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Modern Art: Wine Cork Bulletin Board

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The wine corks are so small and insignificant, so nobody would consider them important. However, the persons that are inclined to arts and hand crafting, the wine corks could be used to manufacture a wine cork bulletin board. In some countries, there are even some systems to collect corks from the restaurants, so they would be used for this purpose later. If you have the patience and the perseverance, you could cover a whole wall with those wine corks, and you will surely impress your visitors.

What to do with a few corks

If you have a small quantity of corks (under 100), you can make something that looks like a painting, sticking corks of different dimensions and colors. You will create a tri-dimensional abstract piece that will look great in your dining room. You could also think about writing messages. In this case, you will need even a smaller quantity of corks.

The biggest wine cork bulletin board was manufactured by an Albanian artist, and it was introduced in the Guinness Records Book. The artist worked 14 hours a day for 28 days to finalize this piece of art. It is the first attempt of the artist, as the first two ones failed.

The advanced artist would rather use special wine corks for those works. For example, a good wine needs a good cork to preserve the flavor and the taste of the wine. Using corks of this kind will surely be a great method to manufacture a great painting. However, those corks are also hard to find.

How to create your bulletin board

Don’t use plastic or torn corks for your painting. Think about the place where would you like to hang the wine cork bulletin board, as the color of the corks must suit the wall or the general décor. The plywood must also be painted before you would start sticking the corks. Choose the same color as your walls. You will have to place the first cork in the middle of the plywood, working your way to the exterior. Place the corks on the glue layer, and make sure they all look the same. You will have to wait a few days before placing the wine cork bulletin board on the wall, as the glue needs time to get hardened.

The wine corks are unusual items for a painting. However, as the modern art tries to discover more methods of expressing, it seems like more and more artists are using them. You might also think about opening a business of this kind, as the popularity of those paintings will surely rise in the future.

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April 29th, 2011 at 8:53 am

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Types of Coffee

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The types of coffee available can sometimes be confusing, but this article is dedicated to making things simpler the next time you stroll into your local coffee shop. In conjunction with this article, I also suggest you use Starbucks coffee coupons in order to maximize your savings.

  • Espresso – When hot water under pressure is forced through finely ground coffee beans, the result is this powerful drink that’s usually served in measurements of one to two ounces.
  • Caffe Latte – An espresso coffee with the addition of steamed milk and often a cap of foam added. Known as Café con leche in Spanish coffee shops.
  • Café au lait – The French name for Caffe Latte, although some define it as akin to espresso with standard American coffee used as a substitute.
  • Caffe Mocha – A shot of espresso with enough chocolate syrup to cover the bottom of the cup. Steamed milk is added, as well as a dollop of whipped cream. Cocoa powder is sprinkled on top.
  • Breve – Espresso with the addition of cream (or “half and half”).
  • Iced Espresso – A double shot of espresso poured over crushed ice. Whipped cream is sometimes added.
  • Espresso Macchiato – A small dollop of foamed milk and one shot of espresso are served in a demitasse.
  • Iced Cappuccino – Espresso served over crushed ice with cold milk and milk froth.
  • Cappuccino – A shot of espresso combined with equal parts milk foam and steamed milk.

I don’t know about you, but I was amazed by all the types of coffee available. After researching this piece, I feel as though a whole new world has opened up to me, and I can’t wait to start sampling some of the various options. Of course, I’ll also be armed with plenty of Starbucks coffee coupons.

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March 31st, 2011 at 2:26 pm

How to Boil Veggies

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It may sound foolish, but knowing how to boil different veggies is an important tool in good cooking. You may think you understand something as simple as boiling water and adding veggies, but there are subtle differences in the ways that different types of veggies should be boiled and prepped.

Here are four sample “how to boil” veggie recipes. Using one of these four methods will usually work for just about any veggie you want to boil.

How to Boil Asparagus

The biggest benefit to boiling asparagus is that you can have a delicious and healthy side-dish ready in no time.

Trim the ends of the asparagus stalks, where the veggie is particularly rough. Then cut them into two-inch pieces.

Place pieces in cool water, add a little sugar and a lot of salt. Let the water come to a boil. Boil for three to four minutes.

