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In Grandmas Kitchen (Part I)
One of my fondest childhood memories is being in the kitchen with my Hungarian grandmother. I loved watching her chopping vegetables, kneading dough, and leaning over bubbling pots in a kitchen that was always filled with wonderful aromas. I'd always help her after school-shelling peas or beans, scrubbing and peeling vegetables, and when I got older, helping to prepare dinner. My favorite was Friday dinner-we would always have some kind of savory soup followed by a noodle or sweet dish. I was always a sweet tooth and looked forward to egg noodles with eggs or jam, palacsinta (Hungarian crepes eaten with jam, cocoa, nuts or sweet cheese fillings), and, in the late summer, silvas gomboc (plum dumplings) topped with cinnamon sugar breadcrumbs.
Easy Trail Mixes
Before you set off on your next family walk or outing, try making one of these super easy trail mixes to keep your energy up.
African Bean Soup
Yoruba ethnic group from the Southwestern part of Nigeria call this traditional soup 'Gbegiri'
Shake Things Up With Fun Milkshakes
Milkshakes have been around since the old days of drugstore soda fountains. Now days we tend to drink milkshakes mainly when we go out for a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant.
Digging Up Earthnuts (Conopodium Majus)
The custom of grubbing for Earthnuts, or Pignuts is as ancient as mankind itself. Although these tasty tubers are beloved of pigs (hence the name) they are a most unusual and rewarding woodland snack and there was a time when they were a popular nibble for country children on their way to and from school.
Bourbon BBQ Sauce
If you are seeking a very unique flavored bbq sauce for your next barbeque then you must try bourbon bbq sauce. This is a very unique sauce that only you will know the secret ingredient.
Texas Pecan Treats
Come August, there is nowhere I'd rather NOT be than in Texas. Steamy, sultry, and hot, living in Texas in August is like trying to breathe in a tightly-covered pressure cooker.
Spanish Food - The Perfect Paella
Looking for a traditional Spanish recipe? Without doubt, thebest-known is going to be the prodigious paella ... that tasty,adaptable, gregarious dish famed throughout Spain and the World.
Canarian Recipes for Shrove Tuesday
For the British at least, Shrove Tuesday is probably better known as Pancake Day. Those wonderful delicacies, smothered in sugar and lemon and often tossed around in village competitions. As you will see from the recipes below, the Brits certainly don't have the monopoly of this type of fare for the occasion:
Swordfish, a Nutritious and Healthy Addition to Any Diet
Swordfish belongs to the group of fish that have recently become more appreciated for their contribution of omega-3 essential oils to the diet. These fats, which have to be provided by the diet, have now been shown to have a host of health giving benefits including combatting rheumatoid arthritis, heart attacks, high blood pressure, clogged arteries, psoriasis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, multilple sclerosis and even mirgraine headaches. Doctors and nutritionists now recommend three portions of fatty fish per week to get the full health giving benefits.
Chinese Dumplings on Chinese New Year
One of my fondest childhood memories is the celebrations around Chinese New Year. This was a time of great excitement and joy, families came together, children were given gifts, and everyone enjoyed traditional New Year's foods. Perhaps my favorite New Year food was Chinese dumplings.
Rowan Jelly (Mountain Ash - Pyrus aucuparia)
Sharp and sour but sweet and succulent all at the same time, this traditional accompanyment to cold meat is bursting with flavour, and folklore !
Grandmas Peach Canning Recipe
Grandma loved to bake peach pies or top pancakes with peaches instead of syrup. During the summer months, she would buy baskets of seconds and freeze them. Freezing peaches was much easier and faster than canning them, so she rarely bothered with canned fruit. Since she didn't have a vacuum sealer, she used containers to hold her peaches. However, Nan, my mother, and I all use a vacuum sealer to prevent freezer burn. I really recommend this recipe over the more traditional peach canning recipe, because it is so simple to do and is not as dangerous as using a pressure canner. (Those things make me nervous.)
Wild Watercress Soupt (Nasturtium officinale)
Wild Watercress soup is a delicious and nutritious recipe with the leaves available in spring and early summer. Watercress is rich in Vitamins A and C, iron, iodine and phosphorus. Watercress has been used as part of a holistic response to cancer of the lungs, larynx, oesophagus, prostate, bladder, uterus, stomach and intestines. It can be used in the treatment of:
So, You Have A Crockpot - Now Youll Want Crockpot Recipes
To those of us that don't know, crockpot recipes are among the best out there! Did you receive a crockpot as a gift at your wedding shower or perhaps as a birthday gift and have no idea how to use it? Crockpots are great kitchen tools that offer a convenience like none other. Many meals from basic chicken recipes to fancy Christmas recipes can be made in the crock pot. Crockpot recipes can be made ahead of time, say in the morning, and cooked slowly throughout the day. Then, when you come home from work, tired and worn out, dinner is waiting for you! Finding free recipes is easy.
Planning Help: Meal One
It's nice when I find a meal where the foods compliment each other because it simplifies my life by knowing what to serve with what. Of course I don't have to stick to any one meal plan; I can mix and match the main dishes and sides, but a lot of the time I'm in a hurry and don't have a lot of time to think about it. I already have quite a few meals like this up my sleeve, but when I find a NEW one to add to my collection I get happy because it adds a little more variety to our meal choices.
These muffins are not only tasty, but they're also a good source of fiber. In recent years, health experts have come to realize that fiber is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. Using Canola oil also increases the health benefits of these muffins.
Weird Foods Of The World - Chinese
I have eaten some weird and wonderful dishes around the world but some of the more interesting concoctions have been served up to me in China.
Gyokuro Cheesecake Recipe
This Gyokuro cheesecake makes an elegant dessert. Perfect for any occasion, and pretty easy to make. Gyokuro Cheesecake Ingredients 10 chocolate graham crackers 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup low-fat margerine, melted 3 pkgs. (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened 3 eggs, lightly beaten. 1 1/4 cups organic sugar 1/4 cup cocoa (unsweetened powder) 3 tablespoons organic flour 3/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt 1/4 cup gyokuro tea 1 teaspoon matcha powder non-stick cooking spray Preparation Break the graham crackers into pieces, place in a food processor and process to crumbs. Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the organic sugar and cocoa and mix well. Add the low-fat margerine and stir with a fork to moisten the crumbs. Spray a 9" springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Press the mixture onto the bottom of the springform pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Adjust the oven temperature to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and eggs together. Add the organic sugar, cocoa powder and organic flour. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add the non-fat plain yogurt, gyokuro tea and matcha and mix well. Pour into the pan over the baked crust. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 250 and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. or until the cake is set in the center. Turn off the oven and let the cheesecake remain in the oven for one hour. Remove from the oven and cool. Run a knife around the edge of the cake to release it from the pan. When the cake is completely cool, remove the side of the pan. Cake is best when chilled for at least 6 hours before serving.
Easy Gourmet Recipes You and I can do!
So, you don't think you can find easy gourmet recipes? Yes, you can! While most people think that gourmet recipes are hard to make, time consuming, or too expensive, you can find things that are gourmet and easy to make. You just need to look in the right places and know what you are looking for! First of all, finding information on gourmet recipes on the Internet is easy to do. Just search your favorite recipe websites or just use a search engine like Google or Yahoo. If you do not have web access, going to the library for the information will also work. The library contains many types of books or even CD ROMs on cooking. Most importantly, both of these options result in free recipes!
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