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Date:2008-07-15 17:07
Subject: On the Appreciation of Wine

Wine, like coffee, is a beverage that somehow inspires romantic tinge. Not "romantic" in the relational sense, but in that intimate, humane way that brings about affection in the queerest of inanimate objects. Down throughout the ages, wine has inspired all sorts of feelings, touching both culture and lifestyle. At least among those who know how to appreciate it, wine, my dear, is no ordinary drink; Least of all should it be approached ordinarily.

The origin of wine, unlike the origin of coffee, is still in dispute. All that is known is that wine was first alluded to in old Grecian texts and artifacts. It was first thoroughly recorded in ancient Egypt, long after the Greeks. And to the Greeks, wine was a sacrament, represented no less by an actual god, Dionysius. However, no proof has been found of wine being made anywhere else, and vice versa. In time (say around the first millennium), even the Chinese took a liking to wine; though they created their's out of rice and not grapes. But this only goes to show that wine, despite its source, is near-universal, even in the face of culture and geography.

Coffee spread by word-of-mouth.

Yes. Wine conjures images of rich snobs and bored housewives. This is all true, if only because rich snobs and bored housewives also drink the drink along with everybody else. Wine is for anyone with the passion to learn how to drink it. And why learn? Well, here's the thing: for every kind of wine there awaits a soul.

The first step to discovering your ideal bottle is in purchasing it. Be warned: wine is a Veblen good. Thorstein Veblen coined the term to describe how the desirability of a product will go up when its price goes up. In other words, it is expensive because people want it, and people want it because it is expensive. Expensive wines are priced in the similar way of any other brand-name good, for its recognition and reputation. One can argue for miles about the varied qualities of winemakers themselves. Truth is that it all boils down to a matter of personal preference. Bad wines and good wines are still outstanding; and an educated taste is still worth acquiring. What matters is that you simply hit the sweet spot in a connoisseur's refined taste, to know the proverbial difference, all the while having elbow room to retreat into yourself, into your own ultimate definition of "good" wine; be it expensive or cheap.

Oh yes, before I forget. Looking, smelling, tasting, and swirling wine comprise the rest of the wine connoisseur's method of judging. Look through your glass. The wine should be cloudy with sediment, or transparent with little to none. Then smell the wine however you like, from afar or with a deep sniff inside the glass itself. And finally, sip it, lightly, and hold it over your tongue. Breathe in a whiff of air into your mouth, awkwardly, as air allows the wine to get bolder in taste. Swallow. No, it's not over yet. Try to detect any aftertaste, whether on the tongue or the throat. And in the end, was every step pleasurable, according to your own standards?

And as such, wine is not a drink that is simply drunk, consumed, but held on the brink of the soul, and appreciated.

About the Author: Erik Gomez

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Date:2008-07-13 05:07
Subject: Mail Candy Grams Instead

Mailing candy grams is a wonderful way to announce to your loved one that they are loved. Unlike its counterpart roses, the candy gram provides double enjoyment by providing the same amount of pleasant surprise but also allowing the recipient to enjoy the sweet taste of candy over the course of weeks.

With every bite, the person receiving the candy gram is reminded that they are loved.

Depending on the type of candy that you choose, a candy gram can last for weeks. Flowers only last a few days. So, the receivers of a candy gram are free to enjoy their surprise their own pace. It is important to remember that everything in life should be done in moderation.

Women love chocolate and you can get serious points for as little as twenty four dollars or less. A good set of roses can cost fifty nine dollars to over one hundred dollars. Remember, it is not about being cheap.Well, I know for some of you it is. Just joking. Mailing a candy gram really is an easy and affordable way to present your loved one with the acknowledgment that you have been thinking about him or her.

Whether it is for the sweetness factor or whether it is just to apologize for some moment of lapse judgment, mailing a candy gram is indeed, a sweet gesture. A Candy Gram Mail tends to soften the hardest of hearts. As the lure of the sweet taste tends to distract from the trouble in the relationship.

You see, flowers are enjoyed when the person comes into the room where they are kept but a candy gram actually calls to the recipient through their sweet tooth.

For those of us that are financially challenged, you can earn money to purchase and mail candy grams by using the Fast Food Toolbar at FastFoodToolbar dot com The Fast Food Toolbar interfaces with TypoBounty dot com where corporations offer money to web surfers that are willing to help them by finding and reporting errors on their websites.

So, anyone that would like to mail candy grams can afford to do so.

