It’s Boxing Day!

We don’t celebrate this holiday much anymore. Traditionally, it was when the lord and lady of the manor gave small boxes and the day off to their servants. Gifts were also given to purveyors, like butchers and grocers, and to other service providers like post carriers and taxi cab drivers. Inside the boxes are usually […]

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere North of the Tropic of Cancer. The tropical zone doesn’t have winter. There are many festivals associated with this holiday. China has a big one. The Winter Festival is full of dumplings and other foods. It’s called the Dongzhi Festival. In many Northern European […]

Coffee Talk Part 6: Other Brewing Methods

There’s boiling, gravity filtration and pressurized. And then there’s another classic brewing method.

Coffee Talk – Part 5: More Brewing

My first exposure to coffee besides the always-on percolator in my family’s kitchen was the amazing coffee my father produced when we were on camping trips.

Coffee Talk Part 4: Brewing

The ground coffee can be prepared in two ways: brewing and espressing.

Can Ramen Be Both Convenient And Healthy?

The simplest way to up the nutrition of this simple noodle dish is to add vegetables and proteins. That can turn this staple into a complete meal.

Coffee Talk 3: Roasting

The most delicate part of processing is the roasting. This is more of an art than a science and requires a skilled human operator who gauges the smell and color of the roasted beans.

Coffee Talk 2

Personally, I think a couple cups in the morning won’t do much if any harm. But if you put away pots of the stuff there could be a problem of over-stimulation which would affect mood, concentration and sleep.

Coffee Talk

Coffee originated in Northeastern Africa around Ethiopia. It spread into the Arab world and then around the Mediterranean and into Europe. It is now grown in over 70 countries around the world.

Soup Great Way To Use Leftovers

Soup is easy and a great way to clean out the refrigerator of all those little partial servings of leftover whatever.