The Peanut Allergy Problem

More than 3 million people in America have a peanut allergy which translates into 1 out of every 90 people or 1.10% of the population. The peanut allergy problem continues to grow. Peanuts are a dietary protein that’s very cheap and generally in its purest form is peanut butter. Yet it has become one of the most common foods for allergies. Unfortunately peanuts are finding there way into many different foods and trace amounts are also entering the food chain from varying angles which is making the peanut allergy problem worse. Because of the seriousness of these allergies foods are not warning that trace amount of peanuts may be in the product while other products are going for the market …

The Good And Bad Of Coffee

There have been so many studies over the last twenty-five years about the effects of coffee that many people are confused about the real results. For a few decades, we were told that coffee drinking was unhealthy, and now more recent studies tell us that is not true. Over 400 million cups of coffee are consumed per day in the world, so of course, this is an important issue. The main problem is the caffeine in coffee. Caffeine is a mild stimulant, and therefore raises blood pressure and can increase heart rate. This was of concern to earlier researchers; today, researchers think the effect is so mild and short lived as to be negligible. In fact, we are actually hearing …

Tea Drinking In The United States

Traditionally, the marketplace for loose leaf tea drinkers in the United States has been limited. Although loose leaf tea was extremely popular in colonial times, the consumption of loose leaf tea gradually changed and recently the American market for tea has been generally confined to iced tea and tea in bags. Loose leaf tea was introduced to America at the same time of introduction to Europe. As early as 1650 Dutch traders were active in the tea trade and Peter Stuyvesant, as an early governor of the New York colony, brought the first tea to New York. Loose leaf tea was so popular in colonial New York that at one time the small colony consumed more loose leaf tea than …

Red Grapes Are Not Just For Jelly!

As a continuation to, “White Grapes are as Different as Apples and Oranges,” red grapes are very much the same. Sometimes it is hard to believe that one small piece of fruit can vary so much. Even though there are dozens upon dozens of varieties of red grape, the following is a short list of what I feel are the major red varieties. Pinot Noir Pinot Noir originates in Burgundy but can also call places such as Tasmania and New Zealand home and is often considered to be the lightest of all the red grape varieties. Flavours and aromas again can vary but usually are reminiscent of raspberry and strawberry while having spicy and earthy aromas. Because of the variety …

Reasons For You To Eat Whatever You Please

In the past, I had trouble naming one specific favorite food of mine. Today though, I tend to love pizza best. However, for those who have trouble answering this question I think it is fair to say that they can at least point out a broader area of cuisine they prefer, such as Italian, Mexican, American…you get the idea. In our society today, we are fortunate to have a vast array of food choices before us, which makes it all the more easier finding a great place to eat out. America is becoming a nation of obese people not because we are lazy – not in the least. It is the wide ranging food choices and the portions they are …

Tagines From Morocco Find Their Way To Us Dinner Tables And Kitchens

Tagines is one of the popular North African dishes consumed mostly in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Also known as Tajine or mispronounced Tangines, this North African specialty has traveled all the way across the Atlantic to the kitchens in the US. Moroccan tagines are being served increasingly in specialty food or fast food restaurants all across the United States and has become quite popular. Tagines are not just the name of the food but also the pot in which they are cooked. Tagine pots are made purely from terra cotta and have a shallow rimmed base. The lid of the tagines is usually conical in shape. The bottom of the pot is always glazed from the inside and this is …

History Of The Espresso

There is nothing great than sipping a hot cup of coffee in the chilly mornings. It simply feels great having the espresso. Yes, we are talking espresso, which is one of the most famous and preferred coffee types across the globe. Well, since we started talking about espresso, why not take a brief sneak peek into its history and what exactly it is. What do you say? Basically espresso is a flavorful and strong coffee beverage prepared when hot water is forced under a high pressure and made to pass through finely ground coffee beans. The color of the coffee is typically dark brown with brown/red colored foam on the top. Espresso is commonly served in small portions. Unlike other …

Personalized Tea Bags Offer Quality And Convenience For Tea Drinkers At Home, In The Office And While Traveling

Loose leaf tea is all about quality but it is often not as convenient to use as tea bags particularly at the office or when traveling. For those tea drinkers who enjoy the finest loose leaf teas however, there is now a way to easily prepare their own bagged tea without sacrificing quality and the enjoyment associated with brewing quality tea. There is no doubt that tea bags are convenient; they were after all invented for the American Tea Market and America is the cornerstone of convenience. In order to prepare bagged tea however, the CTC (“crush, tear, curl,”)method of processing is used primarily for lower-quality leaves. CTC processing is done by machine; its name is actually fairly descriptive. The …

Wine History – When the cork met the bottle

The role of the Church in the production and marketing of wine declined with the Reformation, particularly in northern Europe, but this did not convulse the wine world half as much as the discovery of the usefulness of corks about a century later. For the first time since the Roman empire, wine could now be stored and aged in bottles. Throughout the Middle Ages wine had been kept in casks which had presented a dual handicap: first, too long kept in wood could rob a wine of all its fruit; second, once the cask was opened the wine inevitably deteriorated unless drunk within a few days. The bottle, with its smaller capacity, solved the former problem by providing a neutral, …

How Saucy Do You Get?

