Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

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Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

Thug Kitchen started their wildly popular web site to inspire people to eat some Goddamn vegetables and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow (“This might be my favorite thing ever”) and named Saveur’s Best New Food blog of 2013–with half a million Facebook fans and counting–Thug Kitchen wants to show everyone how to take charge of their plates and cook up some real f*cking food.

Yeah, plenty of blogs and cookbooks preach about how to eat more kale, why ginger fights inflammation, and how to cook with microgreens and nettles. But they are dull or pretentious as hell–and most people can’t afford the hype.

Thug Kitchen lives in the real world. In their first cookbook, they’re throwing down more than 100 recipes for their best-loved meals, snacks, and sides for beginning cooks to home chefs. (Roasted Beer and Lime Cauliflower Tacos? Pumpkin Chili? Grilled Peach Salsa? Believe that sh*t.) Plus they’re going to arm you with all the info and techniques you need to shop on a budget and go and kick a bunch of ass on your own.

This book is an invitation to everyone who wants to do better to elevate their kitchen game. No more ketchup and pizza counting as vegetables. No more drive-thru lines. No more avoiding the produce corner of the supermarket. Sh*t is about to get real.

Buy this book from Amazon

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Fruits and veggies could be the key to living longer

Fruits and veggies could be the key to living longer

Organic fruits and veggies are the key to living longer

(NC) We’re living longer than ever, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States. The average life expectancy south of the border is now just shy of 80 – coming in at 78.8 years of age.

So, what’s behind this positive trend? According to the CDC, people are living healthier lives and that includes eating better and exercising more. The result has been a reduction in cancer rates, heart disease and strokes.

We can all remember our parents urging us to eat our fruits and vegetables if we wanted to grow up big and strong. As it turns out, they were right. Studies show that people who eat diets with plenty of fruits and vegetables can significantly reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke.

In Canada, we have access to abundant supplies of produce all year round. Part of the reason for this is modern agricultural innovations, like crop protection products, that help farmers produce abundant yields.

In fact, in Canada, some 65 per cent of vegetable crops would be lost to weeds, insects or diseases without pesticides. Similarly, almost 70 per cent of fruit crops would be lost.

And pesticides are thoroughly regulated by Health Canada to ensure they are safe so Canadians can enjoy their daily dose of fruit and veggies without a worry. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency most produce in Canada has absolutely no detectable levels of pesticide residue on them and in cases where they do, the amount present is much too small to have any negative impact.

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How to stock the ultimate home bar

How to stock the ultimate home bar

What drinks to stock a home bar

(NC) Building a fully stocked bar can be an intimidating and lengthy process when hosting a party, especially with so many options. First step: Prepare a list ahead of time and set an exact budget.

Bar and cocktail consultant Aaron Beaudoin has teamed up with Molson Canadian 67 to offer some guidance. These quick tips will make sure that you’re equipped with the know-how and the proper supplies before the party begins:

• Typically there is an average divide of consumption among party guests: 40% beer, 40% wine and 20% spirits. Plan your shopping list this way.

• Once you have the split determined, establish how long the party will be and go on the assumption that there will be 1 to 2 drinks consumed per person, per hour. The first place you need to start is with beer, so consider these varieties:

• Lager – Canada’s most popular beer style is lager, so it is important that you have some on hand for your guests. Be sure to stock a low-alcohol choice like a 12-pack of Molson Canadian 67. This one is also low in calories with a clean, crisp, fresh taste.

• Taster Packs – Perfect for parties, a taster pack allows you to easily get a variety of different beer styles. For example, Rickard’s Taster Pack (12 x bottles) contains red, white, dark and blonde to round out your beer selection.

• Add cider. It continues to increase in popularity, especially for people who might have trouble with gluten. Recommended is Strongbow Cider in 440 millilitre cans (x8).

• If your party starts off with a dinner, be sure to have a selection of wine on hand to pair with the meal such as:
• Chardonnay white
• Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon red
• Top off the bar with a selection of the most popular liquors for your guests to enjoy responsibly throughout the evening, such as:
• Vodka
• Bourbon
• Scotch Whisky
• Rum
• Gin
• Cream liqueur

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Let in-season produce tantalize your menu

Thai Florida Grapefruit Curry

Thai Florida Grapefruit Curry – see recipe below

(NC) Why not turn your go-to dishes into crowd-pleasing masterpieces by mixing and matching unexpected ingredients? For example, experimenting with in-season produce and international classics can help upgrade your regular stir-fry into a unique Thai curry, a simple meal with a complex depth of flavour.

“Buying in-season produce will ensure that you have the freshest and most flavourful ingredients for a delicious meal,” says Emily Richards, a home economist. “In Canada, we are lucky to have access to fresh in-season produce from Florida even in the winter months. For example, this time of year is peak season for Florida grapefruit, and although it might not look like it from the exterior, this fruit is the sweetest and juiciest variety in the world.”

Florida’s unique fertile soil and lush subtropical climate provide ideal growing conditions for grapefruit to thrive. Growers there have knowledge plus experience – and the lush citrus groves produce the fresh juicy taste that is inside every Florida grapefruit.

This spicy curry enhanced by the grapefruit is easy to make and even easier to enjoy, with flavours of sweet, tangy, spicy and creamy. It’s a perfect combination to serve up at dinner time, and the harmonious blend of zest, spice and texture is sure to surprise and impress every palate.

Richards adds, “I particularly like the recipe because the curry blend offers a balance of warm spicy and sweet flavours that help make this dish memorable and will leave your family and guests wanting more. Grapefruit is a healthy, versatile ingredient and adding it to this dish not only adds a pop of natural sweetness, but also essential vitamins and nutrients.”

More information and additional recipes are available at www.facebook.com/FloridaGrapefruitCA.

Thai Florida Grapefruit Curry

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tbsp (15 ml) canola oil
1 shallot, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 ml) Thai green curry paste
1 small Thai chili pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 tsp (2 ml) grated Florida grapefruit rind
1/3 cup (75 ml) Florida ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup (125 ml) coconut milk
2 tbsp (30 ml) fish sauce
1 lb (454 g) large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 Florida ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segmented
2 tbsp (30 ml) chopped fresh cilantro or mint
1 tsp (5 ml) cornstarch
1 tsp (5 ml) water
3 cups (750 ml) cooked basmati rice

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How To Get The Sizing For Wedding Cakes Right?

Almost every bride wants the largest, most beautiful cake to grace their wedding. Some brides don’t even care how the cake tastes, just as long as it looks beautiful. That said in the majority of cases brides do not need an unusually large cake. Even if the size of the reception is a hundred people a super large cake is still too much. There are many different types of cake designs like pillars that have tiers set on them that are designed to give the illusion of a cake that is not as large as it looks.

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