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The Best of American Beer and Food: Pairing & Cooking with Craft Beer

The Best of American Beer and Food: Pairing & Cooking with Craft Beer

In The Best of American Beer and Food Lucy Saunders covers both pairing food and beer and cooking with beer. She begins by exploring the art of pairing flavorful beers with specific foods, considering today’s wide range of beer styles and the foods and flavors that they compliment from salad through dessert. She then turns to recipes that incorporate beer, using the diverse tastes available from today’s ales and lagers as flavor components.

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FOOD CURATED: The Self-Taught Chocolatiers: NuNu Chocolates

Do you fancy making chocolate? Are you doing it just to pass time or just because you find it fun? Why don’t you try kicking your love of making chocolate up a notch and take it to a pro level?

Watch this video and see how people who used to make chocolate for fun are now successful in the chocolate-making market.

Have fun on Food Curated: The Self-Taught Chocolatiers: Nunu Chocolates.

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Posted by Nikita Gould - December 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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Chocolate The Newest Health Food

You may have already heard that chocolate contains beneficial flavonoids and antioxidants. Flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds found in plant foods that are full of recognized health benefits. There are more than 4,000 flavonoid compounds, which are a subgroup of a large class called polyphenols. Phenols are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping prevent atherosclerosis. The flavanols in chocolate appear to help the body use nitric oxide, which is crucial for healthy blood flow and blood pressure, which means that chocolate might help reduce hypertension as well.

Red wine is known for its high phenol content, but an average bar of dark chocolate contains more phenols than 8 ounces of red wine. Scientists at Cornell University and Seoul National University examined the cancer-fighting antioxidant content of hot cocoa, red wine, and tea, and found that cocoa had nearly double the antioxidants of red wine and four to five times more than tea.

Holland’s National Institute of Public Health and Environment found that dark chocolate contains 53.5 mg of catechins per 100 grams. (Catechins are the powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer and help prevent heart disease). By contrast, a cup of black tea contains only about 14 mg of catechins and green tea has about 30 mg of catechins.

A study at University of California Davis found that participants who ate chocolate showed a reduction in platelet activity. This means that chocolate has an anti-clotting, blood-thinning effect that can be compared to aspirin.

A Harvard University study of 8,000, with an average age of 65, revealed that those who consumed chocolate lived almost a year longer than those who did not. Those who ate one to three candy bars per month had a 36 percent lower risk of death (compared to the people who ate no candy), while those who ate three or more candy bars per week had a 16 percent lower risk.

A study of older men in The Netherlands, known for its chocolate, showed that those who ate the most chocolate, an equivalent of one-third of a chocolate bar every day, had lower blood pressure and a 50 percent lower risk of death. The researchers also noted the men eating the most cocoa products were not heavier or bigger eaters than the men who ate less cocoa.

And it’s not just dark chocolate that is the only healthy type of chocolate. Most studies talk about the benefits of dark chocolate, but some of the most recent news about chocolate includes good news for milk chocolate lovers, who have been left out in the past.

The Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia did a study that shows that milk chocolate seems to boost brainpower. The groups in the test consumed, on different occasions, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, carob and nothing. Then they were tested for cognitive performance including memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem solving.

According to Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, “Composite scores for verbal and visual memory were significantly higher for milk chocolate than the other conditions.” The study also found that consumption of milk and dark chocolate was associated with improved impulse control and reaction time. It seems that by consuming chocolate you get stimulating effects from substances found in chocolate, such as theobromine and phenylethylamine, which then lead to increased mental performance.

Chocolate really does make you feel good, too. It is known to stimulate the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles. Chocolate also contains a neurotransmitter, serotonin that acts as an anti-depressant. Studies in England show that even the aroma of chocolate gives a bout of euphoria and will help lift the spirits.

And now people are looking at chocolate for skin care. According to Marlies Spinale, director of Tru Spa, “Like many other antioxidants, cocoa polyphenols are thought to offer the skin protection from free-radical damage caused by sun, pollution, stress, alcohol consumption and other factors. I believe that we will hear more about the benefits of chocolate in skin care.”

Some people have been avoiding chocolate because one of the main ingredients of chocolate is cocoa butter. It was thought that it was an unhealthy fat, but actually cocoa butter is not unhealthy. It is made up of the beneficial fatty acids– oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are healthy forms of saturated fat. Plus chocolate contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, as well as potassium, sodium, and iron.

So go ahead and indulge in a little chocolate, in moderation of course. I would recommend that you try to find organic chocolate, and stick with darker chocolate because it has more chocolate flavonoids and less sugar. (Sugar weakens the immune system; so don’t consume sugar if you are ill.) And a little bit of milk chocolate is alright when you need an occasional milk chocolate brainpower boost, such as before a test. All you students take note!

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Posted by Chocoholic - October 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

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Food recipe for holiday: Tips for making chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate strawberry is probably good for the holiday like Valentine’s Day. I think you can even use it for St. Patricks’s Day. You can use it for any occasions. I love this one recipe and it’s nice and pleasant for holiday decoration.

I think your children will love this recipe because chocolate and strawberry is a great combination adding to the fact that it looks tasty. You can make it for Christmas or even for the holiday. It’s a great finger bite food. It’s a great snack. You can definitely display this around the holiday because it’s nice to look at even. You can have fun decorating it and everything. This could be one of your craft project for Christmas.

You will need to buy a dozen or two of fresh strawberries or however much that you want to make since you can make a lot for your friends too. You can give that when you go over to a party or something of that nature. You will need to buy chocolate chips to melt. These can be Hershey’s chocolate chips or chocolate bar that is pure chocolate. When you have the strawberries and chocolate you can begin the process.

You would wash your strawberries and pat dry and plug the green part out. You would put the strawberries on a cookie sheet and get it ready to be dip in chocolate. You can start to melt your chocolate. You will put it in a bowl and then microwave it. It can melt it in the microwave. Once it’s melt you can take it out and cool it. Now you can start the dipping process.

You would take the strawberry and then dip it in the chocolate and then you will laid the finished strawberry on the cookie sheet. You would repeat the process until you’re done and then you would put it in the fridge until it’s settle. Once it’s settle you can take it out and further decorate it with little candy decoration here and there. This is ready to serve cold. You can put back in the fridge what you won’t need to use. You can also put it on top of cakes and other holiday food to make the decoration seem more lavish. This is great for snacks and also great with drinking wine because it can bring out the taste of wine. This is great for the holiday. You can try adding other things on top of it like grind peanuts to enhance the taste. You can also try other sprinkles that will help. You can try to decorate it into a heart shape or a Christmas tree shape or a Shamrocks shape to make it goes with the holiday. You’re now done with making Chocolate covered strawberries.

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