Monthly Archives: February 2017

Good Tips for Epcot

One of the most popular culinary events of the year in Florida is the Epcot International Wine and Food festival. While the event is a lot of fun, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of food, amount of calories, and costs. Fortunately, a recent news article ( provided a number of tips that can help to make the event more enjoyable.


One tip that they suggested to find the right day to go. While the Epcot festival is a great time, it can be pretty crowded. This can make it tough to navigate the festival. If you decide to go on a day that is either a weekday or on a day that is cooler and cloudy, it is much more likely to have a smaller crowd. If you do go on a crowded day, there are still more peaceful spots around the fairgrounds that can give you a more comfortable place to sit and enjoy the food.



Another tip that you should follow is to try new food. When you go to the festival, you will likely find plenty of food options that you are familiar with. While they may be delicious and comfortable, the point of going to the festival is to try new dishes. It would be a good idea to walk the grounds first and find a number of items that appear foreign. Then spend time enjoying small taster samples of each one.



Since going to Epcot and the rest of Disney World is a special experience, it would be a good idea to sign up for a special experience at the food festival as well. The food festival has a number of different special experiences that can be had for under $100. These experiences can include a behind the scenes tour of how food is made in certain regions, access to food that is not available to the general public, and even a full course meal. This is ideal for a booth or country that has a number of different items or themes that you are interested in.


The Best Turkey Recipe

One of the best parts about life, in my opinion, is food and eating. Food and eating brings a feeling of euphoria. The best part about food is the taste of the best dishes around. If you are looking for an easy turkey recipe for the holidays, this is the place to be.


The Best Turkey Recipe


The total time for this recipe is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. The prep only takes 10 minutes while the cooking takes 3 hours. You first need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, you need to pull the neck and giblets out of the cavity of the turkey. Be sure to get rid of the liver and save the giblets for the gravy. Next, take a paper towel and be sure that the bird is dry before you season the turkey up with seasoning salt and pepper for a flavorful taste. Next, you will want to fill the cavity with a combination of herbs and vegetables of your choice. The best to use are chopped onions and herbs to give it an extra kick of flavor. After you complete all of these steps, you will need to place the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan. Be sure to cover the turkey with melted butter to keep it nice and moist. After you complete these steps, cover the turkey with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 2 hours depending on the size of your bird. For a 10 to 12 pound turkey it would be 2 hours. You will need to add an extra 15 minutes for every pound after that. After the 2 hours are finished, take the turkey out of the oven and cover it with more melting butter and heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the turkey for another hour. Now, pull your turkey out of the oven and let it cool off for a few minutes while making your gravy. There are several recipes that you can find about how to make the best gravy at Food Network. Food Network is a great place to visit for a variety of recipes ranging from main dishes to desserts.


Happy Thanksgiving!



My Top 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Along with your main dish, you will also want to have a few sides for your guests to choose from for the best Thanksgiving feast. You can visit this Food Network webpage to get all of the recipes for the side dishes included in this blog post.


#10: Giada’s Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts


This recipe is simply delicious. For those who dislike vegetables, they will even like this dish with the way Giada seasons up this side dish!


#9: Creamed Corn Cornbread


One of my favorite side dishes of all time is cornbread. This recipe is the best cornbread that I have ever tasted. This recipe delivers moist cornbread right at your fingertips.


#8: The Deen Brothers’ Baked Hush Puppies


Another favorite food of mine is baked hush puppies. These baked hush puppies are simple to prepare and your guests will be begging for more.


#7: Perfect Cranberry Sauce


This recipe on Food Network is one of the best cranberry sauce recipes to date.


#6: Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese


This classic recipe is delivered to you from Bobby Flay. This is definitely one of the top mashed potato recipes around.


#5: Gluten-Free Feather-Light Potato Buttermilk Buns


If you are looking for the best gluten-free buttermilk buns, you have found the right place. These buttermilk buns are so fluffy and simply melt in your mouth.


#4: Roasted Brussels Sprouts


One of the best brussels sprouts recipes that I have come across is this one on Food Network. The dish gives a kick of flavor with the seasonings that are used.


#3: Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole


This recipe is simply delicious. The topping adds more sweetness to the potatoes.


#2: Brussels Sprouts Gratin


Another great brussels sprouts recipe is this one. This dish is easy and simple to make and your guests will love it!


#1: Parker House Rolls


I saved the best for last! One of the best roll recipes I have come across is this one produced by Alex. These rolls just melt in your mouth and they are just so good. Add a little butter to them and they are the bomb.


OSI Group Will Expand Video Monitoring to Enhance Food Safety

OSI Group officials has moved to broaden its association with Arrowsight, an industrial video surveillance service that monitors the inner workings of large production facilities for greater quality control.

Arrowsight provides what it calls RVA surveillance. This involves the installation of video cameras, motion sensors, digital video recorders (DVRs) and other technologies that makes it possible to remotely monitor all manner of operations of complex processing facilities.

