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How to Cook for a Large, Busy Family

If you have a large and busy family, the last thing you probably have time for is cooking. Unfortunately, in this day and age, it can be incredibly expensive to always make stops at your favorite local fast food joint to pick up dinner every night. It’s also just not healthy to be eating out all the time, and this is why it’s crucial to try to get back into the habit of cooking as often as you possibly can.


The key to cooking for a large family when you’re busy is preparing the meals in advance and choosing what you want to make. You want meals that are not only delicious, but quick and effortless to create. There are tons of prepackaged frozen meals that you can pick up at the grocery store to make at home in roughly 20 minutes. While these may not necessarily be the fresh meal you’ve always dreamed of cooking each night for the family, it definitely beats eating out all the time.


Don’t be afraid to get your kids involved when it comes to cooking, especially if you work a part or full-time job yourself. Even trade off cooking nights with your spouse to take the pressure off your own shoulders. There are many different options available to make cooking a breeze in your own home, but careful preparation and consideration is needed to do things correctly.


When it comes to cooking healthy home cooked meals, there’s nothing like gathering around the table together as a family to discuss your day. This is something that so many people nowadays just aren’t doing often enough. With busy schedules and people coming and going all the time, it might seem impossible to get the whole family together for a meal. This is not something that you should avoid just because it’s hard, as there are tons of things you can do that will make mealtime a lot easier for everyone involved. You need to discuss cooking options with your spouse and children to see who can help you out in order to avoid eating out all the time and opt for a better meal right in the comfort of your own home. You will also save a ton of money cooking at home, too.


The Food Crisis in Britain after the Brexit

The vote for the Brexit happened months ago, and people may have forgotten about it. However, after the British people through Theresa May invoked Article 50 of Lisbon convention, it’s clear as day that the British people want to leave the European Union as quickly as possible. Also, people were aware of the repercussions that would follow the Brexit vote. However, few saw the possibility of a food crisis created by the UK leaving the European Union. According to a select committee, it’s estimated that a looming food crisis is on the way unless something drastic is done. One of the shortcomings of Brexit to the agricultural sector is difficulties in certain areas especially recruitment and retaining of employees. This information was released by the Food and Rural Affairs Committee in a report known as Feeding the Nation: Labor Constraints.



Following the triggering of article 50 by Britain, there is reduced movement across Europe. To understand the nature of the issue on the food crisis, there are 400,000 people in Britain working in the British agricultural sector. However, a good number of these people are not employees, and the number is estimated at 120,000. According to a professor from Royal Agricultural University in Britain, should nothing be done about the current problem, Britain will be in trouble when it comes to food in the coming years. An article in the Independent says that many businesses will diminish overnight if immigration is also halted overnight. The areas that are likely to be affected include British fruits, the daily sector as well as British vegetables. Dry taps are also expected should immigration stop.


Stake holders of the food industry in Britain feel that the British government should give some assurances about the present condition. This concern comes at a time when Theresa May through the Conservative manifesto said that Britain would control immigration into the country. However, she said that her government remains committed to attracting skilled employees into Britain. Investors feel that the government should assure them that should they make investments in the food industry, they will have the required labor.


Feeding the Nation: Labor Constraints aims at establishing whether there are labor shortages in the horticultural sector while at the same time developing an agricultural workers scheme. Finally, it’s the role of the program to find long-term solutions facing Britain’s food security.


Tiny New Avocados To Be On Shelves

Avocados have become a modern staple. Whether spread on toast, roasted or turned into guacamole, they remain a favorite for those who enjoy their mild taste and versatility. While people love these pitted green fruit, many find their size a little intimidating. Grocers and farmers are aware of the problem. The large size can mean lots of leftovers and nowhere to store them. Many diners will pleased to find out that a new size of avocado is on the market. The smaller size means less waste as well as an item that is easier to cut and use in a single serving. It also means that the buyer can share the fruit with others and not worry about bagging any leftovers and bringing them home.


Trader Joe’s Comes to the Rescue


The moving force behind this new product is highly popular Trader Joe’s. Known for their innovative products, Trader Joe’s is one of the most adored retailers in the United States today. They offer a wide range of products that are unique to their stores. Buyers will find everything here from organic soap to specialized spices to large frozen dinners. Customers know they can come here and find all sorts of products they might not have access to anywhere else. This is why many observers are not surprised to hear they’ve made it even easier to buy and use avocados.


