Friday, November 17, 2017

AMERICAN: THANKSGIVING: The Five Worst Thanksgiving Dishes

The Five Worst Thanksgiving Dishes

AMERICAN: Green Bean Casserole 1 - POLL: First Ad this year!! Here we go again!! Holidays are coming up and the green bean casserole is 62 Years old!

This casserole excludes the cream of mushroom soup and uses bacon and cheddar. 

HISTORY: (according to wiki)
The green bean casserole was first created in 1955 by the Campbell Soup Company. Dorcas Reilly led the team that created the recipe while working as a staff member in the home economics department. The inspiration for the dish was "to create a quick and easy recipe around two things most Americans always had on hand in the 1950s: green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup."
In the 1972 version of the Good Housekeeping Cookbook the recipe replaced the creamy mushroom soup with sour cream.
In 2002, Reilly presented the original recipe card to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ITALIAN - TUSCAN - Extra Virgin does romance and tiramisu - also recipe for Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Romance and Tiramisu

With the family settling in to life in Tuscany and the vow renewal ceremony just a few days away, Debi and Gabriele make plans for bachelor and bachelorette parties. Debi spends some quality time with her mother-in-law, Anna Lisa, making her own tiramisu recipe. Everyone at the bachelorette party enjoys the delicious homemade tiramisu and toasts to Debi. Meanwhile, Gabriele cooks up a feast at his best friend Patrizio's Florence apartment. Gabriele's guests join them for a dinner of octopus salad and spaghetti w/ anchovies, garlic, tomato, capers and olives (Spaghetti alla Puttanesca). At the end of their evening, Debi and Gabriele reunite for a romantic evening in the place where they first met, and enjoy Debi's homemade tiramisu.


Thursday, November 2, 2017


This is not a revelation.  Just different opinions!

Mario Batali #14 out of 14
Rao's Homemade #1 (available at Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc. )
Author's note:  I haven't had Rao's and will try.

Hunt's Homeade #20 out of 20
Giada Laurentis #1 (available at Target, etc.)

Prego #5 out of 5 (available anywhere)
Author's note:  about Prego (I grew up in a community that included many Italian immigrants and spaghetti sauce is NOT, I REPEAT, IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SWEET)

 Classico Traditional Sweet Basil #1 (Walmart, Target, Amazon, etc.)

Author's note:  My favorite but will hold on that thought until I try Lidia's and Rao's. 

Hunt's #10 of 10
Rao's Homemade #1 (Walmart, Amazon, Classico, etc.)

Author's note:  Lidia's Marinara and Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauces are rated well on the many sites I visited and are  available at Walmart, Amazon, Jet, etc.  I have eaten at her restaurant in Pittsburgh and the food has been DELISH so I'll have to try. 

Author's Note:  I have included Amazon a lot because if you are a Prime member for $100 a year you get a better price on Prime Products and pay shipping.  I have saved $400+ minus the $100 fee = $300+. 

I also have included Walmart where the prices are often better. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

INTERNATIONAL: SPAIN: Catalonia 11 - Vinaigretta

This Sauce is typical of the Catalonia Region in Northeastern Spain.  "Vinaigretta" Sauce is an emulsified sauce in which main ingredients are Garlic, Olive Oil and Vinegar (although sometimes it takes into account Lemon Juice instead) but Sour Cream, Mayonnaise or Yogurt can be used instead of Oil. It is often used as an accompaniment to  Vegetables, Grilled Meats or Fishes and also as a Salad dressing.


Spanish vinaigrette/Vinaigretta is made by mixing vinegar, olive oil, onions and herbs.
Sometimes capers or sardines are added for a bit of extra flavor.


Marinera aka Pescadora

This marine sauce (not to be confused with Italian marinara sauce which has a tomator base) is based on fish stock and includes white wine, onions and touch of parsley.

You might also see this sauce called pescadora. It is part of many soups and stews in the Spanish kitchen, such as:

 Almejas a la Pescadora

LINK to Recipe for Almejas la Marinera 

or Spanish Style Clams

INTERNATIONAL: GREECE: Greek Catering Menu - Kouzina Street Food in Michigan - Greek Street Food

Generic Greek Food Photos above

Monday, October 23, 2017

HERBS AND SPICES 15 - EGYPT - Dukkah Spice and how to recipes and VIDEOS REVISED

      1. Duqqa, du'ah, or dukkah is an Egyptian 
      2. condiment  consisting of a mixture of herbs, 
      3. nuts, and spices. I
      4. is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh 
      5. vegetables for an hors d'œuvre.

  1. There are countless recipes for dukkah. Just about every mixture includes nuts (most often hazelnuts, but various other kinds may be used alone or in combination), sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin. To this, a cook might add dried thyme, mint, peppercorns, or various other sweet, hot, and savory herbs and spices.

(a more detailed recipe) 


Pul olive oil in a small bowl and dip crusty bread cubes in the oil and then in the Dukkah. 

Serve with flatbread or baguette.
Add to  yogurt, hummus or baba ganoush.
Add to perk up salads and vegetables.
Use as a rub for meat or fish. 
Eat as a snack on its own (use bigger or whole nut pieces) and nibble like a bar snack.