Food & Beverage

Cooking a Roast in a Crock Pot

Years ago, cooking a roast in a crock pot meant placing a rump roast in a crock pot with potatoes, carrots, celery, salt and pepper and returning hours later to a simple meal ready to eat. The best benefit of this style of cooking was that the crock pot...

Cooking a Rack of Lamb – Preparation and Cooking Times

Every food is associated with a word or image in one’s mind. And although the words change from culture to culture, some are pretty consistent in the U.S. Chicken is ‘common’; when you go to someone’s home for dinner and they cook chicken, the subconscious perception is that the person...

Cooking Halibut – Baking, Grilling and Broiling

Halibut, a member of the flatfish species of fish, is a versatile seafood that can be prepared in many different ways. The halibut, a member of the righteye flounders family (because – indeed – both their eyes are on the right side of their head), can be found in...

Storing of Potatoes – Keep them at 45-50 degrees F

Have you ever forgotten about a bag of potatoes that you brought home from the grocery store to your cupboard months before? Well, if you have I am sure you would have remembered at least one of the two things I am going to mention. Either your kitchen or...

Origins of the Potato

Potatoes are one of the most common foods found today. But, do you ever wonder how this came to be. Where do potatoes come from? What is their history? The life of the potato began around 7,000 years ago in the high plateau of the Andean Mountains of South America,...

French Fries – Small Cuts of Potato Heaven

Ah yes, delicious French Fries, I do not think you will find too many people who do not love this delectable treat. Sprinkled with salt, dunked in ketchup, covered with gravy, dipped in sweet and sour sauce or soaked in vinegar, everyone has their own specific way of enjoying...

Espresso Makers – Buying a Pump or Steam Maker

Any die-hard espresso fanatic knows how expensive the habit can be, especially when an espresso drink made at a popular chain will set you back nearly four dollars each day – that’s $120.00 per month! While ordering an espresso drink on the go affords a level of convenience, there...

Avocado – High Content of Heart-healthy Monounsaturated Fat

The avocado enjoys a racy past belied by its seemingly innocent and rather chubby appearance. Considered a fertility food as well as an aphrodisiac in its earlier days, the avocado was considered too improper to be enjoyed by image-concerned consumers until producers launched a massive campaign to change public...

Feeding a Family of Vegetarians

Many assume that the vegetarian diet is limited to pasta and salads. To the contrary, vegetarian diets are rich and varied, utilizing a wide range of grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. In addition, there are many meat-substitute products available in grocery stores that allow vegetarians to eat many of...

Health Benefits of Red Wine

Throughout history, the health benefits of wine, especially the red varieties, have been extolled by...

Great Tasting Pinot Noir

So what is a “great tasting Pinot Noir” really? In my humble opinion it would...

Great Red Wines for Under $25

In spite of our best efforts, the holidays hurt. We budget, we plan, and we...

Gifts For Wine Lovers – Books, Events and Wine

Finding a gift for a wine lover can be a daunting task. Like trying to...

Eight Top Wine Producing Regions of the World

Wine grapes grow mostly between the 30th and 50th parallel, in both the Northern and...

Storing Brown Sugar – How to Keep it Soft

It’s happened to every cook – both experienced and amateur. We’ve gotten all our supplies...

Sugar Trivia – Interesting Facts About this Ingredient

Everyone loves the sweetness of sugar. Few people know exactly how we get sugar. Diet...

Truffle Salt Makes Your Popcorn Taste Amazing

Mushrooms are truly a gift from anteure. These meaty, musky, and delectable little fungi are...

Microwave vs Air-Popped Popcorn – Which is Better?

People had had a love-affair with popcorn for thousands of years. In fact, there is...

What Color of Dishes Should I Buy For Everyday Meals?

It's that time. You've grown tired of looking at your old, chipped plates, and people...

Canadian Beer – Suds from The Great White North

A little piece of Canadian heritage… The BEAVER, the MAPLE LEAF, HOCKEY, MOUNTIES, CANADIAN GEESE, the MOOSE, COLD WEATHER, “EH”, and CANADIAN BACON. These are...

Homemade Beer – It’s very Easy to Make

Making your own beer can be fun, and it is not hard to do at all. The basic recipe for beer is very simple,...

The Latte – It’s Made from Espresso and Milk

In Italy, ordering a latte gets you a tall glass of milk. In North America...

Buying a Coffee Maker – Creating a Great Cup of Coffee

Oh no…you have just woken up to find that your coffee maker, a machine you...

Caffeine in Food – It’s Found in Chocolate and Energy Drinks

As a stimulant, caffeine has found a place among consumers needing a kick of energy...

Espresso – Interesting Facts and Statistics

Looking for a way to decrease his worker’s coffee break time, Luigi Bezzera created the...

Coffee Producing Regions

Coffee beans are grown in within an area known as the ‘bean belt,'’ which is...

Buying Coffee Beans – What you Need to Know

The fine art of creating a cup of coffee has changed a lot in the...