Lasagne – The Real Italian Dish

Do you think of lasagne as a sublime gourmet sensation or a stodgy school food staple? In Tuscany I’ve tasted exquisite layers of meltingly tender, fresh pasta fusing into a poem with creamy béchamel and a sparing distribution of rich ragù. This traditional meat sauce of central and northern Italy is made with finely minced beef and chicken livers or pancetta and simmered gently for hours until the flavours mellow. In spring the delicate pasta sheets have been layered with tender artichoke hearts, béchamel and ham, a marriage of delicate flavours to delight the most gourmet palate. Lasagna (having replaced its plural e with a singular a) is however a dish that has left home and travelled the world. It …

Lamb From Muzbi To Modern

What is your favorite lamb recipe? Chops? Shoulder? Leg? Steaks? Grilled? Baked? Marinated? Rubbed? Most of us run out of ways to prepare lamb before our mint jelly is finished. If young mutton ranks high on your list of preferences, you’ll be interested to know the Royal Cooks for the Mughal Empire in India were able to create a different preparation of lamb for each day of the year. That’s well over three hundred dishes—far more than today’s cooks would be able, or inclined, to create. Although other meat showed up in the Mughal cuisine, lamb was their meat of choice for both religious and geographical reasons. As Muslims they didn’t eat pork. Large quantities of beef were unavailable in …

Korean ‘cue

Barbecue! The searing heat of open flames, the tantalizing sizzle of cooking meat, the rising smoke that tells you that piece of beef has been on the grill just a bit too long. It’s iconic, it’s perfect for summer, it’s…happening in the middle of your table? Wait, what? These marinated scraps of short ribs and sirloin may be cooked on a charcoal grill, but that grill’s on your table and the meat’s managed with chopsticks. This ‘cue isn’t American, it’s Korean, and it’s causing quite a stir in cities all over the country. What started as a niche party dish in Korean districts and homes has grown into a gourmet trend, and even wine bars like Chicagoland’s Flight now serve …

Kona Coffee – Gold Of Hawaii

Kona coffee is a marketing name for coffee that comes from the Kona District of Hawaii. Pure Kona coffee is highly sought after all round the world. It has a richer flavor than others due to the location and environment they are cultivated. The land of Hawaii is rich with volcanic soil and is perfect for coffee growing. The afternoon clouds also provide a good cover for it to grow. These factors give Kona coffee its character, loved by many around the world. A Peek At History The first coffee plant was introduced to Kealakekua-Kona by Reverend Samuel Ruggles in 1828. It was not considered a viable agricultural commodity at that time until very much later. During the California gold …

Knowing Your Mezedes From Your Moussaka In Cyprus

From its Mezedes and Moussaka to its Shiftalies and its Souflakia, a journey through Cyprus is a gastronomic delight. No visit to this historical island is complete without sampling all of its delectable delicacies, each of which has a history of its own. Here are a few must-try dishes if Cyprus is on your vacation list. Meze One of the most famous of all Cypriot dishes, Meze or Mezedes is not just a dish but a way of life in Cyprus. Eaten ‘siga’ or slowly and shared among friends, a Meze is comprised of a rich assortment of about 20-30 delicious savories and appetizers that are served in saucer-like dishes. With names such as kaskavalli, koupepia (stuffed vine leaves), seftalia …

Knowing Australian Wines

Drink the wine that you like. Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Sometimes, however, we get so caught up in what is the right wine and what is the wrong wine that we forget the most important thing: we have taste! We have our own individual taste and love drinking the wine we love to drink. Sure, certain wines traditionally match certain foods and flavors, but ultimately you are the judge of what you like to drink, no matter what the enologists say! Australian wines are made from a careful perfection of fermentation and patience to produce great tasting wine. The country’s vast land produces different kinds of wines where tasting each wine makes it harder to believe that they were made …

Know The Real Alcoholics And Their Pewter Flasks Anywhere

They say alcohol is the devil’s best weapon against mankind. It’s not a surprise, considering the evils brought about by the potent liquid. Many crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol. Lives are ruined, dreams are shattered, and families are broken apart when alcohol is taken in irresponsibly in large quantities. But looking beyond the damage brought about by booze, alcohol can also be quite delightful, especially for those who take it seriously. Alcohol was the nectar taken with the ambrosia by the gods of Mount Olympus. Fine liquor tickles the senses and brings euphoria when consumed. True alcohol connoisseurs appreciate that fact, and with pewter flasks in hand, they would argue that alcohol is not as evil as …

K-mart Bottled Water – Really That Good?

