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    Thursday, 31 July 2008

    This Aromatherapy Foods™ recipe made with pure essential oils makes very flat, crispy chocolate chip cookies. They will spread a great deal on the pan while baking. If you enjoy cookie pieces these cookies are ideal for cutting into bite sized bits before they have a chance to cool. Or you can remove them immediately from the baking sheet and allow to finish cooling on a rack.

    Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients

    Half pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus some for baking sheet
    2 cups packed brown sugar
    1 cup granulated sugar
    4 eggs
    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    2 - 6 drops pure organic peppermint essential oil
    3 cups all-purpose pastry flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 - 2 cups chocolate chips

    Preparation and Baking Directions

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment; set aside.

    Into small bowl cream butter until smooth, add sugars, and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla and peppermint oil. Into a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips.

    Drop 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie onto baking sheet; space dough 2 inches apart to allow for spreading. Bake until golden, 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies immediately and allow to cool.
    Makes sixty 3-inch cookies.

    PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for cooking. For best flavors and results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use organically grown and wild crafted essential oils that have been tested for purity and are pesticide free.

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    KG Stiles is a certified aromatherapist practicing in Ashland, Oregon, USA. She has utilized essential oils in her professional practice for more than 30 years, and teaches aromatherapy workshops, including cooking with essential oils. KG is the Director of PurePlant Essentials Organic Aromatherapy and a specialist in formulating aromatic blends for healthy living. KG can create the perfect synergy blend for you! More Info? Contact: KG Stiles at Springhill Wellness Center, Ashland, OR (541) 941-7315. Mahalo!

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 11:20 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Wednesday, 30 July 2008

    Soccer cupcakes and soccer cakes are very popular treat for parties nowadays. Whether a victory party for a soccer team, a children's party or a birthday party these cupcakes are great to enjoy for everyone.

    Soccer cupcakes are soccer inspired finely decorated with an amount of icing and sprinkles. Basically these cupcakes come with a creatively made soccer ball icing decoration and baked in soccer baking cups.

    There are so many soccer inspired designs of these cupcakes in the market today readily available for customers. You can purchase it online or you can order to your favorite bakeshops.

    But isn't it great if we can try to make these cupcakes on our own? Yes of course, we can have a try and the procedures are quite easy.

    First we have to prepare all the necessary tools and ingredients. The tools needed are; standard muffin pan, multi opening round tip 233, soccer standard baking cups, disposable decorating bags and a standard coupler.

    The ingredients we need are; leaf green icing color, rainbow nonpareils sprinkle decorations, soccer ball icing decorations and a butter cream icing.

    Firstly, bake the cupcakes and cool it in a soccer standard baking cups and prepare the butter cream icing. Add a little tint of icing green to represent the soccer field. Now use the green butter cream and tip 233 to decorate pull out grass on top of the cupcake. Put the nonpareils sprinkle décor at the top of the cupcake and lastly put the soccer icing decoration on the cupcake.

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    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 10:39 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Wednesday, 23 July 2008

    Pineapples are rich in Vitamin-C, manganese and vitamin B1 and B6. A huge amount of copper and dietary fiber is also there. Many of us in our breakfast prefer to take a slice of bread with jam. You will be stunned to know that you can make this jam at home, full of nutrition by using this tasty pineapple. It is very easy to make a pineapple jam what you have to do is to combine the pineapple, lemon juice and sugar in a pan very well. Then place the pan on medium heat and add again one cup of sugar into it. Boil the mixture for a while hardly for two minutes and remove it from fire and skim off the foam that accumulates on the top. Again place the pan over heat again for one minute and boil. Now add some butter and some pectin into it and boil it for one minute. Allow the jam to cool for seven minutes and then store it in a jam jar and freeze the jar.

    Another delicious sweet dish that can be made of pineapple is the pineapple upside-down cake. Drain ten pineapple slices and store the juice. Then you combine melted butter with one tablespoon of pineapple juice and add one-fourth cup of cornstarch in it and mix it thoroughly. Place this mixture in a baking tray and arrange the pineapple slices over the butter mixture. Beat butter, eggs and vanilla essence in a grinder. Now combine cake flour with baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add this flour into the butter mixture and add alternatively pineapple juice and butter milk into it. Make the cake mixture firm and smooth, no small granules should leave there.

