How to cook like a southern gentleman

first_img1. Cast iron tenderloin 2. Green beans 3. Chorizo potatoes 4. Sittys Fried Chix 5. Southern pound cake 6. Sweet tea A Brief History of the Tervis Tumbler and Why You Need One Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Feasting is our column dedicated to cooking, grilling, eating and discovering what’s on the menu across America and the world.There are certain values a modern Southern gentleman holds near and dear to his heart. There are chivalry, intellectual curiosity, honor and respect for tradition, just new name a few. But perhaps the single most important thing a southern gentleman is known for is his hospitality. When presented with company he should know how to fix a proper drink and make a delicious meal while still being available to entertain his guests, whether it’s a backyard full of family or a one-on-one date with his girl. But he doesn’t have to figure out everything himself because Southern Living magazine teamed with author and self-taught chef Matt Moore for one of our favorite cookbooks. A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen: Adventures in Cooking, Eating and Living in the New South is a look into the life lessons, traditions and recipes that helped shape today’s modern Southern man.After the success of his self-published debut cookbook Have Her Over for Dinner, Matt wanted to shift his focus on a subject he’s been passionate about for quite some time: a culinary journey of discovery into the soul of the new Southern gentleman. “Together we’ll pay homage to a culture filled with tradition and folklore while cooking up some mighty tasty and delectable recipes you will be proud to serve to your family and friends,” he says in the intro. “Together we shall live, eat, cook, drink and learn!”A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen isn’t just a book of recipes. Matt dives into the stories and history that tell tales about the food, like making pasta with Nashville’s Tom Lazzaroli or perfecting the salmon croquettes his great-grandmother Addie used to cook for this father. Along the way are gent’s tips that will guide you on substitutions, shortcuts and what to do with things like leftover duck fat. Matt also highlights the artisans, farmers, family members, musicians and artists who inspire him the most in “Walking the Walk” segments throughout the book. There’s even a section in the back with all the necessary advice on stocking your pantry and selecting the proper gear to get the most out of your time in the kitchen.Related: BBQ with Franklin premieres on PBSNow on to the really good stuff. A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen is divided into six chapters with more than 150 essentials recipes. If you’re a seasoned cook, you’ll be familiar with the ingredients and techniques Matt uses throughout. But even if you’re a beginner, most of the recipes are easy to intermediate, making this book a great learning tool as well. “To Start + To Share” is a collection of dishes every guy should have up his sleeve for entertaining, such as Stuffed Grape Leaves and Crab Cakes with Caper Rémoulade. The “Greens + Soups + Gumbos” chapter has great ways to start your meal and comforting main dishes like a Chopped Seafood Cobb Salad and Callie’s White Bean Chicken Chili. Matt’s “Main Attractions” includes delicious dishes like Pan-Seared Duck Breast with Southern Fried Rice and Lowcountry Shrimp with Geechie Boy Grits which perfectly pair with his “Tried + True Sides” like Sweet Potato Smash and Sweet Peas with Bacon and Mascarpone. Save room for a “Sweet + Simple” dessert like Fresh Peach and Blueberry Cobbler. And because no meal would be complete without libations, the “Cocktails + Curiosities” section has everything from Cajun Vodka Lemonade to the classic NOLA Sazerac.Whether you live in the south or just have love for its rich culture and traditions, this cookbook is a must-have on every man’s shelf. The recipes are hearty and straightforward, and it’s full of tips and tricks to actually help you become a better cook. If you want to learn more and give the book a spin in your own kitchen, grab it on A Simple Recipe for True Southern Fried Chicken center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Pornlast_img read more

