Turducken – The Turkey, the Duck, and the Chicken


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There is a popular expression about hitting two birds with one stone, but turducken brings everything up by one level because this dish is all about three birds in one roast. The word turducken is a combination of three words: turkey, duck, and chicken. It is a dish that brings a new twist to the traditional Thanksgiving centerpiece while increasing its feeding capacity.

How the Turducken Came to Be

In Delish – Holiday Recipes Section’s The History of the Almighty Turducken, Justine Sterling says, “For those not intimately acquainted with this meat masterpiece, the turducken consists of a de-boned chicken stuffed inside a de-boned duck stuffed inside a de-boned turkey. Each layer is padded with stuffing. This new beast is then prepared as a traditional turkey would be: roasted, braised, fried, grilled, barbecued, it’s up to you. [Read more…]

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Making Floral, Fruity & Fragrant Sangria


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Sangria: Party lovers either love or hate this fresh fruit wine cocktail that has both a Spanish and Portuguese origin.

The squeeze of fresh citrus makes it a delicious and inexpensive drink that budget-conscious party hosts should have no second thoughts serving.

But, if it is a poorly made one, which will give your party guests a splitting headache the next morning, then forget it.

Sangria still makes a delicious and inexpensive party cocktail, if you know how to make a good one. And why not, when it is so easy to make!

With pitchers of it stocked in the fridge, the good time rolls as soon as the guests come trooping in and as this chilled and fancy cocktail is poured into glasses. With some creative additions and garnish, you can make the cocktail mix all your own, minus the headache, which your party guests will love. [Read more…]

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Zinfandel: The Red and White Wine


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Zinfandel grapes are planted about ten percent of California vineyards, a variety also known as Primitivo. This black-skinned grape traces its origins to those grown in Croatia and Italy, but this variety has flourished in the United States more than anywhere else in the world.

Total Wine’s Guide to Zinfandel Wines says, “Uniquely American, this exuberant red wine is capable of producing top quality red wines that can rival Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers an array of flavors including black and red fruit, spice, pepper, tar, licorice and wood.Zinfandel [ZIN-fan-dell] is produced in three distinct styles. The first is the fresh and fruity, easy-drinking style that offers charm and balance with light tannins, followed by the medium-bodied, fuller flavored Zinfandels with noticeable spiciness and ripe tannins. This is followed by the big, concentrated and powerful style with intense fruit and unbelievable richness. Zinfandel is exclusively grown in California and is the most widely planted red grape variety…” [Read more…]

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Pasta throughout the World and Ages

pastaPasta is one of the best-loved foods in the world, and practically all cuisines have their way of preparing it. Several dishes made with pasta count among the most popular comfort foods, and as the world becomes more interconnected, it is a sure thing that more and more people will develop a passion for spaghetti, macaroni, and the forms of pasta.

The Origins of Pasta

It is generally considered Italian food, but its origins are believed to be rooted elsewhere. A popular belief holds that Marco Polo brought pasta to Italy from his travels in China, but not everyone agrees.

In an article of The History Kitchen entitled “Uncover the History of PastaTory Avey says “A common belief about pasta is that it was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century. In his book, “The Travels of Marco Polo,” there is a passage that briefly mentions his introduction to a plant that produced flour (possibly a “breadfruit tree”).” [Read more…]

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Dark and Fruity Malbec – Argentina’s Flagship Wine

Malbec - Argentina's wineMalbec is a grape variety that traces its origins to South West France, where it is known as Cot.

It is a variety that produces intensely colored, dark-hued wines with a hard tannic style. At present, Malbec is considered Argentina’s flagship wine style, and the country’s vineyards make up the world’s largest acreage of this grape.

The Distinctive Qualities of Malbec

Argentine Malbec is vastly different from the wine produced from the same grape variety in France. The vines in Argentina have smaller, more tightly clustered berries, and

The vines in Argentina have smaller, more tightly clustered berries, yielding wine with a deep color, strong fruity flavors, a markedly velvety texture, and a different tannic structure.

Jancis Robinson, author of Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course: A Guide to the World of Wine, says, “…Good Argentine Malbec, and there is a great deal of it for Argentina is one of the world’s most prolific wine producers, is deeply colored, spicily rich with an exuberant juiciness and has as a trademark an almost velvety texture…” [Read more…]

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