Food Safety in the Home Kitchen

Posted on May 27, 2016 By


Understanding and properly following food safety guidelines is an important part of cooking. No one wants to make their guests or customers sick, and it can almost always be avoided in the first place if you follow a few guidelines. But what exactly is a food borne illness?

Food borne illness is what occurs when food becomes contaminated. There are three different types of food contamination. Biological contamination (such as bacteria,viruses,and mold), Physical contamination, (such as hair, bits of plastic from packaging etc.) and Chemical contamination (such as from cleaning products, or toxins leached from metals.)

The most common type of food contamination that makes people sick is biological food contamination, which happens when bacteria etc, grow to a point where it is dangerous to ingest. This type of contamination can also come from dirty hands, improperly cleaned cooking surfaces and dirty tools and utensils. Bacteria, viruses, molds etc, all thrive especially well on certain perishable foods such as,raw meats and seafood, dairy products, cooked vegetables and tofu. Which is why it is so important to properly store and cook foods, to limit the amount

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Delectable Crumb Cake

Posted on April 10, 2016 By


Easy to Make Tasty to Eat Crumb cake is one of the oldest and traditional recipes. Reckoned as Streuselkuchen; where Streusel means ‘crumb’ and Kuchen refers to ‘cake’. The dessert was born in Poland and is now prepared and served throughout the world with adaptations. The baking family recognizes it as a flat one-inch fermented dough, coroneted with a thick crumbly topping.

Preparation of a crumb cake is an easy process; however, many ingredients are involved in the making. The two-stepped method includes, the making of a flat dough and a crumbly topping separately; which are then backed together.

The mellow, dense and divine dessert can be served at breakfast, brunch or can be enjoyed at any hour.

Just Streusel

The topmost part of a crumb cake is the thickest layer, after which the desert is named. The preparation is a swift process that can involve various ingredients. Sugar, butter, all-purpose flour (1:1:2 ratio) are the basic ingredients. However, depending on your taste buds you could even add crushed pistachios, almonds, cashews or cinnamon. Mix sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and pour the contents into

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COFFEE: Myths, Trivia and Facts

Posted on March 9, 2016 By


Coffee is a subject that many consumers love but don’t talk much about. As a result, coffee has generated its fair share of myths and trivia.

Let’s look at the some of the facts regarding the myths and trivia.

For Your Information…


Coffee houses and shops are a modern invention, right? Wrong! King Charles II of England initiated a ban on coffee houses in 1675. He feared that his enemies were meeting in these establishments to plot against him.


Wrong. Most people associate mocha with a chocolate-coffee combination but the reality is that “Mocha” is the name of a port in Yemen. Coffee beans from Africa are transported through this port. “Mocha” has more to do with the origin of the beans than whether or not it contains chocolate.


True! US citizens love their coffee and consume some 400 million cups of java every day.


Espresso does not refer to a type of coffee bean. It refers to the way coffee is prepared. Espresso is made by forcing a small amount of hot

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Healthy Eating – The Best Foods To Help Make Meal Prep A Breeze

Posted on September 15, 2016 By

If you’re looking to maintain a healthier eating plan, one thing you will want to be doing as often as possible is preparing your meals in advance. Preparing meals up ahead will both help you stay on track and help save cooking time during the week when you tend to be most busy and less likely to squeeze meal preparation into your busy day.

The important thing to note in all of this, however, is not all foods prepare as well as others. In fact, particular foods will only last a day or two while others may hold up quite well for 4 to 5 days, or, freeze very well so can be used at a later time. These are the foods you might want to focus on when doing your meal preparation.

Let’s go over the main foods you need to focus on…

1. Chicken Breast. On the protein side of things, you can’t beat chicken breasts. They’re a firmer protein source, so can do very well in the freezer for weeks at a time. Grill up a batch of 10 to 12 breasts and serve them throughout the week.

Unlike other protein sources such as fish, for instance, they won’t

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Coffee: Did You Know It’s a Dynamic New Cooking Spice?

Posted on September 5, 2016 By

If you’re a chef and in the know, you are probably acquainted with using coffee as a dynamic new cooking spice. If so, realize that you are standing on the edge of a growing new trend and your food creations are reaching ‘next level’ status.

As a creative culinary artist, you typically separate yourself as a chef by experimenting and stretching the bounds of your imagination by developing new realms for your art form. The results show up on the faces of those who eat your creations.

Using coffee as a cooking spice is a wondrous discovery. Considering the characteristics, taste subtleties, strength variances and different ways in which it can be used (the whole bean, as a liquid or grounded), it has created new breakthroughs for many dishes.


Coffee is arguably the world’s most popular drink. It is plentiful and yields enough different flavor profiles to be the perfect crossover agent and find its way to the list of ingredients associated with food recipes.


The natural questions about coffee as a recipe ingredient are:

1. Will it make my food taste like the drink?

2. Will it dominate the other herbs and spices that I use?

3. Will it

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Salt: What Is in Your Kitchen and Fridge May Be Killing You

Posted on August 15, 2016 By

Salty food is tasty. It can make us lick all our fingers in the same manner as a greedy dog licks out his bowl.

