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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Our Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Our Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

The holiday season has officially begun and we’re super-excited. There’s so much we want to share with you!

After Halloween and all those amazing (and scary!) food decorations, it’s time to get a bit more formal and start compiling a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner menu!

Thanksgiving allows plenty of space to show the craftiness and creativity in the kitchen. Delicious food that also looks good can also serve as a table decoration. This year, we’ve decided to start our holiday marathon with traditional Thanksgiving recipes.

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Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving dinner is the largest annual eating event in the United States. Statistics say that people eat more on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year!

Once a year, on the third Thursday of November, families gather to give thanks for all good things in life. The celebration is in the form of a lavish dinner centered around a large roasted turkey.

Most of the other dishes are usually made from foods native to the New World to honor the very first Thanksgiving feast when the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans and were thus saved from starvation.

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Turkey Thanksgiving Recipe

No Thanksgiving dinner can go without turkey. In fact, the holiday season (the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is when one-third of the total turkey consumption in the US takes place. No wonder Thanksgiving is called ‘Turkey Day’! The consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving is such an integral part of our culture, that the National Turkey Federation presents a live turkey to the President of the USA before the holiday to receive a ‘pardon’.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving turkeys are stuffed with a mixture based on bread, combined with

celery, carrots, and onions, complemented with sage, and then roasted. Other ingredients, like chopped nuts, crumbled sausage or bacon, apples, raisins, or cranberries can also be added. Alternatively, this mixture can be served outside the turkey as a dressing.

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Holiday Stuffed Turkey

Crisp skin and tender drumsticks are the best parts of this delectable Thanksgiving recipe. of this delectable turkey. If you are hosting a smaller feast and a whole turkey is too big, consider using a bone-in turkey breast instead. It cooks more quickly and also has only white meat, which is less fatty. The turkey breast produces about 5 pounds of meat, enough for plenty of leftovers for sandwiches and casseroles.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes

Besides turkey, which is the star of the Thanksgiving show, there are other dishes traditionally offered on the festive table. In fact, the Thanksgiving dinner is so grand that requires preparation of the food to begin days ahead. The dinner is sometimes served in the afternoon so that there’s enough time to finish eating all that food!

To Americans, Thanksgiving would not be complete mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, flavored with roasted garlic, is comfort food at its best. The addition of rich sour cream gives this homey dish a creamy twist. For extra flavor, stir some finely chopped green onions into the mixture as well.

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Ham with Cranberry Sauce

Ham steaks are always handy for making dinner in a hurry (in case you are a first-time Thanksgiving dinner host and burn the turkey!) Fresh cranberries, orange juice, and mustard create the perfect sauce.

Hamburger Gravy

Mushroom soup to the rescue. Here is a pantry-friendly recipe that can be made quickly with a handful of ingredients and enjoyed just as fast! In its role as comfort food, hamburger gravy is also terrific spooned over buttered, toasted bread or biscuits.

Seasonal produce like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and corn also find their way to the holiday table, as do green beans, served in the form of a casserole since the 1950s.

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Praline Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are even sweeter when baked with a crunchy golden topping of pecans, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Look for sweet potatoes with smooth, unblemished skins. Sweet potatoes have skins that bruise more easily than other potatoes, and they do not keep as long, either. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) and used within a week of purchase.

Cheesy Green Beans Bake

Everybody’s favorite green bean casserole gets an update with a double Cheddar topping of melted cheese and crunchy crackers. You can use different crackers in this yummy casserole. Substitute your favorite Cheddar cheese crackers for the fish-shaped crackers. For a different look and taste, try white Cheddar crackers. If you use larger crackers, be sure to use 8 ounces total, or measure them by breaking them into pieces about the same size as the fish-shaped crackers, and then crushing

Fresh salads may also be included, as well as cornbread & biscuits.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

A delightful contrast in tastes and textures—crisp spinach, crunchy walnuts and dried cranberries all in a zesty, sweet and sour dressing. This salad is absolutely delicious as a light lunch when topped with grilled chicken strips or tossed with 4 slices crumbled, cooked bacon.

