All across the United States, we are reminded of, and celebrating the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. What better way to honor him, but by talking about his favorite food!
If you do a quick search on the internet, you soon come to the conclusion that he loved Southern Comfort food, in particular, pecan pies. So, we will talk about pecan pies today.
The earliest pecan pie recipe can be traced back to 1886, but the origin is hard to confirm, as some say it was invented by the French soon after they entered New Orleans, some say it originated in the early 1800s in Alabama. Regardless of the exact origin, the pecan pie is almost synonymous to the Southern culture, making its appearance in many poems and songs to symbolize the American South.
For recipes, who better to go to but to Southern Living magazine! Here are a few recipes that sounds amazingly delicious. Tennessee Whiskey Pecan Pie pictured here, or how about a sweet, rich combination of Chocolate-Bourbon pecan pie?
Pecans are so delicious and sweet on their own, but candied pecans are something worthy of a noble gift. Here is an amazing recipe for candied pecans that includes balsamic vinegar as a secret ingredient, recipe courtesy of Saveur magazine.
Some of you may have a day off from work or school today, well, it’s a great time to have a pecan pie ready for dessert tonight!
It is already a few weeks into 2015, and you might be settling down from the craze of the holidays, thinking more about the future. Well, where do you plan to go next?
With the world having a lot of anxiety over security, and many natural and manmade places changing so rapidly, Americans and others seem to be thinking more about quality of life, seeing the world while we can. Here is an article from the Smithsonian magazine with a list of 28 places to visit before you die. It is broken up into 7 categories of
Portals into the Past
Feats of Engineering
A matter of timing (Aurora Borealis and such)
Triumphs of Vision
Scale New Heights
In the Presence of Gods
Here today, gone tomorrow?
So, why not start planning your trip for 2015 and beyond, enrich your life with more cultural understanding and a broader sense of the world!
New Zealand may not seem like the culinary capital of the world, but there is one dish that everyone has heard of, and unanimously consider it to be delicious. It’s Pavlova! It is a meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with whipped cream and fruit. But why the Russian name? According to Wikipedia, the dessert is believed to have been created in honour of the Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the source.
And since it is the height of summer in Australia and New Zealand, it is very appropriate to share and try the delicious summer time favorite, light and fruity Pavlova.
Here is a recipe from Ina Garten, a very easy and delicious recipe that can be made without going to the supermarket! If you have enough eggs, sugar and whip cream in the house.
Just a word of caution, leftover decorated Pavlova can be refrigerated overnight, but the dessert will absorb moisture and lose its crispness. Undecorated Pavlova can be left overnight in the oven, or for several days in an airtight container, to be decorated when ready.
This would make an attention grabbing dessert and a cultural conversation starter at the next party for sure!
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