Sunday, June 29, 2014

#Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

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2 ¼ c. cake flour
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 ½ c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 T. red food coloring
3 oz. marshmallow crème
1/4 c. half-and-half
2/3 c. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate baking chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2 12-cup muffin tins; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together; set aside.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, stir together oil and sugar until well-combined.
4. Stir in eggs and vanilla until well-combined.
5. Add buttermilk and Greek yogurt; stir to combine.
6. Stir in red food coloring until incorporated.
7. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
8. Bake for about 15-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
9. Let cupcakes sit in pan for 5 minutes.
10. Remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
11. Once cupcakes are at room temperature, cut a small wedge out of the top of cupcake.
12. Fill with about 1-2 tablespoons of marshmallow crème.
13. To make the ganache, heat half-and-half together until hot but not boiling.
14. Place chocolate in a bowl, and pour hot half-and-half over the chocolate, stirring until melted.
15. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into ganache, and let the ganache cool until set.
To make cake flour, sift together 2 cups of all-purpose flour with 1/4 cup of cornstarch.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bison Meatballs Recipe

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2 lbs. ground bison
1 14.5-oz can diced (organic and no-salt added) tomatoes
1 6-oz can organic tomato paste
3 garlic cloves (finely diced)
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
1 cup purified water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons paprika (divided)
4 teaspoons cumin (divided)
2 teaspoons sea salt (divided)
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (divided)
¼ cup roasted pistachios (chopped)

In one of your mixing bowls, mix together 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 tablespoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 2 tablespoons thyme. Once spices have been well combined, add in your ground bison.
Using clean hands, grab about 2 tablespoons of bison mixture, roll into a ball and place on large plate. Repeat this step until all bison meat is gone (should yield 12 meatballs).
Place large skillet under medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Once coconut oil has melted, add in onions. Sauté for about 5 minutes; be sure to stir occasionally with wooden spoon.
Add in garlic, 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1-teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and stir until these have combined well with your onions (about 20 seconds).
Add in diced tomatoes, tomato paste and water to your skillet; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat so that sauce is simmering, and place meatballs in skillet. Cover with a lid and let cook for about 40 minutes.
Once the 40 minutes have passed, remove lid and cook for another 20 minutes. Sauce will thicken this way.
Serve meatballs with chopped roasted pistachios.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zebra Cake Recipe

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4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup oil (corn, vegetable or canola)
2 cups maida/all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 tsps baking powder
2 tbsps dark cocoa powder

1 Combine eggs and sugar in a bowl till light and creamy. Add milk, oil and vanilla essence and beat till smooth.
2 In a separate bowl, combine maida and baking pwd. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until the batter is smooth and the dry ingredients are completely incorporated. Do not overbeat.
3 Divide the batter into two. Add the cocoa pwd to one portion and combine well.
4 Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease the baking pan. The most important part is assembling the cake batter in a baking pan. Pour 3 heaped tablespoons of plain batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then pour 3 tablespoons of cocoa batter in the center on top of the plain batter. Continue alternating with plain and cocoa batter without pausing for the batter to spread.
5 Bake for 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake it should come out clean when ready. Remove from the oven. Run a small thin knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake. Leave aside for 15 mts and invert the cake onto a cooling rack. Turn the cake back over and cool further.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The taste of roti on an angeethi is unique. The indian roti is based on the concept of slow cooking. When cooked properly on the angeethi the roti preserves the nutritional value of the wheat, which is usually diminished when the roti is cooked on direct flame. 

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Italian Chicken with Peppers & Onions.

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1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup sliced yellow onion
1 cup sliced green bell pepper
1 pack Knorr® Roasters™ Roasting Bag & Seasoning Blend for Chicken - Garlic Parmesan & Italian Herb


Preheat oven to 350°.
Place chicken and vegetables inside bag, then sprinkle seasoning blend over chicken and vegetables. Twist bag to close tightly, then secure with blue tie about 2-inches below the opening. Turn bag gently to spread seasoning blend over chicken and vegetables. Lay bag flat in 13 x 9-inch baking dish, arrange chicken in single layer.
Bake 35 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before opening. Carefully cut open bag and serve

अगर आपके पास है एलपीजी कनेक्शन तो यह जानकारी जरुर रखिये!

अगर आपके पास है एलपीजी कनेक्शन तो यह जानकारी जरुर रखिये!