How to Boil Potatoes

One of natures most versatile foods, the humble potato is sometimes best if it is boiled first.

Scrub your potatoes and rinse well.

Peel your potatoes and leave them whole.

Cover the potatoes completely with water, and add enough salt to make the water taste salty. Depending on the size of the potatoes, boil from between ten and thirty minutes.

How to Boil Green Beans

Wash your beans and cut off the “tops and tails”. Make sure to cut the pieces into equal pieces.

Prepare boiling, salty water ahead of time. Never add green beans to cold water.

Blanche the beans by adding them to rolling boiling water, boil for two to three minutes.

Remove the beans and cook them any way you like. Sometimes, just adding a little lemon juice after a simple boil is the best way to serve green beans.

How to Boil Greens

“Greens” is a generic word for the green part of root veggies–think mustard greens, turnip greens, and even kale.

Prepare very hot boiling water with tons of salt. Place your greens in the boiling water for three minutes.

Boiling veggies is a simple way to prepare them and leaves them green and crisp rather than soft and mushy.

Written by randy

March 30th, 2011 at 11:18 am

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The Olive Garden: What You Don’t Know About Them

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I thought it would be fun to write a post that lists some little known facts about the popular restaurant The Olive Garden. Like any business that’s been around for any length of time, the Olive Garden has an interesting history that a lot of people don’t know much about.

The Olive Garden is owned by Darden Restaurants, and it has been since 1995. That means that corporate-speaking, the Olive Garden is owned by the same company that owns and operates Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, and the Longhorn Steakhouse (among others.) And Darden Restaurants, in turn, is owned by a company you may have heard of–General Mills. If you like Yoplait yogurt, or Betty Crocker baking mixes, or Pillsbury biscuits, then you’re a fan of General Mills and you probably didn’t even know it.

The first Olive Garden was opened in Orlando, Florida in 1982. But you wouldn’t recognize that restaurant as an Olive Garden like we know Olive Gardens. Their main product at the time was an unlimited bowl of salad. The salad is still important, but the menu has expanded through the years to include casual Italian-American cuisine, and their soups and breadsticks are as important to their menu now as the salad was then.

The United States is home to over 700 Olive Garden restaurants now. Doing a little bit of math, you can easily figure out that over the last couple of decades, they’ve opened (on average) two new restaurants every month. That’s not a bad track record for a restaurant business.

And if you watch television, then I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of Olive Garden commercials. Commercial time on television isn’t cheap. That should tell you something about how profitable this restaurant chain is, even though their food is very affordable. Their secret to profitability? Most of their food is VERY inexpensive. Salad, breadsticks, and pasta are some of the most affordable ingredients you can buy. And people will pay well for them if they’re prepared well.

Who’s competing with the Olive Garden? I can only think of a couple of chains:

  • Maggianos
  • Macaroni Grill

But neither of these restaurants offer the affordable and casual atmosphere of an Olive Garden. Maggianos serves tremendous portions, and I like their food better than Olive Garden’s food. But you pay for this at Maggianos–it’s not nearly as inexpensive as the Olive Garden. Macaroni Grill’s food isn’t as good as Maggianos, but it’s a step up from the Olive Garden. But in neither case can you get the kind of food quantity for your money that you’ll get from Olive Garden, especially when there are so many Olive Garden coupons available. You can learn more about Olive Garden coupons here too.

Written by randy

February 28th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

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Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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As it is known, there is no one single way of baking or cooking. Experimentation in cooking gives rise to new dishes. One of these forms of dishes are shortbread recipe. There are many recipes for shortbread and each one is as delicious as the other. Listed below is the recipe for the Classic shortbread recipe.

Materials Required:

200g caster sugar
500g butter, softened
500g plain flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

How to Make it:

The oven has to be preheated to 180 degree celcius
The butter, cream and sugar until it is fluffy. The vanilla is stirred, along with the flour and is mixed well
The dough is rolled out to 1 cm thickness, and the desired shapes shapes are cut out with biscuit cutters. It is baked for 10 to 12 minutes.

