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You may not be able to have your cake and eat it too, but you can certainly learn how to make one!Gone are the days when cakes were considered a luxury. These days cakes are part and parcel of every day life, finding their way into Sunday dinner, church socials, and birthdays. Most of us think that gourmet cakes are hard to make, but that notion is incorrect. Gourmet cakes are one of the easiest deserts to make. Just go to a search-engine like Google or Yahoo, and typ...

Gourmet Cakes

Gourmet CakesYou may not be able to have your cake and eat it too, but you can certainly learn how to make one!Gone are the days when cakes were considered a luxury. These days cakes are part and parcel of every day life, finding their way into Sunday dinner, church socials, and birthdays. Most of us think that gourmet cakes are hard to make, but that notion is incorrect. Gourmet cakes are one of the easiest deserts to make. Just go to a search-engine like Google or Yahoo, and type in "elegant Gourmet cake recipes." Click the button and you'll find numerous sites offering recipes like ice cream cakes, walnut mud-cake, pear and raspberry cake, Sydney mud-cake, Russian cheesecake, Bailey's marbled cheesecake, chocolate peanut-butter cheesecake, just to name a few. I think most of us know that by using crock-pots, you can make quick and easy dishes in the morning that are ready for you when you get home from work. How mundane. But for something truly sublime, you should try one of the great recipes for ice-cream cakes.Ice cream cakes are considered a gourmet cakes since they are something special. They are a perfectly blended rich ice-cream with smooth frosting and moist cake. You cake make one of these masterpieces with just a little bit of imagination and some store-bought ingredients. When you go for shopping for the ingredients for this cake, pick up fresh chocolate as garnish, fresh fruit, frozen whipped topping, your favorite flavor of ice-cream, and some angel food cake. After getting all of your ingredients, put the ice cream and cake in the freezer for about two hours. You should thaw the frozen whipped topping on the counter for at least 30 minutes just prior to starting. Now slice the fresh fruit and shave the chocolate into attractive pieces to garnish the top of the cake. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and thaw it for thirty minutes. Now remove the cake from the freezer and slice it into three pieces, horizontally.To produce your wonderful gourmet ice-cream cake, stir the ice cream with a wooden spoon until it becomes smooth and creamy. Now spread the ice cream between the layers of cake. Once you have finished the assembling the layers, frost the exterior and top of the layers with the whipped topping. Now garnish the cake with the fruit slices and/or chocolate.Put the cake back into the freezer until you are ready for your dinner. This recipe for gourmet ice-cream cake is sure to please your friends and family, and makes for the perfect finish for dinner.

Hanging Tapestries - The Right Way To Do It

Hanging Tapestries - The Right Way To Do It

In contrast to a framed print, each tapestry is made on the loom separately and it is because they are made individually that there may be differences in the weave, hanging undulations and moreover, they may not be square in shape.Several of the concluding jobs are done by people, who specialize in tapestry, on pieces, which are obtained immediately from the loom. Afterwards, these wall decors are completed using hands by including linens, rod pockets and borders so that they can be hanged without much trouble. Some tapestries may also have tabs or loops (not necessary for the purpose of hanging). The cushion is then completed by wrapping or covering it with velvet backing, which are available in five colors, along with a concealed zip fastener and matching piping.Hanging tapestries with rod pockets can be done by in a number of methods.First chop of a particular length of round rod of wood. Now you put in tiny cup-hooks in to both the ends of the rod and then you place them over tiny picture hook pins. Now isnt this a simple, fast and cheap method?You can also buy a metal rod along with finials from an interior store or a local drapery shop. You can hang the tapestry off the wall by making use of the brackets given. Moreover, you can also hang the rod over two nails on the wall hammered at a forty-five degree angle. You may also include a pair of cords with tassels to both sides if you wish to link the tapestry to your present decoration. You may want to make use of this technique in case your tapestry has hanging loops by placing the rod above the tapestry on the wall.However, in case your tapestry is not lined then you can frame it like you frame a manuscript or a good painting.

Wolfberry: The Worlds Most Nutritious Food?

Wolfberry: The Worlds Most Nutritious Food?

