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Top 5 Spots: National Hoagie Day

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Best Hoagies in the US, Food, Food Blog, Food History, History of the Hoagie Sandwich, National Hoagie Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

National Hoagie Day

Quote for Today: Too few people understand a really good sandwich. James Beard

Today’s National Food Holiday is “National Hoagie Day.” The name hoagie for a sandwich has its roots in Philadelphia. Elsewhere in the United States, pretty much the same size sandwich with various types of bread and fillings have many different names. How the name “hoagie” got attached to a sandwich in Philadelphia has multiple versions.

One story claims that Italians working at the World I shipyard in Philadelphia, known as “Hog’s Island,” introduced the sandwich by putting various meats, cheeses, and lettuce between two slices of bread. In different parts of the City, other names for this sandwich included the Hoggie, Hog Island, Hokie, Hogan, Honkie, Hoogie, and Hooky. However, by 1955, restaurants throughout the district were using the term “Hoagie” with many of them selling them with pizza. Here are some places to get this sandwich and their regional counterparts.Sandwich Board, Restaurant Reviews, Roadtrips R Us

1) The Hero Sandwich: Our Hero’s at 785 Bergen Ave Jersey City, NJ is the go-to place for juicy sandwiches served on buttery pieces of bread. You can’t go wrong with any of the selections at this Mom and Pop sandwich shop. Note: bring cash!  

The Hog

The Hog

2) The Submarine Sandwich: The “Sub” is a widespread name that does not claim any specific region of the U.S. and is considered the generic term for the hoagie style sandwich. Soda & Swine Restaurant in San Diego serves their version of America’s Classic Meatball Sub. First, you choose from five different meatballs that include pork, chicken, beef and a veggie made with Quinoa, Pesto, and Feta. Their Hog Sub featuring Chorizo, Brisket and Pork Butt with Chipotle BBQ Sauce sounds like a winner.

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

Judge Bosetta Hoagie

3) The Po’Boy Sandwich: A staple in New Orleans that is also known as the “Peacemaker.” Men would bring these sandwiches home after a late night with the boys for their better halves in order to stay out of the doghouse. Johnny’s is the oldest family owned Po’Boy shop in the French Quarter. This place serves forty-five different types of Po’Boys on French Bread that is delivered fresh every day. Along with the traditional shrimp, oyster, and crawfish versions, they also serve the “Judge Bosetta” filled with ground beef, Italian and hot sausage with Swiss Cheese.

4) The Grinder: The name given to the Po’Boy when it migrated North to New England. The name refers to a long sandwich that takes a lot of chewing or (grinding) to eat. Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe with nine locations has been serving them up since 1922.  The Prosciutto Hot Pepper Chicken or the Baked Stuffed Pastrami will hit the spot.

Special k

Special k

5) The Hoagie: Koch’s Deli in West Philadelphia is the place to go. You might have to wait half an hour for a sandwich but it is worth it. The Special K Hoagie with Pastrami, corn beef, Kosher Salami, Swiss Cheese and Russian Dressing all topped with Potato Salad will give any of these aforementioned sandwiches a run for their money.

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The Ambitions of a Pig: National Truffle Day

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Food Holidays, National Truffle Day., Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: The pig is not just pork chops and bacon and ham to us. The pig is a co-laborer in this great land-healing ministry. Joel Salatin

National Truffle Day

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Future Truffles Forager

Pigs eat them, dogs sniff them, and people pay astronomical prices for them, why?  Chef TJ

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Truffles

Today’s Food Holiday is National Truffle Day. In Hong Kong, real estate tycoon, Sir Gordon Wu and his wife paid $167,787 (U.S.) for a gigantic white Alba Truffle weighing in at 1.5 kg. It was the most expensive truffle ever sold at the time.  However, one year later, a casino magnate Stanley Ho purchased a white truffle from Tuscany for $330,000 at an annual auction in Hong Kong. It was the record price paid for a single white truffle (December 2007).

In December 2014, a White Alba’s Truffle weighing in at 4.16 pounds or 1.89 kilos was unearthed in the Umbrian region of Italy by the Balestra Family of Sabatino. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York. While some had expected it to sell for $1 million, it was sold for $61,000 to a Taiwanese buyer. Wikipedia

Why are truffles in such demand?

Research shows that truffles were plentiful in the late 19th and early 20th century and commonly used.  Since then, deforestation, war, and disease reduced the truffle harvest to less than 5 percent of what was available before World War I.  The people who forage truffles for a living are reluctant to mass produce because of the price they are getting today.