    Place this mixture over the pineapple slices that you have placed on the baking tray. Bake this mixture for twenty to twenty five minutes and after the baking part is complete, take it out and let it cool for few minutes and place it over a plate inverted. Serve warm with pineapple jelly or serve cold with pineapple sauce. Discover many other recipes today and know more about pineapple facts

    Jennifer is an expert Internet marketing professional with years of experience in various industries such as: Business, Finance, Real Estate, Pineapple recipes, Web-Design, Health & Medicine and many more.

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 11:45 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Monday, 21 July 2008
    If one has ever been a regular Disneyland visitor they will know the true treat and pleasure of discovering that one trip when The River Belle Terrace is open. That beautiful little Frontierland restaurant that overlooks The Rivers of America is a child's dream. With that delicious taste of light and rich chocolate cake, I knew peace and heaven all put into one.

    It's like all the perfect views put into one. The twinkling blue waters of The Rivers of America radiate the sun and shine if for the whole park to see. Thunder Mountain rises from the ground to challenge all those who wish to dare the mines. The Golden Horseshoe Saloon beckons all those who wish to join in fun and laughter.

    I can smell the water drifting over the sidewalk. It's a smell that I will always associate with that place in time. Along with that came the smell of melted butter form the popcorn carts below, fried chicken wafts up from the fast service cart by the saloon, and the smell of Mexican food lingers from the base of the mountain.

    The whistle of the steam boats calls us back to a past that we never knew. It's a past where men road horses and packed weapons, and where ladies carried handkerchiefs and wore long dresses. Then the sound of laughter brings me to the present, where families are happy together and the screams are only those of thrills and not of fears.

    I have the heart of an observer here. While there is the feeling of excitement and adventure in the air, I observe and feel peace. As a child I even know that this is what true happiness must be: peace within the heart of my excitement.

    True bliss didn't come completely until I bit into that cake. A perfect blend of gourmet and home-style cooking as only Disney could create. It's a simple miracle to a small town child. Sweet and heavenly as my memory, it still calls to me. I have looked through many recipes to find that memory. That is until I found this one. I hope it helps find your special memory too:

    "Blue Belle Terrace's Chocolate Cake"*

    Ingredients: 1/2 cup plus 6 tbs unsalted butter, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/8 tsp salt, 6 eggs plus 3 separated, 1/2 cup Splenda, 1/2 cup plus 3 tbs sugar, 2 tsps vanilla extract, 8 oz semi-sweet chopped chocolate, and 1 cup of heavy cream.

    1) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line three 8 inch round cake pans with waxed paper and then grease.

    2) Dust evenly with flour and spread with a pastry brush.

    3) Melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. With a spoon skim off any foam.

    4) Sift the flours, cocoa, baking powder, and salt three times.

    5) Place the 6 eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and Splenda in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of hot water. With an electric mixer beat for about 10 minutes. Add the vanilla.

    6) Sift the dry ingredients over the egg mixture in three batches folding in after each addition. Fold in the melted butter.

    7) Divide the batter between pans and bake for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack.

    8) For the icing melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over hot water.

    9) Take off the heat, stir in the 6 tbs of butter and 3 egg yolks. Return to low heat and stir until thick. Remove from the heat. Whip the cream until firm in another bowl. In yet another bowl beat the 3 egg whites until stiff. Add the sugar and beat until glossy.

    10) Fold the cream into the chocolate and fold in the egg whites. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

    11) Sandwich the cake layers with icing. Spread the rest of the icing over the tops and sides.

    12) Enjoy on a terrace of your very own.

    * Base of recipe from Cake and I molded it from there.

    Rachael Rizzo has been acting since she was nine years old. She uses her experience to write about what the things she loves mean to her (mostly movies and baking). She is twenty-three years old and resides in beautiful Oregon.

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Onlin AT 10:56 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Thursday, 17 July 2008

    For virtually any occasion, such as special moments and holidays, wine makes a great gift. From informal meetings to wedding celebrations and bashes, wine is a gift that is truly hard to beat. There are several different gifts you can get that relate to wine. No matter who it may be that you are giving the gift to - wine is something that is truly appreciated - a gift from the heart.

    Among the several gifts of wine that you can give, is personalized wine. There are several companies that offer personalized wine and champagne gifts, complete with custom made designs and labels. For corporate events and parties, a personalized wine gift is an ideal way to showcase your gratitude and give a gift that truly shows how much you care.

