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History of The New Jersey Shores Food and Boardwalks

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Tastes of the Jersey Shore

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By: Tom Wilk
From saltwater taffy to seafood dinners, the Jersey Shore has always offered vacationers plenty of options to satisfy any appetite. Author Karen L. Schnitzspahn takes a look at the foods that lined the boardwalks and filled the dinner plates at Shore restaurants in “Jersey Shore Food History: Victorian Feasts to Boardwalk Treats” (American Palate/The History Press; 2012).

“Food is a big part of the Shore culture,” she says, in explaining the inspiration for the book. A New Jersey native who lives in Little Silver, Schnitzspahn fondly recalls visiting her grandparents in Margate in the 1950s.

“I remember going to Hackney’s and ordering lobster as a child. I thought it was the greatest thing in the world,” she says. The Atlantic City restaurant accommodated up to 3,200 patrons and featured waitresses in lobster costumes at the Miss America parade and in promotional materials to highlight its signature dish.

Schnitzspahn shows how Shore cuisine has evolved from the 19th century to the present. An 1850 breakfast menu from Congress Hall in Cape May offers standard fare, such as scrambled eggs and fried potatoes. However, the first four items listed are unlikely to grace most breakfast tables today: beef steaks, mutton chops, fresh fish and tripe. “I think that was the European influence,” she says, as the breakfast offerings also included kidneys, liver and clam fritters.

Other popular dishes fell out of favor with the passage of time. Celia Brown’s, a Belmar drive-in, offered a pineapple with cream cheese sandwich for 20 cents in the mid-1930s. And restaurants were not above adding a side of hyperbole to their meals. “We make the best Chocolate Ice Cream Soda in the World or any other place,” Celia Brown’s menu proclaimed.

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Schnitzspahn offers short profiles of Shore institutions, including Kohr Brothers ice cream, Max’s Famous Hot Dogs in Long Branch and the Knife and Fork Inn in Atlantic City. Interspersed through the book are 90 photographs and illustrations. Some demonstrate the visual element in marketing food and drink.

After the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Atlantic City celebrated the occasion with a merry-go-round bar that made it stand out from other watering holes. The WindMill restaurant in Long Branch remains a landmark that creates a lasting impression with its white vanes.

To give readers the opportunity to sample Shore cuisine through the ages, Schnitzspahn has reprinted more than 20 recipes. They range from an 1873 recipe for mock turtle soup served at the West End Hotel in Long Branch to a recipe for funnel cake, the popular boardwalk snack.

“I like to eat, but I don’t consider myself a foodie,” says Schnitzspahn, who tried out some of the recipes with her two grandchildren, including one for blancmange from the 19th century.

Today, she sees the Shore adapting to keep up with culinary trends, such as the farm-to-table movement and the growing demand for organic food. “There are now more vegetarian options and vegan restaurants,” she says.

Schnitzspahn believes Shore restaurants can handle all tastes. “There’s something for everybody, whether you want to hold a meal in your hand or sit down to a spectacular five-course dinner.”

View A Slide Show of 1900s New Jersey photos here.

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History of the New Jersey Board Walk

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Nothing is more New Jersey than its boardwalks. Hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents enjoy the unique entertainment that these iconic wooden pathways provide along the Jersey Shore.

Many towns along the state’s 130 miles of ocean coastline boast a boardwalk and each one has its own individuality. Family-friendly, bustling, romantic or sophisticated, Jersey Shore boardwalk towns have dozens of distinct styles that appeal to all ages.

The boardwalk as we know it today – a raised promenade of plank boards straddling the sandy coastline – first appeared in Atlantic City in 1870, making it the world’s first. Today, it’s also the world’s longest.

Its initial purpose was pragmatic, intending to minimize the amount of sand trafficked into seaside hotels and train cars, but it wasn’t long before the boardwalk was inserted into the public consciousness as a symbol of good times and easy living.

New Jersey boardwalks are very distinctive. Writer Jeff Schlegel put it best in an article in the Washington Post, when he stated candidly, “With all due respect to Coney Island and Virginia Beach, no place in the country matches the breadth and depth of boardwalk culture found along the Jersey Shore.”

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In addition to Atlantic City, Jersey Shore boardwalks offer something for everyone. The mile long boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach is a super family-friendly promenade with tons of rides and arcades for kids, a wide beach, restaurants, bars and even an aquarium.

