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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oven-Baked Summer Squash Fries (Should Be in Your Winter Recipes)

A summer squash has a strong resemblance, in flavor and texture, to a zucchini. You can, in fact, substitute zucchini in this recipe, but it will probably bake a bit more quickly.



Ingredients:


1 medium summer squash
2 eggs
1 ½ cups breadcrumbs (try panko breadcrumbs for a crunchier texture)
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Salt and pepper
Olive oil


How to Make It:


Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.


Cut your summer squash into wedges. Remove the seeds if they are quite large and set wedges aside.


Whisk the eggs in a dish and set aside.


In another dish, combine the breadcrumbs, paprika, mustard powder and salt and pepper.


Start by dipping the wedges, one by one, into the egg mixture and then the breadcrumb mixture. Place each wedge on the greased baking sheet. Continue until all the wedges are done.


You can bake the wedges as is for about 30-40 (until soft inside and golden brown on the outside) as is, but if you want a more golden texture, drizzle or spray some olive oil on top of the wedges. Flip halfway through baking.


Serve with ranch or another favorite dip.




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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Deviled Eggs Recipes for Halloween

It's that time of the year again. This is the week to make your final preparations to celebrate the Halloween holiday! When not working on my blogs, my online activity sometimes involves chatting with friends on myLot.com, a social network that pays you to make friends and engage in friendly banter.


A member at that site asked what would I bring to a party. My response was two things: a fruit platter and deviled eggs. The question brought back a a memory about all the church fellowships I've attended and all the office parties at my old jobs. Somebody always remembered to bring deviled eggs and that tray was usually the first party food to disappear! Decided to find some Halloween themed deviled eggs recipes to share. Hope you like them!!




Little Devil Deviled Eggs (kraftrecipes.com)





Little Devil Deviled Eggs



Spooky Monster Eyes | Avocado Deviled Eggs (scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com)





Spooky Monster Eyes (Avocado Deviled Eggs)




Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs (shockinglydelicious.com)





Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs






Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas (happierthanapiginmud.blogspot.com)





Halloween Deviled Eggs-4 ideas





10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween (glofimustdie.fanbread.com)





10 Disgusting (But Delicious!) Deviled Egg Recipes For Halloween







Halloween GIF found at glitter-graphics.com



Halloween eggs
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Do You Heart Pomegranates?

Do you love pomegranates? I know I do! I would even like to start a movement with the goal of adding pomegranates to the traditional American Thanksgiving cornucopia. (Care to participate in the Thanksgiving cornucopia POLL and cast your vote? )




Pomegranates are so exotic and enjoy an exotic history!   Indeed it is the food of myth and legends.

They are the wonder food of ancient civilizations like Persia and Israel.  

In fact, in ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered an aphrodisiac.  

Two respected modern publications - The Globe and Mail, “Canada’s #1 national newspaper” and The NHS in England – both claim that the claims that pomegranates are a “super food” can be proven.













Shared the link via my post stream on Google Plus stream, but in case you didn't see it there, view it here. If you are on Pinterest, please visit my pinboard dedicated to POMEGRANATES? Started the board a couple of years ago and to date it has 100 pins: recipes (food and drinks), beauty and healthcare products, etc. 










 Blueberry Pomegranate - $5.00
Our Blueberry Pomegranate tea has a round fruity taste with a sweet and slightly tart finish. A wonderfully refreshing treat, perfect for any occasion! Floral, Sweet, Fruity

 Green Pomegranate - Award Winning - $5.00
Select organic green tea hand tossed in a large wok, dried to perfection, then carefully blended with organic raspberries and essence of pomegranate. Sweeten the senses with a tart and tangy rush to the palate. Also available in our Eco Pyramid Teabags here. Fruity, Sweet, Tart


Pomegranate juice in glass and pomegranates  on white
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Food and Drink : Are You a Cheese Lover?

Have always been told that cheese is healthy eating. Haven't you? Unless you're lactose intolerant and have a hard a hard time digesting dairy products, that is. But I received an article via eMail that said cheese might not be healthy. The headline was a shocker!

Cheese lover that I am!!   I respect the source, so I had to read further. Whew! I'm so relieved. They mentioned the “unhealthiest” cheeses to eat. Cheese singles, cheese spray and cheese dips. Had to laugh because I thought to myself: “Duh! Those products don't even count as cheese in my book!”  ☺

Nevertheless, the other information presented in the article about healthy cheeses and the diet tips made it a worthwhile read. This excerpt below quickly summarizes what the real aim of the article is.

“If you're a cheese lover, then there's good news for you. Not all cheese is bad for your diet. In fact, there are plenty of ways to include cheese in a weight loss or weight maintenance plan. You just need to be careful about what you buy and how much you eat.”

