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An Overview on Home Canning

Home canning has been around for decades, and was the preferred method of keeping and preserving food. In times before freezers, homemakers either canned or dried their garden bounties if they wanted to keep them for the long cold winters. Almost everything has been, at one time or another, canned. Homemakers not only canned fruits […]

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An Overview on the Food and Cooking of Scotland

As in most countries and cultures traditional foods were composed of foods that were readily available, easily grown, and affordable. Diets included foods based on the environment, and the needs of the people, and Scotland is certainly no exception. Through the centuries they took what they had and created foods that are hearty and varied. […]

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Apple Pies Made Perfect

Perfect apple pies, like the ones grandma used to make, are hard to find today.  But that does not mean working toward that goal is useless. It means only that fewer people are baking their own pies today, and fewer still are rolling out their own pie crusts. Perfection is that certain something aimed toward […]

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An Introduction to Beers Essential Ingredients

Beer is just water with a few magical ingredients. That’s right 90% of that brew is water with a little barley, hops and the ever exciting and misunderstood yeast. These four plain if not entirely simple components work together to bring life one of its simplest pleasures. Barley may be substituted or joined by other […]

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A Guide to Summer Cheeses

When you think of cheese, it probably isn’t one of those foods that you normally associate with summer. If you stop to think about it, however, cheese is the perfect protein to use for hot weather when you want to eat lighter foods such as salads, pastas with fresh seasonal vegetables, or with fruit. The […]

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An Overview of Beer Microbreweries in the United Kingdom

Before plunging in to the subject it may be wise to give a definition of “microbrewery” as this can differ in the UK to what it means in the US, when it is defined by size. In the UK this means breweries that focus on producing traditional cask ales as opposed to chemical conditioned beers. […]

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Amazing Food and Romantic Atmosphere

 Located in the vaulted cellar of the Am Schloss Hotel, the Dianakellar is not just a restaurant, but rather a dining experience. Heavy on atmosphere, it was a warm and welcoming experience.  It was such a good experience that we returned our second night.   I decided to try the local Pils, a Hochstift. It […]

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Acorns as Food

For many thousands of years, the humble acorn has been food for people from all over the world. From the Native Americans, to the people of Korea, acorns have long been a staple in the diets of ancient people. Sadly, however, modern society has almost forgotten about the fine nuts from the big, mighty oak […]

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All Purpose Flour Versus Cake Flour

Unless you have worked in a bakery or in a professional kitchen, you may not know the difference between flour, also know as all-purpose flour, and cake flour.  Staring with the basics, these flours are all made from wheat.  If the flour is made from another grain it will say so on the package The […]

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A Beginners Guide to Pairing Beer with Food

Beer can be roughly sub-divided into lager, stout, bitter ale, white beer (witbier) and trappist style very strong beer. The latter two types are Belgian specialities, although they are also brewed elsewhere in the world. Available varieties within each of these beer types are many, and although every beer drinker has his or her favourites, […]

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