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Greetings from Food
Welcome to Food Fare and the eighth
edition of our newsletter, Food Fare Notes.
It's hard to believe
that another year has passed by. Christmas is right round the corner again,
which fills some of us with trepidation because of the current economic climate.
What to buy someone when you don't have the money? It's hard enough to
scrape by week to week, let alone worry about buying gifts for loved ones and
When I'm pinching
pennies but still want to give gifts, I head for the kitchen. A five-pound bag
of flour and buttermilk can go a long way in making several loaves of tasty
Canned pumpkin is fairly inexpensive, so baking
has become tradition
in my house in recent years. I almost always give away the foodstuff as gifts.
Giving gifts that are
the result of your own work are indeed gifts from the heart. They always mean
more to me than something purchased at a store and then hastily wrapped. I'm
almost certain everyone reading this feels the same way.
Merry Christmas from our house to
After several weeks
of organizing, more than one hundred new recipes were recently added to the collection
at Food Fare.
It was no small feat to gather the old recipe bones and edit the
lot. Many of the recipes have been in our database for more than
a decade, but it was still tough to pick and choose, or pick and
discard. Some of them will probably find their way into the
upcoming electronic cookbook as well.
One of my favorite cultural
recipes comes from Sweden. My neighbor is of Swedish descent,
and she introduced me to the divine wonders of
"Almond Cake" recipe also won the Pillsbury Gift Basket
Contest sponsored by
Another tasty morsel, although
more difficult to prepare, is Polish
The Russians, Czechs, Slovaks, Baltic Estonians, Latvians and
Lithuanians also have their own version of the dish, too. Why not
give it a whirl?
Ramen with a Twist
an effort to save money, I've spent the last year eating
noodles in various forms on a regular basis. Luckily, four packages still go
for $1 where I live, so I stock up every few weeks. I'm not one to enjoy the
noodles and soup, but rather cook the noodles, drain the water and
then toss the noodles with the seasoning packet provided.
To give variety to the dish, I often toss the
noodles with steamed vegetables such as frozen baby peas, broccoli and
kernel corn. Once in a blue moon I also make the ramen noodles from scratch,
which is also inexpensive and goes a long way.
Ramen from Scratch
2 C flour
1 TBS water
Oil for frying
In a large bowl, combine
flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and water.
Combine until it comes together to form a nice pasta dough. Let rest 30
minutes, and then roll through pasta machine with an angel hair attachment.
Twirl your desired amount in a nest (the real ramen is square, but the nest
is easier to do). Let nests dry for a couple hours, then deep fry for 3
minutes on each side. Let cool. Boil in salted water until tender. Since
this is fresh ramen without any preservatives, store in the fridge for up to
a week, or freeze for 3 months.
There are at least a thousand different ways to serve ramen. Try a few of them -
your pocketbook will love you...
Chicken Milano with Ramen >
Until Next Time
The launch of the
Food Fare Cookbook has been rescheduled for
2011. Because of unforeseen circumstances, the original release date of December
2010 had to be changed.
The cookbook will contain more than
six hundred-fifty recipes, from simple fare to family recipes for all meals,
herbs and spices, canine treats, tea time delicacies and ethnic dishes from
around the world.
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