The Next Food Network Star 2012 making Caribbean Ratatouille with local Connecticut Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash, Pablano Peppers, Onions, and Butternut Squash with some stellar spices like curry, allspice, and coriander! Yum.
is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. There are many customs and foods associated with the High Holy Day. Some of them include:
- sweet things to symbolize hopes for a flourishing New Year like honey and apples
- “new fruit ” (seasonal fruit) to represent the ability to eat and enjoy all the fruits of the earth
- fish to signify the meaning of Rosh Hashanah literally translates to “head of the year” in Hebrew. Thus it is traditional in many Jewish house holds to eat the head of the fish as an ancient personification of abundance and fertility
- round Challah which epitomizes the cycle of time
- carrots which in Yiddish is “merren” having the nuance of more - more offspring, more prosperity, more wisdom, more religious understanding, give more charity, and do more good will
- other symbolic foods eaten are dates, black -eyed peas, leeks,spinach, and gourds, all of which are mentioned in the Talmud
Tovah (li-SHAH-nuh TOH-vuh; li-shah-NAH toh-VAH) May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
“Autumn is the traditional harvest season, when a head-spinning number of gorgeous fruits and vegetables ripen all at once. It’s when summer and fall converge; when the first tiny brussels sprouts, orange and blue pumpkins and lusciouspears meet the last of the juicy tomatoes and the season’s final, florid peppers.
Which means, it’s the ideal time to give a dinner party without having to rely on meat or dairy to make the meal feel like a celebration. “Happy Meatless Monday and Entertaining!
As winter is slowly coming to a decline, our bodies crave the foods of Spring and Summer to help us awaken from the heavy and satisfying foods of the cold season. Here Mark Bittman gives us a myriad of salad combinations to get us ready for the warm weather.
“If you’re intimidated by the unfamiliar flours or are an infrequent baker, you could try recipes that are naturally flour-free. I’ve made many flourless recipes that are appealing for their simplicity and spare ingredient list, and which are gobbled up by flour abstainers and embracers alike.”
This Tuesday marks the beginning of celebrating what marks the countdown to Easter. Mardi Gras, Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Fastnacht, Fastelavn, and Maslenitsa is celebrated all over the globe in different and eccentric manifestations. What all these parties have in common is that delicious food is a central part of making these festivities what they are. In Eastern Orthodox traditions and the Roman Catholic religion, Mard Gras, is considered the last chance for the religiously devout to eat meat and other gluttonous foods before Lent, the six week time of atonement and fasting before Easter arrives. In some countries Carnival is a mostly a secular party while pre – Christian festivities like Bacchanalia and Satunnalia promote an indulge while you can mentality. Depending on dates from country and celebration coinciding with liturgical calendars, February and March marks a time of many Carnival season celebrations. Let us take a look at how food takes a central part in these celebratory occasions.
Venice Carnival, Italy - Feb 11-21, 2012
Carnival in Venice which means farewell to meat, lasts 10 days. First held in the 11th century and consisted of two months of revelry before declining in the 18th Century. In 1970 the Italian government brought back the tradition and is one of the world photographed affairs. Stunning Venetian masks and sumptuous costumes adorn revelers during this time of extreme merriment.
Libation:Campanian red wine such as Mastroberardino’s Aglianico d’Irpinia or Lacrima Cristi Rosso.
Rio Carnival, Brazil - Feb 17-22, 2012
Rio is arguably the Carnival capital of the world. Over half a million foreign tourists make their pilgrimage for ultimate carousing and merriment. Carnival is considered a blasphemous event and is sendoff to the carnal pleasures before the start of Lent. All over Brazil, lascivously clad dancers and blaring blocos celebrate the carnival that all others are measured.
Trinidad Carnival - Feb 17-22, 2012
Trinidad’s carnivals is known as “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The subversive calypso singers belt out tunes with a social message over infectious beats. With a cacophony of colors, steel pan drums, marching bands, skimpily clad dancers, rum, and Carib beer to drive the 24 hour partying, Trinidad’s carnival is truly like no other.
Food: Shark and Bake
New Orleans Mardi Gras - Feb 21, 2012
Fat Tuesday marks the last day of overindulgence before Ash Wednesday. With over 400 floats, 15,000 people participating in the parade, and nearly 1 million partygoers as spectators, New Orleans is America’s biggest outdoor celebration. Mark Twain said it best, ““An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi Gras in New Orleans”.
Food: Popcorn: Rice and Crawfish Boudin Cakes
Libation: Sour Mash and Lime Tea
Goa Carnival, India - Feb 18-21, 2012
I am sure it is a surprise to most people that India has a Pre- Lenten Carnival. You might think it strange for an overwhelmingly Hindu country. However in Goa, they offer the subcontinent’s only Carnival because of the regions affiliation with the Portuguese who colonized the area and ruled it for over five hundred years. Notwithstanding being a Christian festivity, the party is a mixture of Western and Hindu traditions making for a medley of exciting traditions that feature elaborate balls, colorful floats, and infectious dancing.
Drink: Dazzling Goa