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St. Patrick’s Day: “Sláinte!” (Health!/Cheers!)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food Recipes, History of St. Patrick, Recipe for St. Patrick's Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Savannah GA, St. Paddy's Day, St. Patrick's Day history, St. Patricks Day, Travel, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Quote for Today: May the luck of the Irish be with you! St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 with celebrations in Irish Pubs and restaurants across the United States. Many cities are promoting everything green from dyeing rivers and fountains to parades honoring the Irish.  Savannah’s historic district rates as a top St. Paddy Day celebration destination. There’s always the possibility that you may find a shamrock on River Street. It’s worth the search in this quaint southern city. History of Saint Patrick Saint Patrick was born in 387 CE and grew up on the border of Scotland and England. At sixteen years old, he was taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped when God spoke to him and said that a ship was waiting for him two hundred miles away. The ship took him back...

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National Vichyssoise Day: Food Holiday

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Anthony Bourdain, Carolyn M. Bowen Author, Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Quotes, Food Recipes, Kitchen Confidential, National Vichyssoise Day, Ritz-Carlton, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, The Long Road Home Novel by Carolyn M. Bowen, Today in Food History, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, Vichyssoise Recipe | 0 comments

Quote for Today:  If you love soup, you more than likely love life.  Chef TJ National Vichyssoise Day, but what is Vichyssoise? When I asked several people this question, my favorite reply came from an eccentric dog lover from down the street.  Her reply was “Ah yes, Vichyssoise is zee result ven you mix zee loyal Hungarian Vizsla and zee annoying Mexican Chihuahua.” I was surprised that only one person actually knew I was asking about potato and leek soup.  The origin of this soup is a subject of debate.  Julia Child called it an “American Invention”, but others claim its origins are in France.  Louis Diat, a French Chef at the Ritz Carlton in New York City, added it to the menu in the summer of 1917.  Years later, he told New Yorker Magazine how he recalled the...

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Catfish: Not the Movie

Posted by on Jun 25, 2016 in Food, Food Blog, Food Holidays, Food Recipes, Louisiana, National Catfish Day, Opelousas Catfish, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus,, Today in Food History, Travel & Food Blog, Travel Blog | 0 comments

Quote for Today: My husband calls me ‘catfish’. He says I’m all mouth and no brains. Dolly Parton June 25th is National Catfish Day in the good ole old USA. Unlike many other so called food holidays, this one was put on the calendar when Congress, by House Joint Resolution 178, authorized and requested President Reagan to issue a proclamation in its observance back in 1987. Between 1975-85 the farm raising of catfish in the US increased by 1200%. This created thousands of full time jobs and an inexpensive source of delicious protein with low cholesterol and caloric content. Catfish suddenly became the third most consumed fin-fish in the US.  Right around this time, America was becoming infatuated with Cajun cuisine thanks to the efforts of Paul Prudhomme who introduced us to blackened Redfish. This dish became so popular...

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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...

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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 restaurants that sold dozens and dozens of them everyday. The only problem that occurs is when you can not find a place that highlights their menu with a great fish stew. Odds are you are then better off making it at home. The recipe I am giving you is just a guideline. In no way shape or form is this...

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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 Fritter spread across the U.S. it begin to mature into a favorite at restaurants across the Country. Here are a few places to sample some of the best Fritters around followed by an easy recipe to try at home from the former Peter Pan Inn of Baltimore. 3 Top Spots for Fritters A. E&O Asian Kitchen: San Francisco, CA –...

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