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Chili Cornbread Bake

Delicious Cheddar-buttermilk cornbread is baked atop chili and beans for a spicy and sweet casserole that serves it all up together. Try this sauce over the casserole. Combine 1 cup sour cream, ¾ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon each salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Add a dollop of the sauce to each serving of the chili cornbread

Cheddar Breakfast Biscuits

Flaky buttermilk biscuits, baked with Cheddar cheese, are quick and easy to make—perfect to serve with breakfast or brunch. For a flavor change, replace the Cheddar cheese with Swiss and add some chopped fresh dill to the dough in Step 2.

Sweet Thanksgiving Recipes

Pies take the center stage when it comes to sweet Thanksgiving recipes, with pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, mincemeat pie, and pecan pie being the most popular choices.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie

This Thanksgiving recipe is so good you’ll need to make a double batch in order to avoid fighting over that last irresistible piece. For the best old-fashioned flavor, use your own frozen pie dough. Make a batch or two of your favorite pastry dough. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and freeze it. To use, simply thaw the dough before using.

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Homestyle Apple Pie

This classic pie is bursting with juicy apples topped with a flaky crust! To make a variation of this home-baked apple pie, add 1/4 cup raisins, dried currants or cranberries to the mixture in Step 1. If apple-pie spice isn’t available, you can make your own for this recipe: 1|1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg and 3/8 tsp. ground cardamom.

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No-Bake Pecan Pie

When she didn’t have time to fix lunch, Grandma served leftover bean pie and hot cocoa. Sometimes Grandma used kidney beans instead of pinto beans in this recipe. She selected light red kidney beans instead of dark red because the dark red beans turned the pie a surprising color. When she wanted a little something sweet and had no beans on hand, Grandma substituted a pound of mashed cooked sweet potatoes for the beans.

Sweet Potato Pie

The center of a sweet potato pie should be slightly underdone even when the rest of the pie is done; it will finish setting during cooling. That’s why a sweet potato pie should be tested for doneness near the center, not in the center.

Thanksgiving Beverages

And of course, to complete the pictures, we need Thanksgiving recipes for drinks. Cocktails and spirits are usually offered before the main meal, whereas apple cider is served during. Wine is not uncommon too, as well as sweet tea, especially for the little ones.

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Top 10 Famous Moroccan Foods to Try

Top 10 Famous Moroccan Foods to Try

One of the most delicious cuisines of the world, Moroccan food bursts with flavors, aromas, and spices paired in the most unexpected ways. Moroccan food is influenced by Arabic, Andalusian, and French cuisine which results in an incredible variety of exotic ingredients and combinations.

Staple Moroccan Foods

Morocco produces a great number of Mediterranean and tropical fruits & veggies. When it comes to meat, due to the predominant Muslim religion, pork is restricted (as is alcohol) but all other meats are used – beef, chicken, goat, mutton, and lamb, as well as seafood. Some traditional recipes also call for pigeon.

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Like all Mediterranean cuisines, Moroccan staples are wheat, which is used for making couscous and bread, olive oil, and grapes, which are eaten fresh, or in their dry form added to desserts and even to savory dishes.

The unique flavor combinations are made with the use of argan oil, olive oil, lemon pickle, and dried fruits, especially plums and raisins, as well as a wide array of fresh herbs and spices.

Spices are an indispensable feature of Moroccan food. Among those extensively used are saffron, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, turmeric, ginger, cumin, pepper, paprika, sesame seeds, fennel, anise, oregano, cayenne pepper, etc. Furthermore, there is a wide selection of herbs such as mint, parsley, coriander, peppermint, marjoram, and sage.

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Meal Structure

A typical lunch in Marocco begins with salads, followed by a tagine. For special occasions, meat-based dishes are chosen, with lamb or chicken being favorite meat types, combined with vegetables and couscous. People in Morocco either eat with their hands or use standard utensils, depending on the dish.

