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,