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Irish Soda Bread

14 Mar

I know today in most states, there is no way anyone is going to stay inside and cook. But I couldn’t think of anything better to write about today. So, in memory of St. Patty’s Day (which is coming soon)…I give you the recipe for Cheddar and Bacon Irish Soda Bread.

*Note that I do not eat pork bacon (and no I am not Jewish). You can exchange pig bacon for turkey bacon or vegan bacon if you desire.

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

8 ounces cooked bacon

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 cup grated cheddar (8 ounces)

4 green onions or scallions, chopped, green part only

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

*If you don’t have buttermilk, take regular milk and mix in a tbsp of vinegar.

Directions:

-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
-In a skillet on medium-low heat, warm up the oil. Add the Irish bacon to the skillet, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and chop the bacon.
-In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, kosher salt, granulated sugar, Irish cheddar, chopped Irish bacon and green onions until well blended. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until the dough comes together.
-Form the dough into a round loaf and place on the baking sheet. With a sharp knife, cut a cross into the top. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Serve Warm

How are you going to enjoy this day today?

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Embracing Your German Heritage

13 Mar

The theme today is German.

German food, german entertainment, and german people.

Why?

It was my dad’s birthday yesterday. My dad takes his German heritage very serious. Some common phrases that he always uses are…

“Eat your sauerkraut.”

“Let’s go to Mater’s (a german restuarant)!”

“Auuuu Shuitz. We’s German. Eat yourrr sauerkraut.”

Now please note that the last phrase he says is done in a very fake German accent. He sounds like a Polish man who got his teeth pulled.

Anyway, to start the day off…why not listen to some German music?

Who knew that that song was also done in German. Learn something new every day.

Now that we got the music out of the way…how about other German stuff?

Opps. Just kidding. Forgive my for my dry sense of humor…but I just couldn’t resist.

Alright. The moment that everyone has been waiting for.

German Food.

Now I debated whether to write about Pretzel Rolls or Kohlsuppe.

But because my dad just loves sauerkraut so much, I’m going to give the recipe for Kohlsuppe.

Kohlsuppe (Cabbage Soup)

Ingredients:

4 Slices Bacon, Thick, Diced

2 Onions, Sliced

1 Turnip, Sliced

2 Carrots, Diced

2 Potatoes, Cubed

1 Head Green Cabbage, shredded

4 c Chicken Stock Or Bouillon

2 c Water

6 Sprigs Parsley

1 Bay Leaf

Directions:

In a 6-quart saucepan or pot, combine all ingredients except salt, pepper and cheese. Simmer partially covered for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Discard the parsley bundle; season to taste. Pour into hot soup bowls and serve.

Happy Birthday to my dad. May he enjoy his music and soup.

Have any of your family members swear to a specific culture or food? What food did you always eat when growing up? How about music?

Leave your interesting and creative comments if you’d like.

 

Mardi Gras’ Banana Foster

21 Feb

“Mardi Gras. Because drinking hurricanes is better than running from them.”

Yes folks, today is Fat Tuesday. The day where everyone drinks, eats, and parties. Parades, beads, music, king cakes…all to celebrate the day before lent.

Unfortunatly, unless I am in New Orleans myself…I won’t be celebrating Mardi Gras to the full extent as some people are. No drinking or partying for me.

But I do like how many Mardi Gras recipes show up when you google search “recipes”. I found recipes for King Cake and Gumbo and Hush Puppies. But I thought that everyone and their mother would be sharing those recipes or making them…so I found a less common Mardi Gras dish.

Bananas Foster.

Bananas warmed in buttery rum sauce over vanilla ice cream. Yum.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup dark brown sugar

3 1/2 tablespoons rum (you can use the flavored fake stuff)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 bananas, peeled and sliced lengthwise and crosswise

1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Directions:

-In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter.  Stir in sugar, rum, vanilla and cinnamon.  When mixture begins to bubble, place bananas and walnuts in pan.  Cook until bananas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes.  Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.

*Easy, right?

So whatever your plans are for tonight, make sure to stay safe and try not to binge on all the delicious treats.

Happy Mardi Gras!

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