Stamford, CN (PRWEB) November 17, 2005
As the holidays get closer and closer, preparing for your holiday party takes on a greater urgency. Members of AP9 HomeWorksPlus, a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, can take advantage of money-saving benefits that include kitchen accessories, recipes, gift baskets and prepared-meal services, ideal for parties and family gatherings.
Members of AP9 HomeWorks Plus log on to DealPass to access member-exclusive savings on items such as ready-made meals and baking goods, gourmet goods, gift baskets and decorations, among others. These deals offer members one thing less to worry about when preparing holiday dinners or longer visits over the holidays.
As every host and hostess knows, food is a key ingredient in any party. Deciding what to prepare and how to please everyone are issues of vital importance to the success of any shindig. What if you decided to try a new spin this year and prepare a juicy steak with paprika and flakes of chili instead of the traditional marinade? Or a new green bean and sweet curry stir fry instead of the (delicious but overrated) green bean casserole?
AP9 HomeWorks Plus invites you to take a trip down the spice aisle to give a new twist to your meals this holiday season. Don’t be afraid to bring something new to the table by using spices from around the world that can transform a traditional dish into an intriguing one. AP9 HomeWorksPlus has some ideas and tips on how to buy, store and use some flavorful spices:
-- Buy spices in small amounts, especially if they’re fresh. Keep them stored in a jar (preferably of tinted dark glass) with an airtight lid.
-- Keep your spice rack away from direct heat and sunlight, since both can drain the spices of color and flavor.
-- Most spices don’t need to be refrigerated, but those red-colored ones like cayenne pepper, paprika and chili powder should be kept in the fridge to make the flavor last longer. Also, to avoid rancidity, keep poppy and sesame seeds stored in the freezer.
-- To save time in the kitchen, take a moment to pre-mix a combination of spices, like the very Italian combination of ground thyme, marjoram, garlic and onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley and basil. Combine a quarter-teaspoon of each spice in an airtight jar, and add it to tomato or meat sauce, or use it with pasta, poultry or grilled artichokes.
-- Surprise your guests by adding a touch of India to your appetizers; try a tamarind and date dipping sauce. You can also bring a Mediterranean flavor to your table with Za’atar, a mixture of the spice called sumac, sesame seeds and other herbs, which, when combined with olive oil, can be spread on bread and crackers.
-- Seafood lovers will enjoy a taste of tandoori. It goes great with baked shrimp, various seafood steaks and shrimp pasta salad.
In addition to savings on cooking and entertaining, members can also access members-only discounts on home decorating, home improvement and safety improvement as well as a variety of member resources for the home and the family, concludes AP9 HomeWorks Plus
About AP9 HomeWorks Plus
AP9 HomeWorksPlus is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 HomeWorks Plus.