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Truffles Foraging Pig

Supply and demand is a powerful thing.  If you can get between $1,000 and $2200 per pound, why would you mass produce for a fraction of the reward?  Personally, I have never purchased a truffle and we won’t go into the reasons here. However, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting French Truffles and their byproducts.  If any of these delicious morsels were available in my area, you would have to call me Mr. Forager with Arnold Ziffel as my sidekick.

We’ve found you can find most anything on Amazon.   

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The Scoop on Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2017

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Cinco de Mayo, Food, Food Blog, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Today in History, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

5th of May, Cinco de Mayo 2017, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogCinco de Mayo 2017

It’s time to plan a Cinco de Mayo party. This May celebration pays homage to the Mexican victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. This, however, didn’t mark the end of the Franco-Mexican War as the French didn’t pull out until 1867. Many American’s confuse this date with Mexican Independence although that day had passed some 50 years earlier on September 16th. Though a somewhat minor holiday south of the border, in the U.S. it’s a great excuse to enjoy some great Latin food along with a few Cerveza’s and maybe a Tequila or two.

Cinco de Mayo, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food BlogDining Out

Some of the biggest celebrations in the U.S. occur in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston. Down South here in Atlanta there will also be plenty of folks hitting the town to start the weekend early. If you don’t mind the crowds, here are a few places to go.

The original El Taco in Virginia Highlands, Escorpion Tequila Bar on Peachtree Street, Agave Restaurant downtown on Boulevard or If you want to stay on the North-side of town, there’s Eclipse Di Luna on Ashford Dunwoody and HOLA! Taqueria & Bar in Roswell.

Cinco de Mayo, Roadtrips R UsDining In

If dodging elbows and sombreros is not your style, why not create your own Cinco de Mayo feast at home. Take the time to find a Latin grocery store or Carniceria in your area. They’ll more than likely have beef, pork, and chicken already cut, marinated and ready to cook. Of course, they will have fresh corn tortillas, produce, various condiments and lots of Cilantro to go with it. Ask the guy at the butcher counter if they have any homemade salsas, I have a sneaky suspicion they will.

CJ and I pick up our provisions at the Super Mercado Jalisco on Alpharetta Highway. Their food is always fresh and they have Salsa Verde and a red salsa best described as Pico de Gallo on roids that keep us coming back.

We hope you have a safe and fun Cinco de Mayo. Here’s what our spread looked like in 2016 for under twenty bucks.

Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Cinco de MayoWe invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and music. Feliz Cinco de Mayo CJ & TJ

 

 

 

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Scamper To The Table With Some Beautiful Shrimp

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food History, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Today in Food History, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Shrimp BoatNational Shrimp Scampi Day

April 29th is National Shrimp Scampi Day. Restaurants across America have been serving Shrimp Scampi for years, especially the Italian-American establishments in the Northeast and the Midwest.

You’d be hard pressed though to find this dish when traveling through Italy. Scampi in Italy are small crustaceans with light pink shells that look closer to lobster than they do shrimp. In Europe, they’re also known as Langoustine or Dublin Bay Prawns and Norway Lobster.  

The traditional way to serve them in Italy is sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onion and white wine. When Italians came to the US they substituted domestic shrimp for the small crustaceans they were used too. They cooked them the same way they always did and thus Shrimp “Scampi” style was born.

One big problem was the access to good olive oil in the states when Italians migrated here in the late 19th and early 20th century. Butter, however, was readily available and they used that instead. Restauranteurs begin selling this Shrimp Scampi as a main dish with pasta or rice and the rest is history.

Shrimp Scampi was one of the biggest sellers at a Steakhouse I used to work at in south Florida. We would melt a couple of big tablespoons of a compound butter (Scampi butter) in a sauté pan, quickly cook 6-8 large peeled shrimp, add a touch of cream and a squeeze of fresh lemon then toss it with linguine and fresh Tarragon. Here is the recipe for the compound butter we used. Wrapped tightly it will keep several weeks in the fridge and freezes well. Hope you enjoy it.

