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The most popular Italian dishes

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Let’s clear the air: 1) Italian dishes are more than pasta and pizza, 2) Italian pasta and pizza isn’t what most people think it is, and 3) Yeah, Italian pasta and pizza is amazing, but so are other Italian dishes. So, without further ado, here are some of the most popular  Italian dishes with their proper descriptions:

  • Pasta. Want pasta delivered to your doorstep? Check out Gigi’s Pasta. Saying “Italian pasta” is like saying “bread.” What kind of pasta? With what toppings? With what type of sauce? The fact is, different regions in Italy are famous for different types of pasta, and each chef and home cook puts their own spin on those pastas. The following are two examples of the literal thousands of pasta variations that Italy is famous for
    • Spaghetti alla Carbonara, for example, is most famous in the Vatican City region and is made with toppings of eggs, bacon, cheese, pepper, and chili pepper.
    • Tagliatelle al ragù alla Bolognese is famous in the Bologna region. Tagliatelle is a long, flat, egg-based pasta served with sauce that includes beef, pancetta (salt-cured and dried pork-belly strips), butter, carrots, celery, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Pizza. Like pasta, pizza comes in innumerable varieties in Italy.
    • Margherita pizza is famous in the Naples region and is generally made with a thin crust and a topping of olive oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. 
    • La pizza Napoletana is famous in the Napoli region. The crust is made with wheat flour, yeast, salt, and water. As such, the dough requires 24 hours to properly rise. The specialty here is definitely in the crust, which is a fluffier variety than Margherita pizza crust, and can be topped with various ingredients. 
  • Arancini are breadcrumb-coated fried rice balls that are often stuffed with ragù, tomato sauce, mozzarella, and peas. Like other Italian dishes, the ingredients differ regionally.
    • Arancini con ragù is popular in Sicily and generally contains tomato sauce, rice, and mozzarella.
    • Arancini con burro originates in Naples and contains creamy béchamel sauce (white sauce).
  • Lasagne is originally accredited to the Naples area and consists of layers of lasagne pasta, cheese, ground meat, vegetables, varieties of sauces (like ragù, béchamel, or tomato sauce).
  • Osso buco alla Milanese’s base ingredient is veal shanks, which are braised in white wine. The veal is topped with vegetables and gremolata (parsley, garlic, and lemon). Many diners enjoy consuming the bone marrow after eating the main dish. As the name suggests, this dish originates in the Milan region. 
  • Prosciutto is best known in the central and northern regions of Italy, though variations throughout the country certainly exist. In this region, though, prosciutto is most frequently made with sliced, dry-cured ham and served with pasta, cheese, or sweet melon. 
  • Ribollita translates to “rebioled” and comes with the most variations as it is soup  traditionally made of unfinished food from other meals. The primary ingredients are water, bread, and vegetables, though it can also sometimes contain meat. This dish is especially popular in the Tuscany region of Italy. 
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Keto Grilled Cheese That Tastes Like The Real Thing

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There are many hard things about eating healthy, especially when you are sticking to a specific plan. Some recipes are incredibly complicated. Sometimes you just want something comforting and straightforward. We will go through everything you need to know about making a keto-friendly grilled cheese that will satisfy your craving without stressing you out.

The Right Stuff

Having a “healthy” grilled cheese may seem like an oxymoron. They are typically high in salt, fat, and carbs. Fortunately, those who follow the keto diet know that fat doesn’t have to be wrong. The most important part for you to keep your meal keto-friendly and your diet on track is to choose the right bread. 

Long gone are the days of nutrient deficient, high carb bread. When selecting your bread, of course, make sure the carb count is low (look for something in the two carbs per slice range) and the fiber count is high. Fiber has many health benefits as well as helps you feel full and satisfied. You also want to look for bread that has protein. Yes, it’s real! Protein is vital for building muscle and meeting your other dietary goals.

The only other ingredients you need for a fabulous sandwich are butter and cheese. Seriously! You can make a grilled cheese with any kind of good melting cheese you like. I enjoy combining a slice of sharp cheddar with a piece of muenster or provolone. I might use all three if I have them handy. All that’s left now is butter, and the more, the better in my experience.

Griddle Cheese

Now, there are many ways to make grilled cheese. If you are a person who thinks mayo cooks better than butter and enjoys the flavor, please continue basking in your wrongness. All jokes aside, my favorite way is to coat the bread slices in butter, then cover the old sandwich griddle that belonged to my great granny. I just love getting to use it because it reminds me of all the comfort and love that went into the grilled cheeses my granny made for me as a kid. Half the appeal of grilled cheese, for me at least, is in remembering those childlike feelings. It is comforting food!

