Pizza with Vegetable Toppings


Pizza with Vegetable toppingsWhat is a pizza?

The answer depends on how you define a pizza. A loose definition could be “some kind of flat bread with stuff on it”. Using this loose definition, need to consider that ancient Persian soldiers baked flat bread on their shields and covered them with cheese and dates.

However, we come to think of pizza as a traditional Italian dish. The Italian pizza is a flatbread topped with tomato sauce, cheese, meat and baked in an oven.

However, in this article, pepperoni will be kicked aside because we will try different toppings for your healthy home-made pizza.

Who doesn’t love pizza? It is almost an addictive food, and there’s no wrong way of eating it.

But what is the origin of pizza? Let’s learn more about the history of this fantastic food. [Read more…]

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Why Chocolate is Good for your Health

Benefits of chocolateChocolate is not just a delicious sweet morsel. It also offers health benefits to our body.

So, the next time you enjoy chocolates or decide to check up on the 8 of the Most Irresistible Chocolate Drinks of All Time, you won’t need to feel so guilty.

History of Chocolate

Let’s start out by understanding where chocolate came from.

Wikipedia tells us that,

“The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. … Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices, wine, or corn puree. …

It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength. Today, such drinks are also known as ‘Chilate’ and are still made by locals in the South of Mexico.

After the arrival of chocolate into Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added, and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and later among the common people. …”

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8 of the Most Irresistible Chocolate Drinks of All Time

What can go wrong with chocolate?

Aside from being delicious, it is also the ultimate comfort food.

Chocolate can be a stress reliever and a mood-enhancer, and is the all-time favorite with people of all ages.

So we have found eight of the best all-season chocolate drinks for you and compiled them together so that you can look them up, try the recipes, and maybe make your own version of these drinks to suite any day of the year.

Here are the 8 delicious chocolate drinks that are easy to prepare and are definitely going to please your family:

  • Drinking Chocolate

Dorothy Kern tells us: “This Drinking Chocolate is the richest, most indulgent hot chocolate recipe ever! It’s like drinking hot ganache and it’s to die for!”

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Get the Drinking Chocolate recipe on Crazy for Crust. [Read more…]

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A Special Mother’s Day Gift – Lemon Drizzle

Mother's Day Gift - Lemon DrizzleMother, Mai, Madre, Mama, Mat’, Mommy!

Whatever we call her, this is the woman who gave birth to us, a very special person that we cannot live without.

The woman who gives us her unconditional love is having her special day on Sunday, May 8 in many parts of the world.

We celebrate Mother’s Day, this is one of those special days of the year where we give tribute and honor to our great-grandmothers, grandmothers, and mothers for all their sacrifices.

Are you looking for some gifts this Mother’s Day? Look no more, the search is over.

Try this wonderful recipe shared by Elisa Barber of the Baking Hive, and devised by Brittni Strickland, the Lemon Drizzle Cake Raspberry Compote. It has the additional benefit that is easy to make with children .

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Pupusas from El Salvador – Worth Every Calorie

Pupusas from El Salvador are thick, disc-shaped cornmeal pancakes with cheese, and meat all in one sinfully delicious package. Pupusas have been described as “corn flour quesadillas, only sealed around the edges”. Eating a pupusa means suspending all attempts to count calories, but your first few bites of this traditional delicacy will convince you that this treat is worth every calorie.

What is so wonderful about pupusas?

Pupusas are not only delicious, they are easily available and budget friendly as well. In 10 Best Pupusas in Los Angeles, Rachael Narin of LA Weekly says, “Pupusas are cheap and cheerful, exceptionally hearty, stuffed and griddled disks of slaked cornmeal or rice flour that originated in El Salvador. They invariably cost less than $3 in even the most stylish restaurants, and are most likely available somewhere near you.” [Read more…]

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Dressing up the Potato

PotatoThe common potato is a commonplace ingredient for meals throughout the year. Food and Wine several amazing potato recipes from its contributing cooks. Here are three of those recipes. Try them and give your old side dish a lift.

