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Feeding A Crowd In Style

Anyone who has ever had to prepare a meal for a large party knows the stress and anxiety that it may entail. This is even worse, when the subjects of your culinary efforts are in – laws. Regardless, cooking for many doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Strategy and preparation make all the difference. Contrary to cooking at home, when preparing food for a number of people, one needs to have a planner that outlines how the meal is going to be served. This applies across the board, whether serving a cold buffet or a cocktail dinner.

The dinner planner will contain all the nitty gritties of how the meal is going to begin, all the way to the last morsel that will be consumed on the table. To make the process fluid, one needs to have a good idea of the number of attendees one will be catering to. It may also be a good consideration to note the number of children that will be there too. By doing so, one will have a close estimate of the portions to serve and in all, the total quantity of food needed.

Thereafter, take note of any special dietary requirements your guests may have. Some individuals are lactose intolerant, others are diabetic, and others still are vegetarian or vegan. The onus will be upon you to get all of these details and serve up the right food. One dinner faux pas to avoid is serving up food that a guest may be allergic to. This can have mixed results from a flush of embarrassment for the amateur chef, to a night in the emergency room.

As you start with the groundwork, it is a nifty idea to take notes of all the finer details you can come up with. Though they may seem insignificant, you will be relieved to find that you didn’t forget the olive oil, moments before you pop your roast in the oven.

Hoping that the cooking process goes on without event, the last part is dressing up the meal table. This involves the use of numerous tablecloths and serviettes. An unavoidable consequence in this area is having them stained after use. A quick starching of linen to be used will go a long way in preventing staining. That said, you may hold your breath serve out the first course and hope all will go well.

Benefits Of Spicy Food

Spicy foods are rumored to have significant health benefits, which is the main reason why the human body craves them, according to many scientist. Here are some of those rumored health benefits:

  1. Weight Loss:

For one, the extra kick of hot sauce or a chopped jalapeno can make even the most bland diet food more palatable, causing you to be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan. In addition, they may jack up your metabolism. Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn bonus calories for 20 minutes post chow-down.

  1. Heart Health:

Studies show that cultures that eat the spiciest food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Potential reasons: Chili peppers can reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and capsaicin may fight inflammation, which has been flagged as a risk factor for heart issues.

  1. Cancer Prevention:

According to the American Association for Cancer Research, capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. One particular spice, turmeric, found in curry powder and some mustards, may slow the spread of cancer and growth of tumors.

  1. Lower Blood Pressure:

Vitamins A and C strengthen the heart muscle walls, and the heat of the pepper increases blood flow throughout your body. All of this equals a stronger cardiovascular system.

  1. Fewer Blow-Your-Top Moments:

Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. So they may help ease depression and stress.

 

Reasons Why Salt Is Good For You

Salt, flour, sugar and fat (or lard, or grease… whatever). If you’re serious about working out and staying in shape, you know these four as the Four White Deaths. They’re poisonous, right? Wrong!!! When it comes to salt, at least. The American Health Association has been called out by the health blogs of the world for its apparently pretty blatant lies. Now, salt is considered healthy, and here’s why:

  1. Research shows that a reduced-sodium diet leads to health issues. In one such study, participants consuming less than 2,300 mg (the recommended amount) had a higher mortality rate than participants consuming 2300 mg or more.
  1. Salt improves the quality of sleep. It has anti-stress attributes due to its suppression of stress hormones. It can also increase the metabolic rate of the body. This is supported by many people reporting that a low-sodium diet interferes with sleep and an appropriate amount helps improve sleep quality.
  1. Appropriate sodium consumption supports a fast metabolism and a good weight. Key word – appropriate. Irregular or too much cortisol means a metabolism which is stagnant and weight gain.
  1. A pinch of salt received on the tongue can help relive an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. It’s a natural antihistamine.
  1. Salt reduces circulating stress hormones, thereby supporting thyroid function.
  1. Salt improves insulin sensitivity, helping to control blood sugar. A diet which is low on salt will result in insulin resistance.

Cooking For Seniors – How To Make Great Meals

Healthy senior nutrition doesn’t have to be tasteless – there are bunch of ways to improve and strengthen the flavor. A few tips written in this article can help you make better and tastier meals for seniors.

No salt is allowed

Salt is probably the worst thing you can add to a meal. It’s proven that salt has many negative effects on our overall health, if it’s used on a daily basis (and if it’s used more than recommended). That’s why you should find a way to amp up the flavor without adding salt. You’d be surprised to know how many “allies” you have here – fresh herbs, spices, onions, garlic, ginger, citrus, vinegar etc.

Say no to unhealthy fats

If your seniors need to be on a heart-healthy diet, it doesn’t mean they can’t consume fats at all. It only means that they should replace unhealthy with healthy fats. The key is to avoid trans fats and saturated fats, and to use monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats instead. These types of fats can increase good cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Good fats include olive and canona oil and can also be found in avocados, salmon, flaxseed, nuts, soy milk and tofu.

Basic Tools For Every Kitchen – Part Three

In our previous articles, we’ve talked about some of the basic tools every kitchen and chef should have. Here we bring you the third and final part of our list of basic tools.
Instant read thermometer – If you’re a person who has to prepare lots of meat, an instant read thermometer will be great for you. A digital thermometer is practically invaluable for you. A few degrees can mean the difference between a tender and a tough steak and the best way to confirm that roast chicken is done is with that thermometer.

Kitchen shears – Some of you may think that kitchen shears are an unnecessary expense, but once you get them they will become the essential tool in your kitchen. They can cut through almost all types of meat and they are the easiest way for cutting up proteins into small pieces.

Spatula – A kitchen without a spatula is like a bird without its wings. A spatula is perfect for flipping eggs, pancakes, hamburger/tuna/salmon/zucchini patties etc. This tool allows you to flip even the most misbehaving patties you could possibly imagine.