Wednesday, 20 June 2007
Cherry fruits have pleased the palates of food lovers for hundreds of years. Their ruby-red color and tangy taste won cherries a place on the tables of Roman conquerors, Greek society and Chinese noblemen. Cherries were first brought to America by ships with early settlers in the 1600s. Modern day cherry production began in the mid-1800s.
• The cherry is the state fruit of Utah
• There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
• At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas.
• The Cherry Spit began in 1974, when Herb Teichman, a Michigan cherry farmer, was looking for ‘something to do’ with cherry pits. It is now recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as an official competition.
• Cherry pits were found in several Stone Age caves in Europe.
• The Roman General Lucullus is said to have committed suicide when he realized he was running out of cherries.
Cherries are full of phytonutrients and are rich in cancer fighting antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid. In addition, they contain a cholesterol-lowering compound called beta-sitosterol. Melatonin is also found in cherries which affects sleep pattern and has been promoted as an anti-aging supplement. Cherries are also a good source of fiber and are sodium and fat free.
Monday, 18 June 2007
People often fail to remember about turkey in the spring and summer. And that is too bad because that is a time when family and friends gather for partying, and turkey is an impressive festive food. It is also reasonably priced and it's easy to prepare outside.
This time of year you can help keep your house cool by leaving the oven off. Bring your turkey to the garden where the party is, and create a meal that far exceeds the customary.
Whole turkeys lend themselves to more than a few outdoor cooking methods including:
* Deep frying;
* Rotisserie grilling; and/or
* Covered grill roasting.
Each of these methods gives a special result but all can be outstanding.
Summer turkey can be completely different from your Thanksgiving foul. Flavored with salt water, smoke, insertion marinades, rubs, or pastes, turkey takes on its warm weather personality. It can become BBQ food smoked to perfection, or a deep fried Cajun pleasure.
No matter how you choose to prepare your backyard turkey, enjoy the first turkey soon and watch the feedback of your guests as they remember this warm weather delight.
But we say purchase two turkeys!
The 2nd one is for Thanksgiving. If you want a "extraordinary" bird for that merriment, now is the time to order it.
A few years ago heritage turkeys became available. Heritage turkeys are defined as turkeys that rear naturally, have a long productive outdoor natural life, and have a slow to modest growth rate reaching market weight in about 29 weeks. These turkeys have smaller breasts than mass produced birds and a more evenhanded allocation of white and dark meat. Many people say they have a noticeably better flavor.
Other "extraordinary" turkeys are organic and or pastured turkeys which have true access to the outdoors. These birds along with heritage are raised on undersized farms and in comparatively small numbers. Some farmers only raise turkeys that have been preordered by clientele.
Rush – and enjoy your two turkeys.
Saturday, 09 June 2007
Dom Perignon champagne is a sparkling wine prepared in France. The area where it is made is about one hour travel time from Paris, and it’s the only area where Champagne is fashioned. The first marketable sparkling wine was produced in Limoux, France in 1535. You can say that sparkling wine was not made-up; no-one knows who first made it. Mr. Dom Perignon, was born in 1638. His full name was Pierre Perignon. He was a Benedictine Monk at the Abbey of Hautville in Riems in France. Wine was already being made in the Champagne region for hundreds of years before this time. Dom Perignon's legacy to the entire world was a process for manufacture of Champagne. Dom Perignon died in 1716. His famous statement "I see stars" was spoken upon his first taste of Champagne.
Dom Perignon is the well known cuvée of the famous Moët Champagne house. Dom Perignon, the Champagne wine, was first produced in 1936. Moet et Chandon which purchased the Abbey of Hautville 120 years earlier produced a super cuvee which great the Monk's who made it. The Champagne is only produced in outstanding vintages; in 2 styles, the Brut and the Brut Rose. The name has become synonymous with class and importance. Persistent in part by the Hollywood glamour, this extremely well marketed brand has developed a worldwide status in all countries across the world. In most vintages it has proved to have a worth above average and therefore is in enormous demand. The 1990 vintage is generally trendy as exquisite Champagne.
A gift of Dom Perignon champagne will express what only the best and fine things will do. You can send Dom Perignon Champagne gifts for birthdays, thanks, congratulations, New Years, holidays, engagement occasions, weddings, special anniversaries, Mothers Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Father’s day, graduations or any other occasion or holiday you can imagine. Champagne for corporate and executive gift delivery. There are special gift packages for this kind of occasions, consisting of champagne, flowers and sweets, in specially designed ornamented baskets. If you are thinking to make such a gift, you will find Gourmet Grocery Online providing such services for their clients.
If you want that your champagne would make a special gesture for someone or for a certain occasion, your gift set can be tailored at your request. Definitely Dom Perignon champagne is the description of beautiful luxury and taste. Such a gift doesn’t need any other words, it can speak for itself.
