French Onion Soup and Its History

French onion soup and it's history through the ages. |

French onion soup is a simple, rustic and delicious dish. It’s one of my favorite  food items. Although it takes a bit of time to make, it is so worth it. I’ve often pleaded with my French friend to give me his recipe, but he is not budging. You see, he is a French chef…

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Pork tamales in salsa verde |

Tamales Recipe and Food History

Thanks to Herdez for sponsoring this post for Tamales-a Latin American food with ancient roots. This post along with Herdez celebrates “Dia del Niño” or Children’s Day which takes place on April 30 in most Latin American countries. It is after all through our children that the culinary traditions of our culture and families are carried on….

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Rose hips tea with biscuit and reCAP flip cap |

Rose Hips Tea

Easter is over! If you are anything like me I’m sure you ate your share of chocolate and other goodies too. I wanted to find a recipe that would comfort the overindulgent stomach and please the palate as well. Enter Rose Hips Tea. So what are rose hips? Rose hips are the fruit of the…

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How to make goat cheese at home - chèvre |

How to Make Goat Cheese Recipe – Chèvre

Goat Cheese or chevre, no matter what you call it; is go-o-o-o-o-o-d! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. It’s unbelievably easy to make, not to mention inexpensive compared to the cost of a store-bought portion.  Seriously, it’s about half the cost. By the way, you don’t need a goat, or even a friend with a goat. My…

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A Culinary History of Allspice |

Allspice: A Culinary History

  Contrary to its name, allspice is not a combination of spices, but an individual spice. It is the dried berry of a tree in the myrtle family. The berries are slightly larger than peppercorns. Their aroma is akin to that of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg combined. It was the British that gave the berries…

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Quick and easy Irish potato leek soup recipe |

Irish Potato Leek Soup

Potato Leek Soup is an Irish favorite. It is just what you need on these dwindling cold nights when old man winter still refuses to release you from his icy clutches. Making this soup is so easy. You only need about 30 minutes. The ingredients are simple: butter, leeks, potatoes, salt, pepper and stock (vegetable or…

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Yummly - The Ultimate Digital Foodie Kitchen Tool

Yummly – The Ultimate “Digital” Kitchen Tool

What is Yummly you ask?  Well, it’s a virtual recipe box, a recipe search engine on steroids, a smart phone app, a shopping list generator, and bar code scanner all wrapped into one cool tool!  Let’s break down some of these cool features of Yummly. Yummly is your virtual recipe box on the desktop or on…

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Irish brown soda bread |

Irish Brown Bread

Irish Brown Bread is as typical as a pint of Guinness. It is a close cousin, or stepbrother to the Irish soda bread made with white flour. Although today both are equally popular, brown bread was initially more common because white flour was more expensive. People with less resources favored brown bread since it cost…

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Irish Dublin Coddle recipe - easy and delicoius|

Dublin Coddle

Dublin Coddle?  Aah, a most delicious hearty Irish dish that will warm your heart and your stomach all at once. A funny name? Yes, maybe. But before I go into the particulars about this post, I will share a funny Dublin story with you. You might be wondering about the colorful doors surrounding the dish….

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Turkish lamb stew with almonds, apricots and rose water |

Lamb Stew Infused with Rose Water

Lamb Stew infused with rose water is one of those dishes whose ethnicity is hard to pin down. Is it Indian, Turkish, Middle Eastern? All of these ethnic groups use rose water in their cooking. Oh well, it really doesn’t matter. For the sake of categorizing, I am saying it is Middle Eastern. It has…

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Middle Eastern pistachio rosewater shortbread cookies |

Pistachio Rosewater Cookies

Pistachios are a huge favorite of mine. I must confess , I always buy them whole because I love breaking the shell. For a long time now I had been wanting to make cookies with pistachios. I also wanted to incorporate rose water into the recipe. Yes, rosewater, an often overlooked culinary ingredient. Although hardly…

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