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Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Fresh From the Kitchen, New Year's Eve | 0 comments

Lucky Food for New Year

Lucky Food for New Year

Nobody wants to begin a new year with bad luck. There are lots of traditions when it comes to welcoming the New Year and most of them are involved with food. If you’re curious with what they are, then you should definitely check this post out. And if you want to try them, we have easy to follow recipes too! Who knows, you might be the luckiest person this 2016.

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Black Eye Peas

A. Black Eye Peas

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Black Eye Peas is considered as a lucky food to eat on New Year’s Eve. This belief started from the Southern people. It is said that the beans symbolize coins and they invite good fortune. If you want to serve this food for NYE, then try the Lucky Black Eyed Soup recipe.

 Lucky Black Eyed Peas -recipe

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Cabbage

A. Cabbage

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Actually, green food or vegetables are considered as lucky for New Year because they resemble money. But more people prefer cabbage because it’s not just green but it’s also round. Which means that one person’s good fortune will keep on spinning like a circle. If you like to serve cabbage, then try Kale, Cabbage and Brussels Sprout Salad for a spinning delight!

Cabbage Recipe

 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Grapes

A. GRAPES

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In Mexico, people eat a dozen of grapes on New Year’s Eve. They believe that the more sweet grapes you eat means more luck in life. On the other hand, the more sour grapes to eat, the less luck in life. Would you like to adapt this fun eating tradition? Then try making Grape Almond and Olive Cake. It’s grape eating with a sweet twist.

grape-recipe

 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Pork

A. pork chop

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Pork is included as a lucky food for New Year because their shape symbolizes richness or wealth. A New Year’s Eve recipe that you might try is Herb Crusted Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions. This is a super easy and tasty recipe.

 Pork Chop recipe

NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Noodles

A. gluten noodles

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Many would agree that the noodle is considered as a lucky food because they signify long life. Simple as that.  If you totally agree in this belief, then start making the delicious Bacon and Egg Ramen. Eating noodles will never be the same again with this recipe.

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 NEW YEAR’S LUCKY FOOD: Fish

A. salmon

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Here’s a lucky food that we didn’t expect to be on the list. Fish swim in schools and that symbolizes abundance of good fortune. Also, the scales of fish are similar to the texture of coins. Thus, they invite wealth. If you want to experience the luck that fish can bring, then try this mouth-watering Slow Roasted Salmon.

Salmon Recipe

Make your NYE table filled with these lucky foods! Good luck and have a happy New Year!

Sources: Reader’s Digest and Martha Stewart

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Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Holidays, Home How To's, For the Foodie, Decorating, Christmas | 0 comments

Funny and Odd Gifts

Funny and Odd Gifts

Tis’ the season to celebrate and Tis’ the season to laugh too! Check out our creatively funny and odd gifts that will make your friends and loved ones chuckle and giggle. We wrapped up amusing items that they can use in their homes and in their office.

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FUNNY AND ODD GIFTS FOR THE HOME/KITCHEN

These novelty items are impressive and will be an instant hit as a gift!

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A. The Recycling Bin Mug – One’s coffee routine will be more fun with this curbside recycle bin mug!

B. Emergency Money Box Savings – A practical gift for anyone! If you know someone who needs some saving tips, get this for him/her.

C. Key Pete Strong Magnetic Key Holder – His name is Pete, and his life is all about helping others keep their keys in place. Your friend or loved one will adore him!

D. Push Pin Cork Screw, JumboWho would have thought that a push pin can open wine bottles now? Get this cork screw for your wine savvy friend. Also, this can be just a random and fun gift to anyone.

E. Toilet and Urinal Novelty Salt and Pepper Shaker Set – Finally, the toilet and urinal have a new place – it’s in the kitchen! These miniature ceramic set is a funny but functional gift for your foodie friend.

FUNNY AND ODD GIFTS FOR THE OFFICE

Here are items that the workaholic will be delighted to keep.

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A. The Notester Blue – Nope, that’s not a bread toaster. That’s a sticky note keeper! And yes, that “bread” is sticky notes. This desktop accessory also serves as a magnetic clip holder and pencil sharpener.

