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A fun & healthy grocery shopping experience
Trader Joe's is not your ordinary grocery store. They are a grocer that carries unique and sometimes quirky items that you simply cannot find anywhere else. They regularly come out with new exciting items to keep things interesting every time you walk in. In addition Trader Joe's also carries a variety of organic products. You cannot buy everything you need at Trader Joe's but you can surely enjoy from a great selection of quality foods from all over the globe. The place just has a certain charm about it that everyone raves about, from it's small size to it's cheerful employees. Trader Joe's is a great place to buy groceries at competitive prices and for a healthy lifestyle (click on the picture below for the store locations).
Start simple and add delicious taste
A philosophy to keep in mind when preparing your food is that the more ingredients or number of steps you need to prepare your meal, the fresher the food will be and the better it will taste. Try this philosophy with your morning bowl of cereal. Forget the over-priced Special K or the mundane Raisin Bran. Start simple with unsweetened, unflavored Corn Flakes and add fruit, sugar, and spices as desired. A favorite of ours is original Corn Flakes, banana, and cinnamon. Maybe yours is raisins and almonds. Experiment and find your favorite! (Click below for nutritional facts)
One rinse, two times the taste
Good ingredients are vital for any delicious meal. The better the ingredients, the cleaner they are, the better they will taste. Nevermind what is written on salad packaging. When it comes to preparing your food, it is not wise to skip steps. Take for example this salad spinner. It will help you rinse vegetables quickly and efficiently. Its worth the investment, its worth the cleanliness and taste. Check out this selection at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (click below).
This year get your vitamin C naturally
Forget the vitamin bottles. Forget the pre-made orange juice. Get your vitamin C naturally in 2012, the fun and healthy way. A citrus juicer is a kitchen addition that will give you freshness and wellness this new year. Making your own orange juice means drinking fresh juice from fresh oranges! What's more is that you can adjust the amount of pulp in your beverage. This goes for anything from oranges to lemons to grapefruit. Any kind of juice or combination, by your making. Click below for the standard automated citrus juicer from Black and Decker.
Macaroni & Cheese is not Italian at all, it's indeed an American dish. How would Macaroni & Cheese taste if an Italian made it? Well here's a take on what it would look like. We're eager to try out Spanish Manchego cheese to the mix. You can also substitute the cheese on this recipe mixing in different kinds for who know what kind of deliciousness. You can go with Feta for a Greek Macaroni, the possibilities are intriguing. Discuss your choices of cheese in the discussion question below. This is the kind of recipe that can be served for a dinner to impress as long as you keep the cheese selection high-end. It's a dish that can easily become a conversation piece and score serious points in taste and sophistication.
Upgrade your coffee: the French Press
Is coffee part of your lifestyle? We all love to go to Cafes for a cup of gourmet coffee, but how about at home? Making a great cup of coffee is truly is craft, but surprisingly it's rather easy, as any great barista you need the right tools and ingredients. Of course freshly grounded coffee makes a difference, it's a good start in the right direction, you can freshly ground your coffee at Trader Joes or other markets. More importantly to make a great coffee you need one of these (down below). It's called a French Press and it makes a truly exquisite cup of coffee every time. How does it work? Well it's rather simple, the process involves taking your grounds adding hot water, letting it rest for 4 minutes and then press the down on the plunger. Sure it's a little more work than the conventional drip coffee maker but the results are profound. Now you can enjoy a great cup of coffee at home every morning and also maybe even more importantly when you have company over you can offer up gourmet coffee that makes a lasting impression made off a French Press. Click below to watch "How to Use a French Press" and click on the bottom right to get your French Press Coffee Maker made by the best, Bodum. Not only does it make a blow away cup of coffee but it will add a sense sophistication and elegance to your counter top.
Learn a delicious, aesthetic recipe from Italy
The Caprese Salad is a simple yet flavorful dish that is perfect for having company over. It is easy to make, refreshing, and last but not least it is healthy. Next time you make a salad with company over, prepare the Caprese Salad, your guest(s) will love it. The main ingredients are tomato, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and of course extra virgin olive oil.