For a berry with such an intimidating name, the wolfberry certainly has a lot going for it. Wolfberry comes from the Mandarin name Gou qi zi (goo-chee-zee), a red berry from the Solanaceae nightshade family that includes tomato, eggplant, chili pepper, and potato.In popular English, gou qi zi (literally wolf+ energy+ berry) has become goji. For at least 2000 years, the wolfberry has grown wild in China and been used in common recipes and traditional Chinese medicine. Eighteenth century Chinese farmers nicknamed gou qi zi wolfberry when they saw wolves feasting among the berry-laden vines during late summer at prime harvest time. Smart mammals!The Chinese revere the wolfberry as a national treasure regarded as among the most nutrient-dense of the nations plants. This premise has stimulated scientific investigation about its potential health benefits and systematic cultivation, commercialization, and now increasing export to first-world countries mainly in Europe and the US.A significant source of macronutrientsThe wolfberry contains significant amounts of our bodys daily macronutrient needs, including carbohydrates, proteins, fat and dietary fiber. The content of a wolfberry consists of 68% carbohydrates, 12% proteins, and 10% each of fiber and fat, giving a total caloric value of 370 per 100-gram serving.Soybean, another ancient Chinese plant often touted as one of the worlds most complete foods, is comparable across macronutrients. Although wolfberries and soybeans are similar in macronutrient content, wolfberries provide a significantly higher source of calories as energy from carbohydrates (soybeans = 173 calories). Blueberries, by contrast, do not have as much macronutrient or caloric value.The wolfberry seeds are equally beneficial, and contain polyunsaturated fats like linoleic (omega-6) and linolenic (omega-3) acids.The wolfberrys big story on micronutrientsWolfberrys diverse and high concentration of micronutrients has earned it accolades as an exceptional health food. At least 11 essential minerals, 22 trace minerals, 7 vitamins and 18 amino acids define its extraordinary micronutrient richness, with examples below:1.Calcium: The primary constituent of teeth and bones, calcium also has a diverse role in soft tissues where it is involved in cardiac, neuromuscular, enzymatic, hormonal, and transport mechanisms across cell membranes. Wolfberries and soybeans contain 112 mg and 102 mg of calcium per 100 grams serving, respectively, providing about 8-10% of our required daily intake.2.Potassium: An essential electrolyte and enzyme cofactor, dietary potassium can lower high blood pressure. By giving us about 24% our daily needs, (1132 mg/100 grams), wolfberries are an excellent source of potassium, providing more than twice the amount than soybeans.3.Iron: An oxygen carrier in hemoglobin, iron also is a cofactor for enzymes involved in numerous metabolic reactions. When intake is deficient, low iron levels cause iron deficiency anemia, a condition that affects millions of children worldwide. Wolfberrys exceptional iron content is twice that provided by soybeans, often regarded as the best plant source of iron.4.Zinc: Essential for making proteins, DNA and the functions of more than 100 enzymes, zinc is involved in critical cell activities such as membrane transport, repair and growth, especially in infants. The zinc found in wolfberries (2 mg/100 grams) has a high content (double the amount of soybeans), that meet 20% of our daily requirements.5.Selenium: Sometimes called the antioxidant mineral, selenium is often included in supplements. Selenium has unusually high concentration in wolfberries (50 micrograms/100 grams), almost enough for our daily dietary intake, and much more than blueberries and soybeans, which contain 8 micrograms or less per 100 grams.6.Riboflavin (vitamin B2): An essential vitamin supporting energy metabolism, riboflavin is needed for synthesizing other vitamins and enzymes. A daily wolfberry serving (1.3 micrograms) provides the complete daily requirement for our bodies, whereas soybeans and blueberries contain only trace levels of this important mineral.7.Vitamin C: A universal antioxidant vitamin protecting other antioxidant molecules from free radical damage, the vitamin C content in wolfberries (20 mg/100 grams) is comparable to an equal weighting of fresh oranges, blueberries or soybeans.PhytochemicalsWolfberries contain dozens of phytochemicals whose health-enhancing properties are under scientific study. Three phytochemicals of particular interest include:Beta-carotene: A carotenoid pigment in orange-red foods like wolfberries, pumpkins, carrots and salmon, beta-carotene is important for synthesis of vitamin A, a fat-soluble nutrient and antioxidant essential for normal growth, vision, cell structure, bones and teeth and healthy skin. Wolfberrys beta-carotene content per unit weight (7 mg/100 grams) is among the highest for edible plants.Zeaxanthin: Wolfberries are an extraordinary source for this carotenoid that plays an important role as a retinal pigment filter and antioxidant. Wolfberries contain 162 mg/100 grams.Polysaccharides: Long-chain sugar molecules characteristic of many herbal medicines like mushrooms and roots, polysaccharides are a signature constituent of wolfberries, making up 31% of pulp weight in premium quality wolfberries. Polysaccharides are a primary source of fermentable fiber in our bodys intestinal system. During colonic metabolism, fermentable or soluble fibers yield short-chain fatty acids which are known to:1.Improve the health of the colon epithelial lining2.Enhance mineral uptake3.Stabilize blood glucose levels4.Lower pH and reduce colon cancer risk5.Stimulate immune functionsPolysaccharides are also known to help in antioxidant activity and defending against threatening oxidants.Functional Food and Beverage ApplicationsWolfberries, which are prized for their color and nut-like taste, are cultivated for a variety of food and beverage applications within China. In addition, an increasingly amount is also used for export as dried berries, juice and powders of pulp. Not surprising, a major effort is underway in Ningxia, China to process wolfberries for functional wine.Despite no hard evidence from clinical research, the myths of wolfberrys traditional health benefits endure, including positive effects related to:LongevityAphrodisiaAnalgesiaAntiviral conditionsImmune-stimulating propertiesMuscular strengthEnergyVision healthIn laboratory and preliminary human research to date, wolfberries have shown potential benefits against:Cardiovascular and inflammatory diseasesSome forms of cancerDiabetesPremature agingMemory deficitsVision degenerationLung disordersOther diseases of oxidative stressSummaryAlthough not adequately demonstrated yet in published research, a synergy of antioxidant carotenoids (primarily beta-carotene and zeaxanthin) with polysaccharides suggest that wolfberries are an exceptionally rich antioxidant food source.Micronutrient density, combined with key health phytochemicals like carotenoids and polysaccharides, give wolfberries their remarkable nutritional qualities. All things considered, its no wonder this berry is vying for honors as the most nutritious plant food on Earth.Expand your health horizons, try wolfberries!ReadingWolfberry data from independent contract laboratories, courtesy of Rich Nature Nutraceutical Labs, Seattle; blueberries and soybeans, Worlds Healthiest Foods, http://www.whfoods.comGross PM, Zhang X, Zhang R. Wolfberry: Natures Bounty of Nutrition and Health, Booksurge Publishing, North Charleston, 2006, ISBN 1-4196-2048-7Copyright 2006 Berry Health Inc.