B. Kitchen Sink Paper Clip HolderAn eye catching desk accessory would be this sink paper clip holder.

C. Stress Buster Desktop Punching BallThere are times when work is draining and frustrating. Get this stress buster to relieve the anger, hunger and the stress!

D. Office Supply Station Desk Accessory Holder – An all in one desk organizer would be this guy. It serves as a tape dispenser, magnetic paper clip holder and pen holder.

E. Dead Fred Pen HolderOur condolences to Fred, who died for every writer by letting himself be stabbed with a pen – a lot of times. This amusing pen holder is a great accent for every office table.

Spread laughter with these funny and odd gifts. Your friends and loved ones will be thanking you with a big smile.

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, Books, Cakes, Christmas | 0 comments

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Crostata: Your Smart Sweet Snack

Hailed from Italy, Crostata is a crusty pastry that anyone would enjoy. It’s effortless to make and preferable when serving a huge crowd. You will only need crust and a good filling.

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What’s also nice about this pie is that it’s versatile. You can choose whether it can be bite sized or huge. And you can also experiment with the fillings. It can be sweet from fruits fillings or it can be savory from meat or vegetables. Either way, it’s still delish!

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How easy it is to make Crostata? You will only do 4 simple steps! Know how to make this heavenly pie in a jiffy. This recipe works if you’re planning to host a large Holiday party. Kelli and Merri Ann of The Prepared Pantry used this recipe to serve a huge crowd and it turned out to be a great hit!

Step 1.  Add the water and Mix the dough

Follow the directions on the bag.  Add water and mix for one minute.

Step 2. Roll and cut the dough

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut six inch rounds.

Step 3. Add the filling and fold

Put three tablespoons of filling* in the center of each round.  Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the side folds together so that it holds its shape.

Step 4. Bake

Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees until lightly browned.

Take note that for the filling, you can use the canned fillings to save more time.

Isn’t it exciting? Lastly, it’s a must for you to know how to make the original Crostata recipe.

What you’ll be needing..

  • 3 tablespoons apple pie filling for each crostata
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

  1. Roll the dough to slightly less than 1/4-inch thick.
  2. Using a dough press or other round cutter, cut out 6-inch rounds
  3. Place three tablespoons of apple filling in the center of each round.
  4. Fold the dough over the filling, leaving the center open one inch or so, squeezing the folds together as you go. It does not need to be uniform. The folds will hold together better if you rub a damp towel over the creases to pick up any flour so that the dough sticks together better.
  5. Place each dessert on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until the crust begins to brown. Remove them to a rack while still hot.
  6. Serve warm.

If you choose to make these with fresh apples, for each four crostatas use:

  • 2 cups thinly sliced and peeled tart apples
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pie dough
  • Caramel topping

Bake until the crust is browned and the apples are tender.  It will probably take a few minutes longer with the raw apples.

How to Make a Caramel Sauce

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 cup (two sticks) butter
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butterscotch flavor
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed milk and syrup. When the mixture is hot, add the sugar and salt and stir with wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Wash the sides of the pan down with a soft spatula dipped in water until there is none of the mixture on the sides of the pan. This is to ensure that all of the sugar crystals are washed into the pan and dissolved. Check to make sure that there are no remaining sugar crystals by rubbing a little of the mixture between your thumb and forefinger. You should feel no gritty sugar.
  3. With no sugar crystals in your pan, turn up the heat and cook the mixture while stirring until the candy reaches 240 degrees as registered on a candy thermometer. Remove it from the heat and stir in the flavor.
  4. Best served while warm.

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, New Year's Eve, Christmas | 0 comments

Rainbow Cookie Guide

Rainbow Cookie Guide

This festive season, our tables deserve to be filled with delightful and enticing sweets. Don’t have any idea yet? Why not try Rainbow cookies! These little treats have vibrant hues and irresistible sweetness that you must relish.

Rainbow Cookie

Creating rainbow cookies are fun and not stressful at all. You just need these basic techniques to start making them.