To the south of Point Pleasant Beach is the Seaside Heights boardwalk that features the Casino and Funtown piers amusement parks. The mile long boardwalk is action-packed and one of the most popular and most visited in the state and is a magnet for young people. It’s full of game stands, rides, arcades and even a waterpark.

Near the southern most tip of New Jersey Wildwood has a total of five amusement piers, dozens of carnival games, souvenir shops, food stands, waterparks and world-class roller coasters. This bustling boardwalk draws tons of visitors to enjoy all the amusements, the expansive beach and the many special events.

For those seeking a quieter setting Spring Lake offers residents and vacationers alike an unhurried and peaceful atmosphere that has made the town a highly-desirable destination at the Jersey Shore for more than 100 years. Along with its uncluttered beach, the two-mile long boardwalk is the longest non-commercial boardwalk in New Jersey and provides a unique atmosphere for all visitors.

So, when in New Jersey, don’t miss out on the unforgettable experience of visiting our state’s boardwalks.

Compiled By: Josh Martin

Sources:
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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in History, Music Video, Uncategorized, Video Blog

 

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Grilled Salmon on Cedar Planks in 5 Simple Steps

Too many people pack up their grills for the winter after Labor Day. Unless it’s snowing you should grill well into fall and early winter. Perhaps you’ve gotten sick of burgers, steaks, and hot dogs. Let’s try something a little more challenging; I hope you enjoy my “Cedar Planked Salmon”.

Ingredients:
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2 cedar planks

Rub Ingredients (optional):
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 garlic powder
1 teaspoon orange peel
1 teaspoon lime flavor,
1 teaspoon chili powder

Directions:

1) Soak your cedar planks in water for at least on hour before cooking. (You can use your own cedar planks,but I recommend using food safe cedar such as, fire and flavor)

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2) Mix all or the rub ingredient together in a small bowl. Generously pour the spice mixture in a line down the center of the filet. Rub the mixture in to the filet thoroughly.

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3) Heat your grill to 350°F. Add the soaked planks to grill. Close the cover and heat for at least 3 minutes. (don’t heat them longer than 5 minutes or it will prematurely char)

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4) Flip the cedar planks and add your salmon to the heated side of the plank. Next close the lid for 12-15 minutes.

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Note: you can also grill asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, etc. on your cedar planks

5) Serve and enjoy!
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By: Josh Martin

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in American Food, recipes

 

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Benedictine, a short history and the original recipe.

History:

temp[Benedictine or Benedictine Spread is a condiment made with cucumbers, onions and cream cheese. It is used to make cucumber sandwiches and was invented around the turn of the 20th century by Jennie Carter Benedict, a caterer and restaurateur in Louisville, Kentucky. Benedict opened her restaurant in 1893. It was there that she invented and originally served benedictine. Originally used for sandwiches, benedictine has in recent years been used as a dip for chips and filling for potatoes.

“Louisvillians quiz guests and younger family members on the origin of Benedictine. The famous cucumber spread was, of course, created by one of our city’s most famous residents, Jennie C. Benedict. Setting the highest of culinary standards, “Miss Jennie” was also a successful businesswoman, a writer who for a time served as editor of The Courier-Journal’s Household section, and an important community volunteer.

The University Press of Kentucky has republished Jennie Benedict’s The Blue Ribbon Cook Book, from the fourth edition, 1922.” Susan Reigler, former restaurant critic and travel editor of The C-J, has written the Introduction, and for the first time the recipe for Benedictine Spread is published. The wonder is that it was never included in the other five editions, or in Benedict’s autobiography. Maybe she considered her recipe as secret as Colonel Sanders did his herbs and spices for chicken.

Reigler writes lovingly of her own youth when young ladies wore white gloves and munched cream cheese-and-nut sandwiches, based on Benedict’s concoction, in the restaurant of the old Stewart’s Dry Goods department store. She recounts the influence of recipes on today’s restaurants and home cooks as well.

A close variation of Miss Jennie’s “Stuffed Eggplant” has been on the menu of Simpsonville’s Old Stone Inn for many years. Louisville’s Kathy Cary at Lilly’s serves her own version of Benedictine, as do Chef Matt Weber at the Uptown Café, and Ouita Michel at Holly Hill Inn in Midway. Holly Hill’s sous-chef, Lisa Laufer, supplies her recipe for this book.

Reigler gives an interesting picture of the woman who, in 1893, started a catering business from her home. Benedict soon began defining Louisville’s tastes as she catered parties and weddings of its most prominent citizens and fed the middle class in her tearooms.

