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December 30, 2015

Three Rhubarb Pie Recipes With Rhubarb Trivia

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RHUBARB PIE RECIPES

WITH

RHUBARB TRIVIA

While cleaning files I came across the following recipes for rhubarb—which my husband Monte likes but I don’t. Anyway, he’s the one that does the baking—bread and pies. Between the recipes are rhubarb trivia questions. Answers are at the end of the post.

  •  When did rhubarb appear in the United States?
  • How did it get here?
  • Where did it originate?

RHUBARB PIE

Pastry for double crust.

4 cups diced rhubarb

3 tablespoons flour

1  1/4 cups sugar

Dash salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons butter

 

Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry.

Mix flour, sugar and salt.

Add egg to rhubarb and stir it in. Pour (more…)

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July 10, 2014

11 Facts About Ice Cream Month (July)

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11 FACTS ABOUT ICE CREAM MONTH (July)

Ice cream stand in Gouverneur, New York

Ice cream stand in Gouverneur, New York

 I scream

You scream

We all scream

For ice cream.

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 In 1984 that President Ronald Reagan established the 3rd Sunday in July (July 20,  2014) as National Ice Cream Day , and proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month. Note that December is Ice Cream Day.

I invite you to toss aside your diet for at least one day this July and indulge in a serving of your favorite ice cream. I also invite you to discover how many answers you know to the following quiz on ice cream.

Before starting the quiz ponder on your favorite ice cream flavor? Let me know in the comment box after this article.

By the way, I think my is ginger ice cream, something I didn’t expect to like until I tried it.

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  1. Which US state once had a law that banned serving ice cream on cherry pie?
  2. Where and when was Ice cream was made available to the general public for the first time?
  3. How many gallons of ice cream were on the Titanic?
  4. Which U.S. president jotted down an ice cream recipe?
  5. What United States president doesn’t like ice cream?
  6. What dictator banned the sale of ice cream throughout his country and called the Italians “a mediocre race of good-for-nothings only capable of singing and eating ice cream”?
  7. Name the rock band and the rock star, each of whom had an ice cream flavor named after it?
  8. Why is it impossible for ice cream on that crosses the Rocky Mountains on a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream truck to taste the same after the trek as it does when it started the trek?
  9. When and in what publication did the first advertisement for ice cream appear?
  10. When and how was ice cream historically documented as being enjoyed in America?

BONUS QUESTION

How did the ice cream sundae get its name? Where was the biggest ice cream sundae ever made? How much ice cream did it contain?

Learn the answers by clicking on MORE: (more…)

December 9, 2012

Two Holiday Recipes: Hors d’oeuvres and Umble Pie

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TWO HOLIDAY RECIPES:

HORS D’OEUVRES AND UMBLE PIE

Holidays demand some simple, and sometimes some unique, food to serve to family and guests.

THREE SIMPLE-TO-MAKEHORS D’OEUVRES

In reading the newspaper I came across the three following recipes I thought would be useful if I need to create some simple to prepare hors d’oeuvres1. Although my husband refers to them as horse’s dovers the French word means appetizers.

SMOKED SALMON ON ROASTED POTATO ROUNDS

Roast sliced potatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper at 375-degrees ntil golden. Cool. Top with smoked salmon, low-fat Greek yogurt, and fresh dill.

SALAD IN A GLASS

Pour a bit of your favorite salad dressing into a shot glass and add a leaf of Romaine lettuce, a slice of pear, and a thin slice of Gouda cheese.

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN AND ARUGULA BITES

Cut roasted tenderloin on bias; place a few leaves of fresh arugula in the center of each slice. Roll up and secure with a skewer (or tooth pick).

UMBLE PIE

Later, at a Westmoreland County (PA) Historical Society program on Christmas traditions in Southwestern Pennsylvania, I heard the term umble pie arose.

Huh? Isn’t it humble pie? We’ve all heard people being told to eat humble pie if they need to apologize for a misdeed.

No, it isn’t.

Umble pie is (more…)

December 6, 2012

How to Use Marshmallows

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HOW TO USE MARSHMALLOWS

In passing, I heard a television voice state that marshmallow companies depend, like many businesses, on the last two months of the year to build their profit margin.

Erewhon-Best-croppedI couldn’t find any information on the Internet to support this statement but I did wonder that it was the Christmas season that financially makes the marshmallow business, rather than the Easter season.

