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Helpful Apps for Avid Hikers

September 24, 2014 4:03 pm

When the weather gets a bit warmer and you want to move your workout outdoors, hiking is a wonderful way to stay active and spend some time in nature. Here are two great hiking apps that will help you to plan a hike and stay safe once you’re on the trail.

With a database full of hiking and biking trails all across the country, AllTrails is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for new places to hike. Detailed maps offer pinpoints marking each of the trails or parks in a given area, and clicking on a point pulls up a full list of information about that trail. AllTrails shows the distance, elevation, and difficulty level of a trail, and it provides reviews written by fellow hikers just like you.

Simply Hike
Stay safe and prepared on any hiking trip with Simply Hike’s expansive selection of hiking and camping equipment. Browse items like backpacks, clothing, and tents made especially for hiking, or search by your favorite brands, like the North Face and Berghaus, to find products that you’ll love. Simply Hike’s helpful customer service representatives will even help you to choose the perfect equipment for your needs.

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Want to Become a Better Cook? Start by Learning These Culinary Terms!

September 18, 2014 5:02 pm

When you encounter a recipe that’s full of complicated cooking terminology, it’s easy to feel intimidated. What if your chopping instead of dicing leads to a flop of a soufflé? These kitchen terms will teach you a few things about proper cooking techniques, and they’ll make you feel more confident about your next culinary endeavor.

  1. Beat. To beat a mix or batter is not the same thing as mixing it. Beating involves briskly whipping with a spoon, wire whisk rotary beater, or electric mixer, and it incorporates air into the ingredients in order to obtain a light, fluffy consistency.
  2. Blacken. Blackening a piece of meat or vegetables is a popular Cajun cooking technique that chars seasonings onto the food in order to give it a crunchy, spicy coating. This involves cooking over high heat in a heavy skillet.
  3. Fold. If a recipe calls for you to fold one ingredient into another, it means to combine them without decreasing their volume. Use a rubber spatula in vertical swipes across the mixture, pulling some of the mixture from the bottom to the top each time.
  4. Garnish. Once your dish is completed, you may garnish it by adding a decorative bit of fresh herbs, fruit or greens.

Glossary of Basic Cooking Terms [Les Petites Gourmettes]
Cooking Terms [Recipe Goldmine]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [UMN]
Glossary of Cooking Terms [Better Homes & Gardens]
Culinary Terms [About.com]

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Here to Serve Restaurant Discounts for Windsor Residents

September 17, 2014 10:55 pm

Here to Serve has teamed up with Windsor to offer 10-15% OFF at your favorite Here to Serve Restaurant and Bars with your WINDSOR GOLD CARD!

Aja, Shout, Twist, Noche, Coast, Smash and Shucks are all Here to Serve you!

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