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Amuse-bouche is becoming the hottest trend in foods and entertaining. If you enjoy offering your guests interesting fare that always gets raves you should consider learning about the seduction of amuse-bouche. WHAT IS AMUSE-BOUCHE? The word amuse-bouche is a french expression, literally translated "mouth-amuser". And no wonder - amuse-bouche are snappy, single bite creations which combine intense taste sensations in an artistic form. Amuse-bouche is different from...

Amuse-Bouche - Find Out About This Hot Trend In Entertaining

Amuse-Bouche - Find Out About This Hot Trend In EntertainingAmuse-bouche is becoming the hottest trend in foods and entertaining. If you enjoy offering your guests interesting fare that always gets raves you should consider learning about the seduction of amuse-bouche. WHAT IS AMUSE-BOUCHE? The word amuse-bouche is a french expression, literally translated "mouth-amuser". And no wonder - amuse-bouche are snappy, single bite creations which combine intense taste sensations in an artistic form. Amuse-bouche is different from your typical hors d'oeuvres. It is most often offered when guests are seated at the table. Amuse-bouche not only offers guests something to taste while waiting for the dinner, but also sets the 'flavor' of the evening. The amuse-bouche should compliment the dinner as well as give guests a sample of the quality of the meal to come. WHAT CAN I MAKE FOR AMUSE-BOUCHE? Amuse-bouche concentrates on flavor; often combining simple, intense flavors alongside rich, multi-faceted ones. The focus is on savoring and appreciating the full flavor of a single bite; much as you savor the intensity of a shot rather than having a full cup. The amuse-bouche can be a combination of bite size, single ingredient bites arranged artfully on a plate or a combination of flavors offered as one serving on a Chinese spoon. You may also choose a rich, flavorful soup (such as vichyssoise) presented in a shot glass along with a spoon. The key to a good amuse-bouche is quality ingredients. Whether you're offering simple mandarin slices alongside a savory salmon mousse or a skewered shrimp with a complex marinade, you will want to use the highest quality and most decadent ingredients you can obtain. PRESENTATION Second only to quality ingredients and full flavor is presentation. Amuse-bouche follows the French tradition of artistic presentation. Find amuse-bouche ideas online and take note of the visual presentation. While not complex, the resulting impression is one of style and attention to details. Garnish sparingly and preferably use a simple white plate for optimum presence. If you are so inclined you may wish to entertain your guests with a variety of amuse-bouche at an evening gathering rather than simply a prelude to a sit down dinner. You may also choose to compliment your amuse-bouche with a well chosen wine. Some recipes will indicate a suitable wine or you can base your selection on the dominating flavor of the amuse-bouche. There are several fine recipe books to guide you as you begin exploring the pleasures of amuse-bouche, but let your creative spirit shine as you take inspiration from the simple pleasures of flavor and entertaining and create your own unique 'mouth-amusers' for your guests.

