Review of littleshu1

Today, I’m going to do something new, review a blog about sports. Don’t worry! I will be back to cooking soon. To be more specific this blog is about all types of sports and what happens in the day to day sports news. The blog is written by Nate Shuler. Shuler has written a very educational, organized, and informative blog about sports. He has discussed basketball, soccer, football,and snowboarding. He follows the current flow of sports news.

The layout is colorful with the use of different reds. He makes his blog very visually dynamic with the use of pictures. I would highly suggest this blog to any sports followers. Shuler keeps his blog current with the latest sports news. The content of his blog is very readable and he is very invested in how his readers sway in a game. He has made a poll about who you think will win the series… the lightening or the red wings. His how to kick a soccer ball is very informative and easy to follow. His other posts are extremely informative and fact based. Because of all of these things, I would highly recoment this blog to any sports fan that is an extremest or just likes to know how a game went. If you want to know more about his blog or to check it out go  to https://littleshu1.wordpress.com/

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I have.

Vegan Mac & Cheese

Vegans get a bad rap for not having good food. Well, contrary to common belief, vegans have very delicious food.

So, if you want to try it, here is a recipe for vegan Mac & Cheese.

Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces dried macaroni (or about 2⅔ cups)
  • 1 cup peeled/diced yellow potatoes (or russets)
  • ¼ cup peeled/diced carrots
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • ¾ cup water (preferably use liquid from pot of boiled veggies)
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¾ to 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch paprika

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni al dente, according to package instructions (usually requires boiling for 6-8 minutes in salted water), drain, and set aside.
  2. Bring several cups of water to boil in a small pot. Place chopped potatoes, carrots, and onion in the boiling water, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and soft enough to blend. Cooking time will vary slightly, based on how small you have chopped your veggies.
  3. When veggies are soft enough to blend, use a slotted spoon to remove them from cooking water, and place them in your blender. Add ¾ cup of that cooking water to your blender, along with your remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour sauce over your cooked macaroni noodles in a dish of your choice, taste for salt, and serve immediately.
  6. Or, place macaroni mixture in a baking dish, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, or until crumbs are turning golden brown.

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Fiji

When people think of Fiji they normally think of the water. However, they have many delicious delicacies.

Fiji coconut buns are one of those delicacies.They go great with hot cuppa.

Yield: 15 buns

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of flour
  • 3 tsp dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2.1oz butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 milk
  • 2 cups coconut milk

Directions:

  1. To make the buns place the flour, yeast and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Melt the butter and add the milk. When warm add the egg and beat well.
  3. Pour this into the flour mix and form into a soft dough.
  4. Turn out and knead until smooth and shiny – about 10 minutes.
  5. Place in an oiled bowl and roll the dough around until its covered in the oil.
  6. Cover with cling wrap and leave until double in size.
  7. Turn out and knock down. Divide into 15 pieces and shape each into a smooth bun shape.
  8. Place in greased/oiled cake pan so they are just touching and set aside to rise again until doubled in size.
  9. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  10. Pour over coconut milk. It should just cover the buns. Bake for 35-40 mins or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from oven and eat while still warm.

Here is the finished product!

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. The All Recipe website has an amazing recipe.

Make: 1x 7 by 11 inch dish

Prep Time: 35 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Ready In: 5 hrs

Ingredients:

  1. 6 egg yokes
  2. 3/4 white sugar
  3. 2/3 cup milk
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  5. 1 1/4 heavy cream
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 lb mascarpone cheese
  8. 1/4 cup of strong brewed coffee, room temp
  9. 2 tbsp rum
  10. 2 (3 oz) package of lady finger cookies
  11. 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well blended. Whisk in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently for 1 minute, remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Cover tightly and chill in refrigerator 1 hour.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form. Whisk mascarpone into yolk mixture until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, combine coffee and rum. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise and drizzle with coffee mixture.
  4. Arrange half of soaked ladyfingers in bottom of a 7×11 inch dish. Spread half of mascarpone mixture over ladyfingers, then half of whipped cream over that. Repeat layers and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours, until set.

