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Opening Your Own Chocolate Shop: What You Need To Know About Your Cocoa Supplier

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Opening Your Own Chocolate Shop: What You Need To Know About Your Cocoa Supplier

As you begin to realize the dream of your own chocolate shop, you will need to find a cocoa supplier, a business that harvests and processes cocoa beans to create all of the different kinds of chocolate you will need for your shop. As you search for cocoa suppliers, there are some important things to keep in mind. These important items are the same things you will need to know about your chosen suppliers, how they operate and from where they get their beans. Does Your Cocoa Supplier Act as a “Middle Man?” Some cocoa suppliers are “middle men,” which means that they do not harvest or process the cocoa beans at all, but rather act as the seller and distributer for other companies that do harvest and process cocoa beans. You will want to avoid these “middle men” suppliers, since their involvement tends to drive up the price of your cocoa and chocolate products, which then drives up your operating costs. Additionally, you may not get the same quality cocoa every time, since these “middle men” will fulfill your orders with whatever cocoa they currently have on hand or have access to. Is Your Supplier a “Fair Trade” Business? Much of the cocoa beans grown for the production of chocolate consumption are grown south of the border in hotter, more tropical regions. As such, it is common practice to hire cheap labor in the form of migrant workers, and pay them very little wages to harvest the cocoa pods and beans. The living conditions for these workers is also sub-par, so many chocolate companies take it upon themselves to only purchase cocoa and chocolate products from “fair trade” cocoa suppliers. These “fair trade” suppliers go out of their way to pay the harvest workers a decent wage and provide them with safe, healthy places to live while the harvest is underway. (Fair trade means that these companies offer a fair trade of wages and lodging for the services provided by the workers.) If you want to support these businesses while operating your own fair trade chocolate shop, then these are the suppliers from which you need to get your cocoa and chocolate-making products. How Is the Cocoa Processed? Cheaper cocoa production occurs with the use of chemicals that not only alter the tastes and flavors of the chocolate, but which are not really fit for human consumption. Cocoa processed with alkali is one such example. It is akin to processing and extracting cocoa from the roasted beans with battery acid! Instead, look for cocoa that has been processed and extracted by natural means only. Your chocolates will be sweeter, richer and healthier for it. Contact a business, such as Transmar Group, for more information....

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3 Interesting Ways To Use Coffee

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Interesting Ways To Use Coffee

Coffee is something that many people enjoying on a daily basis. In fact, around 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday. And coffee’s popularity doesn’t stop at drink form. There are a variety of recipes that incorporate coffee. Some coffee recipes are actually unexpected and use coffee in ways that many everyday coffee drinkers don’t think of. Here are 3 interesting ways to incorporate coffee into different recipes. Smoothies Coffee plays a starring role in the morning routine of many Americans. The caffeine helps many get started on their day. Hot coffee is the go to for most people but iced coffee is popular as well. One way to incorporate coffee into the morning routine in a unique way is by adding it to a smoothie. Cold coffee or frozen coffee cubes make great additions to any breakfast smoothie. Coffee can even be added to fruit smoothies for a burst of flavor and some much needed caffeine. The options are endless! Fertilizer Not every coffee recipe has to be edible! Coffee can also be used to make fertilizer for the garden. Coffee grounds can be added to any fertilizer in order to help plants grow. This type of fertilizer is best for acid loving plants. Blueberries and tomatoes are two common garden staples that can benefit from coffee fertilizer. Coffee also contains nitrogen, phosphorous, and trace minerals which are all beneficial to plants. Adding coffee to fertilizer is something that can be done up to once a month for some plants. However, too much coffee can make the surrounding soil too acidic so gardeners should be wary of using this fertilizer too often. Barbecue Barbecue is a popular dish across the US. Each region has it’s own barbecue flavors and types. What many don’t realize is that coffee makes a great addition to any barbecue dish. Coffee can be ground up and used like a spice in sauces. Incorporating coffee into a barbecue sauce is a great way to add more dimension to the sauce. Coffee also makes an excellent rub for different types of meat, especially steak. Coffee is something that many people drink everyday without realizing it’s potential as an ingredient in other dishes. For anyone looking for a culinary challenge, coffee is a great way to add flavor to many favorite dishes. For those who like coffee in the morning, adding coffee to a smoothie is a great way to give it an extra kick. Coffee’s hearty flavor also makes a great addition to meat and barbecue. And a unique coffee recipe doesn’t just stop at the kitchen! Coffee drinkers should also consider adding coffee to their fertilizer. Coffee can also help perk up a garden as well as an early riser! For more recipes, contact companies...