Visiting this vibrant country is a great idea, but you don’t have to take a trip in order to enjoy amazing Moroccan foods. The recipes we’ve selected will allow you to indulge in the flavors of Morocco in the comfort of your own home!

  1. Couscous

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Probably the most popular Moroccan food, couscous is prepared regularly throughout the country. Recently it has also conquered the States and Europe where it is often used as a rice substitute. Couscous is quite neutral in taste which allows you to combine it with virtually anything. Moroccan people usually cook it with seven vegetables and/or meat, usually lamb, chicken, or beef.

In our recipe, colorful bell peppers do double-duty in this fun dish—they are “baking cups” for a savory couscous blend as well as a sweet treat themselves.

  1. Tagine

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Tagine is the clay pot with a conical lid that gives the name to a number of dishes. This Moroccan food is so popular, it is literally prepared everywhere, from roadside cafes to elegant restaurants.

When it comes to tagines, combinations are endless, but the most famous representative is probably the slow-cooked stew. When making this Moroccan food, the ingredients are arranged in a conical shape and left to cook until tender. When done, the tagine is served with Moroccan bread called khobz which is used for scooping directly from the pot.

  1. Harira

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Although it is not the easiest dish to make, Harira is the most beloved Moroccan soup. In fact, it is the first meal people in Morocco have to end the daily fasting during the month of Ramadan. This Moroccan food appears in a great number of variations, but the most common one is the tomato-based version which also includes beef or lamb stock, chickpeas and lentils. Noodles or rice can also be added. Serve it with chopped coriander and a drizzle of lemon juice.

  1. Pastilla

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Pastilla is a traditional Spanish Andalusian dish popularized in Marocco by Andalusian people who migrated to Fez. Nowadays, pastilla is said to be uniquely Moroccan. It is known for its intricate ingredient combinations and rich taste. The name of this Moroccan food comes from the Spanish word meaning ‘small pastry’. Pastilla is a pie traditionally made of squab (pigeons), whereas modern versions opt for chicken and sometimes fish or offal. It is often served as an entrée.

  1. Chermoula

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Chermoula is a traditional Moroccan marinade made of a mixture of herbs, lemon juice, oil, garlic, pickled lemons, cumin, and salt. Some versions also include onions, ground chili peppers, fresh coriander, or saffron. Chermoula is usually used to flavor seafood and fish, but it can also be used on other meats, as well as vegetables.

  1. Shakshouka

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Shakshouka is a staple food in Arab and Israeli cuisines served in a tajine or a cast iron pan, with bread on the side. Its name translates as “mixture” and that is just what it is – a combination of eggs poached in a tomato sauce, onions, and chili peppers. The most commonly used spice is cumin.

  1. Chicken Bake
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Chicken is one of the favorite meat choices in Morocco and it is found in a large variety of dishes. Our recipe, which is perfect for special occasion and family gatherings, reflects the contrasts of Moroccan cuisine. The chicken is baked with couscous, raisins, green olives, and spices. You can vary the amount of ground cumin to taste but don’t omit it; it gives this Moroccan food its authentic nutty taste.

  1. Sardines

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The waters along Morocco’s coastline abound in sardines, which means that these small, delicious, and healthy fish are amply used in Moroccan cousine. For a quick fix, you can grill or bake them. However, the most popular version is stuffed and fried fillets, served with charmoula or pickled lemons. We offer a healthy, paleo salad that will satisfy your huger without compromising your well-being!

  1. Baklava

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Moroccan style baklava is usually made with almonds, the nut ingenious to the country. They are used to prepare a nutty filling that is placed between layers of very thin pastry. The sweet-and-sticky syrup is flavored with orange flower water. Instead of the syrup used in the recipe above, try this one. Boil 1 cup granulated sugar in a cup of water until the sugar is melted. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ cup honey. Simmer for 20 minutes, then spoon over the baked baklava. Let it soak in, about 2 hours.

