Getting Back to Blog of the Week

I have been very remiss of late and have not been adding the blog of the week as often as I should. So in an attempt to rectify this situation I decided to start by dropping in on one of my many favorite sites Months of Edible Celebrations.  Louise gives so much interesting information and past history about recipes that I always become totally absorbed by what I am reading and time passes all to quickly.

If you are ever stuck for an idea on what to prepare for a particular celebration, then Months of Edible Celebrations will certainly give you great recipe ideas. It seems there is a celebration on almost every day of the year.

While checking out whats new on Months of Edible Celebrations this morning, I came across a recipe the I haven’t made for many years, it used to be a favorite of my friends and family – Baked Alaska.  We knew it as Bombe Alaska but the principle is the same.  Although a cake base is generally used, when I was at school (seems like a hundred years ago) we were taught to place the ice cream on pineapple rings which also makes for a tasty dessert.

The recipe is courtesy of the Millennium Hotel, Anchorage, and my thanks to Louise for mentioning it.  I have to say it brought back some very pleasant memories.

Cuisinart – a History of True Entrepreneurial Spirit and Quality

Cuisinart is one of those household names. Just about everyone knows it. Many, many people own these fine kitchen appliances, but few know the origin of the company … and its roots in high quality.

Imagine it’s 1967. For some of us (like me) it’s easy. For our younger readers, well humor me if you will. :-) Enter a man named Carl Sontheimer. Carl studied engineering and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also possessed a sound understanding of business principles. Skillfully blending the two together, Carl ran a quite successful business, Amzac Electronics.

Having just sold Amzac, Carl and his wife Shirley didn’t quite retire, but rather chose to pursue another business that combined Carl’s two passions: electronics and cooking. Back then, it was kind of weird combination. Regardless, they also liked travel and found themselves at a housewares show in France sometime in 1971. At that show they saw their first commercial food preparation machine made by a French company, Robot-Coupe.

The entrepreneurial wheels began to turn. You see Carl, having excellent engineering skills, was convinced that he could redesign the commercial food processors he had seen in France into a version suitable for use in the home. He and Shirley invested $20k (a LOT of money in 1971) and created their own housewares business. Of course, you know the name. It was Cuisinart.

Carl spent over 2 years creating his home food processor design. Always focusing on high quality design, he did things like improve and invent new blades. He incorporated safety mechanisms. He improved the way you feed food into the machine. Finally, by about 1974 he had arrived at a design that worked well, greatly decreased the time it took to prepare foods, and made it easy to clean up afterward. It was a robust and elegant design, ready for the US market.

Drawing on his engineering and business talents, Carl had introduced an early version of his food process at the National Housewares Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. That was in 1973. He took the feedback he received at the show and incorporated it into his subsequent designs. That was of great value in and of itself. However, Carl achieved something of far greater value at that show. He introduced the American public to a heretofore little known genre of kitchen home appliances … the home food processor. He planted the seed.

Ok, so he had planted a seed. Big deal you say! Actually, it wasn’t. Sales stunk to put it mildly. But here again, Carl’s entrepreneurial shrewdness came to play. He brought out the big gun of (insert trumpets from heaven here) free publicity. He got the famous gourmet cooks of the time to talk about and write about his Cuisinart food processor. People like James Beard, Julia Child, Eva Pomice all either endorsed his product or wrote shining articles in prestigious magazines like “Gourmet” or “Forbes”. He even got the New York Times to talk about his invention. Needless to say, that seed got some high grade fertilizer.

By 1975 sales began to take off. Carl build his sales momentum on the foundation of high quality and price. Cusinart became synonymous with top of the line quality. It became fashionable to own a Cuisinart, like wearing “Calvin Kline” jeans. Carl and Shirley owned the business privately so we don’t have any hard sales data. However, some industry analysts “guesstimated” that 1976 sales ranged somewhere between 150k to 250k units. That was a huge increase from selling only a few a month only about 18 months before. By 1977 Cuisinart sales reached $50 million.

If you can’t tell already, I really admire Carl Sontheimer. He embodies the entrepreneurial spirit. Think for a moment about what he accomplished. In about 6 short years, he went from just an idea to over $50 million in sales. That’s astounding! What impresses me most is his insistence on good design and quality products. Today, it seems, those two aspects of business stand second to big corporate profit and too big to fail mentality.

So, in closing, I want to say that I like Cuisinart small appliances. I have a cuisinart programmable coffee maker and a food processor, both of which I use regularly. They serve me well and I feel good about the value I received in exchange for my hard earned money. I think if you choose to buy Cuisinart, you’ll feel the same way too. Thanks for reading.

Author bio:|
As a recently new single dad, Mike Rocha began an online business to help make ends meet. He loves to cook. Mike’s dad had a saying, “Some people eat to live, our family lives to eat!” ;-) So publishing articles about various new recipes, or writing a review on the cuisinart 4 slice toaster, fits right in.

Mike lives in beautiful sunny south Florida with his son who helps him with food shopping, cooking, and … yes … even cleanup, too. LOL. Mike has a dream to visit Italy and learn how to make Prosciutto ham.

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Healthy Meal Ideas For When You Don’t Have Time To Cook

Sometimes, healthy meal ideas are hard to come by and require alot of time in the kitchen  , there are several quick and simple healthy meal ideas available for those of us who are trying to lose weight . Given that we don’t have the time to cook a delightful dinner each and every day , in this article I will provide several ideas which will help you create a low fat meal in a snap .

A great meal substitute when you simply don’t have time is a smoothie made with fat-free milk, frozen fruit, and wheat germ .

