I Am Going on a Diet

I have begun to think about the best way to go about losing between ten and twenty pounds. Of course the higher number is what I really need to lose in an ideal world, but I figure that I can far more easily start out with half of that. At any rate the thing I am looking at is how to diet in the most effective manner. So I have been looking at finding real nutrisystem reviews of the food that they sell. I am thinking that the best use for these meals would be to take them to work with me and eat them there instead of going to one of the fast food places. It should be relatively easy to replace the meals that I have at home with healthier versions of real food. That is the plan at least, but the basic fact is that you need to be able to use the meals in the way that they are intended to be used. If you can not stand the taste of the food, then it is not of any real value to you.… Read More


Cater Business: A Profitable Industry

Cater business is a food service industry that focus on providing food and service at a location. It also specializes in other details pertaining to the event wherein the catering service was hired. It involves many aspects whether the enterprise is home-based or a large scale operation.

A catering business is expected to know how to prepare food and to make it attractive. They take charge of not only food preparation but also decorations like table settings and lighting. It can provide a very appealing income; that is why more people are investing in this line of business. The trend is towards satisfying all the customers senses with food as a focus point with the right atmosphere. Customers today are looking for the catered experience to be more restaurants like.

If you like cooking and enjoy food then this business might be your calling. Catering is a great occupation for someone who is creative, social and enjoys pleasing other people. You can choose a schedule that’s right for you. Often your work will take place on the weekends or in the evening, giving you time to work on a regular day job, or do other things you enjoy. One advantage of getting into catering business is the recognition you will receive. As a business with high standing, your reputation around the town is generally important;it will help you generate good word of mouth business.

This business is tough in the sense that there is a good amount of stressful work, and detailed planning is required for being successful in this field. Some of the highest rates of failure in businesses are the food businesses. Engaging in catering business means you have to do the cooking, serving, cleanup and billing. You can hire people to do these things for you; but when starting out, it is often not practical to get people to do the job for you.

While other people feel that working on weekends and evenings is not the ideal work schedule, still,many people rather have those times off to work. If you are one of those people who would rather rest during weekends and holidays, then you’ll find the hours of a catering business to be a disadvantage. This business can often be a seasonal occupation. It means that while other people are busy celebrating the holidays; you may be serving them during these times.

The achievement of any business does not depend on just one aspect of your business. Like some people say, it’s the small things that matter. You must never be afraid to charge what you’re worth; winning the catering game doesn’t happen with cheap prices. The opportunities for a good cater business are endless because realistically, not many stand above the rest. Learn the business side and understand who the big paying client will be.… Read More


Vegetable Quiche In a Whole Grain Crust

Making a homemade Quiche from scratch including the crust may seem intimidating at first, but if you are lucky enough to possess a food processor it is easier than you think.

Ingredients For The Crust

1 cup of whole grain wheat flour

1/2 cup of whole grain oat flour

1/2 teaspoon of aluminum-free baking powder

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg

2 ounces of cold lard, cubed

2 ounces of cold butter, cubed

Ice water as needed

Directions

Combine the whole grain flours, salt, baking powder and nutmeg in the work bowl of your favorite food processor. Process till well combined. Add the lard and pulse several times. Add the butter and pulse until the butter is the size of small peas. With the food processor running, slowly drizzle the ice water through the feed shute until the dough barely forms a ball. The goal is to use as little water as needed to accomplish this. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured board. Roll the dough and then press it into a 9 inch pie dish. You can now fill the crust and immediately bake it, but if you are looking for a crispier crust, it is best to partially bake it first. Fill the crust with pie weights and bake for 25 minutes at 375AF.

Ingredients For The Filling

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 large red pepper, seeded and cored and cut into quarters

1 large onion, skin and root removed and cut into quarters

1 pound of crimini mushrooms

2 teaspoons of freshly chopped thyme

6 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese

4 large chicken eggs

1 cup of whole milk

1 teaspoon of sea salt

1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Direction

Put the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Put the red pepper and onion into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Pulse until you have large chunks. Slice the mushrooms using your food processor’s slicing disc. Add the vegetables and thyme to the skillet and saut for 5-10 minutes. They are ready when the onions are soft and translucent.

Shred the cheese using your food processor’s shredding disc. Set aside.

Put the eggs, milk, salt and pepper into the work bowl of your food processor fitted with a multi-purpose blade. Process for 1 minute. Fold in the vegetable mix and cheese and transfer to a partially baked Quiche crust. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. It’s done when the filling puffs and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let rest for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.… Read More


Creating and Serving Salads During Your Summer Dinner Party

We like to entertain guests during the summer months and I like to serve salads as our meals. I never know exactly what kind of salad accompaniments to prepare so I like to offer a little bit of everything. When you are preparing salads to serve at a dinner party, you always want to start out with the freshest ingredients possible, so don’t purchase them more than 1-2 days in advance.

Here are a few ideas of what you can serve so that your guests can create their own perfect salad.

Vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, garbanzo beans, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, loose-leaf and head lettuce, mushrooms, onions, radishes, red beets, red peppers, snow peas, spinach, tomatoes, zucchini

Meats and Fish: grilled chicken and fish, ham, turkey, pepperoni, salami, seafood

Miscellaneous: cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs, alfalfa sprouts, green and black olives

Cheeses: American, blue cheese, cheddar, Swiss, Colby Jack, provolone

Toppings: bacon, croutons, crushed Chinese noodles, raisins, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tofu

Dressings: French, Italian, Blue Cheese, Thousand Island, Ranch, Honey Mustard, Flavored Vinaigrettes

When it comes to serving your salad items, here are a few tips.