Thursday, 07 June 2007
Nectarines: fruit without the fuzz? Well, not exactly. Nectarines are like peaches, both originating in China more than 2000 years ago, and cultivated the delicious fruit in Persia, Greece and Rome. They were grown in Great Britain in the late 16th or early 17th centuries, and were introduced to America by the Spanish. Nectarines are smaller than peaches and have a smooth golden yellow skin with shades of red. The yellow flesh of this fruit often may have a pink tinge, and they have a diverse fragrance and more obvious flavor than the peach. Today, California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the US. They’re generally available from April to late August at the market.
Summer is a great time to find fresh, ripe nectarines in the produce section. There are more than 100 varieties of nectarine, including Freestone and Clingstone varieties. The freestone types disconnect from the pit easily, while the flesh of the clingstone type clings to the pit.
Like peaches, nectarines are low in calories with only about 20-30 calories each. They are also fat-free and sodium free. Each nectarine provides one gram of dietary fiber and is a good source of vitamin A and C.
How to pick a nice nectarine at the market:
Look for fruit with no blemishes on the skin.
Avoid extremely hard or dull color fruits and instead select nectarines that are soft to the touch. If a nectarine is under ripe, allow it to sit on the counter for 2-3 days to ripen.
Handle them carefully as they tend to bruise more easily than peaches. Also avoid fruit that is too soft, wrinkly, or has punctured skin.
This type of fruit should be stored in a plastic bag in the coldest part of the fridge. They will generally keep for 5 days. Nectarines can be eaten fresh, sliced, or used in pies or for any recipe called for peaches. Try some sliced onto your breakfast cereal. They are also very good grilled together with pork or poultry. Simply halve the nectarine and remove pit (freestone varieties work best for this). Brush open side of fruit lightly with oil and place on hot grill. Grill for 15 minutes or until tender and golden. Serve along with meat as a garnish or side dish. They can also be a nice addition sliced into salads.
Monday, 04 June 2007
Do you struggle to find a gift for friends, family or that special someone? Do you never know what to get people for housewarming parties, anniversaries or birthdays? Did you know that some people evaluate others based on the gift that they give? One of the best gifts that you can give for any occasion is a gourmet gift basket. Giving the gourmet way has always been a great way to give. A gourmet gift basket takes all the aggravation out of searching for gift wrap and paper. It can also be ordered online so that it can be shipped right after you place the order.
A gourmet gift basket can cost from $19.00 up to $500.00+ depending on what kind of basket you want. A lesser priced gourmet gift basket may come with a few pieces of scrumptious gourmet items. The higher priced baskets come with a horde of variations of gourmet treats. Gift baskets should be bought online, since you can see an itemized list of what will be inside. If you find the perfect gift basket but it contains something you can’t give someone, email us and find out if you can replace that piece with something else better matched for your gift recipient.
Gourmet gift baskets can also come in holiday and special for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, sympathy, get well, and much more. There are gift baskets for every holiday that you can think of, from Christmas to Hanukkah even to Administrative Professionals Day. If you order from Gourmet Grocery Online, there’s a quick delivery method that can be used if you forgot about getting a gift. You can also use our e-card service for those of us who sometimes forget dates and birthdays.
As you can see, a gourmet gift basket can be one of the greatest gifts to give people for any occasion. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a wedding or just because you were thinking of them, a gourmet basket can help show people how you feel.
Friday, 01 June 2007
Answer one inquiry before continuing to read this article: are you a rampant alcoholic? No? Good! Then you may want to mull over purchasing wine online for its ease of use and safety. If you purchase wine online, you will know precisely what to order and it will delivered on time, each time. There are some things you should know before you purchase wine online:
The best places to buy wine from websites such as this. The winemaking background in countries such as France and Italy are long. If you want to purchase a wine online that is not from those countries and you want to try wines from other countries, Australia, Chile, United States and South Africa. They all offer their own variations of wine. In fact, wine from Australia has turn out to be so popular that Great Britain has been importing more wine from there than France in the past few of years. Yes, wine is made in the United States. Over 92% of all the wine made in the US comes from California. California alone produces more wine than Chile, Portugal and Russia combined.
Probability is that if you want to buy a vintage wine, you will have difficulty buying it online. It is not too so say that you will not find it; you’ll just have slim chance of getting it at a fair price. Getting vintage wines are cheaper at auction because you won’t have to pay shipping. If you are new to wine, then you may want to go to a few wine tastings before you order wine online that you have not tasted before. This will give you an idea of what online wine will taste like. If you are a wine enthusiast, then the internet can be a immense place to purchase wine online, as you will be able to find wines that you could not find before.
Wine may taste better as it ages, but it won’t wait for you forever. Remember to obey all local, state and federal laws when it comes to wine.