K-Mart bottled water is said to be great, but is it? In early 2005, John Stossel of ABC News did a special report on bottled water. Stossel and his team talked to people about why they choose bottled water over tap water. Most said, of course, they chose bottled water because they consider it safer. Some chose bottled water because it tasted better. K-Mart bottled water entered the report when Stossel and his team ran a taste test. K-Mart bottled water, the discount brand American Fare, was pitted against New York City tap water and 4 better known, brand-name bottled waters. Many of the people who participated regularly rejected tap water for bottled water. They were sure they could tell …

Kitchen Table And Chairs – Every Kitchen Needs One

In today’s hectic world, it can be hard to find the time to spend with the people we love. Like, you have to take your son to baseball practice, your daughter to dance, and then grab your husband’s dry cleaning. Since your family’s life is so crazy, it is important to designate a chunk of time each day to be together and that is usually at the dinner table. So, you want that dinner time to be relaxing and to do that, it is essential to have a comfortable kitchen table and chairs set in place. There are many kitchen table and chairs sets to choose from so you can find the perfect one for your space and your family’s …

Kitchen Knife Basics: Maintenance For A Long Life

Owning a set of kitchen knives, regardless of their type, requires certain use and maintenance in order to keep them sharp and working correctly. Whether you invested in quality kitchen knives or own a set of discount knives, you will want to keep them sharp and handling well. The first rule of use for your kitchen knife is to be sure that your blade lands on a soft surface, such as wood or plastic, instead of a hard surface like ceramic or metal. Striking your kitchen cutlery against hard surfaces will rapidly dull the blade and hinder the performance of your kitchen knife, even if you are using high quality ceramic or stainless steel cutlery. It’s sometimes tempting to use …

Just Right: Storing and Serving Draft Beer

If you’ve been drinking beer for any amount of time you are probably aware of draft beer. People around the globe enjoy the cold sudsy beverage that comes from a keg and out of the beer taps. When stored and served right, it is a tasty and refreshing way to enjoy a cold beer. However, some problems can arise that can definitely take away from the quality and taste of your favorite beverage. The most important factor in proper draft care is the temperature of the beer. The proper temperature for storage and serving draft beer is 38 degrees Fahrenheit. If the keg falls above or below 38 F, the appearance, freshness, and most importantly, taste can be affected. Draft …

Itching to Taste a Good Beer? Do German!

One of the various things the German people are famous for is beer. With more than thirteen-hundred various breweries spread across the country, beer is a crucial piece of their culture and ancestry. The Czechs and the Irish are the only nations above the Germans as far as beer drinking per capita. The monks started to experiment with brewing around one-thousand A.D. back in the beginning of German history Eventually, brewing started to become very profitable for the monks and the country’s leaders started to regulate the production of the beer. The Bavarian Reinheitsgebot, or purity requirement, was written in fifteen-sixteen and remains the most prominent and significant factor to effect Germanic brewing. The Bavarian Reinheitsgebot was ordered by Duke …

Italian Wine Making

Every year it is very common for Italian wine to be at the top of the pile when it comes to good ranking, not the least of which ranks it as the biggest producer, exporter and consumer of wine in the world. If you consider that Italy is only a few hundred miles smaller than the state of California then this fact here is far more interesting. Even though Italy produces close to 8,000,000,000, bottles of wine every year, the vinters have kept to the same high quality standard of making wine that has a legacy of over 4,000 years. As a result of this Italy has some of the most unique and quality wines on the globe, as well …

Is Zrii Really A Chopra Center Endorsed Juice?

I couldn’t believe my ears! Could it really be? Would this be the company that brings credibility back into network marketing? You can imagine my reaction when I found out about a health juice called Zrii that just came into the MLM arena and is backed by the world famous Chopra Center! The Chopra Center has never endorsed a third party product before…let alone an mlm product. For those of you who don’t know about the Chopra Center, it is a world famous health and well-being facility co-founded by some of the world’s most recognized doctor’s, Deepak Chopra and David Simon. For a network marketing company to have a product endorsed by the Chopra Center…let’s just say I’ve never seen …

Is Green Tea Really Healthy?

For several years now, we’ve been hearing about how green tea can prevent many serious diseases, including cancer. As the evidence mounts, it can be hard to ignore the fact that green tea is a powerful way to protect your health. So, what is it about green tea that is creating so much attention? Well, it appears that the anti-oxidants in green tea are just as powerful as those in fruits and vegetables – possibly even more so. And, anti-oxidants are critical to preserving health and preventing disease. As we convert the foods we eat into energy, we create free radicals in our body that can damage our cells and our DNA if left unchecked. It is believed that unchecked …

Ingredient Profile: The Onion

Believe it or not, I actually hate onions in my food. Whenever I detect the sharp and pungent flavor of an onion in my meal, I cringe to myself a little and slowly pick through my food, trying to avoid the onions at all costs. So why am I writing an article about them? Well as it turns out, I’m alone in my opinion on onions…and the rest of you Americans and world-class citizens love the bulby oddities. So who am I to deny you an onion education -we wouldn’t want you crying over an onion, would we? Oh but you already have. So here’s my guide to the onion. I hope you find it helpful as we’ll go through …