Ultimate All Inclusive – Fiesta Americana Resorts (The Posada Group) – Part 2

first_imgWritten By: Geoff Millar, Owner – Ultimate All-Inclusive Travel Inc. This month we will continue our tour of the Fiesta Americana Resorts. We are going to look at the up-scale Grand Fiesta Americana Resorts. There are 3 Grand Fiesta American Resorts located in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos. The two in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are All-Inclusive while the Grand Fiesta American Coral Beach is an EP plan Resort. These resorts are a step up in the quality level from the Fiesta Americana Resorts. They are all 4 & 5 star resorts. We will start with the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach located in Cancun. As stated, this resort is not an all-inclusive resort. It is located in a great area of the Cancun hotel strip, right at the elbow of the 7 very close to the shopping and nightlife of Cancun. It is also located on a very swimmable beach. This is a great AAA 5 Diamond resort and the grounds are beautiful. I do have to say that this is the first resort in Mexico, I have seen, that is now charging a $25 per room per night resort fee. As far as accommodations at the resort the standard rooms are all Jr. Suites and are either Ocean View or Ocean Front. They do have their concierge level which they call their “Grand Club”. All rooms come with either a king bed or 2 double beds. As far as their suite level rooms they have what they call “unlimited experience”. This entitles the guests to 3 meals in select restaurants, a selection of alcoholic drinks, private section on the beach, 1 six course dinner, free access to the kid’s club, butler service, included items in the minibar, free round trip ferry ticket to Isla Mujeres, free transportation to the 2 upscale malls in Cancun, and one ½ hour jet ski rental. Other than the Presidential Suite all the Suite level rooms are expanded Jr. Suites and are Ocean Front. The Presidential Suite has 2 bedrooms. Dining at this resort offers a wide variety of choices. The choice are Mexican, Seafood, a buffet, Italian (This restaurant is rated 5 Diamonds), Casual savory snacks and sandwiches. There are 3 bars, the sunrise pool and swim-up bar, the lobby bar, a casual beach bar, and the Bikini serving drinks and small snacks. Remember that this is not an all-inclusive resort and food and drinks are not included unless you are staying in an “Unlimited Experience” level room. Activities include a Kid’s Club, a fantastic 40,000 sq. ft. spa, a beautiful swimmable beach, a very large lagoon style pool, a variety of water sports are available at an additional cost. There is a daily activities list that changes on a regular basis providing a variety of activities as well as nightly entertainment. You are also within walking distance of shopping and the top Cancun nightclubs. This resort is a great resort for families and couples looking for an upscale non-all inclusive experience in the heart of the Cancun hotel strip with great accommodations, dining and activities. Next, we will look at the Grand Fiesta Americana in Puerto Vallarta. This great adult only all-inclusive resort is located in the area between downtown Puerto Vallarta and the Mismaloya area just South of Puerto Vallarta in what is known as the Romantic area. It sits on a beautiful beach with a rock reef just offshore. It is close to the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta and sits just in front of the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountain range. Just south of this area is where the movie Predator and Night of the Iguana, as well as other movies were filmed. Accommodations consist of all Ocean Front Rooms & Suites. Standard rooms at this resort are all Jr. Suites which come with one king bed or two double beds. At the Suite level all suites other than the Governors and Presidential Suite all other Suites are enlarged Jr. Suites. The Master Suites, Governors Suite, and Presidential Suites have separate bedrooms as well as larger balconies. Dining offers a variety of choices. It starts with a fantastic buffet and then goes to Mexican, French, Seafood, Oriental, A deli serving sweet and savory fare, Italian, and a grill with grilled items. As far as bars there is the sky bar with its fantastic views, a martini bar, a tequila bar, a pool bar, and a beach bar. Activities include a fantastic spa, a huge free form pool, a beautiful beach, and activities throughout the day including nightly entertainment. There is a DJ at the Skybar until the wee hours of the morning. The included watersports are not as prevalent as they are on the East coast of Mexico and the Riviera Maya. You are just a short distance from downtown Puerto Vallarta with its charm, shopping, and nightlife. There are a ton of very interesting off-site tours including the movie locations and one of my favorites, Sayulita, an eclectic surf town about 1 hour north of Puerto Vallarta. This resort is ideal for adults and couples who are looking for an upscale relaxing vacation.  It may not be ideal for clients who are looking for a very active resort. Most activities take place utilizing off-site tours. The last resort we are going to look at this month is the Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All-Inclusive Golf & Spa Resort. This beautiful smaller resort, 249 rooms, sits in the Cabo Del Sol area of the corridor between Cabo san Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo. It sits on a beautiful beach but, unfortunately, like many of the beaches in the Los Cabos area, it is not swimmable. There is access to the two beautiful golf courses in the Cabo Del Sol area and Golf Club. This hotel is number 10 of Golf Digest’s top 50 Golf Hotels in the world. It is a short drive into Cabo San Lucas. Accommodations at this resort consist of Standard rooms with one king bed or two double beds. These are either Ocean View or Ocean front. Suites are made up of Villa Master Suites, Grand Master Suite, Governor Suite and Presidential Suite. All Suites come with a separate bedroom and the Villa Suite has its own kitchen. The resort has a Villa category which includes a one bedroom King Master Villa and 2, 3, & 4 bedroom villas. The villas contain dining rooms and kitchens. Dining includes Mexican, Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean, a grilled serving grilled items, a great buffet, and a coffee shop serving a wide variety of specialty coffees as well as sweet and savory snacks. Also, don’t forget that the Villa category accommodations come with full kitchens. Activities are made up of, of course, golf, at an additional cost, a fantastic wineSpa that uses wine in its treatments, a full kid’s club, a Gym, daily activities including nighttime entertainment. And a great pool. It has a very nice beach, but it is not swimmable. Watersports are limited to the pool area because of the rough and unswimmable ocean conditions. There are great fishing, snorkeling and other water activities included in a variety of off-site tours. This resort is great for families, especially extended or generational family groups. It is also perfect for that golfing client. As well as the two golf courses close to the resort, Cabo has total of 10 championship golf courses. Well that is it for another month. Until next month, Safe travels and good selling.last_img read more

