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  • 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.

  • Try marinated or grilled mushrooms with chicken/shrimp kabobs

    For a number of years now since I’ve been “retired”. Friday evenings have been known as “Martini Friday,” as we bid ado to another work week. Before you even ask, we do limit our intake to a maximum of two martinis. Also, “real” martinis are only made with gin, but that’s another discussion for another day.

  • Saltimbocca tastes so good you just want to keep eating it

    Saltimbocca is a dish made traditionally with veal, but also with chicken or pork, in combination with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, sometimes including a slice of Italian Fontina cheese and even topped with capers.

    Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” saltimbocca is a dish that you just want to keep eating because it tastes so good.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful and available at local farmers markets

    It was flavor that drew me to corn. When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful.

    Even though it’s available year round, I love corn in late summer when it is at its peak. Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness quickly.

    Corn Trivia

    Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

  • Lunchtime doesn't have to be just a can of soup or a sandwich

    When it comes to lunches, most of us just open up a can of soup or throw some deli meat and cheese on some bread and call it lunch. Or maybe we’ll open up some yogurt or cottage cheese and add some fruit or fix a little green salad and wash it all down with a Diet Pepsi. Maybe we’ll just stop at a fast-food diner and eat in or bring it all home.

    Or maybe, we’ll actually think about it, and create an easy and scrumptious salad or sandwich or soup that we couldn’t get at a restaurant.