Sep 12

Parmigiano Reggiano – Beyond Spaghetti

I don’t know about you, but my childhood memory of Parmesan cheese is still very vivid. It was a Thursday, and it came pre-grated in a green cardboard cylinder. It sat in the fridge for a couple of weeks until my mom finally opened it and made spaghetti. It’s okay, admit it. You first parmesan cheese encounter was something like that, too. But I, and America, have grown up. No longer are gourmet ships restricted to the biggest cities while Italian restaurants now serve other regional dishes and not just the classics. Since we are used to tasting different things, new things, and making discriminating choices, it is time that we take a closer look at Parmigiano Reggiano, a kind of cheese that is light years ahead of parmesan cheese.

Parmigiano Reggiano is a medium-fat cheese that is made from partly skimmed and unpasteurized cow’s milk. It was initially made in a zone limited to the provinces of Parma, Reggio-Emilia and Modena, among other parts of the provinces of Mantua and Bolognia in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It is naturally prepared, and no chemical preservatives or artificial additives are used. And like fine wine, it is a living product, capable of maturing and evolving in flavor.

The Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is a time-tested cheese, although complex, it is still perfect served on its own. Simply break off small chunks, make paper thin silvers or cut it into bite size slices, and you are ready to serve! But since everyone just loves it, you can also pair it with a never ending list of other flavors that will highlight its subtle bite and sweetness.

An essential part of any Italian athlete’s post-workout diet, the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is also a great source of protein, calcium and phosphorous, and it contains

Sep 12

What Is a Chocolate Truffle – A Short Primer

In today’s chocolate market there is a spectrum of confections that are referred to as “chocolate truffles”. While their quality can vary, this non-judgmental primer is meant to clarify what exactly is (and in some cases isn’t) a chocolate truffle and to highlight the important differences to chocolate lovers seeking specific experiences when enjoying their favorite treat.

A non-chocolate truffle is a fungus that grows beneath the ground, often roughly spherical and like many other types of edible fungus, soft when bitten. Chocolate truffles can be any shape (spherical or cube-like) and feature a center made of ganache.

Ganache is a mixture (technically an emulsion) of fat-based and water-based liquids. When made and set properly, well-made ganache maintains a firmness that is easily handled yet is smooth when bitten. The classic ganache formulation is chocolate and cream. There have been many innovative variants to this formulation to allow vegetarians and vegans to enjoy chocolate truffles free of dairy products.

In the realm of chocolate truffles, there are predominantly two main styles originating in Switzerland and Belgium. These approaches differ mainly on the method of enrobing. Enrobing is simply the chocolate coating applied to the center.

Belgian-style truffles feature a moulded method of enrobing. Chocolate is placed in fancifully-shaped moulds with multiple cavities (which may be made of silicone or polycarbonate) and allowed to drain out leaving chocolate to set in each cavity. This is done often at least a couple of times to form a coating strong enough to withstand the filling of the cavities with ganache or some other center. For chocolatiers, a mould allows for interesting decorative techniques to be used such as spray painting the moulds with edible inks or paints prior to filling. The mouth experience when bitten is usually a hard crunch followed by the soft center.

The Swiss approach

Sep 12

Cooking Strategies For Angel Hair Pasta Recipes

Before you start looking for recipes for an angel hair pasta dish, it will be helpful to review what angel hair pasta actually is. It’s a type of pasta known as strand pasta, and this encompasses all of the different types of long, thin pasta. So this category includes things like spaghetti, spaghettini and vermicelli. However, angel hair pasta, also known as capelli d’angelo, is much thinner than the others. It usually comes in the long strands, but is sometimes curled into nests, which loosen into individual strands when put into boiling water. And you may need a few cooking tips to use it properly.

The optimum time for cooking this delicate type of pasta is about two to four minutes, which makes it useful if you need to make a pasta recipe in a hurry. But this also means you have to keep a close eye on it, so you don’t end up with a soft, overcooked clumpy mess. If you buy this pasta fresh rather than in a package, the cooking time might be even less, so watch it carefully. You may think making something with this pasta will be quick and easy, but it could just as easily be quick and disastrous.

Many recipes seem to assume that everyone knows how to deal with this pasta, but it takes some work to use properly. During cooking, it needs stirring at the beginning so it won’t stick, but this worry can also be helped by putting olive oil into the boiling water before putting in the pasta.

Not every recipe will explain the best sauces to use with angel hair pasta. While it can be overwhelmed if you try to stir a chunky or heavy sauce into it, it could still serve as a bed for other meat recipes. But angel

Sep 12

Pizza The Food of Close Families

The world today seems intent on wedging families apart. The kids spend most of the say at school and half of what is left of the day doing homework. Calculate in ample rest, and your children are barely even yours to enjoy. Start a new tradition, and get to know your family again by incorporating pizza night into your week.

Everyone wants to have more time with the family these days, but with working, school, and the economy’s attempt to keep us all slaving, getting to the dinner table, the traditional place for proven family camaraderie, is next to impossible. If you have a time carved out for a family dinner, how much of that time will you get to spend actually sitting at the table with the family once you have cooked, served, and cleaned?

