A List Of Must Haves For Any Amateur Cook's Kitchen

Written by Michael Lansing

Withrepparttar holidays on their way soon, many people will be beefing up kitchens to handlerepparttar 140089 increased demand for ‘fit for a king’ meals. Not being a professional Chef shouldn’t stop you from being able to cook like one. But, you’ll needrepparttar 140090 right tools to create those tantalizing dishes. Read on and find outrepparttar 140091 five tools that no kitchen cook should be without.

Mixing Bowls

Make sure that you have a good, quality set of mixing bowls on hand –repparttar 140092 biggerrepparttar 140093 better! Many dishes need to be beaten, blended or mixed. You’ll be glad you didn’t skimp onrepparttar 140094 mixing bowls when you need to perform any of those tasks. Most professional chefs prefer to use stainless steel mixing bowls. However, there are many quality plastic sets available, likerepparttar 140095 ones made by OXO. But be aware that plastic bowls can become hard to clean over time, especially if used for heavy duty sauces, and may need to be replaced.

Pre-Seasoned Cookware

Cast iron skillets, pots and pans have long been a choice ofrepparttar 140096 pros. But, cast iron cookware can be a little daunting. Seasoning, pre-seasoning, re-seasoning, cookingrepparttar 140097 seasonings in, oils to use, etc. to ensure your skillet is ready, is a hassle many cooks would rather not deal with. Now you don’t have to. You can buy cast iron cookware galore – already seasoned – so that you have no fuss and still getrepparttar 140098 same great benefits of those using simple cast iron. Lodge is a well known maker of pre-seasoned cookware and offers many different types of cast iron cookware. Be aware –soap nor dishwashers should be used for your prized possessions.

Specialty Measuring Spoons

If you’ve ever seen one of grandma’s old recipes refer to a pinch, smidgen or dash and have had to take a guess atrepparttar 140099 meaning (and hope you’re right) then you absolutely must grab a set of pinch, smidgen or dash measuring spoons. No more guessing or testing your interpretations on your guests (as fun as that may be). This set also makes a great conversation starter – especially at family gatherings where elder members may take you on a trip down memory lane.

Who, When and Where in the History of Coffee

Written by Randy Wilson

Coffee has been a part of culture for over one thousand years. The history of coffee varies widely depending on which sources you use. This is especially true when something as powerful as coffee is involved, as coffee has brought much wealth and prosperity to individuals throughoutrepparttar history of coffee.

Coffee was discovered around 850 A.D. inrepparttar 140088 part of Africa now known as Ethiopia. According to one story that has been passed down throughrepparttar 140089 generations, a sheep herder named Kaldi discovered coffee as he tended his sheep. He noted that his sheep became extremely active after eatingrepparttar 140090 red cherries from a plant as they went from one pasture to another.

He ate a few ofrepparttar 140091 cherries himself, and was soon as overactive as his herd. The story goes on to say that a monk passed by and scolded him for "partaking ofrepparttar 140092 devil's fruit." However,repparttar 140093 monks soon found themselves eatingrepparttar 140094 same fruit to help them stay awake for their prayers.

Originally,repparttar 140095 coffee plant grew naturally in Ethiopia. But oncerepparttar 140096 people of Arabia became enthralled with coffee and transplanted plants to Arabia, coffee was monopolized by them. Later, countries beyond Arabia whose inhabitants believed coffee to be a delicacy guarded its secret and with caution began to siphon off coffee plants from Arabia.

The Arabian government prohibitedrepparttar 140097 transportation ofrepparttar 140098 plant out ofrepparttar 140099 Moslem nations, sorepparttar 140100 actual spread of coffee was started illegally.

Inrepparttar 140101 17th century, Italian traders introduced coffee torepparttar 140102 West and changedrepparttar 140103 history of coffee forever. Many Christians believed that coffee wasrepparttar 140104 drink ofrepparttar 140105 devil.

But in Italy, Pope Clement VIII drank and endorsed coffee againstrepparttar 140106 advice of his advisors who wanted it to be considered part ofrepparttar 140107 infidel threat. Because of his endorsement of coffee, it became acceptable as a Christian beverage and spread throughoutrepparttar 140108 West.

Coffee Houses began opening inrepparttar 140109 mid-17th century inrepparttar 140110 Western world. The first coffee house opened in Italy in 1645, in England in 1652, in Paris in 1672 and in Berlin in 1721.

In 1668, Edward Lloyd's coffee house opened in England and eventually became Lloyd's of London,repparttar 140111 best-known insurance company inrepparttar 140112 world. By this time, coffee had replaced beer as New York's City's favorite breakfast beverage.

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