The Food of Love

Ah, Valentine’s Day…a day when my thoughts turn to sweets. But it’s interesting to note that there are other food items associated with the holiday, in particular some herbs that we are already familiar with. Basil is a symbol of fertility and a long time ago, women used to wear them as a sign to…

Happy Peking Duck Day!

Today we celebrate one of my favorite dishes. It’s a dish I equate with celebrations because when my family had birthdays and other occasions in a Chinese restaurant, Peking Duck is usually one of the things we order.  Where I currently live, I haven’t found a restaurant that serves Peking Duck like it’s done in Asia,…

Happy Spaghetti Day!

Happy National Spaghetti Day! Growing up in the Philippines, there was hardly any party that didn’t include spaghetti. And there were many bastardized versions of the dish like adding sliced hotdogs and using banana catsup instead of tomato sauce. All kids seem to love spaghetti, probably because it’s fun to slurp up the noodles and…

Lucky Foods for New Year’s Day

New Year’s Eve was one of the holidays I looked forward to when I living in the Philippines. Because fireworks are not illegal there, it was a boisterous affair. It was a feat to light explosive fireworks without blowing your hand off. But the main reason I loved the holiday was because it usually was…

Wassail, Nogs and Toddies

The holidays aren’t over yet so we may still have a lot of toasting to do especially on New Year’s Day. We are all familiar with champagne and other sparkling wines but I’ve rounded up some traditional holiday drinks that you may or may not have sampled during your round of Christmas parties. Wassail –…

Continental Christmas Breads

For me, there is nothing better than the smell of holiday baking. Here in the United States, a lot of the baked goods around the holidays can be traced to English tradition, using the available ingredients harvested during autumn like apples, pumpkins, carrots, and pears and warm spices like ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. However,…

November 26 – National Cake Day

Hurrah for my favorite food of all time! My first cake of course was a birthday cake, similar to this chocolate confection. I LOVE good cake. The word ‘cake’ comes from the Norse word kaka. I know – that means a whole different thing in Spanish. But it is related to the Germanic word for cook. Of course…

Turkey-Themed Treats

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because there is no gift-giving pressure. Everyone can find something that pleases them at the Thanksgiving table because it’s really all about the food! There was a time when I didn’t really look forward to Thanksgiving, particularly when my husband was deployed overseas, and especially the year my…

National Ice Cream Sundae Day

November 11 is Veterans Day in the USA and I’d like to give a shout out to all living veterans and I hope we remember those veterans who have already passed on. I am a proud spouse of a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy and I will always consider the military as my…

Celebrate with Election Cake!

With the kind of election we are having and the unsavory ways some candidates are trying to get votes, my thoughts turn to a much courteous time when gentle persuasion was the order of the day. Before the day itself, homemakers in New England fired up their ovens to bake election cakes. Bon Appetit has…

November 4: National Candy Day

It seems that as the holidays approach, the holidays involving sweets are also happening. Today is National Candy Day in the United States and there’s no reason why we can’t celebrate, even just a little bit. If it appears that I’m always writing about food holidays, yes, I am but I am endeavoring to write…

October 28: National Chocolate Day

My love affair with chocolate began when I was less than a year old. Both my parents are chocolate lovers and have passed on their sweet tooth. I’ve been known to use Hershey’s bars to draw on the crib (that’s when cribs were still made of wood). I’ve never been able to resist chocolate and…