The goal is increased quality control. With the use of RVA, the OSI Group can greatly enhance its ability to make sure every step of food processing tasks are completed safely and that all protocols and essential regulations are followed.

For example, RVA technology makes sure that trailer doors get sealed properly and that employees are using strict, by-the-book safety protocols when handling food. It’s a way to verify every step of the process while leaving little or no room for error in the function of processing food safely. It also helps employees audit their own work and enables them to improve efficiency without cutting corners.

Read more: Sheldon Lavin, Chairman And CEO Of OSI Group, LLC

OSI has been working with Arrowsight since 2005. This new arrangement will bring more RVA monitoring to a greater number of OSI operations throughout the United States. Greater use of Arrowsight monitoring technology will play a major role in OSI’s plans for international expansion.

OSI Group’s experience with video monitoring technology over the past 12 has proven to be a successful method of quality control and in finding better ways to protect foods as they move through complex and large-scale processing before reaching the consumer.

Expanding RVA capability into more OSI operations builds upon what has been a successful relationship with Arrowsight to achieve greater quality control, with food consumers being the ultimate winner.

Meals In The Slow Cooker

The slow cooker can be your best friend in the kitchen. All you have to do is add ingredients to the cooker, turn it on and leave it for a designated amount of time according to the recipe. There are several kinds of recipes that are available for the slow cooker. Many use at least one kind of meat, but there are some that only call for a few simple ingredients, such as pasta and sauce.

If you’re family enjoys nachos or tacos, then consider making chicken nacho soup. Put small pieces of chicken in the slow cooker, add salsa or tomato soup, and set the cooker on medium heat. When the chicken is almost done, top the soup with shredded cheese and tortilla strips.

Take a trip to your favorite sub sandwich restaurant by making meatball subs from the slow cooker. Add homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce to the cooker before setting it on a high heat. When the meatballs are done, turn the heat on low, adding various spices and herbs that include salt, pepper and a bit of chili powder for a kick. Top French bread with the meatballs for a delicious meal.

Baby back ribs are a delicious meal that offers a bit of southern comfort. Put the ribs in the slow cooker with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Let the ribs cook all day before enjoying them with macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes or potato salad. Another option if you like beef is to put a skirt steak in the slow cooker with fajita seasonings. When the steak is done, cut it into thin slices to make beef tacos.

Sliced roast beef is easy to make in a slow cooker. Make a delicious dip to go with it for an appetizing French dip sandwich. You want to add scallions, garlic and allspice to the beef while it’s cooking to give it the decadent flavors that you would get with a sandwich that you would order at a restaurant.

Fun Snacks After School

When kids get home from school, they are usually ready for a snack before doing homework and getting settled for bed. There are a few snacks that you can make during the day that will be ready for your children to enjoy when they walk in the door.

A fruit smoothie is easy to make as all you have to do is add ingredients to a blender. The base is simple. All you need is milk and ice. Add the kinds of fruit that your children like and maybe even a vegetable or two, but make sure the color of the fruit hides that of the vegetable because your child might not drink the smoothie if it’s green or resembles a vegetable drink. Strawberries and bananas work well together along with blueberries and raspberries. Try to use fresh fruits instead of those that are frozen. Add a bit of vanilla ice cream to make the smoothie a little sweeter.

Instead of serving chips and junk food, slice bagels into thin pieces, baking them until they are crisp. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon for a healthy snack. Garlic and Parmesan cheese can also be used on bagels for a treat that’s a little more savory.

If your child is like many others, then eating with the hands is always preferred instead of using a fork or spoon. Put small pieces of fruits on a pretzel stick that can be dipped in yogurt or another dip, such as sour cream and brown sugar. Another fun snack idea is a cheesy Chex mix. Combine three kinds of Chex cereal with 2 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan. Add mini pretzels and cheese crackers just before removing the pan from the heat. If you want to add a little kick to the snack, then consider using Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce. A hint of garlic powder can also be added along with grated Parmesan cheese for a delicious and healthy treat.

A Look At The Coaching Career Of Yanni Hufnagel

Yanni Hufnagel’s Background


Yanni Hufnagel is an assistant coach at the collegiate or amateur level in the United States. He was born and raised in the affluent town of Scarsdale in Westchester County which is located outside of New York City. Ironically, Yanni Hufangel did not make it to the Scarsdale High School basketball team. From then on, he has focused on something that he has found great success in. That is coaching and recruiting players for the teams that he coaches.


Only in his mid thirties, Yanni Hufnagel is considered to be one of the best coaching prospects in the country right now. He is most famous for helping to develop viral basketball star, Jeremy Lin, who played for the Harvard University men’s basketball team. Jeremy Lin was the star of the Harvard Crimson and led them to their best season in a long time that culminated with an Ivy league basketball conference championship. During this championship season, Mr. Hufnagel was assistant coach at the Harvard Crimson and helped the team recruit their top talent.