Miss Jennie’s menus became musts for Derby Day celebrations. Through the decades her cookbook remains popular. Reigler says, “I had many, many calls from readers trying to locate a copy. …”

The Blue Ribbon Cook Book contains a Glossary that is a cooking lesson in itself. The large sections on “Entrees” and “Desserts” are complemented by interesting advice in “Sick Room Cookery,” and practical kitchen tricks.

Probably the most intriguing recipe of all is that which keeps Miss Jennie’s name on Louisville lips. Here is the version supplied by cookbook author and former Courier-Journal food editor Ronni Lundy. It is the one that Jennie C. Benedict would most likely have included in her book:

Benedictine spread

· 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
· 3 tablespoons cucumber juice
· 1 tablespoon onion juice
· 1 teaspoon salt
· a few grains of cayenne pepper
· 2 drops green food coloring

To get the juice, peel and grate a cucumber, then wrap in a clean dish towel and squeeze juice into a dish. Discard pulp. Do the same for the onion. Mix all ingredients with a fork until well blended. Using a blender will make the spread too runny.”

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(Above) The interior of Jennie Benedict’s restaurant at 554 S. Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. The establishment opened in 1900 and was sold in 1925 for $50,000. Benedict was trained in New York by Fanny Farmer.

Weekend Edition Saturday Transcript:

temp[Cream cheese, cucumber juice and a touch of onion. That may sound like an unlikely combination, but Benedictine is a Kentucky favorite. Gwynne Potts, a self-proclaimed aficionado, says it’s delicious.

“The best thing to eat Benedictine on is just white bread,” Potts says. “No special bread; it only takes away from the Benedictine.”

Potts, who grew up in Louisville, Ky., has been enjoying the creamy combo for six decades. And for the first 18 years of her life, she says, Benedictine was like ketchup. She assumed it was eaten everywhere until, as a college student, she took a spring break trip to Florida.

“We couldn’t imagine having lunch without Benedictine,” Potts says. “We went from store to store, saying, ‘Where’s your Benedictine?’ And they just looked at us. It was the first time I realized the whole world didn’t know about Benedictine.”

Years later, that’s still pretty much the case. But this creamy, cool cucumber spread has persisted in Kentucky ever since Jennie Benedict, a famous Louisville caterer, invented it around the turn of the 20th century.

Benedict opened a tearoom on downtown Louisville’s South Fourth Street in 1911. Back then, that was the city’s bustling commercial center, packed with stores, cafes, theaters and hotels. Today, it’s a few boutiques and several wig shops.

Susan Reigler, a former restaurant critic for Louisville’s newspaper, The Courier-Journal, wrote the introduction to the re-release of Benedict’s Blue Ribbon Cook Book in 2008. Reigler says Benedict’s role in the city’s culinary history was huge and that the roots of many of the city’s flavors can be traced back to her recipes.

Of course, some of Benedict’s concoctions have fallen out of favor — like calf brains and peptonized oysters for the sick. But Reigler says Benedictine has endured.

“I think it’s just very different. It’s very refreshing. It’s a light spread,” she says. “What could be more light and delicate than cucumber juice?”

temp[One source of contention among Louisville chefs is whether to include the two drops of green food coloring that Benedict used in her recipe. The dye lets people know that it’s not just a plain cream cheese spread, but the practice is no longer popular with chefs like Kathy Cary, who prefer more natural ingredients. Cary has owned Lilly’s, a restaurant that specializes in Kentucky cuisine, for the past 25 years. For her, the dish is truly a way to showcase both local cucumbers and local traditions.

“Mine is really about … celebrating the cucumbers,” Cary says. “Obviously, no dye, no food coloring. And it’s filled with texture, and sort of the crunch of the cucumbers.”

Some cooks serve Benedictine as a dip, others as tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off. But Cary usually puts hers into a hearty sandwich with homemade mayonnaise, bacon, bibb lettuce and sprouts.

However you serve it, Benedictine is best accompanied with another Kentucky signature: bourbon.

Sources: Wikipedia, NRP.org, The Courier Journal
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Grandmothers Homemade Hamburgers / Cheeseburgers

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Ingredients:
2lbs Ground beef
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon salt or Tony Cacheres Creole Seasoning
4 tablespoons colgin Liquid Smoke
5 tablespoons Lea & Perkins Worcestershire sauce
2 Packages of hamburger buns
1 Package of Velveeta cheese or thinly sliced cheddar cheese (optional)
2-3 Tomatoes (optional)
1-2 large white onions (optional)

Directions:

1) Combine ground beef, eggs, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, Garlic powder, salt (or Tony Cacheres Creole Seasoning), Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke in a large mixing bowl.

