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Last night I met with my Wednesday night running group. During the run our conversation turned to the subject of drinking pop. A general consensus was many people drink soda as their only source of fluid. I found that really ironic, with all the commercials about bottled water. Everywhere I go I see bottled water. I thought that everyone drank water. But then again I am not everyone.I was told that people think that it is ok to just drink pop because; there is water in so...

When Did Soda Become Our Water?

When Did Soda Become Our Water?Last night I met with my Wednesday night running group. During the run our conversation turned to the subject of drinking pop. A general consensus was many people drink soda as their only source of fluid. I found that really ironic, with all the commercials about bottled water. Everywhere I go I see bottled water. I thought that everyone drank water. But then again I am not everyone.I was told that people think that it is ok to just drink pop because; there is water in soda pop. Well yes there is water, I must agree. What about carbonated water and sugar that are also added to soda. I just dont believe that soda is as good for you as drinking water. What did they do before the invention of soda pop? Those poor cavemen only had water to drink.Is it the sugar in pop that causes an addiction? I think that there is a comforting good feeling when people drink soda. Like having a treat with every time that a drink is taken.I wonder if its the super sizing of all the fast food restaurants that have helped people become so addicted to pop. Or all the free refills that eating establishments offer.Then I was told that people do not like the taste of water. This I can understand because I add lemon to the water that I drink a lot of the time. Does this make me just like a soda pop consumer?I guess the whole point of all this ranting is that I was totally shocked to watch someone drink about a gallon of pop when eating supper. This same person describing in great detail to me how they wanted to be a great runner. The only thing that needed to be changed was to eat better. I found that so amazing. I guess that does not make anyones dream any less important because they drink a lot of soda pop.I tried to explain why water is so important to this person. After a few sentences I realized that life only teaches words do not. I wonder if this needs to happen for all those in this world who want to do things their way.

How To Enjoy Goat Cheese

How To Enjoy Goat Cheese

One of the sought after sources for the cheese is the goat milk. When it comes to well-loved cheeses, the goat cheese always manage to be in the fore.One cannot deny how much people are seeking this product considering that there are many brands popping out with their own goat cheese.Goat cheese is, as the name would indicate, a kind of cheese that is taken from the milk of the goat. This is also known as the chevre cheese. Chevre is the French term for the goat.This name came about because it was produced in regions where a considerable number of goats are domesticated and kept. This makes cheese production from the milk of the goat a very convenient endeavor.More of the cheese lovers actually favor the goat cheese because of its more favorable contents compared to the other kinds.Basically, the milk of the goat has the same fat contents as that the milk coming from the cow. However, there are distinct characteristics in the goat cheese that makes it very tasty.The milk of a goat contains higher contents of medium-chain fatty acids like the caprylic, capric and caproic acids. These help in providing a tart zest.It is worthy to note also that these acids take their name from the word capra which is the Latin term in turn for the goat.Since its conception, France has been the largest source for goat milk production, more specifically in the areas of Poitou and Loire Valley.These places were claimed as the areas where the Moors first brought the goat as early as the eighth century.There are many varieties today of the French goat cheeses. The Picodon, Pouligny Saint-Pierre, Chabis, Chabichou du Poitou, Pyramide and Rocamadour are some of these varieties.Crottin de Chavignol is the goat cheese variety produced in most number.Mat is another kind. This is a Catalan fresh cheese. This can be produced out of goat milk or cow milk. Thus, you must inquire properly to make sure you get the kind that is really the chevre cheese.Those who love the Greek halloumi and the feta should know that these are traditionally produced using the milk of the goat.The Castelo Branco on the other hand is the Portuguese version of the chevre cheese while the pantysgawn is the Welsh kind.Enjoying Chevre CheeseChevre cheese today is best enjoyed when served hot. This is more popularly known as the Chevre chaud, the French term for its condition.This is also a perfect companion to various cooking menus, preparations and recipes. Its creamy taste and unique tang can definitely give a refreshing taste. It can even be used to improve the flavors of vegetables.Incredible results can also be expected whenever the chevre cheese is used in pasta dishes.The cheese do not even have to be cooked in the heat of the oven. The heat coming from the cooked pasta will suffice to melt the cheese and release its unique zest.There are a number of delectable dishes that can be enjoyed with the right cheese at hand. Whenever you feel like enjoying that unique and tangy taste, make sure that you have a goat cheese at hand.

