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How to Prepare a High Tea

High tea should not be confused with afternoon tea even though it is often served at a similar time of the day. The latter is little more than a glorified snack, consisting of, maybe, a couple of small sandwiches or scones, and a cake, designed to provide a stop-gap between lunch and dinner. High tea,

How to Make a Great Gourmet Gift Basket

Nothing says, “You’re special!” more than a gourmet gift basket. Make it yourself and that message goes double. The idea of taking the time, energy and thought to create a basket simply has to make it more meaningful. The adjective gourmet, however, generally identifies above average items. The wise gift-basket maker will keep his/her budget

How to use a Pizza Stone

If you are a pizza aficionado, then you probably know that nothing compares to the crispy crust made on a pizza stone. A pizza stone is an ideal cooking tool as heat is equally distributed to the entire pizza while moisture from dough and other ingredients is effectively evaporated. Most home ovens do not have

How to Cook Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

So you want to make pulled pork in a crock pot?  This interest defines you as a person of taste and discrimination. If you are already familiar with pulled pork, you know that it is a specialty of the southeastern US.  And if you already know the difference between GOOD pulled pork and not, you

How to Cook Healthy Foods

The concept of how to cook healthy foods is one which can very much be considered from two different vantage points or perspectives. One can either consider by which means one is best advised to cook foodstuffs which are considered healthy, or alternatively, one can consider how to cook foodstuffs in general by what are

History of Microwave Ovens

In late 1966, my sister-in-law stood in front of my parents newly-purchased microwave oven. We were all in awe of this new technology and my parents were pleased to be one of the first owners of this amazing machine. “Careful,” my husband joked to my sister-in-law. “You may never be able to have children.” “It’s

History of Friendlys Restaurant Chain

In 1935, at the height of the Depression, two young men borrowed $547 from their parents and began what would become a huge hit up and down the East Coast of the United States. Curtis and Prestley Blake, aged 18 and 20, opened an ice cream shoppe in Springfield, MA. They named it Friendly Ice

How to Cook Cabbage

Cabbage should be brightly coloured, taste fresh and flavourful and have a distinctive bite to the leaves and crunchiness to the stalks. Pointed cabbage, Savoy and white cabbage all taste delicious when married up with flavour partners such as caraway seeds, cracked black pepper or cardamom. As a side dish it’s hard to beat. My

How to Find Cheap but Good Wines

Some Surprising Facts About Australian Wines. It’s true that real sommeliers don’t often think Australian wines when considering the finest vineyards in the world. However, believe it or not, Australia is the fourth-largest exporter of wine in the world, with some 105 million gallons of wine exported per year. That’s over 400,000,000 liters, for you

High Calorie Desserts Top 10 Desserts

What are indulgent desserts? The most fattening desserts which often have large amounts of calories and cream.  1. Sticky Toffee Pudding A rich, moist sponge that oozes with sticky toffee sauce. Accompanied with vanilla ice cream, pouring cream or custard. It may also be made with raisins, pecans or dates.   2. Melt in the