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Thanksgiving Dinner Success: 3 Side Dishes You Can Make Ahead Of Time And Freeze

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thanksgiving Dinner Success: 3 Side Dishes You Can Make Ahead Of Time And Freeze

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a real chore. You have to decide on who you will invite, send out invitations, prepare a menu, decorate the home and prepare the food. In the end, it is always well worth it. However, the problem really arises when you need to get all of the food prepared, ready and on the table at a certain time. To help reduce the chaos on Thanksgiving day, consider preparing a few tasty side dishes that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Here are four of them: 1. Seasoned Green Beans For this recipe, you’ll need green beans, chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped sweet bell pepper, dried basil, salt, pepper and olive oil. Throw it all together in a bowl and freeze it. When it’s time to prepare, simply empty the contents of your bag into a skillet with two tablespoons of oil and sauté for about 10 minutes. Transfer the green beans onto a Thanksgiving platter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if you’d like. You could also roast them at 475 degrees F for 10 minutes. 2. Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese Cook five pounds of potatoes like normal and drain them. Combine them with eight ounces of cream cheese, half a teaspoon of garlic powder, one egg, and one teaspoon of salt. Mash with an electric mixer or by hand. Once mixed, place in freezer bags and freeze until needed. When you’re ready for the mashed potatoes, thaw completely and then empty the bag contents into a casserole pan and drizzle three tablespoons of melted butter over the top. Add some paprika if you’d like some color. Cook for roughly 35 minutes at 375 degrees in the oven. 3. Spinach Balls For this recipe, you’ll combine all ingredients together in a bowl. These ingredients include one finely chopped small onion, four eggs, 20 ounces of frozen spinach (drained), two cups of pre-seasoned bread crumbs, ¾ cup of melted butter, ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese, half a teaspoon of garlic salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper. Once combined well, roll into two-inch balls (about the size of a walnut). You can then freeze them. When ready to prepare the spinach balls, thaw them completely and then bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. If something comes up and you don’t have time to prepare a full Thanksgiving meal, you could always consider heading out a restaurant with your family and friends or have a catering service bring the dinner to you.  To learn more, contact a company...

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3 African Dishes You Will Love

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 African Dishes You Will Love

Most people don’t get a chance to experience African cuisine. Unless you live in a big city, you probably won’t have an African restaurant near you. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a classical African meal. You should be able to find most of the ingredients at your local supermarket. The hard-to-get spices are easily ordered online. So, here are three delicious African dishes to try. Piri Piri Chicken This is a famous dish in Mozambique. The dish blends African styles with European influences. The influence of the Portuguese can be seen in the main ingredient, piri-piri (chili peppers). The Portuguese brought chili peppers to Africa and introduced it into the cuisine. The pepper was added to traditional African ingredients such as cashews. The dish is very easy to make. Here is the recipe. Ingredients: 2 pounds of chicken breasts Juice of three lemons 2 cloves minced garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoon diced piri piri peppers (also known as Devil’s Eye ) ¼ cup of olive oil Directions: Mix the lemon juice, garlic, peppers, salt and olive oil together. Place chicken in baking dish and cover with marinade. Let stand overnight in refrigerator. Take out the next day and bake in oven at 350 until done (approximately 20 minutes). Matapa The traditional accompaniment to piri piri chicken is a dish called matapa. Matapa is made by cooking cassava leaves in coconut milk and topping with cashews. If you can’t find cassava leaves, then you can substitute kale or collard greens. Ingredients: 1 handful of cassava leaves (or kale) 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup of coconut milk 1 diced onion 2 cloves garlic 1 cup of ground cashews. Directions Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt and cassava leaves. Cook the cassava leaves until they are tender.  While they are cooking, add the diced onion, garlic and coconut milk to a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Drain the cassava leaves and pour the coconut milk over. Garnish the dish with crushed cashews. Fit-Fit Fit-fit is a dish from Ethiopia. It is a bread-based spread or porridge. The two main ingredients are injera (a sour dough flat bread) and berbere (an Ethiopian spice mix). Unless you live near an Ethiopian community, your local stores won’t sell these items. You can order African food online, including these items. Ingredients: 1-Tablespoon Berbere Paste (you can order this online if you can’t find it locally, do not substitute Asian, Indian or Mexican pepper pastes as they all have different ingredients.) Juice Of 1 lemon ¼ Cup Olive Oil or Peanut Oil 1 Small Diced Onion 1 Small Diced Tomato 1 Clove Of Crushed Garlic 1 Large Injera (You can substitute other flat breads) Plain Yogurt For Garnish Directions Shred the flatbread into strips. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the lemon, pepper paste, oil, onion, tomato and garlic. Mix it with a whisker. Place the strips of flatbread into the mix and place in the refrigerator for several hours. The bread will absorb the flavors.  Don’t let it sit overnight because the bread will get too soggy. Serve cold with yogurt as a...

