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Nettles are a spiky leafy plant found in much of the world.  The leaves can be eaten, but you need to use gloves when picking and cooking nettles since they’re prickly. Once they’re cooked they become soft. (Note: You don’t want to eat them once they’ve started flowering.) Nettles can be found in various recipes […]
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Shirley Pitcher wrote to me from Australia about a family tradition, handed down from her great-grandmother who came from North Ireland, to eat Nettle Cake or Eccles Cake on New Year’s Eve. Here’s Shirley’s letter followed by a recipe I found for Eccles Cake: The Great-Grandma I remember – Her name was Rosa – she […]
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It’s almost the time of year when many of us will be preparing gingerbread houses with our families! We don’t often think of it but, of course, gingerbread houses are associated with the story of Hansel and Gretel. They’re lured into the home of the witch in the forest since it’s made of gingerbread and […]
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It’s easy to make Day of the Dead cookies!  Simply buy a skull cookie cutter like this one.  Make your favorite recipe for sugar cookies and cut out skull shapes.  After they’ve been cooked and have cooled, put white icing on them.  Finally, using a tube of black icing and make fancy features to create […]
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Sadao Makuza wrote to us about Halloween in Japan… Halloween here is mainly a sales strategy in department stores and supermarkets. Children only go trick-or-treating if it’s arranged in school or with family and friends. Halloween first appeared in Japan in the 1970’s by the Kiddy Land Company store in Tokyo to promote Halloween goods. […]
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Saffron has a wonderful aroma.  Adding it to your rice can make it taste extra special! The simplest way for westerners to make basic saffron rice is to soak 1/2 t. of saffron in 3T. of boiling water for 10 minutes.  Then add the mixture to your regular rice recipe when adding the water.   Ayako […]
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Sushi is a delicious cuisine from Japan!  Did you know there’s a right way to eat it?  Here’s how… 1. Pick up the sushi rolls (the type that’s wrapped in seaweed) with your fingers and dip one side into the soy sauce and put it into your mouth. The type of sushi that’s just rice […]
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Eating bugs might sound disgusting to most of us today, but some people used to love it!  Maybugs or Cockchafers used to be a great nuisance to crops in Europe.  People were encouraged to hunt them down to lower their population.  There’s even a French song about hunting Maybugs called Il était un petit homme […]
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One summer, my husband and I visited Montreal where we had an amazing cucumber soup with a spoonful of raspberry sherbet in the middle.  I’ve been making this soup every summer since then.  It’s a wonderful meal on a hot day. Recipe for Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup with Raspberry Sherbet Ingredients 6 Small Cucumbers (peeled, […]
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This seasonal recipe for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) was sent by Ayako Egawa in Japan.  Takikomi Gohan is made with rice and seasonal ingredients and is made to celebrate the changing season. Here’s Ayako’s note on the dish, along with her recipe… "Lisa is very curious about our food in Japan. So I’d like to […]
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the song "I am the Wee Falorie Man" (with a recording) to get you in the mood… Today, I’m going to make a Guinness Stew since I had the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage yesterday at my Mom’s house. You can check out some Irish recipes, songs and poems […]
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Once a few years ago I had a conversation with a friend from China about cooking in the U.S.  She found it amusing that most Americans cook with recipes… recipes that tell you exactly how to cook with precise measurements of ingredients.  She said that in China recipes were handed down within the family and […]
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My daughter’s been begging me to make homemade French Onion Soup for a couple of months now.  This soup is best served on a cold winter’s day.  Now that Cold Man Winter is finally here, I made it!  It’s easy to make.  Here’s how… Recipe for French Onion Soup (Serves 6) You need oven safe […]
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In parts of Italy, La Befana is the one who gives gifts to children instead of Santa Claus.  She does this on the night of the Epiphany on January 5th.  That’s when the 3 Wise Men are said to have given their gifts to Jesus.   La Befana goes around leaving presents for children, in imitation […]
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Saint Cecilia’s Day is on November 22nd.  St. Cecilia is very popular in Italy because Cecilia is the patron saint of music, musicians and singers.  Pettole of St. Cecelia are made on this day.  Pettole come from southern Italy in the municipality of Ariano Irpino (Avellino) near Naples.  Pettole are similar to zeppoles.  They’re made […]
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Today is my dog Mango’s 4th birthday!  When Mango turned one, and my daughter was much younger, we had a big dog birthday party.  We invited other kids with their dogs. As a special treat I made homemade Tuna Treats for all the dogs.  This year I made Mango these treats once again.  Boy, was […]
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  This delicious recipe for Gorgonzola Stuffed Gnocchi was sent from the region of Veneto in the northern Italy by Emanuela Marsura and Luciana Salvador. Recipe for Gorgonzola Stuffed Gnocchi Ingredients (Serves 2) 4 Potatoes 1 Egg Flour (1/2 cup+) Parmesan Cheese Salt Serve with: Melted Butter & Sage or Italian Sausage 1.  Boil the […]
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On the day of the Dead, "Beans of the Dead" (Fave dei morti) are eaten in the Veneto resion of Italy.  They’re small cookies.  Here’s a recipe recommended to me by Emanuela Marsura from Italy.  I gave the measurements in grams and also cups. Recipe for Fave dei morti (Beans of the Dead) Ingredients 3 […]
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Mummy Franks are like Piggies in the Blanket except they look like little mummies.   All you need to make them is one package of your favorite frankfurters and one roll of Pillsbury Crescents (normally used to make croissants). Recipe for Mummy Frankfurters 1 Package Frankfurters 1 Package Pillbury Crescents Preheat oven to 375 F.  1. […]
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My daughter made these graveyard cupcakes for Halloween.  We used the packaged cupcake mix and premade icing because we were pressed for time.  Note: You can use the same idea with a sheet cake if you prefer. Recipe for Graveyard Cupcakes Chocolate Cupcake Mix (plus eggs, vegetable oil and water to make the mix) White […]
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