Many successful business owners are focused on providing a good living for their family, and yet a majority of them have no succession plan in place for their children to take over their business. This isn’t surprising since only 12% of all U.S. family-owned businesses survive into the third generation, and that as little as 3% survive into the fourth generation. Currently the family-owned industry has witnessed a decline in preservation and although various factors have contributed to this downfall, the largest detrimental factor to family businesses is having no detailed succession plan in place.
One of the fastest growing food trends of 2013 is a rice-like grain known as quinoa, properly pronounced as KEEN-wah. Quinoa, the “mother of all grains,” is not only a packed with protein (take that rice!), but also contains an impressive biodiversity as it’s origins stem from Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The recent popularity of quinoa has catapulted this grain into stardom and has even gained recognition by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United States (FAO) who declared 2013 as “The International Year of the Quinoa.”
With cheese and crackers, of course! Wine, cheese and crackers have always been staples for one another to ensure quality taste and flavors. However, the real reason that this dynamic trio of flavors are a perfect match is because of tannin, which is the chalky dry taste we experience from drinking wine. In order to reduce the displeasing taste of tannin, cheese and cracker consumption are needed to combat the acidic flavors within each glass of wine.
With the smell of blooming flowers, baseball underway, and kids looking for Easter eggs, it can only mean one thing: it’s tax season, and as the old saying goes, “there's only two certainties in life: death & taxes,” but I'd like to add one more certainty to the list: “If it tastes good, it's bad for you, and/or if it tastes bad, it's good for you.”
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