Step 1 Mix and color/flavor the dough

Make the dough.  Divide the dough into three or four equal parts and add flavor and color to each.

Step 2 Shape the dough

Roll each part into equal logs.  Use your hands and the counter to create square logs and flat logs.

Step 3 Create the patterns

Press the dough logs together into one log to form the patterns.  Refrigerate the log.

Step 4 Slice and bake

Slice horizontal into 1/4-inch slices and bake.

Of course, don’t limit yourself with the color and shapes. Experiment as much as you can and work your creativity.

Making the log seems to be a bit tricky, just remember to keep them uniform.

  1. If you have a kitchen scale, use it to divide the dough portions equally. Make a rough rope out of each.
  2. Roll each rope in wax paper. Roll the waxed paper covered logs on the counter to make smooth logs, stretching and compressing to get them all the same length. Stroking the logs with your hands helps to make them smooth.
  3. For square logs, press them flat on the counter, stroke with your fingers, and turn them and stroke some more. Similarly, make strips for striped cookies.

It’s easier to make the logs than it is to describe how to make them.  After the logs are made, press them together and refrigerate them until the dough is firm.  Cut 1/4 inch thick slices with a serrated knife.

Now that you know the skills to apply let’s start baking those rainbow cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (optional)
  • flavors and extracts (your choice)
  • food color gels (your choice)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth. Continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients in two parts, mixing after each. Mix just until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into two, three, or four parts depending on how many different doughs you choose to make.

For the chocolate dough:

  1. For one half of the dough, melt two ounces of chocolate. For one fourth of the dough, melt one ounce of chocolate. While still warm, work the chocolate into the dough until uniform.

For flavored and colored dough:

  1. Add two or three drops of food color gel in each one-fourth or one-third part. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon almond, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint, 1/2 teaspoon cherry, 1/2 teaspoon strawberry, or other extracts to the dough and mix in.
  2. Form the dough into cylinders, squares, or layers—a separate color or flavor for each. Refrigerate until firm.
  3. Cut the dough into 1/4-inch thick slices. To form the shapes, cut each colored cylinder separately but gently press the different colored discs together on the cookie sheet. Bake on ungreased cookies sheets at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are nearly firmed and very lightly browned. Do not over bake. Cool on wire racks.

Make your Holiday celebration colorful and delicious with rainbow cookies!

Did you like this sumptuous recipe? Then you’ll definitely have more with this book!

Get Mrs. Claus’s free book now and eight others weekly with advice and recipes for special occasions–holidays, birthdays, and family parties.

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Visit The Prepared Pantry for more luscious recipes. Happy Holidays!

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Holidays, For the Foodie, Cakes | 0 comments

Cookies Around the World

Cookies Around the World

Tasty. Delectable. Luscious. Hard to resist. Sweet. Best invention in the world.. Cookies! Yes, we know you’ll agree with us. Because of their great traits, cookies became one of the most wanted treats in the world. And people from different countries have made various cookie recipes. Of course, we want to show them to you.

“Cookies Around the World!” Featuring, 46 delectable cookie recipes from several countries. Try them for an unforgettable taste buds journey.

cookies of the world

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Here are our best picks and without a doubt, we had a hard time choosing. Click on the image to get the whole recipe.

ITALY: Italian Rainbow Cookies

Italian Rainbow Cookies

Who would have thought that Italians are not just good in making pizzas but cookies as well? These cookies are not just appealing to the eyes, but also delicious. Italian Rainbow Cookies take time to prepare but sure is worth it!

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GREECE: Koulourakia (Greek Sesame Twist Cookies)

Koulourakia

Next stop, Greece! For a not so sweet but still delectable taste, try this Greek treat. It will be the newest tandem for your morning or afternoon coffee.

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NIGERIA: Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps

Nigerian Coconut Cookie Crisps

Great combination of crispy and tasty.  Experience the delight of coconut with a sweet ending of strawberry jam. These cracklings can be the perfect snack for your upcoming holiday parties.

