It's time to get focused and stay warm. It's time to read a book, curl up on your couch and drink soothing tea. It's time to think deeply. That's why jazz music is the perfect soundtrack for fall.
After a devastatingly close season last year, Blair's varsity softball team hopes to rebound and take States, a goal Coach Lewis Hoelman believes is realistic.
On May 5, 1862 Mexican General Ignacion Zaragoze poured his heart out and secured a Mexican victory over the French. And what better way to celebrate the general's accomplishment (and satisfy your rumbling stomach) than with some authentic Mexican quesadillas? So grab a tortilla, cheese, salsa and vegetables and hit the stovetop to create a dish filled with the sweet taste of victory!
Once all the eggs have been hidden and found, children and adults alike will be looking forward to feasting with family and friends. While adults find ways to avoid all the sugary treats, kids will seek some sugar to stay hyper and happy. Raw candy may be easier to prepare, but the customized presentation of a bunny-like desserts will delight those who want something new. All the leftover Easter candy needs to go somewhere - get some brownie points for doing it right!
With Halloween long over, Purim offers another chance to dress up, eat sweets and celebrate. The Jewish holiday, celebrated this year on March 21, honors Queen Esther, who stood up to the evil Haman when he made plans to annihilate the Jewish people. Similar to the largely celebrated Halloween, kids dress up as the main characters of the story and act out modern interpretations, including making loud noises to block out Haman's name. To add to the festivities, triangular Hamantaschens, resembling Haman's hat, are eaten. These easy desserts can be made in any flavor of filling, to satisfy even the pickiest taste buds.
The Irish may not be known for being the world's best chefs, but they sure do have some recipes that are appetizing and easy to make. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, use this guide to Irish foods for a tasty meal to share with friends.
Whether trying to impress a special someone or enjoying the holiday with friends, a delicious dessert can only improve the celebration. Simple to make but nice to look at, this cake will have everyone impressed. The cake can be homemade by the daring or made from a mix by the less culinary talented. Chocolate or vanilla, the cake is so scrumptious and full of love that it is sure to earn the chef many hugs and kisses!
While Washington's beloved Redskins are once again not in the Super Bowl, plenty of Blazers will be celebrating the annual occasion. Whether you're in it for the football game, the half-time show or the costly commercials, you're going to need some refreshment to keep you going through the night. Forget the Patriots and the Giants, these mouth-watering goodies that will make Rachel Ray jealous are the real winners.
Many feel the depressing crunch of winter blues when cold weather doesn't give way to snow. But the icy conditions and chill can be subdued with the right food. Eggnog, spiced cider and peppermint hot chocolate are all simple drinks that will warm taste buds and send a hopeful message to the rest of the body that winter break will eventually arrive.
As the winter winds chill through winter coats, retreat to the warmth and comfort of your favorite holiday-friends: gingerbread folk! Not only will they fill the entire house with a festive cinnamon scent but they will also warm stomachs and melt hearts with their little raisin-eyes. These fun treats bring a little more spice to family and friends during the holiday season, whether they're in your cookie-jar or hanging from the Christmas tree!
Boo! It's that time of year again. Pumpkins are carved, costumes crafted and now all that's left is food. Halloween allows cooks to get creative, experimenting with foods to make them look cute, creepy or downright disgusting. Now you can be creative too by making these dishes to dazzle or haunt your friends.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, requires Muslims to fast every day from sunrise to sunset as a way to gain self-discipline, self-cleansing and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. But after 12 grueling hours of fasting, it is Muslim tradition to be surrounded by loved ones and count down to sundown, when one can finally fill up with a delicious meal. Some popular dishes made during this holy month include "cholay or chana," fried chickpeas usually served within South Asian families; Qatayef, or Arab pancakes, a dessert from the Middle East that is usually filled with nuts or sweet cheese; and Haleem, a thick lentil and meat soup enjoyed in both the Middle East and South Asia.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important holidays in many Asian countries. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month on the Chinese lunar calendar, typically falling between mid-September and mid-October on the western calendar. Originating from the legend of the moon goddess, the festival is a special time when family members come together to gaze at the full moon, put up lanterns and, most importantly, eat moon cake. Moon cake is served with a variety of fillings ranging from the popular and traditional red bean and lotus seed pastes to the more exotic and bizarre durian paste and tiramisu. Homemade moon cakes add an extra dimension to any Mid-Autumn Festival celebration.
According to Chinese folklore, a goddess named Chang'e is banished to earth from the heavens. In an effort to regain her immortality, Chang'e takes the immortality pills and is forever separated from her friends and family. On Sept. 25, the day of the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese will celebrate Chang'e's reunion with her loved ones. As a part of the celebration, the Chinese will enjoy various foods, including longevity noodles, which represent the hope for eternal gathering with family.
As the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, fast approaches, it is important to find delicious dishes to start the year off right. Tradition often dictates the recipes that appear on the holiday dinner table. Sweet foods like noodle kugel are used to symbolize a sweet new year and apple cake's round shape represents the year circling to a close but never ending. Try these easy recipes to ring in the year 5768.
Winter has arrived, and with it comes the holiday season. Whether you're trying to warm up after a snowball fight or throwing a party to celebrate the holidays, you can use these hot and cold drinks that could make even Scrooge happy.
Thanksgiving is like a marathon. Holiday revelers must endure tons of delicious food and the eccentric relatives that seem to appear ever holiday without fail. Then there is the main event, Thanksgiving dinner. After hours of slaving over a hot oven, or watching oversized cartoon characters float over Manhattan, the participants gather around a sagging dining room table and dive headfirst into the seemingly endless dishes of turkey, stuffing, casseroles and desserts. Soon enough dinner is over, the in-laws are passed out in the living room and only one question remains: What to do with the leftovers? Lucky for you, Silver Chips Online has some great suggestions to save those delicious dishes from their imminent fate of becoming mold-encrusted monstrosities.
Now that the Halloween festivities are over, some of you over-zealous decorators may find that you have a problem on your hands. You remember those 18 pumpkins you carved to look like the Adams Family? Yeah, well now they're just sitting there rotting on your doorstep. If you're looking for the tastiest possible way to get rid of some pumpkins, or just some great recipes to experiment with in the upcoming weeks before Thanksgiving, look no further. While it's probably not such a great idea to use pumpkins that have been sitting outside for anywhere from several days to several weeks, these recipes are still a great way to get rid of new pumpkins.
Halloween food fare tends to run a narrow range between Snickers bars and Skittles, but if you feel devishly daring this Halloween you might try this wickedly delicious pudding-based dish. Both creative and tasty, this is perfect for parties and can be made either in a casserole dish or parfait style in individual serving cups.
After carving a pumpkin to use as Halloween decoration, most people forget that a pumpkin can also be used as food. The seeds of a pumpkin, when cooked correctly can become a delicious autumn snack.
Caramel corn is a simple snack that is great for any Halloween party. The treat is easy to make and fun to nibble on. The snack is not only colorful but yummy and is a great addition to a table full of enticing food.
After coming home from a cold night of collecting delicious Halloween candy, trick-or-treaters of any age will enjoy this recipe which provides a new taste for old-fashioned cider.
There is something more to St. Patrick's Day than wearing green and pinching your friends for not wearing green: the cultural exchange through food. Though many associate the Irish with potatoes, many of their recipes are considered gourmet. These simple, traditional recipes are a great way to celebrate the culture of St. Patrick's Day without all the commercialism.
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