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What Makes a Restaurant Great

The Village Inn, Macaroni Grill, Chef’s Table, Chipotle, Brio and Panera are all thriving food establishes in our society today. Some are well known, some have awards for best food, and some have been around for years and continue to grow. What makes these restaurants great, you may ask? Well, all of them have exceptional food, the overall experience is phenomenal, and they all have a unique quality to them that makes people want to continue to return.

Let’s start with the obvious, the food. When thinking of a great restaurant, people immediately think of the food. A flavorful salad, a juicy steak, or even the delicious dessert you had at the end of the meal that brought everything home. High quality flavor, texture, or a taste that makes people come back again and again. Also, the consistency in the chef; the chef should work well with the kitchen and the staff to provide its customers with exceptional food every time. Likewise, in society today, people want organic or homegrown vegetables and meat that is “free range”.  Chipotle’s “Food with Integrity” campaign is the best example of this. Chipotle’s owner, Steve Ells, wanted to create a business where the environment, animals, or people are not harmed. His company embarked on a process of removing all steroids, added hormones, and pesticides from the food. Yes it is expensive and yes it costs more, but Ells did not care about the cost; he cared about the vision he wanted his company to be.

Next, is the experience. When people enter a restaurant, they don’t want to see trash everywhere, or be served by hostile staff. People want a clean environment and a warm, welcoming smile. People want to have their food and drinks served on time and politely. The waiters should have extensive knowledge on the menu, be able to answer any questions asked, and be able to handle common crisis that happen in a restaurant. Another part of the experience is that a restaurant should never, I mean never, run out of an item. This disappoints and upsets the costumer; it makes them have a negative abdication towards the restaurant.  Some don’t mind a not so great looking restaurant for cheap great food. However, when the price of an entree -20 dollars and higher- increases people expect more. It’s a courtesy to offer plush seats, coat check, enough table room to hold everything, descent parking, vegetarian and or vegan options, a wine list with verity, descent restrooms, and the list goes on. When people go to higher scale restaurants, they expect these certain things. That all ties in to the overall experience that a person has when they visit a restaurant.

Finally, the uniqueness is equally important as the rest. If a restaurant has all the same qualities as another, it may be overlooked or ignored.  A good restaurant should have one or more distinctive qualities about it. For example at certain Village Inn’s they offer a charging locker. What that is, is you can pay a certain amount to get a mini locker to charge your iPhone while you eat. You have the key, making it safe. Another example is Macaroni Grill; it has common Italian phrases playing, so you can try to say them out with your table.  Chipotle has upbeat music always on; it makes the vibe positive yet relaxing. When Ells created the first Chipotle, he was on a tight budget. So, he had to use inexpensive hardware materials such as plywood and barn metal. When the industry began to grow Ells saw no need to change the design. That’s why Chipotle’s around the world have the same unique style. In the book Contagious by Jonah Berger, he talks about why things catch on. One of the topics is on the restaurants unique qualities. An example in the book was a mysterious restaurant in New York that opens through a telephone booth. A person wanting to enter would pick up the phone and call using the secret number. If the restaurant is busy then it will go to voicemail, however, if not, the door will open and you will be allowed in. All of these examples possess some unique quality. That is one reason why they have thrived in the business of restaurant owning.

In conclusion, there are three things that stand out when owning a restaurant: the food, the atmosphere/ experience, and the unique qualities that the establishment has. These restaurants are willing to test out new things. May it be food or how the restaurant is perceived, but these curtail changes are what keep people coming back. Companies that have these things have grown to become enterprises because society today is always looking for the newest thing. Through the uniqueness and word of mouth, these companies have thrived and are able to serve thousands of people every day.