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SERBIA: Vanilice (The Little Vanilla Cookies)

Vanilice

Wonderful walnuts with a dash of vanilla and Voila! A luscious treat that melts in your mouth. Vanilice is a holiday treat in Serbia. These little beauties are ideal for your Christmas party!

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INDIA: Chickpea Flour (Besan) Laddu

Chickpea Flour

Laddu are sweet balls and they’re usually made with various ingredients. Chickpea laddu have a creamy texture that you’ll surely love. Plus, their colorful appearance will be an impressive display on your holiday tables.

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CANADA: Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Here’s a sweet reason to love Canada. Nanaimo Bars are the addictive no-bake treats you should try. From the looks of it, we know you’ll be eating a lot.

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Philippines: Polvoron Candies

Polvoron Candies

Polvoron is a famous sweet delicacy that Filipinos love to eat. They’re usually wrapped in bright colored foils and sold by pieces in bake shops. Once eaten, they pop and melt in your mouth. Usually they’re made of milk and nuts. But, what if they’re made with Ovaltine? Yes you got that right. Try making these popping sweets the chocolatey way and you’ll love every tiny bit of it!

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Indeed, no one can resist the delight that cookies can bring.

“Cookies Around the World” is presented by Food52. Check out their website to see more mouth-watering delicacies. Click HERE.

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Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Events, Holidays, Parties and Occasions, For the Foodie, See All Party Themes | 0 comments

Tailgate Party Items and Recipes

Tailgate Party Items and Recipes

The smell from a good grill is in the air, vehicle noise owning the place and many people are cheering. What’s happening? It’s a tailgate party. This legendary tradition has become one of the most participated events in the United States. If you’re heading to a tailgate party or planning to organize one, then you should check this post out! We prepared tailgate party items that you should have. In addition to that, we also featured delicious tailgate party recipes that you must try!

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A. NCAA Snack Helmet – Well here’s the not so ordinary helmet. This snack helmet has a lot space for your chips and candies. It also includes a microwavable and dishwasher safe tray.

B. Football Tailgate or Birthday Party Supplies – The all in one tailgate party pack is here! It has cups, napkins and heavy duty plates that prevent leaks.

C. GoPong 8-Foot Portable Beer Pong – To make the party more fun, host a beer pong game! This table is easy to bring and set up. This can also be a good table to place your food.

D. Portable & Insulated Football Cooler – We know you’ll need a good place to store the drinks and keep them cool. Have this awesome cooler that definitely meets the theme of the fun party.

TAILGATE PARTY RECIPES

Now that your party items are all prepared, it’s time to prepare the best part – FOOD! We chose unique but super delish tailgate recipes that you can try. Simply click on the image to get the recipe.

Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Please yourself and everyone with this yummy grilled Kebab. This is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Its marinade has an amazing citrus flavor that will keep everyone busy chomping.

Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Bacon-Stuffed Burgers with Pimento Cheese and Avocado

This is completely heaven. Looking for Bacon? Check. Craving for Cheese? Check. Wanting to eat a burger? You’re going to get a lot! You will never believe the delicious combination unless you try it. It’s a burger you will never forget.

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Party Pretzel Bites

Now here’s a sweet snack for everyone. Making these little delights will be a hit in your tailgate party! Indulge on these bite-sized treats now.

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Wonder Fries

Sometimes I wonder, what makes fries irresistible? Is it because they’re easy to eat? Is it because they’re plain but so flavorful? What if fries are added with spice and transformed into something more delicious? We bet it will be hard to share. Introducing, Wonder Fries! Try this superhero potato recipe with an incredible twist.

Wonder Fries

Tailgate Paella

Well the name speaks for its purpose. But we guarantee this meal will satisfy a lot of your party visitors! It’s better to grill this paella if you’re already at the game. You’ll be excited with the savory smokiness it’ll bring. This recipe can serve up to 15 hungry party people.

Tailgate Paella

Moscow Mule

A party is not a party without good drinks. Check out this so easy to make but so hard to resist beverage recipe. Plus it is vodka, we know you love that.

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There you have it, get your A-game on and have fun! Always keep in mind that tailgate parties are made to experience the spirit of camaraderie.

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