Chile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day Meal

Mexican Independence Day Meal

  September is called  Mes Patrio (Country Monthy) and probably the most traditional dish to eat in any restaurant will be Chiles en Nogada.  In case you want to make them for a nice Traditional dinner on either the 15th or the 16th of September, here is the recipe courtesy of Mavi Graf PrintChile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day …

Wine Cocktail Recipes to Welcome Spring

Mother Nature is dressing her foliage and flowers in the shades of the rainbow. Cherry blossoms, tulips, fragrant hyacinths and happy-faced pansies are competing for the attention of everyone with a digital apparatus. You know that means you. Shed the heavy outerwear and celebrate a new season wearing fresh bright hues too. It may not be all that warm yet but …

Celebrity Chili for New Year’s Day

Several years ago I discovered a recipe for  Patsy Cline Memorial Chili and it became a tradition for January 1.  You know — before the real diet regime began. Have you seen “A Walk in the Woods”?  After seeing this movie recently, I remembered Robert Redford had published his lamb chili recipe in a Paul Newman cookbook. Who else loves …

Day of the Dead Bread

Day of the Dead Bread

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is an ancient Aztec ritual celebrated in Mexico and certain parts of Central America and the U.S. On November 1 and 2, skull masks are donned and people dance in honor of their deceased relatives. While holiday traditions vary from place to place, food always plays an important role. The sweet, …

Besh Big Easy

NOLA celebrity chef, John Besh, must know something about cooking.  He has two television shows, four cookbooks and nine restaurants.  Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes is something I want to try. “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans” as Harry Connick, Jr. asks, then you will want this cookbook to bring back memories …

From Tree to Table – Maple Syrup Cookbook

Who would think sap from a tree could make everything taste so good?  Ken Haedrich knows all about it and writes in his Maple Syrup Cookbook. I once lived close to an area in Ontario known for producing maple syrup yet never visited.  Radio stations and newspapers would announce that visitors were welcome. That late winter/early spring was still too …

Are “Mug Meals” the answer for a happy summer?

Summer!  It is finally  here.  It’s hot and humid and we all want to be outside.  Though not every meal can be prepared on the barbeque. Seeing a new cookbook titled “Mug Meals – Delicious Microwave  Recipes” had me wondering if this might be the answer to keeping life in the kitchen quick and cool this year. Dina Cheney  offers …

Mother’s Debris Po Boys ~ a New Orleans Tradition

Mother's roast beef po boy

Mother’s restaurant at Polydras and Tchoupitoulas Streets is a New Orleans landmark since 1938. http://www.mothersrestaurant.net/history_facts.html “Debris” refers to shredded roast beef that has been moistened with pan drippings and/or simmered extra long so it absorbs more gravy and seasonings resulting in tender, falling-apart meat with lots of juicy flavour. PrintMother’s Po Boys ~ a New Orleans Tradition Yield: 6 Ingredients1 …

Mardi Gras Recipes to celebrate at home

  Can’t make it to New Orleans this year?  Plan your own celebration with these Mardi Gras recipes and decorating ideas http://www.mardigrasday.com/food-recipes/ “Fat Tuesday” is March 4 this year.  However, festivities begin Februrary 14 in NOLA.  So there’s still lots of time to plan a visit and join in the party atmostphere. http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/ Also known as Carnival, Mardi Gras is …