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Monday, July 28 2014

The history of food delivery services traces its inception over sixty years. Since this time food delivery services still have the same basic principle to ensure that members of the community can have a hot, tasty and enjoyable meal.

The first meal delivery services are believed to have been started in wartime London. As a result of the Blitz, many Londoners had lost their homes and their ability to cook for themselves. In response to this need the WVS (Women's Volunteer Service) produced meals and delivered them to people who had lost practically everything. This caring approach was carried on in various areas of the UK where injured servicemen were provided meals by volunteers in the local vicinity.

After the war the first true food delivery service evolved in Hemel Hempstead in 1947. The recipients were still servicemen who were incapable of cooking their own meals but instead of the vans used to transport meals today, these early services apparently used prams, lined with felt and even straw to ensure that the meal was delivered warm. Understandably this type of service was extremely labour intensive requiring a vast network volunteers, each with good cooking knowledge and skills. Today, the processes involved incorporate mass production principles.

In the UK food delivery services operate in a number of different ways. There are agency led programmes, typically ran in conjunction with local councils to cater for the local population. There are also private services that cater for those people that would like the benefits of food delivery but do not necessarily meet all of the criteria.

In the modern age there are also a number of different ways in which the food is delivered. Some programmes deliver meal that are cooked in a central location and then kept warm as they are delivered. Other programmes cook the food, allow it to cool and then cook the food before delivery in mobile units that both cook and deliver the food. The final type of programme delivers frozen meals that can be heated by the recipient in the microwave or oven.

Today there are a range of different food delivery services out there catering for the elderly, disabled and also those with special dietary requirements. It is this commitment to caring and ensuring people eat well that has been a consistent theme throughout the development of food delivery services.

In the modern age food delivery services offer tasty, delicious meals to the door, granting recipients the chance to not only enjoy a great meal but also to maintain their independence.

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Saturday, July 12 2014

I love free stuff. For me it is more about the challenge than even the actual saving of the money. I decided this year for my birthday to see how many free meals I could cash in on.

Breakfast

Most people already know about the free Denny's breakfast on your birthday, that is how I started my day in search of free meals. The 'Breakfast Slam' is still free and there is nothing more involved than simply showing up and displaying your driver's license.

Lunch

This is where my research began paying off. I was off to Firehouse Subs for my free submarine sandwich. I was supposed to be able to get one medium Celebrity Sub just for showing my driver's license. The deal was even better than that, I could order any medium sub I wanted from the menu. No hassle, and it was exactly as advertised.

Dinner

Moe's Southwestern Grill offered a free birthday entree but you must get the coupon from their website by joining their e mail list (free). So, this step had to be done the day before to get my coupon. The great thing about these dinner coupons (and I have more to share with you) is that you don't have to use them right on your birthday. For example, the Moe's birthday entree was good for up to one week.

Meals For Later This Week:

Ruby Tuesday's sent me a free birthday burger and fries coupon good for 2 weeks. All I had to do was to sign up for their e mail list.

IHOP sent me a free breakfast coupon good for two weeks. This is a complete breakfast with pancakes, sausage, bacon, and eggs! Yep, totally free. I simply joined their e mail list.

Benihana sent me a $30 gift certificate that is good for about 3 weeks. The only restriction on this is that it must be used on a Monday through Thursday and can not be used on a holiday. Again, all I had to do was to sign up for their e Mail list.

I am still waiting on my Steak 'N Shake birthday coupon for a cheeseburger and fries. For some reason that one has not shown up and am I quite upset about it as I love this place. Oh, well... I signed up for their e mail list but still have not received anything (even checked my spam folder and still nothing).

Free Medieval Times Ticket

Medieval Times will give you a free adult ticket to their dinner show on your birthday. Just join their e mail list. After my day of overeating I simply could not sit through a jousting match so I passed on this one.

