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Easy To Make Finger Food for Christmas

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Christmas is very, very near. We are all getting excited on what to put on the table this year. Apart from the main courses and desserts, we also include finger food in the whole set. Here are easy to make finger food you can prepare for Christmas for much less.

1. Crudite

Cut various crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumber and prepare sour and cream dips

2. Small bread and crackers

Get some pita and toast it. You can also set various spreads like sugar free jam for a healthier choice, egg mayonnaise and cheese

3. Different kinds of cheese and wine

The adults will surely like the various selection of cheeses and sparkling wine to wash the taste down.

4. Fondue

Be it chocolate or cheese, a fondue will be an easy finger food to prepare. You can cut small breads or fruits to use.

5. Dressed up olives

This is great after dinner for the adults who will enjoy a glass of cocktail and crudite.

6. Cut fruits

Use the juicy and chunky ones like apples, pears, sweet melons and cantaloupe.

7. Mixed nuts

Almonds, walnuts, cashews, peanuts and other crunchy and tasty nuts to munch while chatting with family.

8. Chips and salsa

For the more adventurous eater, a nice and mildly spicy salsa will surely bring a great taste to those crunchy tostillas or chips.

Homemade Meaty Pizza Squares

I like making use of spare food in the ref when there are excess. So, when I make spaghetti and there is remaining meat sauce, I make use of that sauce by making pizza squares at home! Super delish and will not cost you much. You don’t even have to order pizza because you can have your own at home.

Here’s what you need and how to make homemade meaty pizza squares

Left-over cooked spaghetti meat sauce
Loaf slices (you can buy wholemeal/fibre loaf for healthier option)
Shredded cheese (I prefer white cheddar for the mild taste)

 

Use a big flat baking pan
Line it with a wax paper, aluminum sheet or spray with light oil or butter
Line your loaf slices and spread some spaghetti sauce on top
Sprinkle with grated cheese
Pre-heat your oven to 320 degrees
Bake your pizza squares for 4-5 minutes only, longer than that will overcook the cheese
Once lightly baked, pull out from the oven (be careful, and use some kitchen mittens!)
Serve and enjoy!

Egg Recipes For Easter

Easter is coming soon! Are you planning to have an Easter party or just a simple gathering to enjoy the solemn occasion? Do you want simple food to serve without having to break the bank, and your back with all the preparations?

Here are some recipes to make for your simple Easter gathering:

Chunky Egg Salad

(Photo and recipe from Foodnetwork.com/copyright Television Food Network, G.P)

Ingredients

1/2 medium red onion, chopped
12 large eggs
1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the eggs to the mayonnaise mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste. Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

 

 

Brunch Style Eggs Benedict

(Photo and recipe from Kraftrecipes.com)

Ingredients

4 Italian bread slices
4 KRAFT Extra Thin Swiss Cheese Slices
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Smoked Ham
4 whole eggs
1/4 cup butter
2 egg yolks
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves

Heat oven to 375°F.
Place bread slices in single layer on baking sheet; top with cheese and ham. Bake 10 min.
Meanwhile, poach whole eggs (See TIP.) While eggs are cooking, melt butter. Blend egg yolks, lemon juice and red pepper in blender on low speed 15 sec. or until well blended. With blender running, slowly add hot butter to egg mixture through feed hole at top of blender; continue to blend until thickened.
Cover toast slices with spinach just before serving; top with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

 

Spinach, Ham & Cheese Omelet 

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.incredibleegg.org/)

2 EGGS
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. butter
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (1 oz.)
1/4 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped ham
BEAT eggs and water in small bowl until blended.
HEAT butter in 6 to 8-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot. TILT pan to coat bottom. POUR IN egg mixture. Mixture should set immediately at edges.
GENTLY PUSH cooked portions from edges toward the center with inverted turner so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. CONTINUE cooking, tilting pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed.
When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, SEASON with salt and pepper. PLACE cheese on one side of omelet; top with spinach and ham. FOLD omelet in half with turner. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn pan and INVERT or SLIDE omelet onto plate. SERVE immediately.

 

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/ | recipe by Garrett McCord)

Homemade chicken stock is the best for this. Also, if you can’t locate any of the mushroom types indicated in the recipe, crimini (aka: baby bellas) will do just fine. Or, you can just leave them out all together.
Ingredients
3 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups of chicken stock*
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Scant 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger**
1 tablespoon of soy sauce*
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
3/4 cup of enoki mushrooms or sliced shitaki mushrooms
*If cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free stock and gluten-free soy sauce.

**Ginger is what makes the soup hot and spicy. Dial it down to 1/4 teaspoon if you want a more mild soup.
1 Make cornstarch slurry: Reserve 1/2 cup of the stock and mix with the cornstarch until dissolved.