Top 8 Restaurants

8. The Village Inn:

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The Village Inn was founded in 1958. The whole idea was to provide exceptional food with friendly success. They have accomplished that and much more; with about 200 restaurants around the United States. They are known for their buttermilk pancakes, eggs cooked to order, and a fresh,hot pot of coffee at every table.

7. Panera Bread:

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Panera Bread was founded in Missouri in 1987. Panera Bread is a bakery-chain casual restaurant. They are located all around the United States and Canada. They offer soups, salad, pasta, breads, pastries, and so much more!

6. The Cheesecake Factory:

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The Cheesecake Factory is so much more that just whats in its name, Cheesecake. Founded in 1978 the Cheesecake factory has expanded to across the United States.

5. PF Chang’s:

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P.F. Chang’s is all about exploring taste. They constantly change the menu offering new and exciting tastes and textures. Exploring not only with food but with there drinks as well. P.F. Chang’s also has a gluten free option.

4. Macaroni Grill:

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Macaroni Grill was founded in 1988. Macaroni grill prides itself on the total Italian package. From the moment you walk in the door, its like you have transported into Italy. the casual music and lighting gives the whole feel of the restaurant a calming feel.

3. Brio:

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Brio Tuscan Grill serves fresh ingredients, exquisite flavors, a lively experience, and an Italian feel. Brio is owned by the company Bravo and is accompanied by Bon Vie Bistro and Bravo Cucina Italiana. If you stop in for a quick bite or are celebrating life, love; Brio will give you an unforgettable experience.

2. Chef’s Table:

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The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater Hotel is located in old Winter Garden, Florida. The chefs meet you at your table to make sure your order is cooked to perfection. You can even look into the open kitchen to see your chef at work! They also offer a tasting room and a bar.

1. Chipotle:

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Chipotle is not just about the food, its about the whole experience. Upbeat music is always on, it makes the vibe positive yet relaxing. When Ells created the first Chipotle, he was on a tight budget. So, he had to use inexpensive hardware materials such as plywood and barn metal. When the industry began to grow Ells saw no need to change the design. That’s why Chipotle’s around the world have the same unique style. What is also unique about Chipotle is the “Food with Integrity” campaign.

  • I hope this helps with trying to decide where to eat out! if you want more information on the restaurants, click on the name by the corresponding number!

Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an easy appatizer to make. This paticular recipe requires balsamic. Balsamic gives the recipe an extra spice factor that make the overall taste extravagant.

Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredience:

  1. 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  2. 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  3. 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  4. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  7. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. 1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced

Directions:

    1. In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Serve on toasted bread slices.

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England

Here is an amazingly delicious recipe for scones. They are yummy and very simple!

Yield: 12 scones

Ingredience:

  • 2 cups of flour (preferably cake flour)
  • 4 tbs of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs butter, room temp
  • 1egg, lightly beaten
  • Milk, enough to add up to 3/4 cup with added egg
  • 1 egg extra

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 deg F.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add butter and rub in with fingers until it resembles crumbs.
  4. Beat egg lightly, pour into a measuring cup, and add milk — you can use buttermilk instead — to make up 3/4 cup liquid.
  5. Add liquid slowly to dry ingredients while mixing. You should have a soft dough, but not wet or very sticky.
  6. Sprinkle flour on a wooden board or working surface. Turn dough out on that. Pat out lightly with fingers until about 1 1/2 inch flat, or a little less.
  7. Press out rounds about 2 1/2 inches across.
  8. Gather excess dough and repeat process.
  9. Beat extra egg well.
  10. Put the scones on a greased tin, use a pastry brush and brush with the beaten egg.
  11. Bake for about 13 minutes until well risen and golden.
  12. To serve, best use them quickly. Coffee shops keep making up batches, so as to serve them almost hot from the oven.
  13. To eat, break open while hot or warm, and eat with cream and different jams.

All you need now is English Breakfast Tea, a good book, and a warm blanket to relax and enjoy an English delicacy.

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