Teeny Tiny Avocados


Their new avocados have been dubbed teeny tiny avocados. Buyers can purchase them in a bag of six. Each one is the size of small lime. This makes it easier for the buyer to carry them around as part of a lunch. The smaller cores also mean there’s less waste and more avocado to use. This also makes the ideal for a single person to consume in a single setting. The new product has been embraced by many consumers across the country. They are classic Hass avocados, one of the most popular types of avocados in the United States. Buyers will find them in many Trader Joes at less than three dollars for a bag. Standard sized avocados retail for about a dollar or more depending on many factors including the location, the popularity of the fruit and the time of year.


Shake Shack Opening New Branch In East Village

Burgers continue to top the list of America’s favorite foods. People all over the country marvel at the chance to savor a well prepared meat patty with a slice of cheese, some lettuce, a tomato and a well crafted bun. A few burger chains have risen above the rest to take the lead and create burgers Americans adore. One such chain is Shake Shack. Shake Shack started in New York City over a decade ago. After Madison Square Park was redeveloped, state officials invited many food companies inside to provide quick meals for area tourists, residents and those who work there. With a single food cart, Shake Shack quickly rose to the heap and began enjoying enormous popularity. Diners were drawn the company’s command of the creation of a well thought out burger. Given that it was run was by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and his esteemed restaurant group, lines began to snake out the door as word spread of the fabulous burgers available there.


Permanent Locations


In the last five years, company officials have opened several Shake Shacks across New York City as well as across the country. Diners can find a Shake Shack in several places in Manhattan including the Theater District, Grand Central Terminal and the Upper East Side. They can also find Shake Shacks in many other states and other cities across the country. Those who love burgers have discovered them in many major American cities such as Boston, Miami and Phoenix. In the last several years, more than one hundred Shake Shacks have taken the entire country by storm. Each location offers a menu with specific items that are customized to the area’s regional specialties, making each one a unique dining experience.


The New Location


The new Shake Shack is situated in the East Village, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Manhattan. This one will be about three thousand square feet, allowing many area residents to come here on their lunch break and enjoy the chain’s high quality burgers as well as their much renowned shakes. While the exact opening date has not been set, it will be housed in Astor Place. Several other restaurants are located there including a Bluestone Lane, making this a major regional food destination.


One Top Chef Winner Continues To Expand Into New Places

Top Chef continues to be one of the top rated food related shows on television. Viewers flock to this show that puts some of the nation’s top chefs through their paces. The winner can expect not only a huge monetary prize but massive exposure as well. The winner of season eleven, Nick Elmi, is poised to capitalize on his fame and expand into areas. Fans of the chef’s many skills can visit yet another venture from this determined up and comer.


His Latest Plan


His latest venture is a bar in the Old City section of Philadelphia, one of the hottest neighborhoods in the country. The bar will have a huge dining room that allows fifty people to be seated at one time. There’s also going to be a twenty-five seat bar where diners can enjoy some of his inventive cocktails. He plans to place a large private dining upstairs where diners can hold private parties. The opening is as yet vague. He hopes to have up it and running by late summer or early fall. The menu has also not yet been decided. Watchers expect that it will include a mixture of varied smoked meats and cheeses known as charcuterie as well as a selection of raw seafood that diners can choose to have turned into their own personalized dish.


Other Area Eateries


The new bar is joins his other ongoing spaces in this part of Philadelphia. Laurel is one of his popular restaurants. It offers French / American classics in an intimate setting designed to call to mind a Paris bistro. Several kinds of menus are available at Laurel. The popular tasting menu offers innovative items such as frozen foie gras tart with elderberry vinegar and octopus confit with hearts of palm and crispy shallots. His other restaurants range across many types of cuisine and showcase his wide ranging talents. Diners can sample the freshest sushi at Royal Izakaya. They can also try out Cantina Los Caballitos and Triangle Tavern in the immediate area. His other ventures in the Philadelphia area are Khyber Pass Club, Royal Tavern and Cantina Dos Segundos. His newest restaurant should help continue to draw in those who want to try something new and impressive from this rising young star.


Celebrating Memorial Day Safely This Year

Memorial Day marks the first hurrah of summer, and many Americans celebrate with an old-fashioned picnic. There are several precautions to take when traveling with food, states an article from That is why the Huffington Post published an article this week to outline the ways we can keep our picnic foods safe for our families.


