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Great sweet potato biscuits

An interesting recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits: if you like cornmeal biscuits with your morning tea, you’ve got to try these.

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Mock turtle soup explained

Ever noticed the Mock Turtle in Alice in Wonderland and wondered what it was about? Go here for a fascinating article on the history of mock turtel soup!

    So from “The Orient” came Turtle Soup, which, as you might have by now inferred, was made from actual turtles. The sheer exoticity of the dish- combined with the scarcity of its essential ingredient on these shores- made it a status symbol at dinner parties across the land. However, the sheer price of said essential imported ingredient rendered it basically impossible for all but the most moneyed to produce the soup at dinner parties and therefore impress any guests.

    Thus was born the Mock Turtle Soup. Cooks were instructed to emulate the soup as much as possible, and for the newly emerging Middle Classes a signature dish was born. This soup did not of course use actual turtle but was based in beef stock that was given a somewhat fishy edge with added, well, fish.

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Favorite food blogs

Over at A Veggie Venture can be found scores of great vegetarian ideas. I’m not a veggie, as is known by regular readers, but the attitude I have is that one should trust the experts. Veggies know more about this stuff than anyone, right? Then if I add some great meat ideas — perfect!

Anyway, she’s got a great article on favorite food blogs:

    “On the surface, food blogs look much like other food sites, magazines and cookbooks. But look closer, they stand apart. Food blogs are extraordinarily personal, even when produced with knowledge and professionalism. They radiate curiosity, excitement and creativity. They often exude rich humor, sweet charm and unedited spontaneity.

Enjoy!

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I can’t wait to try this

A great looking recipe for fish, bacon, and basil is served up by the Cooking Diva. I’m going to try it with seabass and try it paired with a nice riesling.

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Vegetarian wings!

www.iheartmargarine.com was mentioned here a little while ago. Today they’ve got a new superbowl recipe up that will be fun to try: vegetarian wings! Here’s the recipe:

    “Spicy Seitan Buffalo “Wings” are a vegetarian and vegan substitute for tradtional pub buffalo wings. Seitan doesn’t come with wings any more than buffaloes do, but these meatless buffalo wings are cooked up with hot sauce and margarine for the same spicy flavor.

    Ingredients:
    1 pound seitan, sliced into strips
    2 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
    olive oil for frying
    1/3 cup margarine, melted
    1/2 cup hot sauce
    Preparation:Coat the seitan with garlic powder and onion powder then lightly fry in olive oil over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, or until done.
    In a medium sized bowl, mix together the melted margarine and hot sauce. Place the seitan in the bowl and stir to coat well.

    Serve with ranch dressing if desired.”

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Chicken souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

Chicken Souvlaki

I found an interesting recipe for Chicken Souvlaki last night that I tried. You can see the recipe here, at a great site called http://recipemashups.wordpress.com.

I served it, as suggested, with a Syrah.

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