Around The World With Green Mountain Coffee

Around The World With Green Mountain Coffee

Whether you are looking for the best tasting coffee with unmatched flavor from other commercially available coffee, or you are in for some of the most exciting coffee tastes you could ever find, Green Mountain coffee will meet your needs. "Green Mountain" coffee, from Green Mountain Roasters, derives from locations where coffees are grown in its best condition, giving every coffee drinker the best experience. Green Mountain coffee comes from parts of the world where coffee beans are grown in excellent condition. From the countries in Africa such as Kenya and Ethiopia, to the Southeast Asian region in the country of Indonesia, Green Mountain Roasters brings out the best in their product. If you are to believe that the birthplace of coffee came from the birthplace of civilization, then you are to believe that Ethiopia is simply the ideal place for a perfect coffee. This ancient country is believed to be the Garden of Eden and is where Green Mountains discovered the precious coffee beans. Kenya is where coffees are sold at high grade. So if the world thinks of Kenya as the place where best coffees are grown, Green Mountains will think of it as well. Kenyan coffee is what many coffee drinkers want in a good cup of coffee. Green Mountain travels as far as Southeast Asia to the islands of Indonesia to find unique coffee in three unique regions. Green Mountain finds places of Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi to get coffee with a distinctive Asian taste and feel. [*_*] Roasters is committed to offer the finest coffee beans in the world, so they would not miss the parts of the Americas where coffee growers dedicate their life to perfecting coffee plants. [*_*] Roasters recognizes the quality of coffee beans in countries such as Columbia, particularly in the southwestern region that's commonly referred to as Colombia's Popayan region. Also, [*_*] appreciates the fine quality of coffee beans in Costa Rica. Coffee from this country is known as Costa Rica Peaberry Select. But why peaberry? Coffee cherries are known to produce two beans. Peaberry, in contrast, only produces one. And that's not all, as peaberry is carefully handpicked for it is considered one of coffee's precious gems. Comprising another part of [*_*] tradition is their use of Kona coffee. This type of coffee has a mild but rich flavor and aroma. Balance best describes Kona coffee with a fresh aftertaste. In Mexico, [*_*] also explores the possibility of growing quality coffee beans. Mexico is one of the largest coffee bean growers in the world, producing some of the best coffees ever tasted. For [*_*]s, Mexican coffee comes from the southeastern region located alongside the Sierra Mountains. Coffee diversity is why [*_*] also buys coffees from Guatemala. In this part of the world, coffees are grown with significant differences in every district. These differences in growing makes Guatemalan coffee unique even when it is compared with coffee from the same country. For many, Peru is infamous with the Manchu Piccu. But for [*_*]s, Peru is where they find organic coffee that is grown by the descendants of Incas. Behind this worldwide effort is the commitment of [*_*] to provide a readily available great-tasting coffee to anyone without the need to visit these countries. For with every sip of [*_*] coffee, it is like traveling the world.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans: A Fun Snack

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans: A Fun Snack

Most people have some form of sweet tooth, and many also like the taste and smell of a fresh cup of coffee. Though the tastes of sweets and that of coffee are very different, they make a great match, since sugar helps to offset the slightly acidic bitterness of coffee. One of the best examples of this is the great taste of chocolate covered coffee beans. If you’re a coffee lover, a chocolate lover, or both, "chocolate covered coffee beans" make a great snack.A Marriage of FlavorsChocolate and coffee work well together, so much that some chocolates in Europe will have recommended servings that include serving with coffee, particularly dark chocolates. However, any kind of chocolate can make great chocolate covered coffee beans, even white chocolate. This sweet, crunchy snack gives you the mellow flavor of one of the favorite candies in the world with the tang and aroma of coffee. And even better, this is a snack with kick, since you’ll get a little caffeine rush from eating chocolate covered coffee beans.Making Your OwnSome people are serious enough about their coffee to buy their own beans and grind them. If you’re serious about your coffee, then you can be just as serious about your chocolate covered coffee beans. By purchasing your own beans and chocolate, you’re guaranteed a quality product. Making this great snack food is a snap; all you need is a pot to carefully melt the chocolate in, and some sort of device, whether a fork or a strainer, to remove the beans. Once the chocolate is melted, simply place the beans in the pot to coat, and then remove with the fork. Set on wax paper to harden overnight, and you’ll have a great snack that you made from scratch.Buying BeansThe selection of coffee beans can be important in the making of chocolate covered coffee beans. You want to buy a medium or dark roast, since a light roast will simply be too acidic for chocolate covered coffee beans. This is one reason why chocolate covered espresso beans are a popular sell, since it’s a very dark roast. You can bring out interesting flavor combinations with your chocolate covered coffee beans by purchasing flavored beans. Usually considered inferior by aficionados for creating a brew, they can add an extra kick to chocolate covered coffee beans. Give making this sweet, crunchy, snack a try and you’re sure to get hooked!

