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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Easy Grilled Pasta Recipes

Pineapple Salsa Grilled Shrimp Pasta

What you need:

  • 3/4 kg. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

Cook rotini pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Set aside. To make the pineapple salsa, combine orange juice, lime juice, pineapple, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Mix well and pour over bowl of pasta. Toss to coat noodles then set aside. Cook the shrimp on a pre-heated grill over high heat for 2 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat and arrange on top of the pasta with pineapple salsa. Serve warm.

Classic Pesto and Grilled Chicken Pasta

What you need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1/4 cup angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps. toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil

Cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat, chop and place in a medium bowl. Set aside. Bring angel hair pasta to a boil in a large pot of lightly salted water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté garlic until tender. Add pesto, chopped chicken and angel hair pasta and mix well. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and garnish with toasted almonds before serving.

Nespresso Compatible

True coffee aficionados are spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee types, brands and blends. But one of the most popular brands is without a doubt Nespresso coffee pods. Nespresso coffee capsules are a favourite all over the world. One problem, Nespresso isn’t Italian and its coffee isn’t made in Italy. So if you’re looking for an authentic Italian espresso. The stuff they drink in bars, then you need to expand your horizons.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bin your Nespresso coffee machine. There are plenty of compatible Nespresso pods on the market. These are coffee capsules that are compatible with your Nespresso machine at home. They won’t break them or void your warranty. They’re made especially to fit.

When it comes to Italian Nespresso pods – that is Nespresso capsules that are made in Italy, you can’t go past Gimoka. Its name has been synonymous with authentic Italian bar coffee for more than three decades.

Gimoka got its start as a small roaster on Lake Como. Restaurants and bars would come to them to have their own special house blends ground, roasted and packaged. Soon enough, Gimoka became the fourth largest roaster in Italy.

Home Coffee Roasters

1. The Taste of the Roast is in its Smell: Green Coffee beans emit a characteristic “grassy” smell as they turn yellowish few minutes after heat subjection. With further roasting, the beans begin to smoke, like coffee, giving it its peculiar smell and taste.

2. Cracking Sound Gives Good Clue about the Roast Stages: Further roasting gives off a unique crack sound as the bean loses water and changes structure with rising temperature. Listening for this sound can be a fantastic clue to determine desired roasts.

3. Length of Roast Determines Color and Flavor of Beans: Since bean structure, flavor and color graduates with each upward step in temperature, and increasing time, it is not unexpected to observe the original green bean character turn dark, with a stronger flavor, at the end of the process.

Steps to Roasting Coffee at home

Whatever is the technique employed, the instrument used or even the time set, roasting coffee at home all bores down to achieving significant desired flavors.

1: Choose a Roaster: Depending on budget, technique, time or batch size, it can be done in an oven, a skillet, a stovetop popper, or more specialized equipment.

2: Select Coffee Beans: The original pre-roast character of the bean determines the flavor and nutritional quality of the coffee. Although green coffee beans come highly recommended, many others have equally satisfying benefits.

3: Choose the Desired Roast Process: Since the flavor of coffee depends on the process and invariably the roasting time, understanding the different stages will help control the flavor of coffee.

Understanding the Roast Process

Yellowing – Few minutes after the green bean is subjected to heat, it turns yellowish and emits a grassy smell.

First Crack – Soon enough, a crack sound – an audible cracking sound is heard as the real roasting sets in. The sound is an acoustic signal, calling one’s attention to what stage the roast is.

First Roasted Stage – Also known as a City Roast, this stage, determined by sight and smell, can be considered complete depending on desired taste.

Bar Cafe Chanson in De Pere

Cafe Chanson has an interesting layout. If you enter in the back way, you face the restaurant part. If you enter through the front, you face the bar part. As we walked down the hallway toward the bar we noticed that we were the only classy bar flys around. Upon taking our seats at the bar, the bartender greeted us and gave us some drink menus to peruse. He was super friendly and very attentive. The drink menu is quite expansive. Their wine list offers different and unique reds, whites, and bubblies. And, yes, many of your choices are French. The prices for wines start at $6; the wines we chose were $9. The bartender even offered us a sample to make sure we would enjoy our choice of red, cool no? Most of the wines can be purchased by the glass, as opposed to bottles only. Cafe Chanson carries limited beer on draught, but offers many more in bottles. The domestic beers start at $3.25. As for the liquor, Cafe Chanson has every kind of liquor possible, so let your imagination run wild with your poison.

The decor at Cafe Chanson is tastefully done. The dark wood bar and shelving, the neutral colored walls, and vintage looking lamps, exudes warmth and coziness. Relax, sport fans, they also have a large flat screen TV hanging up so you won’t miss the action. If you’re looking for a quieter place for some wind down time, Cafe Chanson is a great place to go to. My girlfriend and I simply sat back, relaxed and soaked in the laid back atmosphere.