This is a common site at breakfast buffets in Germany, but not so common in the U.S. Honeycomb is offered at breakfast in it’s pure, original form, in a large frame so that the hexagonal marvel can be appreciated. There are many ways to enjoy this geometric delicacy: break off a piece and enjoy it with your cheeses and dark crusty breads; if you are a cereal lover, add a piece of honeycomb to your muesli; another great way to enjoy it is with yogurt, especially the firmer variety, along with some hazelnuts sprinkled over the top. Honeycomb is not easy to find in our U.S. grocery stores, but I have recently discovered jars of honey with a piece of honeycomb intact at Sprouts markets. I also found a website that offers squares of honeycomb at www.beepurehoney.com. Adding a piece of honeycomb to your cheese platters transforms your appetizer into stunning delight. Honeycomb comes straight from the hive and has all the health benefits attributed to honey and pollen in addition to being delicious and beautiful.
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I love sparkling water. Sometimes I choose to blame my European roots, since they are even crazier about â€œwasser mit gasâ€ in Germany. But itâ€™s probably because I gave up soda and broke my Diet Coke addiction about a year ago, so now sparkling water is my favorite treat. In my family, we used to consume â€œfancy waterâ€ by the caseâ€”in fact, my dad started hiding it from me.
Recently, my parents invested in a Sodastream Penguin. Not only is it adorable and shaped like a little penguin, but it comes with two glass bottles or carafes. The carafes do a surprising job of keeping water bubbly. The machine itself, which comes with two carbonators and two carafes, runs around $200 and so far has been a great investment for the Eastham family.
Top 5 benefits of the Penguin Sodastream
1. Sodastream saves money — Before the Penguin, we purchased large bottles of San Pellegrino from Costco for about $15 per case of 12 bottles, which means each bottle cost about a dollar and a quarter. According to Sodastream, each carafe, which is slightly smaller than a bottle of Pellegrino, costs about $0.28 to create. Carbonators cost about $15 and last much, much longer than one case of Pellegrino. So hands down, Sodastream is cheaper. (We havenâ€™t tried making soda yet with the syrups, but the Sodastream says it costs around $0.45/carafe). I may not be an accountant, but this just makes cents!
2. Penguin is always there for you — No more trips to the garage to find that we are out of sparkling water. The Penguin is always there and if you are diligent about refilling each bottle as soon as you empty it, there will always be cold sparkling water ready for you when youâ€™re thirsty.
3. Mother Earth loves Sodastream — This is a huge selling point for the brand and definitely worth mentioning. Since we arenâ€™t purchasing cases of glass (or plastic) bottles that have to be transported and recycled, we are saving literally tons of glass/plastic waste and fuel to transport them.
4. Too bubbly, or not too bubbly? — Since you are putting the carbonation into the water, you get to control the bubbly! I thought there was no way that Sodastream water could be better than other bottled sparkling waters, but it is! Because I get to make it exactly how I like it!
5. Vacuum-sealed tops seal in bubbles — Open bottles of Pellegrino lost their carbonation so quickly. I felt I was constantly opening new bottles to get the freshest sparkling water. The vacuum-sealed tops really keep the bubbles in so Sodastream is always at itâ€™s best!
So the consensus in the Eastham household is that the Penguin fits right in, gives us the best sparkling water and even helps us keep Mother Nature happy.
I love my daily Grande Nonfat Latte.Â In fact, I love two or three lattes every day.Â Gary matches me one for one with his espresso consumption. Our habit became very expensive many years ago as we were spending $15 per day at a minimum.Â We then purchased our first espresso machine (a manual model) from Starbucks.Â It came with an actual lesson!Â Since then, we have evolved through several machines and find that the one offered by Costco online is a winner.Â For $479 you get a fully automated machine that grinds the beans, makes your espresso and has a steamer for frothing the milk. Â If you do the calculation based on our habit, it means a pay back in about 60 days (allowing for the cost of coffee beans and milk).Â Whatâ€™s the payback on your coffee habit?
In just 1 hour and 40 minutes of waiting time and 5 minutes of working time, you can create the best pizza dough at home for pennies.
I donâ€™t often hear my friends talking about using their bread machines any longer.Â I think the fad is over.Â I know we certainly try to reduce our intake of carbs and donâ€™t often bake bread in our bread machine.Â But what we do use our bread machine for is making pizza dough and focaccia.Â SomehowÂ pizza and Italian breads did not grouped into the â€œbreadâ€ category from a carb standpoint.
If you didnâ€™t buy your bread machine during the craze, you can easily pick one up at a thrift store for as little as $5 or as much as $25, a real bargain. (Especially compared to the cost of a Boboli crust, which I find outrageous!)
The following recipe will make one large focaccia, one thick crust pizza or two thin crust pizzas (resembling flat bread).
1 1/8 cup water
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 Â½ tablespoons dry milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
Add all ingredients to bread machine.Â Set on â€œdoughâ€ setting and press START.Â When the dough is finished, remove from machine to counter sprinkled with bread flour.Â Roll into a large round for focaccia or deep dish pizza.Â Divide into two balls for thin crust pizza.
For focaccia, top with one teaspoon of your favorite dried herbs and bake at 425Â° until nicely browned, about 15 minutes.Â For pizza, top with your favorite toppings and bake until browned (similar to focaccia.
For the thin crust pizza, top with your favorite toppings and bake in preheated 450Â° oven for approximately 10 minutes.