Drinking Tea

The second most consumed beverage behind water is tea. Interestingly enough the 3,200,000 tones of tea produced worldwide come from only one plant species, named "camellia sinensis." But how a plant becomes a beverage? Tea is made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush in hot water for a few minutes, a great variety of tea tastes, aromas and colors can excite even the more skeptical drinker. If you do like tea drinking, but simply never had the opportunity to learn more about it beyond the fact that you enjoy it, you should know that there are thousands of kinds of tea offered on today's market. Shades in flavor derive from the region of cultivation and the method of processing the tea leaves. It is the processing techniques that produce the four simple tea categories are considered the art of tea making. In its most basic form, processing is the taking of the raw green leaves and deciding whether or not, and how much oxidation (or fermentation) should take place before drying them out. Oxidation is the reaction of the enzymes contained in tea leaves when they are broken, bruised or crushed.The first category is that of black tea. Black tea is nothing more than the leaves of the camellia sinensis after being exposed to 8-24 hours of open air. After the leaves are picked up they are spread out to let the water they contain evaporate. You have probably witnessed it happening to a flower that is left without being watered. The foliage curls up and begins to dry. After this part of the process, the tea leaves are balled into rolls that encourage oxidization. When fully oxidized, the leaves turn into a rich black color. Tea producers then put the tea leaves into the final drying period before sorting and packaging them.Oolong tea is another tea category and is considered to be the most difficult of the four types of teas to process. The best way to describe oolong tea is that it is somewhere in between green and black tea. This is because the leaves are only partially oxidized during the processing. As with black tea, the leaves are spread out to dry for 8-24 hours, but after that, they are tossed about in a basket in order to create a bruising and partial exposure to the air. The final step involves steaming the leaves, which neutralizes the enzymes in the tea and prevents further oxidization.Green teas, like white teas, are closer to tasting like fresh leaves of grass that the other two tea categories. This type of tea is also lower in caffeine and has higher antioxidant properties. The whole process of creating green tea revolves around preventing oxidization from taking place in the leaves. Though the tea leaves are sometimes laid out to dry for a few hours, then, in order to neutralize the enzymes and prevent further oxidation, the leaves are steamed or pan fried. It is this very technique which results in the preservation of the enzymes which have recently become the focus of medical research. After steaming, the leaves are rolled up, still quite green in color.Finally, white tea has recently become a popular item in the west as it is the least processed tea and thus tastes the most like fresh leaves or grass. White tea is made of the little buds of the tea plant. Again like green tea, white tea is steamed or pan fried to prevent any kind of oxidization, and great care is taken to avoid bruising or crushing the tea. The dried buds have a silver-like appearance because the tiny white hairs of new growth are still present.

Easy And Refreshing Fruit Salad Recipes

Fruit salad is probably one of the easiest and tastiest things in the world to make. Any seven-year old can whip up their salad in no time at all. In fact, for a real bonding time with your kids, you can involve them in the kitchen and have fun whipping up this fabulous desert.This is particularly popular during the summer when fresh fruits abound, however, summer or winter, it doesn't really matter as fruits grow all year round. There's really nothing to putting together fruit salad rcipes. The secret is really just in picking out the best fruits. Below are fantastic fruit salad recipes you can do in your very own kitchen:CRANBERRY APPLE SALAD:*Dressing Ingredients:2/3 cup Sour Cream1/3 cup mayonnaiseSalad Ingredients:2 medium (2 cups) apples, cubed 1/2 inch2 teaspoons lemon juice1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries1/2 cup seedless green grapes, halved1/2 cup chopped walnuts1 rib (1/2 cup)celery, chopped1.Combine sour cream and mayonnaise in small bowl; set aside.2.Place apples and lemon juice in large bowl; gently toss. Add all remaining salad ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour before serving.FRUIT SALAD WITH CITRUS-CILANTRO DRESSING1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained (or better yet, 2 1/2 to 3 cups fresh pineapple chunks)3 grapefruits, peeled and sectioned2 cups sliced strawberries1 mango pitted, peeled and sliced1/3 cup orange juice1/3 cup lime juice3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro2 tablespoons honey1.Combine pineapple, grapefruit, strawberries and mango in a large serving bowl; set aside.2.In a small saucepan, combine orange juice, lime juice and cilantro. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and discard cilantro. Stir in honey. Pour over fruit mixture and toss until evenly coated.FLUFFY PISTACHIO FRUIT SALAD1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, not drained1 (4-serving size) package instant pistachio pudding mix1 (12-ounce) container non dairy whipped topping, thawed2 large bananas, sliced2 cups miniature marshmallows1 (17-ounce) can fruit cocktail, drained1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drainedPour instant pudding mix into a large mixing bowl. Add pineapple, and mix well. Mix in nondairy whipped topping. Stir in bananas, marshmallows, fruit cocktail, and mandarin oranges.Cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.*From Cooks http://Recipes.com

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Last night I met with my Wednesday night running group. During the run our conversation turned to the subject of drinking pop. A general consensus was many people drink soda as their only source of fluid. I found that really ironic, with all the commercials about bottled water. Everywhere I go I see bottled water. I thought that everyone drank water. But then again I am not everyone.I was told that people think that it is ok to just drink pop because; there is water in so...