While exploring the question I discovered the many surprising uses for marshmallows. Of course there’s the traditional uses that everyone is familiar with:

  • S’mores
  • Rice Krispie Treats or Squares: Melt about 1/4 cup of butter or margarine in a saucepan. Add one package of regular-sized marshmallows (about 40 marshmallows) and stir until melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in 6 cups of Rice Krispies. Place the mixture in a greased pan and cool, then cut into squares.1
  • sweet potato topping
  • toasted-over-the-fire marshmallows
  • marshmallow topping hot chocolate
  • fluffernutters (if you don’t know what a fluffernutter is click on http://carolyncholland2011.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/you-don%e2%80%99t-know-what-a-fluffer-nutter-is/ )

Below are some of the other uses for marshmallows:

  • Marshmallow Pie Improves on the Classic Mallomar
  • Marshmallow Animals
  • Bourbon Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Covered Beer Marshmallows
  • Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes

and a book: Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes

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MARSHMALLOW PIE IMPROVES ON THE CLASSIC MALLOMAR2

Once upon a time, the only desserts I made were pies, and then it occurred to me that a repressed desire for a thick, rich filling was subverting my more recent cake obsession. So I figured, might as well go with it and make a pie with a marshmallow filling.

For some reason, I saw it with a graham cracker bottom crust and a chocolate top crust. Well, clearly another repressed desire was breaking through. This was basically the idea of the Mallomar, that over-the-top cookie that Nabisco produces only during the cool part of the year because the chocolate coating would melt in hot weather.

The difference is that 1) this was a pie that I could slice into pieces of any size I liked, and 2) I could make it any time of year! A triumph over the limitations of eating guilty pleasures seasonally! You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry all the time….

Marshmallow Pie

Serves 8-12

For the crust:

10 graham crackers

2 teaspoons sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 to 3 grindings nutmeg

5 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

1. Put the crackers, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a food processor and process until fine, about 20 seconds.

2. Pour in the melted butter and pulse about 10 times, until just amalgamated.

3. Pour the crumb mixture into a 9-inch pie pan and, pressing with your (more…)

December 1, 2012

Celebrate Eat A Red Apple Day: Word Search & Cryptogram

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CELEBRATE EAT A RED APPLE DAY

WORDSEARCH & CRYPTOGRAM

POMOLOGY: The science of growing apples

Celebrate Eat A Red Apple Day (always December 1st ) by doing a word search as you munch on your apple:

An Alphabet of Red Apples

ANNA   BRAEBURN   CELINI   DAWN   ELSTAR   FALSTAFF   GALA   HOLLY   IDARED   JAZZ   KANZI   LIBERTY   MCINTOSH   NORFOLKROYAL   OPALESCENT   PINOVA   QUEENCOX   RAJKA   SATURN   TICKLEDPINK   UPTONPYNE   VIKING   WALTZ   YATES   ZESTAR! (click on photo to enlarge)

Or try an apple cryptogram:

YQCQGI   FVHQGQ  WURG  VHAOUM  DUHAOUDD  IUHU  BLHHZ  QWUMVW  JVAOUM  NUJJ  CUGJQ  HQPVMOZ EFQGOLAB GLMDLHCMLZUH  UGGU  LSUHVAFVGO SQGLYU XTVVGFLK  MUNCU  AUOTMG PMUVPTMG  OQFCHVWSQGC  TSOLGSZGV RUHOJ  ZUOVA

And here is your hint:

T = U

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September 30, 2012

Making Sandwiches with Doughnuts, Not Bread?

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MAKING SANDWICHES WITH DOUGHNUTS, NOT BREAD?

You gotta be crazy!

 It’s afternoon. The children are famished. ‘Burgers are on the menu—the patties are prepared and cooking. The tomatoes, shredded lettuce, mayonnaise are laid out on the table. Suddenly you realize you neglected to get the ‘burger buns from the refrigerator.

You open the refrigerator door and look in. Nowhere are there any buns. What to do? ‘Burgers require bread.

On the counter there are six glazed doughnuts in a white bakery box with red lettering. Your husband bought a dozen of them this morning.

I recall recently reading the online magazine About.com: New England Travel from Kim Knox Beckius. In this particular issue she reported about the Craz-E Burger1, a hamburger sandwich made with glazed doughnuts instead of ‘burger buns.

Yes, I considered it crazy, but desperate times call for desperate measures, as the cliché goes. I wondered if it wasn’t a similar situation that the influenced the creator of the Craz-E Burger to consider substituting glazed doughnuts for bread when making creating the his ‘burger. Kim Knox Beckius wrote the following:

The Craz-E Burger was the gooiest, craziest, most decadent dish at the 2009 Big E…Want to know the truth? It’s pretty tasty.

