Three Super Fluffy Frosting Recipes — Made With Egg Whites

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Have you ever tasted a frosting so light and fluffy that it felt reminded you of clouds? Chances are, that frosting was made with egg whites, which when beaten, take up a lot of air and develop a light, fluffy texture. You can make your own light and fluffy frosting for use on cakes, cookies, and other desserts. Here are three great recipes to try. Chocolate Mint Frosting The rich chocolate flavor of this frosting is perfectly paired with just a hint of natural peppermint. Try this one on chocolate cookies or brownies for a super decadent treat. The recipe does not call for any fat, which makes it a great choice if you’re following a low fat diet but still want to indulge a little. Ingredients: 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon cream or tartar 1/3 cup cocoa powder 2 egg whites (or 4 tablespoons liquid egg whites from a carton) 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract Directions: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the water, sugar and cream of tartar. Heat this mixture over medium heat until it begins to bubble and the sugar is fully dissolved. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites and peppermint extract. Beat this mixture until the egg whites form soft peaks (about 3 – 4 minutes). Gradually drizzle in the sugar mixture, beating constantly. Beat for 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Add the cocoa, and mix just until the frosting is uniformly combined. Use as desired. Quick Caramel Frosting With just four ingredients, this caramel frosting is a great choice when you’re short on time. It comes together in less than five minutes and tastes lovely on everything from white cake to chocolate cookies. Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup caramel sauce 2 egg whites (or 4 tablespoons liquid egg whites from a carton) 2 tablespoons butter Directions: Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds or until all of the sugar is moistened. Then, beat on high speed for 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. If you don’t use all of this frosting right away, it stores nicely in the fridge (with a cover) for up to 1 week. Basic Buttery Vanilla-Almond Icing When you want a basic white frosting that’s anything but bland, this whipped icing recipe fits the bill perfectly. Flavors of butter, vanilla and almond pair wonderfully with white cake or vanilla cookies. You can also dip strawberries into this frosting for a fresh and delicious treat. Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 2 egg whites (or 4 tablespoons liquid egg whites from a carton) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon butter extract 1 pinch of salt Directions: Combine the water, sugar, salt and cream of tartar in a saucepan. Over medium heat, cook the mixture until bubbles form and the sugar is fully dissolved. Set this mixture aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites with the various extracts. Beat for 3 – 4 minutes or until soft peaks form. Then, slowly begin drizzling in the sugar mixture while continuing to beat constantly. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat for an additional 5 – 6 minutes or...

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Chicken Organ Meat: Why You Should Include It In Your Diet And A Few Hints For Preparation

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In the United States, more chicken is eaten than both pork and beef. Chicken is prepared in almost every way imaginable and now served in most restaurants and fast food establishments, and these statistics are telling as to its popularity among Americans. However, as much as chicken has taken hold of the American palate, there are still many who have not taken the opportunity to try the delights offered by chicken organ meat. In other nations, organ meats are considered a normal part of the diet, but that is not yet part of the mainstream American culinary culture. Below are reasons why you should make chicken organs a part of your family’s diet. Also, below are some suggestions for preparing chicken hearts, livers and gizzards that might help you introduce these food items to your family’s dinner plate: Why eat chicken organ meat? You may not need too much encouragement to eat chicken organ meat, but some individuals may face a challenging transition if they aren’t used to the idea of consuming it. From an objective point of view, there are excellent reasons to include chicken organs, and below are a few: Nutritional benefits Organ meats, including chicken, include multiple nutrients that benefit the human body. Below is a list of just a few: Vitamin A – organ meats inside the chicken contain plentiful amounts of Vitamin A, which also plays a role in metabolizing minerals in the body. This particularly important nutrient also helps stop infection, regulate hormones and may also prevent cancer. Vitamin D – another important organ meat-bound vitamin, Vitamin D is known for its beneficial effects upon the skeletal system, prevention of depression and a myriad of other positives. Like Vitamin A, this vitamin has been linked to the prevention of cancer and may also keep heart disease at-bay. Iron – the livers of chickens contain substantial amounts of iron. For individuals suffering from anemia, chicken livers can provide necessary iron that the body can readily metabolize and use. While not a nutritional benefit per se, it is reassuring to know that chicken organ meats, such as the liver, do not contain excess toxins as some have mistakenly suggested. While the liver functions to help remove toxic wastes from the bloodstream, it in and of itself does not store these wastes; instead, they are excreted by the bird’s body. As a result, the organ meats of chickens are as safe to consume as any other part of the bird. Lower cost Ironically, the lack of popularity with American eaters has made this healthy, tasty source of meat more affordable. Not only is chicken organ meat nutritionally-advantageous, it is less-expensive than the muscle meat found on the butcher’s aisle at grocery stores. Chicken livers, for example, are priced at well less than half the cost of breast meat. Hints for preparing chicken organ meat Beyond the nutritional advantages, which are substantial, it makes sense to eat chicken organ meat because of its relatively low cost and excellent taste. However, preparation of the meat is key to expanding your menu at home and making it a desirable choice for others. Below are some thing to keep in mind as you prepare chicken organ meat: Remove connective tissue, blood vessels and membranes from the organs – a sharp...

