Flambéed Desserts – New Year with a Bang

Flambeed desserts

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Firecrackers and fireworks are not the only way to welcome the New Year with a bang; apart from these, however, desserts can also express the same celebratory spirit.  Flambéed desserts are one of the best ways to do this.

Cherries Jubilee 

Auguste Escoffier is credited with inventing Cherries Jubilee, a flambéed dessert made of cherries and liqueur. This dish is said to have been prepared for the 1897 Jubilee celebrations of Queen Victoria.

Rachel Ray of the Food Network has an easy recipe for Cherries Jubilee. Her recipe calls for two cans of whole Bing cherries, a tablespoon each of sugar and cornstarch, ¼ cup of warmed cognac or kirsch, and vanilla ice cream. [Read more…]

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Foods to Bring Good Luck for the New Year

Foods to Bring Good LuckThe coming of the New Year awakens the hope that things will go well, and this often prompts people to do whatever they can to make this happen. Proof of this: in many houses all over the world, the New Year’s table will contain foods that are believed to attract good luck.


Because of their shape, noodles are customarily associated with long life. Thus, in several Asian countries, noodles are served on New Year. In Woman’s Day’s  10 Good Luck Foods for the New year, Bryn Mannino says:In China, Japan and other Asian countries, it’s customary to eat long noodles, signify longevity, on New Year’s Day. Since the noodles are never to be broken or shortened during the cooking process, the typical preparation for “Long-Life Noodles” is a stir-fry.” [Read more…]

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