If you don’t have an old family heirloom or sandwich press, you can still make a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich with nothing more than a frying pan. If you need to be told how to make a grilled cheese, this is probably your best bet. You can control the temperature and add more butter as it cooks if needed. Unlike hamburgers, if you’re a flipper (I’m so guilty), you can flip until perfection without fear.

Step It Up

There are seemingly endless ways to jazz up grilled cheese. If you’ve burned yourself out on the classic, I have some keto-friendly suggestions:

  • Avocado
  • Bacon
  • Pepperoni
  • Egg
  • Guacamole
  • Pesto
  • Jalapeños
  • Bologna
  • Blue Cheese
  • Feta Cheese

Now that you know a healthy way to work one of your favorite foods back into your diet, it will make sticking to your plan more manageable and way more delicious. The science behind keto says the best diet is high in fat, moderate in protein, and low in carbs. Once you get the right bread, you’re left with a lot of fat, fiber, and protein. Sounds keto (and tasty) to me! Of course, your body still needs carbs, just not nearly as many as we typically consume unrestricted. The perfect bread will always have some carbs, but they are negligible.

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Oat Bars for a Morning Energy Boost

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So, let’s just be real here. A whole lot of us find ourselves lacking in energy most mornings. Sometimes you have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, or maybe you’re just simply not a morning person, but your job needs you there by 7 every morning. Whatever the case may be, most of us could use a little help getting up the energy to carry us through those hours before lunch break. And sometimes, coffee or energy drinks just don’t cut it. That’s when oat bars can come into the mix and rescue you from those dreary early mornings.

Get Breakfast in Without Sacrificing Sleep

So, here’s the situation. A lot of us, know a healthy breakfast is a key to more energy in the morning. But, like… so is sleep, you feel? That’s where an oat bar can enter the equation and provide you with some morning fuel that you don’t have to get up even earlier to consume. 

With all the nutrition but literally zero prep, you can get your nutrients and your sleep, too. Snooze away, night owls. Oat bars have you covered.

Long-Lasting Energy without the Crash

Many of us out there are used to relying on caffeine to give us that boost we so desperately need in the early hours. But caffeine, while wonderful, is fleeting. Eventually, you’re going to come off that high and crash, leaving you more tired than before. Not to mention, the added sugars from energy drinks and sweetened lattes only exacerbate the issue, leaving you with not only a caffeine crash but a sugar crash, as well.

A good oat bar, packed with nutrients and vitamins, can give you longer-lasting energy that’s backed with all-natural energy-boosters like fruits, oats, and proteins. This means you won’t have any drug to crash down from, and you’ll be able to avoid that post-caffeine headache while also avoiding that fight to keep your eyes open at your desk before 11 AM (specific? Maybe. Relatable? Most likely).

A More Healthful Option

With natural, wholesome ingredients, a good quality oat bar will nourish your bod with things like fruits for natural sweetness, oats for brain-feeding carbs, and a natural protein like egg whites, a solid oat bar provides you with all of the nutrients you need and none of the junk you don’t.

Remember that quick convo we had about refined sugars harshing your mellow earlier? Unfortunately, a lot of fast breakfast options come loaded with these artificial sweeteners and flavors. This means that donuts (while delicious) will give you an initial sugar rush, but the effects will be short-lived. Plus, those empty carbs won’t leave you feeling actually satisfied and full, but more bloated and craving more.

A Good Option for Those with Food Sensitivities

In recent years, a lot of us have paid more attention to our gut feelings (literally) and seeing a specialist if we think our diet may be a part of our discomfort. There’s no doubt that what you put in your body has a huge effect on your overall health, and many of us have sensitivities to or trouble digesting things like dairy, gluten, and corn. If you’re one of those people who experience bloating or nausea, or even a food allergy to, one of those commonly-present, sneaky little ingredients, oat bars can be a great option for you. The best of the best oat bars are gluten and lactose-free, making them a perfect fit for most people, no matter what your digestive system can or cannot handle. With nutrition that’s good for you and your body, and oat bar provides you with guilt-free, allergy-free energy that doesn’t leave you bloated or crashing.

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Simple Sourdough Recipe For Beginner Bakers

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Freshly baked Sourdough Bread straight out of the oven and slathered with delicious salted butter has got to be one of life’s greatest pleasures. Perhaps you think that the only way to get your hands on a show stopping sourdough loaf is to head to your local bakery or brunch spot. Well, we’ve got good news for you — baking sourdough bread at home isn’t as complicated or complex as it may seem. 