Compound Butter Recipe
This is great recipe for compound butter when making Shrimp Scampi.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Butter
  2. 1 lb Margarine
  3. 6 oz Cider Vinegar
  4. 1 cup White Wine
  5. 3 cloves Garlic
  6. 2 Shallots Diced
  7. 2 oz Dijon Mustard
  8. 2 oz Worcestershire Sauce
  9. 1 Tbsp Sugar
  10. 1 Tbsp Seasoned Salt
  11. 1 Tbsp Granulated Garlic
Instructions
  1. In a Kitchen Aid type stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a food processor blend butter and margarine till soft. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings. Slowly add white wine and vinegar until incorporated well. Portion the mixture into one pound logs with parchment paper. This butter is also wonderful with poultry, pork, beef, and anything that swims in the ocean.
  2. By Thomas Jones
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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Jazz Fest, LA Arts & Crafts, Music, New Orleans Events, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017, New Orleans LA, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue | 0 comments

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2017

Quote of the Day: “There are only two things: love, all sorts of love, with pretty girls, and the music of New Orleans or Duke Ellington. Everything else ought to go, because everything else is ugly.” Boris Vian

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked-off today with jazz artists, Cajun foods, and crafts featured throughout the grounds. The festival will be in high gear from April 28 – Sunday, May 7th.

The line-up of entertainers will knock your socks off. Take a look at the schedule and plan your trip to see your favorite entertainers.

Here are a couple of our favorites Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Pitbull. If you love jazz and good music period, you’ll be pleased with the entertainment. 

 

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” Mark Twain

There’s nothing like down home Cajun cooking and you’ll find a great selection from Louisiana natives. Take a look at the food list for planning your Cajun feast. 

Visit the Marketplace

You will be welcomed in the villages and marketplaces where vendors showcase their unique crafts.

Crafts

The Nawlins art is a popular souvenir. The selections are great again this year. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster is worthy of being framed. If you’re unable to attend this year’s fest, you can order online.

Do you need some help finding your way around Nawlins? Click on the photo below for an easy guide.

Sweet New Orleans Landscape Art from Amazon


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Mother’s Day Tribute 2017

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Copperhead Lodge GA, Food, Food & Travel Blog, Food Blog, Mother's Day 2017, Mother's Day Brunch, Mother's Day Dining Ideas, Mother's Day History, Mother's Day Restaurants, Mother's Day Restaurants GA, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mother's Day Tribute, Roadtrips R Us

Quote of the Day: Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. Anonymous

One of the most important days in the year is Sunday, May 14th – Mother’s Day. It is the biggest holiday behind Christmas Eve and Easter for the sale of flowers, greeting cards, long-distance calls, and special gifts. This is also the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

Mother’s Day Tribute 2017

What were its humble beginnings?

Brief History – Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases, “Second Sunday in May,” and “Mother’s Day” in 1912. She created the Mother’s Day International Association. It was her mother’s dream of making the day a celebration of all mothers. The idea took off with the help of wealthy Philadelphia merchant, John Wanamaker and with the support of President Woodrow Wilson, this day became an official holiday in 1914. The holiday was adopted by other countries and spread worldwide with celebration closely linked to existing culture.

Copperhead Lodge, Mother's Day Tribute 2017There are many ways to observe Mother’s Day. Many restaurants offer special Mother’s Day brunches that will make a memorable occasion.  We recommend treating your family to the brunch at Copperhead Lodge. The resort is located in the Appalachian Mountains between Blue Ridge and Blairsville GA.  The Lodge offers Casual Fine Dining, a Full-Service Bar, Entertainment, Lodging, and Special Events. Check out their menu and you’ll agree it’s a top spot for Mother’s Day 2017. Reservations strongly suggested

 

We think Mom’s will love this for dessert. Don’t you?

Love Cake for Mother

1 can obedience

1 pint neatness Keep Sunny All Day

1 can running errands (Willing Brand)

1 bottle Keep Sunny All Day

1 can pure thoughtfulness

Several lbs affection

Some holiday, birthday, and everyday surprises

1 box powdered get-up-when-I- should

Mix well, bake in a warm heart, and serve to Mother every day in big slices. Lois M. McClean

Mother's Day 2017, Roadtrips R UsHappy Mother’s Day! CJ & Chef TJ 

 

 

 

 

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5 Deadliest Roads in India

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in 5 Deadliest Roads India, India Roadtrips, Khardung La India, Kinnaur Road India, Leh-Manali Highway India, Road Adventure, Travel & Food Blog, Uncategorized, Zoji La Pass India | 0 comments

5 Deadliest Roads in India

For ages, roads have remained the best and sometimes only means to access those remote parts nestled high in the mountains or existing in deep forests. In India developing, efficient roads have been a high priority and have resulted in road communication to most parts of the country. And among them are those treacherous roads so narrow that riding on the road feels like tightrope walking. They are so deadly that most of them are termed ‘killer roads’ that would not only tests the patience and character but succeeds in baffling the most seasoned drivers.

