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Carrot Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

These keto-friendly spiced carrot muffins are moist and tender – and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Prep Time:  15 Minutes Cook Time:  20 Minutes Yield: 12 Muffins Ingredients: Muffins: 2 1/4 cups almond flour 1/4 cup coconut flour 1/4 cup All-Purpose Bakeable Blend Stevia Sweetener 2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt Pinch ground cloves 3 eggs 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled 1 tsp orange zest 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup packed shredded carrots 1/2 cup chopped pecans Frosting: 8 oz plain brick-style cream cheese 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup Pyure Organic Confectioners Stevia Blend 1 tsp vanilla extract Instructions: Muffins:  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, All-Purpose Bakeable Blend, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and clove

Online Grocery Sales Return to Record Highs in March (Up 43% Compared to Last Year)

  by KRISHNA THAKKER American consumers continue to embrace online grocery shopping with open arms after the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we shop, live, and work. According to a recent survey from Brick Meets Click and Mercatus reported on by Grocery Dive, online grocery sales in the U.S. rose $1.3 billion to $9.3 billion in March after a dip in sales in February. Compared to last year, online sales grew 43% in March.  The survey also found that 69.3 million households placed one or more online orders in March, compared to 74.5 million households last March when the pandemic first started and restrictions first went into effect. This shows that even as things are opening back up, grocery e-commerce is still going strong.  Pickup orders are up 12% and delivery orders are up 23% compared to last March. The survey shows that pickup is the dominant way today’s online grocery orders in the U.S. are received. Grocers have tapped into this trend by building out stronger pickup service

American Honey Contains Radioactive Fallout from Atomic Bombs (But Seriously Don't Worry About It)

  New research demonstrates the unexpected ways "legacy pollutants" can work their way through the environment. By  Mike Pomranz   April 23, 2021 Sometimes the ways in which decisions made by previous generations still affect us today are obvious: In the 1950s, America approved the Interstate Highway System and we still drive on it now. But other repercussions aren't as readily apparent. The 1950s also saw an uptick in nuclear weapons testing and, unsettlingly enough, traces of the fallout from that era can still be found today in jars of honey. "I'm not trying to tell people they shouldn't eat honey. I feed my kids honey," stressed Jim Kaste, an associate professor at William & Mary's Department of Geology and co-author of the recent study, announcing the findings. "I eat more honey now than I did when I started this project." Instead, the paper—published in the journal  Nature Communications —is intended to demonstrate the long-lastin

American Tiramisu "Cheesecake" Recipe

  1 (8 ounce/225g) package cream cheese 1 (3.4 ounce/96g) box instant French Vanilla pudding mix 1 1/2 cups/375ml  milk 1 (8 ounce/225g) container Cool Whip, thawed 1 package crispy biscotti lady fingers 2 cups/500ml cooled strong brewed coffee* 1/4 cup/60ml dark cocoa powder Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Whisk together the pudding and milk. Let it set slightly before adding to the cream cheese. Beat until creamy again. Fold in the Cool Whip gently. Dip the lady fingers in the coffee one at a time and place them in the bottom of a 10-inch square baking pan. Once you have the bottom covered in cookies, spread half the cheesecake mixture on top. Repeat with another layer of cookies and top with the rest of the cheesecake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and cut into 16 squares. *To make this an adult version, use 1 1/2 cups strong coffee and 1/2 cup brandy or Kahlua to dip the cookies in. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach +

Whitefish Greek Style Recipe

  4 firm fish fillets ½ cup olive oil ¾ cup lemon juice 1 tsp chopped or whole mint ½ tsp salt 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ¼ cup Greek olives cut in half Lemon wedges Butter a sheet pan. Blend the olive oil, lemon juice, chopped mint, salt and pepper. Beat with a wire whisk. Place the fillets the sheet pan. Spoon the sauce over each fillet and broil 3-4 minutes per side basting twice. Turn over and repeat for other side. Fish should flake easily at touch of fork. Garnish with olives and lemon wedges. personal chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach www.yadachef.com info@yadachef.com | 954-367-YADA (9232)

The Ancient Roots of Greek Souvlaki, the World’s First Fast Food

  By Philip Chrysopoulos The word “souvlaki” is synonymous with Greek food, whether the term refers simply to grilled meat on a small wooden skewer or the soft pita bread stuffed with meat, tomatoes, onions,  tzatziki,  and French fries. Many would think that  souvlaki  is a type of fast or street food originating from the many years of Ottoman rule in Greece, but this is not true. Archaeological findings and writings clearly show that today’s souvlaki comes from the  ancient Greeks . After all, the seat of the Ottoman Empire was on land that was Greek in ancient times. The origins of souvlaki as slices of meat grilled on a spit date back to ancient Greece. This food, known as  obeliskos ( the diminutive of  obelos – “ spit”), was even mentioned in the works of Aristophanes, Xenophon, Aristotle and others. A dish of bread stuffed with meat which resembles the way pita souvlaki is served today with pita bread was also attested to by Athenaeus in his “Deipnosophistae.” Researcher George

