A Bloody Mary Mix That is Delicious

I am not really a drinker, but I will share in the festivities from time to time if it is a special occasion. Since I am not a big drinker, there are only a few things that I really enjoy, and a good Bloody Mary is one of them. A good friend of mine told me about a Bloody Mary mix that she had discovered quite by accident when she was looking for something else online. She was looking for something to do with Montana, which is where she is from, when she came across a mix for Bloody Mary drinks that a lot of people swear by. Continue reading

What it Takes to Become a Food Stylist

A gorgeous glamor model wouldn’t look so gorgeous, if it weren’t for the makeup, illumination and impeccable photographic skills, all of which make her look absolutely stunning. There are a number of people working in the background, who transform an average looking Jane into an absolute diva. Now substitute the picture of glamor model with a scoop of tempting sundae, from any cookbook or magazine! Would you believe me if I told you that almost the same amount of efforts go into making that scoop of ice-cream ‘look’ tempting? Yes, this is where a food stylist comes into picture. Simply put, food stylists are people who ‘up’ the drool quotient of the food. They use various tricks and techniques to make the food look absolutely scrumptious and tempting. In this article, you will find a lot of information on styling food as a profession and also tips on becoming a food stylist. However, let us first know what exactly food styling deals with.

Food Styling: Where Cuisine Meets Art

Food styling mainly deals with ‘dressing up’ foods for photography or shooting. The aim is to make foods look visually extremely appealing. You wouldn’t eat anything that does not look visually appealing, no matter how great it tastes. Similarly, something that looks yummy, makes you hungry almost immediately. The recipes appearing in cookbooks wouldn’t seem so delicious, if it weren’t for the accompanying images. You feel like trying out the recipe simply by looking at the glossy picture of the dish. In reality, that recipe may not look as appealing or may not even taste that good. What is more, sometimes the ‘food’ in the image may be something different altogether! For instance, the maple syrup on the pancake in the image of this article could

Best and Worst Foods to Eat When You Feel Sick

Did You Know?

Best and worst foods to eat when you feel sickIn the 1800s, ketchup was used as a medicine to treat diarrhea, jaundice, and indigestion, and were also sold as tomato pills. But it turned out the ketchup pills were fraudulent, and instead of curing any ailment, they turned out to be laxatives.
When you’re feeling under the weather, food is often the last thing on your mind. However, eating the right foods can actually help you recover faster by boosting your immunity.
Food that provides the body with important nutrients and helps your immunity to kick back into action, are the right kinds of food that you need to have when you are sick. Studies and research has shown that there are certain foods that you need consume for a quick recovery. Similarly, there are certain kinds of foods that you need to avoid because they hamper the recovery process.
If You Have Diarrhea
The probable causes of diarrhea are stomach flu, bacterial infection, heat, or food that was not acceptable to your digestive system. Whatever, be the cause, salts, dehydration, and loss of important minerals from the body need to be avoided.

Best Foods for Diarrhea

BRAT diet: Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast
Coconut water
Boiled potatoes
Saltine crackers
Baked chicken or turkey (without skin)

Worst Foods for Diarrhea

Sugarless candy/gum
Artificial sweeteners

If You Are Constipated
Constipation can occur due to inadequate water and fiber intake, disruption in diet or routine, inadequate exercise, excess intake of dairy and dairy products, stress, etc.
Best Foods for Constipation
best foods for constipation

Fermented foods like pickle, sauerkraut
Whole grain breads
Beans and broccoli
Flaxseed and nuts
Pears and apples
6 – 8 glasses

Top Culinary Schools in America

In the US, as per the National Restaurant Association (NRA), restaurants and hotels are one of the biggest private sector employers. With the hospitality sector at its most developed stage, careers in culinary have grown to become extremely popular. A culinary career is not only rewarding when it comes to job satisfaction, it is also decent when it comes to salaries.

Best Culinary Schools in America

Whether you want to be a chef or you wish to be skilled in bartending, these schools have programs for all of you. The schools mentioned below are some of the best in the US. The list is random and has not been put in any specific order.

International Culinary Schools at the Arts Institutes
It is considered to be the biggest culinary institution in the US, offering culinary degrees to more than 20 associate schools. Founded in 1975, this 30-year old institution is known to provide excellent placements and an experienced faculty. It is one of the top culinary schools where you not only learn cooking, but also numerous aspects of restaurant management.

Institute of Culinary Education, NYC
The Institute of Culinary Education, founded in 1975, is known for providing excellent culinary education. To get admission into its various programs of culinary, students must complete two years college education or must have at least 2 years of work experience. Students from all across the US come to study in this top rate college.

