Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Look at Crystallized Flowers

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Have you ever been to a restaurant and had your plate adorned with crystallized flowers? These are often found in the best restaurants and can be used in drinks, desserts, jellies, soups, salads, and any number of delightful dishes.
Crystallized flowers in the form of candied violets first became popular in the Victorian era. Today, many other different crystallized flowers are created by confectioners. So how do crystallized flowers get created?
First, beautiful plants and flowers are soaked in a solution of egg whites and sugar. These delicate crystallized flowers are then allowed to dry with the vibrant colors remaining intact. Then they are placed on those beautiful dishes for a special and elegant touch of whimsy.
In addition to crystallized flowers, you may also see microgreens being used to enhance the loo (more…)

25 Feb 2014

State-of-the-Art Home Grow Cabinets

Grow box

Gardening has been a top 10 hobby in the United States for many decades. If not for technology increasing interest in sedentary hobbies, gardening might still be a top five hobby. Despite the fact that gardening is less popular than what it was a generation ago, millions of Americans continue to look forward to the peak growing months.

If there were a downside to gardening, it is probably the fact that growing seasons exist, because this limits the time that gardening aficionados spend reaping and sowing. This is particularly true in states with temperate climates, as the peak growing season is only about three to four months long. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be the case, because the best home grow cabinets allow gardening fanatics to enjoy their favorite hobby all year round, and without even leavin (more…)

22 Feb 2014

Finding the Best Stone Crab Claws

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Many people enjoy savoring the best stone crab claws they can find. If you are planning on having a delicious dinner for friends or family, include some of the best stone crab claws and you will be guaranteed that your guests will enjoy themselves.
The best stone crab claws are large and strong enough to break oyster shells and are considered a delicacy. Florida stone crabs are know for their sweet, meaty claws. These are in season from October 15 through May 15, and come in three sizes, medium, large, and jumbo. These crab claws are usually in high demand because of a limited supply, due to the fact they are only harvest along the Gulf Coast.
You can serve the best stone crab claws many different ways, although the most popular are with melted butte (more…)

21 Feb 2014

The Importance of Commercial Kitchen Maintenance

Drawings and plans for any kitchen design

Commercial kitchens generally include industrial grade dishwashers that require a specific kind of maintenance and repair. WIth that said, commercial kitchen maintenance is far more important than regular kitchen maintenance because it involves so many more people. Commercial kitchens refer to professional kitchens which produce food for mass amounts of people. If a restaurant kitchen isn’t cleaned properly, it puts restaurant patrons at risk of contracting food-borne illnesses.

Things like commercial kitchen design and commercial kitchen repair matter as well. Many commercial kitchens invest in commercial kitchen wall cladding, which help with insulation and keep the thi (more…)

18 Feb 2014

What You May Not Have Known About Hummus

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For anyone who has enjoyed aroma of roasted garlic hummus dip wafting from the kitchen, they may be surprised to learn that hummus, which is now a dominant force in the spreads and dips industry, was not always the refrigerator powerhouse it is today. It was first introduced to the United States in the mid 1960s and 1970s but was somewhat cast aside as a heath food and relegated to the shelves of small health food stores throughout the country. This was most likely due to the nutritional value found in the average hummus dip. The traditionally Middle Eastern spread which is made of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and salt, is said to have a percentage of the recommended daily intake (more…)

17 Feb 2014

Five Facts Every Pizza Lover Should Know About Pizza

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Pizza: although it originated outside of the United States, it’s one of the most popular Italian foods in the country. It’s the favorite food of students, families, party hosts, offices in need of lunch catering, and anyone looking for fast food delivery at all hours of the day and evening. Plenty of pizza places offer discounted pizza deals and delivery services for their customers to give them the best food and service their money can buy. Many Italian restaurants and pizza places also serve dishes such as pasta, salads, and other Italian foods. Check online and in your local newspaper for pizza deals and other coupons to experience these foods for yourself.

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12 Feb 2014

Looking to Make Your Own Moonshine?

Moonshine whiskey recipe

Did you know the term “moonshine” was actually developed by British Settlers to describe various tasks that had to be completed at night? Today, moonshine generally refers to homemade alcohol, and by and large, there are many ways to make moonshine at home. However, distilling at home generally requires more than home distillery kits and moonshining equipment and supplies.

Anyone who knows how to distill whiskey at home knows how difficult it can be. Interestingly, in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States, the creation of moonshine is still immensely popular. With that said, making your own moonshine is a creative, cost-effective way to create unique whiskey.

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06 Feb 2014