Monthly Archives: December 2015

Preparing Simple Meals for New Year’s Eve

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People are already accustomed to preparing so much during the holiday season. New Year is a holiday that people believe they should truly celebrate and they do it by preparing so many foods that they cannot be finished in one evening. More often than not, the foods are just wasted so why not prepare something simple that can be enjoyed by the whole family?

One tip that you have to remember is to make sure that the food you are going to cook is easy to prepare. You may choose to roast or bake depending on what you think is easier. Food that can be considered as comfort food can be great too.

Another tip is to make sure that you have a definite meal plan. You can plan the whole meal in advance so that you will have all the ingredients needed. One appetizer, one main course and desert may be what you need to make the meal festive.

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Personalized Cupcakes for Christmas

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Cupcakes became popular by leaps and bounds over the past few years. From merely being one sweet and tasty snack or dessert, it has evolved in such a delicious way that it has now become a staple in children’s birthday parties as part of the birthday feast or treats or as a one delectable giveaway or souvenir.

Recently, cupcakes have evolved further with the birth of personalized cuppies. Now anyone can choose a favorite design, be it a favorite cartoon character or a favorite video game character, or perhaps a name or a military challenge coin, signifying a birthday celebrant’s regiment. Imagination is the only limit to how you can make a simple cupcake as personalized as you want it to be. So to make this year’s Christmas gift-giving even more exciting, it is time to put your cupcake-making skills into practice and make a few batches of this wonderful treat as gifts.

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8 Great Gift Ideas for Foodies

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It’s that time of year again—time to wonder what on earth to get for some of those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

But, if any of those people happen to be foodies (whether they love cooking, hosting, or just the eating part), there are some great fun products on the market that are sure to please any food and drink lover.

Here are just eight:

  1. Fancy cheese boards. Forget your standard wooden cutting-board presentation; plenty of materials offer different looks and benefits for the cheese-lover in your life. Slate boards can be written on with chalk to identify cheeses for your guests. Marble boards can be kept in the fridge before serving to keep your cheese cool all party long. Even wooden sets are getting fancier, with some deluxe boards containing slots for crackers, spreads, and knives.
  2. Mini-anything makers. What’s your pleasure? Cupcakes? Donuts? Whoopie pies? With a plethora of mini baked good makers out there now, you can delight your guests (or yourself) with tiny versions of your favorite treats in just a few simple steps.
  3. Mix kits. Make things easier on your favorite foodie by doing some of the prep work for them. There are tons of cute mix kits—cookies, soups, hot cocoa—that come in decorated mason jars with all the dry ingredients already assembled.
  4. Flavored stirring spoons. Turn any cup of coffee or hot cocoa into a gourmet experience with these spoons covered in candies of various flavors that melt as you stir your drink—hazelnut, amaretto, caramel, you name it. Great as stocking stuffers.
  5. Oil misters. Whether you’re flavoring salad or pasta, these convenient misters let you spray a measured amount to cover the meal evenly and prevent sogginess. Also perfect for people who pack a lunch and don’t want things getting soppy before they can eat them.
  6. Whiskey stones. Perfect for straight liquor drinkers, these stones keep your drink “on the rocks” without the dilution caused when ice cubes melt. Just store them in the freezer and bring them out as needed. Cleaning is as simple as rinsing them off and letting them air dry. (And no, you don’t have to use them for just whiskey!)
  7. Wine Aerator. For the serious wine-lover, an aerator helps enhance the experience of any bottle in their collection. They instantly aerate the wine by allowing just the right amount of air to mix with it as you pour to enhance its flavor, bouquet, and finish.
  8. Wine Corkcicle. More in the mood for chilled wine? No problem. This neat little gadget basically looks like a cork with a really long icicle attached to it. (Get the name?) Just place it in the freezer for a couple of hours, then insert it into any bottle of wine to chill it in no time. (Also good for keeping already-chilled wines cool.) Works for both red and white wines.

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