It is never a matter of how much a gift costs. It truly is the thought that counts. Keeping the gifts you send fresh and new will go a long way toward putting and keeping a smile of the face of your significant other. Mail a candy gram it is worth it.

About the Author: The author, John Reed, has 15 years business experience and has had the opportunity to use and review multiple industries and strategies. You can read more about avoiding the money trap of quality food costs at .fastfoodtoolbar.com Keywords: mail candy gram, candy gram, gifts, valentine gifts

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Date:2008-07-05 06:07
Subject: Homemade Food Gift Baskets - Created By You!

Gifts of food are welcomed and appreciated for all holidays and special occasions. It can be a basket of homemade goodies or it can be a more elaborate gift basket containing gourmet foods and a bottle of wine.

Wicker baskets are traditional containers, but there are many other containers that are suitable. Unbreakable containers like wooden crates, trays with an edge, basins, tubs, and ice buckets are good alternatives. Since theme gift baskets are very popular, here are three of my favorite themes when making a food gift basket.

Cookie Lover's Theme:

This is a gift for anyone who loves sweets. It's a good idea for work associates and teachers as well as family and friends. A cookie jar, mixing bowl, or a basket are all nice containers. Line the container with a decorative towel, purchased shred, or tissue paper. Fill it with an assortment of cookies wrapped in small cello bags, purchased cookie mixes, chocolate chips, herbal tea, gourmet coffee, or envelopes of hot chocolate mix. Add a wooden spoon, spatula, and your favorite cookie recipes written on recipe cards. Wrap the completed gift in a cello bag, tied at the top with curly ribbon. If desired, tie a decorative cookie cutter in with the ribbon and add a gift card.

Barbecue Theme:

This is a particularly nice idea for men on Father's Day, birthdays, or anniversaries. It's also a nice gift to take if you are invited as a guest to a barbecue or housewarming party. Use a container that can double as a cooler such as a metal or plastic basin, tray, or a pail. An unbreakable tray with an edge works well, too. Include gifts items such as bbq tools, an apron, an oven mitt, cookbook, or citronella candles. Barbecue sauces, marinades, rubs, hot sauce, and cans of soda or beer are all necessary items for a cookout.

Mexican/Southwestern Theme:

Anyone who enjoys spicy food would be more than happy to receive an assortment of Mexican food items. The best tip I can gift you in creating this theme gift basket is to make it spicy and make it colorful. Place an assortment of spices, dry or canned beans, rice, bags of chips, and jars of salsa in a basket or a colorful bowl or serving tray. Add some fresh fruit such as avocados, lemons, limes, and pineapple. You may want to add a cookbook for Mexican food or beverages. Line the container with bright colored terry towels and top off your gift basket with some fresh peppers. Don't forget the makings for margaritas.


About the Author: For assembly information, decorating tips, and unique container ideas for homemade food gift baskets, go to .homemade-gift-basket-ideas.com/

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Date:2008-06-12 07:51
Mood: hungry

Greetings. I am an new member here. Mine name is ~Fujis~. This is mine first posting. I have admittings of mine love of Food and Drink. I calling eating as an pasttime for mine self. Going to many different place with associates is great way to have new experience with dinings. I modest saying that I am expert in ways of Asian ~cuisine~. I have enjoyment of cooking but mostly eating. I findings of new recipe and way to cook own dish. I hoping to find an sharing of idea here.


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Date:2008-06-08 14:51
Subject: Coffee ..the greatest drink in history?

Around 850 A.D it is said that a lonely sheep herder and his charge stumbled across a strange and mysterious berry growing on a secluded and forgotten hillside. Before he could stop them, some of his sheep had already began to sample this strange fruit. After about ten minutes or so the shepherd began to notice something unusual about his sheep. They no longer looked tired after their long trek that day. In fact they appeared to be wide awake and very alert. The shepherd had never seen them behave this way and he was curious. Now being a little tired and weary himself the shepherd decided to try the berries for himself. Just as had happened with his flock he too became wide awake and pardon the pun, extremely "full of beans". Just then a monk happened by and after hearing what had happened proceeded to scold the poor shepherd and lecture him on his foolish indulgence. Having had his say the monk continued on his journey but before he set off he made absolutely sure that a
plant was secured amongst his belongings.

Back at the monastery the monks decided to try this new and exciting substance. Soon the endless hours of praying were endured with the greatest of ease. Coffee, the drink had been revealed to the world. Its widespread use then took a grip in the Ethiopian lands before then migrating on to the Arabian outlands. Here it was to be held for many years as a sacred substance but was eventually to be unlawfully exported by a merchant called Baba Budan. Word of its qualities were soon to spread and within a few years coffee was to emerge as one of the most valued commodities of all time. Now would you believe that each year we drink an amazing four billion cups and there are those among us who would cry at the thought of starting their day without it.