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  1. Mint Tea

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Moroccan mint tea (also known as Moorish tea) is green tea mixed with spearmint leaves, sugar, and boiled water. It is traditional to a great part of the Maghreb region (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Mauritania). Mint tea is an integral part of the social life in Morocco and is consumed throughout the day. Traditionally, when a guest arrives, the head male of the house prepares and serves it in a ceremonial form. Nowadays, as a result of cuisine globalization, mint tea appears in a number of refreshing beverages and cocktails like our sweet mint tea juleps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Most Delicious Malaysian Foods

10 Most Delicious Malaysian Foods

Malaysian food is influenced by Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Indonesian cuisine. This is reflected in the way spices are combined, as well as in the use of wok pans.

Staple foods

Just like in other Asian cuisines, rice is the main staple food. The most common type is local or Thai rice, as well as Indian basmati rice. Noodles are another staple, as are breads originating in India such as idli, dosa, and puri, which are usually served for breakfast.

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Spices

Malaysian food is quite spicy, with chili being one of the main spices, followed by cumin, and cardamom. A hot spicy sauce called sambal is served with almost every dish in the country. In addition, there is a plethora of herbs like coriander, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and fenugreek, all of which make Malaysian food very fragrant.

Nasi Lemak

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Nasi lemak translates as ‘fatty rice’ or ‘rice in cream’. It is a dish of steamed rice combined with coconut milk and complemented with dried anchovies, hard-boiled eggs, peanuts, cucumber, dried shrimp, and spiced with sambal. Nasi lemak is considered Malaysia’s national dish and is eaten throughout the whole day. It is often served along with curries or rendang stew (beef cooked in coconut milk & spices).

Laksa

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The spicy noodle soup laksa has two main types – curry laksa and asam laksa. Curry laksa is the richer variety due to the usage of coconut, combined with a spice paste called rempah. This paste contains ginger, turmeric, chilis, lemongrass, and belacan (shrimp paste or shrimp sauce). Then, noodles are added and topped with shrimp, tofu, eggs, fish balls, and cucumber.

The other variety, asam laksa, is based on a tamarind broth and is cooked with white fish. Noodles are a must, accompanied by cucumber and pineapple, and spiced with ginger.

Satay

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If you thought this dish was Thai, don’t be confused. Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia all have their own versions of satay. Malaysian satay characterizes with a sweet-and-spicy peanut sauce and meat marinated in local spices. Speaking of spices, turmeric is always used to add the signature yellow color. Serve it with onions, cucumber slices, and ketupat (rice cakes).

Popiah

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Popiah are fried spring rolls that are a popular snack with almost every ethnic group in Malaysia. The ingredients used in this crispy appetizer are quite versatile. They are often filled with shredded yams, shrimp or pork, and carrots. They can also have tofu, beans, or mushrooms. No matter what they’re stuffed with, the one thing that is constant for all popiah varieties is their side dish – chili sauce for dipping.

Chicken Curry

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The Malaysian version of this popular dish is based on the spicy & aromatic paste rempah, and almost always includes the omnipresent coconut milk. Curry in Malaysian is served with a bowl of rice or, for dryer versions, on a banana leaf.

Roti Jala

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Roti jala are pancakes very unlike the American ones. In appearance, they are very thin and netlike, resembling French crepes. In terms of ingredients, they use coconut milk (of course!) and turmeric. In terms of cooking, the batter is rapidly drizzled in concentric circles to form a delicate shape.

This Malaysian food is almost always accompanied by a savory dish like curry but who’s stopping you from smearing them with Nutella or smothering them in maple syrup?

Mee Goreng

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One of our favorite Malaysian foods, stir-fried noodles, which appear in a number of forms. The most common one is yellow noodles quickly cooked in a wok pan with garlic, soy, chilis, and shallots. Chicken, beef, shrimp, and various veggies can also be added. Mee Goreng is a very popular street food; street vendors often cook it over a charcoal fire that impairs a characteristic smoky flavor.

