The Power Of The Meal
Dec10

The Power Of The Meal

Since the beginning of time one aspect of human social experience has stood out as the ‘place to be’ for communication and family bonding: the meal. In contemporary human life the evening dinner is often the only place and time that a family all sits down together. In tribal times (of course there are still tribes today) the cooking of a slaughtered animal or cultivated vegetables brought the group together to share ideas and...

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The Importance of Family Recipes
Dec10

The Importance of Family Recipes

As a child I remember waking up early to the smell of my grandmother’s cooking. She would rise at 6 or 7 AM to begin preparing a meal for the family. As usual, this meal would be special. She would know each of our favorite dishes and find the time to make all of them while offering breakfast to the grandchildren, who spent the night frequently. For many people food and family are intimately connected. Modern families have a...

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Luke Mangan Spices Up Lilydale Chicken
Dec10

Luke Mangan Spices Up Lilydale Chicken

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Luke Mangan is helping Australian families add a little bit of spice to their everyday cooking through an innovative new range of Lilydale free range chicken products. The gourmet Free Range Dining varieties combine premium cuts of chicken with a delicious spice sachet packed full of flavour. Making dishes to impress quick and easy, even for kitchen novices, the new Lilydale range features African Spice...

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Cook Ahead to Save Time and Money
Dec10

Cook Ahead to Save Time and Money

When budgeting, saving time is a consideration for the frugal as is saving cash. It’s important to do both. One way to save both time and money is to organize your schedule and your pantry and begin to plan your meals in advance. Now don’t panic and think you have to lay out a full week’s menu every Sunday! Planning even one day ahead will make a huge difference in your pocketbook because you’ll eliminate those...

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Lazy Cooks – Pastry Cooking
Dec10

Lazy Cooks – Pastry Cooking

The Secret Ingredient for Lazy Cooks – Pastry Cooking Have you ever found yourself wondering how you can give a new lift to old favorites? Or worrying over how you can tempt those picky eaters? Try keeping a few sheets of frozen puff pastry in the freezer.Puff pastry is one of the most useful, and at the same time most overlooked, weapons in the cook’s arsenal. It gets less exposure than it should because many people are...

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Once-A-Month Cooking
Dec10

Once-A-Month Cooking

Every evening, all around the world, the same dilemma faces many homemakers. What can be prepared for tonight’s dinner with a minimum of fuss that will be filling and nutritious? With a little forward planning, you can have a month of meals waiting in the freezer, ready to be thawed and heated. All you need to do is add simple side dishes or a salad. This approach is known as Once A Month Cooking (or OAMC for short). The basic...

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Creative Ideas to Package Cookies
Dec10

Creative Ideas to Package Cookies

Quick And Easy Way To Home Package Cookies With These 8 Yummy Creative Ideas You’ve spent the time and effort to bake your delicious homemade cookie gifts, now it’s time to package them! Don’t spoil all your hard work with boring cookie boxes and packaging ideas. You want cookie gifts that say “Yummy!” – Perception is everything! First impressions are truly important. So it’s unavoidable that...

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The Untold Secrets To Making Ice Cream
Dec10

The Untold Secrets To Making Ice Cream

Have you ever wondered if there was a healthful alternative to the sugar and preservative filled ice cream you buy in the supermarkets? If you have or if you would truly like to try homemade ice cream then this is for you. I have a recipe for vanilla ice cream, that will knock your socks off when you taste it. The first thing you need to know is how to make your own 100% healthy and natural vanilla extract which is a basic ingredient...

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Chocolate: The gift from the gods
Dec10

Chocolate: The gift from the gods

Chocolate – whether dark or light, bitter or sweet – is a treat considered to have come to Earth from the heaven as a gift from the gods. And indeed it is one of the most popular gift items the world over, at every occasion. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t drool over chocolate and most people are ready to cheat on their diet for a chance to bite into this delicious delight. Some days ago, I found that a...

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20 Easy Ways To Make What You Eat Healthier
Dec10

20 Easy Ways To Make What You Eat Healthier

Healthy dieting doesn’t mean that you or your family must stop eating favourite dishes. A few small changes in the preparation and cooking of vegetables can prevent vitamins and nutrients from being leached out and washed down the sink. Wash fresh vegetables quickly under a running tap instead of soaking, and use the minimal amount of water necessary for cooking. To maintain nutrients and colour use a steamer, pressure cooker,...