    If you prefer, there are also ways that you can create your own personalized gift. First of all, you'll need to select a wine label from one of the numerous custom wines available. Next, you will need to personalize your text by adding your own messages and ideas. Last, you'll need to select a container or wrapper that is best appropriate for your gift of wine. You should be as creative as possible, as it will help to make your wine gift to have a bit more impact.

    Another great wine related gift that you can give are corkscrews. Corkscrews make for a truly great gift, allowing you to open wine bottles with the corks intact. Wine lovers who want to open a bottle of wine every now and then, and keep the cork in great shape will truly appreciate the gift of a corkscrew. Corkscrews are also used in restaurants as well, as they can easily remove even the toughest of corks.

    Another great gift that relates to wine is the pocket vineyard, which is an electronic device that contains a wine glossary, vintage wine charts, and even suggestions and ideas for pairing wine with food. The pocket vineyard is a great gift for anyone who likes wine, as it allows them to learn more about wine in general and make better choices overall when it comes to wine.

    You can find many other wine gifts to give as well. If you look on the Internet, you can find all different types of wine gifts that you can give to virtually anyone. You can also find great gifts in local stores as well, many of which are available at great prices. If you aren't sure about what to get someone, you can always ask. Although there are many different gifts that you can give for a variety of occasions, few gifts have the impact of wine. If you choose - you can always give the gift of wine - a bottle that is sure to please anyone.

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    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 10:23 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Wednesday, 16 July 2008
    Mexico has their share of sweets. You can find sweet drinks, to candies and chocolates, and of course cakes. One cake that is popular and simple to make is the Mexican Chocolate Pound cake. What makes this cake a classic is the addition of Mexican chocolate and cinnamon. It is simple to make and very tasty!

    Tres Leches Cake is also very good and is lighter than a lot of other Mexican cakes. In English, it translates to "three milks cake" and is a butter cake, which is soaked with three types of milk - whole milk, evaporated milk, and condensed milk. The cake does not normally include butter in the milk, so it has a lot of air bubbles.

    The top of the cake can have fruit such as raspberries to add extra flavor. This cake is common in many parts of Latin America. The origin is not surely known, but is thought to be between Nicaragua and Mexico, where the cakes were found the earliest. Tres leches cakes are great at parties and other special celebrations.

    It is no secret that Mexicans love spices. Jalapeos and chilies are sometimes added to Mexican cakes containing chocolate. Rather than tasting strange like you might imagine, it gives the cake an interesting kick. The Mayas combined cocoa and chili for hundreds of years. Chocolate Jalapeo Cake, for example, has a spicy kick to it, because of the finely chopped jalapeos added to the recipe.

    Another well-known Mexican cake is called Rosca. This cake makes an appearance between December and February. It is circular without a center, to represent the three kings' crown, and delicately flavored with citrus zest. Rosca has almonds in it too.

    This cake is often topped with fruits. Inside is a miniature model of the baby Jesus. Three Kings Day celebrations usually feature this Mexican cake and whoever gets the baby Jesus in their slice has to provide the cake for the next celebration. You can buy Rosca from the local bakery or have a go at making it yourself at home.

    If you do not want Mexican milk cake and it is not the occasion for Mexican wedding cakes, what about Mexican crepes or one of the other wonderful treats Mexican cuisine has to offer? These are often topped with Cajeta, a kind of caramel sauce, and toasted pecans. Sometimes other toppings are used on Mexican crepes as well, such as chocolate sauce, cinnamon, raspberries, or cream.

    If you are having a party, have a look at some Mexican cake recipes. Some feature rich ingredients and cinnamon. Others contain tropical fruits. Whatever kinds of cake you like the most, you will find Mexican cake recipes to suit your tastes. For an authentic tasting Mexican cake, you should buy some Mexican cocoa and follow the recipe. You can do this whether you are making a Mexican wedding cake recipe or Mexican sweet corn cake recipe. You are sure to get a lot of compliments from guests!

    Looking for Mexican dessert recipes with a real authentic Mexican desserts flare try our selection of classically inspired Mexican desserts.

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 12:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Tuesday, 15 July 2008

    Boiling meat has largely gone out of fashion, mainly I think because a number of the cuts of meat associated with it are no longer all that popular either.

