Food Fare Notes

October 2008

Issue #1

In This Issue

1. Welcome
2. Ethnic Cuisine
3. Seasonal Bits
4. Contributors

5. Herbs & Spices

6. Food Fare Recipes

7. Readers Mail

8. Coming Soon

Seasonal Bits:

Autumn is in the air, which brings about the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays in America.


Food Fare offers a selection of articles to get you ready for the autumn gatherings. Take a look at Graveyard Grub for spooky concoctions and global traditions, and get ready for turkey day by exploring Thanksgiving with Food Fare. Try the recipes and make good use of our helpful turkey guides.


Don't forget about our selection of other food articles, such as in-depth pieces about artichokes, avocados, garlic, hot dogs, mushrooms, ravioli, tamales, and more.


More Food Articles >


Food Fare is lucky to have a staff of exceptional contributors, who offer their own tried-and-true recipes and cooking methods.


Read about our talented contributors by perusing their biographies and having a look at their photos.


Food Fare Contributors >

Readers Mail:

Food Fare often receives e-mail from reader's who have something to say about the web site, the recipes or the food articles. Every valid message or question is answered.


Readers Mail


Readers Mail >


Coming Soon:

Over the next few months look for special features about Pine Nuts, Christmas and New Years celebrations, and special pages for canine recipes, diabetics and vegan recipes. Updates >

Food Fare

Welcome to Food Fare...


Welcome to Food Fare, and the first edition of our newsletter, Food Fare Notes.


Food Fare is a special addition to the food blog Appetizing Muse, and features recipes and culinary traditions from a variety of countries and cultures, as well as food-specific topics. The site also contains a collection of personal recipes from Shenanchie, many of them "comfort foods" inherited through the generations.


Food Fare originated as Shenanchie's Kitchen in May 2000. It was developed into a personal cooking web site that was updated each month with personal favorites as well as in-depth articles about the food and culture from different countries around the world. The site closed in May 2005 because of Shenanchie's other commitments, but she continued to make "foodie" entries at Appetizing Muse.


Shenanchie's Kitchen has reopened as Food Fare, bringing with it the global flavors found in unique and original recipes, culinary culture and tradition, seasonal favorites, kitchen and cooking tips, food links and more.


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Ethnic Cuisine

Food Fare's Ethnic & Traditional Cuisine includes information about the food and culture of different countries, time periods and events. Features contain bits of history, food traditions, lifestyle and dishes native to the specific country, as well as authentic recipes. In most cases, there is also a section of words and phrases in the native tongue of the subject.


Discover the richness of other cultures and explore global food traditions by visiting our selection of ethnic features, which currently include bits about the Basque people, Ireland, Japan, Scotland and food in the Middle Ages.


Visit Ethnic & Traditional Cuisine >

Herbs & Spices

Herbs and spices are extraordinarily expensive when purchased at a grocery store or specialty shop. Some people take stabs at growing their own, while others are lucky enough to produce vast quantities in home gardens.


At Food Fare, we have put together a selection of spice blends that can easily be prepared at home. Herb & Spice Recipe Blends >


Here's a sample:

Baking Powder (Homemade)

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. cornstarch


Combine ingredients and store in a sealable container in a dry place. Note: Recipe can be doubled or tripled.

In addition, we have a page of herb and spice varieties with definitions, uses and suggested substitutions. The Spice Rack >

Food Fare Recipes

Some of the recipes to be found at Food Fare come from the culinary articles, but there is a large number that come from Shenanchie, her friends and family, and other sources. The collection has grown over many years and presents an enticing display of various comfort foods, as well as long-held traditional dishes and a simply marvelous array of surprising little food gems.


Many of the recipes also have extra bits of information, such as origin and locality, as well as links to more about specific foods in the dishes. We had some fun creating the Halloween recipes, adding "spooky" animated graphics with black backgrounds.


Get some recipes >


Thanks for visiting Food Fare. Check back for updates and other news as the year draws to a close. You might be surprised by what you find...


Happy Cooking from Food Fare,

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