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Materials Required:

Ground nutmeg (1/8 tespoon)
All purpose flour (2 cups)
Egg folk (1)
Salt (1/2 cup)
Confectioners’ sugar (1/2 cup)
Maraschino cherries-drained (1 jar- 10 ounce)
Red decorator sugar (1 jar- 2.25 ounce)


One needs to preheat the oven till 350 degrees F. It is followed by mixing butter, egg yolk, sugar, nutmeg and salt. One needs to add flour to the mixture till it hardens. This needs to be placed on a flour board and kneaded lightly. This process needs to be continued till the dough begins to crack. It is then rolled out onto shapes which are 1/4 inch thick. Then they can be cut into desired shapes. This is placed on a cookie sheet that is not very greasy. This can be decorated with either maraschino cherries or colored sugar crystals. This mixture needs to be baked for minimum 10 minutes or until it turns brown. This Shortbread Recipe is sure to be a guaranteed success.

Chocolate Shortbread Recipe

Materials Required

Powdered sugar
Butter-room temperature
Vanilla extract
All purpose flour
Unsweetened melted chocolate (2 ounces)
Baking Powder (1/2 teaspoon)
Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)


One can combine all the raw materials or ingredients together, one can preferably use their hands for excellent kneading. Then, the dough must be pressed into lightly buttered pans. The preparation can be baked at 325 degrees F for around 20 minutes. Then once they are warm, they can be cut into little wedgies.

Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Recipe

Materials Required

Sifted icing sugar (1/2 cup)
Butter-softened, divided (1 1/2 cup)
All-purpose flour (1 1/4 cup)
Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
Sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
Vanilla extract (1 teaspoon)
Melted semisweet chocolate (3 squares)
Corn syrup (3 tablespoons)


Before baking anything, it is always recommended to preheat the oven. In this case, one must preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 1 cup of sugar, salt and butter need to be mixed, in a large bowl and blended till it turns fluffy. Next some flour must be added to it and mixed well. Then one must use his/her fingers to press it evenly into a greased 9 inch square pan. It should be baked for half an hour or till it turns brown.

Once the mixture has been cooled down, the remaining half cup of the butter needs to be melted. This can be done by melting the butter in a 2 quart glass measure with a handle. The condensed milk is mixed along with the corn syrup. It is heated again for 6-8 minutes. This mixture needs to be stirred after a minute. The vanilla extract is then added. This mixture is spread over the shortbread. This can be sprinkled with some chocolate. Then the recipe needs to be cooled till it turns firm. This can be cut into bars and covered and stored at room temperature.

Easy Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

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I. What does one need to make a delicious Chicken tetrazzini?

Materials needed:

1 packet thin spaghetti

3 boneless chicken breasts

2 packs shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup

2 tbsp sour cream




The chicken breast is first washed and then seasoned with salt and pepper. In a large pot, the boneless chicken breast until they are tender and coming apart. Next, the water is boiled for spaghetti. After the chicken breast and spaghetti are done, save the broth left over from the boiled chicken. The chicken needs to be cut into pieces. The pieces and the 1/2 cup of the broth from the boiled chicken for flavour. Next, 2 tbsp of sour cream need to be added, the can of cream of mushroom soup, and 1 packet of shredded cheese. It is all stirred together to make a chicken tetrazzini casserole. Turn oven 350 F. Spoon tetrazzini mixture into casserole dish and top with shredded cheese. Next, it has to be placed in oven till all the cheese has melted.

It is served best with garlic or buttered toast.

II. There are many versions of preparing Chicken Tetrazzini. For instance there is one called freezer OAMC which stands for once a month cooking. The steps for that are listed as follows:

Break the spaghetti in half and it is to be cooked until it is almost done, drain and rinse with cold water to halt the cooking process

The onions need to be saute until they are transparent. This may take around 10 minutes.

The onion needs to be mixed with the rest of the raw materials and add the noodles together

The mixture can be divided between two containers and can either be frozen or eaten immediately.

III.Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Materials needed-

4 tbsp unsalted butter

1 package sliced mushroom

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 can low-sodium chicken broth

3 tbsp dry sherry (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 coarsely ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 cups cooked boneless, skinless chicken cut into strips

1/2 pound spaghetti, broken in half and cooked according to packet directions

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1)The oven should be preheated to 425 F.