Finding Other Deals

It takes a little bit of research as there are plenty of deals out there. Doing a few Google searches will get you to quite a few great sites with lists. The problem that I found is that many of these lists are not really up to date. You should get the details from the corporate websites directly and it doesn't hurt to call to the actual location to be sure they will honor the coupon. There a a lot of what I consider to be tiny birthday deals, such as a free scoop of ice cream with the purchase of a dinner, etc... I did not consider any of those worth listing here or pursuing. My advice to corporate America is to think big when it comes to free stuff for birthdays (my inner child speaking here).

iPhone App

There must be an app for this right? This was exactly my thought and I did find one called Birthday Freebies. It did not help me very much at all, but that may be due to the fact that I live in a small town. I changed the location to Chicago and Dallas and it lit up like a Christmas tree with tons of birthday freebies. So, if you live in a major city the 99 cents for this app may be worth it.

I really had a lot of fun on my birthday in search of free birthday meals. Let's make this the official web page of record for those looking for birthday freebies. Please use the comments section below to share your own favorites. Be sure and bookmark this page and send out the link to your friends and family on their birthdays as well.

Helping you make the most of God's money (even on my birthday)!

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Monday, July 07 2014
Food Party? How about a pizza party?

It is that time of year again when all high school and college seniors are not only looking forward to graduation but to all the parties that will be given. By this time in their young lives they definitely are not looking forward to the traditional chips and dips, bags of flavored potato chips and bowls of different kinds of nuts.

As a host or hostess it is time to step up and play your 'A' game. What is the most popular food among all young people including those in high school and college? Hamburgers? No. Hot dogs? No. Pizza! Yes!! You can order a bevy of pizzas and Italian food that can be delivered right to your door and you do not have to go out shopping.

-Gluten Free Options

Being the smart cookie you are you want to make sure the pizza delivery store has gluten free crust. After all, all the kids know about gluten allergies. And you also want to check out the pizza delivery on Facebook to see what everyone thinks about it. You have made your decision and are sitting down to plan your menu. You know how many people will be coming over but you do not know what everyone likes. No problem! You will just order an assortment of pies.

You know the young men can eat their way through your entire kitchen in about 15 minutes. So you decide to order several pizzas that are good and filling. You will order two of each. One has pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon and mozzarella. The other has pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, bell peppers, red onions, mushrooms, black olives and mozzarella. Your mouth begins to water.

-Variety

For the girls in the group you want something a little different. You will have a white pizza with grilled chicken, mushrooms, Alfredo sauce, garlic, Parmesan and mozzarella. Then you select another chicken specialty with grilled chicken, basil pesto, fresh tomatoes, black olives, Parmesan and mozzarella. Just in case there are any vegetarians in the crowd you will order a pie with Feta and mozzarella, mushrooms, black olives, red onions, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and capers.

Did you forget anything? You decide it would be best to have some pasta dishes held back in case you run out of food. You could always order more pizzas for delivery, but why not have a Plan B? You will order something you like just in case of leftovers. How smart! You decide on Chicken Alfredo and penne pasta tossed with a vegetarian tomato basil sauce.

Since you will be the beneficiary of the remaining food you decide to add in some Italian style wings in buffalo, barbeque and lemon pepper. You have a sneaking feeling that if the boys know you have these before they have had their fill of pizza, there will be none left over.

-Pizza Delivery

Being the smart person you are, you call the pizza delivery and tell them what you are going to order and when. You are inquiring how long it will take to prepare and deliver everything. You are surprised when they tell you if you pre-order they can have it delivered to your door right before your party begins.

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Thursday, July 03 2014

Many different dishes can be said to have originated as Texas foods. Some of these native recipes are simply made with little effort exerted as far as culinary skills are. Two of these wonderful Texas recipes don't take very much of anything. Whether it is time, money, effort, or culinary skills - for these two treats of a meal, you won't need much of anything at all.

