Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons pickling spice
1 onion, sliced
5 black peppercorns
1 canned sliced beets
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The first time the DOVE® chocolates was introduced in the market, I went to a store and got myself one. I tried it and fell in love with it! From that day on, DOVE® chocolates became my favorite chocolates of all because it is creamy, smooth, silky and so delicious. I also like Dove Ice Cream products for they are the richest, creamiest ice cream I have ever tasted; available in several mouth-watering flavors Now, they are launching the newest addition to the Dove® family and that is the DOVE® Ice Cream Miniatures. They even launched the "My Mini Moment" contest where they are asking women to share their favorite mini moment of scape. Easy isn't it? To join the contest, all you have to do is submit a photo and short essay at DoveIceCream.com/myminimoment by June 7, 2010.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010
Beans belong to a group of foods referred to as "legumes." This food group includes peas, lentils, and peanuts in addition to the beans with which most of us are familiar. Next to cereal grains, the legume family contributes the most substantially towards feeding the people of the world. The high protein content of beans is necessary when meat is hard to come by, which is what makes legumes a wonderful addition to your food storage pantry! Beans are also high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, and contain important vitamins and minerals like foliate, calcium, iron and potassium.
There are many different varieties of legumes, and each variety is used in different ways!
Pinto Beans are popular in Tex-Mex cooking and are used for refried beans in tacos and burritos. They are nutrient rich and provide a flavorful side dish often paired with spicy rice. These naturally dehydrated beans are sometimes specially prepared with salt and sometimes other ingredients and sold as refried beans.
Black Beans are known for their meat-like texture and versatility. They are a Latin American staple that have a mild flavor and are commonly used in salads and paired with rice as a side dish. This bean has recently become more popular with many Fresh Mex, Baja-Mexico-inspired restaurants. Due to its meat-like texture and dark color, it is often used as a red meat substitute.
Small Red Beans
Small Red Beans have a hearty flavor and a rich texture. They are often used in bean casseroles or served with rice and Cajun seasonings.
Kidney Beans are the bean most often used in chili recipes. This variety is also very hearty in texture and accents other flavors well.
Split Green Peas
Split Green Peas are known for their flavorful use in "split green pea soup." Their fresh flavor and color make them perfect for adding color and variety to your home storage.
Small White Navy Beans
Small White Navy Beans are excellent for use in soups and stews. Bean with Bacon soup is one of the most popular recipes for White Navy Beans.
Soy Beans are extremely versatile and used worldwide in making soymilk, textured vegetable protein (a meat substitute), and tofu. This bean takes flavor very well and has a wonderful texture.
Peanuts are in the legume family and are considered by many people to be a comfort food and family favorite. Most commonly used to make peanut butter, it is used in recipes and as a simple sandwich filling. Though their high fat content makes them hard to store, you can store peanut butter and peanut butter powder.
Garbanzo Beans (or Chick Peas) are often used in salads and as a base for making hummus. Though similar in use to other beans, they are not as commonly used for home storage.
Beans are also used to thicken gravies and add richness to soups and stews. Bean flour can be used in place of wheat flour in many recipes. Bean flour is delicious in dips, spreads, and can be used as a fat replacement when cooked and mashed into the consistency of shortening!
Dry beans should be parboiled or soaked overnight before cooking. Many dry bean varieties can be stored up to thirty years if packaged correctly. Once cooked, beans can be stored safely at least five days in the refrigerator, or up to one year if frozen. Over time, beans may require a longer soak and extended cooking times to achieve a softer texture.
This is just a small sampling of the many things you can do with beans! The recipes and possibilities are nearly endless with this versatile and healthy food storage basic. Hopefully you are an official "bean counter" and are ready to store and use more this wonderful food!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Playing basketball is in our blood because my brother and cousins played a lot of it and even formed a team to join the competitions and won most of the games. My father on the other hand is an avid fan of basketball; only it is the NBA or National Basketball Association teams. These are professional basketball players in the country. I remember, I used to watch these guys with my father on the television and had fun! Then, people who loves this sports, bets on the sports they like. Sports betting is widely popular among men in my country of origin. My father used to bet a lot, but now that he is getting older, he stopped betting on any kind of sports and is now contented watching it in front of the television. Talking about sports betting, during “Fiestas” or the celebration of the patron saint's anniversary, many activities are lined up during day and night time. Ball games and board games are always on the list. People like to bet mostly on basketball games of course. They bet and cheer on their favorite teams. During the celebration, people and their friends from the neighboring towns and cities join the celebration with plenty of foods, entertainment, marching bands and shops that sell affordable products and things like that. It is indeed fun to join in the celebration which is one thing I miss most while living here in the U.S.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
1. Set a budget
Determine how much you're willing to eat before looking at the menu. You can give yourself some leeway by scheduling some exercise on or near days you plan to eat out. Putting in gym time or going for a brisk walk will help offset a little extra eating. And remember, be flexible. You can loosen up a bit on special occasions, as long as you eat carefully most of the time. (Just don't let every day become a special occasion.)
