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Why Adults Love Hot Sauce And Kids Fear It

Most of us are familiar with using hot sauce to spice up food. Just a few drops certainly gives a jolt of flavor to many popular items. Hot sauce has also come to the forefront recently as a method for disciplining children. This practice is referred to as "hot saucing" or "hot tongue" and refers to a parent punishing a child for bad behavior by putting a drop of the highly seasoned substance on the tip of their child's tongue. This may be some parents' way of trying to make sure that the punishment fits the crime in situations where the youngster has been caught lying, biting, or using inappropriate language. Some other parents choose to use this method of discipline for other types of unacceptable behavior, like hitting.While this way of dealing with children originated in the traditions of the South, news of it has gone nationwide. No statistics are available with respect to how many parents have tried it, but many experts who deal with children's health issues on a professional basis are certainly aware ...

 


Delicious Slovak and Serbian Traditional Easter Foods

Both my grandmothers have been gone from my life for over 40 years, but the impact their foods made on my life was strong. My grandparents from both the Serbian and Slovak sides of the family came from Europe in the early 1900s, bringing their knowledge of the foods and traditions along with them. Easter, along with Christmas, are the two holidays I associate with the most traditional foods. Both sides of the family made traditional baskets of foods to take to their respective churches to be blessed. Though Slovakia and Serbia are not close to each other, the traditions of the area are very widespread. As the last Easter I may have spent with one of my grandparents was about 44 years ago, my personal memories are sketchy in some areas, and vivid in others. Lately, it has felt important to reach out to my siblings and learn what memories they might still have that are gone from my recollections.The items traditionally placed in the basket of foods to be blessed are ham, sausage, egg cheese, bread, beets with h...

 


Cinnamon in the Cupboard - Real or Imposter?

I have a bone to pick about cinnamon. How many of you really know what spice you have in your cupboards? Are you sure it really is cinnamon? We in the U.S. are having the wool pulled over our eyes about cinnamon. What we commonly know in the U.S. as "cinnamon" is actually Cassia (cinnamomum aromaticum). It is a relative of true cinnamon, but not the real thing. The rest of the world uses true cinnamon (cinnamomum verum), in their cooking or baking, yet here we are sold something completely different.As background, I first found out how much difference there was between these two spices when I lived in Guatemala. The cinnamon there tasted very different from what I knew growing up in Ohio; making things like an apple pie or apple crisp just tasted different. They were very good, but didn't taste like what had known. I chalked it up to differences in quality of product, or maybe my baking skill was inadequate. Any typical Guatemalan foods I ate or made with cinnamon tasted just fine of course, with no...

 


Tips For Healthier Southern Cooking

Remember grandma's cooking? The awesome aromas and hearty flavors coming from her kitchen where certainly enticing and the entire family would hang around the kitchen until she finally shouted "Supper's Ready!" Aunts, uncles and cousins would rush the table to get their favorite seat, rush through the blessing just to dig in to the outstanding flavors of grandma's kitchen. As unhealthy as those meals were, we certainly loved them. Wouldn't it be fantastic to turn out meals with hints of her kitchen mixed right in to healthier foods? Find out, from her if possible or from other family members what grandma's favorite spices were and try to obtain some of her recipes. Examine her old recipes and see where you can make modifications to make the old recipes a little healthier. Perhaps where she made heavy, greasy gravy, you can try using a lighter au jus. Instead of mashed potatoes with heavy cream and a ton of butter and salt, you may be able to substitute those ingredients with 2% or even skim milk and butter b...

 


Running Tips - Chili Peppers Are Great For A Runner's Diet!

Runners are always looking for different foods that will help them in some way with their running. I recently found out that a certain food that I love is actually good for me and for my running. Chili peppers! These wonderful little peppers are good for you for many reasons. Read on to find out how.Some of the antioxidants that you will find in chili peppers are Vitamin A and Vitamin C. These will help you to recover quicker from your long runs. Another wonderful benefit of these vitamins is that it can help to keep your blood pressure lower. They help to strengthen our blood vessels and keep them more elastic - a good thing. Then there is the ingredients that gives chili peppers their hotness - capsaicin. This is an antioxidant that helps us in several ways. It is widely used topically in many of the anti-inflammatory rubs that you use to help with muscle soreness. So, ingesting it can help it to work even faster. First of all it helps keep away inflammation. So they can help after a long run or hard work o...

 


How To Select The Best Gourmet Steaks

A good steak comes from a cow that is bred for beef. Investigate and be sure the cows that the steaks are made from are from a line that is known for quality beef and are also fed corn. This will go a long way to insure that the beef is the best tasting beef you can find. The other important factor is the time when they are slaughtered. The ideal time to slaughter a cow is when it is between eighteen months and two years old.The highest grade of beef recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture is prime, which goes usually to the more expensive restaurants. Be sure that the beef you choose is always choice, which is the next level of quality after prime. If the cows are treated better it also makes the beef better. Make sure that the standards of safety for the company are very high. It means for the consumer that you know that the beef you buy is of a high standard, with good taste, and safe for you to eat. Consider all the special cuts of beef that are offered, and choose the one that's right f...

 




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