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Recycling And Your Clamshell Packaging

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Clamshell packaging is very common in many industries. A clamshell container is a hinged container that seals tightly, and can be found holding a variety of contents, from nails to fresh fruit. If you have been to a fast food restaurant that serves it’s burgers in a small cardboard box that flips open, you have utilized a clamshell container. To-go boxes are also considered to be clamshell. They flip open on a hinge like a clamshell. Produce, like berries and other types of fruit, will often come in plastic clamshell containers. If you look around you, you will likely see the use of these containers multiple places in your life. The Recycling Problem Clamshell packaging is often made out of a type of plastic. The type of plastic it is made out of can be determined by looking at the bottom of the package, where there should be number, similar to what you might find on any other plastic item. Many other items made out of plastic, such as bottles, are consistent in the type of plastic that is used to make them, but clamshell containers are inconsistent in the type of material they are made out of. This makes them hard to sort and separate when they are recycled. They are typically considered non-bottle rigid plastic containers. Over the last ten years recycling these types of plastics has grown in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, it is still likely that if you put your plastic clamshell containers on the curb in your recycling bin, they could be simply considered trash at the recycling center they end up at. Many people don’t consider this, and just assume that since the item is plastic, it can be recycled. The Recycling Solution Recycling has come a long a way in the past decade. Due to this, more and more markets are finding a way to recycle these plastic clamshell containers. The first thing you should do is check with your recycling program to see what types of plastics they accept. Make a list and put it on your refrigerator, so when you finish off that container of strawberries you can easily look for the type of plastic and put it in the appropriate place.  If your recycling program does not accept these containers, check out other recycling programs near you. Many programs have started to take these, and there could be a center near you that will accept them. If your mission is hopeless, and there is no location near you that will accept your plastic clamshell packaging, get creative and find a way to reuse them! One way to reuse one of these containers is to grow seedlings in them. You can use them for the storage of small items or as craft organizers. There are also many projects you can do with children using clamshell packaging. If you don’t have children of your own, check with a local school or day care to see if they could use them for...

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Try Out-Of-The-Ordinary Pizza Varieties For A Fun Project

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you haven’t spent much time exploring different pizza restaurants in your region, start doing so now for a fun project. Over the next several months or throughout the year, try various kinds of pizza at numerous dining establishments and make note of which meals and places you like best. You might get your significant other, friends and relatives in on the venture for more opinions. This is a delicious adventure you’ll assuredly enjoy. Your Favorite Pizza If you’re a fan of pizza, no doubt you have an absolute favorite kind. Whether it’s a thin crust or a Chicago style, a vegetarian pie or one loaded with meat, make a plan to try this version at several restaurants you’ve never been to before.  A Different Sauce Many restaurants offer some pizza sauces that don’t have a tomato base. Two of the most popular include the pesto sauce and one called cheesy artichoke. Pesto is a green sauce with an abundance of basil, garlic and Parmesan or Romano cheese. You may have tasted a cheesy artichoke sauce at a restaurant that serves it as dip for veggies, crackers or bread. Turning this into a pizza topping has wonderful results.   Locally Supplied Fresh Ingredients Pizza restaurants featuring fresh ingredients from local suppliers may not be common, but do some research and discover whether any in your area offer locally produced vegetables or meat. You might need to look into gourmet specialty dining establishments that advertise their use of local ingredients and discover whether they serve pizza.  Vegan Style Every pizzeria can make customers a vegetarian pizza unless all their pies are created ahead of time, but a vegan one? That’s more of a challenge to find. A vegetarian restaurant in your area may have vegan-style pizza, with or without non-dairy cheese. In addition, you may be able to locate a pizzeria that uses non-dairy cheese, or offers cheese-free pesto sauce with your choice of vegetable toppings.  Gluten-Free Options Restaurants are increasingly offering gluten-free options to customers who have been diagnosed with celiac disease or who simply prefer to restrict their intake of wheat and other grains containing gluten. Even if this doesn’t describe you, it’s interesting to try some of the alternative crusts that chefs have devised. You may have the chance to try crusts made from potato or rice flour, or cornmeal.  Start Your Adventure You can start your fun and delicious project whenever you’re ready. Look forward to learning a lot about pizza and the variety of menus in the region where you live. You might even discover a couple of new top favorites that you truly...