Although coffee is well known for keeping us awake there are also health benefits associated with the drinking of coffee. It is said that those who suffer from asthma and partake of the drink have 25% less symptoms due to a substance called theophylline. This is what is known as a bronchodilator and quite simply it is claimed to help those who suffer from the disease to breathe a little easier. Drinking Coffee on a regular basis is also meant to help lower your risk of colon cancer by a figure also in the region of around 25%. It is thought to do this simply by helping to keep you regular which in turn helps fend off disease and illness.

Besides the benefits that have been mentioned above, it has to be said that simply enjoying coffee as a beverage is a delight that will never be easily surpassed. The unbelievable thing is that most people have no idea of the different tastes and delights that this monarch of all drinks has to offer. One of the fastest growing trends of the past few years has to be the rising popularity of obtaining coffee via the internet. Never before has it been so easy to sample such a huge variety of blends, tastes and aromas, and all at the click of a mouse. I order coffee frequently through the internet and I always make a point to record the country, blend and from whom I purchased.

Well now that you know the tale of the mystical beans I hope that if in the future you are considering visiting your local coffee shop you recall the story of the lowly shepherd and think about just what you might be drinking were he not to have wandered onto that bleak and lonely hillside. Why not take advantage of the internet and try the many different varieties and blends available. Not only will you impress your tastebuds, your friends will be grateful as well.

Latte or latte?

About the Author: Valerie Shapero is the webmaster and operator of
Fuzzy Coffee, Inc. which is
a premier source of information about coffee. For questions or
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Date:2006-02-13 16:21
Subject:Appetite for Seduction Premiering on iTunes this Valentine's Day

This is a new TV podcast for iTunes, all about cooking, in our first episode we cook with pomegrantes, the show is completely free, nobody makes any money off it.

Join Sensual Cooking Diva, Shani Castri, as she explores the romantic history and potency of some of the finest aphrodisiacs found in New York City and around the world. Shani consults with the experts on her journey to help awaken your appetite for seduction. From caviar to vanilla, pomegranate to garlic, join Shani every two weeks, when as she guides you towards creating an evening—or morning—of passion and food that you and your partner are not soon to forget.

Click here to subscribe via iTunes
Visit www.appetiteforseduction.com
Visit the Appetite for Seduction Livejournal Community

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Date:2005-11-18 20:15
Subject:Entertaining . . .

I entertained tonight for my fiance and I, and our two friends. This was the layout, I promise to post the recipes soon. I'm sorry if the photos are too large, I just didn't want to put it under a cut because they aren't very large photos. The dinner consisted of Herb Spaghetti and meatballs, cottage salad (cottage cheese, white onion, boiled eggs, and black pepper), and cinnamon chocolate mousse pastry.

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Date:2005-11-18 08:06

I'm a new member here, and I thought it befitting to introduce myself. My name is Ashley and I'm a twenty year old, at home fiance. I spend my day cooking and cleaning, and with all this extra time to myself i've expiremented with recipes from my childhood as well as new recipes i've come to aquire from the lovely foodnetwork shows. I love trying new things, and am very at home in a kitchen. I started cooking when I was eleven years old, my father was away alot at work and my mother was off in her own life as it was after my parents had split. I had to cook for my four brothers and three sisters. I would cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner and over the years I had gotten more creative with old recipes passed along in my family. I feel cooking brings back those old memories of my family, from my grandmother baking in the kitchen at all hours of the morning. To my grandfather spending long hours on holiday feasts, that took days to prepare. The scents from my childhood were great, salsbury steaks that my grandfather shaped and slow cooked himself in his own array of spices and gravy. I loved going to family events and just taking in all the aromas.

I'm an avid lover of cooking, just not a fan of the cleaning up. My fiance hasn't been displeased at all with any of my cooking endeavors. He has fallen in love with old recipes that my grandmother still makes to this day, and new spins I put on them.