More pasta or more sauce? That is the question. While renowned Italian chef Mario Batali announces pasta is king in his Serious Eats’ segment Mario Unclogged: How to Sauce Pasta, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman decides piling on the sauce is now the way to go. Batali claims that the sauce should be treated as a condiment to pasta, and should not interfere with the pasta itself. “What you want to eat when you eat a bowl of pasta is pasta,” he says defending Italy’s way of serving pasta and criticizing the American way as “overdressed.” On the contrary, Bittman’s recent health finds have spurred him to treat the sauce as the main event and the pasta as, …

How To Make Your Own Cider

People here in Chicago stepped outside this week to falling leaves, (rapidly) cooling temperatures, and that crisp scent in the air that could only mean one thing: Fall is really here. And with the brisk weather, falling leaves, and Halloween decorations comes another fall staple: apple cider. Yes, cider! That sometimes clear, sometimes murky, dry-or-sweet-or tart libation that Americans drank by the gallon before beer came along and screwed everything up. Yet despite its seasonal charm, and despite a recent surge in popularity (no doubt thanks to my tireless efforts), for some people this drink is still hard to find. That’s why I’ve put together this helpful guide. Whether you’re like me and lament the downfall of hard cider as …

Gourmet Wine Gift Baskets

Over the past few years the diet of the people living in Mediterranean area has come into focus and many people where surprised to learn the prominent role wine plays in keep us healthy. You can create a healthy gourmet wine gift basket based on the Mediterranean diet and give the wine lover on your list a taste of the wonderful assortment of Greek wines. Greece has a 6,000 year old wine tradition supported by mythology which attributes the origin of winemaking to Dionysus. Each of the local wines has a distinct identity and quality, which has been supported for the past 20 years by the formation of the Appellation d’ Origine Controlee (AOC). Wine producers in Greece have enjoyed …

All About Beer

Prohibitionists and other conservatives have long viewed beer as the devil’s brew. Beer itself isn’t so bad; it’s people that have given it a bad rap. When used in a controlled, social setting, beer is nothing more than a cold, refreshing break time treat. Rich History There is evidence that beer has been around almost along as history itself. Pre-historic man is said to have created beer before learning that grains could also be used to produce another dietary staple called “bread”. Noah is said to have stocked his ark with beer. Ancient Babylonian clay tables revealing recipes for beer date back to 4300 BC. Social Acceptance Clearly, beer has always been in important element in social gatherings. It’s a …

10 Reasons Why We Need To Clean Water

If your clean water dilemma is how to clean water marks from glass vases, you’re just touching the tip of this iceberg. If your water is clean, should it leave water marks on glass vases? SECRET: You can clean water marks from glass vases. I don’t guarantee this will work on every vase, and urge you to use these ideas at your own risk, but here they are. Mix equal parts of cold tea with vinegar, and dissolve a denture cleaner tablet in the mixture. Or fill the vase with water and drop in 2 Alka Seltzer tablets. Soak your vase overnight in either solution, rinse, and dry. Ten Reasons Why We Need to Clean Water 1. Clean water is …

10 Reasons Why We Need To Clean Water

If your clean water dilemma is how to clean water marks from glass vases, you’re just touching the tip of this iceberg. If your water is clean, should it leave water marks on glass vases? SECRET: You can clean water marks from glass vases. I don’t guarantee this will work on every vase, and urge you to use these ideas at your own risk, but here they are. Mix equal parts of cold tea with vinegar, and dissolve a denture cleaner tablet in the mixture. Or fill the vase with water and drop in 2 Alka Seltzer tablets. Soak your vase overnight in either solution, rinse, and dry. Ten Reasons Why We Need to Clean Water 1. Clean water is …

6 Totally Free Sonoma Wine Country, California Adventures

Get ready to discover all the exciting tourist attractions the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country in Northern California has to offer you… and they’re totally free.. yes FREE! 1. Drive Down America’s Most Beautiful Road California’s state route, called Highway 1, drives past one of the world’s longest and most beautiful coastlines. The cool waters of the Pacific ripple like diamonds under the golden sun. The refreshing breeze dances through the trees. All around you, you see clear, blue sky—calm, serene, and beautiful. No wonder it’s called the “All American Road.” Take a long drive, or stop at one of the many golden beaches for hours of sun, sea and surf. Get a tan, dive into the water, or settle with …