A quick and nutritious meal can be simple . Try a peanut butter sandwich made with whole wheat bread . Along with that have an apple and a glass of 1% milk .

How about some eggwhites with sauteed chives and peppers and a couple slices of multi grain toast, put them together for a sandwich  .

A bag of frozen veggies topped with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan and some chopped nuts.

Salad is always a quick and delicious meal . Just mix a bag of salad greens together with a can of tuna or chicken breast, maybe a tomato and some fat free dressing and you have a delicious meal in a snap  . You can even use pre cooked chicken strips (as long as they are not fried!) .

Make a quick and delicious sandwich . Make sure to have some whole wheat or multi grain bread on hand, your favorite low fat deli meat, and some fat free cheese, mustard is a great low calorie addition  .

Remember that cereal with low fat milk and fruit is a great meal no matter what time of the day it may be !

There are also many different ready to eat meal replacement alternatives on the market you can buy and have on standby. For example, yo can keep a meal replacement bar in your purse or gym bag, that’s a great healthy meal when you’re on the go and running out of time.

These are just a few healthy meal ideas for those of us who don’t always have time to cook .

Cooking Made Really Simple

Lots of people simply cannot be bothered preparing food these days. Sometimes it seems easier just to eat at cafes every night, because of so many take-away shops out there or perhaps to simply put something in the microwave since  there are plenty of ready dinners to select from.

At times, it can be very amazing to discover precisely what actual ingredients are contained in ready foods, or in the fast foods which seem so handy and which young people frequently really like! It can also be surprising to work through the amount these dishes cost you, when you add up the time as well as real money put out.

Frequently, the reasons people today do not cook meals for themselves as well as their loved ones tend to be because  (a) they feel they do not have the time and also (b) they don’t know what to prepare. But there are  many very simple, nourishing meals available that you can try out on your own family. A lot of straightforward ingredients can quickly be converted into tasty nutritious meals. And by the way – you’re saving yourself unwanted expense. And if you are  concerned about the dish washing- there is hardly any!

Why not try an easy meal together with your next fast food, just to discover just how easy it is? And if you want to inspire yourself to accomplish something, whether it’s  to prepare a meal on a regular basis or perhaps to cultivate some other good routine – go to Freedup to figure out ways of getting yourself  to do what you want to achieve.

Mashed Potatoes

This is a simple and filling dish but very pleasant and tasty. They can be served in lots  of alternatives and even the leftovers can be used up.

Ingredients: Depending on your appetite, use about 2 medium potatoes for each person. You will also need salt and pepper to taste, a knob of butter and a little milk.

Method: Thinly peel the potatoes and slice them. Put them in cold water until you are ready to use them. Drain off the cold water, put the pieces in a saucepan and cover them with boiling water. Bring the water back to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the potato slices are cooked. (They will be tender when tested about 5 – 10 minutes.) You can use a fork to check if the potatoes are done. There should be no resistance when it is pricked into the slices and it should come out again very easily. If the potatoes break up – they are overdone! But if the potatoes try to hold onto the fork, cook them a little longer. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan. Put the pan back on a low heat for a very short while, just to dry them. Add a knob of butter, a little milk and salt and  pepper and mash the potatoes up using a potato masher. Use alongside your normal meal or even eat them by themselves.

Ideal for the kitchen American Style Fridge Freezers and Stainless Steel American Fridge Freezers

Should We Be Eating Food Raw?

Even though the raw food (also known as “raw foodism” or “rawism”) diet is not new, it is gaining a great deal of popularity. Followers of the diet believe strongly in the claims that eating in this manner will lead to the best possible health. All of the recent attention may have you wondering: what is the raw food diet?

People who practice this type of diet are known as “raw foodists”. From having great skin, a lean body, and more energy to having better overall health with a lower risk of developing diseases, the claims of this diet are many. The diet must be followed to the letter in order to get those kind of benefits. Consuming food in its most natural form, unprocessed and uncooked, is the best way to follow the diet. You must be fully committed and have plenty of time to devote to this diet. Many hours a day are spent preparing food by chopping, blending, peeling, and dehyrdating.

The main component of the diet, usually about seventy-five percent, is made up of vegetables and fruits. Nuts, grains, seaweed, beans, and sprouts make up the remainder of the diet. While some cheeses made from raw milk or raw eggs are allowed on the diet, most animal products are not. Foods such as refined sugar, all forms of refined products, caffeine, and alcohol are not allowed.

Traditional cooking methods are not allowed on the raw food diet. The main “cooking device” used is a food dehydrator, not a stove or oven. Food dehydrators heat gently and use low amounts of heat, no more than 115 to 118 degrees, to dry the food. Raw foodists believe enzymes and vitamins necessary for digestion are destroyed when food is heated above 118 degrees.

Much more research is needed to support the claims of the raw food diet, however an early study concluded that consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale on a regular basis may reduce the risk of developing cancer. These vegetables contain isothicyanates, which have been shown to modify protein in cancer cells. Isothicyanates are reduced through the cooking process, thus reducing the health properties. A second completed study regarding the raw food diet found that regular consumption of raw vegetables may in fact lower the risk of esophageal, laryngeal, oral, pharyngeal, and gastric cancers. Further studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, as well as those that are vegan or vegetarian may lower cholesterol levels, and regulate blood glucose levels.

Be careful though, you should always contact your physician before starting this or any type of diet. You need to make sure all of your health needs are met, and the diet is safe. The raw food diet is not suitable for children or infants as it does not provide enough nutrition for development and growth.

If you don’t fancy a raw food diet then you might want to consider the Diet Solution Program instead.