These frightfully narrow roads are true highways to hell that could still the hearts of the most courageous. Here are the five deadliest roads in India that claim lives every year and continue to test and challenge the skills and pluck of the boldest and most daring drivers.

  1. Zoji La Pass 

Photo by VinayakPhadatare, CC BY-SA 4.0

Often rated among the most dangerous roads in the world, this pass winding across stunning sceneries is as deceptive and dangerous as the mountain weather. The second highest pass in India, Zoji La Pass falls on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Muddy roads and regular landslides caused by heavy snow storms and strong winds pose a serious threat to those driving on the road. Located at a height of more than 3, 500 m one could easily suffer from mountain sickness. Thousands of trucks and other vehicles through this important route risking the peril of going down the deep ravine and amazing us with their nerve.

  1. Kinnaur Road Kinnaur Road India, 5 Deadliest RoadsPhoto by Manojkhurana, CC BY-SA 3.0

Carved out of mountain rocks to connect the remote Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh to the mainstream, this road is notorious for the frequency of accidents that are reported every year. Driving through sharp blind turns of the deadly narrow road which at some point is cut from the sheer precipice and does not have enough space for two vehicles to pass is a hair-raising experience. Dangerous cliffs, unpredictable weather often causing blizzards and landslides, poorly maintained roads with no protecting rails for meters ahead and heavy traffic add to the challenges of navigating the road.

Featured in History channel’s ‘IRT Deadliest Roads’ series, this highway passing through some of the most beautiful places of Himachal often results in vehicles going down into the river if the driver loses concentration for a blink of an eye. The Taranda cliff that is literally carved into the perpendicular rocks with a vertical drop right down to the Sutlej river has claimed the lives of many crossing it and requires extreme caution to drive safely. However, it is a lifeline to the people of Kinnaur Valley who brave these hazards for existence.

  1. Leh-Manali Highway 5 Deadliest Roads in India, Leh-Manali Highway, Roadtrips R Us, Rohtang Pass, Photo by John E. Hil, CC BY-SA 3.0

Spanning a distance of about 480km, the Leh-Manali road extends over the Himalayan ranges and covers some of the world’s highest mountain passes in its wake. One of the most complicated and challenging routes not only in India but in the world, the degree of danger caused by the road is accelerated not only by weather conditions but also by the never-ending traffic jams, rugged terrain, scary drops and dizzying heights. The Rohtang Pass, literally meaning ‘the graveyard‘ is very famous in that regard.

Winding slowly through the mountain road behind a long train of trucks with hairpin bends and occasional glimpses of the wreckage of tragedies is mind numbing and excruciating. A very strategic road, it is a trade route with a constant flow of large vehicles and remains closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfalls. The matchless beauty of the mountains that could be experienced from its heights attracts tourists to Manali from all over.  Often covered in snow even during summer it is one of the trickiest roads in India.

  1. Keylong- Kishtwar Road

Termed as National Highway 26, this terrifying mountain trail is the gateway to Kishtwar Kailas. The extremely narrow windy road with no guardrails, low overhanging cliffs where vehicles barely fit and hanging rocks obstructing the view is no journey to be undertaken by the chicken-hearted. The drops are so deep that looking down is incredibly disorienting and the way is so deplorable and terrible that one would instantly prefer walking to sitting in a vehicle. At some places, waterfalls simply course through the road drenching the vehicle. Sometimes the road is so narrow that vehicles would have to go back over one kilometer to get enough space to cross. The terrible climb through the heights is one of the scariest travel ones could undertake and the fear and mind-numbing feelings that grips the heart can only be experienced as words are inadequate to describe them.

  1. Khardung La 

Photo by Apthomas1, CC BY-SA 4.0

Khardung La, one of the world’s highest motorable roads is a place in Ladakh and pauses challenges and risks of its own to those trying to conquer its heights on vehicles. Often slippery due to snow, minor avalanches and landslides pause a threat to the otherwise picturesque and spectacular road. There are several hairpins and drops that could make you giddy and the altitude can cause serious mountain sickness to those not accustomed to such heights. Traffic jams, washouts, low visibility, blizzards, and snowstorms are dangers that make it one of the deadliest roads in India.

