Noah’s Pudding

My writing takes me to the most amazing places. The Foundation for Inter-Cultural Dialogue – http://www.fid-az.org – invited me to be a judge at their Noah’s Pudding contest. I had never heard of Noah’s Pudding, also called Ashure. So I had to do a little research. Noah’s pudding gets its name from the dish Noah made when the Ark landed on Mt. Ararat after the Great Flood. There was very little food left, so everyone gathered together what they had and created a pudding: nuts, grains, beans, fruit….whatever was at hand. In modern times, in Turkey and throughout the Middle
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Worldly Recipes with a Trader Joe’s touch

Imagine creating a cookbook with the idea of using products from Trader Joe’s Well, that’s exactly what Cherie Mercer Twohy has done.  And while TJ’s is not associated with the project, Twohy has done an admirable job of creating a full slate of international recipes using TJ’s items. Chapters include the expected stuff  like Italian, Chinese and Mexican recipes, but Twohy also includes chapters like ‘Island Flavors,’ ‘Middle East Magic,’ ‘African Adventure’ and ‘Greek Idyll.’ They all sound tempting and are enhanced by beautiful photos. I’d like to try the Banh Mi, which includes TJ’s Truffle Mousse Pate and their
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Cake Pops. What a concept.

I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second bake book I received from Ulysses Press a few weeks ago (see my previous review of “Mini Pies”.)  I plan on gifting them both to my boss at my day job as she loves to bake. The second book is called, “Crazy for Cake Pops.”
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Little Pies; Big Tastes

Miniature desserts are all the rage these days, and with good reason. What better way to satisfy a sweet craving with the worry of overindulging? And so when the people at Ulysses Press sent me a copy of  “Mini Pies”,  I was intrigued. Written by Christy Beaver and Morgan Greenseth of Seattle’s Mini Empire Bakery, this tiny baking book is chock full of pretty little treats.  You’ll find recipes for everything from bottoms to toppings. Fruit pies, cream pies, savory pies, nut pies, a variety of crusts and some interesting toppings are all part of the package. The photos are
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OMG! A great guide for novice cooks.

Learning to cook can be a little intimidating even for a young foodie. But a new cookbook published by Tate Publishing  – www.tatepublishing.com  –  takes a little of the fear and trepidation out of the process. “OMG – Oh My Gosh! I’m In College and I Never Learned to Cook” is written by Hollis Ledbetter,  a mom who knows what it means to send your kids off to school armed with book smarts but maybe not the skills it takes to create meals like they had at home. The majority of the recipes are pretty simple, many of them with
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My oh my! That’s some pizza pie

Unlike the rest of the country when summer means grilling anything and everything,  in Tucson it’s just too darn hot to fire up the charcoal grill. So when I received several packets of Fleischmann’s Pizza Crust Yeast along with recipes for pizza on the grill I opted out of the grilling part and just make some pizza indoors. We make a lot of pizza in my house, but even after all these years I have trouble getting the dough to stretch evenly and I always have to patch holes here and there. But this didn’t happen with the specially designed
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Kringles – Sweet Treats from the heartland

I know sweets aren’t exactly what one thinks of when it come to food that’s good for you, but quality baked goods in moderation are good for the soul. I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, a city known for its bakeries, Danish bakeries to be specific. Sticky buns, kolaches, napoleons, breads all are a part of the action. But the signature item is something called kringle. Kringles are a little hard to explain, but once you’ve has one you’ll never forget. Basically a kringle is buttery layers of thin, sweet dough filled with any number of goodies; fruit, nuts, chocolate,
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Who Stole the Cheese?

A while back one of my co-workers was selling catalogue items for her daughter’s school. It was a fundraiser and the catalogue had all sorts of stuff in it: knick knacks, greeting cards, candy and other food related items. Being the foodie that I am, I bought Paula Deen Collection Cheese Biscuit Mix. I love cheese. I love biscuits. I could hardly wait. Imagine my surprise then when the item finally arrived and I read the ingredients and saw there was no cheese anywhere in the mix. You had to add your own cheese! And from Paula Deen no less,
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Olive oil and other Italian goodies on line.

As I mentioned in my last post, I love getting food in the mail. These days all it takes is a couple of clicks and in a few days there is a package filled with goodies at your door. I’ve ordered mail food for years but recently I’ve become a regular at several great food websites. One of my ultimate favorites is Fratelli Carli, an Italian based online store that features olive oil and other Italian specialties. They’ve been in business for 100 years, so that tells you something. I regularly order the six pack of Extra Virgin olive oil,
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You’ve Got Mail!

I love getting food in the mail especially when I’m not expecting it. Last week I received a package from the folks at McCormick filled with a whole line of new products created for the barbecue season. The McCormick Grill Mates® and Lawry’s® offer a taste of American grilling at its finest.Included in the kit were: a bottle of both Lawry’s Balsamic Herb marinade, and Original Seasoned marinade as well as McCormick  Fiery 5 Pepper Blend, Cowboy Rub, Carolina Country Marinade and Backyard Brew Marinade. The last two are mixed with beer or water. vinegar and oil before you begin
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