    This is not necessarily a good thing. As a way of cooking meat, boiling is cheaper than roasting and it preserves more of the essential minerals and vitamins, as long as the cooking liquid is used for gravy.

    The unappetizing color of the meat following boiling may be part of the problem, and one way round this has always been to pickle the meat first, such as in the case of spiced beef. Joints of this type are now commercially prepared and it is a simple matter to cook them in simmering water for about 30 minutes per 500 grams (per pound).

    One meat that is still traditionally boiled, especially for festivals such as Christmas, is ham and my method for preparing this is as basic as you can get.

    You need either the hock (sharp) or butt (blunt) end of a country cured ham. The bit in the middle is the gammon and should be reserved for frying or grilling (broiling).

    First soak the ham overnight. Two things will happen. Some of the salt used in the curing process will be leached out and the meat will absorb some of the water, making it both heavier and more moist. Discard the soaking water.

    Place the ham in a large receptacle which might be anything from a big saucepan to a handy bucket - one Christmas we used an old baby's bath - and cover it with cold water. Add no salt or seasoning.

    Bring to a gentle simmer, partially cover and cook like this for 25 minutes per 500 grams (20 minutes per pound) and then turn off the heat.

    Allow the ham to partially cool in the poaching liquid until you can handle it comfortably. Take it out and immediately strip off the skin by grasping it firmly at the thickest end of the joint and pulling back. You may need to snip it with kitchen shears or a sharp knife to assist you in this.

    Now put the joint in the fridge to cool off completely. Finally, cover it with plastic wrap to retain moisture (do not use a damp cloth) and carve as required. Be careful to replace the plastic wrap with fresh each time you do this, and always keep the meat refrigerated until needed for use.

    Michael Sheridan - The Cool Cook - is a former head chef and an acknowledged authority and published writer on cooking matters. His website at All About Cooking, contains a wealth of information, hints, tips and recipes for busy home cooks, including video based how-to guides.

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 10:54 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Monday, 14 July 2008
    Buying a cheesecake online can be overwhelming as you may not know who has a good cheesecake and who does not, thats why this simple guideline will help you to choose the best place to buy your cake from. There is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money to send a gift to that special someone only to have them receive it, open it and the cake is stale, or the cake really isn't that good.

    When searching online for a company that sells cheesecake, look for a website that has what your looking for a "Cheesecake". Websites that sell a million different items like books, shoes, lobsters, clothes or many different items that also carry cheesecakes are usually not companies that specialize or make their own cheesecakes. They are companies that distribute items from other companies. In other words there are sites that just build a website load pictures and descriptions of cheesecakes to sell on a commission basis. These companies are not the bakers themselves so they usually do not know much about the products they sell since they carry so many different types of items. These are not the best places to buy a cheesecake from.

    Try and find a website from a cheesecake company that specializes in cheesecakes and other desserts, these companies do have a reputation in the business and are very knowledgeable about their products. The obvious companies are the ones that are well known and you have heard about before. You can contact them, they will respond in a timely manner and you can rest assured they will have your best interest in mind and best of all you will receive a quality and delicious cheesecake.

    Some cheesecake companies are better than others, this all depends on what you are looking for. Most cheesecake companies specialize in New York Style Cheesecakes, some have specialty flavors and styles that also may interest you. Choose what you like and what you think will make a great present or dessert for yourself.

    Please always search around and look at a few websites that sell cheesecakes before making a decision. Compare prices as the price can vary from one site to another and like myself you want to make sure you do not overpay. Look at the size and weight of the cheesecake and the fillings or toppings they offer. Some cheesecakes look big in the picture but when its delivered and you open the box its the size of a cupcake. Always check the size, a 2 lb cheesecake serves 6-8 people, a 3 lb cheesecake serves 10-12 people and a 4 lb cheesecake serves 14-16 people. This will help you gauge what size cake to buy.

    Shipping is also a concern when buying a cheesecake as most cheesecakes need to be shipped via overnight shipping in an insulated box with a freezer pack. This ensures your cake stays fresh and cold while shipped so it arrives fresh and ready to eat. Some companies charge a fortune for shipping, most cakes will run anywhere from $20.00 to $35.00 to ship and more for Saturday delivery or to Alaska and Hawaii.