Here is a quick outline of the subtopics:
  • Healthiest Cheese Options
  • Unhealthiest Cheese Options
  • Health Benefits and Drawbacks of Cheese
  • Cheese and Weight Loss
  • Cheese Recipes


Reference:
Frey, Malia. “The Smartest Ways to Include Cheese in Your Diet.” Verywell, 28 June 2017, https://www.verywell.com/cheese-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4117668. Cheese Nutrition Facts: Calories in Cheese and Health Benefits ~ Content reviewed by a board-certified physician.



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Additional Comments:

I'm not sure if there is any style or form of cheese that doesn't taste good to me. Have heard people say they don't like the taste of goat cheese. Maybe if they ate it in the form of a cheesecake they'd change their mind.

Definitely never ate a piece of cheesecake that I didn't like!

People may not need to be told about this food blog and website: “Williams-Sonoma Taste”. It seems to be very popular (meaning it has a pretty high Alexa ranking). But in case you never heard of it, sharing a link below. You can sign up to receive their recipes via e-Mail.



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Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Cuisine : Potatoes or Rice? Rice! It Has Jewels!!

Potatoes are wonderful food.  There is no limit to the recipes for preparing them.  But if one were to ask me about rice.  I would say the same thing.  If someone were to ask me to choose between a potato dish and a rice dish, I would have to go with this rice dish.  How could I resist?  It so pretty and exotic!  Plus.  It has jewels!


Persian Jeweled Rice is a spectacular rice pilaf topped with colorful gem-like fruits and nuts ~ this popular wedding dish is a celebration in itself!




More rice dishes you'll love just as much!

This rice dish has cranberries is a perfect American Thanksgiving side dish. Don't you think so?

PERSIAN CRANBERRY RICE PILAF | littlespicejar.com








Rosh Hashanah Sweet Basmati Rice with Carrots & Raisins | mayihavethatrecipe.com




Your Kids Are Going To LOVE These 4 Fried Rice Ideas | buzzfeed.com

Friday, October 6, 2017

Foodie Friday ~ Sampling Fast Food World Cuisine is a Fun Do!

Found this site called Delhi-Fun-Dos. As you probably guessed by the name, it's about fun things you can do in Delhi. Well, I know that the likelihood that I will ever travel to India is somewhere on my life's timeline between “slim chance” and "never gonna happen!"
But we can all travel the world online via the worldwide web and so I visited Delhi and guess what I found?  Wendys!!

My behavior is so typical American.   Right?  Travel around the world and what do we look for when we land in another country?  Same thing we have back home.  Duh!
Not true of me.  I really do want to experience the life and culture of the people in a land different my own.  But as soon as I got to site I saw the article about Wendys.  Couldn't help it!  I was curious!
We only have a bazillion Wendys fast food restaurants in America but saw the link and had to take a peek!   I'm thinking:

Wendys is on a “Fun Do List” of things to do in Delhi?

So I read the article and now I'm upset! I'm upset because we don't Paneer delight in our Wendys restaurants here in Texas.

I think every once in a while, our restaurants should offer, even if for “for a limited time only”, a taste of a popular dish from another country.

It's a great way to encourage food diversity and an appreciation for world cuisine and global flavors.
What do you think?
Is this idea doable?

Sampling global flavors is undeniably a great fun do! :)

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Reference:
Delhifundos. "Wendys – Delicious Burgers and More…." DelhiFunDoscom. N.p., 21 Jan. 2017. Web. 26 Jan. 2017. ( http://delhi-fun-dos.com/wendys-delicious-burgers-and-more/ ).
Image credit for Wendys logo:  By http://www.wendys.com/fr-ca/food/nutrition.pdf, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38723049
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Friday, September 29, 2017

Food and Drink History : The Evolution of Tea

With regard to the evolution of tea, we all know (or most of us are in agreement) that the Chinese invented tea. That was the beginning. :)



But did you also know that, in the beginning, before there were loose tea leaves, there were tea bricks; and these bricks were deemed so valuable that they could be used as currency.
In addition, there is a legend passed down through the ages (for about 5000 years) which credits a Chinese emperor named Shennong with the discovery of how to make a tea infusion. Yah! It seems the emperor was added to an extensive list of discoverers who discovered how stuff works by accident! :)
Fortunately, the rest of the world benefits and we can all enjoy cups of wonderful brewed tea.

♦ Lawrence Jean-Louis published Cool Mix Mingle; a cultural blog mainly about the diversity of the South Florida community - the Hispanic and African influences, the blend of East (Asian) and West (European and North American), the food, art, music and more. The preceding paragraphs above are a brief summary of her post which discusses the evolution of tea.  My discovery of her blog was also accidental. But what an awesome find!  :)
REFERENCE: Jean-Louis, Lawrence. "Tea: It's Evolution from the Tree to your Cup." Cook Mix Mingle. 15 Apr. 2015. Web.
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Care To Share Your Eggplant (Aubergine) Recipe?

Love to watch cooking shows on TV. One of my favorite TV chefs is Nigella Lawson (nigella.com). She taught me what an aubergine was. Aubergine?? Oh! You mean eggplant!! :)

On the hunt for eggplant recipes.