Hokkien Mee

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This Malaysian food is considered one of the most complicated to make. Like many Malay foods, it has many versions, all sharing one ingredient – noodles. Other than that, the ingredients are varying depending on the region. In the capital, Kuala Lumpur, the dish is drier, composed of stir-fried noodles combined with pork and squid, dark soy sauce, plus some pork lard.

In the northwest state of Penang, on the other hand, rice noodles form the base, along with hard-boiled eggs, shrimp stock, prawns, bean sprouts fried shallots, and sambal that build a very intense salty, acidic & fishy flavor.

Sweet Malaysian Foods

Sweet Malaysian foods are incredibly creative & colorful. During the colonial occupation by the British, teatime used to be a very important meal. The ritual was often accompanied by traditional British cookies, scones, and cakes but soon, Malaysian sweet foods were introduced. After the country became independent, the teatime tradition was kept.

Sweet Malaysian foods can be divided into two broad categories – fried desserts, which include pancakes and shaved ice, and kuihs, desserts made from glutinous rice.

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Here are some authentic Malaysian sweets you can serve with your tea.

Bahulu

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Bahulu is a traditional sponge cake especially loved by kids. That is why it is often made in fun shapes, for instance, fish or buttons. Main ingredients are flour, sugar, and eggs. When the cake is baked, it becomes golden, soft, and crusty at the same time. It is often served along with coffee or tea.

Kuih bangkit

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These coconut cream cookies are the go-to choice during festive seasons like Hari Raya (literally ‘celebration day’, the day that marks the end of Ramadan). The main reason for their popularity is the sweet coconut flavor but also the fact that they literally crumble and melt in your mouth.

And in order to achieve that effect, the moisture from the flour has to be removed. The use of high-quality coconut cream is also very important in order to get that authentic taste. One more thing to take into consideration when making these cookies is they need to be white so be careful not to brown them while baking. Not only will they change the color, but they’ll also crack. We think these cookies will be perfect for Christmas!

 

 

 

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9 Traditional Irish Foods You Have to Try

9 Traditional Irish Foods You Have to Try

Why wait for St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy delicious Irish food? Bring the hearty tradition to your home by preparing authentic stews, corned beef, pies, cakes and more comforting Irish foods this winter. Potatoes are, of course, a must any time of the year! Irish food is simple, comforting, and perfect for family cooking.

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#1 Irish Stew

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This liquid Irish food is a combination of meat and veggies native to Ireland. In the past, mutton meat was favored because it is fattier and more flavorful and the dish was cooked in a cauldron, a large metal pot with a lid and handle, used for cooking over an open fire. Today, lamb and beef are usually used, as well as kid goat, slowly cooked for hours until tender. As far as vegetables are concerned, potatoes & onions are a must, sometimes complemented with carrots. Herbs like parsley, thyme & bay leaves are also added for extra flavor.

#2 Boxty Potato Pancakes

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The term ‘boxty’ can refer to potato pancakes, dumplings, and bread. It originates from the Irish phrase ‘arán bocht tí’, which means “poor-house bread”. The most popular version of this Irish food is made with finely grated raw potato combined with mashed potato, flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, and sometimes egg. The mixture is fried in a pan on each side, just like a standard pancake. However, traditional alternatives include using only raw potatoes, boiling it as a dumpling or baking it as a loaf in the oven. Whichever version you decide to make, you can serve it with almost anything you like – ham, bacon, eggs, tzatziki or crème fraîche.

#3 Colcannon

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Potatoes were introduced to the Emerald Island from the New World in the 16th century. Back then, they were a cheap and plentiful source that transformed the Irish diet, especially among poor people. Potatoes are still a staple Irish food which appears in a number of varieties – Colcannon is one of them, a classic, cozy potato mash with cabbage or kale, onions, garlic, and butter or cream.

