St. Patrick’s Day, will be celebrated this year on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by many people with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage, green beer and wearing of the green. It is a tradition in Ireland for the people in the parades and celebrating on the side lines, to wear a lot or a small collection of green clothing. Even some with shamrock pins. These plans could change in Ireland and around the world because of the Coronavirus.
In the United States the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is put on every year in New York City. This parade has been around since 1762 and 2020 would have been its 258th year. Unfortunately this year because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) they have cancelled the parade
You can still celebrate at home…
Just who is St. Patrick? Many sources agree his real name was Maewyn Succat. He was born in Roman Britain. When he was about sixteen he was captured by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland for 6 years. In those 6 years he worked as a herdsman, prayed daily and found strength in his faith.
As legend states, St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The basis of this legend is that the origin of the snake as a pagan symbol. Therefore the tale of St. Patrick driving out the snakes can really be taken as a sign of driving out paganism from Ireland. Patrick (Maewyn Succat.) died in 493 AD.
Corned Beef and Cabbage is it Irish?
Actually the traditional dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage is not an Irish tradition but an American tradition started by Irish immigrants. The local meat in Ireland in the 1700’s was pork served with potatoes. Find out here how pork and potatoes become corned beef and cabbage and why it is the go to dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.
In 1925, “corned beef and cabbage” was voted to be the favorite dish of New York City.
If you are celebrating, please drink responsibly. Make sure you have selected a designated driver before you party. Please Don’t Drink and Drive.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Share Valentine’s Day by volunteering in your community with co workers, family and friends. Take a little time for this day, to bake up some Valentine cookies and cakes or you could purchase store bought treats and give them out with a special tag.
Take the family or a few friends and visit a nursing home in your area. Hand out flowers (a Carnation for each person) and Valentine cards. This does not have to be expensive and it will bring so much joy. (Call ahead to find out how many flowers and cards you will need and make an appointment.)
Visit someone who is under the weather with Valentines Day treats and offer to run errands for them.
Get your family and/or friends together and celebrate with a mini tea party. Serve hot tea and cookies. Have pretty paper, glue, scissors, paper dollies available to make old fashioned valentines day cards.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen for a few hours, washing dishes or serving up a meal will be appreciated.
Don’t forget our furry friends. Lend a hand at a community animal shelter or donate pet food or both.
Have a little brother or sister? Take them for the afternoon to a Children’s Museum or a favorite spot they like.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
On Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 is the biggest game of the year for football fans, the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will play at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL. If you cannot be there in person you can enjoy the game on the Fox channel (see other options here for streaming) and kick off is at 6:30 pm ET.
Where there is a football game there must be great food! For Super Bowl LlV (54) we have searched for the best appetizers, desserts and yummy dishes you can conger up. The first on our list is a long time favorite Buffalo Chicken Wings…
Buffalo Chicken Wings – Make them as mild or hot as you like.
and as long as we are in the neighborhood of hot and spicy food here are a few more dishes…
Lara Spencer’s Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (easy to make and a favorite!)
Jalapeno Poppers with Blue Cheese and Bacon – easy appetizer!
For those that do not want the hot or spicy foods;
Dessert is always welcome!
Enjoy the Super Bowl :}
The preparation of the Turkey starts with whether it is fresh or frozen. No one wants to wake up Thanksgiving morning to a half frozen turkey, so defrosting ahead of time is essential. According to the USDA you will need at least 1 day per 4 -5 pounds of turkey defrost in the refrigerator.
Here is a chart for thawing in the refrigerator:
4 to 12 pounds – 1-3 days
12 to 16 pounds – 3-4 days
16 to 20 pounds – 4-5 days
20 to 24 pounds – 5-6 days
There is another method you can use by submerging the wrapped turkey in cold water and changing the water out every 30 minutes.
4 to 12 pounds – 2 to 6 hours
12 to 16 pounds – 6 to 8 hours
16 to 20 pounds -8 to 10 hours
20 to 24 pounds – 10 to 12 hours
Now that you have a defrosted turkey it’s time to move onto the next steps , preparing, stuffing and flavor.
Easy Roast Turkey for Beginners for the Holidays!
Stuffing with Sausage
How To Carve A Turkey
Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanks Kristen! Happy Thanksgiving!
Fat Tuesday or as the French say Mardi Gras is a day of feasting on fatty foods and living it up before the Christian Lenten (Lent) season and fasting.
