Tips for Storing Coffee Beans

The most important tip for storing coffee beans is to keep them away from air, heat, moisture and light. These elements will destroy the flavor of coffee and cause the taste to become flat. Buying green coffee beans and roasting them yourself at home is the best way to ensure a fresh cup of coffee,…

Tips for Throwing a Party

Parties can be satisfying yet nerve wracking and stressful. Last year I had a housewarming/anniversary party that was a great success and didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I started by getting inexpensive invitations to send out to friends and family. I sent them out far enough in advance so that people could…

Traditional Foods for Lent

One of the many beautiful Catholic customs is the celebration of Lent. Lent refers to the forty days that Christ spent in the desert. It is a tradition that Catholics attend Confession at least once during the Lent season. Many Catholics spend the Lent season as a forty day spiritual retreat. During this time special…

Tips for Eating in Restaurants on a Gluten Free Diet

Gluten is a protein composite that is a very common ingredient in many foods.  Wheat, barley, and rye products typically contain gluten, but it is also often used as a stabilizing agent in a wide range of products from ketchup to ice cream.  There really aren’t many foods one can know with confidence contain no…

Tips for Roasting Chestnuts in the Oven

Chestnuts are flattish nuts with glossy brown shells, creamy texture, and rich earthy flavor. They are traditionally served as an accompaniment to meat, but once they have cured in the refrigerator for a few days and some of their starches have turned to sugar, chestnuts have a characteristic sweetness that highlights both sweet and savory…

Tips for Buying Gourmet Foods Online

For those with a taste for the finer things in life, the Internet has changed everything. High-quality, gourmet foods that were once difficult to find are now only a click away. Following are a few tips for buying gourmet food online that will save you time and money, and ensure you get just what you’re…

Tips for Cooking Squash

Have you seen those large yellow squash in the market? They look like a cross between a yellow zucchini and a watermelon, and are called “spaghetti squash.” They are called that because when they are cooked, their flesh separates into long strands that look like bright yellow spaghetti. They taste similar to other summer squash,…

Tips for Improving Restaurant Service

If you want to improve service in a restaurant, the answer is simple… keep the employees happy. I am writing from experience.. I have been a server for the past two years. Waiting on tables is sometimes a very thankless job. Sometimes the tips are crappy and sometimes you get tables that like to run…

Tips for Bagging your Groceries

Bagging up groceries is always a problem especially if the supermarket is busy. One can be pressurised into rushing and food items can be squashed and battered by the time one reaches home. How can one bag groceries so they come to no harm during transit from the supermarket to the home? First if you…

Temperature and Wines

It is extremely important to serve a wine at the correct temperature. It is not enough to open a bottle, pour wine in a glass and swallow it in one gulp. Wine is probably the only drink to talk about before tasting and after drinking or at least after the first sip. There is a…