The holidays are a time of sharing old traditions and making new ones, especially in the kitchen. The latke is a well-loved, versatile classic: these golden-brown crisps can be mixed and matched with any topping or other dish.
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, we here at Silver Chips Online decided to be experimental with some of our holiday food options. Or rather, more colorful. Besides only wearing green this Saint Patrick's Day, avoid getting pinched by trying some of your favorite Irish dishes- turned green!
That night has come again - Back-to-School Night. You and your parents have switched places so that they can discover the teachers and learning material you interact with on a daily basis. Chances are you are home alone, possibly with other siblings, daunted by the fact that your parents have bequeathed to you the responsibility of preparing the last meal of the day. It may be tempting to open a container of Cup Noodles, but keep in mind there are more interesting alternatives that are just as easy to whip up! Here are three simple and tasty recipes you can turn to this Thursday.
Although fall brings in beautiful foliage and the excitement of upcoming holidays, the days are starting to become cooler and the winds more brisk. So it's hard not to fantasize about the end of winter and the start of spring – when the weather will be warmer and the sun will shine brightly. What better way is there to feel the nice weather than through spring rolls, a traditional snack from the eastern hemisphere? These warm spring rolls will make any heart melt and yearn for the beautiful spring season. Plus, unlike deep-fried spring rolls, these little numbers are baked and healthy!
Hungry for pizza but cringing at the crazy amount of oil on the Jerry's Veggie Supreme? Well, don't fall for those crummy microwavables because tonight's nutritious pizza is right at your fingertips. With no limitation on the number toppings, this pizza may just be the most delicious food out there and it requires absolutely no cooking experience. Save yourself a few bucks of delivery fee and enjoy your own creation for a change.
Though traditionally made during the Chinese New Year as a symbol of prosperity and growing fortunes, the Chinese turnip cake is a dish enjoyable at any time. It is commonly found as an item on dim sum menus, but no restaurant turnip cake can ever compare with the homemade version, stir fried with shrimp, mushrooms and Chinese sausages, then steamed and pan fried to a golden brown. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the delicious taste of Chinese turnip cake slowly melting in your watering mouth.
A staple of childhood lunches thanks to its canned incarnations, ravioli is an Italian classic in which pasta dough is filled with just about anything imaginable. In our rendition, we take homemade dough and stuff it with a delectable four-cheese filling, then top it all off with a creamy Alfredo sauce - infused with the flavor of nature's perfect food, bacon. Restaurant-quality ravioli made from scratch in your own kitchen is easier than you think. While we cannot condone the health risks associated with this dish, we can guarantee that the satisfaction from your palate will be more than worth any ensuing heart attack.
A grand-mouth-zinging-tastilicious-exotic combination of flavors, Green thai curry chicken has it all. While it may be a prolonged experience in the kitchen, the soothing coconut milk and spicy pepper mixture will be well worth the wait. Cook up some rice to enjoy under the curry and you have a miraculous dish and a half. This dish will leave the buttons popping from your pants as you gobble down your plate and your neighbors'.
Heading to a friend's potluck tomorrow night? Need to whip up a casual meal for the family? No matter the occasion, this vegetarian lasagna is the perfect dish to satisfy any guest list. Great for vegetable lovers, pasta enthusiasts and cheese fanatics, this dish draws from each major food group and combines all delectable ingredients into a tasty and healthy treat!
Two of the most popular staple-breakfast meals are French toast and eggs. So why combine the two favorites and make an out-of-this-world breakfast experience? Thanks to the French toast casserole, this phenomenon is more than just possible, it only takes 50 minutes to heat up the next morning! Although the thought of a casserole for breakfast may send you screaming back under your covers, don't let the name alarm you. Save yourself the trouble of cooking a variety of little breakfast-foods early in the morning and instead serve this perfect breakfast-treat dish to any large group of hungry guests.
In the mood for Mexican? Drop the phone, forget take-out and head to the kitchen to cook up a fiesta of flavors in one hour flat. This easy recipe for chicken enchiladas will satisfy that craving for Mexican flair in the comfort of your home.
Japan is famous for many dishes, but the best known is probably sushi. With countless possible toppings and fillings, sushi can be made to fit anyone's tastes. Popular fillings include avocado, cucumber, tuna and crab meat. If none of these options are appealing, then there are always undiscovered combinations just waiting to be tried!
