Orange Vegetables – An Ode to Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes

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My least favorite color in the entire world is orange. To begin with, it screams headaches, 1970’s décor and spray cheese.  It means fake suntans, unbrushed Cheeto teeth and Hobby Lobby for three dismal months of the year.  It’s Easy Jet when you wanted United Airlines.  It’s Fanta when you need a Coke.   It’s Mastercard when they only take Visa.  I know no one and nothing that looks good in man-made orange.  But I do like sunsets and vegetables.  Orange vegetables get a carte blanch in my house.  A Get Out of Jail Free Card.  A Pass Go and Collect $200 status.  In truth, orange vegetables are the bomb.  Quite honestly, I can’t get enough of them and the best part is, they’re incredibly good for you.

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Guy Fawkes Night: Remember Remember The 5th of November

On November 5th every year the British celebrate ‘Bonfire Night’ or ‘Guy Fawkes Night’.  This is an outdoors night time celebration that involves fireworks, sparkers, a bonfire and the construction of a straw ‘Guy’ that is ultimately tossed on the fire.  Inevitably Guy Fawkes Night is also associated with some very typically British dishes such as Bangers and Mash or Shepherd’s Pie.   Interestingly while the celebration has evolved into innocent family entertainment, its roots are macabre.

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Native American Cuisine: Celebrating Tribal Tradition

Native American cuisine is the basis of many traditional regional dishes in North America.  The first Native Americans allegedly traveled from the Old World into the New World across the Bering Land Bridge that joined Siberia to Alaska 15,000 years ago. Although it is hard to know for certain how, when, or why the Asian ancestors of the Native Americans first appeared in North America, it seems they either brought no animal or plant foods with them, or that none survived.

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Mother’s Day – Regional Flavors From Around The World

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On Sunday May 10, millions of Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day with regional flavors across the US.  Mother’s Day is a unique holiday because it is one that has interesting ancient roots and has been adopted and adapted by many countries worldwide.

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