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Refreshing Recipes for Hot Summer DaysSummer is a great time to eat seasonal dishes. No one wants to spend hours slaving over a hot stove or pre-heating the oven on a steamy summer night. With these fresh and flavorful recipes, you'll be able to enjoy the tastes of summer without breaking out in a sweat!   Tabbouleh Salad This refreshing Middle Eastern salad is ideal for boiling-hot days. Parsley, lemon juice, and tomatoes make this vegetarian dish a refreshing lunch entrée or a palate-cleansing evening meal. Serves: 8-10 Ingredients:  150 g (... more ...
The idea behind veganism is simple: a diet that includes no meat or animal products like eggs and dairy. Whether people are choosing this diet for ethical reasons, or they feel that it will make them healthier, the vegan diet continues to grow in popularity. The question among nutritionists, however, is whether the diet really is any healthier for you than an omnivorous diet. Here, we'll examine some of the benefits and downsides of this diet.     Pros   - Lowers Cholesterol- Studies have proven that a diet that a diet comprised mostly of vegetables can significantly re... more ...
As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, try these 5 easy and delicious recipes to celebrate the spring.   Pasta Primavera   Boil a large pot of salted water, then add 12 ounces of fusili pasta. Cook according to the package instructions. In the last 2 minutes of boiling, toss in a half pound of sugar snap peas or broccoli florets, two shredded carrots, and one bell pepper cut into strips. Take out 1/2 cup cooking water to reserve for later, then drain the pasta and vegetables and set aside. Heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add... more ...
The holiday season is the perfect time to turn on your oven and warm up your home! From cranberries and oranges to nutmeg and cinnamon, the winter months offer an exciting assortment of seasonal flavors to sample. Do you want to surprise your guests with a new treat this Christmas season? Make one of these simple and delicious recipes for your next holiday party!       YUMMY PEPPERMINT BISCOTTI   Mint lovers will adore this deliciously wintry biscotti recipe. A chocolate and crushed peppermint frosting make this snack a seasonal favorite.   Prep Time: 1 hour ... more ...
As the leaves fall from the trees and the sun sets earlier each evening, the crisp, cool days of autumn can feel especially rushed. Fortunately, the fall harvest brings us a number of great seasonal foods, from tart apples to savory squash. Make the most of these excellent autumnal flavours with these simple, mouth-watering dinner dishes. Even on the coldest autumn days, these hearty meals will keep you warm and fill you up.   CHICKEN KIEV Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes   Chicken Kiev is a quick, filling dish that's straight-forward and easy to prepare, making... more ...
The market for gluten-free foodstuffs is increasing rapidly year by year. In the United States, sales in the niche food market have more than doubled since 2010. Though the gluten-free food industry is now raking in more than $20 billion dollars annually, most of us are still in the dark as to what the "gluten-free diet" really is. Would you benefit from eating gluten-free items, or is the diet merely a passing fad? Read on to learn more!   What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in a number of grains, most notably wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Gluten is a naturall... more ...
Unless you're a celebrity, or happen to be alarmingly wealthy, then it's fairly unlikely that you'll ever enjoy the culinary delights of one of the world's most celebrated and talented chefs while dining in one of their restaurants. However, that doesn't negate their contribution to the world of cooking; like fashion designers, the world's leading chefs set the trends, influencing those who create the dishes that we enjoy locally. But who are the world's leading chefs? Here, in no particular order, are ten of the best.   Gordon Ramsay One of the most recogni... more ...
It is an American summertime staple. A diverse and indulgent culinary delight. Everyone's favorite ground beef-based food. It is the burger. They are pretty much always edible, but it takes a little something special to make a burger truly amazing. By following a few pieces of advice from the Monarch Room's executive chef Michael Citarella, anyone can enjoy a gourmet burger in the comfort of their own home.     What Makes the Perfect Burger? It is all about the ingredients. Obviously, the most important part of a burger is the meat. The patty should not be thick, and it i... more ...
Sometimes it seems that we're constantly hearing about what we should and shouldn't eat. One day we hear that a food cuts our risk of heart problems, the next that it increases the risk of a stroke. It can be hard to know what we should be eating - we all know that on the whole, we need to eat more fruits and vegetables and less sugar and fat but what about other foods? What foods should be in your diet but aren't? Read on to find out.     Walnuts Due to containing high levels of Alpha-Linolenic Acid (a type of Omega 3 fat), walnuts are thought to help boost your mood... more ...
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also quite stressful! If you're hosting a party on the run up to Christmas, the last thing you need is to swamp yourself with complicated recipes. However, you can still impress your guests with some clever cooking cheats.   Spicy Candied Nuts Popular with our American cousins, the combination of sweet, salt and spice makes this the perfect accompaniment to a festive tipple. Also makes a great gift. Take 500g shelled mixed unsalted nuts, bake for ten minutes at 300 degrees centigrade, cool, then add to a saucepan. In a b... more ...