Mardi Gras King Cake

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King Cake is only available during Mardi Gras – a brioche style cake filled with cinnamon and sugar and decorated with the Mardi Gras colors.  What makes the cake special is the plastic baby that is baked inside.  The lucky person that finds it in their piece gets to provide the cake (or the whole party) the next time!

King Cake is only available during Mardi Gras – a brioche style cake filled with cinnamon and sugar and decorated with the Mardi Gras colors. What makes the cake special is the plastic baby that is baked inside. The lucky person that finds it in their piece gets to provide the cake (or the whole party) the next time!

But what is Mardi Gras?  It’s a celebration that started back in Medieval times honoring the Roman Lupercus, the god of Shepherds.  The festival was called Lupercalia.  It had a circus like atmosphere and was filled with gaiety and merriment.  It is believed that the French explorer, Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville, brought the party to America.  Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? – Sunday Link up #85

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Looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Where here is the place to find the answer to that age old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please no travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or non food posts will be deleted).

If you have a craft idea, please share it on my other blog, Pleasures of the NW – DIY Party!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

And now for the top four most visited posts last week –

Please stop by and visit them – let them know how awesome they are!

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Baby Carrots or Baby Carrots?

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Carrots – You think there’s no difference? But there is!

You think there is no difference, but there is!

This photo shows a small variety of carrot next to the pre-cut “baby” carrots

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National Chili Day!

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It’s National Chili Day!

Did you know the first recipe for chili (spicy meat and beans) goes all the way back to 1512?  But some folks believe it was created in San Antonio, Texas in 1828. Whenever it was created, I’m sure glad it was!

It's National Chili Day!  Here are a few great recipes to try to  celebrate that comfort food that's good for you!  Makes you feel good all over!

And chilies are good for you!  Hot chilies burn those calories by triggering the body’s thermodynamic burn – and one chili pod has more vitamin C than SEVEN oranges!  It is full of vitamins A & E, as well as folic acid and potassium.  It can relieve sinus congestion, give aid to digestion and helps with migraines and muscle and joint pain.  And it gets the blood flowing!

So now that you know how great it is, here are a few recipes to try.  And I invite you to share your own at the bottom of this post!

Do you have a great chili recipe?  Please share it here!!

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Chile-Lime Pork Tacos and Taco Tuesday Linky #6

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We’re changing up Taco Tuesday a bit.  We’re going to start it off with a taco or taco inspired recipe, then finish it off with your posts!

We need you to share your taco (or burrito or nacho) inspired recipes!  What would you cook on Taco Tuesday?

There will be ONE feature each week as well.  So what’s cooking this week?  How about…

It's taco tuesday! Here is a chili-lime pork taco and a place for you to share more great taco inspired ideas! Check it out!

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What is a Flat Iron Steak?

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What is a flat iron steak?

It is part of the beef shoulder near the heart and the clod, just under the shoulder-blade.  Also sold as a “top blade” steak, it has a lot of marbling and a fascia (gristly membrane) that runs down the middle.

In the past, this part of the beef was just waste.  In 2002 a couple of university researchers invented this cut to save on the waste by removing that tough membrane.

These steaks are cross-cut from the top blade and cut across the membrane to make two smaller steaks.  Once the membrane is removed from the top blade, you have two steaks that are shaped like the old flat irons – and a perfect cut for the grill!

What is a flat iron steak?    It is part of the beef shoulder near the heart and the clod, just under the shoulder blade.  Also sold as a “top blade” steak, it has a lot of marbling and a fascia (gristly membrane) that runs down the middle. Continue reading

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday link up #84

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Looking for something new for dinner?  Need some ideas to get  you going?  Where here is the place to find the answer to that age old question….

What's for Dinner-

 A collection of fabulous recipes!

Share your latest and greatest recipes here – All meal or food related, family-friendly posts are invited!  Feel free to post linkys that are food related (please no travel or crafts) as well!  (Sadly, travel posts or non food posts will be deleted).

If you have a craft idea, please share it on my other blog, Pleasures of the NW – DIY Party!

A HUGE thanks to everyone that shared last week!  There were so many amazing recipes.

And now for the top four most visited posts last week –

Please stop by and visit them – let them know how awesome they are!

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South Western Pinto Bean Soup

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It’s been a cold winter and it doesn’t seem to be over yet!  What’s better on a cold night than a big bowl of hearty, hot soup!  Here’s one that will make your mouth and your tummy happy!

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Taco Tuesday – Taco Inspired Recipe Link up #5

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Welcome to Taco Tuesday – Don’t have a taco recipe to share, Think Taco Inspired!  Lets share those quick and easy Tuesday night dinner ideas that are inspired by the flavors or the simplicity of the taco.  And please tweet out the place to share your fabulous Tacos!

Taco Tuesday Are you ready!

Here are the most visited posts from last week – Three dishes inspired by the beloved taco!

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National Tortellini Day! Have some Tortellini Soup for Pasta of the Month~

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It’s National Tortellini Day – a day to celebrate these little, stuffed pastas!  Not to be confused with tortelloni (a big stuffed pasta),

 these are round and bite sized morsels of deliciousness.

 The region of Bologna claims to have been the originating source of this pasta, typically stuffed with prosciutto, mortadella and Parmigiano-Reggiano.  They are round and shaped like a belly button, most likely a design to keep the filling from leaking out.

 And did you know there is actually an organization dedicated to this yummy little treat?  The Learned Order of the Tortellini.  They wear red and gold hats shaped like the pasta to their meetings and serve to preserve the traditions of the tortellini.

But here – we just like to eat the little things – with sauce, or, like this recipe, as a soup!

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