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Talking Turkey-Thanksgiving side dishes

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

This is my favorite part of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for my family. coque iphone outlet shop It’s all about the veggies, so if you have a few non bird eaters, there is plenty of food for them. coque Samsung Galaxy S6 How about a Vermont classic, corn fritters, or a cold brussell sprout dish or a squash ratatouille?

Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Start with you basic stuffing recipe and add cooked crumbled sausage, large chopped apples and pecan. coque huawei soldes I take a classic green bean casserole and substitute the beans with broccoli (or maybe do both veggies). For the non meat eater, forget the sausage.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Our everyones’ favorite, garlic mashed potatoes. coque samsung s8 Saving calories, making mashed cauliflower gives you the creamy texture without the points.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Whatever your veggie cravings are, check out WWMS side and veggie dishes to add to your Thanksgiving meal.

Talking Turkey Part 1

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here and for some, cooking a turkey is a daunting task. coque huawei soldes But in fact, it’s really one of the easiest holiday meal entrees. Coque iPhone 6 First, take a look at your oven and make sure it’s big enough for a whole turkey. If it’s a small oven , you might consider cooking a whole turkey breast instead of the whole turkey. coque Samsung Galaxy S6 If your oven is regular size, choose the turkey size according to the number of guest eating. The basic rule of thumb is 1-1 1/2 pounds per person. I usually go a little more since I like to have leftovers. Survey the roasting pans for the correct size. Now all you need is the turkey, small herbs and veggies. Here’s a video from Chef John at Food Wishes that makes cooking a turkey pretty simple. coque iphone France So, let’s get cooking.

Mardi Gras, It’s Fat Tuesday!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

I’ve been noticing some increased activity in the archives. coque iphone pas cher People have been searching Mardi Gras and Fauschnaut Day. I thought this was a little strange until I suddenly realized, today is Fat Tuesday. My god, this year flew by, I almost missed it. coque samsung a8 2018

Mardi Gras Indians

I have to admit, I know little about the history and traditions of Mardi Gras, but I found this Mardi Gras New Orleans Site that gives all kinds of info. coque iphone outlet shop Too late for this year, but they have suggestions for hotels, Mardi Gras packages, and Bourbon Street Balconies where you can reserve a spot to check out the craziness in the French Quarter. coque imprim√© huawei pas cher I’m thinking tomorrow is not to soon to start planning for next year.

Krewe of Zulu

So, pull out your masks and beads and celebrate the end of Carnival season before the beginning of Lent, that period of fasting and denial that plagued young Catholics like myself. coque samsung a8 2018 personnalis√© Make up a batch of Jambalaya or Shrimp Creole, create a King Cake, and if you’re in Allentown, remember to pick up the donuts.

The best lobster bisque … it’s that time again!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Thinking about making something different for New Year’s Eve? Lobster Bisque is a festive, filling soup that let’s your friends know you care enough about them to make something special. I’m not going to tell you that this is one of our super simple dishes but it is worth the time.

lobster bisque

I can’t take credit for this dish, I’ve taken it from the New Basics Cookbook (the original Silver Pallet writers) changed a few ingredients. The complete recipe is in our cookbook but I included a few step by step pictures here to help. coque huawei pas cher

chop tails into 2 inch pieces and find a good fish stock

watch Cindy making roux on you tube

If the lobster is too expensive for your budget try switching out the lobster with crab and shrimp. coque telephone samsung j3 This time a year many markets put their frozen shrimp and crabmeat on sale.

after the "meat" is cooked, marinate in Madera or Marsala wine

almost finished, remove the shells, strain and use your emulsion blender before adding the meat back into the soup.

If you do go this route, find a good fish stock to “beef” up the broth. coque pas cher samsung s8 I serve the bisque in a small bread bowl.

Bread Bowls

Hollow the bowls out, reserving the inside bread and warm the “bowls” in the oven. coque samsung 2018 Scoop a ladle full of bisque into the bowls and place the top and insides on the edge for dipping. If you get into trouble, shoot us an email.