Pizza. It is way to get people together, and while the traditional reason to order in is to feed a multitude, your family time together is at risk, and a nice pie in the center of the table will surely bring all the kids around. Finally, a family dinner that you get to participate in. Take the time to sit around the table and chat about everyone’s day. What was each person’s favorite part of the day, what is going on tomorrow in each person’s life? Use the time to play I-Spy with little ones, tell knock-knock jokes, or even get out a board game. Research proves that those families who gather round the dinner table are the families that stay together.

In the hustle and bustle of busy times of year like holidays, tax season, or you oldest child’s stint as an all state wrestler, it can be hard to meet all your responsibilities without giving up things like dinner

Sep 11

Types Of Ingredients Used For The Preparation Pizza Dough

Pizza dough is fun to make. In fact. pizza is one of the most famous and widely used dishes through out the world. Pizza is very famous now a day through out the world. In America the pizza are popularly known as pizza pie. Pizzas are available in various shapes and sizes and at quite considerable rates.

There are various types of toppings used in different pizzas some of the various types of pizza toppings which are used commonly are listed below:-

Sauce is generally used in the pizza. The sauce used may be made up of tomato or garlic paste.

Cheese is also added in the pizzas. Mozzarella cheese is used quite frequently for the topping of the pizzas.

Various types of herbs or seasonings like basil, oregano and garlic are also used in the pizzas as toppings. A large variety of vegetables is used as toppings. Some of the commonly used toppings for pizzas include is bell peppers, eggplants, onions, spinach, sweet corn etc.

To add more tastes Meats like ground beaf, bacon, harm, chicken; seafood etc. are used on the pizzas.


There are various types of pizzas available in different types and also in a wide variety of shapes. The sizes of pizzas is also different the general size is however round. The shops of the restaurants where you get pizzas may also provide with an option of creating your own type of pizza as per your taste with your favorite toppings. Some of the well-known and regular types of pizzas are the pepperoni pizzas, the sausage pizzas, the garlic with cheese etc.

Pizza dough

The pizza dough is the crust or the base of the pizza. It is generally white in color and it can be prepared by many numbers of ways and techniques. It is of fermented type and is

Sep 11

5 Benefits of Chocolate That You May Have Missed

Chocolate is an excellent antioxidant

The oxygen that we are breathing allows our organs to function but it simultaneously triggers the production of a high number of free radicals that attack the body structures. The cocoa contains a large number of antioxidant substances that trap or neutralize the free radicals responsible for oxidation.

Here are some examples of comparison between the antioxidant properties of cocoa and that of other products:

Black tea: 4 to 5 times greater,
Green tea: 2 to 3 times greater,
Wine: twice greater.

Flavonoids and minerals (zinc, manganese, copper) contained in the cocoa are particularly active.

Chocolate diminishes blood pressure

Consuming 6 grams of dark chocolate, approximately two squares, would reduce blood pressure, according to a recent German study published in the Jama revue.

Based on the results, this level of consumption would diminish the systolic pressure (the first digit) by three points and the diastolic pressure (the second digit) by two points on average.

The study involved 44 adults between 56 and 73 and whose average pressure was equal to 147/86. After a diet of 18 weeks, with 6 grams of dark chocolate per day, the people of this group have experienced a significant decrease of blood pressure. Their propensity for high blood pressure went down from 86% to 68%. That was not the case for the “control” group who was offered white chocolate without polyphenols.

According to the authors of the study, this result of dark chocolate would be linked to the strong presence of polyphenol antioxidant.

Chocolate has an anti-stress effect

Dark and milk chocolates contain, respectively 112 mg and 60 mg of magnesium per 100 g.

To fight against stress and anxiety, nothing could be better than increase the consumption of magnesium. Numerous studies confirm that this mineral is a major element

Sep 10

The Ravioli Pasta Recipe You Can Make Quickly And Easily

How To Make Pasta Ravioli With Smoked Salmon

Ingredients For Pasta Recipe:

1 cup of flour
1 beaten eggs
1 egg yolk
pound of smoked salmon
1 plain egg
cup of cream
1 teaspoon of fresh chives
teaspoon of fresh, crushed black pepper
8 ounces of shredded Gruyere cheese
cup of whipping cream

Directions For Pasta Recipe:

1.How To Make Pasta: Place the flour in a mound on a smooth work area, creating a hole in the centre.

2.Pour the beaten egg and egg yolk into the hole and mix till its all combined. Finish kneading it with your hand and add more flour if needed.

3.Divide the dough in half and roll out each until its very thin. Make as many sheets of pasta as you can.

Your home made, fresh pasta recipe for the ravioli is almost ready. Now, to complete the dish into a yummy wholesome meal, continue with the following. Knowing how to make pasta can be a very rewarding experience for your taste buds.

4.For The Smoked Salmon Mousse: Puree the smoked salmon and the egg till it makes a smooth mixture.

5.Carefully add 1 cup heavy cream, the chopped chives and pepper. Stir and mix very well.

