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Top 5 Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

People try all sorts of fad diets in their desperation to lose weight, but the truth is nothing takes the place of real, whole food nutrition. A balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals paired with regular exercise is the key to long-term health and wellness, and that doesn’t come with any sort of short cut. On the other hand, there are certain nutrient rich choices you can make that will give you more bang for your buck. These ‘super foods’ come in all shapes and sizes, but one in particular could be hiding right under your nose. Sweet potatoes, also referred to as yams, are packed with nutritional goodness, with the added benefit of an inexpensive price tag. They have a number of properties that make them a much better choice than yellow or white potatoes, and you can substitute sweet potatoes in any recipe without losing anything. Here are five of the top health benefits of sweet potatoes.

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Couponing Tips That Will Save You Huge Money

Today’s economy isn’t exactly designed for fattening purses. Unemployment rates continue to remain elevated, and millions of other people are underemployed. The most basic things that families need to keep going each month, like food, gas and utilities continue to get more and more expensive, while our paychecks shrink and our work weeks get longer. It’s a bleak situation if you stop to dwell on it for too long. So instead of railing against the things you cannot change, make a real difference for your financial bottom line by learning how to successfully use coupons. Sure, you might think clipping coupons is just for people that have too much time on their hands. But the truth is with the huge amount of online deal sites now joining standard offers and paper circulars, couponing can save you huge amounts of money. Continue reading…

Top 5 Tips to Make Gourmet Pizza at Home

Making your own pizza at home not only provides you with a delicious hearty meal, it can be a great deal of fun as well. You can develop and refine a unique cooking skill, get creative with your toppings, and truly make the best pizza you’ve ever had. There’s something special about home-cooked food, and pizza is no exception to this rule. Most people don’t believe it simply because they’ve never had home-cooked pizza, but it can be done and it can be delicious. Follow these 5 tips to make gourmet pizza in your own kitchen. Continue reading…

How to Prepare Your Kitchen: Must Have Food Cupboard Items

The secret of being prepared for any recipe is to keep a well-stocked pantry. Unless you relish the idea of living off of expensive ready meals or purchasing takeaways regularly, then a good selection of standard food staples is required. This kit of food basics creates the building blocks of many different recipes and even gives you room to adapt recipes and create new ones from scratch.

Many of these items are long life and can be kept on hand within your cupboards for long periods of time. However, others are perishable, so it is always a good idea to note down expiration dates and check whether items require refrigeration once opened or stored within a particular place. The key to keeping your cupboards well stocked is to organised item rotation by expiry date and knowing when you need to purchase more supplies.

The best way to ensure you have all of your required basics is to go through a meal plan of recipes you eat within a normal week.  Jot down all the required ingredients and cross them off as you go through the week. This is also the best way to figure out how much of each ingredient you should invest in in the beginning.

Below is a list of all items you should consider stocking in your pantry to guarantee you are adequately prepared.


Long Life Cupboard Items

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Tinned beans – baked, kidney and white beans
  • Dried Beans – lima, lentils, black
  • Bread crumbs
  • Broth – vegetable, chicken
  • Cereal
  • Chocolate – cocoa powder, unsweetened squares, chips
  • Coffee – ground, beans, instant
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruit – raisins, apricots
  • Extracts – vanilla, lemon, almond
  • Flour – All-purpose, cake, bread
  • Gelatine
  • Powdered milk
  • Mushrooms – Tinned or dried
  • Nuts – almonds, peanuts, walnuts etc
  • Dried Pasta – spaghetti, penne, noodles
  • Rice – long grain, basmati
  • Tinned soup
  • Sugar – granulated, confectioners
  • Tea
  • Tinned meats – tuna
  • Yeast


  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Milk
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes


  • Table sauces – BBQ sauce, tomato ketchup, salad cream etc.
  • Chilli paste and sauce
  • Honey
  • Jam
  • Maple Syrup
  • Marmalade
  • Mustards
  • Olives
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Herbs and Spices

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry Powder
  • Five-spice powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger
  • Mint (dried)
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano (dried)
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary (dried)
  • Salt
  • Thyme 

Josiah’s Catering and Family Business Essentials

There are many companies in the Philippines that started from humble beginnings. Most family businesses were established by either the patriarch, matriarch or both. The business grows, and the children join the business…and so, the saga of a family business succession begins.

Josiah’s Catering was established by our parents over 20 years ago. My mother loves to cook and  would cater for friends during the ‘90s. Today, Josiah’s Catering is one of the  most trusted and largest catering businesses in the country. When the second generation finished college, it became “All in the Family.” My brother, Chef Jasper, is the Executive Corporate Chef, and is also in charge of research and development. He receives mentoring from our mother Jet. I am the Pastry Chef tasked to create delightful desserts, as well as to do our marketing, while our youngest, Josiah, (name sake of our business) is in charge of operations.

Your family business will succeed if essential guidelines are followed.

Have a clear plan to accomplish goals.We all work together to introduce innovations in our catering business. We built our brand as the premiere wedding and banquet specialist in the country.

Have a clear Chain of Command. Each member of the family is responsible for his own department. The members of the board collectively make important decisions.

Have good communication among family members. We don’t bring work home. We discuss work-related matters only at the office. The home is a place for us to unwind, relax and bond together.

Our family business is not only a way for us to gain economic progression, but for us to bond as a family, as well.