Saint Paddy’s Day-Mexican Style

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Hope everyone had a fun and safe St. Patricks Day. Coque iPhone 6S We were lucky to have some corn beef and cabbage as well as meat and chicken pies for the day in Mexico. Coque huawei The Shamrock Bar in Bucerias, Mexico goes all out with games and rides for the kids, traditional beer and foods and a local high school band playing Coldplay. coque Samsung Galaxy S7 Thought I’d share some of the photos from the day. coque huawei d’occasion Everyone is Irish on St.

St. Patrick’s Day Traditions; Irish Soda Bread

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I grew up in a home where St. Patrick’s Day was something akin to Christmas or Easter. coque samsung galaxy The table was set with a green tablecloth covered with Irish lace, the “good” china and crystal. Pots of Shamrocks made a centerpiece and there was corned beef and cabbage and green treats for dessert. coque iphone Irish music played and Aunt Helen always sang ‘Danny Boy’. As I got older, that tradition was replaced with corned beef and cabbage dinner at an Irish Pub. Coque huawei En Ligne The same music played and some drunken idiot always sang ‘Danny Boy’ with tears in his eyes. Traditions evolve and change, some really should, but I still cook corned beef and cabbage on St. coque de samsung galaxy Patrick’s Day and Irish Soda bread, toasted and buttered is still yummy. Traditional Soda bread is simple and bland, nothing more than flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. Over the years we have added all kinds of extras, raisins and caraway seeds are my favorites. I serve it with dinner, but I like it best toasted and buttered with a strong cup of tea. Soda bread dries out fast, so slice it and freeze it, then you can pull out a couple of pieces and pop them in the toaster for breakfast or an afternoon snack. As to the left over corned beef, even my grandparents knew it was best with mustard, a kosher dill pickle and a good Jewish rye.

Shrimp Marinara Spill With Jack Mitrani

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

My son Jack Mitrani is not only a pro snowboarder who goes big in the half pipe… Coque Huawei P10 he’s also a great help in the kitchen, despite the mess! Here he is lending a hand to serve some delicious shrimp marinara for a big family party. coque samsung Thank-you Jack Ryan! Shrimp Marinara is an easy and festive dish to make anytime. coque de telephone samsung galaxy j5 I like to saute the shrimp in a separate skillet with lots of fresh garlic and hot pepper flakes, and then combine them at the last minute with the pasta and marinara sauce. Achat Coque iPhone Garnish with some fresh basil and parsley, (and blot up any spills with some paper towels!) and you will have a fantastic dish your friends and family will rave about.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Well, well…it’s the day before V-day and if you’ve had no time to get your special someone a gift, don’t despair. Coque huawei There are plenty of last minute ideas that are thoughtful for this special holiday about love. coque Samsung Galaxy There are always the gift certificates that you can pull right off line. iTunes is always great for a gift card and if you have the time you can instantly send a special song or playlist as a personal gift. Get creative. Order a set of Frends headphones to listen with. Coque Huawei France Many local places offer instant gift certificates you can print for anything from manicures, massages, to your favorite stores and restaurants. Print a personal Valentine coupon from this site or create your own. I say when in doubt…think food! While a nice dinner out on the town is always a good idea I find Valentine’s Day can be over booked, over priced, and over rated. Coque pour Huawei If you have the time cook a simple meal like Sally’s heart shaped pizza, or always a good idea a delicious pasta. Maybe splurge on some lobsters which are easy to cook at home if you’ve never tried it. Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are a perfect match. How about making something decadent like strawberries dipped in chocolate fondue. This is a fun for two or a party. Have fun this Valentine’s Day.