Food For Thought: Your Diet And The Environment

  LEARNING WITH FOOD, DELICIOUS! Educators everywhere can attest, if a lesson or activity involves snacks, students perk up with excitement. We rely on food to keep our bodies and minds strong and healthy, but not everyone understands where our food comes from. Earth Day Network’s  Foodprints for the Future Campaign  educates students around the world on where our food comes from and the impacts our food system has on the environment and vulnerable communities. The environmental and social impacts of the food system are multifaceted. When you combine the emissions from food waste, livestock, deforestation and transportation, the global food system is responsible for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions. Not only are the emissions fueling climate change, but the system disproportionately neglects low-income communities and developing countries. As awareness of impacts increases, so does the variety of alternative diet options. Food presents a great opportunity to engage students in

Why Use the Nutrition Facts Label

  Proper nutrition is essential at every stage of life. The Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages is a valuable tool to help people make more informed decisions about the nutritional content of the foods they plan to purchase and eat.  The Nutrition Facts label clearly identifies: Servings Per Container Serving Size Number of Calories Per Serving The percentage of the Daily Value for each nutrient in a serving of the food Nutrient content All of this information is useful in choosing healthier foods and reducing the risk of diet-related chronic disease. Most people exceed the recommended limits for saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars, so the Nutrition Facts label can help you reduce consumption. There are other nutrients, such as dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium, that many people do not consume enough of. Checking the label can help you identify foods high in these nutrients to eat more of. So next time you’re trying to decide what to eat, check

Walnut Skordalia Recipe

  Enjoy a traditional Greek dip known as walnut skordalia made with walnuts, stale bread and lots of garlic. Put it on your veggies, spread it on your wraps - once you've tasted this fantastic creation, you'll be making it again and again. It's easy to prepare and takes no time at all to whip up. Ingredients 100   g   walnuts   shelled 50   g   bread  stale, with crusts removed 3   cloves   garlic 2   tsp   red wine vinegar 60   ml   olive oil   extra virgin 1   pinch   salt 1   pinch   pepper Instructions Take your bread and dip it into some water-remove it immediately and squeeze out all the excess water. Place the bread, garlic, walnuts, olive oil and red wine vinegar in a food processor and blend until it forms a paste. Add salt and pepper to taste, mix well and transfer to another bowl. Drizzle with a little olive oil on top and serve immediately. Notes Keep covered in the refrigerator for a few days. Double the recipe to make more if you wish. SOUVLAKI for the SOUL pr

National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day – April 12, 2021

  Crispy bread and melted cheese. How can something that tastes so good be this simple? Welcome to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12! What’s the secret? We asked Aaron Christenson, the owner of a small Central Oregon restaurant which won a recent readers’ poll in the categories of “Best Kids Menu” and “Best Family Restaurant.” His response? “A perfect grilled cheese has to have a super crispy exterior, brushed with garlic oil. Lots of melty cheese in the center. Thick cut, handmade bread is a must!” And there you have it. Now get grilling. NATIONALTODAY private chefs and event catering Miami + Miami Beach + Fort Lauderdale + Palm Beach info@yadachef.com | 954-367-YADA (9232) www.yadachef.com fort lauderdale catering and personal chefs

Here’s How to Juice a Lemon Without Cutting It (Yes, It’s Possible)

by ASHLEY ABRAMSON   published   APR 2, 2021   How to Get Lemon Juice Without Cutting a Lemon, According to TikTok As with most of my kitchen hacks, this one began on TikTok. It gained popularity early on in the pandemic, and when it recently resurfaced on my feed, I took it as a sign that it was time to give it a shot. Here’s how it works. Roll out your lemon . You have to  really  roll out your lemon — it should be pretty soft when you’re done. This helps break down the membrane, making it easier to juice. Pierce the non-stem side of the lemon with a wooden skewer . According to the above TikTok video, it looks like the skewer should go in about two inches. Take the skewer out and squeeze. That’s it! No seeds, no mess, no sad half-squeezed lemon that is destined to wither away. Here’s What Happened When I Tried This Trick at Home I started by rolling my lemon for about 30 seconds on my countertop, pressing firmly with my palm as I went. Then, the fun part: I stuck the wood skewer (po