Adrift in our memory banks are the smells and tastes of the food of our childhoods. One whiff of something familiar coming from the kitchen and we are instantly kids again. And no food is more closely aligned with that of childhood than the chocolate chip cookie. Warm and gooey, hard and crunchy, filled with nuts or deliciously plain, the chocolate chip cookie embodies all that is sweet and wonderful about childhood.As owners and operators of the Toll House Inn in 1930s Massachusetts, Ruth Wakefield and her husband tended to all of their guests needs in an effort to give them a unique experience. Ruth herself worked in the kitchen, quickly gaining popularity with her scrumptious desserts. One favorite, the Butter Drop Do cookie called for bakers chocolate. Having run out of bakers chocolate during one of her weekly cookie bakes, Ruth instead substituted semi-sweet chocolate from a bar given to her by one of her guests Andrew Nestle of Nestle Chocolate Company. Needless to say, the new chocolate chip cookie became quite a hit, as tasters enjoyed the softened chocolate nestled inside the cookie a far cry from the bakers chocolate, which melted entirely.The chocolate chip cookie rocketed to stardom taking Nestles semi-sweet chocolate along with it. Eager to align his company further with this popular treat, Andrew Nestle traded Ruth Wakefield a lifetime supply of chocolate for the rights to print her chocolate chip cookie recipe on all of his chocolate packaging.That famous recipe stands today delighting generation after generation with its simple goodness. Of course, as the years have gone by, those trying to elevate the chocolate chip cookie to the next level have added all manner of different ingredients. Contests are held all over the world in search of the best chocolate chip cookie. But most cookie enthusiasts will tell you that the very best chocolate chip cookie is the one that is simple in its creation. As the saying goes, sometimes less is more.For the baking challenged among us, the chance to make the chocolate chip cookie is still within our grasp. Advancements in packaging have given way to pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough ready to slice and bake; no mixing of ingredients, no mess of any kind and in 10 minutes you have fresh baked cookies right out of the oven.But if you want to give chocolate chip cookie making from scratch a try, you can always find the sweetest recipe of all right on the back of Nestles Chocolate Chips!
Wine looks the same when poured in a glass, but it tastes different to your taste buds. It all depends on your taste. Do you often find it difficult to select the brand of wine you like best? Well, this time you get to participate in some simple fun filled ways of judging your taste profile through some exciting corporate events. Knowing your Taste through Wine Tasting Corporate ActivityTaste Trail in Northamptonshire is one of Chillisauces innovative ideas of helping you self judge the type of wine that you like best. This thrilling corporate activity starts with a fun animated wine tutorial providing a crash course in the art of tasting the accurate wine blend. Some connoisseurs then judge the wine preferences of the guests by individually questioning all of them. You will be asked to taste different wine blends and write down the scores with the help of the wine adventure colour charts and the Nez du Vin aroma kits that will be provided to you. At the end of the evening, everyone will be given their taste profile, a guide to your own taste that will help you in the future while selecting wine from the stores. The whole process takes around two hours, however the work timing can be adjusted according to individual requirements. Even the "corporate event" venue is arranged according to your preference, thus it includes no venue fees. You can even take this corporate wine tasting courses in Northamptonshire to a competitive level by placing your request at Chillisauce. Benefits of Wine TastingWine tasting corporate event arranged by Chillisauce gives you the perfect opportunity to be your own judge, and self-judge is unquestionably the best judge. It trains you to concentrate as you make the fine distinguishing between different flavours of blended wine. This corporate event is filled with fun. It is relaxing and interactive and fills you with a sense of self-satisfaction as you judge your own taste successfully. When you take this corporate event to a competitive level by a request made to Chillisauce, it strengthens the team unity and helps in building the perfect team.
