3 Quick & Simple Cake Recipes

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Many people love dessert but at times the idea of getting up every 30 minutes to check what is in the oven can be quite unpleasant. If baking is not your hobby, yet you are looking for a quick simple dessert to prepare with all the flair and taste then you need to consider the following 3 amazing dessert recipes;

Quick Black Forest Cake Recipe

Ingredients
1)1 tablespoon butter.
2) An adequate proportion of devil’s food cake mixed with pudding.
3)1 can cherry pie filling.
4)1-1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.
5)1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar.
6)3 eggs.
7)1 tablespoon almond extract.
8)2 tablespoons milk.
10)2 sizable skillets.

Instructions
1)Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C.

2)Combine together cake mix, almond extract, 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips, beaten eggs and cherry pie filling, beat to form a nice blend.

3) Grease skillet and pour batter in the pan.

4) Place the blend into the skillet, and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes while maintaining the heat at 175 degrees C. Remove from heat and let cool.

5) To make topping, heat the remainder of the semi sweet chocolate chips, batter and milk in the other skillet over medium heat. Once the sweet chocolate chips are in liquid state and blend is mixed, stir in confectioner’s sugar.

6) Spread topping over cooled cake and serve with any appropriate food or drink.

Apple Cake Recipe

Requirements
1)1-1/4 cups vegetable oil.
2)1/3 cup milk.
3)3 cups all-purpose flour.
4)1 tablespoon salt.
5)1-1/4 cups brown sugar.
6)2 cups white sugar.
7)3 eggs, (beaten).
8)1 tablespoon baking soda.
9)1/2 cup batter.
10)1 cup chopped walnuts.
11)3-1/2 cups apples (peeled and chopped).
12) Adequate amount of baking powder.
13) Adequate amount of vanilla.

Instructions
1) Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

2) Grease and flour a skillet.

3) Sift together sugar, salt, baking powder and floor in a large bowl. Make a shallow hole in the center of the dough, add vanilla, oil and eggs then stir well. Fold in chopped apples and nuts.

4) Place dough in a pan which is smeared with batter.

5) Bake in the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.

6) To make the topping; in a skillet, mix brown sugar, butter and milk. Bring to a boil while making sure to stir steadily.

7) Remove from heat and top with the glaze while still hot.

Quick Coffee Cake Recipe

Ingredients
1)1 egg.
2)1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
3)1/3 cup shortening.
4)1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour.
5)1/2 teaspoon salt
6)1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
7)2 tablespoons batter (melted).
8)1/2 cup milk.
9)6 tablespoons white sugar.
10)1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
11)1/2 cup brown sugar.

Directions
1) Preheat the oven to about 220 degrees C. Grease and flour a sizable square pan.

2) Blend together the flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a sizable bowl. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender to the appropriate size.

3) Stir the egg well in a separate bowl then add in vanilla and milk. Add this mixture to the dough blend and stir carefully until just blended.

4) Pour batter into pan and spread uniformly. Sprinkle top with melted butter.

5) Combine together 2 teaspoons flour, half teaspoon cinnamon and brown sugar in a separate bowl. Sprinkle on top of the cake.

6) Pour batter into prepared skillet, place dough and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. You could alternatively insert a toothpick in the center of the cake, if it comes out clean, the bake is ready.

Dessert is supposed to be a treat, and slaving over a hot oven and allocating time that you don’t have is not all that rewarding.  But hopefully some of these cake recipes will help you save time in the kitchen and give you and your family something to look forward to after your meal.

For those that are not in the mood for cake, check out the video below to learn how to make a fast and delicious chocolate mousse.  Save time, eat great!

What Kind of Juicer Should I Get?

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Whenever we getting into conversations with people eager to learn more about juicing, this is the most common question that we get.  Our last post hopefully gave you some great ideas about different recipes that you can use with your juicer, but for those who do not have one and are thinking about joining the ever growing number of health conscious individuals who have gotten into juicing, getting a top juicer is a crucial step.  But with some many wonderful choices and different types of juicers available it is hard to know which juicer is going to be best for you.

Below are just a few ways that you can narrow down your choice to find a juicing machine that you will enjoy using on a daily basis.  What’s the point of having a juicer, or any kitchen appliance, if it is just going to sit in the back of the cabinet collecting dust?  So finding something that you like to use everyday should be the primary goal.

Centrifugal Juicer or Masticating Juicer

When shopping for a new juicer, this is one of the first things that you will surely come across.  There are two main types of juicers and each as their positives and negatives.  So first we should determine which of these will best suit our needs.

Centrifugal juicers are generally exceptionally fast at juicing.  They chop and spin whatever is dropped into the machine at a very high rate of speed.  These juicers are great with hard vegetables and fruits like carrots, apples and cucumbers.  So if you envision juicing these types of foods regularly then this type of juicer is for you.  Keep in mind that centrifugal juicers are also very loud.