2) The butter needs to be melted in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and saute it for approximately 4 minutes or until it turns brown. Sprinkle with flour and toss to combine. The broth needs to be introduced at this point of time. It can be cooked and stirred often until the mixture is boiling. The heat needs to be reduced and it should be allowed to simmer for 2 minutes and stirred continously. The sherry may be stirred (if in use) in salt, pepper and nutmeg. Then it needs to be removed from heat and stirred in chicken.

3)The spaghetti and the chicken mixture should be combined and then tossed gently and spoon into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish or shallow 3-quart baking dish sprinkled with cheese. Should be baked till 20 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

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January 11th, 2011 at 4:17 am

Slice And Diced Poached Chicken Recipe

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Chicken Salad is loaded with flavours if made with the ideal recipe. You can have chicken salad alone or you can pair it with sides likes lettuce, avocado; it can also be used for sandwiches. In addition to chicken, chicken salad recipe can be made with a variety of other ingredients such as bacon, sliced apples, peanuts, chopped peaches, seedless grapes, fruits, raisins, pineapples, hard cooked eggs, cucumber, peppers, English Peas, olives and a whole lot more. The flavours can also be adjusted by using different spices like cumin and curry.


4 cups diced poached chicken
1 stalk celery, cut into 1/4 inch dice
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced or 1/4 cup sweet onion cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
1 cup prepared or homemade parsley
1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
2 teaspoons strained freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1.In a mixing bowl, turn together the chicken, celery, scallions and herbs. Set aside.
2.In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Add to the chicken and mix gently until combined. keep cool until time to serve.
3.Serve on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes, in half an avocado or in a chicken club sandwich prepared with artisanal bread, crunchy smoked bacon, vine-ripened tomatoes and lettuce.

Poached Chicken for Salad

10 sprigs parsley
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 small onion, halved
1 small carrot, cut into two halves
1 stalk celery, cut into halves
3 pounds chicken breasts halves, on the bone and trimmed of fat
5 to 6 cups chicken broth, homemade or low sodium canned


1.Place parsley, thyme, onion, carrot, celery, and chicken breasts in a medium saucepan. Cover with the broth, and bring just to a boil. turn down the heat to very low and cover. Poach the chicken for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch remove the pan from the heat, uncover, cool the chicken in the liquid for 30 minutes.
2.Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and keep back the liquid. Bone and skin the chicken and slice the meat into 1 inch cubes. Discard the bones and skin.
3.Pour off the broth and store, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days of freeze until later use. Skim off any fat from the surface of the broth before using.

This recipe yields 4 cups diced chicken or 4 to 6 servings.

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January 4th, 2011 at 4:36 am

The Food and Cuban Cooking of Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes is an American actress of Cuban descent born in Miami, Florida. Her parents escaped the communist revolution in 1959. Numerous in the Cubans settled in Florida and outside New York during the ethnic neighborhoods of West New York and Union City, NJ. Today, you’ll find there in places like South Beach and Bergenline Ave a rich blend of restaurants and tiny bakeries offering the meals and cooking of Cuba.

Eva Mendes is well identified for her jobs as an actress in music videos, feature films, commercials and walking the red carpet at celebrity events. She is famous for her acting capability as well as her beautiful curves and figure. The Eva Mendes biography stands out as the story of her culture and cuisine. To know the individual is to know their meals as well as the most effective method to know the story of Eva Mendes is to explore the comfort meals of her island descent.

Main Dishes
The dishes are a fusion of Spanish, African and Caribbean cuisine. The ingredients and spices are in accordance with oregano, cumin and sweet flavors usually cooked together using a sofrito. One of the most characteristic primary plate is Ropa Vieja (shredded beef, Cuban-Style with red onions and peppers). Ropa vieja methods in Spanish old clothes as well as the specialty is named during the shredded meat which resembles old torn clothes. The normal menu also includes favorites for instance Albondigas (giant meatballs), Lechon Asado (traditional roast pork), Pargo Entero Frito (fried whole red snapper with salsa) and Tamales (corn flour dough wrapped in corn leaves and secured with twine, boiled in salted water. Entrees are served with side orders for instance white rice with black beans (arroz moros), tostones (fried green plantains), fried yucca or sweet potatoes, and red beans.

