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Lemonade in the USA and Canada is a uncarbonated drink, basically made from squeezed lemon juice, water and sugar. It could have artificial sweetener instead of sugar. Then there is alcholic lemonade which also popular is sweetened artificially. There are a lot of variants in lemonade of the fruit nature. These usually consist of raspberries, grapefruit, grapes, red cherry, cranberries, strawberris and grenadine ( Wikipedia - describes grenadine -The Mott's brand "Rose's", by far the most common grenadine brand in the United States, [3] is presently formulated using (in order of concentration): high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, natural and artificial flavors, and FD&C Blue #1.[4]. There are all kinds of variations on lemonade as might be expected, it depends to what country you are referring. There are health benefits to Lemons Lemons have natural healing power. Here is a website that offers 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemons. Some of which are abolishing acne, cankor sore relief, curing corns and callus (something my runners feet could use help with), fight fatigue, healing hypertension, pulverize pain, varicose veins and more. Take a look at that article above.    Anyway adding sugar to your lemon mixture may take away some of the benefits of lemons or at least reduce the benefits of them. Here are -

By |2017-06-29T21:46:13+00:00May 19th, 2014|Fruit, Lemonade, Sugar|0 Comments

Eating on the Wild Side

We have been breeding the nutrition out of our food for a long time. Corn in the super market is ultra sweet. Most of our food is ultra sweet. This is why we have a nation of 80% pre diabetics or diabetics. We have taken the phytonutrients out of our food. Some foods in the store have 10 to twenty times more nutrients then others. Purple, red blue or black foods have a lot of nutrients. Red berries, blueberries, purple carrots, purple potatoes are better for us have and are rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins, can help control and get rid of a lot of our modern diseases. The artichoke is one of the most nutritious foods in the supermarket. It is very rich in antioxidants. The shallot is one of most nutritious foods. Garlic is a potent cancer fighting vegetables. You need to crush the garlic or chop it and let it set for ten minutes so the two ingredients can combine to make allicin, a potent cancer fighting compound. Tomatoes become much richer in lycopene the longer you cook it. You should eat three to four servings from the cabbage (horseradish, or kale) family a week. They can reduce cancer significantly. There are a lot of great tips about eating nutritiously in this book Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson. Carrots were originally, purple, red or sometimes yellow. Four hundred years ago a red carrot was crossed with a yellow carrot to come up with orange carrots. We now know the original purple carrots have sixteen times more nutrients then the orange carrots in the store. Purple carrots can be found in a seed catalog now. Baby carrots - the orange ones were made to save the big orange carrots leftovers. The outer skin of the carrot is the most nutritious, don't peel your carrots. The carrot is less nutritious towards the center of the carrot. Food vendors concessionaires should take a look at this book. Every year there is a wealth of new "foods" at the county and state fairs. It also seems like there is a race to develop good tasting nutrition less foods to sell. Here is a challenge to you food vendors. Can you make a good tasting food that is high in nutrition? The public is becoming more and more aware of nutrition. Listen to this podcast on Science Friday from the author of Eating on the Wild Side nEating on the Wild Side, author Jo Robinson reveals how [...]

By |2017-07-03T01:32:21+00:00February 9th, 2014|Fair Food, Food, Fruit|0 Comments