The Coffee Making Machine

The Coffee Making Machine

In this ever-changing world where we can hardly keep pace with technology, its no wonder that many of us take the strides made in simple home appliances for granted. Those things we use every day our stove, refrigerator, toaster, not to mention the existence of our dishwater and microwave are rarely given a second thought. And for those coffee addicts among us who trudge into the kitchen every morning and hit the switch to start the brew (if it hasnt already done it for us) hardly think about the advancement of the coffee making machine over the years.It is said that the very first coffee making machine originated in Paris, France in the early 1800s. This particular model was the first in a long line of percolators and replaced the method of boiling water separately. In the 1960s the coffee maker industry began marketing their new automatic drip model similar to what we use today.Todays coffee making machine comes in varieties that its predecessors would never have believed. Our preference for a particular coffee making machine is as unique as our preference for a particular coffee. As with anything else, we stick with what we like and well often go to great lengths to find it.Luckily we dont have far to go. Between the large retail chains that make their homes in our neighborhoods, and the small home specialty stores, were likely to find our favorite coffee making machine around every turn. For those wanting to experiment or explore the newest models with all the bells and whistles, the Internet can be a great place to start the search.Online resources give us access to comprehensive consumer reports that rate all manner of home appliances, the coffee making machine among them. You will find detailed reports on most all brands from their popularity and price to their performance. This can be a tester ground of sorts when youre looking to try out a new model.When seeking the perfect coffee making machine for you, keep size considerations in mind. There are some models that while including all the extras come in a size not made for every kitchen counter. Take the time to examine each model before settling on just one.The true coffee lover can not go a day without coffee. The home coffee making machine is as important to us as anything else in our homes. Explore all thats out there in the world of coffee making and youre sure to find just the coffee making machine to fit your needs.

