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A fermentation lock: a small but essential piece of wine making equipment

A fermentation lock is an inexpensive but essential item for anyone making wine at home. Fermentation is the process by which yeast breaks down sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide, and begins at the primary fermentation stage, when grapes or other fruit are mixed with sugar and yeast in a large container. After a week … Continue reading →

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Different Types and Styles of Buffet Dining

Buffet-style restaurants are establishments where the customers serve themselves. The food is generally stationed in a central place and diners can peruse the offerings and fill their plates with the kind of food they want to eat. There are a few different types of buffets, and depending on the restaurant, the foods can be a … Continue reading →

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Difference between Dungeness and Alaskan King Crabs

There are many kinds of crabs, including a few land dwelling species. On the west US coast, the most sought after are usually either the Dungeness crab or the Alaskan king crab. In many respects, they are similar. In other ways, they are vastly different. Both of these crabs prefer cool water. The king crab … Continue reading →

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Cooking with Honey Ways to Include Honey into your Diet

There’s probably no sweeter or prettier natural food source found on earth than honey. Ever since prehistoric people first raided a beehive to collect the translucent amber liquid (paying for their sweet treat with numerous bee stings) history has found ways to use the substance for more than merely food. Honey is a soothing remedy … Continue reading →

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Common Spices used in Vietnamese Cooking

Vietnamese cooking is known for its exotic blend of flavors which combine spicy, sour, salty, sweet and bitter elements. These flavors are often used in conjunction, creating unique Vietnamese dishes. There are some common spices used to create these flavors. The two most prevalent are ginger and garlic. Lemon grass, kaffir lime and cinnamon are … Continue reading →

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About collecting and eating stinging nettles

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) grow all over the world. They are sometimes the bane of fishermen, hunters, hikers and people just out sightseeing. Very few who have brushed against a stinging nettle will forget the experience. Yet, stinging nettle is one of the most flavorful of wild plants, and it is extremely high in iron … Continue reading →

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English Tea Sandwiches

The tradition of the English tea time goes back to the Seventh Duchess of Bedford who lived in the nineteenth century. Supper was not until 9:00 p.m. and the Duchess, while visiting the 5th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle, got hungry in between times, so she ordered bread, cakes, and tea every afternoon, eating … Continue reading →

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Easy appetizer dips, spreads and finger foods

Fresh flavours in bite sizes, easy appetizers are a hit in any occasion or event that even hints of the word “party.” Finger foods — like cayenne pepper-spiced baked sweet potato fries, baked cheese rolls made with low-fat white cheddar, jalapeños and sweet bell peppers, and kale chips with fruit dips made of puréed fruits … Continue reading →

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Cool down with an Icepops how to and 10 new Flavor Combinations

As the mercury climbs to meet the sun and even the shade offers little relief, everyone is looking for ways to cool down and enjoy the moment before being unceremoniously thrust back into the bitter dark of winter. This is also a time for remembering summers past. The times of no school and endless outdoor … Continue reading →

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Common Ingredients in Indian Cookery

Indian cookery relies on a variety of spices and herbs, but that doesn’t mean that all Indian food is spicy. Often the spices create a delicate flavour that helps to bring out the underlying nuances in the food. Here are some of the common ingredients Indian mothers and chefs rely on, along with their Indian … Continue reading →

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