Yanni Hufnagel’s Basketball Coaching Career


After working as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma Men’s basketball team for two years, Yanni Hufnagel was hired to be assistant coach at Harvard University for the Crimson’s men’s basketball team. He had a highly successful stint there and assisted the Crimson head coach for four years. While assistant coach at Harvard, the university produced NBA sensation Jeremy Lin and won a historic Ivy league conference title.


Yanni Hufnagel left the Crimson in 2014 and joined the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville, Tennessee as assistant coach for a year. He then moved to be assistant coach at the University of California Berkeley Men’s basketball team. After two seasons at Berekely, Yanni Hufnagel joined the staff at the University of Nevada Wolfpack, where he coaches to this day.

Lunches For School

When children go back to school, they might not like eating the food that is offered. They might not have a lot of time to eat the entire meal. There are a few kid-approved lunches that you can pack the night before that are sure to bring a smile to the face while providing energy to get through the rest of the day.

Any kind of wrap is a good idea, but you need to make sure you put it in a sealed container with the container in a bag that has an ice pack. This will keep the wrap cool so that it doesn’t get soggy before lunch. Chicken salad with chopped pecans or walnuts is an option for a higher amount of protein. Peanut butter and jelly is an idea for children who don’t want to eat a lot during lunch at school. You could also put the ingredients to make a wrap in small container so that the child can make it the way they want it to taste.

A warm meal during the day is soup. You can make soup the night before to put in a Thermos so that it will stay warm when it’s heated in the morning. Add a small container of Goldfish crackers or another fun type of crackers that the child will enjoy. This is an idea for the winter months so that children have something soothing to enjoy in the middle of the day. A grilled cheese sandwich can also be included, especially as an addition to tomato soup.

Most children enjoy tacos. Find a large plastic container that has divisions. In each section, put the ingredients that can be used to make a taco. Change the ingredients each time you send the taco kit so that your child has something different to use. An example would be chopped lettuce, shredded cheese, roast beef and salsa. You can even include a few tortilla chips as a snack.

The Flavors Of Summer

When you think about summer, you probably think about grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with family and friends. While the simple dinner items are delicious alone, there are a few ways that you can make them a little better while offering options for your guests.

A burger bar is a fun way for everyone to be able to put what they want on their hamburger. Set up a long table with hamburger that are either already on buns or without the bread at one end of the table with bowls of toppings scattered along the table. Include healthy items, such as lettuce, tomatoes and onions and a few fun items that include slices of bacon and mushrooms. Small jars can be used to hold condiments, such as mustard and mayonnaise.

If you’re looking for a hearty burger, consider one that is made with cheese stuffed in the center. Add a few bacon bits for a flavor that is similar to a bacon cheeseburger. Brush a bit of melted butter on the bun before toasting for a delicious meal once the hamburger is added.

When you grill a hot dog, you probably put a little bit of everything on top. Homemade relish adds a comforting flavor to the hot dog along with a bit of homemade slaw and chili. The hot dog is a food that can be paired with almost anything, and you can usually put anything on it that satisfies your desire for flavor. Whether it’s cheese and chili or sauerkraut, you can make your hot dog to blend with any area of the world.

Sometimes, beef hamburgers just don’t do the trick, especially for those who are trying to eat healthier. Turkey hamburgers are an option. Make them with fresh ground turkey and a few herbs to give a refreshing flavor in a hamburger. Top with bacon and lettuce for a satisfying meal that features fewer calories than the traditional hamburger that is piled with cheeses and other ingredients.

Fun Lunch Ideas For School

When school starts back after a long summer, you want your children to have a nutritious lunch that they can enjoy in the time that they have allotted. There are a few fun recipes that are easy to make the night before that are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients that will help children focus during the day. Most recipes include something from each food group.

Create a taco bar for your children with a plastic container that has small dividers. If there aren’t dividers, then use small containers in a large plastic container so that all of the ingredients stay separate. Put a simple taco in the center of the container. It could be one with browned beef, or you could use a lunch meat, such as turkey or ham. Add items that the child can put on the taco that might include shredded lettuce, salsa and cheese. The taco can be made so that it’s something the child will enjoy. Add a few tortilla chips for a side dish.

A meal that includes a higher amount of protein is a chicken salad sandwich. Make it a little more elegant with a deli bun instead of just two pieces of white bread. Add a tomato and lettuce for a healthy meal that will help your child get through the rest of the day. Another option with chicken salad is to create a roll-up with a tortilla wrap.

The night before school, bread small pieces of chicken to make healthy chicken nuggets. Include a dipping sauce that the child will enjoy in the lunchbox along with slices of fruit or vegetables. Chicken strips are also a good idea as they are easy to hold and provide a little more chicken than a small nugget. This might be something that older children would enjoy with the nuggets being reserved for younger children who don’t eat as much during the school day. Panko bread crumbs sometimes work best as a coating as they give a crunch to the outside of the chicken.