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4 Reasons To Invest In Water Delivery

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Invest In Water Delivery

If you’re looking to make small improvements in your life so that each day goes more smoothly, you may want to consider investing in water delivery. This can ensure that you never run out of water. You’ll also be able to experience a number of benefits. Take a look at the following information to better understand the reasons as to why you may want to invest in a water delivery service.  Always Have Water to Offer Guests When friends or family come to your home, you want to be a good host. If you don’t like offering tap water due to the taste or smell, offering purified water can be a great option. With water service, you can get a water fountain for your home or bottled water so that you always have it for guests. This can also be a great option if you have work being done on your home, as you can offer water to construction workers and other professionals.  Don’t Worry About Transportation Having to lug heavy cases of water from the store to your car and from your car to your home can be stressful and painful. If you’re looking to have less stress about transportation, consider investing in a water delivery service. A professional will bring the water into your home on a scheduled date each month. Let someone else lift the heavy bottles of water for you!  Be Prepared for Activities If your children are in sports activities or if your family takes part in many adventures, such as hiking or attending picnics, you likely always need water. It can be stressful worrying about filling up water bottles at the very last second. If you want to make sure that you’re always prepared for upcoming events and activities, you should get your water delivered to your home.  Save Money Have you ever thought about how much money you’re paying for your water? If you always forget to buy in bulk, you’re likely over-paying for each water bottle. Even cases of water at the store can add up quickly. A water delivery service company can give you a very low rate, which can save a lot of money over time. This can free up money in your budget for other needs.  As you can see, investing in water delivery makes sense. If you have any questions or if you’d like to discuss delivery options in your area, contact a local water delivery company...

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Why the Irish Don’t Eat Corned Beef

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why the Irish Don’t Eat Corned Beef

In America, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, there’s a huge number of families that sit down to a meal of corned beef and cabbage. This meal has come to represent the Irish ancestry of many American families, but if you look across the pond to Ireland itself, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone there who eats the same thing. While there are some people in the Emerald Isle who enjoy an occasional bite of the salted meat, more often than not it’s just not on the menu in Irish homes and restaurants. Here’s why people in Ireland generally don’t eat corned beef. Its roots in oppression Corned beef does have origins in Ireland, but they’re not very nice ones. Before the English came to Ireland, most Irish families relied on pork for meat because cattle were considered to be too important to eat. The large beasts worked in the fields and provided milk, making them too valuable a commodity to slaughter just for food. Typically, only very wealthy families ate beef of any sort, and it was generally from cows that were too old to be of any use in other ways. However, the English did love their beef, and used salting as a method of preserving it. After they had invaded most of Ireland in the late 12th century, the English took advantage of the plentiful salt and healthy cattle there to feed their cravings for corned beef. Although tens of thousands of cattle were exported from Ireland to Britain, the Irish were still too poor to afford to eat beef themselves, relying on potatoes and alternative livestock to feed themselves.  Immigrants and corned beef It was only when the potato famine of 1845–1849 drove many Irish people to the US that beef became part of the perceived Irish culture. Irish Americans ate beef, particularly corned beef, because it was the type of beef sold by their Jewish neighbors. The Irish and Jewish connection in early American history may seem strange at first, but given the fact that both groups were perceived as outsiders, they tended to be sympathetic to each other’s culture and history.  Eating corned beef and cabbage became a way of both celebrating their freedom from the oppression of poverty that they’d experienced in Ireland and celebrating their new life in America. This celebration made the “traditional” dish an important part of the Irish American diet, but its popularity never made it back to Ireland, even when the economy had stabilized and beef was cheap enough to eat. Although you’ll be more likely to find boiled bacon or lamb on an authentic Irish menu, the importance of corned beef like City Foods Inc/Bea’s Best in the history of Ireland is still an important one, and it’s a tasty reminder of why Irish Americans are so proud of their...

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