Being mountain roads, these roads are treacherous and deadly and are sights of frequent accidents. Though the expressways in the plains are notorious for the danger of rash driving, the presence of mind and skill required to drive through the narrow mountain trails and the challenges both natural and human caused by them make these roads the deadliest in India.

 Guest Blogger: Author’s Bio:

Rohit is a freelance writer who often goes on motorbike trips to different parts of India. His experiences give him an insight into the life of the people as well as the dangers on the road which he loves to share through his writings. You can read more of his travel stories at Trans India Travels.

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You Deserve A Break, It’s National Frozen Food Day

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Food Holidays, National Frozen Food Day, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel & Food Blog | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: Food is our common ground, a universal experience. James Beard

 National Frozen Food Day

Frozen Food Section, National Frozen Food DayIt’s National Frozen Food Day and a reminder that there are some delicious choices in the frozen food sections at our local grocery stores.  After a long day with the kids or a 12 hour day cooking for customers, it’s nice to be able to look inside the freezer for something quick and easy to prepare.  Here are the top five items that put a smile on my face when I rummage through the coldest part of the ice-box.  
A)  Home Run Inn Pizza – I know it is one of the lesser known brands out of Chicago, but if you can get your hands on one, give them a try.  The crust, cheese, and toppings are all top-notch.  The sauce could use a little seasoning, but a great pizza none the less.  

B)  Ajinomoto Shumai – These tiny dumplings are great to have on hand when you are in a hurry. Ten minutes in a steamer and they are good to go.  While they are steaming go through the fridge and concoct a sauce.  These are great with practically anything you might come up with.  National Frozen Food Month, Food Holidays
C)  Stouffer’s Welsh Rarebit – Another great product that doesn’t take long to go from freezer to table.  This aged cheddar sauce compliments turkey, chicken, beef or pork, especially if served as an open faced sandwich.  National Frozen Food Month, Food Holidays
D)  Santa’s White Christmas Ice Cream – Although this is a limited edition of Publix brand ice cream, I have found it on the freezer shelves in late July.  This blend of coffee ice cream with chunks of chocolate espresso doesn’t stay in your home freezer very long.
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E)  Trader Joe’s Chipotle Ranch French Fries – The Chipotle Ranch is a BBQ Sauce that is separate from the fries.  I like to keep it that way.  Whether you bake them in the oven or deep fry them, they are classic fries that come out crisp and brown.  National Frozen Food Month, Food Holidays
Roadtrips R Us LogoLet us know what some of your frozen favorites are. We invite you to follow our blog and connect on social media where we post daily about travel, food, and entertainment.  CJ & TJ
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National Ramen Noodle Day

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Ramen Noodle Day

Quote for Today: Contemporary ramen is totally different than what most Americans think ramen should be. Ramen is not one thing; there are many, many different types. David Chang 

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Today is the official food holiday for Ramen Noodles. The creator of Ramen Noodles was Momofuku Ando born on March 5th, 1910 in Taiwan.

Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant  Noodles’.  With the ravages of World War II still in effect, Momofuko Ando saw a need for inexpensive food for the masses and the instant Ramen noodle was created. In the beginning, Instant Ramen was considered a luxury. Today, this noodle stable may be purchased around the world. Nissin in India has an intriguing recipe for Chili Garlic Noodles that I think you will enjoy. My favorite recipe follows: Chili Garlic Noodles – Serves 4-6-Prep Time: 50 minutes  

Chili Garlic Noodles
Serves 4
This is an intriguing recipe for Chili Garlic Noodles that I think you will enjoy.
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50 min
Ingredients
  1. Top Ramen Super Noodles Masala - 2 packs
  2. French Beans 2-4 oz.
  3. Soy sauce - 2 tbsp
  4. 1/2 tsp - Vinegar
  5. 1 cup - Sliced carrots
  6. 1 cup - Spring onions
  7. 1 cup -Green Cabbage
  8. 1 - Red chili, pureed
  9. 1 - Green chili, pureed
  10. 2 cloves of garlic, ground to paste
  11. 1 tsp - Chili powder
  12. Oil - 1 tbsp
  13. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the Top Ramen Super Noodles in boiling water.
  2. Add cold water to the cooked noodles and drain it.
  3. Apply Oil to your fingers then separate noodles. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan.
  5. When oil starts to sizzle, add ground chili and garlic.
  6. Once the chili garlic paste is fried, add cut spring onion, carrot, cabbage and French beans.
  7. Add 2 sachets of taste mix and stir fry at high heat for about 4 minutes.
  8. Now add Soy sauce, vinegar, Chili powder, a pinch of sugar and cook the noodles by stir frying for 2-3 mins and serve hot.
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National Clams on the Half Shell Day: Food Holiday

