Saturday, May 25
Healthy Nuts
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Healthy Nuts

HEALTHY NUTS Eat nuts such as walnuts, pecans, almonds and various types of seeds (such as pumpkin and sunflower). These are packed with omega-3 and are crucial for your heart, brain, skin, modd and metabolism. Nuts do contain fats, so limit to a one-ounce per serving! CURLY CHOCOLATE If you have trouble making chocolate curls, try using a large milk chocolate bar and shaving the curls with a vegetable peeler.
Benefit of Coffee
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Benefit of Coffee

Coffee is rich in antioxidant and according to the Mayo Clinic, it may help guard against liver cancer, Parkinson's disease and type 2 diabetes. Coffee enjoyed in moderation (about an eight-ounce cup daily) is a delicious and nutritious way to savor life. Beware of coffee flavored with sugary syrups and fatty creams. For example, a 16-ounce starbucks peppermint white chocolate mocha, slams you with 540 calories and packs 80 grams of carbs, 76 of which come from sugar!
Ganache Glaze and Frosting
Cupcakes

Ganache Glaze and Frosting

This ganache is the darkest, richest and most chocolatey icing. If you use it right away, while it is liquid, you can coat the tops of cupcakes with it for a smooth, shiny, glazed appearance. If you let it rest overnight at a cool room temperature or refrigerate briefly, you can place it in a pastry bag fitted with decorating tip. If you are using this ganache as a fluid glaze and it seems thick, just add a little extra cream, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach the desired texture. Also upon reheating, if the texture of the ganache is not smooth, dribble in a tiny bit of cold heavy cream and whisk together until smooth. Keep in mind that different chocolates will produce different texture with this recipe, as well as different flavours. The ganache will keep for 1 week refrige...
Benefits of Avocado
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Benefits of Avocado

Avocado are refered for their buttery taste and texture, a quality that stems from the "good" monounsaturated fats they contain. It also these fats that make avocados champion for heart health. Studies have found that oleic acid, one of the monounsaturated fats in the smooth green flesh of the fruit, helps to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels significantly. Avocado also rich in potassium, fiber, folate and vitamin K. When ripe, avocados yield to gentle pressure. Select firm ones for later use. Hard fruit will ripen faster if stored in a paper bag along with an apple. Mas Hass avocados for guacamole; slice firmer varieties, such as Fuerte and bacon, for salads or sandwiches. Add diced avocado to soups or replace eggs and butter with it in baked desserts. The simple...
Benefit of Blueberry
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Benefit of Blueberry

Blueberries boast and antioxidant triple threat. Anthocyanins give the berries their vivid blue hue and seem to positively affect a variety of the body's functions, including vision, circulation, and brain activity. Pterostilbene helps keep cholesterol in check and epicatechins, the curative substances also found in cranberries, promote urinary tract health. And among berries, blueberries boast the strongets healthy benefits. Blueberries benefit can be enjoyed year-round via frozen and dried version, which still maintain the same antioxidant content as the fresh version. Smaller, darker and more intensely flavoured than the standard variety, wild blueberries are also available frozen. Select fresh blueberries which have dark, plump berries with a whitish bloom. Avoid those with pi...
Tips for Storing Cupcakes
Cupcakes

Tips for Storing Cupcakes

Most of the cupcakes should be stored at room temperature. If there are exceptions, it will be explained in specific recipes. In general, I like to use airtight plastic containers that are deep enough to hold one layer of frosted decorated cupcakes. The cover of the container should fit without crushing the frosting or decorations. Simply place the cupcakes side by side, snap on the lid, and take care to store the container on a level surface. If you do not user paper liners, there is a chance that the sides of the cupcakes will stick together. You may separate rows with strips or parchment paper, cut to fit.
Peeling and Pureeing Peaches
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Peeling and Pureeing Peaches

Before pureeing peaches, remove their skins by blanching. Blanching is a two-step process in which foods are plunged into boiling water, usually for only a minute or two and then put into ice water to rapidly stop the cooking process. The blanching peaches process as follows: Bring large saucepan three-fourths full of water to a boil; have ready a bowl of ice water. Cut a shallow X in the blossom end of each peach. Immerse the peaches, two at a time, into the boiling water until their skins start to pull away from the Xs, about 5 - 10 seconds. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, lift them out and immediately plunge them into the ice water, then slip off the skins. Use a pairing knife if needed.
What Chopper can Do for You
Kitchenware

What Chopper can Do for You

Preparation work can be time-consuming. The good thing there are gadgets like this nifty little chopper to help us out! What chopper can do to help you? Go Nuts. Chopping up nuts for baked goodies? Use the chopper! This one comes with measurements printed on the cup so you can easily chech how much you've chopped. Cry no More. Let's face it! No one really likes chopping onions. But this copper makes sure there is no need to shed tears. Chop away! Do the Salsa. Place tomatoes, onions, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and jalapeno peppers in the chopper. Pulse several times until coarsely chopped. Serve with chips. You might want to check this Cuisinart CTG-00-SCHP Stainless Steel Chopper to help your preparation work at home.
What to Look For When Buying a New Oven?
Kitchenware

What to Look For When Buying a New Oven?

An oven is one of the most common kitchen appliance that is used in various forms of cooking, such as the following: Heating, Baking, Broiling, Roasting Ovens are generally grouped into 2 common kinds: gas oven and electric oven. There are also microwave oven (uses microwave radiation to cook or heat food) and convection ovens (uses a circulating fan to move hot air around the food inside the oven). With this range of choices, not to mention the variety of features and designs available in ovens, shopping for one can be a difficult task. Below are some guidelines that you need to consider - helpful hints that will help you buy the right oven. 1. The location. Whether 'freestanding' (set in a range) or 'built-in' in walls (known as wall ovens), make sure that you measure the size ...