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2) Mix ingredients, by hand; until all of the are ingredients mixed evenly.

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3) Form the meat into 3-4″ patties, by slapping it between your hands.

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4) Once all of your patties are made. Place them closely on to a grill or frying pan, on medium heat. Make sure to flip your patties often and try to lift them with the grill marks grain.

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5) Once the patties show grill marks, are golden brown, and have no more pink meat in the center; you are ready to serve up!
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6) Server with you favorite toppings and Barbecue sides. Personally I like corn on the cob with cold pasta salad as my sides.
20130601-181923.jpgBy: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2013 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Easy Home Made Chicken Pesto

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Ingredients:


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese (or grated Parmesan)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine walnuts
3 tablespoons minced garlic cloves
2 Chicken Breasts
1 13oz package of pasta
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
A handful of spinach leaves

Directions:

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1) Combine spinach and basil with walnuts nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

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2) Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Now put the sauce mixture aside.

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3) Place chicken breasts in a large pot. Pour 2-3 cups of water onto the chicken, until it is submerged. Bring the water to a boil, then turn down the heat to medium.

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4) Once the pot has simmered for 10 minutes, strain off any fat that has rose to the top.

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5) After the chicken is white and floating, place the chicken on a cutting board to cool(always make sure your meat is properly cooked). Bring the water you boiled the chicken in back to a boil.

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6) Begin to boil your pasta. Now that the chicken has cooled some, you can start cutting the chicken breasts into strips.

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7) Once your pasta is tender and strained of water, combine sauce mixture, chicken, and pasta in your large pot. Stir the ingredients together thoroughly.

20130222-125327.jpg8) Server with bread and salad, enjoy!
By: Josh Martin

 

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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Italian Food, recipes, Recipies, Uncategorized

 

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Bold Smothered Pork Chops

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pork chops, 3/4-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 can french onion soup
  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Directions:

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1) Put the flour in a shallow platter and add the onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper; mix with a fork to distribute evenly.
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2) Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels to remove any moisture and then dredge them in the seasoned flour; shaking off the excess.
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3) Heat a large saute pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is nice and hot, lay the pork chops in the pan in a single layer and fry for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
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4) Remove the pork chops from the pan and add the rest of the seasoned flour to the pan drippings. Mix the flour into the fat to dissolve and then pour in the French onion soup in. Fill the empty can with water and add to the mixture. Stir to make a creamy gravy and return the pork chops to the pan, covering them with the sauce. Simmer for 5 minutes until the pork is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped parsley before serving. Pour excess sauce over you pork chops.

(typically I serve this with broccoli and Au Gratin)

Enjoy!
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By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Homemade Candied Yams (Sweet Potatoes)

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Ingredients:

1 large sweet potato (yam)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions:

1) Dice sweet potato into medium sized chunks
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2) Place diced sweet potato into a medium sauce pan. Cover the sweet potato with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes.
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3) Remove the sweet potato from the water once it is tender, but still mildly crunchy. Combine sweet potato, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, olive oil and water in a medium sized skillet. Stir and sauté for about 10 minutes on medium-low heat.
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4) Enjoy, once the sugar has caramelized into a thick black sauce and the potato is tender.20121213-122256.jpg
By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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The Perfect Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 butternut squash
2 heaping tablespoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a large serrated bread knife, cut the squash in two. You can use a sawing motion, sea-saw motion, or both to cut clean through.

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2) Use a spoon to remove the seeds. Scrape the the inside until you no longer see “strings”.

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3) Place 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon brown sugar into each half. Rub the spice mixture onto all of the orange portion of the squash. By the time you are through the spices should look like a brown paste.

