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Valentine Recipe

The Holiday’s have just needed with the big bang of the New Year. Most of us spent time cooking Christmas Eve and Day meals that are very special to family gatherings. Those recipes, for many families, are passed down from generation to generation and are made with love and pride of the family. But what happen when those traditional Christmas Recipes cannot be used for the other events throughout the year?

Well, Valentine’s Day is coming up and chances the chances are that those generational recipes that grandma and grandpa have passed down are not going to fit in to the day of love! So what do you cook and what recipes are appropriate for Valentine’s Day?

Here is a list of romantic meal ideas for cooking for your loved one on that special day in February, some do’s and don’ts on romantic meals:

Do’s:
Soups
Salads
Fish
Chicken
Pasta
Chocolate desserts

Don’ts:
Steak and potato
Burgers
Fried Foods
Pizza
Ham
Sausage

Japan foods, are they safe?

Concerning the nuclear problems in Japan many people in the United States are concerened if the foods being imported from Japan are safe to eat and/or free from radiation.

The FDA.GOV has information about your concern and you can find it here… this is a piece of what they have said in one statement.

All milk and milk products and vegetables and fruits produced or manufactured from the four Japanese prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma will be detained upon entry into the United States. They will not be allowed to enter the U.S. food supply, unless shown to be free from radionuclide contamination, with the exception of the specific products restricted by the Government of Japan. Those products will be refused admission into the US.

Other food products from this area, including seafood, although not subject to the Import Alert, will be diverted for testing by FDA before they can enter the food supply. FDA will also be monitoring and testing food products, including seafood, from other areas of Japan as appropriate. – FDA.GOV

You should read carefully what the FDA has to say about the issue by visiting the website. They also answer the question that many people are asking… what kind of products come from Japan? … This is what they say…

Imports from Japan include human and animal foods, medical devices and radiation emitting products, cosmetics, animal and human drugs and biologics, dietary supplements, and animal feeds. Foods imported from Japan make up less than 4 percent of foods imported from all sources. (Food products from Canada and Mexico each make up about 29 percent of all imported foods.) Almost 60 percent of all products imported from Japan are foods. The most common food products imported include seafood, snack foods and processed fruits and vegetables. – FDA.GOV

Here are SOME examples of products that Hong Kong is taking action upon…

milk, beverages, milk powder, fruits, vegetables, game, meat, poultry, eggs and aquatic products –reuters

Picnic Food Ideas

Picnic food ideas can be pretty simple or very complex depending on how involved you would like to get. Everyone probably knows the basics, sandwich meat, bread, and chips; this is probably the most basic picnic food setup you can conjure up. And there is nothing wrong with that sandwiches are good!

A way to make those same ol’ sandwiches a little more interesting is to upgrade some of the ingredients for your outdoor adventure. First thing I would do for the picnic idea is upgrade the bread. Go to the bakery department of your grocery store and choose a nice fresh bread  instead of the old bagged white or wheat bread you find down the aisle. Most bakery departments have a selection of breads to choose from, for example sour dough, once you select the bread ask them to cut it for you. They will be more than happy to cut your bread loaf into individual slices. If you don’t want to or have time to wait on them try grabbing a fresh bag from the same department. They usually have fresh bags of bread rolls or hoagies types and other selections.

The next picnic upgrade idea is to choose your meat and your condiments. Aside from those you can pick out different “toppings” to go along with your sandwich. The best thing to do would be to look up a nice recipe, but if you are willing to try something new for your outing you will find several choices to choose from.

Try artichoke hearts! On the sandwich artichoke hearts from a jar can be very good! Be careful which meat your pair it with though I have never tried them with bologna but just be aware of the “normal” sandwich meats these ingredients are paired with. Olives from a jar are another good topping to add more flavor and mushrooms can go with many different varieties of meat.

Some “sides” to choose from could be pickles and chips. When you choose the chips try getting something you normally don’t get, maybe try a gourmet chip. It will add to your adventure!

 

Classic IceCream Flavors – Chocolate & Vanilla

We all know there are 2 main classic ice cream flavors: Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream!

We recently discussed the vanilla classic ice cream flavor in an earlier post. In this post I want to talk about the other Classic Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate.

Ice cream itself is a combination of milk, cream, sugar, and flavorings, whipped and frozen to form the frosty dessert we know as ice cream. You can add just about any flavor you want to “unflavored” ice cream….there is no question however that one of the most popular – and certainly the other classic flavor in addition to vanilla – is chocolate. Chocolate classic icecream flavor

Chocolate is added in a variety of ways to ice cream – it can come partially in vanilla ice cream in the form of flakes, chips, or swirls – or – ice cream can be completely 100% chocolate flavored!  Each of these different variations of adding the chocolate to the ice cream makes it taste different.  With flakes, the ice cream flavor will taste mostly like vanilla ice cream – basically because the chocolate freezes in little chip chunks.  If you are not chewing the icecream (which you probably are not) then the chocolate flakes disappear down your throat, practically untasted by your tongue.  Chocolate chips in the ice cream however will give you a little bit more chocolate taste.  Chips are big enough that you actually have to chew, so although they too are frozen, you are forced to chew the chips apart before swallowing, resulting in some chocolate flavor.  True chocolate connoisseurs however will go for complete chocolate icecream because it tastes the most like chocolate! It is smooth and you do not have to chew it.  The flavor will be mild and creamy and rich with a chocolate aftertaste. If you like things extra chocolaty, go for a richer flavor such as double chocolate, chocolate fudge, or brownie.In a word: delicious!  Want to make your own? The food network has a nice Chocolate Icecream recipe here.