Chantilly Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust

Maria Guarnaschelli gives a sinfully rich twist to potatoes with her recipe for Chantilly Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust .  Maria Guarnaschelli likes to joke that when you cook French food on a regular basis, you need a cow in the backyard to provide enough butter and cream. This dairy-rich recipe calls for whipped cream and cheese.”

Her recipe calls for two pounds of potatoes (Yukon Gold), half a cup of cold milk, seven tablespoons of softened butter (unsalted), a cup of heavy cream, half a cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, salt, and freshly ground pepper to taste. [Read more…]

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Mediterranean Chicken Stew – Glamorous yet Filling

Chicken stewChicken stew is frequently perceived as daily fare or as comfort food, but Emerill Lagasse’s version makes this dish truly fit for company. It is flavorful and robust, with just the right exotic Mediterranean touch.

Emerill Lagasse’s Version

You will see that Emerill Lagasse’s version of this stew adheres quite well to the Mediterranean diet. Based on his recipe for Mediterranean Chicken Stew posted in, to prepare this dish you will need two whole chicken breasts, (skinless, bone in, cut in quarters), two medium onions (sliced), two cloves garlic, one yellow or one red bell pepper (seeded and chopped), a teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground ginger, two pounds sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes), one can unsalted diced tomatoes (drained), two tablespoons golden raisins, and two cups low sodium chicken. [Read more…]

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Shifting to Lamb

LambTurkey and ham are not the only meats fit for your holiday table. Lamb can be just as festive, and it has the added benefit of bringing new flavors to your celebration. Take a look at this lamb recipe and see how it can give your menu a welcome lift.

Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

In the Serious Eats website, Managing Culinary Director J. Kenji López-Alt shares a truly scrumptious recipe for Slow-Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb with Garlic, Rosemary, and Lemon. He says the recipe works because: “Slow-roasted boneless leg of lamb comes out extra tender with a crisp, well-browned crust and juicy pink meat flavored with garlic, rosemary, and lemon zest.

“Cooking at very low temperatures followed by a blast at high heat creates the ultimate contrast with pink meat that extends from edge to edge and a crisp brown crust. It also enhances tenderness.

“Par-cooking a rub made with garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, and anchovies ensures that raw, steamed flavors don’t last. Anchovies in the marinade bring out the meatiness of the lamb without overwhelming with any kind of fishy aroma.”

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Crisps and Crumbles – Desserts with Homespun Charm

Crisps and Crumbles

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Crisps and crumbles are desserts that are rich in flavor and in homespun charm. These sweet delights are easy to make, and you can actually use just about any fruit or fruit mixture you like to prepare these. Crisps and crumbles are similar to cobblers, except that they are not topped with a batter. Instead, to prepare these desserts, you use a relatively dry topping made of sugar, flour, spices, nuts, or oats. Take a peek at Martha Stewart’s apple crisp recipe and Jamie Oliver’s pear crumble with ginger.

Martha Stewart’s Apple Crisp

Lifestyle goddess Martha Stewart shares her recipe for Apple Crisp in her cooking website which has this to say about this dessert: “One of the definitive desserts of fall, apple crisp is easy and economical.” The people in her test kitchen recommend the use of Empire, Gala, or Braeburn apples for this recipe. [Read more…]

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Simple and Sophisticated Compotes: Saving the Day


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The compote is one of the simplest desserts you can ever prepare, and yet it lends itself well to the most sophisticated dinners. Some food historians believe compotes originated from Europe, and the earliest records of their existence hail from the Middle Ages. However, a good many food historians also say that the art of processing whole fruits in syrup may have originated in the Mediterranean.

Made of whole fruits stewed in water, spices, and sugar, this dessert’s cooking syrup can be flavored with nutmeg, vanilla, cloves, candied fruit, raisins, or orange peel. Because it can be served either warm or cold, a compote can be used to crown a meal no matter what the weather or the season is.

Compotes to Save the Day

If you are expecting guests for dinner, or if you just want to be ready for people unexpectedly dropping by, take a look at Ina Garten’s recipes for compotes. Because you can cook this dessert way ahead of time and just store it in the refrigerator, serving something sweet and homemade will be a breeze for you. [Read more…]

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