Chocolate Is My Favorite Health Food

Chocolate Is My Favorite Health Food

Finally, the medical world has caught up with what the rest of us have known all the time, namely, chocolate is good for us. And I for one think it is about time.According to recent medical research, chocolate has marvelous benefits for the human body. Who in their right mind did not know this? As a subscriber to the Old England Journal of Homemade Cures and Potions, I have known for a very long time that the consumption of chocolate carries with it healthy advantages. For years, this journal carried many delicious articles touting the benefits of chocolate. And I have eaten it all up not to mention several boxes of chocolate.This introduces me to a disturbing thought. Im grateful for the advancement of modern medicine and science but what I want to know is simply this: if the medical world was mistaken about chocolate, what else are they mistaken about? Could it be that my long-time suspicions about broccoli are right? Has the medical world, which boasted for years about the dietary benefit of broccoli, been wrong all these years?With recent discoveries, I think this is a real possibility.I have been saying for years that broccoli was bad for you and chocolate was good for you. It seems I have been half right and I suspect another few years will prove I am 100 percent right on both subjects.Because I have been right about chocolate, Im not going to take the chance Im wrong about broccoli. I propose to eat as much chocolate as possible and avoid broccoli in any and every form.In light of these recent discoveries concerning chocolate, I thought I would lend my expertise on the subject of how to eat chocolate. Because many people have for so long been under the delusion that chocolate was not healthy, most people do not know how to eat chocolate.I offer myself as an expert on the art of eating chocolate and I have the empty boxes to support my boast.Before giving my tips on eating chocolate, let me just say that the chocolate chip cookie is the basic host for chocolate for the novice chocolate eater. Each chocolate chip cookie carries the proper amount of chocolate for the person denied chocolate all these years.So, start out with a chocolate chip cookie to make sure youre on the safe side of this issue. To know the proper amount of cookies, take your weight divided by your height (in inches) and multiplied by your age. This formula never fails.Because chocolate is rather a new food category for most people, let me offer a few tips as you begin the marvelous discovery of the chocolate world.1. When you begin eating chocolate, make sure you do it one bite at a time. This is important. Do not succumb to the temptation of taking double or triple bites as you begin. Down the road as you become more adapt at eating chocolate you might grow into this facet of chocolate eating.2. If you have a wrapped chocolate bar, remember, it must be unwrapped and allowed to breathe like a fine wine. Many people yield to the temptation of ripping open a candy bar and immediately taking a bite. This is wrong. Chocolate is delicate and must be nurtured carefully in order to enjoy its flavor to its fullest for the longest period of time.3. When it comes to chewing chocolate, a person must be very careful. Each bite of chocolate must be chewed no less than 12 times out of respect for the cacao seed that sacrificed itself for your toothsome treat.Eating chocolate is a slow, reverent and loving experience. Perhaps the reason so many thought chocolate was not good for a person is that they ate it too fast.I once tried chewing a chocolate bar only 11 times and choked. I learned my lesson the hard way and I now wholly respect the delicate nature of chocolate.4. One final tip I feel is quite important. Chocolate should always be eaten when you are alone for a very important reason. When a person is eating chocolate, his full concentration should be on the process of eating and enjoying the rich chocolaty flavor. Any distractions, even the presence of a loved one, diverts from the whole experience.When you stop to think about this whole chocolate business, it is almost like a religious experience.As religious experiences go, the only genuine experience centers on knowing God, as he desires to be known. When it comes to religion, most people rush through without giving it much thought. And of course, they really never get to experience the full benefit of their religious experience.David understood this concept when he wrote, Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalms 46:10 KJV.)In this rat race of a world, it is almost impossible to find the time or the place to get still enough to really experience the presence of God. We have time for everything but this.Perhaps God gets a bad rap from people for the same reason chocolate for many years was given a bad rap. To really know chocolate is to love chocolate.I honestly believe the same can be said for God. For the person who takes the time to get to know God he begins to understand God and consequently loves God.

Loose Leaf Tea and the Tea Room A Valuable Partnership

Loose Leaf Tea and the Tea Room  A Valuable Partnership

The growth in demand for high quality loose leaf tea is spectacular and all indications are that the trend will continue for the foreseeable future. As more loose leaf tea enthusiasts consume greater quantities of tea, the relationship between tea suppliers and the tea room increases in importance.Tea rooms are critically important to suppliers of loose leaf tea because the tea room bundles high "quality loose leaf tea" with other food products, services and an ambiance that create a very pleasurable tea experience. This addition of value is essential to the growth of the loose leaf tea market in the United StatesMany high quality tea rooms create an intimate and attractive experience for the drinking of tea outside of the home. Historically tea has represented a total experience with social, cultural, and even spiritual aspects and high quality "tea rooms" offer a broad choice of loose leaf teas, complimentary food products like sandwiches, fruit, and pure water beverages in a pleasant, warm environment. The basic element in the relationship between the tea supplier and the tea room however, is quality loose leaf tea.Loose leaf tea is all about quality and service. The owner of the tea room makes a substantial investment of time and resources including the choice of an attractive location, high quality furnishings and staff in order to create a quality brand. In order to maintain the integrity of the tea room brand the basic tea offering must be one of consistent high quality. Quality tea rooms often look to increase the quality of tea and then maintain the consistency of the tea offering. In addition a broad product line of teas offered by the supplier offer the tea rooms customers choices and the excitement of new blends and flavors. Many tea rooms are constantly on the look out for new vendors of loose leaf tea because new tea lines are easily integrated into their tea offering.Generally speaking, the commercial relationship between tea importer suppliers and the tea room is a wholesale one with discounts off of retail provided based on volume of tea purchases. Where the supplier provides marketing and customer support the relationship tends to be close and very profitable for both parties.What Should Tea Rooms Look for in A Tea Supplier?There are a number of tea suppliers in the marketplace but not all are the same. Some of the characteristics of the best tea suppliers from a tea room perspective are: High quality loose leaf tea recognized in the marketplace A commitment to the tea room industry A commitment to quality that is evidenced by tea cupping of each bulk shipment import A broad product offering that includes varietals, blends and flavored teas An e-commerce site with features that provide easy ordering, flexibility of delivery and good prices Marketing support including information about tea and tea commerce Open lines of communication that solicit feedback from tea room customers The highest quality customer service and a dedication to tea room customer satisfactionThe relationship between tea rooms and tea suppliers is one of the mainstays of the loose leaf tea industry. Relationships that are based upon the highest tea quality and premium customer support and service will be valuable to both parties in the transaction.