    Be selective about the companies you trust. Email them with any questions before making your purchase this way if you have any concerns or special requests they can be answered before you pay and then find out you were ripped off. Companies that sound too good to be true usually are, they offer a cheesecake at a tenth of the price than every other cheesecake site and when you receive your cake its stale. Shop around the sites and try to find one who is running a

    special or sale, you can get a real bargain from a reputable cheesecake company and the cheesecake thats delivered will put a smile on your face.

    Hopefully this will make your experience in buying a cheesecake or any other item on the internet a little bit easier.
    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 12:02 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Thursday, 10 July 2008

    Red velvet cake is a chocolate cake prepared by adding red food coloring, to the cake to give it the well known red color. Originally this red color was obtained by adding beets! Well, I think I will take the food coloring!

    This cake has been very popular for many centuries. The most basic ingredients for this basic cake are flour, baking soda, buttermilk, vanilla extract, sugar, cocoa powder, vinegar, eggs, and salt. Ingredients required for the preparation of red velvet cake, as all other cakes also, should be measured using measuring cups or spoons. Different ingredients have different ways to measure, in order to receive the accurate amount of ingredients.

    Mixing the ingredients together for this scrumptious cake is the initial step in the preparation of a red velvet cake. You can use spatulas, hand blenders, or electric blenders to prepare batter for a red velvet cake. After done mixing the ingredients, the oven needs to be preheated. This basically means that the oven needs to be at the proper temperature before the cake ever enters the oven for baking. Don’t forget this important step!

    The baking pans need to be greased before baking. You can use non-stick cooking spray, butter and flour, or butter and powdered sugar. As for baking time, it is usually based on the size of the red velvet cake being baked and the type of oven being used. Typically, these cakes are baked at 350° F, but all recipes are different so be sure never to assume. Read all recipes carefully.

    After baking, all red velvet cakes must be left for cooling for around 5-15 minutes and then removed from the pans. Frosting is spread on the cake once the cake is COMPLETELY cool, no sooner or the frosting may melt right off the cake. Usually cream cheese icing is preferred for red velvet cakes but other frostings are also creative choices. A true Southern lady wouldn’t dream of any other frosting except the cream cheese version.

    These delicious red velvet cakes are most popular in South America and the southern United States, although they are popular in other areas too. Red velvet cakes are also sometimes called "devil's attraction" because of the red color. The red color, in today’s baking world, is traditionally caused by red food coloring. Sorry to burst your bubble but for those of you who are wondering, red food dye hasn’t always been the “red” of choice. Back in the older days, people used beets to make the original red cake. I don’t know about you, but the thought of beets in my cake seems a bit disgusting.

    If you are interested in purchasing one of these red velvet cakes for a special event or occasion, they start at around $10, and go up from there based on the size you may need. They may be prepared in tier structures for wedding celebrations or in single layers for a special afternoon snack.

    For diet conscious people, low fat red velvet cakes can be prepared using low calorie sugar, cream, and a chocolate supplement which may contain less fat but it definitely does not lack in flavor so do not worry about what you might be missing out on.

    The red velvet cake can be purchased in bakeries or pastry stores. Some specialty stores even offer home delivery packs and those special cakes can be ordered online, via internet, or over the phone.

    No matter how you slice it, the red velvet cake is a classic and can be enjoyed for any occasion. They have an original color which never goes unnoticed and a yummy flavor which is sure to tantalize taste buds.

    A red velvet cake is your solution for any craving for a cake break… so dig in.

    For more delicious information on recipes be sure to visit http://www.cookies-n-cakes.com where you'll find tips on cookie recipes cakes, brownies, as well as other articles on cooking, baking, and kitchen products.

    Posted by: Gourmet Grocery Online AT 10:49 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
    Wednesday, 09 July 2008
    At one time, while athletes in Ancient Greece began competitive events at the Olympic Games, making pieces of cheesecake began, which essentially comprised three staples: cheese, wheat flour and sweetening. They beat each of the units jointly till it arrived at a pasty consistency. They baked the assortment, chilled and dished it out to supply athletes with the vitality they needed to compete. This represented the birth of the cheesecake.

    The Roman Empire then captured Greece and adopted the glorious treat and scattered it throughout Europe and whatever districts they invaded. Since then, the basic cheese, flour and sweetener, superseding whatever ingredients were indigenous to the country that embraced the cheesecake recipe. Ricotta and mascarpone by the Italians, Neufchatel by the French people, quark cheese by the Germans and cream cheese by the American natives substituted the familiar white Greek cheese. In time, this significant event in culinary history sealed the way for many different trends in producing the cheesecake.