It is always recommended for picnic enthusiasts to keep their cold foods in a cooler with ice. This includes hamburgers, hotdogs, and any other meats. Foods with eggs or mayonnaise (i.e. salad dressings, potato salad) should also stay chilled. Providing an environment like a refrigerator keeps them safely below 40 degrees. The fewer people who open the cooler, the colder it will stay. It is a good idea to keep cold drinks in a separate cooler.


Picnickers should also bring a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature of grilled meats is 140 degrees or more. Temperatures can drop if they are left out of the heat, so it is recommended to keep meat on the top grill rack to keep it hot until it is served.


If cold foods get above 40 degrees or hot foods drop below 140 degrees, there is a good chance that dangerous bacteria can form. Even a couple hours in this situation makes the food unsafe to eat. It should be trashed as soon as possible. As the weather warms up, food can go into the unsafe range even quicker. Just an hour in 90-degree heat can ruin the food.


The safety rules for the kitchen should also be applied to eating outdoors. An article from states that cooks should wash their hands before cooking, and after they have touched any raw meats. There is not always access to soap and water at a picnic site, so people should bring a jug of water and some hand soap so everyone can wash their hands before eating. If that is not possible, a bottle of hand sanitizer is better than nothing.


Cross-contamination is another way that harmful foodborne bacteria can be spread. All meats should be in their own separate bag, so there are no chances of them leaking on other foods in the cooler. Anything that has touched raw meat should not be used for another purpose (i.e. plates, grill utensils).


Statistics from the Center for Disease Control say that approximately 48 million Americans get food poisoning any given year. For some, it is enough to send them to the hospital. As many as 3,000 people actually die from food poisoning, says the source. Practicing good hygiene will keep everyone safe and happy this holiday.


Chengdu Taste Opening New Place In Houston

Houstonians who love fine Chinese food are in luck. Chengdu Taste has opened up a new branch right here. Renowned for bringing new flavors of Chinese food to America, Chengdu Taste is has quickly become of the nation’s go-to place for a sampling of authentic Sichuan foods. Their remarkable success has been largely as a result of many factors including their devotion to authenticity and use of special ingredients gathered directly from China. Houston has a small but thriving Chinatown. Consequently, natives and visitors alike have been happy to have brand new options that let them expand their own personal culinary horizons. This new restaurant will be a much-welcomed addition to the local dining scene, providing area residents with yet another ideal lunch or dinner place to sample and enjoy.


A Los Angeles Start


Chendu Taste began as a small restaurant in Los Angeles. Quickly hailed as a new and innovative place, word began to spread among locals of their use of ingredients and ability to bring new tastes to the plate. Rave reviews helped create a buzz that allowed locals to realize they were in for something truly special when dining here. In the last few years, the company’s owners have capitalized on their fan base and responded to requests to open up additional restaurants in other parts of the United States. Today, they have branches in several other places including several areas of California. The company has also opened restaurants in places such as Las Vegas and Hawaii.


The Houston Location


The new location in Houston is expected to serve a ready audience happy to embrace their sophisticated version of classical Chinese cooking all day long. Chengdu Taste is open in Houston seven days a week, making it easy for diners to find time to get here. They offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the afternoon. After that, the doors close to prepare for the dinner rush. Diners can find a meal here from 5 to 9:30 p.m. They can sample dishes such as the toothpick lamb, twice cooked pork and mung bean noodles that have made this restaurant such a popular spot for all those who want to sample all that Chinese food has to offer.


“Little Caesars” Being Sued for Mislabeling Pork as Halal

Mohamad Bazzi, a Muslim resident of Dearborn, Michigan, has hit pizza chain “Little Caesars” with a $100 million lawsuit. Bazzi’s suit alleges that Little Caesars sold pizzas marketed as “halal” despite containing pork products. Dearborn, Michigan, is a notable place regarding Islam in America because it is home to the country’s largest Muslim population.


Halal is a distinction that certifies meat has been processed under specific guidelines found within the Quran. Preparing food to halal standards is very similar to preparing food for kosher standards. A notable commonality between meats that are classified as kosher or halal is that the consumption of pork goes against both beliefs; foods that are not halal or kosher, such as pork, are considered “haram” or “treif,” respectively.


