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  • Green pepper soup tastes like stuffed peppers without all the work

    It’s a satisfying meal that warms you up on a chilly winter day. Soup can be good for you and, best of all, it’s easy to make. Now that fall is here, soup is the perfect way to “warm up” after coming in from the cool, evening air.

    Whether you choose soup or chili, these fall comfort foods can include whatever ingredients you like. They are easy to make and can be made in large batches, if you choose, for tasty leftovers. We all know that soups taste better the second day, anyway.

  • Sweet potatoes combine easily with other herbs and vegetables

    Research shows the sweet potato is an excellent energy food containing Vitamins A, B and C and other minerals. Since Vitamin A is associated with yellow coloring, the varieties deeper in color contain more of this vitamin than the whiter ones. The sweet potato is mild in flavor and combines nicely with many other foods.

  • Rice perfectly absorbs the flavor of any dish it's cooked in

    Rice is the most commonly used of all the grain products of the world. It is grown in many countries, but the United States has developed some of the finest types and varieties of rice, which have met with high favor at home and abroad.

    American rice, in fact, commands a premium in foreign markets. In this country, rice is produced chiefly in the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and California. Arkansas is the largest rice producing state, with California right behind.

    Cooking rice is easy

  • Classic oysters Rockefeller is one of the great culinary creations

    Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans, established in 1840 by Alciatore Antoine, is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant.

    It is the birthplace of oyster’s Rockefeller, so named by Jules Antoine (son of the restaurant’s owner) for the richness of the sauce. It remains one of the great culinary creations of all time and that original recipe remains a closely guarded Antoine’s secret…though it has been imitated countless times.

  • Dagwood sandwiches were popularized in the 'Blondie' comic strip

    The Hawaiian Islands, once called “The Sandwich Islands,” were named after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, for whom the sandwich we eat today was named.

  • Pea soup is a popular soup eaten all around the world

    Every once in a while I get a craving for some split pea soup. I like to make it with some fresh cut bacon, chopped onions, celery, carrots, garlic, chicken stock. and of course, some dried, green split peas. If I have any pieces of ham in the fridge, I might add some of that.

  • Casseroles were an American staple during the Depression

    The casserole is not only the name of the dish, but also the name of the container in which it is cooked. When you combine a variety of foods, whether they are all vegetables or in combination with meats, and heat them in a broth or stock, you have actually created a casserole.

    Casseroles vary from the typical cream sauce-based creations to quiches, to savory pies, to Shepherd’s pie and even breakfast and dessert casseroles.

    Casseroles vs. savory pies

  • If livermush is made without liver, then it must be scrapple

    Scrapple is said to be one of the first pork foods made in America. It’s a flexible dish and makes an excellent breakfast alongside poached eggs and sausage, or serve it for lunch with stewed vegetables or just have it as a snack.

    I’m sure there are some of you who may have never had the pleasure of breakfasting on scrapple…a fried slice of pork-mush. Sometimes called Philadelphia scrapple, it is said to have actually originated in the farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania.

  • Tandoori is a style of food named for the Tandoor in which it's cooked

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian dish marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and a mixture of some or all of the following spices: ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala (if you can find it).

    The marinated chicken is baked at a high heat using either wood or charcoal in an Indian Tandoor oven, a cylindrical oven made of clay. These ovens are typically used in India for baking many types of bread and also for roasting meat.

  • One-dish meals are easy, convenient, and allow cooks to spend less time in the kitchen

    What could be easier than breakfast, lunch or dinner, all in one dish? With everyone looking for ways to spend what free time we have, these delicious, no-fuss meals are the perfect way to still enjoy our free time while spending less time in the kitchen.