    The European Cheesecake

    The Europeans represented the first to embrace the cheesecake recipe. They were as well the first to go for various versions in the conventional cheesecake. There are many nations who have also based their personal expressive style on making cheesecakes and they include Italy, France, United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

    First, the United Kingdom and New Zealand cheesecake is alike. Their cheesecakes are broadly speaking cold desserts using neither baking nor cooking. Creating cheesecakes, those nations used fragmented digestive biscuits mixed with butter and compressed into a dish to build a bottom layer. They used fillings or toppings, which in the main consist of sugar, cheese, cream, milk and gelatin blended collectively.

    In Italy, there are two ways of making cheesecakes, the Roman and Italian style. Roman style cheesecakes use ricotta-like cheese and honey blended with flour and traditionally formed into loaves. There are also more recipes that involve bay leaves, applying these to preserve the treat. Today, baking Roman style cheesecakes is still popular in Italian areas, which upheld the culinary traditions after the downfall of Rome.

    But then, Italian style cheesecakes are the modern-day variations of the Roman cheesecake. These cheesecakes use either mascarpone or ricotta cheese and substitute honey with sugar. They also excluded using bay leaves and passed on other new-age ingredients, like: barley flakes and vanilla extract. Commonly, this cheesecake is drier in comparison to American style cheesecakes and often presented with tiny scraps of crystallized fruit.

    A light cheesecake is the principal description of French cheesecakes. These cakes have gelatin as the Chief holding ingredient and are mostly only 3 to 5 centimeters tall. This cheesecake accomplishes its light flavor and texture from the Neufchatel cheese. To a greater extent, discovering French cheesecakes out-of-doors in marketplaces at the South of France and good pastry shops in Paris is the best way to find them.

    The American Cheesecake

    In the United States, cheesecakes normally depend on cream cheese instead of the French Neufchatel. Among the commonest cheesecakes in America is the New York style cheesecake. Setting up this method a delicatessen uses cream cheese, dense cream, eggs, and egg yolks ready to add a fluid consistency and fullness.

    New York style cheesecakes are likewise recognized as Jewish style and are baked in a particular 13 to 15 centimeter tall spring form pan. There are as well additional recipes of the cheesecake that employ lemon and cottage cheese for clear-cut flavor and texture.

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    Monday, 07 July 2008

    Belizean food is easy to prepare, physically filling and delightfully delicious. How about a dish of Johnny Cakes? Johnny Cakes are a favored breakfast dish in Belize. Johnny Cakes are a cross between what the American people traditionally or culturally know as biscuits and/or pancakes. Traditionally, in Belize, Johnny Cakes are a breakfast food item. However, Johnny Cakes are also, for many people, a standard, even a favorite bread that is consumed during lunch and dinner meals. Excellent with refried beans, cheese that is melted, crumbled or sliced.


    2 lbs. Flour
    - 1/4 lb. Shortening
    - 4 tsp. Baking powder
    - 2 tsp. Salt Cream from 1 coconut, or 1 tin Coconut Cream (8 oz. Method: Place flour in mixing bowl and add all dry ingredients. Work in shortening with fingers. Gradually add coconut cream and mix until dough handle easily without being too sticky, or dry. If too sticky, add a bit more flour. Knead until smooth. Cut into desired size (golf ball size works well) and shape into a ball. Let rest about 10 minutes, then flatten to about 1/2" thickness onto baking sheet. Prick top with fork four or five times.

    Bake in preheated oven at 450 degrees F. until golden brown, or about 15 minutes. Once cooked split open and butter while hot.

    Johnny Cakes are also good for when one has the munchies, pop one in the microwave or eat it cold, like bread and butter spread a bit of jam, jelly or your favorite fruit preserve on top. How delicious!

    Are you a Belizean?