#4 Soda Bread

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Soda bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made with baking soda as a leavening agent instead of yeast, added to a mixture of flour, buttermilk, and salt. The lactic acid in the reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide and make the bread soft & fluffy. In Ireland, the flour is typically made from soft wheat which has lower levels. Also, in some recipes, the buttermilk is replaced with yogurt. Every family on the Emerald Island has its own recipe for soda bread. Some like it sweet and add egg, butter, nuts, raisins, or other dried fruits.

Others prefer it savory and add seeds or oats for extra healthiness, or even Guinness beer for extra fluffiness!

#5 Cottage Pie

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The recipe for Cottage Pie has been around since the 1700’s and was first created with the intention to use up Sunday roast leftover beef combined with the new crop brought from the New World, potatoes. Its name originated from the category of people who used to make this practical and cheap dish most frequently – the poor farmers who lived in cottages.

Cottage Pie is pretty much Shepherd’s Pie only made with beef instead of lamb or mutton, cooked in a gravy with onions and vegetables like carrots, peas, or celery and topped with mashed potato. More modern versions also call for a grated cheese on top of the mashed potato topping.

#6 Corned Beef with Cabbage

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Not many of us know that this traditional St. Patrick’s Day Irish food is rarely eaten in Ireland. In fact, some people are unsure whether it’s actually Irish at all. Corned beef is considered more of a New World dish favored by Irish Americans. Nevertheless, the dish is delicious and deserves to find its way to your table, at least for St. Paddy’s Day!

#7 Bangers and Mash

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Bangers are actually sausages made of pork and veal, often seasoned with ginger or caraway. Bangers and mash, also known as sausages and mash, is a traditional dish of the British Isles, including Ireland. The dish is especially popular as a pub grub, which suggests that it is very quick and easy to make.

This Irish food is sometimes served with fried onions, onion gravy, or peas. For a vegetarian mashed potato casserole, omit the bratwurst and add a cup of cooked peas and a cup of cooked carrots to the skillet.

#8 Irish Cream Cake

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Chocolate layers and spread with fluffy Irish cream filling plus tangy apricot jam and almond brittle tops for a crunchy finish. This beautiful cake is just one example of the plethora of sweet Irish foods made with Irish cream. You can also add it to brownies, pies, ice cream, cheesecake, and more!

Irish cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients such as coffee. It typically has 15 to 20% alcohol by volume but as far as these desserts are concerned, feel free to serve them to your little ones. Most recipes call for an addition of up to a ¼ cup of Irish cream which is not much when distributed throughout the mixture. Besides, most of the alcohol content evaporates during cooking.

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#9 Irish Coffee

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Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, topped with thick cream. The original recipe calls for non-whipped cream, although there are varieties made with whipped cream as well.

Irish cream can also be added as an alcoholic substitute for milk or cream and sugar in hot coffee, with or without whipped cream on top.

 

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10 Cozy Pumpkin Recipes to Warm You Up

10 Cozy Pumpkin Recipes to Warm You Up

There is something about fall that is calm and soothing and says “home”. The warm colors of nature, the purl of the rain, and the fire in the fireplace are just perfect for staying indoors with a good book or getting creative in the kitchen.

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The picture of a perfect autumn surely includes lots of pumpkins. These orange-colored fruits are not only ideal for carving Jack-o’-lanterns on Halloween, but they’re also one of the most nutritious foods on the planet! They’re well-known for being low fat and low-calorie food, rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, which makes them great for your eyesight and immune system. The high potassium content makes pumpkins great for the muscles. In addition, they’re rich in antioxidants that are extremely beneficial for your overall health.

There are endless possibilities of how to prepare pumpkins. And since the National Pumpkin Day is observed annually on October 26, it’s time to get down to business and make some delicious pumpkin treats. Think cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, smoothies, bread, but also savory delights like casseroles and soups!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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It’s hard to imagine a fall dinner without a tasty pumpkin pie at the end. So, this year try and prepare the perfect one – subtly spiced & sweet, moist, and incredibly delicious!

