Seared Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Spice Rub

seared pork tenderloin

1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns

1 tablespoon whole coriander

4 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon ground cloves

3 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

4 tablespoons sea salt, preferably gray

2 (2-pound) boneless pork tenderloins

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast white peppercorns and coriander seeds until they begin to pop. Remove from heat and grind to fine powder in a coffer grinder (for spices). Mix the ground pepper and coriander with remaining spices, cocoa and salt.

Trim the pork tenderloins of fat and silver skin. Rub with a generous amount of the cocoa spice rub. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat until hot but not smoking. Sear each tenderloin on all sides until a rich brown color, about 2 minutes each side. Remove tenderloins from heat and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Let the tenderloins rest out of the oven for at least 10 minutes before carving.

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My Love for Coffee

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How my love for coffee actually started is very interesting; coffee is one thing I had never liked at all. Even though I saw all my family members take coffee every single morning, I just couldn’t and always took tea instead. However, immediately I went to college I started reading so many good things about coffee; from doctor’s journals to even books, people were advised to take plenty of coffee for it came with tons and tons of benefits for our health. After going through quite a number of them, I was convinced about the health benefits of coffee. I talked to my mom about it and she was over excited. In fact, she was ready to give me the espresso machine they have in the kitchen for the longest time, but I did tell her it was not necessary; I was going to shop for the best espresso maker. I knew a couple of friends who have had such machines for as long as I can remember and I knew they were going to advise me on the best espresso maker to buy.

True my words; I left the next morning to town and came back to my college room that evening with a nice and powerful espresso machine. To cut the story short, it is now over three months since I got the machine and I love the way it does its job. That is not even the best part; strongly brewed cup of coffee is one thing I never miss every other morning. So just like the rest of people, thanks to the best espresso maker I have in my room, I am also reaping the rich health benefits of coffee. Interestingly, quite a number of friends have come to learn of my espresso maker and they normally stop over maybe before they go for their respective lectures or just in the evening for a taste of it. The experience has been amazing!

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The Best Knives on the Market

To keep abreast with some of the best chef knives and kitchen knives on the market, it is imperative you go through a number of best kitchen knives reviews. It is equally important to familiarize yourself with some of the renowned knife companies in the world. Wusthof Company (a German kitchen knives company) is famed for not only being among the best knife companies, but for also manufacturing some of the most versatile knives suitable for both home cooking and professional cooking enthusiasts. Here’s a quick guide for buying the best kitchen knives set.
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Wusthof Gourmet Cooks Knife

This knife comes with a synthetic ergonomic handle, which has been triple folded for purposes of enhancing its durability but at the same time retaining the smoothness and stylish looks of the knife. It also boasts of a computer controlled polishing and grinding of the blade, thus ensuring the knife’s cutting blade remains razor sharp and easier to resharpen.

Wusthof Ikon Knife

This knife has a perfect handle that is suitable for preparing virtually all cuisines ranging from Asian to Western cuisines. It comes with an extraordinary sharp blade that is easy to maintain. Its blade is also lined with high carbon stainless steel thus giving it outstanding strength. This knife is well balanced for effortless cutting and also comes with a specially designed bolster.

Wusthof Xline Bread Knife

This knife features a double-beveled blade that is specifically designed for purposes of ensuring a smooth slice, a ceramic coating on its blade and a carbon coating to increase the longevity of its blade. This knife perfectly suits both a professional chef and a starter cook.

Wusthof Classic Ikon

This knife is specifically designed to give both chefs and home owners ultimate cutting experience. It comes with a synthetic handle which is stylishly contoured for purposes of providing both control and hand comfort. Its blade is skillfully honed and also boasts of an incredible sharp edge, thus providing less resistance when slicing and shopping. It also has a computer controlled polishing and grinding of the blade.

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Choosing the best cookware has improved my cooking experience

There are things that my mother didn’t tell me. Unfortunately, it wasn’t something that should have been taught in school- or so I think. The little science I learned in class couldn’t really give me the knowledge I needed to know how to choose the right pots and pans. Don’t be mistaken; I am not complaining. Rather, I just want to let you know that some of the things that we need to know are learned through experience. These are things that we learn when we start handling bigger responsibilities – like running a family, managing a home, and most importantly, the kitchen.

One of the things that I didn’t know is that the type of pots and pans a person chooses has the potential to worsen or improve his or her cooking. Does this make any sense to you? Apparently, as weird as this might sound, it actually is the truth of the matter. As soon as I got hold of this important piece of information, and upon verifying it, there was no turning back – I started finding the best cookware. Besides, my adventurous nature wouldn’t allow me to just sit back and let the world pass me by. Even though I had planned for it, I sacrificed some unimportant monthly expenses to replace my cookware.

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Before replacing my cookware, I first of all evaluated what I had in the kitchen and how they were impacting my cooking. It came to my realization that I needed to make a few changes here and there. Briefly, let me share with you how buying the best cookware has transformed my cooking. The primary change had to do with the material used to make the cookware. I bought several pieces of cookware made of heavy gauge materials. The thinner gauge materials sitting in my kitchen cabinet had already warped at the bottom. Some of them even had dents.

As I later realized, the dents and warping was the common cause of food scorching. It is important for the cookware bottom to be as flat as possible- especially if the stovetop component is electric. Heavy gauge materials are durable and aren’t prone to dents and warps. On the same note, the heat usually spread more evenly compared to the pans and pots made using thinner gauge materials.

You must already be wondering how to determine the heaviness of a pan. Well, it’s pretty straightforward. First and foremost, lift the item and then look at how thick the walls and the base are. Try rapping it using your knuckles and listen keenly to the type of sound produced. You are looking at two possibilities – a dull thud or a light ping. If you hear the former, the material is thick enough.