    Do you like to surprise your none Belizean friends with your favorite native foods at social functions, picnics or other gatherings? Would you like to share your recipes with the whole wide world? If so, please email me at:


    If you share a recipe and wish to remain anonymous your privacy will be respected. If not you will be given credit for your contribution. Belize has many great recipes for all occasions.As proud Belizeans let's share our rich cultural heritage, which includes our food recipes, with the whole wide world! ~Anthony Benjamin ~ http://www.belize-vacations-online.info

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    Wednesday, 02 July 2008

    People had been so creative and innovative in making use of color mixes to signify nationalism and patriotism for the Fourth of July desserts. It does not matter what type of recipe you are making for as long as it has a scheme of red, white or blue in it, then it is as good as the American Independence itself. Dessert choices ranging from cheesecakes, cupcakes, puddings and other pastries are but some of the wide range of dessert recipes applicable for the festivity. With a simple application of white icing, you can already fashion your own cakes and cupcakes into a U.S. flag of some sort. Fruits as well can be arranged strategically to mimic the flag. These sumptuous dishes are very easy to prepare and not to mention, most have cheap ingredients that are readily available in the market or even in your own backyard.

    With simple ingredients such as ice cream, syrup, berries, whipped cream and sugar, one can already create a Yankee Doodle Sundae. With the warm atmosphere in the air, carry along desserts are just perfect anytime anywhere. These may include a Margarita Pie and Dirt. The latter is especially recommended for picnics having lots of kids in attendance while the Margarita pie's tasty pretzel crust really makes ones mouth water. One can also use a certain colored butter cream and other cake decorators like strawberries to mimic the Star - Spangled Banner. For storage purposes, these cold foods can be placed and kept in coolers with lots of ice to maintain the coolness of it all. Overall, these foods are just perfect to be one of the Fourth of July desserts.

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    Tuesday, 01 July 2008
    Being diabetic can be difficult, especially when it comes to eating the right foods. Here are 5 random cookie and cake recipes that a diabetic can enjoy as well as anyone else who is hungry.


    2 c. raisins

    1 1/2 c. water

    1/2 c. orange juice

    1 c. unsweetened applesauce

    2 eggs, beaten (or Eggbeaters)

    2 tbsp. liquid sweetener

    1/2 c. cooking oil

    2 c. self-rising flour

    1 tsp. baking soda

    1 tsp. cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. nutmeg

    1 tsp. vanilla

    Slowly boil raisins in water until water is absorbed. Add orange juice, applesauce, sweetener, eggs and oil; mix well. Blend flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg; add to first mixture together with vanilla. Mix well. Pour into greased 9-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.


    1/2 c. flour

    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    1/2 tsp. soda

    1/4 tsp. salt

    1/4 tsp. nutmeg

    1 tsp. allspice

    1/2 c. oatmeal

    1/2 c. raisins

    1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

    1/4 c. cooking oil

    1 egg

    1 tsp. vanilla

    Mix flour, cinnamon, soda, salt, nutmeg, allspice, oatmeal and raisins. Add applesauce, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix to moisten and drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees.


    1/2 c. butter

    1 tbsp. liquid sweetener or 1/2 c. sugar

    1 egg

    1 c. finely sliced dates or raisins

    1 1/2 c. diabetic applesauce

    1 c. chopped pecans (optional)

    1/4 tsp. cloves

    1 tsp. vanilla

    2 c. flour

    2 tsp. soda

    1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    Cream butter, egg and applesauce. Add liquid sweetener and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture. Beat until well blended. Turn into loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


    1 c. chopped dates

    1/3 c. vegetable oil

    1/2 c. orange juice

    1/4 tsp. artificial sweetener

    1 c. flour

    1 tsp. baking powder

    1/2 c. chopped pecans

    1/4 c. Eggbeaters (or 1 egg)

    1 tbsp. grated orange rind

    Boil dates, oil, and orange juice for 5 minutes and cool; add rest of ingredients. Mix all together and spread in oiled 8 x 8 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting. Yields 36 bars. Each bar: 56 calories. 7 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein, 3 grams fat, 8 mg. cholesterol, 12 mg. sodium.


    1 c. all-purpose flour

    1 c. quick oats

    3/4 c. seedless raisins

    1/2 c. orange juice

    1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened

    2 tsp. baking powder

    1 tsp. grated orange peel

    1/2 tsp. salt

    1/2 tsp. cinnamon

    1 egg

    3/4 c. nuts

    Sugar substitute to taste

    Mix all dry ingredients plus oats, raisins and orange peel. Add orange juice, egg, oil and vanilla. Then add nuts. Mix to moisten and drop onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

    I hope you enjoy these delicious recipes.

    Check out http://www.TheDiabeticCookbook.com for the complete cookbook

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