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The Life of a Chef: Knives You Should Own

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Chef's Life, Food, Food Blog, Knives, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote for Today: They kept big, badass knives, which they kept, honed and sharpened to a razor’s edge.  Kitchen Confidential The Life of a Chef The life of a chef is dependent on owning and using razor-sharp knives. Being in the restaurant business, sharp objects are an integral part of my livelihood. An eight to twelve-inch chef knife is my tool of choice most of the time. Specialty knives have their purpose, but my opinion 95% of the time a good chef’s knife is all that is needed. The size and shape of your chef knife boil down to what feels comfortable to you. Twenty-five years ago a chef-restaurateur, whom I respected, suggested a six-inch Wusthoff Trident knife and I went with it. As my knife skills progressed, I found that the six inch was too small and light. Today,...

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Now Brewing: National Espresso Day

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Bestselling crime fiction novels, Bestselling Mystery Books, Black Friday Shopping, Espresso Day, Food, Food Blog, National Espresso Day, national food and beverage holidays, national food and drink holidays, National Food Hoidays USA, National Food Holiday History, National Food Holidays 2017, National Food Holidays November 2017, National Food Holidays October 2017, national food holidays today, national food holidays usa, national food related holidays, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

National Espresso Day Quote for Today: “Thank you for your coffee, seignior. I shall miss that when we leave Casablanca.” Ingrid Bergman, in Casablanca Today is National Espresso Day! We have been enjoying our Morning Joe this month by dabbling in a variety of coffee methods and blends including cappuccino, macchiato, caffè macchiato, and caffé latte. Today’s National Food and Beverage Holiday – National Espresso Day is the straight-up version of the foundation of many of these coffee beverages. Wake up and smell the coffee: National Espresso Day What is Espresso? Espresso is a method of brewing coffee not a coffee blend. It’s an Italian coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans (50). Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, has a higher concentration of suspended and...

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Making and Gifting Classic Candy for the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Amazon Gift Ideas, Candy Recipes for the Holidays, Classic Candy Recipes, Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe, Food, Food Blog, Food Recipes for National Food Holidays, Holiday Shopping Online, Mystery Novels for the Holidays, National Food Holiday November 2017 USA, National Peanut Butter Fudge Day 2017, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quote of the Day: “There’s nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book.” Betty MacDonald, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic   National Peanut Butter Fudge Day It’s the holiday season and for most folks that means candy making. Whether making candy recipes handed down from one generation to the next, or trying new ones, the kitchen is a fun place over the holidays. There are some master candy makers in my family. As the years have gone by, the recipes have become more secretive and delicious. I’ve always enjoyed watching, from a distance, but my skills as a candy maker are nonexistent. That’s where the idea of making classic candy recipes from a cookbook is my perfect match. CJ, not the Chef (Smiles) Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe There’s no reason to look any further for an easy...

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National Baklava Day: Today’s Food Celebration

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, Food Celebrations, Food recipes, Holiday Food Recipes 2017, Leisure Lifestyle, National Baklava Day, National Food Holiday Celebrations, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Top Holiday Mystery Novels, Traditional Baklava Turkish Recipe, Travel, Travel Blog, Uncategorized, USA National Food Holidays | Comments Off on National Baklava Day: Today’s Food Celebration

Quote of the Day: Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that. Joss Whedon Today is National Baklava Day! It serves as a testimony to the treasury of food customs passed down from one generation to the next while preparing handmade sweet desserts. What is Baklava? Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is characteristic of the cuisines of the Levant, the Caucasus, Balkans, Maghreb, and of Central and West Asia. Wikipedia History of Baklava The origin of Baklava is unknown. Roman cuisine had borrowed a great deal from the ancient Greeks, but placenta (and hence baklava) had a Latin, not a Greek, origin—please note that the conservative, anti-Greek Cato left us this...

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November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, National Raisin Bran Cereal Day, November 2017 Food Holidays, November 2017 National Food Holidays, November 2017 National Food Holidays USA, November Food Holidays, November Food Holidays 2017, November national food holidays usa, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today's Food Holidays History, Today’s Food History, Travel Blog, Uncategorized | Comments Off on November 15: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

Quote of the Day: It means a lot in my business and it’s a wonderful feeling to be recognized for what you have done over a lifetime, but I didn’t go crazy. I still eat my cereal in the morning, have a sandwich in the afternoon, and go to bed at night. You know nothing really different. Regis Philbin National Raisin Bran Cereal Day Today’s food holiday is National Raisin Bran Cereal Day! A great way to start the day with some bananas or other fruit added for good measure. It’s also a great midnight snack!  Food History Raisin bran is a breakfast cereal manufactured by several companies under a variety of brand names, including Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, General Mills’ Total Raisin Bran, and Post Cereals’ Post Raisin Bran. “Skinner’s Raisin Bran” was the first raisin bran brand on...

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National Indian Pudding Day: Prepping for Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Food, Food Blog, National Food Hoidays USA, national food holiday days, National Food Holidays History, national food holidays today, national food holidays usa, National Indian Pudding Day, Road Trips R Us, Roadtrips R Us, Roadtripsrus, RoadtripsRUs.net, Today in Food History, Today’s Food Holiday, Uncategorized | Comments Off on National Indian Pudding Day: Prepping for Thanksgiving!

Quote for Today: “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself into the sunset.” Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior, and orator National Indian Pudding Day Today is National Indian Pudding Day. And, you can look elsewhere if you don’t want Native Americans to influence this holiday! For these are the undisputed facts! What is Indian Pudding? A North American version, known as corn mush or Indian mush, is in its simplest form corn meal cooked slowly in water until it thickens. Like grits or polenta, it may be eaten hot or left to cool and solidify, when slices of the cold pudding may then be fried. Native American Influence Indian pudding is a traditional New England dessert,...

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