Avgolemono Greek Chicken Lemon Soup

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

In honor of Greek Easter this Sunday I thought I’d make the classic Greek Chicken Lemon Soup, called Avgolemono. You don’t have to be Greek or be able to say Avgolemono to enjoy this wonderful lemony soup. coque imprim√© huawei Avgolemono means egg lemon. Perfect to start a big elaborate meal or serve as a simple supper with some warm pita bread. This soup is easy to make. It’s a matter of whisking eggs and lemon juice til frothy, and then whisking them into the chicken chicken broth. The rice is cooked right in the broth. coque iphone occasion These two steps give the soup it’s rich thick and creamy texture. The lemon zest and eggs give it an appetizing yellow color. Once you’ve had this soup it will be no wonder as to why it has earned iconic recognition as the most famous traditional Greek soup. Coque Huawei 2018 It is unique in flavor and texture and everyone loves it. coque huawei If you are a soup person like me please find this Avgolemono and many other great spring soup recipes like Joanna’s delicious vegetarian asparagus soup or my watercress soup. Happy Greek Easter. Happy Spring.

Elixirs… Simple Syrup to Make Unique Cordials… Rose, Peppermint and Lemon Balm

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Simple syrup is the base for some wonderful beverages. etui samsung a8 2018 I really don’t like throwing sugar in anything that doesn’t need it, but the special syrups you can use to flavor your sparkling water or your champagne cocktail aren’t just sugar… And they sure must be better that your cola or other store bought soda with the added caramel coloring and gums and ridiculous preservatives. Just water, sugar, fruit, flower, herbs… Last year I made the Elderflower Cordial. I made that again for my last night at Aromatherapy Classcoque samsung the exam and last meal together. I met some really cool people there. Unique as ever you would run into anywhere. We all grew up a little together in the process of learning about plant essential oils and the reaction on the human body.

But the Elixer!

First, making my elderflower… coque Samsung Galaxy S8 I had noticed that the wild elder flowers were starting to leaf and bloom on the highway as I drove up to San Francisco on Highway 1… coque samsung a8 2018 awesome commute to the city, with the ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. At the bottom of Bonny Doon Road where I turn up to my mountain paradise, I have seen the elders flowering here also. I stopped on the highway last year to pick some and stepped into and reached over poison oak to get at the aromatic flowers. Again a hazard at the riverside plants at the bottom of the road, the stinging nettles are around the elder flowers there. I tried to find a way to some plants without the nettles so close, and as I thought I had missed them, sure enough my thumb grazed a hairy stinging nettle stem and my foot, wearing a flat open shoe, brushed against some nettle that I had not seen. So that was an experience. I was worried that the red itchy blisters would be bothering me for days, but before I even thought to put the aloe vera and lavender blend on the rash, it was already diminishing in intensity. Within hours it was gone. Whew! So I came home, made my Elderflower Cordial for the class party, and it needed to sit for two days steeping so I was on schedule. Then later, during that sleep challenged night, I thought wow… I have some blood oranges and wouldn’t they make a beautiful syrup! So I got up and boiled my water, added the sugar and grated the peel of and sliced the naked grated peeled blood oranges and set them in to steep. I had picked some mint that day and so I thought what a nice way to have your blood orange… with mint! And two days later, it was!

And the Color! Brilliant!

I must try it with tequila or vodka for a stronger beverage.

If you come up with some beverage ideas please share them with us.

The aromatherapy class assignment was to make foods and beverages to add essential oils to. essential oils I am learning are very capable of healing our emotions and our bodies. coque de telephone samsung s7 I added a drop of the lemon Essential Oil to the Elderflower cordial, and to the blood orange I added the Peppermint essential oil. Mint is great for the memory, for muscle aches, and for respiration, clearing the sinuses as for allergy.

Try making an elixer with flowers, fruit, herbs. I am trying Roses and mint and lemon balm right now. I had it for my second aromatherapy class at a pot luck exam day. It was a hit and I didn’t steep it even for 24 hours. I will put the rest back into the refrigerator for a day and see if it draws more rose flavor.

I also tried a syrup made with Kumquats and mint last month that I took to a friends house. Everyone loved it and it is an interesting beverage for children and your friends who aren’t drinking wine. Festive and unique. Elegant in a wine glass or in a tall ice tea glass. A sprig of mint, a slice of lemon or orange, or a flower, violet, pansy, rose… Beautiful!


Just walk out into your garden and pick some roses, some peppermint and that lemon balm that is growing wild everywhere and you keep pulling it out and cutting it back.