With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner you may be starting to get into party planning mode. You know there is much more to Mexican meats than fajitas and tacos so why not consider these authentic dishes when planning your feast? Whether you’re attracted to traditional or exotic fare, there are plenty of options to impress your guests and add to your culinary repertoire.
National Earth day is approaching on Thursday April 22nd. Today, not only is Earth Day a day meant to increase awareness of environmental problems, but also it is also becoming a popular time for many communities to gather together to clean up litter, plant trees, or simply reflect on the beauty of nature. What do you have planned? Whatever it is, why not go all-in and make sure your menu matches the mood by incorporating some planet-friendly food.
Corned beef and cabbage has become known as the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal, at least on the American side of the Atlantic. Like many aspects of St. Patrick’s Day, the dish came about when Irish-Americans transformed and reinterpreted a tradition imported from the Emerald Isle. According to the Smithsonian, more Irish people ate bacon as a traditional meal than beef, partly because cows were considered symbols of wealth in Gaelic Ireland and were not usually killed for their meat.
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.
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.
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.
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.