The Top 10 Best Italian Dishes to Make at Home

Every holiday, you and your family celebrate the season with the same old meal: turkey. Whether it is Thanksgiving or Christmas, turkey is usually the centrepiece on the dinner table. But why stick to this cliché meal for the upcoming holiday feast? You shouldn’t. In fact, ‘tis the season for a little bit of experimentation with the best Italian dishes. It’s time for a little bit of exotic adventure, and for a little bit of satisfying your taste buds.

There is no other type of cuisine that you would want to take advantage of this holiday season than Italian food. While a pasta dish isn’t exactly something you’d want to serve your adult kids, their spouses, and Jack from the mailroom, you can try a casserole or some other baked dish instead of a more traditional Bolognese or spaghetti and meatballs.

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The Wine Guide: 8 Best Wine Selection Tips from a Wine Lover

Deciding on which wine to choose can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t really know what you’re trying to pick out. With these basic wine selection tips, you’ll at least be able to let go of some of the anxiety that you may currently have when picking out wine, and over time you can develop an understanding for your preferences which will help you decide more easily.

Wine preferences are very personal, so you can’t let others tell you what is and isn’t good. The following wine selection tips will help you make an informed decision:

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9 Restaurant Etiquette for Fancy Dining Places

When you’re eating in the comfort of your home, anything goes! Although, from time to time, you’ll want to eat out with a special someone, family or friends. Whenever you go out to eat, you can’t exactly do what you’d do at home, which means restaurant etiquette applies.

Some restaurant etiquette may seem obvious, such as don’t chew with your mouth open or play with your food, while others are less obvious. To clear up confusion about what you should and shouldn’t do at a restaurant, the following are the restaurant etiquette in fancy dining places:

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Diet for Seniors: Top 10 Healthy Foods for Senior Citizens

A healthy diet for seniors is essential, especially for adults over the age of 65. According to the World Health Organization, most diseases suffered by the elderly are due to lack of a proper diet. For example, diabetes and osteoporosis are linked to a lack or excess of micronutrients, and cancer of the colon, pancreas, and prostate are linked to a diet high in fat.

A healthy meal will have carb-rich foods like rice or sweet potato, protein-rich foods like chicken, beans, and salmon, and fruits and vegetables. Look for meals that have these nutrients: omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, fibre, water, iron, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B12, potassium, and magnesium.

Let’s look at some foods that are good for those over 65, and then we will discuss some of the barriers to eating a healthy diet. The following are the top ten foods to include in a healthy diet for seniors:

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7 Best Pizza Topping Combinations (Unique and Delicious!)

Everyone is familiar with the traditional pizza toppings, but after a while these combinations can get boring which means it’s time to spice your pizza up! One of the things that makes any style of food great is pairing flavours that complement each other to make a unique taste. A great feature of pizza is virtually anything can be added as a topping, the combinations are unlimited!

As my fellow foodies are probably aware, there are five preliminary flavours: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and savory, these flavours can be mixed and matched to produce unique tastes. There are secondary characteristics of food flavours too, such as fattiness, texture and spiciness among many others. When experimenting with pizza toppings, try to use topping with different characteristics for the best results.

When you  use the combination of various food characteristics, you can produce an excellent tasting yet original pizza. Below are the seven best pizza topping combinations for a unique and delicious pizza:

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7 Nutritious and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Toddlers

In addition to getting food into their belly, there are three primary goals for your toddler’s morning breakfast: it needs to be fast to make, it needs to be full of nutrients, and it needs to be imbibed in minutes (who has time these days to sit at the breakfast table discussing Peppa the Pig?).

If you achieve these three things, then your day has gotten off to a great start. On the other hand, if you’re turning to a bowl of cereal and a glass of water for your kid’s breakfast, then you know your day hasn’t begun the way you envisioned when you woke up from your three-hour slumber.

So, when you’re out of ideas what to make for your two-year-old, here are seven nutritious and healthy breakfast ideas for toddlers:

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5 Tips for Drinking Red Wine Like a Pro

There is an old quote about wine: “Wine is the only art work you can drink.”

Isn’t that the truth? It takes manpower, preparation, craft, and acumen to develop red wine. Once that artwork is poured into your glass, you must make it an experience like no other; in the same way you examine the juxtaposition of colours in a painting at a museum.

So, how exactly do you enjoy a glass of red wine, especially if you’re a neophyte? Here are five tips for drinking and buying red wine like a pro and impressing your friends at the same time:

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Kitchen Overhaul: 4 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen Equipment

Whether you own a restaurant, hotel, coffee shop, or catering company, you know you need quality commercial kitchen equipment to meet your customers’ expectations and continue running your business smoothly.

How long ago did you buy your kitchen equipment? Did you buy it used? Commercial kitchen equipment, although high-quality and long-lasting, won’t last forever. Even with proper maintenance, the equipment will start to malfunction or it’ll break down on you. Eventually, it’ll need to be replaced so you can continue to operate and grow your business.

Of course, you don’t want to wait until your equipment has completely broken down—you don’t want to be scrambling to find new equipment at the last minute, while also being forced to close down until new appliances can be bought and installed.

Not sure if it’s time to upgrade your kitchen equipment yet? Consider these sure-fire signs your commercial kitchen equipment is at the end of its life.

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How to Cook the Perfect Pizza: 6 Key Features You’ll Want in a Pizza Oven

Summers are short for many Canadians so when the weather is warm, most people take advantage of the balmy temperatures by hosting outdoor barbeques, parties, and cookouts. While it might be hard to imagine sitting on the patio during the first months of the New Year, it’s never to early to start planning for that perfect backyard entertainment area.

A trending addition to many external living spaces is the installation of an outdoor pizza oven. The external cook wares are not only stylish, but offer a mouth watering variety of pizza and dining options for regular, irregular or special occasion outside dinner dates. But before you run off to buy that exterior cooking appliance, there are a few things you should consider first.

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Healthy Snacks: 6 Nutritional Benefits of Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are pretty impressive, there’s no doubt about it. These little guys can have so many positive effects on your health. They are sometimes referred to as linseeds and are small and brown or golden. They are the richest source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids.

3 tablespoons of flaxseed contain 8 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein as well as vitamin B6, potassium, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus! This popular health food store staple contains even more goodies which make it a pretty amazing food source. Here are some of the benefits of consuming flaxseeds.

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