Archive for December, 2009
Here is a recipe for an awesome southwest inspired omelet. In addition to the ingredients, you will need a spatula and a stainless steel saucepan. Cooks beware: this little omelet packs quite a kick!
½ cup shredded pepperjack cheese
1 chopped and seeded jalapeno
½ cup ground sausage
Tabasco, Salt, and fresh Pepper a Cilio pepper mill to taste
To start, spray your cookware with cooking spray (melting a little butter works too). Set your stove top on medium-high, and brown your sausage, adding in the chopped jalapeno after it has browned. Next add your 3 eggs, and cook them until they begin to solidify. Sprinkle your shredded cheese on one side, then as the eggs finish, flip the opposite side onto the cheesy side. Add a bit of Tabasco for extra spice, and be sure to have orange juice or milk handy!
Having your own coffee maker will not only save you time and money each morning, but it will also enhance your coffee drinking experience. Wake up every day to the smell of freshly brewed coffee! You can set the timer on your coffee machine and you are assured of a cup of sunshine every single day the moment you wake up. Your sense of smell will surely be excited by the aromas and tastes of fresh-brewed gourmet flavored coffee.
Bring this energizing treat to the office too! Instead of buying tasteless brews from a vending machine, you can bring your own special brew along and enjoy mug after mug of an invigorating drink. Don’t forget to bring your creamer and sweetener if you do not want your coffee black.
Some people say that coffee is an acquired taste like wine or beer. But just as some people never learn to like wine or beer, some people never learn to like coffee. Personally, I cannot imagine starting my days with anything other than a steaming cup of coffee from my Saeco espresso machine.
I really rely on the jolting effect of caffeine in the morning. My husband used to be one of those people who never liked coffee. Every time I would get him to try a sip he would feign gagging. But last Christmas my parents bought us a gift basket featuring vanilla flavored coffee and my husband actually liked it! I am so glad we can now enjoy coffee together in the mornings.
Like most coffee drinkers, I enjoy a pastry with my morning coffee. When I first started baking, my products were definitely lacking in flavor, but I didn’t know what was missing. My mother-in-law took a look at my recipes and said that I needed to add some salt to my baked goods and sweet dishes. While this sounded counterintuitive, she told me that a little salt will bring out the sweet flavors and make your mouth literally water. The next time I made my blueberry muffins, I whipped one of my salt mills, and the difference was palpable.
Revamped Blueberry Muffins
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 large egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the sugar, salt, flour, and baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine the liquid ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquid ingredients and blueberries. Mix with a fork until it forms a loose batter. Lightly coat a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the batter into the pan until the cups are 3/4 filled. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and the centers are firm. Recipe makes 12 servings.
If you are just starting out as a coffee drinker, then your palette has not developed repugnance for bad coffee. Coffee drinkers know the difference between quality and quantity. Like wine, beer or chocolate, there is a process to making coffee that starts from the original ingredients and continues with the producer’s specific preference for how to proceed.
The most important part of production is the environment and climate in which it was grown. Coffee grown in rich nutrient will be much better than coffee grown in bad soil; beans that are taken care of on the vine is tastier coffee. In order to ensure the best tasting cup of coffee in the morning, it is also crucial to take good care of your coffee maker. Use a decalcifier to eliminate calcium buildup, which will alter the flavor and slow down the brewing process.
Coffee roasting is an intensive process in which coffee is heated for up to 30 minutes at 370 to 540 F. Heat causes the chemical reactions that result in the characteristic coffee flavor. Each roaster has their preferences for how this is done. Some have a specific heating technology that they implement, using different types of mechanical roasters or relying on various wood types to give the coffee a special flavor.
The amount of time in which the coffee is roasted is another area of contention. From there, roasters cool coffee in different ways, either out in the open or in a container. Here too, time is a factor in sealing in specific flavors caused by the trapping and releasing of carbon dioxide and various acids. Try out a few different varietals to discover what you like for you home Solis espresso machine.
For over 50 years Marie During-Keller has been manufacturing Durgol, the premier cleaning product for coffee makers and espresso machines. As anyone with who brews their own coffee will tell you, it doesn’t take long for calcium deposits to buildup in the machine. When this happens, it will take longer to brew a cup of coffee and the decrease in quality is palpable.
Durgol solves this problem and, through continued use, will prevent future buildup. Many other cleaners have an acid or vinegar base and can contain additives that linger in your machine. Durgol, on the other hand, not only will not leave an acidic smell, but also works up to ten times faster than its rivals.
Comfort food is a mid-winter must. The cold weather makes people crave those filling comfort foods they grew up eating. Mashed potatoes and gravy, meatloaf, and spaghetti with meatballs are all cold weather classics. But why not take a more modern approach when cooking comfort foods? A favorite like pasta can be jazzed up by the addition of a couple non-traditional ingredients.
Bowtie Pasta With Bacon & Gorgonzola
~ 1 20 ounce bag of bowtie pasta
~ 1 cup of gorgonzola cheese crumbles
~ 3 tbsp. crumbled bacon
~ 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
~ 1 tbsp. olive oil
~ salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot boil water and add pasta. Cook for about ten minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta and pour it in a large mixing bowl. Add cheese, bacon, basil, pepper and fresh salt from a salt mill. Serve immediately in four medium-sized pasta bowls.
Coffee and cappuccino makers fixtures seem to be a fixture in nearly every American household. While most people drink coffee for the rich taste or a quick caffeine fix, there are, in fact, a plethora of health benefits associated with coffee.
~Caffeine reduces risk of skin cancer: Sorry, venti quaffers, this prevention method is topical. Lotions containing caffeine (both from coffee and green tea) have been shown to prevent the occurrence of cancerous tumors on the skin. This is obviously one of the better health benefits of coffee.
~Have a smile with your morning brew! If you’re a caffephile, you don’t need the results of a recent Johns Hopkins study to affirm that a cup or two a day increases your sense of well-being and happiness.
~Caffeine may reduce chance of Parkinson’s Disease: A 30-year study has shown that non-coffee drinkers have a higher chance of developing Parkinson’s Disease than their coffee-drinking counterparts.
~Most Americans get their antioxidants from coffee: That doesn’t mean it’s the best source of antioxidants, just that it’s the most consumed. But, it’s true, coffee is very high in antioxidants.
~Coffee may cut colon cancer in women: A 12-year study on Japanese women found that drinking 3 or more cups of coffee per day may actually halve the risk of developing colon cancer. They found no beneficial effect from green tea on the colon – in this case, it was strictly a coffee thing.
With everyone looking to cut back on their unnecessary expenditures, one luxury that’s increasingly getting the boot is a person’s morning cup of coffee. Swinging by a coffee house every morning can become a very expensive habit. Just think how much you’d save even over one month if you satisfied your caffeine craving at home rather than frequenting your local café. And this doesn’t even take into account the impulse buys when you’re at that coffee shop. (Pumpkin spice banana bread, anyone?)
If you want to save money but don’t think you can give up your gourmet coffee, there is a compromise. As people become more self-sufficient, espresso machines have become more and more frequent, and so has the sale of various gourmet coffees. Once you make an investment in an expensive machine, it is important to keep it in pristine condition. Constant brewing will create calcium deposits, which is why it is important to invest in an espresso decalcifier as well. With the help of some gourmet coffee syrup and a bit of practice with the espresso machine, you’re well on your way to making your very own (much more economical) luxury coffee