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Clam Recipes, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, National Clams on the Half Shell Day, National Food Holidays, Recipes, restaurants, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holiday, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Clams on the Half Shell Day

Quote for Today: There is only one drinking spot for us and it is the Clam. Peter, The Family Guy  National Clams on the Half Shell Day, Today in Food History, Roadtrips R Us

 

Today in Food History, Clams on the Half Shell Recipe March 31st is National Clams on the Half Shell Day.  How this day came about I have no idea. In doing some research on this subject, I came to realize that no one else had any insight as to how this day came about either. No matter, Clams are delicious and don’t need a special day to be enjoyed.  I personally love raw clams on the half shell, but some of the most die-hard, full bellied, fried clam lovers do not.  Since this holiday does not specify raw clams, I am going to focus on a New England favorite, the “Stuffie.” These Clams available all along the North Atlantic Coast are generally a chopped Clam and bread crumb mixture with vegetables, bacon, and sausage that are baked in a Clam shell. Because the Clam goes so well with other ingredients, there are endless variations to this dish.  Here is my favorite recipe along with a few restaurants that will offer you their version. 

Clam Stuffies
Delicious Clam Stuffies
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Quahog Clams, washed and scrubbed
  2. 12 Mussels, washed and scrubbed
  3. For the Broth
  4. 1 cup White Wine
  5. 1 cup Water
  6. 1 Lemon, juice
  7. 1 cloves Garlic, crushed
  8. 1 stalk Celery, diced
  9. 2 tbsp Onion, diced
  10. 2 tbsp Carrot, diced
  11. 1 Bay Leaf
  12. For the Stuffing
  13. 3 tbsp Butter
  14. 1 Shallot, finely diced
  15. 3/4 up Celery, finely diced
  16. 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper, finely diced
  17. 6 oz Tasso Ham, minced
  18. 1 oz Pernod or Anisette
  19. 2 cups Captain Wafers or Ritz Cracker Crumbs
  20. 1/2 cup chopped, cooked Spinach
  21. 1/4 cup Clam Broth, well strained
  22. 1/4 cup grated Asiago Cheese
  23. 1/4 cup chopped Parsley
Instructions
  1. The first thing to do is scrub and rinse clams and mussels in fresh water. In a heavy sauce pan, add all ingredients for the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Strain well. Add Clams to sauce pan, add reduced broth then cover and steam covered for ten minutes. Remove any Clams that are opened. Add mussels, cover and steam an additional five minutes until all mussels are open. Remove meat from shells and finely chop. Set aside. Separate the Clam shells, scrub clean, pat dry and set aside.
  2. Clam Stuffies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In a large skillet melt butter. Add celery, shallot and red bell pepper, sauté over medium heat 4-5 minutes. Add Tasso, Spinach and Pernod continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add cracker crumbs, broth, chopped Clams and Mussels then mix thoroughly. Remove from heat; fold in chopped Parsley then spoon into clean Clam shells. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle on Asiago Cheese a bake for another 4-5 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and hot sauce.
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If you would rather let someone else do the cooking, give these places a try.
 
Anthony’s Seafood Market – Middletown, RI:  The Bucolo family started this place in Newport back in 1956.  In 1998, they moved to Middletown on Memorial Day weekend to the delight of the Island’s community. The hot and mild Stuffies and the Portuguese Fish Chowder along with reasonably priced beer and wine keep locals and tourist alike coming back.
 
Lenny’s Indian Head Inn – Branford, CT: A well-known eatery opened in 1939 that served up food and drink to a notorious night crowd. Owner, Thomas Fitzgerald tended the bar himself until he retired in 1966. You can get your fill of delicious seafood here.
 
Rustic Inn Crabhouse – Ft. Lauderdale, FL:  What started out as a roadhouse saloon back in 1955 has turned into the place to go for seafood, especially their world famous Garlic Crabs. Here you can get Clams Oreganata, Clams Casino or Stuffies and more. You might even run into Johnny Depp or Dan Marino while you are there.  TJ
 
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