Stores sell both iodized and iodine-free salts. ‘Iodized salt’ refers to salts that contain iodine. Unless one has a sensitivity to iodine, I see no reason why anyone would choose iodine-free salt over iodized salt; iodine is necessary to our health in small doses.

Sodium and chloride make up the primary chemical composition of salt. About two-fifths or 40 percent of salt is sodium.

Both sodium and iodine have roles to play in the body. Nonetheless, people who have the habit of eating very salty food risk many serious medical ailments, such as high blood pressure and strokes.

Lack of awareness of the sodium content of tasty food, drinks or snacks is partly to blame for people’s high salt consumption. An average American consumes five to ten times the amount of sodium necessary.

My eyes widened when I found out the amount of sodium in my favorite cheese, a realization which made me switch to a low sodium brand. I hope readers will do the same. Look up the sodium content of your favorite food and snacks, salad dressings,

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Nespresso Compatible Capsules

Posted on August 5, 2016 By

The perfect Italian espresso is sweet and syrupy naturally. It’s not bitter or burnt and it’s definitely not an entire cupful. It’s actually no more than a tablespoon. That’s how the Italians enjoy it in bars and restaurants across il bel paese (the beautiful country) and that’s how it should be made.

True coffee aficionados are spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee types, brands and blends. But one of the most popular brands is without a doubt Nespresso coffee pods. Nespresso coffee capsules are a favourite all over the world. One problem, Nespresso isn’t Italian and its coffee isn’t made in Italy. So if you’re looking for an authentic Italian espresso. The stuff they drink in bars, then you need to expand your horizons.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bin your Nespresso coffee machine. There are plenty of compatible Nespresso pods on the market. These are coffee capsules that are compatible with your Nespresso machine at home. They won’t break them or void your warranty. They’re made especially to fit.

When it comes to Italian Nespresso pods – that is Nespresso capsules that are made in Italy, you can’t go past Gimoka. Its name has been synonymous

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Super Easy Method of How Many Tablespoons in a Cup

Posted on July 15, 2016 By

The concept of conversion can be explained as an exchange from one unit of measurement to another, without a change in the amount or size. In this article, we have tried to help you in understanding the conversion of two cooking measurement units: cups and tablespoons.

Cooking units can only be measured in weight, quantity or volume. There are different ways to measure different ingredients. For instance, liquid ingredients, such as milk and water are measured by volume. Dry ingredients are measured by weight in most countries, and by volume in Australia and North America. Small quantities of these dry ingredients are measured by volume. Meats are measured by weight or count in all over the world, and eggs are specified by count. Vegetables and fruits are quantified by weights or occasionally by counts.

What is ‘Cup’ in cooking measurements?

Cups normally used in a household can be different from the cup size used in recipes. A cup is used to quantify liquids and dry bulk ingredients. It’s a legally defined measurement unit in the United States and Liberia. One standard measuring cup is defined as 250 milliliters while one legal Cup in the U.S. is equal to 240 milliliters and

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Coffee, the Aromatic Beverage That Moves the World

Posted on July 5, 2016 By

The process begins approximately one year before the seed is planted. Men and women walk through the plantations in the heat picking small bags of red ripe fruits from the coffee bushes. Each bag is tagged with the number that identifies the bush. Thousands of these fruits are picked to be dried and later roasted. After grinding each bag of dry, roasted seeds the coffee is made. Then the experts come in, they are called “baristas” they are like wine sommelier but they specialize in coffee. Out of all the bags and lots they chose the most aromatic, strong and better looking coffees. The bushes from where these seeds came are marked and protected with nets to keep the birds away and it is time to wait.

The coffee beans on these plants are not harvested like those in the rest of the plantation; they are allowed to ripen until they fall from the bush when they reach full maturity. The next step is the nursery. A special mix of soil is put into polyethylene bags and two seeds are dropped in each one. They will be given special care under regulated shade for the next year. Usually both

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Deep Frying a Turkey (or Duck)

Posted on June 15, 2016 By

About 15 years ago I decided to try deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving. The results were great and since then I have made it an annual tradition. The time required to cook the turkey is less than 1 hour and the meat is always very moist, even the white meat. Recently I tried deep frying a duck and achieved the same great results.

You can fry the turkey inside or outside. Inside you must use an electric fryer and outside you can use a propane fryer or electric fryer. I have used both and both work equally well, but I always cook outside in the open air for safety purposes. The procedure is the same for a turkey or a duck except where noted in parenthesis.

What You Will Need

• Turkey Fryer – Electric or Propane (propane outside only on dirt or grassy area).

• Thermometer to measure the oil temperature.

• Food thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the bird.

• Injector for marinades and seasonings.

• Fire extinguisher, oven mitts and pot holders.

• Peanut oil – 3 gallons (other oils can be used but peanut oil is best)

• Up to a 14 pound whole turkey (up to a 6.5 pound

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