This colorful holiday also know as Shrove Tuesday, comes with a parade of floats, lots of beads and fun in New Orleans and celebrated around the country. If you cannot be in New Orleans, then celebrate in your home with Gumbo, Jambaya, or how about a Muffuletta sandwich. There is great food and music that comes out of New Orleans and this is the day to join in the fun!
Check out these recipes…
Gumbo Recipe – When you say Gumbo you are talking Louisiana, New Orleans. It originated in Louisiana early in the 18th century according to Cajun History. Gumbo is personal, like a good stew, every home makes it with the main ingredients and some additional for their own taste and flair.
Main ingredients of gumbo are a good roux (mixing equal amounts of fat and flour to make a thick sauce), okra, vegetables (the Holy Trinity, onions, green peppers and celery) meat and seafood. The seasoning that finishes off the Gumbo is File’ powder which is a spicy herb made for Sassafras leaves that is ground down to a powder and available in most grocery stores.
Jambalaya Recipe -A Spanish and French influenced dish that has seafood, meat, vegetables and rice. A must have in this dish is sausage that has been smoked, seafood (crawfish is popular in the area as well shrimp) chicken and pork. Very flavorful with the spices added.
Shrimp Etouffee Recipe – A New Orleans classic recipe that is beloved by both Cajun and Creole cooking. It is served over rice with seafood as its star ingredient that could be crab, crawfish or shrimp. It was created in the 1950’s, but some historians say it could go back to as far as 1920.
Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe – This packed with flavor sandwich originated with Italian immigrants that came to New Orleans, using a round loaf of bread and stuffing it with olive salad on the bottom, Salami, Swiss Cheese, Ham, Mortadella, and more. This sandwich is made for a crowd or you could make them in individual sandwiches on smaller rolls.
The King Cake Recipe – The King Cake is used in some countries for celebrating the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas and up to Lent. There are a variety of recipes but the main one has spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and made with yeast. The decorations are colors that came from the Christian religion, with purple symbolizing Justice, Green symbolizing Faith and Gold symbolizing Power. They honor the three Kings (Wise Men) who visited Jesus on the Epiphany twelve days after Christmas. These colors are used in the sugar topping that makes the frosting.
A small porcelain figurine toy or Fava beans were used for the baby that was traditionally hidden in the King Cake as a symbol to the baby Jesus. Today luck and prosperity is the symbol of the baby to many. The person who finds the baby in their slice of cake irresponsible for throwing the next years Mardi Gras party in some countries and is a designated King or Queen for the day. The beans and porcelain figures are today replaced with plastic toy babies and some bakers are leaving the baby outside of the cake to lessen the chance of liability of someone choking or swallowing the toy.
Enjoy Mardi Gras!
It can be delightfully hectic when it comes to cooking up Christmas morning breakfast. The crock pot can now be your best appliance in the kitchen with this easy yummy recipe, Crock Pot Carmel Pecan Rolls. These awesome treats are made with things you may already have in your pantry and fridge that definitely bring on the holiday spirit.
Imagine melted Butter, cinnamon, pecans, biscuit dough and brown sugar cooking up and filling your home with an amazing, get you out of bed, aroma. Get the rolls ready and pop into a slow cooker for 90 minutes and wa la, breakfast is served.
Thank you Recipes That Crock for sharing!
Get the Recipe Here Caramel Pecan Rolls
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays :}
Jenny over at Jenny Can Cook on youtube has a faster method and easy recipe for a no knead bakery style bread with a golden crispy crust. She will take you step by step to cook up this delicious bread made by hand and you will be eating this in not time at all. Jenny uses just four ingredients: Flour, Yeast, Salt and water. It is cooked up in a a 4 or 5-quart Dutch oven. You could dress up this bread with any flavors you want… an idea could be Italian seasoning and roasted garlic cloves for an Italian loaf!. Check out the video below for this amazing easy recipe!
Jenny has included tips and links for this recipe (like aerating the flour) Here.
There is just something so relaxing and cozy when your fill your kitchen with that wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread!
Thanks so much Jenny!
Celebrate Mom this Mother’s day with special recipes just for her made by you. Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner make sure Mom is getting her favorite treats or a new dish she will love!. Mom has the day off and the kitchen is off limits to her, getting someone else to do the cooking will be a wonderful treat.
Check out some of these idea’s!