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Although many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations revolve around beer and revelry, there’s no reason to neglect the menu. The holiday provides an excellent opportunity to sample some of Ireland’s signature cuisine. If your repertoire has been previously limited to corned beef and cabbage, perhaps it’s time to explore a few lesser-known alternatives. Appetizers Cheese Parcels Although they don’t get as much attention as their French and Swiss counterparts, Irish cheeses are a force to be reckoned with. Gubbeen cheese, with its faintly pink rind, earthy mushroom undertones, and semi-soft texture, is a standout that should appeal to everyone. Cut the…

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St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday when you can wear as much green as you want while enjoying a few rainbows and gold as well. You can turn your food green, and even prepare a few drinks to sip on during the day either by yourself or with a few friends. Here are a few green drink ideas that are fun to look at and drink at the same time. If there’s alcohol in the recipe, you can adjust the amount or leave it out altogether if you don’t want an alcoholic beverage. Beer Colors Your ordinary glass of beer…

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The current health food mantra is that fresh is always best, but is it? Despite all the diet gurus telling you to shop only the periphery of the store, the freezer section has a lot to offer for health-conscious consumers and busy families alike. From more nutrients and fewer preservatives to less waste and lower grocery bills, read on to discover a few key benefits of frozen meals. No Preservatives Preservatives like sulfates, nitrites, trans fats and BHA have been linked to numerous health problems from asthma to cancer. Even table salt, which is often added in large amounts to…

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When it comes to appetizers, you can never have too many recipes in your arsenal. Whether you’re looking for a new dish to bring to the neighborhood potluck or hosting a family soirée, the following options are sure to entice and impress your fellow celebrants. Gougéres These irresistible mini-soufflés are crisp on the outside, custardy on the inside, and packed with savory herbs and cheese. They can be a bit time-consuming to prepare, but the results will be well worth it! Note that they’re best served hot. Variation: Gruyére is traditional for this dish, but you can substitute Cheddar, Colby,…

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March 4th is the perfect day to give in to that craving you have been having for pound cake. After all, if you can’t have pound cake on National Pound Cake Day, when can you have it? Pound cake is one of the most versatile cakes. It deserves to have its own day and be celebrated. If you don’t know, traditional pound cakes were named for the ratio of ingredients that are in the cake. One pound of flour, one pound of sugar, one pound of eggs and one pound of sugar. Simple and easy to remember. This recipe makes…

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Chili could be thought of as the ultimate crowd-pleaser. It’s also the ultimate cook-off dish. Only 5% of individuals surveyed said they don’t care for it, making chili about as close as you can get to a sure -fire party dish. No wonder so many folks want to bust out the chili recipes for the perfect game-day, tailgating food! Family formulas are protected like gemstones, and those magical mystery ingredients are never discussed at parties much louder than a murmur. About 20% of individuals admit their families have a secret chili formula and 10% of people state they have a…

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For some people who are accustomed to eating meat, it might seem like quite the challenge to create a diverse menu during Lent. You might not even realize how often you reach for a piece of meat to fulfill your protein needs in a meal. It might be a natural reaction, in fact, to merely omit certain elements of the dinner, but the end result is a much more meager spread for you and your family. Fortunately, with the plethora of vegetarian and vegan options out there these days – including recipes online! – it is surprisingly easy to find…

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It’s one of the cheesiest, best days of the year; National Cheddar Day! We’ve got some of the cheesy ways you can celebrate this special day. Lactose intolerant individuals might want to avert their eyes. National Cheddar Day History Can you imagine a world without cheese? The special kind of cheese called cheddar hit the streets in the village of Somerset, England in the 12th century. Cheddar accounts for a little more than a third of all the cheese sold in the US, but over half of the cheese sales in the UK. This holiday is relatively new to the…

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When you cook with wine, you can unlock certain flavors that only awaken when you involve alcohol. There are several notable recipes that incorporate vino and we invite you to try your hand at adding some wine to the cooking routine. Just remember the cornerstone rule of cooking with wine; always cook with a wine you like to drink by itself. Grilled Cheese & Wine Ingredients Bread, French, 2 slices Butter, 1-2 tbsp Onion, red, 1/2, chopped Garlic, 1, minced Rosemary, dash Thyme, dash Flour, 1 tbsp Wine, red, 3/4 cup Cheese, Gruyere, 1/2 cup Directions Melt butter in a…

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As Valentine’s Day approaches there will be a lot of couples going out to dinners at restaurants. The problem with this is that it becomes very time consuming because this is what a mass majority of people are doing. This is why those that have the ability to make great meals inside of their homes should look for the options that they have to prepare something. Save Money, Make Memories The great thing about these dinners at home is the memories that come with them that will last forever. Someone might forget the restaurant that they went to a couple…

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