क्या आप जानते हैं कि एलपीजी कनेक्शन के साथ आपको इंश्योरेंस का लाभ भी मिलता है। शायद नहीं। दस में आठ उपभोक्ताओं को यह नहीं पता, लेकिन आप जान लें कि एलपीजी कनेक्शन के साथ ही आपका बीमा हो जाता है। गैस सिलेंडर से दुर्घटना होने की स्थिति में आपको 10 से 25 लाख रुपए तक का क्लेम मिल सकता है। इतना ही नहीं सामूहिक दुर्घटना की स्थिति में क्लेम की राशि 50 लाख रुपए तक हो सकती है।

दुर्घटना के बाद इलाज का खर्च कंपनी उठाती है

एलपीजी के सिलेंडर से दुर्घटना होने की स्थिति में दुर्घटनाग्रस्त व्यक्ति के इलाज का सारा खर्च भी कंपनी को उठाना होता है। लेकिन प्रायोगिक रूप से ऐसा नहीं होता। जानकारी के अभाव में न तो उपभोक्ता इसकी सूचना कंपनी को देती है और न ही कंपनी इसमें किसी प्रकार की दिलचस्पी दिखाती है।

उपभोक्ताओं को नहीं दी जाती जानकारी

गैस कनेक्शन के साथ मिलने वाले बीमा की जानकारी उपभोक्ताओं को नहीं दी जाती है। नियमत: गैस एजेंसी संचालकों को चाहिए कि कनेक्शन लेने वाले उपभोक्ताओं को यह बात बताएं। यह अनिवार्य है। लेकिन, ऐसा नहीं किया जाता।

यह है प्रक्रिया

गैस सिलेंडर से दुर्घटना या उसमें मौत होने पर 24 घंटे में एजेंसी और स्थानीय थाने को सूचना देनी होती है। गैस एजेंसी से क्षेत्रीय कार्यालय और वहां से संबंधित बीमा कंपनी को खबर की जाती है। बीमा एजेंसी छानबीन कर बीमा की राशि उपलब्ध कराती है।

आवश्यक शर्तें

> एलपीजी कनेक्शन वैध होना चाहिए।

> एजेंसी द्वारा प्रदत्त पाइप और रेगुलेटर का इस्तेमाल होना चाहिए।

> जहां गैस का इस्तेमाल हो रहा हो, वह जगह संकीर्ण न हो।

> जिस जगह पर गैस का इस्तेमाल होता हो, वहां खुली बिजली का तार न हो।

कनेक्शन के साथ ही उपभोक्ता का बीमा हो जाता है। इसके लिए अलग से कोई प्रक्रिया पूरी नहीं करनी पड़ती है। जहां तक लाभ की बात है, तो क्लेम आने पर निश्चित रूप से कार्रवाई होगी।" - राखी पांडेय, भारत गैस.

"कंपनी थर्ड पार्टी इंश्योरेंस करती है। बीमा की राशि व्यापक छानबीन के बाद किया जाता है। वैसे अब तक इस तरह का मामला सामने नहीं आया है।" - देवजीत, इंडेन गैस.

"बीमा की बहुत जानकारी मुझे नहीं है। लेकिन इतना जानता हूं कि बीमा होता है। क्लेम गैस कंपनी नहीं बीमा कंपनी देती है।" - कमलेश्वर प्रसाद सिन्हा, एचपी गैस.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Discover the #health benefits of spices used regularly in your #kitchen.

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Discover the #health benefits of spices used regularly in your #kitchen.

A kitchen shelf which boasts of bottles containing turmeric (haldi), asefoetida (heeng), cumin seeds (jeera) and the like is a common sight in Indian household. These spices not only add taste to your food but they possess immense health benefits. Here goes a list of health benefits of these humble ingredients used in most Indian kitchens. 

Turmeric: Rich in antioxidants, researchers have discovered the power of turmeric. There are reports that it may help in the fight against cancer. Studies show that it may help prevent Alzheimer's disease and joint inflammation. Turmeric also helps in minimizing liver damages caused by taking excessive alcohol consumption or regular use of pain-killers. And no wonder why grandmothers across the country advise one to have a warm glass of milk with turmeric in case of cold and cough.

Asafoetida: Heeng or asefoetida is strong in taste with its pungent flavour. Add a pinch of heeng while making khatti mithi dal and you can see yourself the change of taste and aroma. This flavoring agent has wonderful health benefits as it helps in digestion. It is useful in the treatment of respiratory disorders like cough, asthma and bronchitis. Asafoetida is considered useful in the treatment of health problems concerning women such as unusually painful and excessive menstruation.

Cumin seeds: Jeera, the humble spice is very popular in most Indian kitchens. Roasted jeera powder can add flavor to a dish. In traditional odiya cuisine, roasted cumin and red chilli is grinded into a fine powder and used to enhance taste. Antiseptic properties of cumin can help fight flu by boosting your immune system. A cup of water boiled with cumin seeds, ginger, basil leaves and honey, can give great relief. Cumin helps control stomach pain, indigestion, diarrhoea, nausea and morning sickness. Cumin seeds also contain a good amount of iron. It's a good idea to include jeera in everyday preparations like parathas, curries, cookies, soups, rice and lentil preparations