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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Low-Calorie Cocktail Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is coming up in about a week and for many of us...that means we will be enjoying some great tasting beverages to celebrate and/or attending some fun Cinco de Mayo parties. Usually we all complain about the calories we consumed the very next day but now we can enjoy our favorite drinks but with reduced calories. In today's world...these type of drinks are referred to as "Skinny Cocktails" or "Skinny Beverages".

But wait! Did you know that one regular Margarita is over 600 calories per serving? Using Cascade Ice, we can knock that down to just around 55. Below are a few festive drink recipes we recommend mixing up for Cinco de Mayo. Low-cal, but full of flavor!

Skinny Margarita Recipe

In a mixer, mix the juice of 2 lime wedges with 1 1Ž2 oz of Tequila. Add 8oz of Cascade Ice Margarita Mixer. Shake or stir and pour contents into your favorite margarita glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel for a festive touch!

Skinny Daquiri Recipe

Not a fan of tequila? No problem! Try a delicious Skinny Daiquiri. To create this sweet treat, add 1 1Ž2 cups of ice and 1 1Ž2 cups frozen strawberries into your blender. Pour in 8oz Cascade Ice Zero-Calorie Wild Berry Sparking Water and your choice of rum. Blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with fresh fruit.

Disclosure: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Cascade ICE.

4 Common Caster Types

Casters are small wheels designed to make large objects easier to move. Their numerous applications include shopping carts, office chairs and tables, and material handling equipment. Heavy duty casters are common on platform trucks, assemblies, and tow lines. Casters work best on smooth, flat surfaces.

Casters come in several different sizes and materials. They are usually made of aluminum, nylon, plastic, rubber or stainless steel. Some are attached to roll along a straight path, while others pivot to align themselves to the direction of travel. Casters come in four basic types: rigid, swivel, braking and locking casters.

Rigid Casters

Rigid casters represent the most basic caster type. They are mounted to a stationary fork that is fixed based on an object’s orientation and travel direction. In North America, the rear wheels of a shopping cart are usually rigid casters. They restrict the cart’s motion so it travels along a straight line.

Swivel Casters

Like rigid casters, swivel casters are also mounted to a fork that is fixed to an object. However, a swivel joint allows the fork to rotate 360 degrees. This makes the object easy to move in any direction without a change in orientation.

Swivel casters usually have a small amount of distance between the center axis of both the vertical shaft and the caster wheel. If the wheel does not face the right direction, the offset causes the wheel to rotate until it faces the right direction of movement. Without the offset, the wheel could drag across the floor or prevent motion.

Braking Casters

Even inexpensive casters often include a braking feature. A braking caster prevents a wheel from turning. It accomplishes this with a simple brake cam that presses against the wheel. Even in this position, the wheel may continue to swivel in a small circle around the offset distance.

Locking Casters

More complex casters include a rotational lock so neither the shaft or wheel can rotate or turn. Sometimes called a total lock caster, this type of caster provides rigid support. Some caster systems have a central lock mechanism that enables all casters to brake and lock at the same time.

Access Casters Inc. is an example of a North American company that sells rigid, swivel, braking and locking casters. Companies like this one sell casters that are suitable for schools, libraries, offices, hospitals, furniture stores and the food service industry. Many of the world’s top brands are available through these companies.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mango Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

My family loves Mexican cuisine and we probably eat Mexican at least twice a week. Often times we get bored with preparing the same old recipes so I was pretty excited when this recipe landed in my email box and I was asked to share it with my foodie blog readers.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, and has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Celebrations in the United States often extend beyond the actual day to encompass an entire week, with parades, festivals and fiestas that include music, dancing, and food.

A dish like Mango Chicken Quesadillias takes the very traditional Mexican dish but combines shredded chicken with brown mustard, honey and Tabasco creating a flavorful filling and adding mango for a sweet twist. By preparing the meal on the IMUSA Cast Aluminum Comal the food is made healthier and the non-stick surface leaves clean up a breeze. Bringing a vigorous, home-style aroma to the party, this traditional Mexican dish will smells as delicious as it tastes.

IMUSA’s Mango Chicken Quesadillas Recipe
· brown mustard 3 tablespoons
· honey 2 tablespoons
· Tabasco or hot sauce 3 teaspoons
· salt 1 teaspoon
· Whole rotisserie chicken 1
· mozzarella 1 cup
· small red onion 1
· bunch cilantro 2.1
· ripened mango 1
· 8-10 inch flour tortillas
· non-stick spray
· sour cream, optional

1. Combine first four ingredients in a small bowl and mix with shredded chicken.
2. Heat a large IMUSA cast aluminum Comal on medium heat and spray lightly with some non-stick spray.
3. Add flour tortilla and spray top side with more non-stick spray.
4. After a minute, flip the tortilla and evenly spread ½ cup of cheese.
5. Then spread on half of the tortilla some chicken mixture, onions, cilantro, and mango.
6. Fold over tortilla, like a book, and allow cheese to melt completely. Cut into 4 wedges and serve with sour cream, if desired.

Disclosure: This recipe and photo is courtesy of IMUSA. 

Custom Catering Supplies and Treats

Special occasions often inspire people to create memorable parties and other events. Catering is needed for any major celebration or gathering. Whether it's a birthday or wedding, food and other essential supplies should be ordered ahead of time and delivered right to the venue that is hosting special events.

People may not realize the important role that tooth picks play in catering services. For example, every sandwich or treat is essentially served with picks. These small items are very convenient for sampling small portions of different food. For example, a tray at a party has small size snacks that can be grabbed with picks. Similarly, sandwiches are often sliced to serving sizes that can be consumed with only a few bites.

Tooth picks can also be used to create decorative effects at any major event that is served by catering. For example, themed items may be placed on top of the picks. Plastic sports balls and equipment can be customized onto picks that are served at sports themed parties. Similarly, other custom shapes may be topped off on picks. Heart shapes in tooth picks would be appropriate for anniversaries and other romantic events that receive catering service.

Custom skewers are also available for catering services. For example, bamboo skewers make great addition to any plates serving Sushi and other oriental food. Pick on Us is an example of a catering supplier that offers custom picks for special events. Ball style sticks make excellent additions to plates that serve kebob meats.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Homemade Applesauce Mincemeat Loaf Recipe

I was digging through my 89 year old aunt's box of classic and vintage recipes and I came across a recipe for homemade applesauce mincemeat loaf that she used to make all of the time when we were kids. Now that she is no longer with us, I am starting to miss some of those classic things that she always made for us kids.

Today I wanted to share with all of you here recipe which is below. You can print it out by clicking on the share button at the bottom of this post. A new window will open, click on print and the recipe will load into the window. Enjoy!

Applesauce Mincemeat Loaf Recipe

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspcie
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup applesauce
1 cup moist mincemeat

In a large mixing bowl cream together the shortening, brown sugar, large eggs and beat until light and smooth. Sift together the all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground allpsice and ground cloves. Add this to the shortening mixture alternately with the applesauce, stirring well after each addition. Carefully fold in the mincemeat.

Pour batter into a 9" by 5" loaf pan that has been lightly greased or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and let it cool in the pan for an additional 15 minutes before removing it.