Quel Cadeau Offrir A Vos Employes

Quel Cadeau Offrir A Vos Employes

Les Soires Entreprises:Marre des traditionnels restaurants sur des pniches, ou dans des cabarets traditionnels pour essayer de contenter tout le monde? Pourquoi ne pas raliser alors organiser une journe casino au sein de l'tablissement.Pour cela, rien de plus simple. Loption premire consiste faire appel des animateurs de soire casino qui, en plus dapporter le matriel, vous serviront de croupier pour lensemble de vos jeux pour prs de quatre heures de rire et de dtente. L'avantage, ces jeux resserrent les quipes et permet de dcouvrir la face cache de chaque employ.Les cadeaux traditionnels:1) Les Objets PublicitairesOn y retrouve du plus classique la perfection du Hi-Tech tels les quipements portatifs de tlphonie, les MP3, les DvX, lecteur CD, radio-rveil, sans oublier les vtements ou chapeaux personnaliss, ou encore les clbres stylos plume ou plus original, un livre sur le thme professionnel de votre choix comme comment s'panouir au travail. Eux aussi on la part belle. On en trouve pour tous les budgets et pour tous les gots. Ces derniers sont d'excellents supports publicitaires pour afficher la marque de votre entreprise. Bien que la plus part des personnes soit dj pourvues de ce genre d'accessoires, ces derniers restent banals.Ce qui est sur d'atteindre votre but, ce sont tous les cadeaux de maroquinerie. En effet, sur le cuir, vous pouvez inscrire ou encrer votre logo d'entreprise discrtement et tre sur que l'employ l'utilisera. Cela va du simple portefeuille en cuir au porte-documents, sans oublier le confrencier et le kit de voyage.2) Pour NoelTraditionnellement, l'entreprise se fixe sur des corbeille d'assortiments gastronomiques composs de foie gras en boite, avec une mini bouteille de champagne et ou de vin. N'oublions pas non plus les boites de chocolat, re-designer pour l'occasion mais gare la date d'expiration car combien d'employs ont dj reu un "chocolat empoisonn" du fait de la premption? Alors pourquoi ne pas innover? Pourquoi ne pas offrir vos employs des places de thtre, autre que celles proposes par votre Comit d'Entreprise. En prix de groupe, cela vous reviendra moins cher et pourrez profitez de cette conomie en proposant par exemple un dner gourmet dans la cantine redcore pour l'occasion. Ou encore, pensez aux articles de cuisine, l'art de la table, la salle de bain, autant de lieux "visits" rgulirement par les consommateurs, et o il est donc judicieux de vouloir "placer" des objets publicitaires leur marques et messages. Citons aussi les outils de jardinage, les plantes, les sets de table, les horloges etc.Autres Ides Cadeaux:D'autres ides cadeaux sont prsentes pour vos employs. Tenez, par exemple le secteur de la bagagerie publicitaire, les t-shirts et casquettes personnaliss qui sont de trs bons supports pour afficher votre marque de manire bien visible.Pour vous rendre encore plus original, pensez vacances. Quel est l'lment qui vous sera utile pendant vos voyages? Des jumelles? Pourquoi pas? Ou alors un rfrigrateur rchauffeur? Un quipement de volants et raquettes de badminton pour les remettre en forme? Vous voyez les ides ne manquent pas.

