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Three Must-Have Kitchen Items for Entertaining Guests

You’ve just finished wiping the spaghetti off the walls and picking up all the dirty dishes that were in the dishwasher until your three-year-old took them all out again, and suddenly, you remember. You’ve got good family friends coming for dinner on Friday night and Mom and Dad arriving Saturday morning to stay for the weekend. There’s no way you can entertain four additional people with the state that you’re kitchen is in – you don’t even have two mugs that match. But where do you even start? The essentials?…

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A Short Checklist for Hosting a Dinner Party – Things to do as a Host

Throwing a dinner party at home is a good way to spend time with your loved ones. Whether it is for friends from high school or family that you have not seen in years, it will give you the chance to catch up and know what everyone’s up to these days. However, deciding to host a dinner party in your house is a big responsibility to take on. The event involves careful and thorough planning, as there are various aspects of it that have to be taken care of in…

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Are you being watched?

There is only one answer to this question: yes, of course you are being watched. If you manage to live your life away from closed circuit cameras, satellite imaging, credit card, internet, passport and any other trail which is used to keep tabs on people, the chances are that someone is looking for you. Privacy in the 21st Century has come to be almost synonymous with high levels of secrecy. While many decades ago it was possible for Nazi war criminals to ‘disappear’ from Europe to South America to live…

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How to buy gifts that people actually need

When it’s gift-giving season, the shops are filled with generic gifts that people buy each other simply for the convenience. Christmas sweaters that get worn once a year, socks that get thrown in with the other pairs people receive, a mug with someone’s name on it that’s going to get taken to work and unwittingly appropriated by someone else with the same name. Board games that kids are never going to play because they’re obsessed with computer games. Books about train journeys in Bulgaria because you heard that someone spent…

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Juicy Lifestyle

An easy way to give your body an extra nutritional boost is to make and drink your own juice. Here is a guide to the top 5 machines on the market today.  Omega 8006 Nutrition Center  Features:  Easy-to-use masticating juicer with powerful motor Low speed of 80rpm; no foaming, clogging, or heat build-up with 110 volt High juice yield; auto pulp-ejection function for continuous juicing Dual-stage juicing system, quiet operation Measures 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 15-1/2 inches 15-year warranty The Omega 8006 nutrition center has been around for a long…

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Top 5 Useful Kitchen Gadgets

Time is a precious commodity to everyone these days. Our time is taken up working and trying to keep our households going. Spending more time in the kitchen might be something you want, but most of us want labor saving gadgets that will save our time and energy, leaving us free to do other things.  Here is a top 5 kitchen gadget list that will help you do just that.  Breville Smart 1800 Watt Convection Toaster Oven  Features: Easy-clean, stainless steel housing with ribbed plate warming tray Non-stick interior with…

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Three Top Energy Saving Cooking Appliances

There are many different kitchen appliances that make our culinary life much easier than they could be. There is literally a kitchen appliance for every occasion. When buying a new appliance, always keep in mind how much space you have, what your budget is, and how many features and functions you require. Try not to be drawn towards a top end model offering a multitude of functions if you won’t use them. Here you will find a list of three of the top appliances you can purchase to both reduce…

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Rice cooker vs Slow cooker

Rice cookers and slow cookers are kitchen appliances that are designed to cook meals over a period of time. Both types of cookers can be used to create a variety of different foods such as roasts, chickens, soups, stews, chilies, pulled pork, grains (including rice) and vegetables. Even though rice and slow cookers have similarities they also have some differences. The following information will explain what they are. Slow Cookers Slow cookers are designed to cook small to heavy meals. These cooking apparatuses are more suited for larger meals than…

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The History and Evolution of Stand Mixers

Electric mixers have only been around for about one hundred years, yet they are now a “must have” for any serious chefs and/or bakers. Historically we really need to take a look at the whisk to see the evolution of the food mixers we use today. The first whisk The very first whisk dates to pre 19th century use of bundles of twigs from apple and peach trees being used to whisk and impart flavor at the same time. Cooks or servants would have spent a lot of time on…

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Guide to Espresso Machines
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Beginner’s Guide to Espresso Machines

So you want to invest on a fancy espresso machine? Well get your pen and paper and prepare to jot down some tips on how to buy the best espresso machine that suits your needs. Long has been the days that we all dream of being baristas, or maybe that’s just me, but I digress. Espresso is so elusive, so mysterious, so “je ne sais quoi.” It is widely popular all across Europe, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. is promptly catching up to the trend. Nobody can purchase…

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