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National Soup Month: Thai Curry Corn Chowder

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipes, National Soup Month 2016, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Thai Curry Corn Chowder Recipe | 0 comments

Quote for today: Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. Ludwig van Beethoven January is National Soup Month. I don’t know about you but soups, stews, bisques and chowders are some of my favorite things to eat, even for breakfast. This time of year nothing beats a spicy chowder to get you going or keep you going. This Asian inspired Corn Chowder is pretty simple to make despite the long list of ingredients. The only item that maybe hard to find is the Tom Yum Paste. The brand we used was AROY-D which can be found in most Asian grocery stores. If you can’t fnd it, you may use red, green, yellow, panang or any other curry paste or even a quality curry powder. When serving garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced scallions. Here is the recipe for Thai Curry Corn Chowder. Thai Curry Corn Chowder 2016-01-27 15:41:57 Serves 6 A hearty chowder with an Asian flair. Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp flour 2 carrots, peeled and diced 4 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 small yellow onion, diced 3 ribs celery, diced 1 tbsp Tom Yum or Curry Paste (Curry powder optional) 1-14oz can Corn and Green Chilies...

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National Peach Melba Day

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Food & Travel Blog, Food History, National Peach Melba Day, Roadtrips R Us, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today is National Peach Melba Day. This delicious dessert was created by the world famous Savoy executive chef, Auguste Escoffier in the late 1800’s. He named it Peach Melba in honor of Australian operatic soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. History In 1892, Nellie Melba was performing in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden. The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner party to celebrate her triumph. For the occasion, Escoffier created a new dessert, and to display it, he used an ice sculpture of a swan, which is featured in the opera. The swan carried peaches which rested on a bed of vanilla ice cream and which were topped with spun sugar. In 1900 Escoffier created a new version of the dessert. He omitted the ice swan and topped the peaches with raspberry purée. Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and/or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée. Wikipedia Today you can enjoy many of the hotel’s classic menu items on the Strand at the corner of Savoy Court. This beautiful shop, Melba at The Savoy, offers fascinating hotel signature items, fabulous pastries, classic British sandwiches and beverages.       If you’ve never had Peach Melba, here is a quick and easy recipe...

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Manuel’s Tavern Renovation: ATL Landmark

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Food, GA, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire An Atlanta landmark is closing its doors for a short time in early 2016. Manuel’s Tavern will be renovated by Green Street Properties as part of a redevelopment project in the Poncey-Highland community. The development company recently purchased one-and-a-half acres on North Highland Avenue where the tavern is located according to the Atlanta...

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National Hamburger Day

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, National Hamburger Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars. Charles Kuralt Today is National Hamburger Day and there’s no telling how many will be sold today. No real accurate numbers exist, but my guess is around 137,000,000 of them will be consumed. The Hamburg Steak has been around a long time, but a beef patty between two pieces of bread as we know it today, originated around the...

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Celebrating the Season Southern Style

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, GA Christmas Tour of Homes, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Washington GA | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Southern Saying: Like water off a ducks back Translation: Reference to the certainty of some event occuring or the ease at which it occurred. Usage: It was like water off a duck’s back. You don’t have to be from the South to love antebellum homes and enjoy the Christmas festivities southern style. We did just that over the weekend in Washington, GA at the Southern Christmas Tour of homes plus a candlelight dinner. Here is a...

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National Bouillabaisse Day

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, Food Recipes, National Bouillabaisse Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.” Norman Douglas, British novelist (1868-1952) Today is National Bouillabaisse Day. I honestly have never been to a restaurant that offered this classic provencal fish stew from the port city of Marseille. While in California, I had the good fortune to eat Cioppino at a couple of great...

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National Fritters Day

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipes, National Fritters Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thought for Today: “You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, Address at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 9/25/56 Today is National Fritters Day. These delicious fried morsels are quintessentially Southern and served up as a savory snack or appetizer. A basic fritter batter consists of corn kernels, egg, flour and milk. Anyway, this is what I thought Corn Fritters were. As the Corn...

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National Guacamole Day

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, National Guacamole Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: Find a venue, over order on the booze and bulk buy the guacamole. Love Actually (Movie: 2003) November 14th is National Guacamole Day 2015. The Aztecs used avocado to make this sauce (dip) as early as the sixteenth century. The Spanish fell in love with the avocado and brought it back to Europe after they conquered the Aztec. The California Avocado Advisory Board had a tough time marketing this fruit for a while. In the 40’s,...

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Southern Christmas Tour of Homes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Chef Kathryn Filipiak, Food, Food Blog, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Washington GA, Washington GA Christmas Tour of Homes | 0 comments

Quote For Today: “Magic of Southern expressions? Similes and metaphorical allusions. They are the yellow highlighter of conversation.” Tim Heaton The 2015 Christmas Tour of Homes and Candlelight Dinner in Historic Washington GA is December 11-12th. Friday, December 11th the Historic Holiday Gala is set for 7 P.M. at the Callaway Plantation. The Christmas Tour of Homes headquarters is located at Washington-Wilkes Visitor’s Center. The tour hours are from 10 A.M. -5 P.M. There’s a walking tour, presentation of...

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National Chili Month: Chili Joints

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipe, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: “Next to jazz music, there is nothing that lifts the spirit and strengthens the soul more than a good bowl of chili.” Harry James October is National Chili Month. Surprisingly there’s no debate about it. For there is much contention over the ingredients for creating a pot of Chili and the original recipe source. I doubt anyone knows the real story behind this recipe. A review of history shows that Chili was featured at the World’s Fair...

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