Obesity is one of the number one health concerns in todays society. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 60 million Americans, or 30% of the adult population, are obese. The term obese refers to people who weigh over 30 pounds more than their ideal weight, or who have a Body Mass Index of 30 or more. One of the national health objectives in the US is to reduce the incidence of obesity to less than 15% of the adult population by 2010; however, current statistics indicate that the problem is still on the rise. In addition, the percentage of young people in America who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Over 9 million children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19 are considered overweight. This equates to 16 % of the population.Theres no question that losing weight is not easy. And, its also clear that weve changed our lifestyles in ways that are making it easier for us to become obese. Some of the biggest culprits in the battle of the bulge are the following. Busy Schedules The average family has a much more demanding schedule than in years past. Because of this, mealtimes often go by the wayside, and we choose lots of fast food. Our stress levels may also lead to emotional eating, where we have no concept of how many calories weve consumed. These factors combined have made our diets poor and our concept of a normal meal skewed. Sedentary Lifestyles Today many people spend lots of time sitting down between our desk jobs and our love of watching television and playing computer and video games. For many of us, regular exercise is simply no longer a part of our daily life. Large food portions Most restaurant portions are 2-3 times the size that makes up a reasonable meal. From this weve gained a distorted image of the size portions we should be eating, and were consuming far too many calories in a day. Poor nutrition Processed foods are a staple in the American diet. In addition, we eat lots of red meat and products made with white flour. These overly processed and high fat foods make it easy to gain weight. They also lead to heart disease and high cholesterol. So, what do we do to overcome our weight problems? Well, as with many things, there are no magic bullets. To lose weight, we have to expend more calories than we consume. Its just that simple. Losing weight is simple, but its not easy, particularly since much of the food were presented with every day is not conducive to weight loss. So, if you want to lose weight and keep it off for good, you need to make a commitment to making long term changes in your life. Starving yourself is not the answer; making changes you can live with is the way to go. First, take a look at what you eat. If youre guilty of eating lots of processed foods, red meat, sugar and white flour, make changes in what you eat. Substitute chicken and fish for red meat most days of the week.Cook your own meals using fresh ingredients; dont rely on processed foods that are loaded with preservatives. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetablesChoose whole grain products over those made with white flourReduce the amount of sugar in your diet. These changes alone should help you lose weight. However, for many people it will also be necessary to look at how much you eat. Portion control is very important, because very large portions of even healthy food can mean that youre consuming too many calories. The second half of the weight loss equation has to do with exercise. Not only will exercise help you burn more calories each day, but it will also help you build muscle. Muscle is important because even when resting, muscle mass burns more calories than fat. So, if you have a lot of lean muscle, youll burn more calories in a day, without even trying. Aim for 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise five times a week. Walking is a great way to get your cardiovascular exercise, and it will help build muscle in the lower body, too. Just be sure that youre walking at a pace that will make you sweat. Raising your heart rate during your cardiovascular workout is important for keeping your heart healthy. In addition to your cardiovascular workout, get in some strength training three times a week for about 20 minutes each session. You dont need to become a body builder, but adding some lean muscle will speed up your metabolism and make your body look thinner and leaner. Finally, take a look at adding some functional foods to your diet. Functional foods are those that have benefits to the body above and beyond their basic nutritional qualities. Foods that would be considered functional foods for weight loss would be those that make us feel full and satisfied for longer, and those that have the potential to increase our metabolism. For example, you may have heard of negative calorie foods. These are foods that contain fewer calories than your body uses to digest them. Some examples of negative calorie food include raw carrots, celery, asparagus, apple, beet, berries, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chili, cucumber, garlic, lettuce, grapefruit, lemon, mango, onion, orange, papaya, pineapple, spinach, turnip, and zucchini. There are likely other functional foods for weight loss. Foods that are believed to be functional for weight loss include low fat milk, nuts and tea. A study reported by the UK Tea Council discusses certain foods and their potential to be functional weight loss foods. Studies have shown that people who drink 24 ounces or more of milk each day tend to weigh less than people who dont drink milk. So, it appears that adding 24 ounces of milk to your diet each day might be a good way to lose some weight, and help keep it off. Nuts have gained a lot of attention because of two important properties. The first is that nuts are very satisfying. Nuts can help you feel full for longer, helping to ensure that you eat fewer calories in a day. Secondly, nuts are a good source of healthy fats. These are the fats that help raise your HDL cholesterol level. HDL cholesterol is what is known as good cholesterol because it has the power to carry molecules of LDL cholesterol bad cholesterol to the liver, where it can be removed from the body. A final food that is likely functional to weight loss is green tea. Green tea has been shown to help regulate blood sugar naturally, which may help us store fewer calories as fat. Secondly, "green tea" has been shown to promote thermogenesis; heat that burns body fat. Green tea is extremely low in calories, and very healthy overall. So, if it can also help us lose weight, it may just qualify as a super food. There have been numerous studies linking green tea with preventing disease and protecting health. So, if youre battling the bulge, get some exercise and make some changes in your diet. And, make sure that one of those changes is adding some functional foods, so that losing weight can be easier than ever!
