Saturday, December 20, 2014

Did You Know You Can Substitute These Foods for Butter?

You likely already know that butter isn’t the healthiest food out there, but it is a staple ingredient in many dishes. If you want to continue eating the foods that you love without adding the fat and calories of butter, there are a number of ways to cut back. Here are some of the best butter substitutes.

  1. Applesauce. Though they seem like two very different foods, butter and applesauce are actually interchangeable in many recipes. Best applied to cake-like dishes, all you need to do is replace half of the butter in the recipe with that much applesauce to cut the calories in half. You can also replace all of the butter with applesauce, provided that you don’t mind the moist, dense texture that it produces.
  2. Avocado. In both savory and sweet dishes, avocado makes a wonderful alternative to fattening butter. Replacing half of the butter with avocado makes your dish healthier and gives it a chewier taste.
  3. Greek yogurt. Reduce calories and saturated fat by replacing half of the butter in any recipe with full-fat Greek yogurt. You can also experiment with the ratio of Greek yogurt to butter to adjust the taste and consistency.

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Happy Holidays!

We wish you and your loved ones all a very happy and safe holiday season.

Temple Hills Skating Palace: A Royal Roller Skating Experience

There aren’t many places in the Suitland area that are more fun than Temple Hills Skating Palace. This combination roller skating rink, arcade, and snack cafe offers hours of activities for people of all ages, and it even makes a great place to hold your next birthday party or work function. Temple Hills Skating Palace hosts one of the largest skating rinks in Maryland, which regulars say is well maintained to ensure a safe and fun time for all involved. Skate rentals are also available for an affordable price.

Attached is an arcade that includes two separate game rooms, which feature popular arcade games like Wheel of Fortune and Dance, Dance Revolution. Grab a slice of pizza or some mozzarella sticks from the full-service cafe when all of that playing makes you work up an appetite.

Temple Hills Skating Palace
3132 Branch Avenue
Temple Hills, 20748
(301) 505-6490

Increase Your Knowledge of Vino With a Wine Subscription

You love a good wine and are always on the hunt for the next best bottle. Up your wine game with these great wine subscription sites. Get information about wineries and vintages you’ve been wanting to check out and order a couple bottles of wines you’d like to try. Read articles and connect with other wine lovers to get pairing tips and much more.

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Shop for superb wine or join the club at The New York Times Wine Club. Depending on your level of membership, you can get six bottles of wine every one, two, or three months. Stay up to date on the latest in wine news while you sip a glass of perfectly suited wine.

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Savor Authentic Thai Dishes at Thai Orchid’s Kitchen

Creative and flavorful dishes from all four of Thailand’s main culinary regions are highlighted on Thai Orchid’s Kitchen’s extensive menu. For an authentic dining experience, this DC restaurant relies on herbs and spices imported directly from Thailand, and all of the eatery's sauces are prepared by the head chef, who has 20 years of Thai cuisine cooking under his belt.

Regulars recommend the curry puffs or any of the fried rice dishes. Best paired with a cooling papaya-carrot salad, spicy curries also receive two thumbs up from regular diners. Leave room for an order of sticky rice and mango for dessert.

Thai Orchid’s Kitchen is open Tuesdays through Sundays. Orders can be placed online, and the restaurant offers delivery and take-out.

Thai Orchid’s Kitchen
2314 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020

Four Fascinating Facts About Humans in Space

Are you fascinated by space exploration? Do you dream of joining the 12 people in history who've walked on the moon? Before you don your space suit, check out these interesting facts about humans in space!

1) Before you can even think about becoming an astronaut, you must log at least 1,000 hours of flying in a jet aircraft. This will prepare you, at least somewhat, to go from zero to 17,000 miles per hour in less than nine minutes on the Space Shuttle.

2) Once you've been launched into space, astronauts receive 3.8 pounds of food a day. Most of the food is precooked and processed so that it doesn't require refrigeration. Some fresh fruits and vegetables are on board, but they must be consumed within the first couple days. Astronauts can season their meals with ketchup, mustard, and taco sauce, among other condiments provided on the Space Shuttle.

3) The food consumed during Apollo 11 included bacon squares, sugar cookie cubes, beef stew, and fruit cake. The astronauts quenched their thirst with coffee, fruit juice, and orange drink.

4) On Earth, space suits weigh a whopping 280 pounds. It takes the better part of an hour to put on a space suit, and each astronaut wears special undergarments.

For more interesting space facts, check out NASA's website.

Paint Your Own Pottery at Paint This! in Alexandria

An afternoon of creative possibilities awaits at Paint This!, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Alexandria. Here, budding artists young and young at heart are invited to create their own ceramic masterpiece, choosing from what Paint This! boasts is the most expansive selection of ceramics in the area.

The process is simple: Choose from mugs, vases, plates, piggy banks, cups, frames, figurines, and much more, then settle in for an afternoon of no-pressure painting. After one week, you return to pick up your glazed and fired personalized creation. Better yet, the studio fee is easy on the wallet: just $8 per hour or $12 for an entire day. In addition to ceramics, Paint This! offers DIY mosaics and glass fusion.

Paint This! is open noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays and noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. The studio is closed Tuesdays.

Paint This!
1013 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-7499

Jiffy Shoppes: ‘Your Neighborhood Family Pizzeria’

Promising to be "your neighborhood family pizzeria," Jiffy Shoppes is a family-owned restaurant that's been serving subs and pizzas since 1959. This eatery is tucked between a gas station and an auto parts store, but regular diners insist that it's what's on the inside that counts.

Yelpers claim that the food at Jiffy Shoppes is a good bet for a quick bite. The cheesesteak with peppers is a popular choice, and regulars also claim that Jiffy Shoppes serves some of the best pizza and gyros in the area. The hot pastrami sandwich is another favorite among regulars, and the baklava is a “must-try,” according to one Yelp review.

Jiffy Shoppes is open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. weeknights and until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Jiffy Shoppes Restaurants
4773 Allentown Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 420-8200

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