Shared a few recipes via my foodie blog for roasted eggplant, ratatouille, marinated eggplant, eggplant patties, and a salad recipe made with eggplant and zucchini.

Want more eggplant recipes! More! More!!

Why?
The food experts say that for 2017 and beyond, “purple is the new green” and everybody is supposed to be eating more purple veggies. Sure! Eggplants are not the only purple plants out there. But it's a good purple food to start with! Agree?  :)

One quick question:
  • Do you eat eggplant cooked or raw?


My husband and I enjoy listening to the music of smooth jazz vocalist Michael Franks. One of his songs that we really like is called “Eggplant”.

When my baby cooks her eggplant.
She don't read no book!


Yeah OK. He's not really singing about eggplant. But the lyrics are inspiring and might make you want to cook eggplant, even if you do have to read “how to” in a book!

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Links of Interest:
Freedman, Joanna. "Start Eating Purple for Good Health: The Science behind 2017's New Food Trend." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 19 Dec. 2016. Web. 01 Feb. 2017. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/start-eating-purple-good-health-science-behind-2017s-new-food/ ).
Davis, Sara. "A History of Eggplant in Four Languages." Table Matters. N.p., 12 Sept. 2016. Web. 01 Feb. 2017. ( http://tablematters.com/2012/10/10/a-history-of-eggplant-in-four-languages/ ).
Ehler, James T. "Eggplant Trivia and Facts." Food Facts & Trivia: Eggplant. Food Reference, n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2017. ( http://www.foodreference.com/html/feggplant.html ).
Meyer, Megan. "Eight Fascinating Facts About Eggplant." Earth Eats | Real Food | Green Living. The Trustees of Indiana University, 18 Jan. 2010. Web. 01 Feb. 2017. ( http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/eggplant-facts/ ).

"Eggplant Food Facts." Belly Bytes. N.p., n.d. Web. 1 Feb. 2017. ( http://www.bellybytes.com/foodfacts/eggplant_facts.html#.WJI-fzjwnIU ).

Below are some recipes you might enjoy.

French style Roasted Eggplant

French style Roasted Eggplant

Eggplants are those unusual vegetables which can be very useful when one is trying to have a balanced meal. Eggplants like most vegetables are rich sources of vitamins and minerals. They also contain dietary fibers which are a must for a balanced diet. For more check these references [1,2].



Ratatouille and Eggplant for Harvest Season

Ratatouille and Eggplant for Harvest Season

This web log is about wine, but this week we include two recipes. Why? Because recipes keep pouring in after my request for them for a forthcoming book - Winemaker's Cooking Companion. Isabelle Chéty of Château Mercier informed me of her mother - Martine's - trove of vineyard recipes on their website recipe page (including - harvest cod,...



Marinated Eggplant - A Healthy Life For Me

Marinated Eggplant - A Healthy Life For Me

Marinated Eggplant is a recipe packed with tons of flavor and loads of vegetables, perfect for a summer side dish. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan and Paleo Friendly There are certain recipes you make for those you love. This Marinated Eggplant recipe is definitely one for my husband.



Eggplant Patties with Olives and Herbs | Gourmandelle

Make these easy eggplant patties with olives and herbs and enjoy a delicious, comfort recipe that's also secretly healthy and high in proteins! A few weeks ago, I saw a great eggplant patties recipe on a vegetarian TV cooking show. I love eggplants (especially the Eggplant Caviar and Eggplant Spread ) so I decided to give it a try.






http://www.kaleandcaramel.com/post/128777771658/wwwkaleandcaramelcomroasted-eggplant-zucchini-basil-s



Do you have an eggplant recipe that is the best ever?  If so, please share.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Use of Spices Explained for Foodies by Chris Donald

To make the food good and very much palatable you will need to use the spices as well as various condiments. These spices will make the food more appealing and for sure there is no way that you can eat food which is bland and non-spicy.

The herbs and spices that need to be added to the food to make it tasty will be based on two things and these are the freshness of spices as well as proper quantity.



Proper mix or proportion is very important for the addition of spices. Most of the spices come in the powdered form or in the leaves form.


The compatibility of spice with certain types of food is a must to know. You should know which spice to use with which food. This operates on the same principle as the wine does which is you should know what wine to serve with what kind of food.

There is no sure shot method of the quantity which can be used in the food. Your help for the quantity is the online food sites as well as recipe books available all over. Make sure that you do not add more spices because more is generally not acceptable but less is acceptable.

If you are reading the recipe books they generally tend to border on the more commercial side of things which means the quantities and styles are more over the top. You may need to use your own estimate for the home cooked food.

For keeping the freshness intact of the spices make sure that you buy the good brands which have good packaging as well as make sure that once you have opened them that you seal them properly to retain the flavor and the aroma.



  • Article Credit:
Donald, Chris "Use of spices explained for foodies." Use of spices explained for foodies. 17 Feb. 2009. uberarticles.com. 8 Dec 2012 <uberarticles.com/food-and-drink/use-of-spices-explained-for-foodies/>.


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