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Monday, April 30 2007
Preparing early for the holidays is something that we all have good intentions of doing but if you’re like most people, there are just too many other things to do first. We vow to save ourselves from the aggravation next year, and to try to get into the holiday spirit with some forethought and organization. Once again the holidays are upon us: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years, (lined up like ducks in a row), and there you are, unprepared.

While each occasion does not dictate the need for large gifts or elaborate preparation, there are definitely special times and people who do. Gourmet food, always a welcome gift, is suitable for most any occasion, and a great choice for the hard-to-buy-for person in your life. The gift basket, a staple even before the arrival of the internet, has been reinvented many times over, but is nonetheless, still a gift basket. It’s a great starting point but getting back to the internet, the biggest problem you’ll encounter now is that the choices in gourmet food gifts are endless.

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Monday, April 23 2007

Smoked Salmon Chowder, Alaskan King Crab Legs from the Bering Sea, Pork Loin in a removed apple cider sauce, or perhaps a Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Chicken Breast in a wild mushroom demi-glaze and let's see, why don't we top it off with some Fluffy Raspberry Bavarian (mousse) made with real cream, raspberries, and vanilla on top of a rich chocolate cake and finished with a delightful raspberry glaze kissed with apricot jelly.

Sound wonderful? It did to me too. That's when I discovered doing a lot of my food shopping online. A little pricey? Maybe, but oh the variety! Try finding Veal Stew with fettuccine or Chilean Sea Bass in a champagne portabella mushroom sauce in your local grocery store. Convenience? Your local grocery store has it all in one place. Sooo, let's think of your computer as one large (world wide) Grocery Store, without the time or gas money of traveling to the store itself.

Here are a few general tips when shopping online:

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Friday, April 20 2007

Short on cash? Are you a starving student? Or maybe you're saving up for that next tank of gas!

Whatever the case, sometimes we all need to cut corners until the next paycheck rolls in.

These meals will fill you up without emptying your wallet. They should feed four hungry mouths.

While prices vary widely depending on your part of the country and your grocery store, you'll still find these dinners will stretch your food dollar to the max.

Lentil stew. One package of lentils, a couple of carrots, a couple of potatoes, water. Place the package of lentils in a large soup pot and add the appropriate amount of water (1-1/2 cups water to one cup of lentils works best). Peel the potatoes and carrots, and slice to bite size. Add to soup pot. Season to taste. If you have it: Add a ham bone, a bit of leftover beef, bacon bits, bay leaf, or favorite herbs.

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Thursday, April 19 2007

The best way to break down the mistakes that are done when buying seafood is to look at each type of seafood and the characteristics it should have when you purchase it. You should buy high quality seafood whether it is fresh or frozen and these tips on what to look for to keep you from making the top 10 mistakes when buying seafood.

When you go to buy fresh whole fish do not buy it if the appearance of the fish is not bright and shiny, scales are not intact and adhere to the skin. If the eyes have turned pink, cloudy and sunken, except with small eyes fish like salmon. Gills should not have any type of slime coating or be green or brown in color. Fish should not have a fishy odor.

When you buy fresh whole fish it should be bright, shiny, and most of the scales should be intact and adhere tightly to the skin. Every fish has markings and colors that will fade and be less pronounced as the fish loses its freshness. The eyes should be bright, clear, and full and sometimes protrude according to the species. The color of the gills fade over time, turning from bright red to pink, grey and then to a green or brown color so the brighter red the more fresh. Fish that is fresh will have practically no odor at all, the fishy smell happens over time.

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Wednesday, April 18 2007

Is your family tired of the same old meals? Are you looking for an easy way to turn your old favorites into something special? Lucky for you there is one secret and easy to use ingredient that can help give some class to almost anything you serve.

You might think this magical secret ingredient would be hard to find or cost a lot of money, but it isn’t. In fact it can be found right in your local grocery store for under $5.00.

So what is this wonderful food that will transform your meals?

Frozen puff pastry. You know, that stuff that you probably never bother to use because it thought it was only reserved for Greek desserts and looks to delicate and difficult. Well it’s not, in fact, puff pastry is quite easy to use and very versatile and it’s a wonder why it is one of the most overlooked foods you can use to cook with.

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Tuesday, April 17 2007

A Gourmet is someone who has expert knowledge and enjoyment of food and drink. It follows therefore, that gourmet food relates to the preparation of high quality food that is at once urbane, luxurious, rare and carefully groomed.

This elaborate description would create visions of delicacies, intricately prepared and laid out for the epicure to indulge in with abounding decadence. Fact is, gourmet food is as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the palette. Presentation is meticulously planned and executed so that the senses can be tantalized and eating becomes a completely self-absorbing act.

Now getting down to basics, here are some delectable examples of foods that qualify as gourmet. Say them out aloud and savor the sound of it: smoked salmon, foie gras; pate, truffles, mushrooms, condiments, specialty meats, oil; vinegar, cheese, chocolates.

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Friday, April 13 2007

The shift in farming practices all over the world has given rise to a popularity of organic food previously unseen. Suddenly, those who were content to just “eat healthy” are now committed to eating “green.” And for those who are excited and obsessive about the benefits of eating organically – its enormous health benefits and environmentally friendly farming practices – there’s no length they won’t go to maintain an organic diet. Unfortunately, going organic isn’t necessarily the easiest of feats. While some of us have access to a bevy of fresh markets and Whole Food stores rich in organic choices, others are limited in their shopping options. Luckily, the popularity surrounding organic food has spawned an equally attractive counterpart – the organic food delivery at home.

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Thursday, April 12 2007

Fast foods may have been the meal of choice for many busy families throughout the last decade or two. But now the internet has made it possible to have fully prepared dinners to be delivered right to your door. Prepared dinners, with their 'ready to eat' meal status, entices the health conscious, and busy people with families.

It doesn't take a lot of talent, skill, or effort to make a delicious prepared dinner that has been delivered to your door. In fact, there are quite a few meal options to choose from when ordering from Send a Meal’s prepared dinner section! Meal preparation is as simple as placing your meal in a conventional oven for 20 minutes or less.

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Wednesday, April 11 2007

More often than not, healthy food delivery programs are designed for dieters. Athletic individuals must know about the ingredients of delivered food via healthy food delivery program to make sure that the food is having all the nutrients necessary that their body needs. There are two main types of healthy food delivery programs:

1. Organic food delivery: Organic food delivery is mainly used by group of people who are very cautious about the calorie value of the food or who are on dieting.

2. Zonal food delivery: Food delivery is a very popular in United States and only served in areas where they are prepared.
Healthy food delivery programs are great for:

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Tuesday, April 10 2007

There's no doubt our gourmet prepared meals are a definite hit with our customers. We have taken the question "What's for Dinner?" out of your busy or a needy families' lives. We offer what you and your family desire when it comes to prepared meals. Our star quality meal delivery service: Send a Meal, offering have helped many in need of meal gifts for various occasions such as: birthdays, sympathy food, anniversary, new home, new baby, get well dinners - just to name a tiny amount. Our prepared meal delivery makes your fast-paced lifestyle that much simpler. There's no easier way to send a meal with gourmet quality, and with nutrition in mind - in minutes, and in the comfort of your own home!

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