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  • Some of the best tasting soups are made with cheese

     A few weeks ago, I shared some cold weather soup recipes which seemed to be in order, considering the chilly lower-than-normal temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. I was also recently reminded that some of the best soup recipes are made with cheese.

  • What do sandwiches and the Hawaiian Islands have in common?

     In January 1778, Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. But did you know that he originally named them the “Sandwich Islands,” in honor of the very same person for whom the sandwich that we eat was named, John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich? Not until later were the “Sandwich Islands” renamed “Hawaii.”

  • Turning to family and friends for many dessert recipes

     

    Over the years, many friends and family members have given dessert recipes to me. Some of those I’ve actually had to ask for and many of those weren’t even written down, so it took a little trial and error on my part in coming up with the exact recipe.

    Many recipes I’ve found when perusing the Internet, going through a myriad of cookbooks or actually watching desserts being made on one of the many, many cooking shows on television.

  • Homemade chicken noodle soup is perfect for this cold weather

     These frigid winter days we had recently literally brought me in from the cold. I can’t even enjoy my screened-in porch since I have to bundle up like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.” With nothing else to do, I decided it was time to make some soup!

  • Using up those leftover sweet potatoes from the holidays

     The holiday season is over, and hopefully you’ve eaten up all those leftovers from those made-way-too-much meals. We’ve all been there. One vegetable in particular seems to be leftover the most: the sweet potato.

    It might not even be from those holiday meals; maybe you just baked some the other day or you have some uncooked ones taking up space in your pantry. Either way, they are still worth saving, of course, but sometimes figuring out how to use them can be a little overwhelming.

  • Pearl onions are milder and sweeter than large bulb onions

     Tiny and sweet, pearl onions come in yellow, red and white varieties, with the latter being the most common. These little beauties look just like regular onions, but are about the size of a jawbreaker. They add flavor and texture to any dish.

    I had always avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But, once you learn how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how really easy it is.

  • Dish up some traditional food and drinks to celebrate the New Year

     

    New Year 2017 is around the corner and it’s time to lay the table with the traditional New Year foods. Almost every country has at least one special food that is eaten on New Year’s Eve or in the first days of the New Year that is supposed to bring luck, wealth or success in the coming year.

  • It’s time to start planning your Christmas meal

     Everyone loves gathering for Christmas dinner. Many of us will also be sharing Christmas Eve dinner with relatives and friends. So with only a few days until Christmas, if you haven’t already, it’s time to think about that Christmas meal.

    Traditionally, most Christmas dinners consist of turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans or other veggies and an array of desserts. Sound familiar? Many of us have this same meal at Thanksgiving, too.

  • What’s the point of Christmas without cookies?

     Cookies are basically the point of Christmas, right? And, since Christmas cookies don’t have calories, you can bake all you want without feeling guilty. Seriously though, what aroma better captures the fragrance of the season?

  • Spaghetti carbonara is the ultimate Italian favorite

     Carbonara, an old Italian peasant dish popularized in this country back in the ‘50s, is made with eggs, cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbonara - cite_note-Gosetti-1 bacon or pancetta, and black pepper. Spaghetti is often the preferred pasta of choice, although fettuccine, rigatoni or linguine can also be used.