1. Serve the cold items in chilled bowls or serving plates.

2. Pat dry all vegetables with a clean dry cloth after rinsing/cleaning them.

3. Shred and chop all items into bite size pieces ahead of time and store in the refrigerator in proper airtight containers.

4. If combining your salad ingredients ahead of time (instead of using individual serving dishes), prepare them 1-2 hours before serving time.

5. Always serve a variety of dressings and vinaigrettes as everyone has different ‘likes’ and taste buds. All dressings should be well chilled before serving.

6. A properly set table will include a salad plate with fork. It is bad hostess etiquette to make guests use their dinner plates or soup bowls for eating their salads.

7. Keep all ingredients chilled until 20 minutes before serving time.

When it comes to creating the perfect summer salad, the possibilities are endless. For each individual person, the perfect salad will be different. I like mine loaded with a variety of vegetables and cheese, my husband enjoys his with a variety of meats, and our daughter enjoys just a handful of vegetables with some seafood mixed in.

The most important thing to remember is to offer a variety of items and make your ingredients colorful and appealing to the eye.… Read More


Healthy Camping Snack Alternatives

Let’s face it, camping in our nations great outdoors can leave you hungry. Since there is no refrigerator or microwave in most peoples tents, you need to plan for those times in between meals when you just absolutely have to get something in your stomach quickly. Hopefully the following ideas will help you to beat the in-between meal hunger attacks you will get on your next camping trip.

If you are craving protein than you are building muscles, and there is no better source than meat. This is when a flavorful piece of jerky comes in handy. Don’t like beef? Try turkey, venison, bison, duck, chicken or just about any other kind of meat you can think of. You can buy a dehydrator and make your own. This will save you a lot of money in the long run. Of course you can always just pick a package up at your local grocery store if you prefer. There are many popular brands to choose from.

No list of camping snacks would be complete without the all important old favorite, trail mix. Don’t just think nuts and raisins though. Choose from other dried fruits such as banana chips, dried apples, dates or any other dried fruit you prefer. Throw in some dried wasabi peas or soy nuts for a spicy crunch. Some pretzels or multi-grain croutons give it a nice flavor too. Add a few candies, such as M&M’s or Reeses Pieces to add a little sweetness. This helps to offer more appeal to the younger children with you. High Fiber dry cereal makes a great additive and most are vitamin enriched. Remember that grains provide energy for your muscles and your brain, and dried fruit provides vitamins and minerals for healthy hair, nails, skin, and your immune system. Also, the nuts provide important fats and protein. Buy the ingredients separately and let everyone help mix them in a large zipper bag the day before departure, or let everyone mix their own individual bag with the items they prefer.

Last but not least, store bought snacks. Think granola bars, multi-grain chips, wheat crackers or fruit and cereal bars. These snacks will last long, while boating or backpacking. Fruit such as apples, bananas, and oranges make a great pick-me-up on any trek. Also, string cheese, puddings, peanut butter, and yogurts are popular, when hiking. There are numerous new healthier alternatives coming out every day. Check your local health food store for more quality, carry anywhere, types of foods.… Read More


Explore the Cuisine of Italy

Explore the Cuisine of Italy If you’re a foodie who loves pizza, pasta dishes, and homemade gelato, consider a trip to Italy with tuscany cooking vacations. It’s a life-changing experience where your taste buds will experience some of the best cuisine in the world.

Explore the Cuisine of Italy

Italy is a beautiful country that offers pristine beaches, scenic countrysides, historic landmarks, rural towns, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful vineyards, and world-class cuisine. Each region in Italy offers a variety of wonderful things to do and see. Italy consists of twenty different regions, each with its own distinct characteristics. When it comes to food, each region creates cuisine that’s influenced by its climate and geographic environment. While some regions are landlocked and surrounded by hills and mountains, others are located close to the Mediterranean sea.

Italian cuisine is very diverse depending on the region you visit. Lombardy With fertile landscapes and mountainous regions, Lombardy dishes are often made with corn, rice, and cow’s milk cheeses. Lombardy is known for its delicate squash-filled tortelli, rich polentas and risottos, and sweet water fish from local lakes like Lago di Como and Lago di Garda. Sardinia Sardinia, a more remote, inland mountainous area, is known for its beef and lamb dishes, thick stews, and rich pasta sauces. The area favorite is lamb often cooked with fennel and regional spices, then covered in sheep’s milk cheese. It’s also know for salted gray mullet tossed in spaghetti with red sauce.

 Tuscany With mostly hilly terrain and fertile countrysides, Tuscany contains many olive groves and vineyards. Located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tuscany is a well-known agricultural region that produces a lot of wheat, olive oil, grapes, and vegetables. With a wealth of fresh tomatoes, herbs, fruits, and vegetables, Tuscany provides the perfect place for tuscany cooking vacations. Naples Since Naples sits right next to the sea, fresh seafood dishes are its specialty. Pasta dishes are often filled with clams, muscles, shrimp, and lobster topped with rich red sauces and creamy white sauces. Naples is also famous for its pizza prepared in outdoor brick ovens. Fried pizza, an area specialty, is made with fresh dough that stuffed with creamy ricotta cheese or smoked provolone and various meats.… Read More