Benefits Of A Good Ice Cream Maker
February 9, 2016
Ice cream is on the list of my most favorite foods. It can be mixed with brownies, nuts, chocolates, wafers, custard, and fruits, just to name a few. Based on your taste, you can buy it in a certain flavor. You don’t have to head to a shop whenever you feel liking eating one as today, ice cream makers are sold to help users make the same at home. Given below are 5 advantages of having a of owning an ice cream maker.
The biggest advantage is that you can make healthy desserts whenever you want to. You don’t know when guests are going to drop in. If you own one, you can serve them lip-smacking desserts like yogurt, sherbert and sorbets, to name a few. Besides, you can take it to a friends’ to have a party. Cleaning them is also a cakewalk. So, you won’t need to spend too much doing the utensils.
They are efficient
Another great thing is that these machines allow you to make your desserts in various flavors with ease. You can pour a mixture into a bowl and get ready for another one without any delay. Even if you have the cheapest machine, it can produce plenty of flavors. Most of the machines allow you to make desserts in less than 20 minutes. So, they don’t take much time.
Safe for health
Apart from ease of use, anything that is made at home is healthier than the same product purchased at a store. Often, at these stores, ice cream is defrosted and repeatedly frozen back. As a result, it loses its flavor and other health benefits. With a machine at your disposal, you can go for the flavor that you like adding ingredients that you think are good for you.
If you are on the lookout of a quality machine with a lower price tag, you can search for one online. Durable ice cream makers stand the test of time and may prove a good investment even if you have plans to use it more often. If you are going to buy online, make sure you browse top sites and compare their product checking feedback left by actual consumers.
Lastly, having one at your disposal will also save you a good deal of money on trips to the local store. If you are a novice, you don’t need to worry it is not a rocket science. All you have to do is choose a simple recipe, buy the ingredients and put them in the machine. That is it. You can make as delicious ice cream as you need.
Making delicious desserts won’t cost you a lot of time if you know how to get the ingredients required. Just make sure you buy a good quality ice cream maker and you will be good to go.
Delectable Lobster Bisque
February 9, 2016
Lobster is among the most expensive but very delicious seafood meal one can ever taste. There are also many different dishes that can be made with a lobster including bisques. Bisque is a creamy, thick-textured soup of French origin that is highly seasoned and based on strained broth of crustaceans such as lobsters.
The origin of the term bisque came from the French word which meant twice cooked as it is sautéed first with the shell on and then simmered in wine and other aromatic ingredients before straining and adding cream.
Bisque is actually a method used in extracting every bit of flavor from crustaceans. In very authentic tasting bisques the shells is grounded into a fine, thick paste which is also added to the soup to make it creamier and preserve the natural, delectable taste of the crustacean. Sometimes, rice is used to thicken the cream and later on strained to leave the starch behind and remove the grainy texture of the rice.
Bisques can also be prepared with vegetables instead of crustaceans if one is allergic to seafood such as squash, tomato, and mushroom. But among the very popular bisques is the lobster bisque and here is a recipe on how to make a delectable lobster bisque which the whole family can enjoy.
½ pound of lobster meat cut into small chunks
2 tablespoons of shallots, minced
2 tablespoons of green onions, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
¼ cup of white wine
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon thyme, dried
6 tablespoons of sherry, dried
1 teaspoon paprika
1 cup of hot water
1 teaspoon of lobster base, can use bullion of preferred
4 ounces of tomato paste
2 bay leaves
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
4 tablespoons of butter
What you need to do;
In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat and start sautéing onions, garlic, and shallots. Do this for about 1 minute. Then, deglaze the pan with white wine.
Add the Worcestershire sauce, thyme and Tabasco and sauté again for another 1 minute then deglaze again, now with the sherry.
Add the paprika, hot water and lobster base to the mixture making sure that all is mixed very well.
Stir into the mixture tomato paste then add bay leaves. Let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes then whisk in heavy whipping cream and butter then bring to a boil.
Add chunks of lobster meat and simmer until cooked. Serve with garlic bread.
Lobster Bisque can easily be done at home that the whole family will surely enjoy. It is not only delectable and mouth watering, but packed with calories that will keep you energized the whole day.
4 Reasons to Choose Cupcakes for Weddings
February 7, 2016
Cupcakes are minimized versions of cakes that are easy to consume and is smart to look at. It is not messy unlike the large ones and thus is something preferred by most people. Children are very fond of them as they are available in varied flavors and thus letting them choose the one they like. The presence of it is also a common sight at weddings especially when there are a large number of guests attending the wedding. A wedding cake is the main attraction of a wedding but at times it isn’t possible to share it with each and every guest that is present at the event and so most couples opt for cupcakes being shared amongst the guests. There are varied advantages to having them presented at weddings that would please everyone while serving the purpose.
