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Stan Smith / May 30,2020

Make Your Own Delicious Coffee at Home with These Tips

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Make Your Own Delicious Coffee at Home with These Tips

 

Make Your Own Delicious Coffee at Home with These Tips

Okay, so I know that with the recent situation, many of us have been making coffee at home since we have been unable to go to coffee shops. If this has been a struggle for you, not to worry, I can help you learn how to make a delicious cup of coffee at home! 

Did you know that a cup of coffee brewed at home will cost you just $0.50 or less each? That includes the cost of cream, sugar, etc. I am a boring coffee drinker myself, so my coffee shop coffee tends to be less than $2 per cup anyway, but even at that, I am saving almost $1.50 each time I get a cup of coffee. Now, I can handle those kinds of savings! So, just in case there is any question, yes, you can save money and make your own delicious coffee at home with these tips.

Make Your Own Delicious Coffee at Home with These Tips

Buy Good Coffee Beans

What is your favorite type of coffee? I love Starbucks’ Blonde Roast. To enjoy my home brewed coffee the most, I like to buy the coffee beans that match the ones I like in the coffee shop. Yes, it’s more expensive than store bought, but it is still cheaper than in shop coffee!

Of course, you will also need to have a grinder at home, but these are very cost effective as is and will save you money over the course of its use.

Stan Smith / May 17,2020

10 healthy diet staples for your emergency food kit – Harvard Health – Harvard Health

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Take this list to the grocery store when stocking up on supplies.

10 healthy diet staples for your emergency food kit – Harvard Health – Harvard Health

Social distancing, severe weather, a lack of transportation — each one can keep you from getting to a grocery store, leaving you with precious little to eat. When you’re looking at a near-empty pantry with an oddball collection of remaining goods — like a lonely box of penne pasta or a random can of beans — it’s a sign to prepare differently next time. Fortunately, it’s not hard to create an emergency supply kit to hold you over until you can get to the store or have someone shop for you.

Important supplies

Lean on nonperishable items if you’re worried about losing power, and add frozen foods if the bigger concern is not getting to a grocery store. Avoid convenience foods like frozen dinners and canned soups, which typically contain excessive amounts of salt, fat, calories, preservatives, and added sugars.

Instead: “Gather a supply of versatile ingredients, so you can prepare healthy meals,” says Emily Gelsomin, a registered dietitian with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Gelsomin advises that you craft a supply of foods from the following categories.

1. Vegetables. Aim to keep a variety of colorful vegetables on hand. Go for frozen broccoli, kale, and spinach; canned spinach or asparagus; and canned carrots, green beans, and tomatoes.

Stan Smith / January 05,2020

Brewing Beer with Justin Bosch, Parliament Brewing Company

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Brewing Beer with Justin Bosch, Parliament Brewing Company

When Sheryl and I moved to Santa Rosa, we were excited to be living in California, but we were also excited to explore the local craft beer scene. As you know, we travel far and wide to find delicious locally brewed craft beer. We had access to a lot of great beer in SW Florida, but now we have access to well established breweries like Russian River Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company. There are also a lot of small breweries in town like Cooperage Brewing Company, Plow Brewing Company and Fogbelt Brewing Company. In an effort to visit them all, we discovered Parliament Brewing Company in Rohnert Park, California.

One night we drove down, grabbed a seat at the bar, and ordered a flight. We had a good conversation with the bartender, and ended up meeting Justin Bosch, the brewmaster. We talked for a bit and I mentioned my blog. A few days later we were talking via email and he agreed to an interview. We headed back down on a day they were closed, but Justin was brewing. We spent time together, learned more about the brewery, his beers, his education and his plans for expansion. Did you know a group of owls is called a “parliament?” Justin talks about that, too! This was a fun interview and I enjoyed seeing Justin in his element. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Justin Bosch. Cheers!

Stan Smith / December 08,2019

Traditional Latvian Christmas

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Traditional Latvian Christmas

As everywhere in the world Latvians celebrate Christmas starting with Christmas Eve on December 24. December 25 Christmas Day is known as First Christmas and December 26 as Second Christmas. This is similar to the English Christmas where they celebrate Boxing Day on December 26 so they too have two Christmases.
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One of the hardest things is to explain is ancient Latvian traditions. Christmas Eve used to be called”Bluka vakars” this loosely translated means” Log Night” The activities that everyone engaged in on this night were log rolling in order to mimic the course of the sun. Some people also called it “Kuku Night” which stems from an old holiday eating ritual. The dish was called “Kukis” and it has no actual translation. It meant that eating this dish on this night would bring the household wealth and prosperity.

Traditional Latvian Christmashttps://www.delfi.lv/tasty/receptes/koca-jeb-kukis.d?id=43624127

Stan Smith / November 29,2019

The Master Chef Ms. Mai Launches Bo Kho Co Mai As Her Very Own Variant Of Vietnamese Dish

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The Master Chef Ms. Mai Launches Bo Kho Co Mai As Her Very Own Variant Of Vietnamese Dish

Ms. Mai launches her variant of stewed Vietnamese dishes, Bo Kho Co Mai, along with several talked about dishes from the heirloom recipe.

The Master Chef Ms. Mai Launches Bo Kho Co Mai As Her Very Own Variant Of Vietnamese Dish

Hochiminh, Vietnam – December 1, 2019 / / —

Ms. Mai of Bo Kho Co Mai is a renowned slow cooker of Vietnamese food known for her special beef stew. She is reining the throne of the best stew maker for almost three decades and is known for the magic she bestows in each of her creations. She is known for her unique touch of flavors for braised beef being favored with underground sponsors from each time. Ms. Mai is also known for her consistency with which she has conquered the very prestigious rewards for a bowl of beef stock.

She is also known for her bursting the myths away, such as the very popular one that implies that beef stocks are not the best choices for hot summer days. She has time and again referred to the amazingly traditional beef stock that is prepared in Saigon. The talented chef went by the name of To Thi Mai and is from Saigon land. Her specialty comprises dishes like rice vermicelli, broken rice, and so on. Her association with braised beef is something that is known to the world. This dish dates back to the French Colonial Era and has an heirloom recipe by the Saigon people.

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