Wine really does deserve some serious attention if you ask me, its a lot more than just a drink. It is for this reason that I find it very strange that there is no defined tasting procedure which has a universal acceptance. It is common that the majority of wine tasters follow their own set out plan when tasting and this will vary from person to person. Most of these steps, whilst having their place in the vineyards would be frowned upon at the dining table, they involve a set of steps which to the layperson would appear quite ridiculous. The difference can be akin to that of a persons preference to a particular style or genre of music. The world of critical wine tasting is a comparison between a real standard and the wine in question, drinking wine with a meal is greatly different to this and the wine is undoubtedly intended as an accompaniment to the meal and as a refreshment. Although there is no doubting the eccentric activities of a wine taster at a dinner party are perhaps not required it is worth admiring and appreciating the great talent and concentration that goes into the true appreciation of wine. From an outsiders view, these strange and sometimes occult like tastings may seem a little over complicated but with a true desire and ability to focus ones attention it is quickly possible to begin to understand and appreciate wine in a more full sense. For the basics of wine tasting we are undoubtedly in debt to the likes of Clarke and Goulden.Where possible it is advised that you should rinse your mouth clean before tasting a wine, but obviously in a dinner party setting this is not always possible nor desired. I would however, recommend that the beginner use this method, it clears the palette and allows the wine taster to become more familiar with the basic characteristics of the wine being tasted (if in doubt, borrow from the experts!). A more experienced taster will more quickly be able to get the basic qualities of a wine and will often omit this step. Many consider that rinsing with water in this way detracts from the wine and affects palette because the water alters the sensitivity of the tongue and therefore adds a further complication in the whole process. During a long session of tasting it is quite possible that the mouth can become fatigued and therefore this instance lends itself to a revitalization with water.Wines are best tasted in tulip shaped glasses, with the exception being sparkling wines which require a fluted glass (the elongated type you often see unused in display cabinets!). These style of glasses enhance the sparkling wines natural effervescence. If you dont have the correct glasses (or enough if youre having friends round) you can always loan them from a friend. It is important when comparing wines that each glass is filled to the same level (about a third full is the normal) this allows the taster to hold the glass at a steep angle to allow for a nice observation of the colour and clarity but also allows for a nice vigorous swirl of the wine which in turn releases the aromatics in the wine. At dinner partys its also a useful tool when showing off, but beware there is always someone at the party who knows more about wine than you, so credit your fellow guests with some intelligence!
A selection of musings on the effervescent nectar from the great and the good...my only regret in life is that I didnt drink enough ChampagneJohn Maynard Keynesthere comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of ChampagneBette Davisin victory, you deserve Champagne, in defeat, you need itNapoleon Bonaparteno government could survive without Champagne. Champagne in the throats of our diplomatic people is like oil in the wheels of an engineJoseph DargentI only drink Champagne when I'm happy, and when I'm sad. sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. when I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am not hungry and drink it when I am. otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirstyLily Bollingerthree be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient ChampagneDorothy Parkermeeting Franklin Roosevelt was like opening your first bottle of Champagne; knowing him was like drinking it. Winston Churchillcome quickly, I am tasting the stars!Dom Perignonremember gentlemen, it's not just France we are fighting for, it's Champagne!Winston Churchillgentlemen, in the little moment that remains to us between the crisis and the catastrophe, we may as well drink a glass of ChampagnePaul Claudelin a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every eveningWillie GlucksternChampagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired Brigitte Bardotwhy do I drink Champagne for breakfast? doesn't everyone?Noel Cowardtoo much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just rightMark TwainI had taken two finger-bowls of Champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental and profoundF Scott Fitzgerald