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How They Did It: The First Thanksgiving

In reality we know very little about the first ‘Thanksgiving’ (some even claim the first thanksgiving feast was actually in St Augustine). But even so there is little doubt that the first feast had little in common what we In America consider a ‘traditional’ Thanksgiving.
There are only two accounts of what actually happened at the ‘first’ Thanksgiving, the most detailed coming from Mourt’s Relation, a first hand account of the Pilgrim’s experience.
“our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a …

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Well you know us, we make fun of everything and its hard not to resist poking fun at the obvious. But of course the sobering reality is that many of us struggle with our weight and having a higher awareness and interest in the culinary arts can make ‘watching your weight’ a lot more challenging. It’s one thing to like to eat, but its made even more difficult by the ability and the PASSION for creating the best possible food we can. If we’re trying to lose weight many …

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Some of the best recipes and food related stories come from the local news. While we don’t know exactly where YOU live, here are a few local stories from across the world that caught our eye last week.

From Indiana, Pennsylvania the recipes of the finalists in their Potluck recipe contest. Also other entries the judges enjoyed.
A few cornbread recipes from Knoxville
An article on Great British Puddings in the Daily Telegraph (UK). Also Waitrose, a supermarket chain starts carrying Ostrich eggs.
From Hilton Head Island/Bluffton, South Carolina Justin Paprocki tells us …

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63% of you prefer Bobby Flay?
If you’ve read KW for any length of time you know we’re very cynical about . . . well most things really. So generally speaking when companies conduct their own consumer surveys (95% polled love Kitchen Warfare, 3% can’t read, 4% can’t count) we tend to take them with a grain of salt. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to read and ponder.
So up for roasting today is the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s (HPBA) national consumer poll on backyard barbecuing. After all …

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Some of the best recipes and food related stories come from the local news. While we don’t know exactly where YOU live, here are a few local stories from across the world that caught our eye last week.

In Storm Lake, Iowa, Pilot-Tribune Editor Dana Larsen compares fast food to ‘grocery food’ by eating nothing but for two weeks (each).

In the Rapid City Journal (South Dakota), Tanya Manus claims that beets are one secret to a moist and delicious chocolate cake and she backs it up with a easy recipe.

In …

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Maybe, maybe not.
In an article appearing in today’s Belfast Telegraph journalist Michael Booth warns us not to follow recipes or listen to celebrity chefs.
His assertion is that “recipes don’t work”. His credentials? A year of cooking school. What’s he selling? A book that has recipes in it.
By his own admission before Michael went to cooking school his food was terrible, his soufflés imploded, his sauces tasted like creosote. Why? Well he blames the recipes and the chefs that wrote them.
Sigh . . .
This is a lot like blaming the instructions …

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Two Christmas ‘standards’ we’ve tried.
Chestnuts Roasted On An Open Fire Oven
I have to admit I approached the chestnuts project with great anticipation. I love the concept of the ‘old fashioned not quite so glitzy’ Christmas and roasted chestnuts sounded like something right out of Dickens. As it turned out tho this was a huge waste of time. I roasted them in a oven and I thought they were quite tasty. However we served them at a party of about 30 people and almost no one was interested in trying …

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I was curious if being familiar with the keys you might know about a place we got stuffed cuban bread from when I was very young…maybe about 1974-1976? It was filled with some kind of a ground beef mixture that was out of this world, the place was very small and had maybe two booths. I wish I had the name of it. I have looked for recipes, tried to recreate it myself in vain, any pointers?
Hi Francie,
I’ve not spent a lot of time in the Keys (Cedar Key is …

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Kitchen Warfare’s Cuban Bread (Tampa Style)

Background
I am addicted to Cuban bread. Blame that on the fact that I was born, raised and lived in Tampa, FL for 40 years. My grandfather’s house was in old Ybor City on 26th Ave, just down from Tampa’s premier Cuban bread producer, La Segunda Central Bakery and as a product of Latin heritage I was raised on a steady diet of Tampa style Cuban and Spanish food. But a few years back a professional opportunity took me from the Sunshine State to hill country. Now there is some …

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Ever since Iron Chef of Japan became a cult classic U.S. television has been experimenting with cooking contests (including Food Network’s excellent American version of Iron Chef itself). From cakes to risotto we all want to know whose ‘cuisine reigns supreme’.
Allez Cuisine!
Two of the most popular are ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ which has even made it into the primetime lineup on a decent network Fox and The Next Food Network Star which is Food Networks effort to get into the American Idol business of validating your talent’s popularity before engineering their …