• Effortless transportation – If it is a large wedding cake, bakeries transport them in tiers, and there are chances of it getting melted or dislocated while it reaches the venue. Cupcakes, on the other hand, are easy to transport as they are miniature sized blocks that can be boxed well and decorated after it reaches the venue. It is also priced lesser than a large wedding dessert.
• Easy to serve – The couple can opt to cut a small wedding dessert to celebrate their new life and serve assorted cupcakes to the guests. When there are a large number of guests present at the wedding, they may not get their share of the dessert and relish it. Thus picking a piece of their choice from what is being served to them is easy to serve, consume and it is not messy.
• Varied flavors – A wedding pastry usually consists of a single flavor chosen by the couple, and it may not match the choice of the guests. Most couples while arranging for mini desserts to serve their guests like to bring out assortments where the guests can choose the baked dessert that they like and enjoy themselves. It may also have varied designs that could be traditional or modern depending on the couple’s choice or the theme of the wedding.
• Individually decorated cakes for all – There have been several instances where people haven’t received a good piece of the wedding dessert. The piece may simply have the cream and no trace of the dessert. To let everyone have an individually designed mini cake would make people happy and leaving them feeling content.
3 Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauces For the Grilling Beginner
January 28, 2016
Raw meat and seafood as well as fresh vegetables will be no good on the grill without flavor. Even a simple seasoning of salt and pepper will go a long way. You can either go simple or go all the way with marinades, sauces or rubs depending on your mood. Here are some quick and easy recipes perfect for grilling beginners:
Spicy Raspberry BBQ Sauce
What you need:
1 1/4 cups raspberry preserves
1 cup honey
1 cup dill pickle juice
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 bottle ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared spicy mustard
1 tablespoon minced dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 dash hot pepper sauce
Ground black pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together raspberry preserves, honey, dill pickle juice, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, mustard, onion flakes, garlic powder and ground black pepper. Bring to a boil while stirring. Lower heat and add hot pepper sauce. Allow to simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour.
Nutty Ginger BBQ Marinade
What you need:
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chili paste
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Combine garlic, peanut butter, hot water, soy sauce, chili paste, vinegar, oil, ginger root and red pepper in a large bowl. Stir to mix ingredients well. To use this marinade, place meat in the bowl, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Discard excess marinade before grilling meat.
Easy Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce
What you need:
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 beef bouillon cubes
2 1/4 cups tomato paste
1 cup minced onion
1 cup granular sucralose sweetener (like Splenda)
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup Dijon mustard
3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Dissolve bouillon cubes in hot water then set aside. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the oil then cook garlic and onions until tender, about 5 minutes. When ready, pour dissolved bouillon cubes in the pan then stir in tomato paste, sweetener, cider vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, hot pepper sauce and salt. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, until sweetener has dissolved. Lower heat and continue to simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
Try these quick and easy barbecue sauce recipes and you’re sure to love grilling more!
How to Choose the Best BBQ Catering Services
January 25, 2016
It is that time of year when you party to the fullest. You get invitations and you invite your friends and family for a house party too. So have you planned anything for your upcoming party as yet? If not then you need to plan your party well on time and avoid the last minute rush. When it is about a house party keeping the mood casual and relaxed would be best. So it would be a great idea if you arrange for a barbeque party.
What are your choices?
When you are planning a BBQ party for your guests you need the food to be absolutely perfect. If it is a large party then going for a professional BBQ catering service would be advisable. It would not only take away a chunk of your responsibility but also save time for you to enjoy with your friends and entertain them. When you hire a professional catering service you would be delighted to see the types of food that you can choose and these companies also offer personalized services for their clients. Grilled, roasted and barbequed food will be served with fine culinary specialty. So you have a great table to present to your invitees. You can also order for delicious sandwiches burgers and sliders for the youngsters.
Wide variety of finger licking food
One of the most mouth watering facts about professional catering is that it offers you a whole range of food items that are just impossible to make at home. So when you are hiring a professional service for your BBQ food, you get to choose from a wide range of items that are prepared from fresh and healthy products. The catering companies also make sure that they keep the quality very high in order to make it hygienic and healthy. Strict processing is observed while making the food and they are prepared with prolific élan. So while you are choosing the food for your BBQ party ensure that you have a mix and match of all types of food on your table to entertain your guests. It would be so much fun to have the best food and for the right party mood.
How to choose the best caterer?
If you are going for a BBQ theme for your event then you must keep some important point in mind before you finalise your caterer.
You must also go with the experienced professionals and avoid experimenting with the new event professionals.
Always check their official website to have a clear understanding of the services.
You should also check out feed back of each event caterer from their customer. This will help you to get a clear picture of the company.
At last but not the least do a little survey to get the best price.
A BBQ theme is an amazing idea for a very happening party. You guest will love the delicious taste and will remember the party for a very long time.