Garlic: History and Uses

"Shallots are for babies, onions are for men, but garlic is for heroes!" With a history of human use of over 7,000 years, garlic is an herb that grows in Asia, Africa and Europe, used for mainly food flavoring purposes. In Syria, Egypt garlic has been a medicine that is known to cure many diseases like cough, fever and other infections for a thousand years. Garlic comes in many shapes and sizes each with its own unique characteristics and taste. The various types of garlic include Red Garlic of Nubia, Wild Garlic, meadow Garlic and Crow Garlic of North America, and Field Garlic of Britain. One of the most famous garlics is the Elephant Garlic and not to forgot the Pearl garlic or Single Clove Garlic or China. “My final, considered judgment is that the hardy bulb [garlic] blesses and ennobles everything it touches - with the possible exception of ice cream and pie.” - Angelo Pellegrini In the kitchen, garlic is of utmost importance. It is the key to a delicious dish that everyone can enjoy. Ever heard of a pizza made without garlic? Or a pasta being made so marvelous without the addition of garlic? Well, there is your answer. Clearly no dish can become exquisite without the addition of garlic. And don’t take my word on it. You’ll meet a number of great cooks who will tell you the exact same thing if you were to ask around. No one can deny the unique taste the simple addition of garlic bring in any dish. Garlic cloves have a spicy flavor to themselves that make any dish they are being added to, superb in taste. They can be added with oil or simply added as a spice in meat breads. Either way there is little to nothing you can to without the addition of garlic to make your food taste absolutely great. Just a little bit of addition of garlic can increase the standard of your dish to a great degree. "Oh, that miracle clove! Not only does garlic taste good, it cures baldness and tennis elbow, too." - Laurie Burrows Garlic not only provides culinary uses but also medical provisions. Scientific researches show that garlic can heal athlete's foot, baldness, tennis elbow, fever, cough, and other small infections without the need of any kind of strict medical attention. A 2012 meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials looking at the effects of garlic on serum lipid profiles, found garlic was superior to placebo in reducing [...]

By |2017-07-03T02:45:26+00:00January 22nd, 2014|Food, Garlic, Medicinal|0 Comments

About Chickens

Domesticated chickens have been around a long long time. They are thought to have come from China originally around 5300 BC from the wild Red Jungle Fowl. This has been confirmed by DNA analysis. A millennia of domestication has altered the species. Domesticated chickens appear in Pakistan about 2500 BC. Domesticated chickens appeared in Chile in the Americas around 1350 AD - which was long before the Spanish were there. It is believed they came from the Polynesian Islands about 3300 years ago. Many archaeologists believe that chickens were first domesticated not for eating but for cock fighting. Cockfighting was legal in Louisiana (the last state to ban it ) until 2008. Chickens were and still are a sacred animal in some cultures. Chickens accompanied Roman soldiers into battle and watched - a good apatite of the chicken insured a victorious battle was at hand. If the chickens did not eat then the Romans were sure to lose the battle. Chickens now of course are bred to be sold to us in the supermarket. Today chickens have increased body weight and increased large egg production. They are also about 25% fat. These are "broilers" - breeds that are plump and meaty. Today there has been arsenic found in chicken feed and a lot of today's domesticated chickens have a high degree of bacterial contamination according to Men's Health magazine. People today eat these chickens. Another problem is the cooking of the chicken itself. Many food establishments simply do not cook the chicken well enough. A pink color of the cooked chicken is bad - except, if it is smoked chicken and then that is okay. Yes, you can get food poisoning from under cooked or raw chicken from a bacteria called "Salmonella, Campylobacter or Staphylococcus aureus" - this can be fatalSalmonella typhi bacteria, can be passed from human handler to human handler and causes typhoid fever. Campylobacter can cause temporary paralysis. I have wanted to provide a little history here of the domesticated chicken. Eating red meat has more perils - but eating chicken has perils also. What we eat is each of our own individual decisions and what has been passed down to us. Many believe that eating chicken is not necessary and bad is for you, and unhealthy. The statement " if it had a mama and a papa " you should not be eating it has meaning to many. Chicken and turkey is served at a lot of the county and state fairs and [...]

