Food Fare Notes

December 2010

Issue #8

In This Issue

1. Welcome
2. Global Goodies

3. Ramen Twist
4. Seasonal Bits

5. Food Games

6. Readers Mail

7. Food Culture

8. Until Next Time

Seasonal Bits:

Winter is upon us, which brings about the global Christmas holiday.


Take a peak at Noel to get historical facts about the holiday along with more than two dozen Christmas recipes from around the world.


Take a peak at "Noel" by Food Fare to get historical facts about the holiday along with more than two dozen Christmas recipes from around the world.


Christmas Recipes >

Food Games:

Are you an epicurean who fancies food-related computer diversions? Check out our links to time management games that can be downloaded and played at home. I've tried most of them, and they're great fun. Some of the games also include printable recipes.


Play food-related time management games!

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 >



Food Culture:

Food Fare has entered into a partnership with Class Notes to offer our food articles as research papers. The features include articles on the food and culture of different countries, time periods and events and contain bits of history, food traditions, lifestyle and dishes native to the specific country, as well as authentic recipes. Research papers also include food-specific topics. Visit Class Notes >


The move to Class Notes was prompted by the sale of unauthorized copies of our food articles by other entities online. These entities were selling the food articles without our knowledge or consent, sometimes for $75 a pop, therefore forcing us to to restrict access.


Note: All recipes from the articles will remain freely available at Food Fare. Recipes >


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Greetings from Food Fare...

Merry Christmas from Food Fare!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 friends.


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 Soda Bread. Canned pumpkin is fairly inexpensive, so baking Pumpkin Cookies and Pumpkin Bread 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 yours...

Global Goodies

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 entire 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 Toscakaka. Her "Almond Cake" recipe also won the Pillsbury Gift Basket Contest sponsored by Appetizing Muse in 2008-09.


Another tasty morsel, although more difficult to prepare, is Polish Pierogi. The Russians, Czechs, Slovaks, Baltic Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians also have their own version of the dish, too. Why not give it a whirl?

More Recipes >

Ramen with a Twist

Top Ramen noodlesIn an effort to save money, I've spent the last year eating Top Ramen 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

4 eggs


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 May 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.


Check back for updates and other news as spring approaches, or come by our page at Facebook to leave a comment. Food Fare also has a place to rant and rave on Twitter.


You might be surprised by what you find...


Happy Cooking from Food Fare,

Shenanchie at Food Fare

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