Thanksgiving Stuffing Balls This post could get me in some trouble. You see, this is a serious traditional side in our family and I don't know how they'll feel about me putting it out "in the wild", as it were. It might be surprising to some that, although I've been making these since I left home 24 years ago, I've never had a recipe. The idea of stuffing balls might seem odd, but it really makes a lot of sense. Enough of the explanation, let's get on the business end of some cooking. Ingredients1 bag (14 oz) Cubed herb stuffing (I prefer Pepperidge Farm)2 cups Chicken broth2 stalks Celery, diced to about 1/4" (approximately 1 cup)1/2 medium Onion, diced to about 1/4" (approximately 1/2 cup)1 can (10 3/4 oz) Condensed cream of mushroom soup (Campbell's of course)3 Tbsp Unsalted butter, melted2 Tbsp Olive oil1 tsp Garlic salt1/2 tsp Ground poultry seasoning1/4 tsp Ground white pepper MethodHeat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the celery and saute five minutes. Preheat your oven to 375º.
10 essential stops for Europe first-timers We've come a long way since the emergence of the 17th-century 'Grand Tour,' when the wealthy (mostly Brits) finished their education with a real year in the world, learning to fence in Paris, studying art in Florence, climbing the Swiss Alps, and complaining about the service in Athens. Over time, the first-timer traveler's trails across Europe have swayed back'n'forth, with changes ushered in by the advent of trains, Mark Twain's 'is he dead?' jokes, and the rising or falling of an Iron Curtain or two. So, what is the 'Grand Tour' version of today? Two days isn't a huge amount of time in a city with so much to do but you should still be able to see highlights like the Tower, Tate Modern, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace as well as attend a West End theatre show and enjoy the ethnic eateries of the East End. A high-speed Channel Tunnel train takes you to the sights in Paris. The Eternal City; they say a lifetime isn’t enough to know it.
The Gypsy's Guide: My Three Best-Kept Travel Secrets for Rome When I take groups of travelers to Italy, my little heart pitter-pats when I hear, “I would never have known about this!” So, when Kimba at Artist-at-Large tagged me in Tripbase’s Best-Kept Secret carnival, I was thrilled. What good is a secret if you never tell anyone, right? So, here we go: my three best-kept travel secrets for Rome... Tip #1: Stay in the City Center and Take Mass Transit Rome is not a cheap city, but many travelers make the mistake of staying far on the city’s outskirts and traveling in to the center each day to go sightseeing. The problem? My favorite neighborhood? Tip #2: Buy the Archaeological Card and Skip the Lines European cities offer a variety of passes that bundle entrance fees together in one package. First off, do not confuse the Archaeological Card with the Roma Pass. If you use the pass to get into the Colosseum and just one other site, you will have more than paid for the pass. The Archaeological Card includes admission to: Tips for visiting Ostia Antica:
fish and chips or homemade fish sticks and oven fries Lately, more than usual, I find myself strapped for time. Keeping up this blog is definitely one of the reasons. Not wanting to cut back on posts, nor have my kids need to go out and join Big Brothers Big Sisters, I’ve decided they’re just gonna have to help in the kitchen. Now we can spend more time together, they can learn how to cook, and the best reason of all: they’ll look cute in the pictures. I used halibut in this recipe. It’s firm, white, tender, and cuts clean to make perfect fish sticks. It’s a good idea to wash hands before beginning. fish sticks 1 pound (450g) firm white fish, such as halibut salt and pepper 1/3 cup (50g) unbleached all-purpose flour 1-2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup (100g) panko breadcrumbs pinch cayenne pepper 2-4 tablespoons oil 1-2 tablespoons butter tartar sauce (recipe follows) french fry dipping sauce (now that I’ve lived in Utah, ketchup just won’t do) 1. 2. 3. 4. tartar sauce: It’s pretty obvious: Stir all ingredients together. chips (oven fries) 1. 2. 3.
Top 10 best value destinations for 2011 Worried that the economy might put a crimp in your travel plans next year? Never fear: travel doesn't have to break the bank. Your currency may be depressed, but that doesn't mean you have to be; there are still many destinations around the world that can be enjoyed on the cheap. If you let the global economic ups-and-downs work to your advantage, adopt some personal austerity measures in pricier destinations, and head towards up-and-coming destinations, you can stay on the road longer for less. Fresh from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2011 (published in November 2010) we bring you this bargainous bounty of 10 budget-friendly destinations where you can get the most bang for your buck. 1.Bangladesh This subcontinental treat might just be the cheapest place on earth to travel. Bangladesh is almost disgracefully under-visited. 2. As other Central American destinations inflate prices with an influx of travellers, there are still a few good value delights to be found in the region. 3. 4. 5.