California Culinary Academy (San Francisco)
One of the finest culinary colleges in San Francisco, US, the California Culinary Academy is known for its various programs, like culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant management. It is undoubtedly one of the finest culinary schools in America.

Texas Culinary Academy
It has been fifteen years since the establishment of

Foods You Should Avoid Before Going to Bed

Did You Know?
Foods to avoid before bedTwo of the most common causes of insomnia are excess caffeine consumption and food allergies.
We’ve all had those nights where a peanut butter sandwich, cake, or meatloaf might seem like the perfect solution to get a good night’s sleep. Sure, these foods seem ideal for satisfying late night hunger, however, they aren’t. In fact, there are some more food items that should be avoided if you want to have a perfect night’s sleep.

Statistics reveal that over 40 million adult Americans sleep for less than six hours every night, exposing them to multiple health ailments like heart diseases and insomnia. Physicians believe that out of the many factors that help in getting a good night’s sleep, diet is one of the most important. Check out the foods that should not be touched before going to bed.
Foods to Avoid Before Bed
Contrary to what you’ve seen or heard, alcohol is a strict no-no before bedtime. A drink or two can surely make you drowsy, leading many to see alcohol as a sleep-inducing agent. It does knock you off for 2 to 3 hours, but research has shown that alcohol is more likely to keep you awake late at night, leaving you feeling restless in the morning. Alcohol is known to encourage deep sleep in the first-half of the night, and then increase sleep disruptions in the second-half. It also acts as a muscle relaxant, and increases the chances of snoring at night.

Ice Cream
Ice cream may be the most comforting food, but it surely doesn’t provide any comfort if eaten at bedtime. Firstly, it is loaded with fats, and hence the body doesn’t get much time to burn any of it before going to bed. Secondly,

Interesting Facts About Culinary Arts

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ― George Bernard Shaw

The term culinary is derived from the word “Culina”. It means cooking or cooking area. A person who is an expert in the culinary arts is known as a “culinarian”. Culinarians are in great demand in the hotel industry. Today, these people are paid heftily for their service rendered. This is one of the fields of study that is currently in vogue among many young people. There are many catering schools teaching this course and the competition is very high, as more and more youngsters are becoming interested in this art of cooking. This is a skill that could be learned if you are interested in cooking. There are many people who are good cooks, but may not have the skills to present their dishes. Presentation of your food is also a part of this course. The culinarians are not only good cooks, but they also know how to decorate their dishes beautifully. This article presents to you some interesting facts about culinary arts.

Historical Facts

In 1879, the first cooking school was opened in Boston known as “Boston Cooking School”. This school conducted lessons on the “art of American cooking”. This school also prepared the students to hand over their knowledge and skills to others.
In 1896, Fannie Merritt Farmer’s book on American recipes and culinary art was published. This was the first cookbook to be written and published. Farmer was a former student of Boston Cooking School. This book is still used as a reference book.
James Beard is known as the father of the American Cuisine. In 1946, his cooking classes on the art of American cooking were telecasted.
In 1960, Julia Child introduced French cuisine to the American society.

Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Meatball are a party foodMeatball appetizers are the most popular quintessential party food, with excellent flavor. They are absolutely delicious and easy to make. The best part of this recipe is that, it can varied in many ways to create a variety of flavors. Meatball appetizers are luscious finger foods to be served at casual get-together, graduation parties, New Year’s eve, etc.
Sweet and Sour Meatball with Pineapple
sweet and sour meatballs
For Meatball

1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 cup quick oatmeal
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped water chestnuts
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

For Sauce

1 cup beef broth
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained
For meatball: Take a bowl, and mix well all the meatball ingredients. Shape into 1 inch balls and deep-fry until brown. Drain out and keep aside.For sauce: Combine beef broth, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce in a large deep pan; and bring it to boil. Boil the mixture until it thickens; add pineapple, green pepper, and meatballs. Simmer for 30 minutes more.

Turkey Meatballs
turkey meatballs
2 pounds ground turkey or lean ground beef
1/2 cup whole bran cereal, crushed or cornflake crumbs
1 cup plain yogurt
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
4 cups chicken broth
1 large carrot, finely chopped
2 teaspoon dill weed
In a bowl, mix cereal, egg, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon peel. Add ground turkey and carrot; mix well. Shape

Ways to Combat Food Waste at Home

Ways to combat food waste at homeLucky are those who don’t know what it is like to go without food. It is up to these lucky ones who are provided with more than sufficient reserves, to minimize food wastage which has been a global problem for many years now. Most of the wasted food ends up in landfills, where it is processed to form methane―a gas which affects the climate in an adverse way. Not to mention the number of people who go to bed on an empty stomach due to such wastage.