Well, enough about me. I also found it befitting to share in a recipe of mine. It's quick and easy, not to mention ... utterly delicious.
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Date:2005-05-24 21:57

If you have ANY pics etc. of/ any text (esp. from magazines!!!) with the word PARSNIP (<--- reallly want) or PARSLEY or PARSLEY SODA or CRUMPET (<--- also reallly want)...or TEACAKE or teacups
Please comment! (we'll take it from there- e-mail) If u send it to me (by snail mail) I will Do something/send stuff for u! (ex: personalized bookmark...etc.) Depending on how much/what u have


TO moderator: don't delete please! Leave for at least 3 days :D

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Date:2005-04-14 22:38
Subject:Hi, I'm new here...
Mood: sleepy

I love to cook, bake, and I love to eat even more. I'm interested in finding out people's experiences with culinary schools (I'm in No CA.) I would like to get professionally trained and I'm especially interested in becoming a pastry chef. Anyway, glad I found you guys!

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Date:2005-04-08 17:51
Subject:I'm new to this community
Mood: grrrrrrrrrr

I am new to this community but not to live journal. I am a chef/pastry chef. i enjoy food and wine and friends the best combo!! well I am Heather and you can find me here under chefgurl or on myspace.com under heather and i have a food cub in both places!! my stats: 24, female, westerly,RI, married(happily),in need of some good pie reciepes!! for a donation to a good charity. looking for things that are cheap and or easy i'm doing 9 pies thats why. well look me up and befriend me please and check out myspace.com its great and you can get to know me better!!!

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Date:2005-02-28 13:42
Subject:I'm new/Lima beans
Mood: full

Hey guys! I'm new here. I'm a major foodie. Although I rarely overeat, I definitely savor eating and food in general, especially certain foods. My two favorite things to eat are burritos and lima beans. I am also really obsessed with olive oil. I always cook with it (when the recipe needs oil, that is) and I always drench my pasta in olive oil. Heck, I cook my burgers in olive oil!

I didn't really enjoy food or experiment with cooking until I became vegan, about 3 years ago. It's hard to not cook and be vegan, haha.

Anyway, I just thought I should introduce myself before I ask you guys my first question.

I'd like your all's opinions on lima beans. As I mentioned before, they're one of my all-time favorite things to eat. I usually buy them canned, since it's hard to find them fresh most of the time unless it's summer. I was wondering though, would it be healthier to buy them dried instead? I don't really know, and I figured I'd ask some fellow foodies their personal opinions.

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Date:2004-10-27 16:10
Subject:Favorite cuisines and worst experiences...

I thought that I would also introduce myself... Despite the fact that I do not like to cook, I truly enjoy eating...and happily try just about anything. Some of my favorite cuisines include: Ethiopian (love doro wat, kitfo, alicha, and tibs), Puerto Rican (mofongo de mariscos, "light bulb food", empanadillas de carrucho, and pork), Guinean, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan, French, Spanish, Armenian, Russian, Argentinean (what can beat a great red wine from Argentina??), Mexican (although mole is not my favorite), Peruvian (mmm comida china), and so much more...

The worst food I have ever eaten was in Santiago in Chile. Basically everything I ate was truly horrible --and I was sick the entire time.

What are your favorite cuisines?
What is your worst food experience?

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Date:2004-08-06 15:58
Mood: curious

i went to japan in april for an exchange, and so i was exposed to new kinds of foods that were very very strange to me. from fish-flavoured junk food to melon soda, some of the food rocked house, white some of it was absolutely gross. for example "nato," a soya-bean dish that looked like beans in caramel, was especially weird to me.

so basically what i'm asking is, what do you think about japanese food? favourites, least favourites...anything. :)

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Date:2004-05-04 15:58
Subject:I Just Ate This
Mood: full

I can just hear the commercial now: "If you love rap, then you'll LOVE rap snacks!"
P.S. This particular rap snack was very delicious.

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Date:2004-04-02 08:40

hey, i'm new here just wanted to say hello :) i've been cooking my whole life and come from a long line of food lovers heh. anyway, just wanted to introduce myself. tally ho!

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Date:2004-02-14 16:27
Mood: sad

food = good

food - $ = not so good

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Date:2003-09-25 05:14
Mood: hungry

Hot damn. I'm hongrier than a mule in a paint can.

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Date:2003-02-21 15:26
Subject:Rachael Ray...

So, what does everyone here think about Rachael Ray?

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Date:2002-10-01 15:46
Subject:A yummy addition to your baking

Instead of throwing away the excess pie dough once you've made the pie, you can use it to make ultra yummy cookies. Just tear the dough into pieces, spinkle each one with a healthy amount of cinnamon sugar, place them on a cookie sheet (I usually put one under the pie to make it easier to remove, so the cookies just go right on there) and let it bake with the pie. They are so good! I habitually make a large batch of pie dough, then use it all to make these cookies. Why waste all the pie dough on the pie? That's my motto.

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