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Great Restaurant Atmospheres For Your First Date

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you’re going out to dinner for your first date, you don’t want to cross the line between casual and too intimate. You want to choose a restaurant atmosphere that is engaging so both you and your date can have a comfortable and fun time. Here are some great restaurant atmospheres you can choose from for your first date, so you can get off on the right foot. Bar and grill Booze and great food mixed with a raucous environment—what’s not to love? Choose a bar and grill for your first date that features great wraps and sandwiches, yummy appetizers, and delicious drinks. A family-friendly bar and grill, like Buzzard Billy’s, is a great venue for your date, since the servers will be friendly, the decor will be tasteful yet fun, and the menu will be varied. TVs on the wall featuring news and sports give you and your date something to talk about if conversation is scarce. Just remember that your date might be filled with feedback from excited sports fans and interruptions from flirtatious cocktail waitresses. Who knows? A sports bar and grill may make your date that much more exciting! Bistro Bistros are fun for first dates because they offer light fare made from fresh ingredients in a modest setting. Bistros are best for a mid-day date where you can sit outdoors enjoying a light bean soup and grilled sandwich with a lovely glass of wine. Many bistros feature unique and varied menu items made from home-grown or local ingredients, so if you are a foodie, then a bistro is right up your alley. Enjoy learning about someone new while tasting a fresh bison burger or an Asian-inspired salad, and have a truly unique dining experience you won’t forget. Coffee bar If you love coffee, pastries, and live local music, then a coffee bar is an excellent atmosphere for you and your date. Coffee bars routinely feature exotic and traditional blends of coffee and delicious, fresh-brewed teas. They also offer tasty pastries such as scones, coffee cakes, and cookies. They’ll likely even have a light lunch menu. A coffee bar gives you the perfect lighthearted environment to get to know someone for a first date. You can choose a coffee bar to finish up a day date or start your adventure together with a relaxing cup of joe. Choose a coffee bar with a warm fireplace so you can spark up easy conversation over some of the best coffee (or tea) you have ever had. When you are taking someone out for a first date, you want to impress. Choose among these fabulous styles of eateries so you can present a wonderful atmosphere that fits your personality and style best. This way, both of you can feel at ease with comfortable surroundings and have a great time getting to know one another over excellent food and...

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Two Great Burrito Recipes To Try The Next Time You Cook A Meal

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Burritos are one of the most versatile food items around. They are portable, delicious, and easy to make. While most people think that only traditional Mexican ingredients can go inside a burrito, there are some fusion options that mix the best of Mexican cuisine with food from around the world. Here are a few ways that you can customize your next burrito to make it something new and exciting: Flour tortillas 3 cups of flour 1/3 cup of lard 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 1 cup of warm water Mix together dry ingredients. Once they are well combined, cut in lard with a pastry knife. Add water and mix for 1 minute using a dough hook. Divide the dough into 8 balls and flatten them with a rolling pin until they are approximately 12 inches in diameter. Leave them out for 10 minutes to rest, then cook them on each side in a pan on medium heat until cooked through.  The tortilla is the key ingredient to a great Mexican dish. A bad tortilla will lead to a bad burrito. Conversely, a sublime tortilla will make a sublime burrito. These are simple to make and are definitely worth the effort. Sticky Fingers Burritos 8 Tortillas 1/3 cup hot sauce 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 tablespoon water 1 pound of Popcorn chicken or breaded chicken strips, cooked 1 head of Bibb lettuce 4 Roma tomatoes 15 ounces (1 can) of black beans, drained 8 ounces of cooked sweet corn 8 ounces of ranch dressing 4 ounces of cooked bacon, cut into bits To create the sticky finger sauce., combine the sugar, hot sauce, and water in a pan and cook until all ingredients are well combined and it comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool. Layer the lettuce, corn, bacon, tomatoes, and beans in the center of each tortilla. Add the cooked chicken and drizzle the sticky finger sauce on top. Top with ranch dressing and serve immediately. This is a delightful Tex-Mex dish that combines some of the best flavors from each side of the border. Chile Colorado 8 tortillas 15 ounces (1 can) of black beans, drained 12 ounces of cooked beef roast, shredded 15 ounces (1 can) of diced tomatoes 8 ounces of chopped green chiles 1 tablespoon of kosher salt 1 head of Bibb lettuce 4 Roma tomatoes Sour cream to taste Pico de gallo to taste Combine the beef, beans, tomatoes, salt, and chiles in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Once the mixture is warm, dish into tortillas and top with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and pico de gallo. This dish takes minutes to prepare, but it tastes like you’ve slaved away for hours. Try one of these recipes the next time you make Mexican food. You’ll be glad you did! For more help as you prepare, try checking out a professional’s website and continue reading more about Mexican...

