A “Prepare Ahead” Meal For Family Gatherings

Cabbage salad recipeWith graduation season upon us and the first day of summer fast approaching, below is a simple, easy to make and prepare ahead meal for large gatherings, family reunions and special celebrations. Enjoy!

Recipes include: cabbage crunch salad, lasagne (meat and vegetarian), and chocolate sundae pie.

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It’s Maple Syrup Season – And We’re Sticking To It!

Pancake recipeYou may associate the warm, delicious and comforting breakfast food “pancakes” – otherwise known as “Johnnnycakes”, “flapjacks” and “griddle cakes” – as a distinctly American dish, but their origin extends back to the beginning of man with two simple ingredients made useful by natural elements.

“Water and a fistful of pounded grain poured upon a hot rock in the sun must have been the world’s first pancake, the very first bread”, writes Dorian Leigh Parker in the introduction to her book, Pancakes: From Flapjacks to Crepes. Read more

Super Dishes for the Super Bowl

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Try our “Super” dishes for the Super Bowl, including recipes for corn dip, homemade chicken tenders, and “super” chili for hot dogs, chile, cheese and fries!

Nearly 13 years ago, on February 3, 2002, the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams took the field at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXVI.

It was nearly 5 months after the September 11th attacks and, after a powerful rendition of the National Anthem from Mariah Carey and coin toss by George Bush and Roger Staubach, Tom Brady led the Patriots to a 20-17 victory that, in many ways, symbolized America’s resilience, strength and determination. Read more

What’s for Breakfast in the South?

Cahill's MarketIf you’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the South, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of southern food – i.e. pulled pork, fried chicken, grits and biscuits, sweet potato pie, etc. – and would quickly relate to comedian Jim Gaffigan’s “Southern Food” routine that pokes fun at the southern penchant for cooking with a heavy emphasis on “fried” and “filling.”

But Sunday brunch at Cahill’s Market & Chicken Kitchen – a generational family country farm, market and restaurant a few miles from historic Bluffton, South Carolina – is no laughing matter. That is, until you start reading the menu. Read more

A Warm Winter’s Meal

Best Caesar Salad RecipeLooking for a simple, delicious meal for the wintertime? See our recipes below for Caesar Salad and Maccheroni and Cheese, in addition to a suggested wine to go along with our post in Rose’s Ridge.

Contrary to popular belief, Caesar Salad is not named after Julius Caesar, the Roman general, statesman and consul who played a significant role in the rise of the Roman Empire. Rather, it is attributed to restaurateur Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant and chef who first created the salad at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1924.

According to Life Is Meals, after customers appeared late one night, he instructed a waiter to combine and toss the remaining ingredients in the kitchen, serving the salad as if it were a “house specialty.” Read more

Cooking “Au Pif”

Life is Meals Cookbook ReviewIn Life is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days, American novelist James Salter writes:

“The meal is the essential act of life: it is the habitual ceremony, the long record of marriage, the school for behavior, the prelude to love. Among all peoples and in all times, every significant event in life – be it wedding, triumph, or birth – is marked by a meal or the sharing of food or drink. The meal is the emblem of civilization. What would one know of life as it should be lived or nights as they should be spent apart from meals?”

This quote could have easily been attributed to Julia Child*, the epitome of one who never lived apart from meals and who received a great amount of joy and pleasure from cooking – and eating! As she once said, “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” Read more