Happy 4th of July, Happy American Independence Day. This is a nation still being born. The Founding Fathers had a fascinating concept that is still not fully realized. We're getting there but it is slow going, especially for citizens who still do not benefit from all the grand ideas. I have faith we'll get there, … Continue reading Ramble on Independence Day
Summertime is the perfect time for an ice cream cake. And when I think of that I think of Carvel. If you lived in an eastern state you were familiar with the television commercials with founder Tom Carvel. By the time I saw them he was a crusty older guy who was quirky and endearing. … Continue reading National Ice Cream Cake Day
I do love cookies and most especially the delicious variation called Pecan Sandies. This shortbread goodie with delicious nuts just hits my sweet spot. But my sweet spot is the problem. I have my Type II Diabetes under control but I still love some sugary goodness. Hard to resist. For the most part sugar free … Continue reading National Pecan Sandies Day and a product endorsement
Rocky Road is definitely one of my favorite flavor combinations bringing together chocolate, marshmallows and nuts, usually almonds. It can be found in candy bars, fudge, other desserts and especially ice cream! I am told that the ice cream was introduced as the Great Depression began and was a commentary on the rough days of … Continue reading National Rocky Road Day
There are few things more versatile than olives. They come in so many different varieties, colors and flavors. They can be stuffed with so many different fillings. Squeeze them a bit and you get useful oil. But munching on them is the best options. A perfect snacking choice. In my family there used to be … Continue reading National Olive Day
The seminal French dish Coq au Vin (rooster in wine) comes from an old farm house need to soften up an old rooster in a wine stew from whatever was on hand at the farm. Traditionally it includes carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms. Knowing this national day was coming I checked out many recipes. I … Continue reading National Coq au Vin Day and a non-recipe for it
Recently Pamela came back from shopping with some of the few meat products available and one was a brisket. It was more than 7 pounds and I immediately knew I wanted to split it in two and make it two different ways. Please pardon the poor photographs because I was so eager to dig in … Continue reading National Brisket Day and I make it two ways
If you are looking to find something interesting to stream during the lockdown you may find this interesting. Do you like history? Do you like all things Rome? Do you like quality museum exhibits? Then you will really enjoy the limited time streaming of a tour of the exhibit featuring items from the excavations of … Continue reading Fortune favors the streaming
During these lock down times I am trying recipes I may not have tried in other circumstances. Recently I tried an internet favorite slow cooker recipe called Mississippi Roast. It is simple, delicious and has several variations you can try. Basically you take an inexpensive cut of beef (try chuck roast or sirloin roast) and … Continue reading I tried Mississippi Roast
Today is both National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day. You can already see where I'm going with this. Put them together and bake up a great batch of soft gooey oatmeal raisin cookies. Try the recipe link below for a terrific option. And send me a few by mail if you do. Yummy! … Continue reading Two National Days that go well together with a recipe that blends them!
Garlic is such an integral part of our cooking it is hard to imagine how we would do without it. But the most useful and delightful way to use it is to simply roast it. You can do a few heads at a time in your toaster oven or a whole sheet pan full in … Continue reading National Garlic Day – now go roast it!
While there are competing stories of who originated Eggs Benedict, it is widely agreed it was here in New York City in the latter half of the 19th Century. Makes sense it was first devised in a city that celebrates a brunch culture. As you know it is an English Muffin, topped with bacon, poached … Continue reading National Eggs Benedict Day
Mmmm. I love pecans, in waffles, in gooey pie, in just about any way. As you are sequestered at home it would be nice to have a tasty snack high protein way to enjoy them. Lucky you, here is a simple recipe I have adapted from Southern Living magazine that I know you will enjoy! … Continue reading National Pecan Day and a make at home snack
Today's national day salutes the delicious, flexible potato. So many delicious options - crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside french fries; rich creamy mashed potatoes; loaded baked potatoes and of course irresistible Tater Tots; and so many more ways to make them. But my favorite by far is something I learned in a … Continue reading National Tater Day
With such a tasty national day and time on the hands of many people at home, why not make homemade chips AND a dip! Here's a couple of recipes to give you that option. ===============French Onion Dip INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, finely minced2 sprigs of thyme, stripped … Continue reading National Chips and Dip Day and a recipe for each!
Today's National Day celebrates the great combination of chocolate and caramel. While looking for a way to celebrate I remembered a former feature of this blog called "Exposed!" where I explored or tore apart something to see what it is like inside. Now that we are all on isolation during the Coronavirus situation, I have … Continue reading National Chocolate Caramel Day with a special Exposed! Edition
We could all use some comfort food right about now and just in time comes National Sloppy Joe Day and a recipe to go with it. Enjoy! ===============SLOPPY JOES INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons olive oil1 cup finely diced onion1 teaspoon minced garlic2 pounds lean ground beef1 cup tomato paste2 3/4 cups tomato puree1/2 teaspoon chili powder1/2 … Continue reading A recipe for National Sloppy Joe Day
According to the California Artichoke Advisory Board, artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. The antioxidants in artichokes are very good for your liver and help promote healthy skin. Artichokes are also high in fiber, calcium, and protein while low in calories. For all of these reasons, along with being … Continue reading A recipe for National Artichoke Hearts Day
Meatballs are so versatile - they can be used in a sauce or on their own; they can be an appetizer or main course; they can be lowbrow grub or haute cuisine fancy. I've made many recipes for meatballs and have recently settled on the one below. Works fine and tonight I plan to make … Continue reading National Meatball Day and a recipe to go with…
You can mull cider, mull wine or mull over an idea. My idea is a warm spiced wine on a cold winter day. There are many recipes to be found for mulled wine but my favorite is at the Delish website. Give it a try and I'll be right over! https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a23364385/mulled-wine-recipe/ As always you can … Continue reading National Mulled Wine Day
The month of March is National Celery Month and today, March 1, is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. What can we make from that? I know! We can make Ants on a Stick! No, no, no, no. Not like that. More like this: That's better. Simple, really. Take celery, spread peanut butter in the groove … Continue reading A National Month + A National Day = A Kid Friendly Snack!
There are few desserts more showy and more delicious than Chocolate Soufflé. Here is a recipe I have made and assure you it is great. ===============Chocolate Soufflé INGREDIENTS: 7 ounces semisweet chocloate, coarsely chopped4 tablespoons rum, Framboise, orange juice, Grand Mariner or water4 egg yolk1/4 cup sugar8 egg whites, room temperatureBerries & mint leaves METHOD: … Continue reading National Chocolate Soufflé Day
You know the nut - it is delicious, roasted, and salty, a great snack and marketing heavily as a healthy snack. That's not how I remembered them as a youth - in my day... ...there were only found in light bulb heated display cases on convenience store counters and dyed a bright red that always … Continue reading National Pistachio Day
There are many types of clam chowder - New England with the cream base; Manhattan with the tomato base and Rhode Island with a broth base. I have several recipes calling for fresh clams, but shucks, that seems too complicated during a busy week. So to warm your cold February weeknight here is a simple … Continue reading National Clam Chowder Day
I like bread in general and Banana Bread in particular. Especially warm. Especially homemade. So here is a recipe that allows you to celebrate. It is a great recipe, I can promise you. ===============BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour3/4 cup sugar3/4 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped3 large bananas, very … Continue reading National Banana Bread Day