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Restaurants That Are Vegetarian Friendly

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are a vegetarian, or are friends with vegetarians, then you know how difficult it can be to go out to eat. Many restaurants are not vegetarian friendly. They might not offer many meals that are meat-free. Sometimes a restaurant might not have anything that is vegetarian beside salad. If you’re going out to dinner with someone who is a vegetarian, it is a good idea to choose a place where they will feel comfortable. It is awkward to ask the waiter to make special changes to make a meal vegetarian, and often times the cooks will not be able to accommodate the request. Here are some places that are usually vegetarian friendly and some of the meals that you might find on the menu: Italian Restaurants Italian food is really popular and it is also vegetarian friendly. There are many dishes that contain no meat or fish. The great thing about Italian food is that there are so many variations of vegetarian dishes. You don’t have to stick to pasta-based dishes either. There are eggplant, potato, and rice based meals. Some popular meals that are vegetarian include eggplant Parmesan, mushroom risotto, Spaghetti with Arrabiata sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, and pumpkin ravioli. Indian Restaurants Indian restaurants are sometimes completely vegetarian. This is because many Indians are vegetarians. In fact, India has the largest community of vegetarians in the world. This is due to the religious beliefs of the people. Hindus, Jains, and other groups abstain from meat for religious reasons. Because vegetarianism is so widespread, and has been around for so long, Indian cuisine is rich in vegetarian recipes. Here are some popular vegetarian meals that you will find in Indian restaurants like Haveli Vegetarian Cuisine and a brief description what they are: Allo Matar: This is a very popular potato dish. It originates in the Punjabi region. The dish is very spicy and flavorful. The sauce is tomato based and has garlic, peas, turmeric, cumin and other spices. It is usually served with Indian flatbread. Malai Kofta: These are similar to meatballs, except they are made with a mixture of vegetables, cheese, and potatoes. The kofta is served with a spicy gravy and bread. Saag Paneer: This is a very rich and delicious dish made with spinach and paneer (Indian cheese). Chana Masala: This dish is vegan and is made of chickpeas cooked in a spicy sauce. Tomatoes are simmered with cinnamon, mango, nutmeg, garlic and other ingredients. Chana Masalla is either served with basmati rice or with...

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4 Random Holidays To Celebrate At A Mexican Restaurant

