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September 3 is International Bacon day – And December 30 is, well, just BACON DAY!!
Bacon has been around for awhile – like way back to the Middle Ages! The name, Bacon, has origins in the old French word, bacun, meaning “back meat”. The meat of the pig’s back was cured to preserve it and over the years it has evolved to bacon as we know it. The salty, smoky goodness. So lets celebrate the day with some Bacon!! Continue reading
Here’s a new spin on the classic grilled cheese sandwich – add apples and bacon!
A great lunch or even a breakfast on the run…. Continue reading
Looking for something delicious and transportable for breakfast? Try these bacon, egg and cheese pinwheels. Have some now and reheat some later!
And here is the quick and easy recipe… Continue reading
Tomorrow is the beginning of Hanukkah. The word Hanukkah is Hebrew for dedication. This eight day holiday remembers the re-dedication of the temple after Judah the Maccabee drove the Greeks from the temple in the holy land. When the faithful Jews went to light the temple menorah, they found only one cruse of olive oil, not enough for the ritual of purity. But they lit the menorah and the miracle of it burning for the full eight days is the foundation of the beautiful Jewish celebration.
Traditionally, fried foods, like latkes (Yiddish for the Hebrew word livivot) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts), are eaten as a reminder of the miracle of the oil.
I am not Jewish, so I’m not sure how authentic my recipe is. I’ve listened and watched Jewish friends as they prepare for the holiday, so I hope it’s pretty close. I do know they taste pretty good!
Are you ready to makes some tasty latkes? Continue reading
In modern Norway, this meal is one of the traditional Christmas dinners (right up there with lamb roast). After I did some research I contacted my niece’s husband who grew up with a very traditional Norwegian mom. When I asked him about the ribbe, he had never heard of it. Some families still eat the traditional foods passed down from many generations – some from the great famine. Pork and cabbage would have been a luxury. The foods he said he ate were lutefisk (dried and reconstituted cod), ruspekake (a potato dumpling), and lefse (a really good flatbread). My niece makes lefse and I haven’t tried my hand at it, but I know it’s great. Well, with this info in hand, I decided to try the dumplings. Disaster!! So maybe next year I’ll share ruspekake and lefse – but for this Christmas, it’s this amazingly delicious pork rib!
A traditional Christmas Eve dinner in many Italian-American homes is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. It supposedly started in Southern Italy as la vigilia (the vigil) symbolizing the wait for the birth of Christ.
This meal is not a “feast” as we think of it, nor does it always have just seven dishes. Catholics don’t eat red meat on Christmas Eve, and many Italian-Americans are Catholic. Also, Christmas Eve is considered to be a day of fasting so seven (or eight or nine) different seafood dishes are prepared and eaten for the meal. The big feast comes on Christmas day!
And so to honor the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, here is a recipe for one of those fish dishes and some others that you can add to your own feast at the bottom.