PECAN COOKIE DAY!!!

PeCan Cookies or PeCon Cookies? However you say it, they are good!! The most popular Pecan cookies are Pecan Sandies.  In French, the word for sandy is sable.  A Sandy is a shortbread cookie with a sandy texture.  This also refers to the color of the cookie.  Adding Pecans to them makes them Pecan Sandies. […]

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BARLEY!!

There are two things I associate with Barley; Beer & Soup! Cooking Technique: Simmer Origin: Middle East Barley is a member of the grass family and is a major cultivated cereal crop.  Wild Barley grows in the Middle East.  You can classify Barley by how many rows of grains there are on each head.  The […]

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BACON!!!!!

It’s BACON!!!! Taste: Salty Cooking Techniques: Broil, Roast or Sauté Origin: Dating back to 12th Centuery Europe Bacon is typically prepared from the belly of the pig, but can also come from the back; which has less fat.  There are other types of “bacon”, such as beef, chicken or turkey.  Macon is Mutton that is […]

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BUTTERSCOTCH PUDDING DAY!!!

Yum, pudding!!!  Butterscotch is in my top 5 favorite!! Food historians have several theories regarding the name and origin of this confectionery, but none are conclusive. One explanation is the meaning “to cut or score” for the word “scotch”, as the confection must be cut into pieces, or “scotched”, before hardening. It is also possible […]

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AVOCADOS!!!!

Being from California, I LOVE Avocados!!  I can eat them with anything and everything; just give me a spoon and I am a happy girl!! Season: Spring-Summer Botanical Relatives: Allspice, Bay Leaf (Lauraceae or Laurel family) Cooking Technique: Raw Origin: South Central Mexico – The state of Puebla The avocado has been around for about […]

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CHEESEBURGER DAY!!!

Oh YUM!!!  I love a grilled cheeseburger with all of the fixins’!!! Here are five things to know about the cheeseburger! The oldest fast food restaurant in the world is the White Castle franchise, which opened in 1921. The people of America eat more burgers out at restaurants or on the go than they do […]

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ARUGULA!!!

Arugula is an annual leaf vegetable known for its peppery flavor, which makes it natural resistant to pests.  That is good to know. Origin:  Mediterranean Season: Spring-Summer Taste: Bitter Cooking Techniques: Braise, Raw (salads), Sauté & Soups Arugula is native to The English name for Arugula comes from the Latin name Eruca, which means cabbage, and […]

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