The sandwiches use the traditional long Cuban bread created with lard and a lot more moisture to give the bread a flaky texture. The sandwiches are pressed in a hot grill named a plancha and are the Cuban version in the American hamburger. The Cubano sandwich is created from sliced pork, thinly sliced ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and seasoned with yellow mustard. An additional well-liked snack stands out as the Pan con bistec that is certainly a type of steak sandwich that is certainly grilled over a plancha to resemble crispy flat bread. Numerous people over a go during the morning just take a version of toast of long bread that is certainly buttered and heated during the plancha. The pan tostada is served with espresso coffee or short coffee, named cortadito, that is certainly an espresso splashed with scalded milk. Also well-liked are finger meals for instance beef or cheese stuffed empanadas, croquetas, and papas rellenas (fried potato balls filled with ground beef).

The pastries are puffed filled with tropical fruits like guava and mango. Probably the most location to sample the traditional deserts is in a Cuban bakery surrounded by the smells and fresh pastries. Every day you’ll find new points to try. Some of the deserts to research are flan, fruit caramel custard, rice pudding, sweet milk crumbs (Dulce de Leche), sponge cake (Tres Leche), Cuban Buñuelos, sweet potato with coconut, churros, churros Stuffed with caramel or guava & cheese. The deserts are usually washed down with coffee or a fruit milk-shake named a batido. You are able to also order Guarapo freshly squeezed juice in the sugar cane.

The numerous traditional recipes and comfort foods, and consuming in the people with supply a lot more insight to the actress Eva Mendes than you will ever discover in reading a biography. Moreover, you will enjoy yourself with new experiences that numerous Individuals as soon as noticed though vacationing in old Havana during the years before Fidel Castro. Also, you in no way know, maybe you will run into an individual famous.

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November 19th, 2010 at 4:21 am

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Steps in Making Uncooked Fondant

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Fondant is very easy to make – all one has to do, really, is to mix all the ingredients together and that’s it! But care has to be given in such a way so that the fondant will appear smooth and silky, without bumps, and the sweetness is evenly distributed all throughout. A simple recipe for fondant involves mixing just three and a half cups of powdered sugar with one third cup each of corn syrup and hot water. No need to cook – just mix together to form a dough, and that’s it.

Steps in Making European Fondant

On the other hand, European fondant needs to be cooked. First off, boil a pound of sugar with 1/5 pound of glucose and some water. After boiling, cool down a bit and then work into the fondant by folding the mixture with a scraper, until the fondant assumes a creamy and smooth consistency. European fondant can be used or eaten as soon as it is cooked or stored in a sealed, air tight container for future use.

Where Can Fondant Be Used

Fondant is generally used as candy or confectionery, and because of its rather sleek consistency, it is among the most common confectionery items used for wedding favors, with the others being bourbon and meringue. Fondant can also be used as icing for cakes, or even as the cake itself!

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November 18th, 2010 at 8:24 am

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How to Make Fondant without Cooking

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Learning how to make fondant can be very challenging especially for aspiring bakers and pastry hobbyists. Fondant is also popularly as the icing. This is the primary decoration that makes a cake attractive and tastier.

A fondant is usually prepared by heating a sugar mixture. This is actually the biggest challenge when you make a fondant. You have to apply the right amount of heat and keep it consistent to form a nice icing. To make your life easier, you can make a fondant without cooking the sugar mixture. Here’s how:

First, you need one cup of softened butter, one cup of light corn, a teaspoon of vanilla, and half teaspoon of salt. Mix everything in a large bowl using a hand mixer. You have to mix at medium speed until all the ingredients are well blended.

The next step is to get one pound of confectioner sugar and pour everything into the mixture. With your hand mixer, mix the sugar and the liquid preparation at medium speed. Make sure to mix thoroughly until you get the right consistency. The final product will look like soft but highly structured icing.

You can learn how to make fondant without cooking by simply following the steps above. This is the easiest way to make decorative icing for your cake.

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October 18th, 2010 at 10:41 am

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