It’s the ingredients you use that matter. Be sure to use fresh vegetables and seasonings that are guilt-free!

Here are2 healthy pasta recipes you can definitely try:

Veggie Roast Healthy Pasta

What you need:

  • 1 kilogram pasta, freshly cooked
  • 2 eggplants, cubed (skin on)
  • 2 carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups baby tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Mix together eggplant, carrots, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and salt in a bowl. Place on a baking sheets and bake in a pre-heated oven (425F) for 20 minutes. When ready, add the garlic, thyme and lemon juice. Stir and bake for 15 more minutes. Place cooked pasta and roasted veggies in a pot and add the balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well before serving.Hearty Peanut Spaghetti Squash

What you need:

  • 2 spaghetti squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into halves widthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece ginger

Making Strawberries Cake

Strawberries grew wild for centuries and were enjoyed by many Europeans, although much smaller in size than we have now. But they first became cultivated in France in the 1750s (leave it to those French). Like so many other fruits valued originally as medicinal and mentioned in ancient Roman writings, they are depicted in oil paintings during the 15th century by Renaissance artists (a little snacking on the side, perhaps?). Seems they were consumed as a panacea to depression (who can feel blue when you have sweet berries to nosh on?).

Gathered in the woods by early colonists, foodie president Thomas Jefferson experimented with different varieties in his vast gardens as early as 1789, serving them up at grand dinners to the delight of his guests. His frustration was the small size at that time, still a strain of the Alpine variety which he brought home from France. Fortunately, horticulturists and growers continued to work on producing a larger size and of course were eventually successful.

But Americans are not the only country which cherishes this delightful red fruit. They are a tradition at England’s Wimbledon annual tennis tournament, served with cream. In Italy, strawberries are a favorite gelato flavor. The Greeks

Tips To Make Great Lime Pie

Key West Florida is famous for two things: the Ernest Hemingway house (with its 6 toed cats) and Key lime pie, named after limes which grow in the Florida keys. A favorite American dessert made with Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks, the traditional “Conch version” uses the egg whites to make a meringue topping. Key limes are smaller, more tart and aromatic than the common limes we buy year-round in grocery stores and grown abundantly in other regions of Florida and California. Key lime juice, unlike regular lime juice, is pale yellow, which, along with the egg yolks, produces the filling’s pale color.

Appearing in the early 20th century the exact origins are unknown, but the first recorded mention of Key lime pie may have been made by William Curry, a ship salvager and Key West’s first millionaire. Supposedly his cook, “Aunt Sally”, created the pie for him. It seems his crews of sponge fishermen at sea did not have access to ovens but the original version allowed the creamy pie to be prepared without baking. Early writings state that Aunt Sally’s version called for a graham cracker crust and softly whipped cream.

Many cooks and bakers in

Tips To Get Cakes Nearby

Cakes are always present on birthdays for both adults and kids. Thank the Germans for starting the annual celebratory of children’s birthdays with cake which then is called Kinderfest. Although many variations of sweets are eaten around the world for birthdays, candle blowing ritual has unknown exact origin. But theories from Greek origin explains that placing candles on birthday cakes is done to honor the birth of the goddess of the moon, Artemis, on the sixth day of every lunar month (in which the round shape of cakes are based to resemble the moon). This can be linked between her oversight of fertility and the birthday tradition of candles and cakes, however, this has not been established.

But on today’s generation, birthdays aren’t complete without blowing candles on cakes. It has been a tradition in mostly any part of this world. But a cake couldn’t just be on birthday celebrations, it is also present on mostly any occasion known – if we want to. Birthday cakes or any other cakes in several places comes from the best that is a long-established cake store with a reputation of producing only the best and provides the customers an outstanding experience.

Every place has a

Benefit of Black Coffee

Black coffee may have a pungent taste, especially to those who are used to drinking coffee with loads of milk and sugar. But, the good it does it to your health is unmatchable with the health perks you drinking a sweetened creamy cappuccino. Just one cup every day, will get your metabolism high, burn calories, detoxify your body and leaves you with full of energy. Moreover, having black coffee before the workout will precisely enhance all these effects. While it’s time for you to acknowledge the health benefits of pure black coffee, here is a quick guide on how to prepare a perfect cup of the same.