For a quick fiesta, make this simple recipe for taco meat! While the name may be a bit misleading, this festive food can be eaten in any number of ways: either in a taco as specified in the name, in a cheesy queso dip for your nachos, on a sandwich like a sloppy joe or with elbow macaroni, cabbage and cheese for a main dish. Taco meat is a veritably versatile food.
What better way to spice up an otherwise boring gathering with some zest? This piquant Frittata is the perfect dish for business meetings, book club gatherings, or potlucks of any sort. Chock full of veggies, this pie is perfect for pleasing all parties, vegetarians included. Spell out anything, from someone's name to a "congratulations" with red peppers on the top for some personal flair.
What is a chupaqueso? The answer is simple: it is delicious. How do you make one? The process is simply fun. With this straightforward and little-known recipe under your chef's belt, you'll be astounding throngs of dinner guests in no time. Invented by Howard Taylor, creator of the web-comic space opera "Schlock Mercenary," this dish will make you feel like a true hero.
Chinese recipes are always hard to come by since, apparently, most Chinese chefs have completely done away with any form of measurement. The number of swift shakes of the salt shaker replaces the use of tablespoons and teaspoons. Oil is measured only by the area it covers in the frying pan. Oriental cooking is all about improvisation, flinging spices, herbs and hopefully not msg in the air at whim. But on certain occasions, Chinese moms can be tracked down and forced to be precise about their pinching, flinging, dashing and pouring. Here is one of my favorite summer dishes:
Even though Maryland is far from the Midwest, the food from Midwestern Native American tribes can be recreated with relative ease and maximum flavor. This dish combines thick, sugary bread with traditional taco accessories like lettuce, tomatoes and beef to form a messy and delicious main course. Prepare yourself for a totally new taco experience!
Doro Wat, also called Dorho Sebhe, is one of the most common Ethiopian dishes. Doro Wat, a spicy Ethiopian sauce with chicken and eggs, is normally served with injera. Injera is a spongy, flat bread that can be bought at any Ethiopian market in Maryland. Once you try this Ethiopian dish, your taste buds will experience a unique, unforgettable delight!
Instead of trekking to the far corners of the county just to grab a taste of great Indian flavor and spices, Blazers can make their own at home. Chicken Curry with Asian Pears, dish with a variety of different roots, is distinctly reminiscent of the tastes of India, but also of other flavors. Strongly flavored with curry, a spice used in South Asian cooking, the dish is filling enough to stand alone, but tastes even better accompanied with rice. The variety of different toppings that the dish can be served with gives the recipes makers creative freedom.
A few hundred years ago, a tradition began that mandated people eat only dumplings on the Chinese New Year. Nowadays, pre-prepared dumplings can be found in any Chinese store. Even so, homemade dumplings have a certain indescribable flavor that can't be found in store-bought brands. If you still don't think it's worth the trouble, making dumplings is a fun experience, and the results are more than worth the effort put into it. So find a nice Saturday afternoon, gather the entire family and have lots of fun making your own dumplings!
This hearty stew is full of meat and vegetables and is sure to cure anyone under a hunger spell. After a chilly night in the pumpkin patch, this southwestern-flavored stew recipe will warm up any superhero, monster, ghost or vampire. The stew also comes with a bat-shaped pastry cut-out.
Have you ever noticed how restaurants offer "breakfast all day" as a good thing? Well now you can have that same luxury, right in the comfort of your own home! At the risk of sounding like every other recipe posted on Silver Chips, this dish is a relatively simple way to make a monstrously enjoyable meal all in one skillet. While it probably takes too long to make before school (we already get up early enough), this is a great meal to enjoy while watching the Saturday morning cartoons or on weeknights when your parents decide they have something more important to do than cook dinner. Enjoy!
A staple of Mexican cooking popular throughout the Americas, quesadillas are quick to make but also hearty and filling. Personalizing this recipe is easy - you can add chicken, beef, onion, tomatoes or any other ingredients that strike your fancy. Quesadillas are perfect for lunch, dinner or an after-school snack.
Handed down from generation to generation, this Greek family recipe is home cooking at its finest. This dish is not only easy to make, but is sure to please everyone at the table with its hearty meat sauce and distinct egg flavoring. Spaghetti-in-the-oven can almost be a meal in and of itself. Just serve this alongside a crisp Caesar salad and you'll have a dinner (not to mention leftovers) fit for the Greek gods themselves.
Picadillo (pronounced pee-kah-dee-yoh) is a Cuban dish enjoyed throughout Latin America. This dish is economical to make, easy to prepare and oh-so-good to eat! Picadillo involves three major components, which are prepared separately and then combined: rice, beans and meat.
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