The Best Advice On the Taller Bar Stools

For most of the bar counters and kitchen counters, they stand about 40 inches tall, this has been the norm for many years. However, this has recently changed though with bar counters and kitchen tops being raised 6 inches. This is like a spanner in the works for bar owners and home buyers who need to find taller bar stools to suit their counters. Enter the 34 inch "bar stool" ! This bar stool is the solution to the problem of the higher counter.If you want you can still use the standard 30 inch bar stool for the higher counters but this would create a sizable distance differential from where you are sitting to where you are eating or drinking and then you would spend more time straining to have your dinner or beer comfortably rather than just relaxing.Have you ever been in a bar or restaurant and the stools or chairs were not the right size for you were sitting? This happens a quite frequently in establishments that have multiple seating areas such as booth areas as well as a seating area. The problems you face here is that after a time the seats or lounge chairs begin to sink, you then suddenly feel like the tabletop is right in your face.Sitting on a 34inch bar stool at a 45 inch counter or table is the perfect combination the stools are just at the right distance from the bar top to maintain optimum comfort. Another good use for 34 inch bar stools is for people who are really tall and find it uncomfortable sitting on regular bar stools having to keep their legs bent while resting them on the bottom rung. Standard bar stools have seats that are 30 inches from the ground. This is a good sitting position for patrons of regular height but not as good for those of the taller persuasion who require more height in their furniture.

Krups Innovation In Coffee Makers

Coffee Makers: The Perfect Kitchen PartnerWith its new collection of world-class and stylish line of home appliances and utensils, Krups has maintained an elegant yet functional reputation for its products. One of these latest innovations is their line of coffee makers. Made to answer their consumers needs worldwide, these gadgets of perfection are aimed to provide good coffee in an efficient way and at the easiest preparation possible.For those who are on-the-go business people, career individuals, busy students, or stay-at-home moms, these products of quality are indeed reliable partners on the kitchen counter. A good cup of coffee is always a nice way to start the day right for those who wants a fresh boost of caffeine. With just a few clicks and presses, these devices are perfect for those multi-tasking people who are always aiming to do more things in such short periods of time. With the advent of newer inventions and innovations, Krups "coffee makers" are never behind in this new wave of industrial progress. It always caters to the world markets need to increase the standards of workmanship and functional abilities.Modern Coffee Makers Indeed, the new Krups collection hints at a better style and function than ever before. These are their types of coffeemakers:1. Automatic-drip coffee machines have a large 10-12-cup capacity that are programmable. These are fast and efficient as well as filled with the latest features such as aroma selection among others.2. Pod machines are made of stainless steel and are programmable. These are easy to clean and brew in as fast as one minute.One may also wonder about the differences between an automatic-drip coffee maker and the pod machine. These gadgets use different styles of coffee-bean containers. The automatic drip machine brews coffee beans which are separately packaged from the filters. The pod machines are designed to hold pre-packaged beans with their own filters, ready to be installed and used for a quick brewing.Pre-packaged coffee pods are ideal for those who only want a cup or two of brewed coffee since it already has a fixed amount in its container. For the automatic drip, one can measure according to the number of cups desired for one brewing. Whatever the case may be, Krups coffee makers are designed to answer the individual coffee-drinking patterns of their customers. Just a quick note on brewing for added satisfaction. The use of tap water is not usually encouraged since it can have residues due to its impure state. Highly recommended for brewing are mineral and distilled water so as to ensure a preservation of the original coffee taste.

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Amuse-bouche is becoming the hottest trend in foods and entertaining. If you enjoy offering your guests interesting fare that always gets raves you should consider learning about the seduction of amuse-bouche. WHAT IS AMUSE-BOUCHE? The word amuse-bouche is a french expression, literally translated "mouth-amuser". And no wonder - amuse-bouche are snappy, single bite creations which combine intense taste sensations in an artistic form. Amuse-bouche is different from...