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    Bread,  Breakfast,  Desserts,  Food For Better Health,  Healthy Eating,  Recipes

    Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Yes, it is true  – certain kinds of chocolate actually have health benefits. Cocoa beans, like all seeds, are rich in nutrients that support the plant during development. They are especially rich in saturated fats, which contribute to high cholesterol levels and heart disease. However, cocoa butter contains a particular fatty acid, that our bodies immediately convert into unsaturated fat. Therefore, chocolate is NOT thought to pose a risk for heart disease, in fact, cocoa is very rich in antioxidant compounds, which accounts for about 8% of the weight of cocoa powder. The higher the cocoa solids content of chocolate, the higher the antioxidant content. Any added sugar, milk, or…

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    Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Recipes

    4 Kitchen Tips for Holiday Entertaining

    ***this post contains affiliate links Tis the season for holiday entertaining and for us home cooks, that means wonderful aromas being concocted in our kitchens. But don’t be stressed out! In a previous post, 5 Non-Food Thanksgiving Dinner Tips, I mentioned a few things to remember, when hosting a large crowd for a meal. I also created a free strategic dinner party planner, which includes step-by-step, day-by-day how to plan ahead and be prepared for any group dinner event, at your home. However, this post is going to discuss a few items essential to cooking top-quality dishes your guest will love. Follow these tips to relieve yourself of some of…

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    Desserts,  Entertaining at Home,  Main Course,  Pork,  Vegetables

    Creating a Dinner Party Strategy

    My hubby and I are getting settled into our dream house and after three months, we decided to host our very first dinner party, which means creating a dinner party strategy. He has a rather large family, spread out between several states; therefore, all of us only gather twice or so, each year. Because Christmas is so crazy, this clan celebrates Christmas in January. Creating Your Dinner Party Strategy In the past, hosting a large party would totally stress me out for weeks!  However, for this event, I was gonna make sure things were different. I want to share with you a few things which made my life, so much…

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    How NOT to Make Lemon Meringue Pie

    As you might know, my husband is in the horticulture business.  A couple of weeks ago, he brought home some lemons.  Not ordinary lemons.  These lemons were bigger than my fist. Celebrating Thanksgiving a weekend early, I decided to attempt my first Lemon Meringue Pie.  I searched several recipe books, most of which only used a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. Having these enormous lemons, I needed a recipe requiring a significant amount of juice. Cook’s County to the rescue.  Their recipe for Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie requires an entire cup of freshly squeezed juice, plus some lemon zest. After some research, I discovered Lemon Meringue Pie is best…

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    History of the delicious, creamy milkshake

    So today, I am not feeling very well.  Fighting a sinus infection.  So, what do I discover…it is CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE DAY and it is my favorite food in the world! I have long since thought, sinus issues and drinking milk were a big “no-no.”  However, as I found in this article, researched published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease,” disputes this as myth; finding no correlation with milk consumption and the increase of sinus mucus. Milk and other dairy products are often blamed for additional production of mucus that can cause sinus problems but this may by a myth. A study published in “The American Review of Respiratory Disease”…