2. Put on your game face
Decide on some guidelines before you go to a restaurant, and stick to them. For instance:
~~ Skip the all-inclusive (prix fixe) menu and opt for à la carte selections. Doing so might not be as economical, but you'll probably eat less.
~~ Take one piece of bread, then ask your server to remove the breadbasket from the table.
3. Make special requests
You're paying good money for that meal, so you're entitled to make special requests or slight modifications. Why not say:
~~ Can I have that without butter? Grilled? With the sauce on the side?
~~ I'd like mixed greens instead of fries with my sandwich.
4. Practice portion control
Some restaurant portions can be two, three, even four times the "normal" size — especially super-sized fast food meals. Keep your portions in check by:
~~ Ordering a salad as a starter and then splitting a main entrée with a friend.
~~ Creating your own scaled-down meal from a couple of appetizers and/or side dishes.
5. Break down (language) barriers
If you don't know what a preparation term means, ask. In general, though, the following words translate into high-fat, high-calorie dishes.
~~ Au gratin, scalloped, hollandaise.
~~ Parmigiana, scampi, Bolognese.
6. Downsize the super-size
Super-sized fast food meal options can be loaded with calories. Either:
~~ Order something small, like a basic burger. After all, the first bite tastes the same as the last.
~~ Order yourself a children's meal.
7. Watch out for extras
The average burger with ketchup, lettuce and tomato isn't so bad. But one with "the works" is usually a caloric nightmare. Skip:
~~ Bacon, cheese and mayonnaise.
~~ Double-burger patties and extra pieces of bread.
8. Don't go top heavy
Salad bars and garden salads grace menus across the country. But those extra toppings can sabotage your seemingly diet-conscious choices:
~~ Go light on croutons, grated cheese and bacon.
~~ Opt for small amounts of low-fat or nonfat dressings on the side.
9. Don't drink away your progress
~~ A drink with dinner is fine, but too many margaritas may wreak havoc on your dieting resolve. Keep your appetite under control by:
~~ Alternating alcoholic beverages with noncaloric sodas or sparkling water.
~~ Not drinking alcoholic beverages on an empty stomach.
10. Resign from the "clean plate club"
You paid for it so you have to eat it, right? Wrong. Just think of the health and emotional costs of those extra calories on your body. Downsize by:
~~ Eating half the meal and doggie-bagging the rest.
~~ Pushing your plate away when you're full.
~~ And remember to eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your body to recognize that it's full.
2 spray(s) cooking spray
2 slice(s) Weight Watchers 100% Whole Wheat Bread
3 Tbsp red onion(s), diced
3 Tbsp sweet red pepper(s), diced
3 Tbsp zucchini, diced
2 large egg(s)
2 large egg white(s)
1/8 tsp table salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 pouch(es) Weight Watchers Natural Reduced Fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese, about 2 tbsp
Okay, we have been living in the South for most of our married life, and our only child who is almost six year old now was conceived and borne here. We call him “ Little Cowboy” for he loves Sheriff Woody, the star of the animated Disney movies, Toy Story 1 and 2; he even have a costume almost exactly like the one Woody has. He has the cowboy hat, vest, boots, belt, scarf, toy gun,with matching Western gun holsters.
Talking about cowboy boots, my son has grown up his and since he needed a new one, husband and I plan of buying a pair of leather boots for him. We just need to find a place where they sell leather goods particularly. My son can use a new leather kid cowboy hat, too to match his leather boots. Who knows, he might wear his cowboy costume for the fourth times during Halloween day. Oh yeah, he wore it three times already and that shows how much he loves being a cowboy kid. Anyway, we can look online for leather goods or ask our friend whose son is an avid cowboy fan. Oh, I am more excited now than our son :-)!