With just a handful of ingredients such as Flour, Water, Salt and a sturdy stand mixer, you’ll be able to produce the perfect open crumbed loaf day after day. Ready to bake up a storm? Then read on to find out more about how you can embark on your sourdough journey, even if you’re the ultimate novice at bread baking. 

The Mysterious Sourdough Starter 

First up, in order to bake sourdough bread at home, you’re going to need an active and fed starter which replaces the yeast and helps your loaf rise and develop its distinctive sour flavour. Even though it sounds complicated, a sourdough starter is actually simply a mixture of flour and water that is fed on a daily basis and left out for a week in order to encourage the growth of wild yeasts and bacteria. 

If you don’t have a friend whom you can pinch a bit of starter off, you can always buy dehydrated starter flakes online or even just make your own from scratch. Do keep in mind that you will need to prepare your starter one week in advance if you are attempting to start the process yourself. For more information on how to prepare the perfect starter, click here

The Easiest Sourdough Bread 

Ingredients:

  • 150g bubbly, active starter
  • 250g filtered Water 
  • 500g Bread Flour
  • 10g Himalayan Sea Salt 

Tools: 

  • 1 Banneton
  • A Razor Blade or Bread Lame 
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Gallon Sized Ziploc Bag 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the starter, water flour and salt together in a big bowl. Squish everything together with your hands (or with your stand mixer with bread hook attached) until all of the flour is absorbed. 
  1. The dough will be dry and shaggy. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest (autolyse) for 30 minutes or up to 1 hour, if preferred.
  1. After the dough has rested, work the dough in the bowl into a rough ball, about 15 seconds. At this point, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and rest in a warm spot to rise. The dough is ready when it no longer looks dense and has doubled in size. 
  1. This can take anywhere from 3-12 hours depending on the temperature of your kitchen and ingredients along with the potency of your starter.
  1. During this rise, you can choose to perform a series of ‘stretch & folds’ to strengthen the dough. Click here for a step-by-step video tutorial.
  1. Once your dough has doubled in size, remove from the bowl and place onto a floured work surface. You do not need to ‘punch down’ or deflate the dough. 
  1. Starting at the top, fold your dough over toward the centre. Give it a slight turn, and then fold over the next section of dough. Repeat until you have come full circle.
  1. Using a bench scraper, create tension in the dough by turning it in circular motions until the ball of dough is smooth. Flip the dough over and place it seam side down into Dutch oven that has been liberally coated with cornmeal. 
  1. Leave the dough for about 30 minutes to 1 hour and cover with the lid of the pot or a very damp cloth. The dough is ready when it is slightly puffy but not double in size.
  1. Preheat your oven to 250 C for at least 15 minutes. Right before your bread goes into the oven, make a shallow slash with a razor blade or your bread lame about 2 inches long in the centre of the dough. 
  1. Bake for 20 minutes with the lid on and then remove the lid and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Keep in mind that all ovens are different; you might have to make minimal adjustments to these temperatures.
  1. Remove the bread from the oven, and allow to cool thoroughly on a wire rack. Avoid cutting bread when it is too hot as it will be gelatinous in texture. 

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When it comes to homemade sourdough, practice makes perfect and once you have mastered the basics, the varieties and options are endless. We hope that this article has inspired you to get baking homemade sourdough — we’re sure your friends and family won’t complain about it either! 

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Get Alcohol Delivered Straight To Your Door

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Get Alcohol Delivered Straight To Your Door

Even though friends may be welcome to stop by for a visit any time they like, the fridge isn’t always prepared for their arrival. When unexpected guests stop in you no longer have to pretend you’re not home if you have nothing to serve them. Withalcohol delivery you can have all the drinks you want delivered to your home. 

This service has made entertaining so much easier. People never know when extra guests are going to crash the party and being able to have alcohol delivered on short notice means that the host never has to leave their party. They can stay back and enjoy their company. 

Many people are way too burnt out after a long day at work and don’t want to stand in line at a busy liquor store. Alcohol delivery services can bring their favorite drinks straight to them. Having access to such a convenient service has been an absolute lifestyle changer for them.

How Does This Service Work?

This service is made to make life easier for customers. Whether you are too busy to run errands, without wheels, or just too tired to go out, you can still get everything you need for a fun night delivered to your home. 

In order to use this service, customers will need to enter their location to get matched with the right neighborhood. Then all they need to do is shop for their favorite beverages and the delivery service will do the rest. Before they know it, alcohol will be on their doorstep. 