Bazzi’s suit claims that he and his wife purchased pizzas from the chain on March 20th and May 24th. In both instances, Bazzi purchased pies that were marked as halal food only to discover the presence of pepperoni toppings. Majed Moughni, The Bazzis’ legal representative in the suit, is requesting that the case be pursued as a class action suit. The filing of the suit was positioned ahead of Ramadan, a month-long religious holiday that entails fasting from sunrise to sunset. While Ramadan’s exact dates are dependent upon the lunar calendar, instead of the Julian calendar, 2017’s Ramadan falls from the 27th of May to the 24th of June. Moughni explained that his clients wanted the public to be aware of the potential catastrophe that could result from buying improperly labeled food from Little Caesars, especially for the feasting that occurs under the moonlight of Ramadan.


The Bazzis’ lawsuit, one that concerns a Dearborn eatery offering haram food as halal food, is not one without a precedent. 2013 saw McDonald’s issuing a $700,000 settlement after a Dearborn customer observed that the ingredients contained in franchisees’ halal menu offerings were actually considered haram. After the settlement was issued, McDonald’s abandoned the offer of halal food.


The exact legal jargon in the Bazzis’ lawsuit alleges that Little Caesars Pizza, LCE and employees of the shop they twice purchased pizza from, were in breach of contract, contributed to negligent misrepresentation, fraud and unjustly enrichment. Little Caesars has yet to issue a statement on the lawsuit.


Are Meal Delivery Services Worth It?

You have probably seen commercials and advertisements for meal delivery services. These companies promise to deliver delicious and fresh ingredients to your front door so that you can quickly cook your own meals without doing the shopping for them. Meal delivery services are becoming increasingly popular, and you’ll find dozens of companies offering this option. However, as someone who has never taken part in this latest craze before, you might be wondering if the price is worth it.


For one, don’t expect to save a lot of money by having ingredients and meals delivered to your front door. In fact, it’s typical for the average family to pay about $10 per serving for each meal. This means that if you have a family of four, the entire meal will cost you roughly $40. Many of these companies offer free nights and free plates, but this is often only available when you first sign up. This means that you’ll be fully responsible for paying for each and every meal delivered once the introductory period has expired.


For some families, the price of these meals is comparable to going out to a local restaurant. If you tend to eat out a lot and would rather dine at home more often, this option might be a good one for you because you’ll come away spending the same amount of money, but you’re making delicious homemade meals that you won’t need to stress over. It also eliminates the need for meal planning, preparation and shopping, which is ideal for the busy parent or career person.


Before you get in on the meal delivery service bandwagon, it’s important to do your research to find out if it’s right for you. The beauty about most of these companies is that you can cancel your subscription at any time, which will prevent you from getting stuck in a contract that has become a complete and total burden. In fact, you may just want to try out the service for one week to see if you even like it. No two meal delivery companies are the same, so you may have to try several of them before you find the right option for you. Read reviews online and get a feel for what other people are saying concerning the company they’re using.


Liquid Nitrogen is Rocking the Culinary World

Food connoisseurs are continuously on the hunt for new food fads to delight their sophisticated palates. The latest craze blends food with science using something normally found in laboratories – liquid nitrogen. Chefs are combining the two to create delightful concoctions which dazzle the senses and make your mouth want to cry from sheer happiness.


Not for the beginner, liquid nitrogen does come with a warning label. It requires special handling and training. With a temperature below three hundred Fahrenheit, chefs need gloves, goggles, and special gear to handle this substance which can cause skin burns and suffocation.


So why take the risk? Well, when used right the outcome of this unusual pairing creates delicacies that are rocking the culinary world. Chefs are discovering new flavor combinations and techniques every day. One can say they are the Marco Polos of this gastronomic revolution.


The process used is fascinating and can be seen in this video. After donning the right equipment, the chef whips out a large metal jug he refers to as a vacuum dewar. Up until this moment, you feel like you are watching an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy. Then the real fun begins.


Using three bright oranges, the chef covers the fruit with liquid nitrogen allowing it to freeze to an unimaginable negative 321 degrees Fahrenheit. As the gas flows over the food, the chef goes over the nuances of working with nitrogen.


Once frozen the chef smashes the fruit while warning viewers not to eat it at this stage as the gas will cause mouth sores. The oranges need to warm up first. They look like small pieces of confetti.


Next, the chef turns mint into a powder. Wielding culinary magic, he creates a hybrid crème brule dessert that looks amazingly decadent on the video topped with the oranges and mint powder.Not only is this process fun to watch, but the result is pleasing to the eye.


Liquid nitrogen has expanded the possibilities for chefs allowing them to bridge new gaps and experiment with texture and flavor. This technique has opened a door serious gourmands are grateful for. Full of endless potential, this food revolution delights both the senses and palate.