Coffee: A Historic Beverage, And A Great Holiday Gift

Written by Irene D. Hope

Ah, coffee... a fantastic dark beverage that wakes us up inrepparttar morning. For some of us, it keeps us up duringrepparttar 113175 day, or for late night study sessions. We drink it out of habit, we drink it from addiction, we drink it for flavor; whateverrepparttar 113176 reason, it is surely a popular beverage. So where did this famed drink come from?

Coffee, for Americans, is three hundred years old. Inrepparttar 113177 East it was widespread at every level of society, sincerepparttar 113178 earlier era. The most notable dates point to around 800b.c. However, Homer, and according to Arabian tales speak of a mysterious bitter black beverage with powers of stimulation that could have been this drink.

Aboutrepparttar 113179 year 1000, coffee was being used for medicinal purposes. In 1400 a Yemeni goat herder observed his flock eating reddish berries, then becoming excited and restless. After relating his observations to a monk, they boiledrepparttar 113180 berries and made a beverage that could disperse sleep and weariness. No matter how it actually was created,repparttar 113181 fact remains thatrepparttar 113182 coffee plant started in Africa, in an Ethiopian region known as Kaffa. From there it spread to Egypt, Yemen, and Arabia, where it became a part of daily life.

Inrepparttar 113183 late 1500s coffee was a commodity, being sold in Europe. However, due to an increasing demand forrepparttar 113184 new beverage, and high taxes on shipping, there was experimentation with growingrepparttar 113185 crops in various other countries. Much later, around 1727 coffee growing started in Northern Brazil. Byrepparttar 113186 20th century, various forms of coffee were developed forrepparttar 113187 public.

Make Your Own Herb And Spice Mixes

Written by Lucinda Jenkins

I love inventing new herb and spice combination to increaserepparttar flavor of our meals. Variety isrepparttar 113174 spice of life and with allrepparttar 113175 1,000's of herbs and spices our palates should never be bored!

There is such good health and cost benefit by making your own mixes. You won't have unnecasary salt added to your mixes and you will save money too! Once you get a whiff or your own herb mixes you'll never go back to those little tins onrepparttar 113176 grocery store shelf.

Herbed Rice Mix

1 lb long grain rice 1/3 cup dried minced onion 1/3 cup dried parsley flakes 1 tablespoon dried chives 1 tablespoon dried tarragon 1 tablespoon of ground celery seed 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoons pepper

Mixrepparttar 113177 ingredients together and store in canning jars Add a raffia bow and instruction card and you now have a gift!

Put 1 1/3 cup of water in a pan and bring to a boil, add 1/2 cup of rice mix and simmer for 20 minutes , fluff with a fork you can also add a dried chili pepper torepparttar 113178 mix if you like some heat!

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