Choosing the beans

Choosing beans that are finely roasted is no doubt the most essential step for you to prepare a cup of flawless black coffee. So, when you head to the market try finding out a store that assures you of best beans with minimum mix blend. Go for the beans that are freshly roasted, i.e. is not near to its expiry date.

Take care of the grinding process

To derive absolutely the best taste and benefits of black coffee, you need to grind the beans on your own. This is the only way you can

Tips To Enjoying Coffee Brewing

Mmm, there’s nothing like freshly brewed coffee in the morning. For some people, coffee is the number one must have, and if you are one of those lucky people that can’t stop loving coffee in the morning then you’ll be pleased to know there are other ways to brew coffee.

There are so many takes on how to brew coffee – from decorative foam to French presses. In this article we present our top ten tips and tricks for brewing coffee. Enjoy your next cup of hot joe!

1. Decorating your own lattes

With some practice it’s possible for anyone at home to decorate their coffee in a way they probably thought only baristas could pull off. Baristas make it look simple, and if you do it then you can also get great and positive results – especially since you are not a barista who’s being rushed to perform four jobs at once.

The trick is to work with the milk and make it frothy without any big bubbles and then pour it into the coffee cup at an angle.

2. Buy fresh whole bean coffee

Don’t buy the pre-ground coffee. Buy fresh beans. Most coffee companies don’t bother with dates for when the beans were

Secret of Lobster Recipes

When the first ships arrived at Plymouth, most shellfish was not considered fit for human consumption, due in no small part to its resemblance to an insect as it crawled along the ocean bottom. Most early passengers during the 1600s were from England and other U.K. countries and accustomed to eating beef, mutton and fowl. What they did consume from the ocean was usually fish, in the form of cod, haddock and sole. Abundant lobster was fed to servants and domestic animals (there must have been a lot of happy cats). Native Americans used it for fertilizer. Just picture thousands of these spiny creatures as they were washed up on the shores of the Cape, where anyone could fill a bucket for free. (Are you drooling yet?)

Even though canneries began to pop up along the Eastern Seaboard two centuries later, lobster was not a desirable item on the dinner menu, but regarded as a cheap and nutritious protein for the poor and for prisoners, much like canned tuna was on the West Coast. You can be sure that foodie Thomas Jefferson never allowed the lowly lobster to darken the door of his kitchen. Keep in mind that Americans were still

All About Barbecue Recipes

Okay, so here’s the deal. What kind of meat, what kind of sauce, what method of cooking, what type of wood or heat, and how is it served. A lot to consider. And one thing is for sure–we’re not talking a backyard Weber grill here, folks. This is serious business, so let’s get to it.

In the South, especially North Carolina, the most popular outdoor version is the “pig pickin’.” Named after the Cajun phrase cochon de lait, traditional Southern barbecue grew out of these gatherings, which entailed an entire hog roasted for hours, then letting guests pick their own meat off the finished product (hence the phrase “going whole hog”).

But every region has its own version, usually pork, and the sauce is what makes the difference. In North Carolina, the three varieties of sauces include vinegar-based in the east, tomato-vinegar, sometimes mustard, in the central state and a heavier tomato-based sauce in western NC. The city of Lexington, just northeast of Charlotte, proclaims itself to be the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” boasting one BBQ restaurant per 1000 people (talk about going whole hog). And throughout the South, the meat is more likely to be served on a plate, accompanied

Potatoes And Yams Recipes

Sitting here at my desk my mind ventured back to last years thanksgiving dinner. My wife Pam was in the kitchen preparing a feast for our dinner and what a feast it was. We had turkey complete with stuffing, a ham, vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato and macaroni salads, the usual cranberry sauce and of course sweet potatoes. No major holiday meal was ever complete without sweet potatoes on the table.

These memories made me think about the differences which exist between the two similar vegetables.There is always a bit of confusion between these two items and in this short rant I intend to hopeful dispel the myths surrounding this rooted vegetable. The truth of the matter is that the vegetable that you have called a yam for a number of years is actually nothing more or less than a sweet potato. A true yam most people have never seen nor tasted.

That’s right folks; the sweet, orange-colored root vegetable which you cherish so dearly is actually a variety of sweet potato. All “yams” which you find in a grocery store or produce market are in fact not yams at all. The majority of people wrongly believe that those long, red-skinned