2 Put stock, ginger, soy sauce, onions, mushrooms, white pepper in pot and bring to boil: Place the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, mushrooms and white pepper in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch and stock mixture and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer.

3 Stir in beaten eggs: Slowly pour in the beaten eggs while stirring the soup. The egg will spread out into ribbons. Turn off the heat and garnish with a few more chopped green onions. Serve immediately.

 

Enjoy your meal!

(Due credit to the owners of the photos and recipes)

Permit For Liquors In Texas

The market for alcoholic beverages in San Antonio is fierce. Between the restaurants and nightspots of Riverwalk and other downtown venues to liquor stores and local watering holes in other neighborhoods, making and selling alcoholic products is prime business. Unfortunately, the Republic of Texas doesn’t make it easy to obtain an alcohol permit in an easy fashion. And the time it takes to obtain a liquor license San Antonio TX style can cost businesses their customers, sales, and a prime location.

This is why you may want to consider an organization which helps navigate the complicated system to be approved for an alcohol permit. Some companies, such as Texas Alcohol Consulting, greatly cut the amount of time to obtain a TABC permit from both the state as well as a city like San Antonio. On average, licensing for alcoholic sales and creation can take up to six months if you go through normal, state government channels. By utilizing independent consulting services one can reduce this time to approximately 60 days. For cities like San Antonio, permits make take a bit longer to approve.

Of course, how quickly these alcohol consulting firms works depends on their customers. Sellers and mixers should realize when reviewing these organizations they aren’t going to receive a permit within a week’s time of the request. While they ease the path to a liqor license they don’t make it a speedway. This is why businesses should contact alcohol consulting firms several months out to ensure all paperwork is properly filed. In addition, by starting out early, any bumps on the path can be smoothed out and corrected without further delay.

For those who feel paying an alcohol consulting firm is not within their budget, think of the advantages of obtaining a permit sooner than later. First is popularity, especially with venues that serve speciality drinks. For an organization which is always looking for the next innovation, obtaining a liquor license brings in customers. Second is revenue. Serving or selling a range of alcoholic products, from standard to top shelf, can increase annual sales by 20 percent. This is why it’s better to be pro-active now in approving a license than waiting until the last minute.

Why It Is Good To Serve Rainbow’s End Frozen Yogurt

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Can anything compare with the delightfully tangy, sweet and creamy taste of natural frozen yogurt? The Rainbow’s End company has long been dedicated to bringing this delicious and nutritious treat to people who love the taste of yogurt and the refreshing way it makes them feel. Rainbow’s End is a yogurt supplier that offers great tasting, high quality frozen yogurt to frozen yogurt distributors across the US who believe in offering their customers a high quality and delightfully delicious frozen dessert experience.
A Choice of Great Flavors and Styles

The choices in frozen yogurt and other frozen desserts like classic sorbet, custard and ice cream from Rainbow’s End is absolutely second-to-none. Rainbow’s End non-fat yogurt comes in an incredible choice of flavors, from chocolate to banana, vanilla bean, pumpkin and much, much more! Rainbow’s End Premium Ice Cream is all-natural and made with non-GMO sugars. The result is a taste that is utterly scrumptious, and one that will keep customers coming back for more.
A Healthy Snack

There’s no question that delicious, natural yogurt is a healthy snack alternative. Yogurt is a food that provides protein, calcium, riboflavin, and Vitamin B12 to the diet. Yogurt that contains live yogurt cultures (like yogurt from Rainbow’s End) is a great alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, as the live cultures help to break down lactose in the body.

Yogurt is also shown to help ease hypertension, especially in women during and after pregnancy, by providing calcium, potassium and magnesium to the body in a low-fat form. Yogurt can also help people with osteoporosis, as this calcium-rich food provides what the body needs to strengthen bones and prevent bone loss.

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Photo credit: http://myrainbowsend.com/frozen-yogurt/non-fat/

Service Equipment

Rainbow’s End offers everything needed to get a frozen yogurt business running, from the delicious frozen dessert products we offer to the equipment needed for storing and offering yogurt for self serve. Rainbow’s End has three styles of pressurized soft ice cream machines to choose from, from top makers like Electro Freeze, Stoetling and Taylor. Each offers high-end engineering and quality craftsmanship, so your business can offer tasty treats reliably and deliciously.
Point of Sale Materials For Rainbow’s End Products

Customers are sure to be enthused when your company serves treats from Rainbow’s End. This yogurt carries a “Live and Active Cultures” seal that verifies that this yogurt is made with live and active fermented cultures. To help promote the products, we offer point of sale materials, like free, downloadable posters featuring attractive photos and information about the delicious yogurts available from Rainbow’s End.

When it’s time to serve quality frozen yogurt, it’s time for Rainbow’s End.

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