Energy strategy sparks disappointment among some environmentalists

Energy strategy sparks disappointment among some environmentalists CALGARY – Some environmental groups panned the energy strategy Canada’s premiers signed on Friday, but at least one saw some reason for optimism.Dale Marshall of Environmental Defence was disappointed in the document’s vague language around climate change and said it’s likely to encourage more of the status quo.“This energy strategy could have had a much more ambitious framework that would have allowed most provinces, if not all provinces, to move forward with greater commitments,” he said.“And we’re still at the point where generally the strategy does not acknowledge that there is a trade-off between building tarsands projects, building pipelines and addressing climate change.”The Council of Canadians’ Andrea Harden-Donahue said while mention of renewable energy and efficiency were welcome, the agreement “falls short.”“The strategy allows for more oil pipelines. Current proposals on the table threaten to allow enough tarsands expansion to make meaningful climate pollution cuts nearly impossible.”Erin Flanagan, an oilsands analyst with the Pembina Institute, an environmental think-tank, had a more positive take.The mention of carbon pricing and “market-based” mechanisms to deal with emissions was “a step in the right direction,” as not all provinces have adopted those policies.Flanagan said she was also pleased to see the premiers pushing for a greater voice in international climate negotiations, like the UN talks coming up later this year in Paris.Still, Flanagan cautioned that “the jury’s out” as to whether any tangible progress may come from the strategy.“My instinct is that much of the work is yet to come and so we’ll see over the next year whether or not this strategy is actually going to be successful,” she said.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers was a fan of the strategy, which stresses the importance of energy exports, a more streamlined regulatory process and the role technology can play in reducing emissions.“Ultimately this is a document that is going to enable us as a country to move important projects forward,” said association president Tim McMillan.The document makes few specific mentions of pipelines and oil and gas.Alan Ross, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais who works on behalf of energy clients, said that makes sense, as the strategy is meant to encompass all energy types, whether that be oilsands or run-of-river hydro.“I think that it presents an elegant opportunity to try to develop our energy infrastructure broadly,” said Ross, who worked on an earlier iteration of the strategy spearheaded by former Alberta premier Alison Redford when he was the provincial envoy in Ottawa.Follow @Lauren Krugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2015 3:00 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Investing in Latin American mining

first_imgThe team behind the big African Mining Indaba conference in Cape Town is now organising Investing in Latam Mining Cumbre in Santiago, Chile, July 11-12. The organisers say “the cusp of macroeconomic reform in countries like Argentina, a stable business environment in Chile, plus improved support for FDI is leading to an improved outlook for the Latin American region. On top of this, cautious optimism about improved returns from mined commodities, in particular, lithium and gold, is making Latin American mining more appealing to investors.“Latin America is also perfectly placed to take advantage of the growing demand for battery metals, thanks to significant investments being made in electric vehicle battery development and the continuing growth in consumer electronics. Coupling this market sentiment with Latin America’s vast lithium triangle provides significant opportunities for the region’s mining companies, governments and international investors.“With recent changes in governments in Peru, Brazil and Argentina, much of Latin America is essentially under new management with policies changing to favour the mining sector – look at the recent slashing of export taxes for mined commodities in Argentina. This all provides an improved outlook for investors, miners and the region’s economy.”Investing in LatAm Mining Cumbre aims to:·         Attract a truly international audience of investors and financiers·         Include large Asian mining groups, including Chinese SOEs who are actively buying into resources on the continent or entering into offtake agreements·         Tackle the serious issue of sustainable development while ensuring investments are profitable.last_img read more