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some of the most well-known Mexican holidays include Cinco De Mayo and the Day of the Dead, but there are actually a lot of random holidays that can be celebrated with Mexican tradition. The following four holidays are perfect for celebrating with some loved ones and friends at a local restaurant like Lares Restaurant. When attending on these specific days, you may even be able to take advantage of some great deals and meal combos. National Taco Day Some people may claim that every Tuesday is officially “Taco Tuesday,” but once a year, the beloved Mexican dish gets its own celebration in October. October 4th is officially known as National Taco Day and is mainly celebrated by Mexican restaurants across the United States. For this celebration, indulge yourself on a variety of tacos including soft shell, hard shell, and all types of ingredients like fish, beef, and chicken. The day is a great way celebrate your favorite type of taco or branch out and try something new. National Dessert Day It may be close to Halloween, but that doesn’t stop sweet lovers from getting a big treat on National Dessert Day, October 14th. When celebrating at a restaurant, you can try plenty of Mexican food that has a special twist on dessert. Examples include the dessert taco filled with ice cream, flan, or fried empanadas. Each dessert has a variety of flavors and spices that compliment traditional Mexican meals well. National Nachos Day Another great Mexican dish is a large platter of nachos. Not only is the holiday celebrated every year on November 6th, but it is the perfect indulgence to get you primed and ready for Thanksgiving. A large platter of nachos are ideal for a group of friends as you watch some football or just hang out in a Mexican restaurant. The best part of nachos are the variety of toppings you can get on them like cheeses, olives, chicken, and a variety of peppers. See your spice limits by including a number of different peppers. Benito Juarez’s Birthday In Mexico, Benito Juarez is one of the most respected leaders in the country’s history. His birthday is celebrated in early March every year, and you can find increasing celebrations at restaurants and bars all over the United States. To help celebrate his birthday, you can try one of the more traditional Mexican dishes. This includes Mexican corn, enchiladas, and barbacoa. Barbacoa is a slow cooked barbecue dish that can be made with a number of different flavors. Even if a holiday isn’t coming up, you can still enjoy some great Mexican food. Call a local restaurant to find out specials and popular menu...

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Pinkies Out: Tips For A Successful High Tea

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

While high tea is common in the UK it has only recently begun to catch on in the US. Often associated with dainty desserts and fine dress, Americans have never quite taken to English tea. However, some of the ideas that people have about high tea are false. With a few tips, Americans may come to embrace the tradition as a midday to afternoon snack. Afternoon High Tea or Early Evening High Tea? The tradition of high tea began in England as a way to avoid feeling hungry between the two daily meals of breakfast and a late dinner. For the upper class British, afternoon high tea was held as an afternoon snack around 4:00 PM. For the working class, high tea was more of a meal substitution and generally consisted of heavier foods than desserts and snacks. Whatever time it was served, the name “high tea” referred to whether the tea was served at a “high” dinner table as opposed to a lower less formal setting. Tips for the American Celebrating High Tea In the past, high tea was a custom that American tourists experienced only on vacations to the UK. But, Americans have started to embrace the ritual of high tea as an enjoyable and relaxing mini-meal or meal substitution. While Americans are sure to adapt the tradition to their own needs, for a traditional high tea, there are a few tips to follow for success: When brewing your tea, choose only good quality water. Using water with a strong odor or taste will alter the flavor of the tea itself. Bottled or filtered water is best. Boil the water in a pot, and then add a small amount to your teapot to slightly warm it. Swirl for a few minutes, and then toss that water out. Add remaining water plus one teaspoon of loose tea per cup (plus one more). If using tea bags, use one per cup of tea. The boiling water should be added to the teapot and allowed to sit for 3-5 minutes before serving. “Pinkies out” is not a way of showing class. By holding the pinkie out, slightly bent, it provides extra balance to avoid spilling the hot cup of tea. Teaspoons do not stay in the tea cup after stirring. Place the spoon on the side of the saucer when finished. Teacups are returned to their saucer in between sips. Cups are not held aloft in between sips. When serving tea, use milk rather than cream to weaken the tea. Cream is far too thick and will cover up the rich taste of the tea. Milk and lemon are not a good combination for tea. The citric acid in the lemon will cause milk to curdle, spoiling the tea. Foods served with early evening high tea tend to be more substantial. When preparing a menu, choose heavier finger sandwich foods such as ham, chicken, egg, and salmon. Combine the sandwiches with heavier cakes and pastries for dessert, like from Clumzy Clover Teas &...

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