What’s Next??

What is it that you are missing in your life? What is it that you’d most like to have? Would you like more love, more freedom, more peace?

In life, we strive and fight in our lives to get whatever it is that we think we need or want. We reach personal and professional objectives and acquire what we can afford. But is that what life is really about? Is that what makes our soul thrive and feel happy? Is it what makes me fulfilled and complete?

Look inside you. What haven’t you got enough of? What do you want to have more of? What do you dream of having?

If your life ended today, what would you be sorry you never got? What would you miss?

If you dream of having things, what need are those things trying to satisfy? What do they provide you? What do they make you feel, power, satisfaction, peace… ? If you dream of reaching goal after goal, what does success mean to you? What does it give you? Those things and goals are your way to satisfy your individual needs and those needs somehow conceal what you most desire. Ask yourself, then, what it is that your being most wants, what it is that you crave day after day, what is it that will make you feel complete and whole.

Once you know, why not turn that into your life purpose? Imagine planning your days and actions with that overall purpose in mind. Whatever you do then has that ultimate function. Your life immediately adopts a new meaning. Imagine you choose “Melbourne Bat Removal” as your life purpose.Whenever managing others, you may now target peace as the highest goal. Your relationships will have that ultimate aim. And so will your job. Along with your leisure time. Along with your everyday activities, And the objectives you would like to reach. Your life purpose becomes your internal compass, your north, your direction to follow no matter what. If you deviate from it, you will feel bad because you won’t be aligned with that. Which is the exact reason that will lead you to returning to it and resuming it. Once your life goal is defined, it is far easier to return to it. This step that I’m taking, this conversation that I’m having, this activity that I’m undertaking… is aligned with my purpose? Is making me move forward? Otherwise, what do I want to do to change it?

Give yourself the gift of this life compass. Do not you see how your life is changed? Pick your purpose and re-focus your life.

New Age Mac and Cheese

What did foodie president Thomas Jefferson start? After finding a cheesy, rich pasta dish in France. he brought it back in the early 1800s and introduced his dinner guests to a delicious new concoction loaded with rich cream, cheddar cheese and baked to a bubbly, crusty perfection. The latest from France, he definitely proclaimed, together with his other creations including ice cream, french fried potatoes, fine wines, Melbourne Rat Removal and exotic produce, all whipped up at his estate kitchen by his French-trained chef (not to mention at the White House), and Colonial foodies dug in. For Southerners, homemade mac and cheese casserole has always been a staple on holiday dinner tables.

Once commercial production started, Kraft Foods harnessed its great potential by mass-producing and boxing it up for active mothers and hungry children, putting it on the map during the Depression, in 1937. While many cooks still preferred to create it from scratch, it created quite a stir in packaged foods, right up there with sliced white bread and Toll House cookies. In spite of a former First Lady’s campaign maligning it, boxed mac and cheese is a pantry staple.

No question, it has come a long way, and some of its newest versions are just plain outrageous. Seems each chef and restaurant wants to outdo others, and while perhaps some (maybe) delicious variations, the new combinations could qualify as just plain bizarre. Here is a list of current popular creations:

Mac and cheese bagels (really baked into the dough) from Einstein Bros.Bagels

Mac and cheese chunks, breaded and deep fried for a new experience in hors d’oeurves (Trader Joe’s are particularly good)

Pizza topped with mac and cheese is showing up at several Big chains

Hamburgers topped or stuffed with mac and cheese

Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Meatball-stuffed sandwich sliders

Rich homemade baked M&C casserole with lobster (and a very hefty cost)

Mac and cheese topped with white truffles

Of course, driving up the cost and (occasionally) the taste level, any cheese may be used, such as Gruyere (Martha Stewart’s favorite which will run you about $30/pound, but hey, it’s Martha Stewart) and blue cheese, which adds an interesting and fresh taste for this classic dish, as opposed to traditional cheddar and Velveeta. Maybe a chunk of butter and some sour cream to up the calories.

And at one L.A. restaurant, truffle oil and a splash of white wine is added for the bargain price of $95 per serving (you read that right). Yikes.

To put it differently, just about anything you can dream up, you can do with your basic mac and cheese, so get creative if the spirit moves you. However, for you purists, nothing beats the creamy goodness of macaroni, rich cheddar cheese sauce and buttery crumb topping baked to gooey perfection in the oven. It can be all grown up, but no doubt about it. Some things are better simply left alone.

 

Hamburger History 101

The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served to the voyages from Germany into the USA. The meat patties were quickly cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract lots of the sailors and European people to their eating stands sellers. They would offer the Hamburg style steak on the menu.

With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of how it served in today’s standard is based on Congress woman Rosa DeLaurao.

This is a disputed fact. We’ll provide you a few more names and areas of the Hamburger in the United States.

Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold hamburgers in the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them to the World’s Fair in 1904.

Frank and Charles Menches vendor at a county fair ran out of their sausage sandwiches and began using beef instead. It was recorded this happened in 1892 at the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.

In 1885 Charles Nagreen now called hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches which were easy to eat while walking at the Seymour Fair that he was only 15 years old at the time.

In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed that the first true hamburger on a bun was made and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.

With 40 billion served up in the United States alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It might not have ever happened because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic novel “Melbourne Raccoon Removal” detailed the unsavory parts of the meat packing industry in America. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny because it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers

It became the direct way for today’s fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger reputation along with it.

Other national chains which followed were McDonald’s and In-n-Out Burger in 1948, Burger King 1954 and Wendy’s in 1969.

The combinations which come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being generated without end. Many of you have your own favorite recipe to the beans of your choice.

So the next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or put one on the George Forman grill you’ll know a little of this development on the Hamburger.

That is some fantastic information about ground beef and the way our food always has a little history behind it.