What Peppers to Use When

What Peppers to Use When

If you subscribe to the myth that hot peppers cause ulcers and indigestion, please read on.

Capsicum, found in peppers, gives off heat and stimulates all your nerve endings – increasing blood flow – which not only heals, but actually prevents many bad health issues. And, peppers are high in vitamins A and C, as well as calcium.

Eating peppers in the capsaicin family can benefit you because they play a role in both digestive and cardiovascular health as well as in long-term cancer prevention. They even help you to lower your cholesterol levels.

Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

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History of the Toque

History of the Toque

Many years ago, Jeff told me at one time there were 100 pleats on a toque (That’s the name of a chef’s hat.). And that each pleat represented one way to cook an egg. I was pretty incredulous. I wondered how in the world anyone could cook an egg that many ways. Well, it turns out, he was right.

I discovered pleats, as well as toques, are immersed in rich history. Originally the idea was the more experience a chef had, the more pleats were on his toque. Each pleat signified a technique or recipe he had mastered. And, Jeff was right – at one time, a chef had 100 pleats in his toque to signify the 100 ways he could prepare an egg.

If a pleat holds that much history, I mused, what can we learn about the history of a toque? Where did it come from? And, when did it first appear on the scene?

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Why Does Wheat Make Me Sick?

Why Does Wheat Make Me Sick?

During the past many years, Jeff and I have learned a lot about food and food production in America. Our newfound and constantly-evolving understanding of what has been done to our most basic foodstuffs has boggled our mind and has changed us.

Today, I want to discuss wheat – or should I say what most refer to as wheat. This has become a highly-controversial topic and my goal is to break it down into an easy-to-understand format.

My objective, always, is to educate and inform. Because, once we thoroughly understand a topic, we are in a better position to make good decisions. Though it is always easier to go along with the crowd, that is not always the best course of action.

Grains – full of life and nutrients – have been consumed for thousands of years by storing in whole kernel form and milled fresh.

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Learn About Cheese

Learn About Cheese

Almost everything tastes better with cheese. And, it’s good for you, too.

Today, I thought I’d put together some fun cheese history and facts.

Cheese has been around a long time. History shows about 4,000 years. Its beginning coincides with when people started to breed animals and process their milk. Usually, cheese is made from the cows’ milk but can also be made from sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks.  It is very nutritious and is made from the curd of the milk, coagulated by rennet, separated from the whey, and pressed in a vat, hoop or mold.

It is said the first type of cheese to arrive in the America was goat cheese, with first mass production of cheese in 1851 in New York. Demands for cheese have risen steadily ever since.

The variety of cheeses include: fresh soft, fresh firm, soft, semi-soft, semi-hard, hard, semi-firm and firm.

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On Being Married to a Chef

On Being Married to a Chef

I’ve been sitting at my desk all morning working on our new website. Google tells me my old site is no longer acceptable. It doesn’t play nice with mobile devices.

Though this is something I’ve been putting off, I’m glad I finally made it to this item on my to-do list. Soon, I’ll be able to check the task off and move on.

And, truth-be-told, I’ve been having a good time and am excited for the upcoming GoLive date, which will have happened by the time you read this.

There’s an addition to our new site – this food blog. I know… I may be adding even more work to my life than I really want to take on. But, who knows? Maybe it will be fun. Maybe I’ll be able to exercise those creative muscles that seem to have atrophied over the years. Maybe I’ll make some new friends. And, who knows. Maybe I’ll actually add some value to someone else’s life.

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