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Healthy Meals, 12 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Vegetables
Dec10

Healthy Meals, 12 Sneaky Ways to Eat More Vegetables

Eat more vegetables when you want to lose weight. You’ve heard it before and you know the benefits: Hard to overeat. You can eat potato chips all day and night, but you quickly feel stuffed on carrot and celery sticks. Feel fuller faster. Decrease meat content by adding more vegetables. But eating more vegetables is often easier said than done. Try these painless ways to sneak more vegetables into your diet: Precut vegetables...

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How to Make a Great Tasting Cup of Coffee
Dec10

How to Make a Great Tasting Cup of Coffee

There is good coffee and absolutely abysmal coffee. Both may start with the same elements, but one cup can taste completely different to another. Freshness is the key to great tasting coffee. Here is the play by play smackdown of how to create a fantastic tasting cup of coffee. Use good beans. Go to a local coffee roaster and buy only enough coffee beans to last you a week. Buying fresh beans is one key to good taste. When you buy...

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How To Clean A Coffee Maker
Dec10

How To Clean A Coffee Maker

Ever wonder how to clean a coffee maker the right way? Drip coffee makers need to be cleaned at least once a month to keep your coffee tasting good. Cleaning your coffee maker takes away hard water deposits, old oils from previously brewed pots and other impurities that can make your coffee taste bad. A mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water is the best way to clean a drip coffee maker. Mix a full pot of the vinegar and water...

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Learn about Chardonnay
Dec10

Learn about Chardonnay

The Chardonnay grape variety is a classic white wine grape grown all around the world. It is at the top, as probably the world’s favorite white grape variety. Where It Grows The Chardonnay grape grows everywhere. The exact origin of Chardonnay is hard to trace, but its reputation was established in the Burgundy region of France. Winemakers love Chardonnay because the vines are easy to grow, and have a high yield. Chardonnay is...

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How to Sharpen a Knife
Dec10

How to Sharpen a Knife

All chefs who go to a western-style catering college, and most butcher’s apprentices, are taught to sharpen their knives by swiping the cutting edge several times on a steel towards the hand that is holding that implement. I used to do it that way as well, many years ago. I also used to teach others the same method until the day I saw someone lay his hand open with a cut needing fourteen stitches. That gives you pause for...

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Rice Cookers – Perfect Rice Every Time
Dec10

Rice Cookers – Perfect Rice Every Time

Love fluffy cooked rice but dislike the preparation time and clean up? Then rice cookers maybe just what you need. Today’s rice cooker is a thrifty time saving device for anyone’s kitchen. Also eating rice weekly has many health benefits. With so many rice cookers to choose from how does one decide? Let’s take a look at the many features and sizes of a rice cooker and determine which is right for you and your family....

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Knife
Dec10

Choosing the Right Kitchen Knife

Kitchen knives come in all sizes and shapes. Each small variation results in a different use. There are long ones, short ones, wide ones, narrow ones, curved ones, angled ones and the list goes on and on. They are made from carbon steel, stainless steel, stamped steel ceramic or even plastic. The better knives are balanced so as they are being used they do not feel awkward. By awkward I mean they feel heavy or light at the pointed...

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Baking Flexibility
Dec10

Baking Flexibility

Silicon Sheets and Silicon Bakeware sets: Baking Flexibility Everywhere you look, there is a lot of emphasis on cutting the fat out of our daily diets, but who wants to cut out the fat if it means cutting out the flavor? When it comes to baking, there is a way to cut down on your fat intake without changing the ingredients in your favorite recipes. If you switch to nonstick silicone bakeware, you can cut down on your fat intake with...

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Kitchen Accessories
Dec10

Kitchen Accessories

Kitchen Accessories – Why No Kitchen Can Be Without Them? How much do kitchen accessories contribute in the making of a great cook? This is a good question, and if you listen to the manufacturers of all the cool kitchen stuff, then you will be left in no doubt as to the answer. In fact, most modern housewives would be totally lost without their extensive array of gadgets and kitchen accessories that are purported to produce the...

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How to Cook a Lobster
Dec10

How to Cook a Lobster

French chefs plunge them into boiling water; English ones, in an attempt to appear more humane, drive kitchen knives through their skulls before doing the same thing. No wonder the miserable creatures go red. They’re mad as hell. What a way to treat the king of crustaceans. Let’s make a pact. From now on let’s treat the lobster with the respect (and humanity) it deserves. Here’s how: Use a pan deep enough to hold 6 liters of salted...

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