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Cheers To That! 3 Surprising Benefits Champagne Offers

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Wycliff champagne is undeniably one of the most popular “bubblies” brought out for special occasions and events, with the pop of the opening of the champagne cork being the hallmark of most celebrations. Although champagne is generally reserved for special celebrations, it may be a wonderful substitute for wine and other alcohol with the emergence of newfound discoveries correlating champagne to surprising health benefits. In particular, here are 3 benefits to look forward to. A Memory Boost To Prevent Dementia New research has found that 3 glasses of champagne a week can actually improve your memory. In fact, some scientists even claim that regularly drinking champagne can help prevent dementia and other brain disorders like Alzheimer’s. Phenolic acid found in champagne can boost spatial memory, and can increase the amount of proteins in the brain that are essential for memory. Spatial memory is responsible for recording information in regards to one’s environment and spatial orientation. This means that you’ll have better luck orienting yourself on finding your way home. Although the initial research was performed on rats, the scientists responsible for the study have said that drinking champagne on a regularly basis may influence one’s cognitive functioning and memory within 3 years, and keep dementia and other brain problems at bay.  A Better Choice For Your Waist Line Champagne offers similar benefits for your health as red wine and other alternatives. However, champagne does surpass red wine in the sense that it contains fewer calories in general. Champagne contains approximately 90 calories a glass whereas red wine contains about 125 calories a glass. In addition, the bubbles in champagne will generally encourage you to drink it slower and in moderation, as the bubbles tend to make you feel full faster. In short, you will reap all of the health benefits and shrink your waistline in the process.  Another thing to note is that champagne glasses tend to be a lot smaller than wine glasses. In general, studies have shown that most people tend to drink less champagne when given the opportunity than red or white wine. Since wine glasses are bigger and wine is not bubbly, more people tend to over-indulge in wine, which can be harmful and even lead to alcohol dependence. If you’re looking to lose weight and slim down that waistline, champagne is definitely a better alternative than wine.   An Easy Way Of Improving Cardiac Health Last but not least, champagne is made from red grapes and white grapes, much like red and white wine. In short, you’ll reap the same benefits from drinking champagne as you would from red and white wine. All of these drinks contain an antioxidant known as resveratol, which is responsible for preventing blood vessel damage, preventing blood clots and also reducing bad cholesterol in your body.  On top of the standard antioxidant, champagne takes its benefits one step further, as it contains polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants, which are not found in wine, have the unique role of slowing down the removal of nitric acid from the blood. This can help significantly lower blood pressure and reduce your overall risk to cardiac problems and strokes.  Bring Out The Champagne Don’t hesitate to bring out a bottle of champagne when it’s time to celebrate. With all of the health benefits that can be reaped, some...

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