Monday, December 28, 2015

WORLD: 10 Weird New Year's Eve Traditions from Around the World REPOST

LINK TO 10 Weird New Year's Eve Traditions from Around the World

#4 Germany - Here is the link to Dinner for One movie (11 minutes).  The Germans watch this every New Year's Eve.  This movie is hysterical!! Only 11 minutes.  It is a dinner for one and 4 dead people and the butler is hysterical.  Abendessen für eine

Dinner for One VIDEO LINK

It's a bit bizarre when you think about it. A short British cabaret sketch from the 1920s has become a German New Year's tradition. Yet, although "The 90th Birthday or Dinner for One" is a famous cult classic in Germany and several other European countries, it is virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, including Britain, its birthplace.
Although newer versions have been produced (including a Plattdeutsch radio version and CD versions in other dialects), every year around Silvester (New Year's Eve), German television broadcasts the classic, black-and-white English-language version filmed back in 1963 in Hamburg. All across Germany, from the 31st of December to January 1st, Germans know it's the beginning of a new year when they watch this annual event.
Here's a brief excerpt:
James: You are looking very well this evening, Miss Sophie.
James: Sie sehen heute Abend sehr gut aus, Miss Sophie.

Miss Sophie: Well, I am feeling very much better, thank you, James.
Miss Sophie: Nun ich fühle mich auch sehr viel besser. Danke James.
James: Gut, gut ...
Miss Sophie: Also, ich muss sagen, dass alles sehr nett aussieht.
James: Danke sehr, Miss Sophie. Danke.
Miss Sophie: Sind alle da?
James: In der Tat. Jawohl, ja ... Alle sind zu Ihrem Geburtstag hier, Miss Sophie.
- From "Dinner for One" (Note: Original is in English!)
MORE > Complete Script (in English)
The British actor Freddie Frinton played the tipsy butler James in the 1963 German TV production. (Frinton died only five years after the Hamburg filming.) May Warden played the role of Miss Sophie, who is celebrating her 90th birthday. The only problem is... all of her party "guests" are imaginary friends who have died off. A German New Year's Eve just doesn't seem right without hearing the lines known to just about any living German: "The same procedure as last year, Madam? - The same procedure as every year, James."
In these politically-correct times, the sketch-in which Miss Sophie and her butler proceed to get thoroughly sloshed-has come under some criticism. But so popular is the perennial "Dinner for One" that the German airline LTU shows the 15-minute sketch on all its flights between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2, just so passengers won't miss out on the annual tradition. Before its demise at the end of 2005, the GERMAN TV satellite service also broadcast "Dinner for One" in North America.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

AMERICAN: The Kitchen on - Winter Favorites - QUICK LINK

Ramp up Your Condiments for Upcoming Holidays - Part 4 of 4 with links to Parts 1-3 REPOST

Link Part 1
Link Part 3

Part 4

Asian Ketchup. Sit in 2 TBSN hoisin sauce, 2 chopped scallions & 2 TSP minced gingerroot to 1 cup ketchup. Spread on salmon or tuna burgers.


Creole Mustard.  Stir in 1 TSP of prepared Creole seasoning blend & a few dashes of hot sauce into 1 cup yellow or Dijon mustard.  Serve with grilled shrimp or chicken.


Caesar Mayonnaise.  Puree 1 cup of mayonnaise with 1 anchovy fillet (chefs use anchovy paste in a tube which you can keep in the refrigerator rather than buy a can of anchovies every time you need one), ¼ cup Parmesan cheese (I use Parmesan Romano as it gives the sauce more of a kick) & the juice of ½ lemon until smooth.  Toss with torn up romaine lettuce.  (My suggestion:  Add packaged Parmesan Caesar croutons (Fresh Gourmet Deli Style or other) right before serving so they don’t get soggy.


Creamy Salsa.  Stir in 4 oz. cream cheese (I use no fat or low fat) at room temperature into 1 cup salsa until thick and well combined.  Serve with crackers.


Spicy Sour Cream.  Stir in 1 TNSN minced picked jalapeno peppers & 2 TBSN fresh chopped chives.  Serve with baked potatoes, chili or black bean soup.


Tangy Mustard Vinaigrette.  Whisk into 1 cup of vinaigrette each 1 TBSN mustard, chopped capers & mayonnaise and a handful of chopped fresh dill (or to your taste).  Serve with boiled or roasted potatoes.


Friday, December 18, 2015

INTERNATIONAL: The Pa Melting Pot - Christmas - Part 2 - Italy QUICK LINK

AMERICAN: Quick Salad Dressings, Sauces, Vinaigrettes and Marinades from Good Seasons

All recipes below use a package of Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing, combing all ingredients and shaking in a Mason Jar or other jar with a lid.  (These recipes are on the back of a multiple package of dressing)

  • Teriyaki Vinaigrette or Stir-Fry Sauce for chicken, beef or fish
    • pkg of dressing 
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • Dijon Vinaigrette or Marinade for chicken, beef or fish
    • pkg of dressing
    • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • Greek Vinaigrette or Marinade for chicken or shrimp
    • pkg. of dressing
    • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup regular oil
    • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
    • 2 Tbsp. chopped ripe olives
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette or Marinade for chicken or pork
    • pkg. of dressing
    • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
    • 3 Tbsp. water
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves
  • Lemon Dill Vinaigrette or Marinade for chicken or fish
    • pkg. of dressing
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1 Tbsp. chopped dill weed
  • Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette or Marinade for chicken, flank steak, fish or shrimp
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime uice
    • 1/2 cup oil
    • 1-2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

AMERICAN: From Zergnet - Christmas Morning Breakfasts - QUICK LINK

AMERICAN: PENNSYLVANIA: Pittsburgh - very liveable city from Pittsburgh Magazine and link to Pinterest also


AMERICAN: Season Eatings from The Kitchen on QUICK LINK

Season Eatings

Emeril Lagasse stops by to make a holiday Rack of Lamb with Apple Mint Puree, then

 take  holiday parties up a notch with Katie Lee's Christmas Tree Cheese Ball and 

Marcela Valladolid's Snowman Cheese Ball. Plus, two ways to serve ham for the 

holidays, the quickest tricks to create a classic Yule Log Cake, and new tips on how 

to decorate a store-bought gingerbread house. Geoffrey Zakarian warms everyone 

up with Peppermint Hot Chocolate while carolers amp up the holiday spirit!