To try this bacon cheeseburger on a glazed donut bun for yourself, head to the Big E, which runs September 14 through 30, 2012, in West Springfield, Massachusetts.1

The post had jiggled my imagination. Were there other sandwiches out there that substituted glazed—or any other kind of doughnut or breakfast treat—for bread?

Yup—I found more. First there was the Doughnut (more…)

August 30, 2012

Jelly Beans of All Flavors

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JELLY BEANS OF ALL FLAVORS

While fruity candy remains a universal favorite, more candy makers are defying traditional sensibilities to satisfy what scientists call kids’ “yuck factor”—the yuckier the better. With the right mix of chemicals, scientists can turn a plain sweet into a lick of hamburger, horseradish or even grass, all of which are replicated in a just-out-line of jelly beans fashioned by Jelly Belly after Harry Potter’s favorite sweets, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. There’s also sardine (all that’s missing is the can) and—achoo—black pepper.1

On our travels to Heuvelton, New York (beginning of May 2012) Monte and I ate at The Jelly Beans Restaurant in Painted Post, New York.

The waitress mentioned that a groups of students dine at the Jelly Beans Restaurant during field trips. One such group presented the restaurant with an art/history project comprised of jelly bean cutouts with messages, about jelly bean history, lettered on them. I surfed the Internet to share details with you.

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The beginnings of Jelly Belly Candy Company is traced back to a family named Goelitz. When two young brothers emigrated from Germany to make their mark in America, they set the family on its candymaking course. In 1869, just two years after arriving in America, Gustav Goelitz bought an ice cream and candy store in Belleville, Ill., and his brother, Albert was sent out in a horse drawn wagon to sell their sweets to nearby communities.2

The family’s second generation created a new type of candy, then called “buttercream” candies. They also created Candy Corn, which they’ve made since 1900.

The great-great jelly bean ancestor first appeared in the 1800s, but jelly candies of one kind or another have been around for thousands of years. “Turkish delight, ” a citrus, honey and rose water jell, has been putting smiles on kids’ faces since (more…)

August 21, 2012

Peach Cobbler, Brandy, & Political Preserves

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PEACH COBBLER, BRANDY, & POLITICAL PRESERVES

Prunus persica: scientific name for the peach, a sweet, juicy summer treat. 1

Each year, throughout Western Pennsylvania, the peach is celebrated—an appropriate activity in August, which is National Peach Month.

A peach festival will be held 3-7 pm Saturday August 13, 2011, at Hilltop United Methodist Church in Madison (PA) 

A peach festival is planned for 4-7 p. m. (August 18, 2012) at Lebanon United Methodist Church, on Old Forbes Road in Ligonier Township. Supper will be available along with various peach desserts and other baked goods.

Even politicians recognize the value of peaches, as demonstrated by Rick Santorum, former U.S. senator and GOP presidential nominee wannabe who went “peachy’’ in Iowa in an attempt to appeal not just to Iowa Republicans’ hearts, but to their stomachs, too…Republican presidential candidates offer something special to draw supporters to the Ames straw poll in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses. This election cycle’s straw poll will be held Saturday (August 13, 2011).

So what special something is Santorum offering in Iowa?…He told a small Iowa gathering that he and his wife, Karen, have some fruit trees back home. He said the family harvested about 600 early peaches, which he and the kids peeled and made into peach jam at their house, along with about 40 jars of peach preserves that the Santorums are bringing to the straw poll.

Everyone is expected to get a sample of what Santorum referred to as “Pennsylvania Presidential Peach Preserves.”2

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No wonder the peach is king. It is low in calories, have virtually no fat, and are high in vitamins C and A, dietary fiber, potassium and niacin.

Sweet, juicy summer treat originally thought to have originated in Persia, but now believed to be native to China, most likely brought to the Mediterranean by Chinese traders and to the Americas by Spanish explorers.

Peaches are grown in more than 60 countries; the U.s.—particluarly Georgia and South Carolina—is a major producer…1

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Santorum wasn’t the first American politician who recognized the value of peaches. George Washington, best known as a general and president, could teach Santorum about (more…)

March 7, 2008

BORING FOOD Lent Devotion #37

SCRIPTURE: Exodus 16:35 And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan. (KJV)

REFLECTION: Our bodies are delicately made, precisely balanced. When one part develops a problem, there is a domino effect on other parts.

God knows just what our bodies need. He provided it to the Israelites on their desert journey. Manna and quail. Daily.

When I eat the same thing repeatedly, with no breaks, it gets tiring. I eventually (more…)

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