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Zesty Peach Chutney

zesty peach chutney

2 lbs. peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped (frozen are fine)

1 lb onions, chopped

¾ cups red wine vinegar

½ cup apple cider or juice

1/3 cup chopped, pitted dates

1/3 cup raisins

1 habanero pepper, seeded and minced (use disposal gloves when doing this)

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. powdered ginger

¼ tsp powdered cloves

1 tablespoon mustard seeds

Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon

1 ½ cups packed dark brown sugar

In a large saucepan, combine peaches with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer until peaches and onions are tender, stirring occasionally for about one hour. Stir more often as mixture begins to thicken to prevent scorching.

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My Business is BOOMING, and I’ve got YouTube to thank!


When I started my travel agency a few years ago, I was relatively young, and I was eager to get business going and start making money. I had this idea in my head that, no matter what you do or what industry you’re in, the customers will come to you. I knew that marketing was important, but it wasn’t at the forefront of my thoughts as I brainstormed ways to build my company and “get rich”.

I was lucky in the first couple years, in that I had a steady stream of customers that recommended me to their friends and built up my client-base. Unfortunately, the economy tanked shortly thereafter, and I was left wondering if people really still wanted to spend their money on vacations (especially through travel agencies). A friend of mine suggested that I start looking for new ways to attract customers, and mentioned that she was having a lot of good results from social media marketing. I decided to look into it myself.

I tried a lot of channels before I really found my stride. Twitter marketing wasn’t for me, the customers in my target demographic aren’t really on Pinterest, and Facebook was already too crowded with advertising “noise”. I was about to give up, and then I tried YouTube. I was SHOCKED at the great results I got!

I started my foray into YouTube on a small scale, creating Malaysia YouTube ads and Singapore YouTube ads first since those are two of our most popular destinations. The response was fantastic! Almost immediately we had people commenting on our videos, writing in to our website, and calling our agency from all over the world! Even people FROM Malaysia and Singapore were reaching out to us to help plan their travel to other parts of the world because they had seen our ads!

Needless to say, I am a firm believer in YouTube ads now. We release them regularly and are always pleased with the return on our investments. I always make sure to recommend them to anyone I know that is looking for an effective way to grow their business.


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Reliable And Innovative Panasonic Rice Cooker


Coming up with a meal of rice can be incredibly tricky. Ideally, if you do not know how to cook, there is no way you will get the whole process right. However, did you know that you can pull through the whole process effectively and with so much ease if today you decide to use one of the best rice cookers? After they unveiled their first Panasonic rice cooker, Panasonic have constantly continued to develop amazing rice cookers with the best rice cooker reviews by users. Panasonic SR-G06GF is currently being sought after by many rice lovers.

Top features of Panasonic SR-G06GF

With many people going for this item, this is no surprise because every part of this rice cooker has been laid out perfectly well. Its designed has been incredibly crafted and done. In fact, apart from the kind of reliability you will get from this amazing Panasonic rice cooker, the design alone will give the whole rice cooker a modern and appealing look.


Automatic cooking

From the way many electric rice cookers are being designed, it seems automatic features being included has become the order of the day, and this model has not also been left out. This rice cooker come fully equipped with automatic shut off and cooking for easy operation. You can program the rice cooker to cook for some then automatically shuts off on its own.

3-cups of rice and transparent glass

These two features have, practically, raised the standards of this rice cooker. It can automatically cook up three cups of uncooked rice. Additionally, the see-through glass that comes with this item will give you an amazing opportunity to see the progress of your cooking with so much ease.


It can be frustrating to buy a rice cooker only to find you still need to buy other accessories to complete the whole rice cooker. However, with this model, you need not to worry for it comes fully accessorize with rice scoop, a cup and a multilingual instruction manual. Other major highlights of this Panasonic rice cooker certainly have to be stay cool lid, light indicator when cooking and amazing handles that will enable you to safely move this item from one location to another.

Bottom line, this rice cooker is reliable and worth checking out. However, if today you decide to buy this rice cooker, it is very important you know that it is not recommended for brown rice; besides, you will have to clean your uncooked rice before you cook; and let that must be done in a separate pan and not on the one coming with the rice cooker.

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Know The Best Induction Cookware in The Market Today

You may be considering getting an induction range, but you are unsure about what to buy. There are so many suggestions given on best induction cookware, however, it all depended with your preference, either stainless set or nonstick one.

For any induction material, you choose to use you must use two criteria when selecting them. Firstly, you need to consider the heat up satisfaction on the current induction element. The second thing you need to consider is a good cookware and not just an induction cookware. Though your reasons for buying a new set of cooking equipments may vary, there are various selections of cookware that I feel are the best and come across so far.

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First, you can consider buying a complete set. If this is what you are thinking, then Duxtop Stainless steel set is the best for you. The set is loved by many people across the globe and is said to be the best. It is well designed to work with cook-tops that are stainless steel and they look very good. Additionally, the set is made of eight and ten inch frying pan, two and three quart saucepans with their cover, five quart casserole pan with a cover, and six and half saucepots with cover. This makes it the best induction cookware in the market today. In addition, the cookware has three unique layers constructed in a sandwiched aluminum core that is set between two layers of magnetic stainless still by the manufacturer. The magnetic layer is perfect and helps in giving perfect satisfactory results every time you are cooking.

There are other cookwares you can opt to purchase for your kitchen smaller budget. However, you need to consider buying something that that heats and cools very quickly or something that is slow to heat and also slow to cool down. Again, this will depend with what you prefer, however, you may need to have a vessel with a straight and tall sides or low and curved sided vessel. You need to first sit down and decide on the shape, material, and size of the induction cookware you what to purchase.

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