Let’s Dish 20 results
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Black-Eyed Peas

    By MaryAnn Miano We may be living in the northeast, but what better time to follow a southern tradition than New Year’s, when we all could use a little good luck? It is customary and traditional to consume black-eyed peas in the southeast either just after midnight on New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day. These little beauties are the first food to be eaten for luck and prosperity for the new year ahead. The story goes that eating black-eyed peas for luck dates back to the Civil War. ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Sachertorte

    By MaryAnn Miano We celebrate several holidays in December, but did you know that December 5 is National Sachertorte Day? This delectably decadent dessert is an elegant chocolate cake that originated in Vienna. “Torte” is a German word for cake. Actually, it is the word to use when you are making a particularly “fancy” cake, as opposed to the word “kuchen” for the more mundane variety of cake (is there even such a thing?) Sachertorte is a famous Austrian cake served on festive ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Thanksgiving… Leftovers

    By MaryAnn Miano You’re making a delicious, traditional meal for Thanksgiving.  You’ve got plenty of people coming for dinner, and you’ve looked through your old cookbooks, searched the internet, and visited blogs for the perfect way to cook a turkey. You’ve got ideas for appetizers, trimmings, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Good for you! Anyone who has hosted a large Thanksgiving gathering knows it challenges your math skills, your timing of the oven just right, and a little bit of ...
  • Let’s Dish: Let’s Talk About Vegan

    By MaryAnn Miano  Healthful eating is all the rage, and that is a good thing.  Turning simple, nutritious ingredients into knockout meals is part of the fun of food preparation. Just think: you can make magical things happen right in your own kitchen by treating your taste buds with foods that can help you trim down, lower your cholesterol, bring your blood sugar and blood pressure under control, and give you your energy back. All this can happen with a vegan diet. What is the definit...
  • LET’S DISH! LET’S TALK ABOUT SPARE RIBS

    By MaryAnn Miano The Fourth of July is a holiday that we all love to celebrate – but did you know that it is also National Barbecue Spare Ribs Day? And what a perfect day it is to fire up your grill and toss on some seasoned ribs for a crowd-pleasing party. As most carnivores are aware, meat that is close to the bone tastes better than other cuts. People love to eat ribs; they know the flavor only becomes more enhanced when the meat on the bone is grilled. Given the many choices of rib ...
  • LET’S DISH! Let’s Talk About Doughnuts!

    Wouldn’t you like to shake the hand of the person who invented the doughnut (or donut)? Deep-fried, tender and soft, ooey gooey jelly, jam, or custard-filled, chocolate glazed or powdered, sweet and oh-so-satisfying with a cup of coffee, a doughnut is the ultimate temptation for everyone. Frying strips of pastry dough goes back to the time of ancient Greeks and Romans. During medieval times, Arabs enjoyed frying unsweetened yeast dough and dousing the cakes in syrup. Northern Europe took ...
  • Let’s Dish: Authentic Salsa Cruda & Picante Salsa

    By MaryAnn Miano   If your life needs a little kick, a little lift, a little spice…try salsa! No, not the dancing kind, but the savory kind. Salsa is a Spanish sauce that can be eaten either hot or cold. The term is usually applied in Spain and Mexico to spicy sauces, often hot with chiles, and particularly to uncooked sauces or dips used as a condiment. Salsa actually predates the Spaniards. The ingredients, such as the tomato used as the base of the sauce, were domesticated by the ...
  • LET’S DISH! Let’s Talk About SLOPPY JOES

    By: MaryAnn Miano What could be more ideal than an imperfect sandwich that you can “slop” together with easy ingredients and have emerge a mess that tastes perfect? As part of our old-school traditional American dishes, a Sloppy Joe easily fulfills our need for simple-to-prepare foods, with the end result a creation for happily fulfilled taste buds. Most of us remember Sloppy Joes being served in our school cafeterias or being prepared by our busy mom or dad. They are part of the ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Cobblers

    By MaryAnn Miano Some of us like to bake more for the taste than for the looks of the baked item. If you don’t care much for the effort and the craftiness of making your baked dessert look beautiful, then slapping together a cobbler is for you! Here’s a way to bring the tastes and aromas of end-of-summer fruits and upcoming fall baking into your home without all the fuss of presentation. What exactly is a cobbler? A cobbler is rich biscuit dough covered with fruit in the bottom of the pan ...
  • Let’s Dish! Let’s Talk About Marshmallows

    By MaryAnn Miano Gooey, sticky, squishy, and sweet – the epitomes of a summer time treat: the marshmallow! If you’ve never experienced roasting the confection over an open flame in the summertime, you certainly have been missing out on an iconic symbol of summer. For those who have delighted in its taste, have you ever wondered where marshmallows come from? Of course, the marshmallow is a candy, but it actually was once made from the sap of marshmallow plants. The marshmallow plant is a ...