How to Prepare a High Tea

How to Prepare a High Tea

High tea should not be confused with afternoon tea even though it is often served at a similar time of the day. The latter is little more than a glorified snack, consisting of, maybe, a couple of small sandwiches or scones, and a cake, designed to provide a stop-gap between lunch and dinner. High tea, on the other hand, is far more substantial; so much so, that it can usually replace dinner as the main meal. I say usually, because in the past, particularly in certain areas of Britain, high…

How to Make a Great Gourmet Gift Basket

How to Make a Great Gourmet Gift Basket

Nothing says, “You’re special!” more than a gourmet gift basket. Make it yourself and that message goes double. The idea of taking the time, energy and thought to create a basket simply has to make it more meaningful. The adjective gourmet, however, generally identifies above average items. The wise gift-basket maker will keep his/her budget limitations in mind. Doing it yourself doesn’t always mean less expensive. In fact, if the creator gets carried away, the opposite can happen. Any gift basket should be appropriate to the receiver. Keep in mind…

How to use a Pizza Stone

How to use a Pizza Stone

If you are a pizza aficionado, then you probably know that nothing compares to the crispy crust made on a pizza stone. A pizza stone is an ideal cooking tool as heat is equally distributed to the entire pizza while moisture from dough and other ingredients is effectively evaporated. Most home ovens do not have the ability to reach ultra high temperatures to make the extra crispy pizza crust and hot bubbling toppings like those prepared on the best pizzerias. A pizza stone can be purchased to almost any retail…

How to Cook Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

How to Cook Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

So you want to make pulled pork in a crock pot?  This interest defines you as a person of taste and discrimination. If you are already familiar with pulled pork, you know that it is a specialty of the southeastern US.  And if you already know the difference between GOOD pulled pork and not, you likely have dined within a short distance of Lexington, NC, off I85.  We call it barbecue. Your preference for which sauce should dress your barbecue will put you in conflict with at least two other…

How to Cook Healthy Foods

How to Cook Healthy Foods

The concept of how to cook healthy foods is one which can very much be considered from two different vantage points or perspectives. One can either consider by which means one is best advised to cook foodstuffs which are considered healthy, or alternatively, one can consider how to cook foodstuffs in general by what are considered healthy methods. There will naturally be considerable overlap in the two but it is definitely worth looking at the question from both different angles. How to cook healthy foods in a literal sense may…

History of Microwave Ovens

History of Microwave Ovens

In late 1966, my sister-in-law stood in front of my parents newly-purchased microwave oven. We were all in awe of this new technology and my parents were pleased to be one of the first owners of this amazing machine. “Careful,” my husband joked to my sister-in-law. “You may never be able to have children.” “It’s too late,” she replied, and with that we knew that an addition to the family was on the way. That “addition,” now 41 years old, has a microwave oven in her kitchen as does nearly…

History of Friendlys Restaurant Chain

History of Friendlys Restaurant Chain

In 1935, at the height of the Depression, two young men borrowed $547 from their parents and began what would become a huge hit up and down the East Coast of the United States. Curtis and Prestley Blake, aged 18 and 20, opened an ice cream shoppe in Springfield, MA. They named it Friendly Ice Cream to evoke images of the caring, warm, friendly place they wanted to build. For the first four days they served their home made ice cream in cups but soon switched to the double scoop…

How to Cook Cabbage

How to Cook Cabbage

Cabbage should be brightly coloured, taste fresh and flavourful and have a distinctive bite to the leaves and crunchiness to the stalks. Pointed cabbage, Savoy and white cabbage all taste delicious when married up with flavour partners such as caraway seeds, cracked black pepper or cardamom. As a side dish it’s hard to beat. My favourite recipe for cooked cabbage is to roughly chop any type of cabbage, Savoy is good this way, pop it into a steamer which is up to heat and cook with a sprinkling of caraway…

How to Find Cheap but Good Wines

How to Find Cheap but Good Wines

Some Surprising Facts About Australian Wines. It’s true that real sommeliers don’t often think Australian wines when considering the finest vineyards in the world. However, believe it or not, Australia is the fourth-largest exporter of wine in the world, with some 105 million gallons of wine exported per year. That’s over 400,000,000 liters, for you non U.S. readers! And with as many liters they export, Australians also typically consume just as much wine themselves as they export! Obviously there must be something high-quality about the wines from Australia if there…

High Calorie Desserts Top 10 Desserts

High Calorie Desserts Top 10 Desserts

What are indulgent desserts? The most fattening desserts which often have large amounts of calories and cream.  1. Sticky Toffee Pudding A rich, moist sponge that oozes with sticky toffee sauce. Accompanied with vanilla ice cream, pouring cream or custard. It may also be made with raisins, pecans or dates.   2. Melt in the middle chocolate pudding It is a light chocolate sponge pudding which once broken into oozes with hot chocolate sauce. It can be accompanied with pouring cream or ice cream. 3. Lemon Cheesecake A dessert made…