The first at hand is made with Fritos, which is a type of chip and a very popular Texas food choice. But Fritos are not the only item you need to make this, obviously. You're going to also need to easily make some chili out of some ground beef, which the Cattle Drive can be thanked for supplying us with since the earliest times in this state. Once you have added the ingredients you wish to have in your chili and the correct spices to fit your taste, you're going to top a bowl of Fritos with this chili. Lastly, you want to add some cheese, jalapenos, and possibly some chopped onions, depending on how you prefer this delicious Texas food. It is a native Texas recipe is known as a Frito pie and it was invented in Plano, Texas.

The second delicious recipe you'll want to get your hands on also was invented in the state. It can now be found in any region on the state and in many other southern states. This Texas recipe involves a slab of chewy beef steak and is much like 'cubed' steak. However, the difference here is that this Texas recipe involves chicken frying the steak so that you are left with a salty and crispy breading on the outside. This breading, or chicken fry, is much like the fry on the outside of fried chicken. The only variation is that there is a delicious beef steak in the center of this Texas Recipe. It can be eaten with gravy and mashed potatoes, as those are often a very popular Texas recipe side choice, especially for this delectable recipe.

Of course, these aren't the only choices of Texas foods you have when visiting this fine state. There are many southern made classics that just scream it's name when you dig your teeth into them. However, these two Texas recipes are some what of a delicacy in the state. Not only are they an extremely easy and quickly made meal, they are also one of the tastiest and most popular Texas foods you'll try. And they won't be easily forgotten either.

So if you're looking for an easy Texas recipe that you can quickly prepare, isn't hard on your pocket, isn't messy or hard to clean up, and is just as delicious as something that is expensive, hard to cook and clean, then definitely try these two Texas recipes. They won't let you down but they will surely fill you up. Don't forget to add all your favorite herbs, spices, vegetables, and condiments as needed.

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Tuesday, July 01 2014
Fourth of July and Summer Food Fun

Summer is finally here! The season just creates such a feel-good vibe that spills over into a relaxed party mood. People just feel like celebrating and enjoying the moment - and, let's face it, we do need to seize the moments of summer sun in England! Whatever your occasion, you can be sure that summer party catering will be right at the centre of your plans. At this point your imagination may already be running wild with ideas for your summer party. In case you need some inspiration here are some ideas for catering for your summer party event: Venue/Theme Church/community halls, pub rooms, houses, stately homes, hotels, marquees, tents, barns, gardens or even a field are all possible venues for your summer gathering. Of course, your party doesn't have to have any theme but it can sometimes be fun to do so, depending on the type of event. A traditional garden party, barn dance, fairy and magic, sporting events, Hawaiian, James Bond, flowers, woodland or summer solstice theme all lend themselves to the time of year. Food and Drink Once you have decided on your venue, theme, and have an idea of how many guests you are going to invite then you can focus on the all-important decisions of what food and drink to serve.

Food - Delicate canapes, pasta salads, crusty rolls, crunchy crudites, prawns, smoked salmon, cucumber sandwiches, mini-burgers, meat/veg skewers, quiches, strawberries and cream, fresh fruit salad, and ice-lollies/ice-cream all epitomise summer in edible form! Drinks - drinks too can really add to the vibe and provide summer in a glass! Cloudy lemonade, iced tea, ginger beer and elderflower cordial on the non-alcoholic side. Prosecco, Pimm's, fruit punch, cider and light summer ales if you're serving alcohol. Providing summery fruit cocktails and non-alcoholic versions could also be fun - especially if guests can mix them themselves. Just make sure you provide lots of ice too to keep everyone cool.

Consider professional summer party catering To ensure your party goes with a swing it may be worth thinking about using an experienced catering company. This can really cut down on the stress of organising your party and allow you just to sit back and fully enjoy the experience! A good company will communicate with you from start to finish to take your ideas and turn them into reality. They will be covering all bases and can be as involved as much or as little as you wish. You can relax in the knowledge that the food and drink will be freshly prepared, transported to the venue, served and (best of all) cleared away at the end of the night leaving you free to party the summer night away with your guests.

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