By |2016-10-23T11:34:35+00:00March 4th, 2013|Chicken, Concessions, Food|0 Comments

Chili is great all year long

Chili is generally a easy meal to make and , fun for some  reason.  Maybe the reason is that there is so many types and  varieties. One of my best remembrances is of running chili  cook offs in Arizona about 15 years ago. Chili is a big  thing in Arizona. I would run a chili cook off with a craft show. Then of course, I would get to taste all the chili.  Arizonians like their chili hot and spicy and many is the night I would wake up with a stomache.  However, the rememberance of the taste of the chili - was terrific - it  was all worth the effort and the night time pain. Generally chili is made with ground beef - and the variations are endless, depending on the spice mixture you use. Here is, a Chili  Chicken recipe with  White Beans. 1 lb. chicen tenders or boneless skinless breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (pre-cooked) 1 cup of chopped onion 1 can Great Northern Beans (use organic) 1 can of black beans (use organic) 1 can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, with juice 2 tbsp chili powder - You can of course experiment with any spice combinations  you want to try, just like the professional chili cooks  would do. Cook this in a crock pot for at least 4 hours, longer is  better as the spices settle in.   There are other ways to make chili - like a gazillion ways. Talking healthy, chili - you might use turkey instead of beef. I actually found a receipe that uses 1/2 can of organic puree pumpkin. Pumpkin is loaded in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E and goes well with tomato sauce. You probably could add it to just about any chili recipe. Time passes and as we age we find we cannot eat what we did when we were younger. Hence, sadly (in some ways) I have become a vegetarian. Not to worry.... there are a ton of tasty spicey vegetarian chili recipes also. One of my favorite and one I use all the time is this recipe. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili 1 can of tomato bits 16oz - (give or take) 1 can of tomato sauce 2 cans of black beans drained (organic) 1 tablespoon of oregano 1 tablspoon cilantro 1 tablespoon oif chili powder 1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth 1 onion 1 green pepper 1 can of organic 16 oz corn (drained) fresh cilantro some chives - first sautee the green pepper, garlic cloves, and onion pieces, then [...]

By |2017-08-07T23:26:13+00:00August 2nd, 2012|Chili, Concessions, Food, Vendors|0 Comments

Is Popcorn good for you?

Well, it can be, if it is not microwavable with butter flavoring. Microwave buttered popcorn contains Diacetyl and acetone, two compountds that give butter its characteristic taste. They are also added to margarine along with beta carotene which give the yellow color. The University of California showed that diacetyl may be linked to infertility and inhalation can cause repiratory problems. The Environmental Working Group has expressed concerns. Don't give up popcorn. Give it up in the micro-wavable. bag. You can also use antoxidant rich grape-seed oil, or high oleic sunflower oil and olive oils to pop corn. Non-organic popcorn is on the FDA's list of top ten foods most contaminated with toxic pesticides and chemicals.Studies have shown that popcorn companies may be adding a toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, to prevent any sticking, according to Shine from Yahoo! it may be a carcinogen according to the FDA! So buy organic popcorn, but not in the bag. You need a good popcorn popper. Try this one - The Sweet and Easy Popcorn Popper by Wabash Valley Farms. I have also looked on Amazon and there are several popcorn poppers available. Now if you are a food vendor at a fair or festibval, you could offer real popped organic popcorn and charge a little more for it. I for one would be happy to pay extra for this wonderful organic snack.

By |2016-10-23T11:34:36+00:00July 16th, 2012|Concessions, Food, Organic Food, Popcorn|0 Comments

Want to Sell More Food and Beverages

I am always on the look out for stuff for our food concessionaires. So here are a few tips to help you sell more food and beverages. 1) Give your patrons food and beverage items they cannot find elsewhere 2) Hot-Cooked items will make more then pre-packaged items 3) Want to make more cash? make sure you are located near where a line for something is at the event 4) Create attractive displays of food for people to look at. 5) Cooking food in the open where guests can see and smell it - will work wonders for you. 6) Keep your food and beverage within the theme of your attraction. Like, a rodeo could have say - cowboy juice 7) You should of course have cotton candy and beverages because the mark up on these items is great. 8) Use a simple themed menu - too many choices is too confusing. 9) You could offer a discount for the staff who are running your event, or for that matter what about fellow vendors? 10) Make a deal with the event for those purchasing vip tickets. That will help the event and you!. If you can add to this list, please do and leave a comment below.

By |2017-08-03T20:46:51+00:00June 2nd, 2012|Concessions, Vendors|0 Comments

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