However, everyone must have a valid ID to prove they are over 21 years of age.

What Can We Get?

Alcohol isn’t the only thing people require for a fun night. All the best drinks need ice, mixes, and garnishes. Of course, every good party needs snacks too. Everything needed for a good time can be delivered at no extra cost. After a busy day, you don’t have to wait in lineups anymore. This service can deliver all the goods much faster than you could grab them.

There is such a good selection with alcohol delivery services. Many people have ditched liquor store stops altogether because this service is a lot easier for them to use. It has so much to offer, including:

  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Coolers
  • Liquor
  • Tobacco
  • Mix and Ice
  • Snacks and more!

There is no minimum on what can be ordered. This company is just as happy to deliver a 6 pack and a bag of chips as they are to supply a party with all of the favors. They aim to make life easier for everyone in their service areas.  

Why Choose Delivery Service For Alcohol

Over the past year, many people have been looking into shopping through delivery methods. With crowded stores being such a huge risk factor, people feel safer having their necessities brought to them. The liquor store is one place that always seems to always be crowded, so having a delivery service that can bring these items to people has brought a lot of comfort to their customers.

Final Thoughts

Beat the rush and have your favorite drinks brought straight to your door. This is such a convenient service no matter what your situation is.

  • Unexpected guests?
  • Polish off the last of the beer too quick?
  • Ran out of cigarettes after work?  

Sit back and relax while this delivery service brings all your favorite drinks to your door. Having this service available is an absolute lifestyle game changer. Life is too short to wait in line, especially when there’s a party starting.

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The Best Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

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The Best Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookies are one dessert that everyone will rush towards. Whether it’s grocery shopping or a fun baking session, cookies are the top favorite for every age group. However, finding the perfect gluten-free peanut butter cookie can certainly be a pain. 

So, what makes the best gluten-free peanut butter cookie? Well, today we’ll be taking a look at exactly that. Here are a few things you need to look for in your peanut butter cookies which certainly elevate the experience of devouring everyone’s favorite dessert. 

Let’s take a look at what makes the perfect gluten-free cookie and why you should certainly try them out. 

What Makes The Perfect Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookie?

When you hear the word peanut butter cookie, the first thing that comes to mind is a rich smooth peanut butter cookie that is the perfect blend of the soft texture and the slight crunchy feel. You fall into the hole of peanut paradise that you just want to devour for days on end. 

But, what should be the ingredients in these cookies? What composition ends up making the perfect peanut butter cookie?

Well right off the bat, the finest, premium, and natural ingredients are the ones that will add the deluxe taste to your cookie itself. Of course, preservatives and artificial flavorings are a big no when it comes to opting for healthy gluten-free cookies. 

The best peanut butter cookies are ones that you can enjoy guilt-free. So, try looking for cookies that are made with naturally sourced sugar or ones that are relatively lower in sugar content. This makes them an easy snack that you can eat a lot without feeling guilty. 

Size Matters (For cookies at least)

The worst part of eating the best peanut butter cookie is that it always comes to an end. Sadly, most peanut butter cookies come with insufficient serving amounts that leave you incredibly unsatisfied. So, getting a perfect size is just as essential as getting the right ingredients. 

The perfect size for these cookies is certainly somewhere between 2.5 to 3 ounces, which can be shared with more people if needed. But, if no one else is around, this one cookie is enough to keep you full for some time. That is exactly what you should be looking for in every cookie.

A good way to measure the perfect size of a cookie is by taking it up close to your palm. If it fills the size of your palm, that means it is good enough to keep you fulfilled for an hour or two. Anything smaller will certainly leave you hungry in a while. 

Chunky or Smooth?

Some people prefer chunky peanut bits in their peanut butter cookies while some prefer the smooth center-filled peanut butter-rich cookies. But which one is the best amongst the two? Well, while the choice itself is personal for everyone, here is our brief opinion on both of them. 

Chunky peanut butter cookies bring an element of crunchiness to the otherwise smooth texture of the cookies. They add contrast in the texture and the depth of the flavor itself. One might even say that they add richness to the overall cookie. 

Center-filled cookies are another great option for gluten-free peanut butter cookies. The smooth peanut butter gives you that suave lacy coating all over your taste buds. They truly leave a taste that lingers for long periods so you remember the exquisiteness of the gourmet treat. 

Conclusion

Conclusively, the best gluten-free peanut butter cookies are those that have the same essence of peanut butter while maintaining a while ingredient list. These treats can turn into a healthy snack with the right ingredients so it’s always best to buy them from trusted brands.

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