100+ Things to Know If You’re Going to Italy | Italy In SF My friends often ask me for support in travel preparation when they plan to go to Italy. In fact, I think it’s a great idea- go to a country prepared to experience it at the fullest! I enjoy learning about the little idiosyncrasies that make a visit to a new country so interesting, the small traditions, the interesting customs… so, I thought I’d give you a cheat-sheet for Italy. If you’d like a personalized crash-course on Italian culture before your trip, please contact me at vanessa at Italyinsf dot com. I would be happy to schedule a time to help you out with your trip organization as well as give you some useful tips about culture and traditions! Part 1: GENERAL ADVICE AND TRAVEL TIPS Don’t go off the beaten path before visiting the “holy trinity”: Rome, Florence and Venice. Part 2: SHOPPING AND STORES When walking into a store, especially clothing or shoes, in most cases you will have a shop assistant with you at all times. Part 3: FOOD AND DRINKS Part 4: CULTURE
Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe Unfortunately, I have yet to post a lasagna recipe but I have something just as good- Lasagna roll ups. Lasagna roll ups are cooked lasagna noodles rolled up with a cheese mixture and baked in a sauce. If you are not a fan of cottage cheese it could be replaced with ricotta. This dish uses three different types of cheeses- cottage, parmesan and mozzarella. Don’t worry if you want meat in your meals, the sauce is a meat sauce. Ingredients:Sauce- ¼ lb ground beef 2 tablespoons onion (chopped) 2 garlic cloves (minced) 1 (16 oz) can crushed tomatoes ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon dried oregano 1 dash cayenne pepper (or more to your taste)Filling- 1 ¼ cups small curd cottage cheese ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese 1 egg (lightly beaten) 1 tablespoon fresh parsley (minced) ¼ teaspoon onion powder 6 lasagna noodles (cooked) ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese Cooking Instructions: Step 1: In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until the beef is no longer pink.
The world’s best booze (and where to drink it) Drinking the local beverage is a sure way to warm the hearts of the locals. Here is a selection of alcoholic drinks that make the effort of travel all the more rewarding. 1. Sake, Japan Pin this image Image by katclay Called nihonshu in Japan, sake is a rice wine with an alcohol content of 15% to 17%. 2. Pin this image Image by ccharmon It takes 119.5 seconds to pour the perfect pint. 3. Pin this image Image by jonworth-eu Someone once said: ‘beauty is in the eye of the beer holder’; if that’s the case, then Belgium is exquisite. 4. Pin this image Image by plusgood For instant bohemian, just add water. 5. Pin this image Image by Megan Mallen The sought-after wines of Burgundy (Bourgogne) possess particular qualities attributable to the region’s 400 soil types. 6. This simple three-step cocktail is composed of vodka, limes and sugar. 7. Pin this image Image by nicksieger Only two people know the secret recipe to produce this all-natural liquor (36% alcohol volume). 8. Pin this image 9. Pin this image
Milan guide: the city's cultural secrets unveiled Milan is a city of secrets and surprises. Every time I go back for business or to see my friends and family, I am taken aback by its elegance, beauty and style. Milan is the city in Italy I feel closest to, because of its openness, its cosmopolitan outlook and its intense energy. Milan requires more effort and dedication than other Italian cities but, once discovered, the rewards are much greater than those offered on ‘easier’ trails through Rome, Florence or Venice. Milan is an intelligent, challenging and supremely elegant Italian city; a foreigner can learn more about the best of Italy here than anywhere else in the country. A place that epitomizes my passion for Milan and its sophisticated glamour is Villa Necchi Campiglio, a tour de force of 1930s design and architecture. Milan is also a city of secret gardens and courtyards. Milan is all this and it is also a city of long nights which start with never-ending aperitivi outside stylish bars.
Bagels Living in Bermuda, I have cooked some things I would never make if I was living in the US. Homemade bagels are definitely one of them. Why would I bother making bagels if I lived in a city that had great bagels on every corner? It was a very dense yet soft dough. We halfed the recipe to make 6 bagels. It's best to make a smooth ball and then poke a hole through it rather than rolling out a log and trying to connect it. Making the onion topping. We like everything bagels. Salt and pepper added to the previous ingredients. Just like pretzels, bagels are boiled before baking. Lots of cornmeal to prevent sticking. Yum. The interior was soft and chewey, the outside had some crunch. We decided to make what might have been the best egg sandwich of my life. Bagels The recipe we were hoping to try was here, but we ended up doing this easier one.
Hidden flavours of Paris Want to savour the French capital's best steaks, freshest baguettes, most welcoming bars and secret street markets? Discover the hidden gems of Paris' food scene with the help of the experts. The article, taken from an edition of Lonely Planet Traveller magazine, shows you how. The secret patisserie - Gérard Mulot Image by Paul and Jill Gérard Mulot is a splendid patisserie and traiteur in St-Germain. It's not far from the Jardin du Luxembourg, so you can pick up all you need for a picnic. - Jeremy Lee, head chef of London's Blueprint Cafe The secret bar - La Cagnotte de Belleville La Cagnotte de Belleville (13 Rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 75020) is extremely scruffy but perfectly Parisian. - Trish Deseine, food writer and cook The secret cheese shop - Fromagerie Trotté Fromagerie Trotté (97 Rue St Antoine, 75004) is a tiny little shop in the Marais. - Sheila Dillon, present of BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme The secret restaurant - Benoit I've been eating at Benoit for 25 years. Image by Fil.Al