Food is wasted in large quantities at different levels; edible crops are rejected for not being visually appealing, a lot of produce is lost in transportation, consumers buy bulk food, consumption is less than what is cooked. All these factors contribute towards food wastage. There are a number of ways in which you can avoid wasting food. Some of them have been mentioned in this Buzzle article. Read, learn, and do your bit.

Shop Wisely

Make a weekly plan that enlists the meals you will be cooking on each day of the week. This way, you know what to buy and how much to buy.

Buy only what you need
Based on your plan for the week, make a shopping list, and then go food and grocery shopping. Stick to what you need to buy, and refrain from impulsive, off-the-shelf shopping.

Avoid getting trapped by promotional sales
Stay away from promotional offers and sales. You end up buying stuff that you don’t really need, causing unnecessary wastage.

Buy in parts, instead of whole
If you wish to try out a new recipe, and the recipe needs just four slices of pineapple, buy fresh and loose produce, instead of buying a whole can of processed pineapples. Make

Best Appetizers to Pair with Wine

Appetizers with wineMatch It Right!
Sweet Wine ~ Sweet, fruity appetizers
Salty accompaniments ~ Red wines, thin wines
Appetizers are conventionally known as Hors d’oeuvre, which is a French word. The term appetizer in common parlance means “something apart from the main course, that boosts appetite.” Some of the best appetizers in the world have evolved out of the food recipes of different cultures. Some, however, are consumed with some specific drinks such as wine, champagne, or even beer. For example, strawberry is the best appetizer with champagne, which one can possibly find.
A wine appetizer, as the name suggests, is a preparation or accompaniment served with wine. Wine-tasting experts often comment that an appetizer really helps the drinker enjoy wine’s pleasing flavor. It is tedious to pair up the appetizers with the right wine. One must also consider the different wine types to decide the appropriate accompaniment.
Appetizers that Go Well with Wine
Prosciutto-wrapped Breadsticks
Why it is apt for wine tasting: Prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks is a salty variant of ham and is commonly served in many Italian restaurants. This Italian appetizer is baked with the help of dough and Parmesan, an Italian cheese. The salt cleanses the tongue and mildly dehydrates the mouth. This greatly helps the drinker to taste the flavor of the wine and exposes all the taste buds to the wetness of the wine.
Coupling Suggestions: Prosciutto blends well with wines with a piquant flavor. Try white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Gewurztraminer. If red wines is your pick, go for Pinot Noir, Chianti, and Dolcetto.

However, Sauvignon Blanc is the best pick for it is a dry wine that is high in acidity and very crispy. Its intensity matches well with foods like Prosciutto.

Best Paired With: Sauvignon

4 Recipes to Make Delicious Rotel Dips

Recipe to make delicious Rotel dipSave the Cheese!
While making Rotel cheesy dips, you should melt the cheese with a small quantity of milk. This procedure will not allow the cheese to burn at the bottom of the pan.
If you have unexpected guests or even a casual get-together, dips are not just quick and easy to make, but also very yummy. They are not just meant for appetizers; they make delicious condiments and side dishes too. You can mix the dip in a pasta or just glide some onto a crisp potato. Dips can also be spread on a pizza crust or on a sandwich.

Further, we present to you some savory recipes to make Rotel dips at home. Rotel, stylized as Ro*Tel or Ro-Tel, is a well-known brand that produces canned tomatoes with diced green chilies. From the meat lovers to the cheese maniacs, these recipes will keep your taste buds asking for more. After making these recipes, you will be known for making the best dips ever!
Rotel Dip Recipes
With Chicken
Chips and Salsa

♨Cooked chicken breasts, 2 lb.
♨Tortilla chips, 1 bag
♨Rotel tomatoes and diced green chilies, 1 can
♨Cream of chicken soup, 3 cups
♨Shredded cheddar cheese, 4 cubes

● Add and mix together a can of Rotel tomatoes with diced chilies, cream of chicken soup, and cheddar cheese.
● Put this mix in a microwave and let it cook till the cheese melts.
● Now add cooked chicken breasts to this mixture and heat the mix in a casserole pan for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the consistency thickens.
● Serve this yummy Rotel dip chicken-cheddar cheese with tortilla chips.

With Ground Beef
Spinach Artichoke Dip