6.To assemble the ravioli, sprinkle flour on a flat surface. Lay out the pasta and divide the smoked salmon mousse into 12 equal portions and place them two inches apart on one sheet of pasta.

7.Brush the beaten egg on the pasta between the salmon mousse, and cover with the other sheet of ravioli.

8.Cut the ravioli apart and keep it in the fridge till youre ready to cook it.

9.Boil water with a little amount of salt in a large pan and

Sep 10

Pasta Two Ways

If you still think that pasta is forbidden in a healthy diet, forget it! There are now more healthy pasta options than ever, including whole wheat, high-protein, and even gluten free.

Here are two of my favorite pasta recipes. They are filled with colorful and healthful ingredients, and absolutely delicious.

Pasta Primavera:

This delicious pasta meal is fresh, light, and packed with delicious roasted veggies. Try this version, or add in your own favorites


3 carrots, peeled and sliced

2 zucchinis, chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 or four garlic cloves, chopped

1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon Italian herb seasoning

Salt and pepper

1 pound of pasta

15 cherry tomatoes, halved

cup grated Parmesan


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Put all of the vegetables onto a large baking sheet, and toss with the oil, herb seasoning, salt and pepper. Bake in the oven, stirring occasionally, until carrots start to get tender and vegetables begin to brown (about 20 minutes).

In the meantime, cook the pasta in a large pot until al dente. Drain the pasta, but reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Toss the pasta with the vegetables in a large bowl to combine. Add the cherry tomatoes, and enough of the cooking liquid to moisten. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and serve immediately.

Greek Pasta Salad:

I came up with this recipe while living in a Greek neighborhood in Queens. It is delicious, and makes for great leftovers.


2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped

2 orange or yellow bell peppers, chopped

1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1 cup feta cheese crumbles

cup store-bought vinaigrette (Greek, Italian, or red wine)

1-2 teaspoons dried dill

1 pound pasta (whole

Sep 09

Pizza Hut Fine Dining Restaurant – A Regal Experience

Pizza Hut is the world’s leading Italian pizza chain Company. In India, Pizza Hut has 140 restaurants across 34 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Chandigarh.

In the recent past Pizza Hut has announced the roll-out of a brand alteration plan in India, the name renowned by now in the casual dining arena. The transformation absorbs the commencement of the enhanced dining concept with the casual dining section. This includes a new advanced look as well as a new logo and a label line that fit perfectly with the brand’s progress.

The new tag line, Stories Happen, detains the disposition of Pizza Hut restaurant, as a place where people unite, build strong friendships and create immense memoirs while sharing excellent food. The augmentation project also comprises of renovating the look and feel of Pizza restaurants with a better decor.

This Italian food restaurant is all about giving an exclusive and memorable dining experience by offering the finest and most discrete Italian pizzas with an Indian touch and a perfect service, in a peaceful and pleasant ambiance. It is well-known to deliver a range of delicious cakes, pastas and pizzas that are perfect for the customers who are searching for luxurious food for business meeting. In Pizza Hut restaurants one can also organize a custom-made corporate lunch for corporate clienteles, a kitty party or a kid’s birthday. Corporate lunches facilitate to create common interests, build up communication, and makes working in cooperation easier.

Pizza Hut is renowned for promoting Italian cuisine in India. Lately they have added 30 new exciting items in their menu list including a new range of tuscani pastas a cuisine of central Italy to tempt your appetite. One can enjoy a good 4-course meal with friends or relatives at

Sep 08

Diet For Weak Or Poor Eyesight – Foods That Improve Vision

Now-a-days, weak eyesight is a common problem among kids and youngsters. Weak eyesight is usually the result of nutritional deficiencies. This problem of weak eyesight must be considered seriously otherwise it may result into blindness. Some other factors are also responsible for weak eyesight like wrong reading habits and also genetic factors. It also plays an important role in the weakening of eyesight.

Especially for children, balance and regular diet is very necessary at their early age to prevent the problem of any sort of eye weakness. The main causes for weak eyesight in the individuals are due to deficiency of vitamin A.

The main cause is vitamin A, and some other factors are given below –

1. Wrong eating habits.
2. Genetic factors can cause this problem.
3. Watching TV for long hours and also working on computers.
4. Intake of alcohol in excess may create this problem along with other problems.
5. Reading in excess dim or excess light.
6. Some digestive problems.

Some of the important symptoms

1. Sensation of burning followed by watering of the eyes.
2. Persistent common cold.
3. Regular or occasional headache during studies.
4. Long and short sightedness can be the important symptoms.
5. Haziness in vision.
6. Unable to see the objects from a normal distance.

The problem of weak eyesight can be controlled by improving diet. It must be followed strictly.

1. For better eye sight, drink the juice of lettuce or you can use lettuce leaves in your salads.

2. You must take small amounts of peanuts or raisins in your daily diet. It will improve your weak eyesight.

3. Increase the intake of foods rich in Vitamin C like oranges, gooseberry, lemon, tomatoes and guava. Take these foods

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