Happy Thanksgiving from Florida!
Brussel Sprouts with Shaved Almonds Recipe
- 1 lb. brussel sprouts
- 4 whole garlic clove, minced
- ¼ cups almonds, shaved/sliced
- 3 T. Olive Oil
- 1 T. butter
Mom’s Poppy Seed Cake Recipe
1 box yellow or lemon cake mix
4 ounces vanilla or lemon instant pudding pack
2 ounces poppy seeds (save some for icing)
1 cup cooking oil
1 cup white wine
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Combine all ingredients in bowl, and mix on medium speed for one minute. Stop and scrape down sides of bowl, then beat one more minute.
2. Pour into well greased floured tube pan.
3. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes to one hour.
4. Cool in pan for 15 minutes than turn out on serving plate.
To make icing, combine powdered sugar & water until a creamy paste if formed, about 1/2 cup worth, add remaining poppy seeds. Spoon over warm bundt cake.
I was in Fresh Market late August this year, and to my surprise I saw bundled freshly wrapped trays of New Mexican Hatch green chile peppers. I remember last years harvest proved fruitful on those nights where I wanted to add a little depth and hotness to soup, chicken or tacos. It’s the perfect accompaniment. You can roast them, can them, freeze them, pack them in water, oil, salt, or any combination – think roasted red peppers or tuna in olive oil. When canning, I prefer olive oil over water – it’s just my preference for healthy oils. Although my doctor may say otherwise - my HDL is over 100.
I also met a nice woman whom inquired about the hatch peppers, to which I shared with her my New Mexican Hatch Green Chile Pepper Sauce Recipe.
It should also be noted that our President of the United States visited the New Mexican Hatch Green Chile Pepper Festival last year in 2011. Our President really does have good taste.
To Roast Peppers - simply lie flat on a large baking sheet. Set broiler to low. Place baking sheet with peppers directly under the broiler with oven door closed. Wait for peppers to puff up, and blister. They will turn a little black on skin. Carefully, open door and pull rack out, so as to be able to flip the peppers using tongs. Place back underneath broiler. Wait for blistering to take effect again and remove and place roasted peppers in glass bowl. Repeat with the remaining peppers.
Once peppers are roasted, wait for them to cool. carefully peel skin away from flesh. Gently pull stem out of flesh, and carefully slice flesh near top to expose seeds, and rinse under running water.
Proceed to recipe.Authentic New Mexican Hatch Green Chile Pepper Sauce Recipe Ingredients:
1.Saute onions in corn oil: in a heavy saucepan until they begin to brown.
2.Add garlic : and cook another 2 mintues.
3.Stir in flour: so that it thickens.
4.Add chopped chilies,: beef broth and salt and mix well. Bring to a boil and simmer 10-15 minutes to allow mixture to reduce. The sauce should be thick enough to bind chilies and onions together. Sauce can be refrigerated for 3 days, or frozen.
Living in Florida, nothing says “Southern” like fried green tomatoes. The funny thing is… I remember growing up on an Ohio farm in the storybook town of Troy with my Mom making these every tomato season as if it were a Northern tradition. Word would spread throughout the day that she were going to fry tomatoes that night, and neighbor kids from all up the hill would visit and snack on these tasty delights as if it were a celebration. In a way, it was a celebration… a celebration of the tomato!
To make these tasty treats, all you need are a few ingredients and a garlic aioli sauce for slathering.Fried Green Tomato Recipe:
Tahitian Rose Marshmallow Recipe:You will need a candy thermometer, sifter, and a stand mixer with paddle attachment for this recipe. Heart shaped cookie cutter is optional. Ingredients:
New Year’s Day is day of renewal and a chance to live again… in an off world colony. That last part sounded a little familiar, didn’t it? Oh well, I’m going to keep this short and to the point so as to make sure you get this before the stroke of midnight. There are some things you can do to up your luck for the new year. And there are also some things to not do or eat, so as to insure that you do not backslide in 2012.
Start by eating 12 GRAPES at MIDNIGHT, this tradition originated in Spain. Each grape should be eaten one at a time, and all should be eaten before the last stroke of midnight. As you consume each one, each represents a different month in the upcoming new year. For example, if the third grape you eat is sour, chances are, March may be a not so great month. So, here is me wishing you all sweet grapes for each and every month.
Greens: Any and all kinds of greens are welcome. They represent money. The more greens you eat, the greater your wealth in the new year.
Lentils: Quite simply, lentils represent coins. Thereby increasing your chances for great wealth for the new year.
Pork: The custom of eating pork on New Year’s is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving.
Fish: Dates back to before refrigeration and fish could be cured and saved. Herring is usually consumed for fertility, Shrimp for long life, and Sardines for good harvest.
Cakes: With emphasis on the round shape, or ring shape. Cakes aren’t always round. In Scotland, where New Year’s is called Hogmanay, there is a tradition called “first footing,” in which the first person to enter a home after the new year determines what kind of year the residents will have. The “first footer” often brings symbolic gifts like coal to keep the house warm or baked goods such as shortbread, oat cakes, and a fruit caked called black bun, to make sure the household always has food.
What NOT to eat:
1. Lobster should not be eaten because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks.
2. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past.
3. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.
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