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3 Essential Spices to Have in Your Pantry

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No kitchen pantry is complete without an array of spices. You’ll get bored with your meals very quickly if you cook without spices. Without any flavoring in your food, everything starts to taste the same. No one wants to eat the same bland chicken recipe over and over again. So please, read this guide on three essential spices to have in your pantry. After all, everyone deserves a little spice in their life.

How Your Produce Gets to the Store

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Have you ever looked at the spinach in your salad and wondered what’s its story was? It’s in the produce section ready for you to pick, but where did it start off? Fruits and vegetables you happen upon in the grocery store are often grown and shipped from thousands of miles away. If you’re wondering how your produce gets to the store, read our guide on produce’s journey to your local store.

Three Tools That Every Chef Needs

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When you’re learning to cook, you’ll quickly find you require a solid collection of kitchen instruments that will serve you reliably as you make a variety of dishes. You may use a few utensils for one recipe only to find that another recipe requires different appliances. Here are some tools that every chef needs in their arsenal. Kitchen Scissors A lot of us have stared down at a package and then sighed as we realized we needed to run to the office to grab a pair of scissors. Afterwards, we quickly wash and dry them because we don’t want leftover sauce smearing on our office papers. You can circumvent this annoyance by getting a pair of kitchen scissors reserved for your cooking endeavors. They’re not limited to opening packaging, either: you can also use them to cleanly cut vegetables and pieces of meat. Tongs All too often, you find that a spoon or spatula just isn’t enough as your noodles keep sliding away or your chicken refuses to flip without splattering everything w

6 Countries with the Best Food

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What is considered great food is the most subjective thing on the planet. Everyone has different tastes and different ideas about what’s a delicacy and what’s plain weird. Every country has its own signature cuisine and food style. Even different regions within one country has different ideas about food. Think about the U.S. regions—the Northeast versus the Southeast and the Southwest. Each of those three regions of one country has different and distinct food styles. Even picking just five countries out of all the nations of the world and declaring their food the best would be a monumental task—and any such list would be met with debate. So, instead of calling this list the  countries with the best food , let’s call it the countries with really good food. Thailand Thailand continues to make its mark on the international food scene, and it’s one of the great foodie destinations. They have sweet pork barbecue, sour noodle soup, and mountains of spices and tropical flavors to daz

Why Farm-Fresh Eggs are Better Than Store-Bought

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If you browse your local farmer’s market or talk to anyone who buys their produce locally, you’ll likely hear all about how good farm-fresh eggs are. They’re not just richer in flavor and color; they also offer more nutritional value than the dozen you get at the grocery store. Learn more about why farm-fresh eggs are better than store-bought with this overview. Higher Nutritional Value The value of an egg depends on the health of the chicken that laid it. Small-scale farmers usually give their chickens better-quality feed than industrial or factory farms do. As a result, these chickens are healthier—and so are their eggs. Farm-fresh eggs are lower in cholesterol and saturated fat, and they’re higher in vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. All of these factors are beneficial to the human diet. Fresher Eggs Along with nutritional value, freshness is a major concern when it comes to eggs. If you get farm-fresh eggs—or even if you raise your own chickens and collect the eggs —yo

Why Do Chefs Wear White Coats?

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One of the most instantly recognizable articles of clothing in the world is the chef’s coat. Hanging in the closet, laying on a bed, or patrolling a kitchen, the chef’s coat is a carefully-chosen symbol of the restaurant world . The coat’s timeless form is fully-functional, and it has utilitarian design without any regard for fashion. Ask any chef and they will tell you, in great detail, about the first time they put one on. The first known depiction of the modern chef uniform was in an 1822 sketch by French artist Marie-Antoine CarĂªme. In it, there are two chefs wearing the double-breasted coats, tall hats, loose pants, and aprons. It would still be 50 years until this uniform became the norm for chefs everywhere. Why Do Chefs Wear Coats? Some chefs prefer to wear an apron, but you will be hard-pressed to find a chef that doesn’t wear a white coat under it. It’s an important symbol for chefs everywhere. It signifies that they are an accomplished chef who has earned their coat

Which Country Eats the Most Pork?

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Not China and not South Korea. It might seem that the whole world is vegetarian sometimes. While the number of people choosing that lifestyle is growing at a steady pace, meat-eaters are still the majority. People all over the world continue to grab a chicken leg, thick steak, or slab of bacon over plant-based choices. In fact, the consumption of all kinds of meat has seen a dramatic rise since the 1970s. Meat is no longer a luxury as it once was in certain parts of the world—this is especially true of pork. Learn more about the world’s favorite type of meat and who indulges in it the most. China’s Love Affair with Pork The population of China continues to grow—there are over 1.4 billion people, and they love pork in all its forms. They are the world leader in pork consumption in gross tons eaten every year; however, they don’t eat the most pork per capita. The countries of the European Union eat more per capita, with Austria and Germany leading the pack. But to even contend wit

5 of the Best Cocktails to Enjoy This Fall

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The taste of Pumpkin, Apple & Caramel. Forget the traditional beer and wine at parties—you don’t want to be like everyone else. Keep reading to discover five of the best cocktails to enjoy this fall! Apple cider mimosas Apple cider mimosas are the perfect fall drink. The cocktail combines refreshing champagne with a fall favorite, apple cider—and it’s super-easy to make. Simply fill a champagne flute a third of the way with the apple cider of your choosing and fill the rest with champagne. For an extra touch of autumn, use stylish champagne flutes with cute fall patterns for an extra touch. Caramel apple mule A caramel apple mule is the best fall cocktail for anyone with a sweet tooth. The inventive fusion of caramel vodka, ginger beer, and apple cider will satisfy any craving you have. This drink is amazing for anyone who wants to enjoy a cocktail on a brisk autumn evening. Combine the ingredients however you see fit—if the caramel vodka is too overpowering for you,

Five Perfect Gifts for People Who Love Wine

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Choosing the perfect gift can be stressful. You want it to be personal and memorable, and you don’t want it to end up at the bottom of a storage box collecting dust. As such, it’s important to consider the recipient’s interests. If wine happens to be one of those interests, you’re in luck! There are so many wine-related gifts ideas to choose from that any oenophile would love. Whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, or holiday, these gifts for people who love wine are sure to impress. Customizable wine glasses Whether they enjoy drinking merlot, chardonnay, or riesling, the recipient is sure to enjoy a customized glass for their wine of choice. To make the gift more personal, consider labeling the glassware with their name, their monogram, or a fun logo. Wine pearls Give the gift of a cold, refreshing drink with wine pearls. Even if a drink is served cold, it’s likely to become lukewarm over time. While one could simply put ice cubes in their drink, doing so can dilute

How to Prepare a Rotisserie Chicken

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Grocery stores don’t have to have a monopoly on the rotisserie chicken market. They make a decent product, to be sure, but you could be making a better one at home. Learning how to prepare a rotisserie chicken doesn’t take years of study. A few simple grilling tools, some spices, and a plucked bird are all you need to cook like a master chef. Set up the Grill First things first: take the chicken out of the refrigerator and let it get to room temperature. This will allow it to cook faster. Before you start the grill, get the rotisserie set up and remove the spit: you don’t want to reach over a hot grill and burn yourself. If you have a gas grill, turn the burners to medium and close the lid so that the inside can heat up. If you have a charcoal grill, light the coals; once they have all turned white, divide them and push half to either side of the grill—the chicken should cook over indirect heat. Prepare the Bird Once the chicken has come to room temperature, remove it from t