To make this dessert even richer, melt marshmallows along with a tablespoon of butter in the microwave. Then, stir in the pumpkin and proceed with the recipe. We believe that fresh pumpkin is best. Start by baking a small pumpkin at 350 degrees F until tender, then cut it open and scrape out the seeds and strings. Next, scoop out and mash or puree the pumpkin in a blender. Froze any leftovers in a plastic container and use it later to make pumpkin bread

Nutty Pumpkin Bread

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Just like apples, pumpkins make a great pair with nuts. This moist pumpkin loaf is packed with pecans for extra crunchiness and healthiness (nuts are full of good fats). You can serve it warm or cold as a breakfast or snack, along with a cup of warm coffee or milk. For extra flavor, add a cup of dried raisins or cranberries to the recipe.

Moist Pumpkin Cake

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This pumpkin cake is pure perfection – moist, soft, spiced, and most importantly, easy to make!

What better way to finish a family meal? The rich cream cheese icing is this cakes’ cherry on top. One more reason why we adore this fall dessert is its ability to transform – for a Halloween treat, prepare it as cupcakes and bake for about 20 minutes. Then, add some orange food coloring into the icing and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips instead of the pecans. The amazing taste will haunt you for months J

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

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There’s nothing better than a warm, creamy pumpkin soup on a chilly fall day! Whip it up as a starter for a dinner party or a light supper. To make the pumpkin soup more versatile and give it a more mellow flavor, eliminate the curry powder and coriander, and top each bowlful with finely chopped ham. You can also substitute the chicken broth with water, milk, or vegetable broth. Comfort food at its finest!

Pumpkin Casserole

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This is the dish that will dissuade anyone who believes that pumpkin tastes best in sweet treats. Layered flavors of sweet, savory, and spicy emerge with every bite of this creative dish combining pumpkin, cheese, roasted peppers, and more. This creamy winter warmer is the best pasta replacement you’ll ever have!

Pumpkin Seed Rolls

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Pumpkin is more than just its orange flesh. So, next time you prepare it, save the seeds and use them to add some crunch in these unique, buttery dinner rolls. Pumpkin seeds are real nutritional powerhouses coming in a tiny package – they’re rich in magnesium, manganese, copper, protein, zinc, and more!

Start by rinsing and cleaning the pumpkin seeds. Then, spread them on a baking sheet and let dry overnight. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss a ½ cup dried pumpkin seeds with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a teaspoon of salt. Spread on the prepared baking sheet and bake (tossing frequently) until golden brown, for about an hour. For added flavor, add a ½ teaspoon of onion powder or a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Pumpkin Pecan Twists

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Looking for the perfect fall breakfast/dessert? Your search is over. Our sweet pumpkin pecan twists full of pumpkin pie flavor, cream cheese, and crunchy pecans are sure to warm up a brisk autumn morning. Serve them with a cup of hot cider.

Pumpkin Spice Bars

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A perfect dessert for fall potlucks, these easy bars are a scrumptious way to offer family & friends a warm winter welcome and forkfuls of good cheer! If you want to enrich the recipe further, add a ¼ cup of sweetened, dried cranberries. Note: When buying pumpkin puree, make sure not to get pumpkin pie filling by mistake, which already contains sugar and spices.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

For those who can’t decide between pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect solution. Layers of goodness with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer, and pumpkin layer.

To turn this delight into a mousse-like summer dessert, simply reverse the layers. After pouring the pumpkin mixture into a well-greased baking pan, crumble the cake mix mixture on the top, then bake as directed. Whet the center is set, let it cool, then chill, and spoon into dessert cups.

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Pumpkin Cobbler

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This warm pumpkin cobbler is so easy to make and tastes just like fall. It’s like an upside down pumpkin pie, which combines the best of both worlds with a creamy pumpkin filling and a crunchy brown sugar nut topping! Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice and dive in!

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