Masticating juicers on the other hand are a little bit slower in how they juice produce.  The slower method also means they are a lot quieter to operate.  These types of machines are wonderful for cabbage, kale, lettuce, spinach, wheatgrass and other leafy vegetables.  If you want to juice a lot of these types of foods then you will be better off with this type of machine.

Clean up is also another important factor to consider, and today’s high quality models of both types of these juicers should be rather easy to clean.  Neither has any distinct advantage in this area.

Reading Online Juicer Reviews

I always find that sorting through various customer reviews from actual customers is always a tremendous help.  I want to hear how those who have the product in their home like or dislike it.  If you search through different online stores you will soon discover that juicers being sold today are very high quality and you have will have several great options to choose from.

There are two brands that we particularly like when it comes to juicers.  For centrifugal juicers, you just can’t go wrong with a Breville juicer.  They are extremely well made and customer ratings for these juicers are impressively high.  If you decide that a masticating juicer would best fit your needs, then getting an Omega juicer is something that we recommend.  We use these machines and love them.  You can read some great juicer reviews on different Omega models at http://www.top10juicers.net/omega-juicers/

How Much Should I Spend on a Juicer?

Of course, this is always a chief concern for most of us that are looking to buy something.  Don’t skimp when it comes to getting a juicer because cheap ones usually are a disappointment.  Get yourself a good juicer if you can.  Top rated juicers are going to run you somewhere between $100 – $300 and if you can afford it then I would stay somewhere in that price range.  Juicers below $100 are typically not worth the hassle, and juicers above $300 usually don’t offer anything significantly better to justify spending more in our opinion.

So shop around online and you should have no problem finding a good deal on a machine that is easy to use, and can provide you years of juicing goodness.  It is never too late to get healthy and eat and drink better.  Changing your diet can be simple with the help of great tools in the kitchen.  This is why we are so zealous in our love for juicing and how it can truly have a positive impact on how you look and feel.  So get juicing and don’t look back.

If you want to see the Omega juicer that we use in our kitchen check out the video below.  This is not our vid, but it is a great demonstration on what this model can do.  We love using it.

Juicing Recipes For Better Health

Recipes for your JuicerJuicing is one of the best and tastiest ways to receive vital nutrients that are essential for optimum health. Many people invest in a juicer but lose enthusiasm for over time. However, mixing up your juice recipes can spice things up a bit as well as provide the health benefits that you were looking for when you bought a juicer. Below are some things that you can try that both taste great and offer your body a positive jolt.

Quick And Easy Green Juice

3 Celery Sticks
6 Kale Leaves
3 Green Apples
1 Unpeeled Lemon

The only preparation that is needed to create Quick And Easy Green Juice is to chop the celery sticks, slice the apples and cut the lemon in half. Total preparation time is likely to be a minute or two at most. All of the ingredients should then be juiced and served immediately.

The main health benefits in this juice come from the celery and kale. The apples and lemon are more to make the juice taste nice although they do contain vitamins and minerals. The celery offers a wide range of health benefits. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which will bring relief to people who suffer from joint pain, asthma and other conditions resulting in inflammation. The celery also contains minerals which are shown to be stress relievers such as magnesium. Kale is high in fiber and also rich in components which support the immune system. Kale also supports healthy liver functioning which has a detoxifying effect on the body.

Super Simple Carrot and Kale Juice

6 Chopped Carrots
4 Kale Leaves

This is one of the simplest healthy juices in existence but one which has many benefits. Simply blend the carrots and kale and serve immediately.

Carrots are incredibly rich in beta-carotene. This acts as a natural antioxidant which has been shown to help slow and reverse cell damage which occurs as a result of aging. Carrots can also have a detoxifying effect on the body as they are rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A has been shown to help the body remove toxins from circulation. The kale present in this juice can help to fight cancer. This benefit results from the fact that it is rich in organosulfur. The kale also aids with efficient and healthy digestion due to the fact it is high in fiber.

Tomato and Greens Detox Juice

3 Tomatoes
4 Green Lettuce Leaves
1 Radish
6 Sprigs of Parsley
Half An Unpeeled lemon

This juice is packed with healthy ingredients and also has a deliciously rich and complex taste due to the presence of the parsley and radish.

The parsley found in this juice offers far more than just taste. Regular consumption of parsley has been shown to help the heart and blood pressure. This is due to the fact it is rich in folic acid. It also supports correct kidney functioning due to its ability to help the body rid itself of excess levels of fluid. Parsley is also packed with various vitamins such as B, C and K. These offer benefits for the immune system, nervous system and bones. The tomatoes in this juice offer high levels of lycopene which can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. They are also a great source of Vitamin C. The phosphorous and zinc present in radishes helps skin to look healthy and free of blemishes.

Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice

10 Strawberries
Half A Pineapple
2 Oranges

The only preparation that is needed ahead of making this juice is to peel the orange. This is due to the fact that orange peel can be damaging to some juicers. It is a great idea to scrape the peel for the pith however as this is rich in nutrients.

One of the enzymes present in pineapple is called bromelain which has been proven to act as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. This makes this juice an excellent choice for people suffering with joint pains and other associated inflammation issues. The red color that is distinctive to strawberries is partly explained by the presence of chemicals known as anthocyanins. These have been proven to help the body burn the fat it has stored which makes this juice a great aid to a weight loss plan. The biotin found in strawberries offers myriad benefits for the skin and hair. Everyone knows that the oranges found in this Heavenly Healthy Fruit Juice are a great source of vitamin C. They also offer great levels of potassium which helps ensure the heart functions correctly.

Juicing is a great way to overcome years of bad dietary habits. Fresh nutrients from fruits and vegetables can do wonders for the body, and hopefully some of the recipes above can help you try new things with your juicer. I am a juicing addict and will have a few more posts on this topic in the future. Happy juicing.

Here is a great video that discusses a host of different health benefits that you can achieve just by juicing.

The Burden of Not Liking Cheese

Cooking with Cheese. Well this may seem like a strange way to kick off a site about the love of food, but one thing I need to get off of my chest is just how bad it is to not like, or rather hate, cheese.  Yes I said it, I cannot stand cheese.  I cannot stand the taste, smell, or texture of this food.  There is one exception however, mozarella cheese.  This is the only kind that I actually eat but only because it does not have a strong odor and it is rather bland.  I do love me some pizza.  I have always had this strong distaste for cheese ever since I was a kid and it is something that is still with me.

Grilled cheese sandwiches….No Thanks!

Parmesan on my salad or pizza….Heck No!

Swiss, American, Cheddar, Gouda, Brie, Romano, Asiago, Feta…you name it and I want nothing to do with it.

Now most cheese lovers may not realize just how many recipes, foreign cuisine, frozen dinners have some sort of cheese included.  It’s everywhere and it is hard to escape.

The Burden of Being Finicky

Not liking cheese can be quite a challenge, especially when going out to dinner or eating over someone else’s house.  One of the biggest drawbacks that has to be endured is the sheer look of astonishment on somebody’s face when you tell them that you don’t like cheese.  “How can you not like cheese?  It is so delicious!”  It is almost as if they look at you and are trying to decide if you are one of those aliens that inhabit the Earth that the Men In Black are constantly keep tabs on.

And as a little kid, it can be doubly worse.  Being judged, making friend’s parents work harder to prepare something just for you that is “cheese-free”, usually something that is not as good.  It can downright stink.

And while I do love to get into the kitchen, I also am a frozen food junkie.  If you do not sit there with the door open letting out all the cold air while you read the ingredient list on the back of the box, then chances are you are going to get a frozen dinner with some cheese in it.  Especially parmesan, they sneak that sucker into a lot of different meals.  What a hassle.

Overcoming the Burden

What I quickly discovered as a kid and the quickest and easiest way to avoid the weird looks was just to say that you were allergic to cheese.  I am not talking about being lactose intolerant, which I tried once but it produced it’s own set of weird looks from others.  I am talking risk to your health and well-being allergy, the kind that sends you to the hospital.  The first time I tried this line I was amazed at how well it worked.  Eating over at a friend’s house I was surprised how well this worked on their parents.  They sure don’t want to be responsible for sending someone else’s kid to the ER with an allergy attack.  So every time I was invited over for dinner there was a very tasty meal without cheese waiting for me.  Awesome!

Now I did feel bad about lying, but sometimes a little white lie is worth it.  I remember telling one of my friends Mother after years of eating over at their house that I wasn’t really allergic to cheese, I just didn’t like the taste of it.  She couldn’t believe it, but everyone, including her, got a great laugh out of it.  She really thought something would happen if I ate cheese.

Cooking With Cheese

I am not a professional chef, nor do I have any type of formal training.  I do love to cook though, and sometimes that does include using cheese.  I try to avoid preparing dishes with food, for obvious reasons, and the people that I cook for understand this.

For one, I cannot taste it as it’s cooking to check if everything is seasoned just right.  I just have to hope and pray that the dish comes out right.  This has caused a few disasters in the past, so I usually just cook dishes that do not contain cheese.

Rant Over

Ok, I am done whining about cheese.  But if you read through the different articles on here and notice a distinct lack of cheese, now you know why.  Oh, did I mention that I also hate mayonnaise!

For those that do love cheese, here is a great video on how to prepare the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.