Enjoying Chai Tea The World Over

Tea is one of the common threads that unite a myriad of cultures; what is a morning jolt of caffeine or a ritual afternoon respite for some, may be a traditional ceremony for others. Regardless of the purpose it serves, tea has been a constant in society for centuries. The different flavors of tea have changed and evolved but the love for it has remained the same.Having made its appearance more frequently on many a restaurant menu, Chai tea named for the Hindi word for tea itself has reached a popularity of huge proportions making it a favorite staple for tea enthusiasts everywhere. In fact, in India, Chai tea has reached a pinnacle of popularity that has surpassed even coffee.The tea that is commonly referred to as Chai tea in most cultures is a tea infused with a variety of spices; its taste is unique and easily recognized. The people of India have a variety of recipes they use to make Chai tea and recipes are handed down from generation to generation. The strength and combination of the spices is what makes each Chai tea recipe unique.All Chai tea recipes begin with a strong black tea as its base. Added to this is heavy milk or cream followed by a variety of spices. The spices used in Chai tea vary according to the particular region from where the Chai tea derives but some particular spices that are normally associated with Chai tea are cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger. Finally, sugar, honey, molasses or a combination of some or all is added to the Chai tea to sweeten the beverage.Chai tea can be found in a multitude of shops and restaurants around the world. But for those who are willing to experiment you can make your own delicious Chai tea at home that reflects the combination of tea, milk, spices, and sweetener that most suits you.No matter whether you prepare or purchase your Chai tea, the result is the same a soothing beverage that can bring peace, relaxation, and joy with every cup.

How To Buy Maine Lobster Wholesale For A Restaurant Or Party

If you own a restaurant or are having a large family get together, serving lobsters for dinner isnt as expensive as you think. While a fancy restaurant might charge 30-40 dollars a plate, you can order live Maine lobster for as little at 6 or 7 dollars a pound! The first step is finding a distributor. The Maine lobster industry is regulated by the state and remains for the most part family owned and operated. This is a good thing! While most large corporate distributors wouldnt waste their time dealing with a small order, a family run lobster pound will most likely bend over backwards to obtain your business. You can easily find a good lobster distributor using a search engine such as Yahoo or Google. I would use keywords such as wholesale lobster or wholesale live lobster. This will return a myriad of results, some better than others. Look for a lobster distributor who welcomes small orders. Many places will have a page devoted to wholesale inquires. Just submit an email and leave your name and number, along with how much lobster you want to order. Someone should return you email and give you price quote. When you get the price quote, make sure it is broken down by pounds of lobster and shipping cost. Shipping can be rather expensive, so dont be shocked if it is several hundred dollars. Most distributors give two options for shipping. FedEx/UPS or Air Freight. FedEx/UPS is great because it is delivered right to your front door even on the weekend. This convenience comes at a cost, shipping 100 pounds overnight through FedEx will cost you over 200 dollars. FedEx should be used when your total weight is low, or you are unable to use air freight.The second option, Air Freight, is much less expensive, but also less convenient. The lobster distributor will pack up your lobster and drive them to a local airport. The lobsters will be placed on an airplane and flown to an airport close to you. Most often you will be required to pick up the lobsters at the airport. Air freight will cost you between 50 and 75 cents per pound. So to ship 100 pounds may only cost 50-75 dollars, much less then if you used FedEx or UPS. Your lobsters will arrive in a large box packed with ice packs and special pads to old in ocean water. Lobster should be placed in refrigeration with the box open to the air. You should plan to have your lobster delivered on the day you wish to serve them.

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You may not be able to have your cake and eat it too, but you can certainly learn how to make one!Gone are the days when cakes were considered a luxury. These days cakes are part and parcel of every day life, finding their way into Sunday dinner, church socials, and birthdays. Most of us think that gourmet cakes are hard to make, but that notion is incorrect. Gourmet cakes are one of the easiest deserts to make. Just go to a search-engine like Google or Yahoo, and typ...