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4) Place butter inside each half

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5) Cover tightly with tin foil, bake for 50 minutes.
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20121120-211016.jpgBy: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Smokey and Savory Green Bean Casserole

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Ingredients:

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup mix
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons liquid smoke
1 tabkespoon ground black pepper
4 cups cut green beans
1 1/3 cups fried onions

Directions:

1) Remove any stems from the green beans and break them in half. Place the beans in a steamer for 30 minutes.
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2) Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir the soup, milk, Liquid smoke, black pepper, steamed beans and 1 cup fried onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
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3) Once mixed sprinkle the remaining fried onion over the top.
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4) Tightly covered with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling.
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By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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History of Pumpkin Pie and Old World Recipes – Video Blog


Video Produced By: History Channel

History of Pumpkin Pie Recipes:

The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” The English termed it “pumpion” or “pompion.”
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1621 – Early American settlers of Plimoth Plantation (1620-1692), the first permanent European settlement in southern New England, might have made pumpkin pies (of sorts) by making stewed pumpkins or by filling a hollowed out shell with milk, honey and spices, and then baking it in hot ashes. An actual present-day pumpkin pie with crust is a myth, as ovens to bake pies were not available in the colony at that stage.

Northeastern Native American tribes grew squash and pumpkins. They roasted or boiled them for eating. Historians think that the settlers were not very impressed by the Indians’ squash and/or pumpkins until they had to survive their first harsh winter when about half of the settlers died from scurvy and exposure. The Native Americans brought pumpkins as gifts to the first settlers, and taught them the many used for the pumpkin. This is what developed into pumpkin pie about 50 years after the first Thanksgiving in America.

The early settlers of Plimoth Plantation brought English cookery and possibly some English cookbooks with them to the new world. The present day historians of Plimoth Plantation don’t really know what cookbooks, if any, were owned by the 17th century settlers.

1651 – Francois Pierre la Varenne, the famous French chef and author of one of the most important French cookbooks of the 17th century, wrote a cookbook called Le Vrai Cuisinier Francois (The True French Cook). It was translated and published in England as The French Cook in 1653. It has a recipe for a pumpkin pie that included the pastry:

Tourte of pumpkin – Boile it with good milk, pass it through a straining pan very thick, and mix it with sugar, butter, a little salt and if you will, a few stamped almonds; let all be very thin. Put it in your sheet of paste; bake it. After it is baked, besprinkle it with sugar and serve.

1670s – By the 1670’s, recipes for a sort of “pumpion pie” were appearing in such English cookbooks as the The Queen-like closet, or rich cabinet stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying and cookery by Hannah Wooley and The Compleat Cook – Expertly Prescribing the Most Ready Wayes, Whether Italian, Spanish or French, for Dressing of Flesh and Fish, Ordering Of Sauces or Making of Pastry by W.M. NOTE: Thanks to librarian JK Holloway for her assistance.

1670 – The Queen-like Closet by Hannah Wooley:

To make a Pumpion-Pie – Take a Pumpion, pare it, and cut it in thin slices, dip it in beaten Eggs and Herbs shred small, and fry it till it be enough, then lay it into a Pie with Butter, Raisins, Currans, Su|gar and Sack, and in the bottom some sharp Apples, when it is baked, butter it and serve it in.

1671 – The Compleat Cook by W.M:

Pumpion Pie – Take about halfe a pound of Pumpion and slice it, a handfull of Tyme, a little Rosemary, Parsley and sweet Marjoram slipped off the stalks, and chop them smal, then take Cinamon, Nutmeg, Pepper, and six Cloves, and beat them; take ten Eggs and beat them; then mix them, and beat them altogether, and put in as much Sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froiz; after it is fryed, let it stand till it be cold, then fill your Pye, take sliced Apples thinne round wayes, and lay a row of the Froiz, and a layer of Apples with Currans betwixt the layer while your Pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet butter before you close it; when the Pye is baked, take six yolks of Eggs, some white-wine or Verjuyce, & make a Caudle of this, but not too thick; cut up the Lid and put it in, stir them well together whilst the Eggs and Pumpions be not perceived, and so serve it up.

1796 – It was not until 1796 that a truly American cookbook, American cookery, by an American orphan by Amelia Simmons, was published. It was the first American cookbook written and published in America, and the first cook book that developed recipes for foods native to America. Her pumpkin puddings were baked in a crust and similar to present day pumpkin pies:

Pompkin Pudding No. 1. One quart stewed and strained, 3 pints cream, 9 beaten eggs, sugar, mace, nutmeg and ginger, laid into paste No. 7 or 3, and with a dough spur, cross and chequer it, and baked in dishes three quarters of an hour.

Pompkin Pudding No. 2. One quart of milk, 1 pint pompkin, 4 eggs, molasses, allspice and ginger in a crust, bake 1 hour.

Source: What’s Cooking America
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A Quick and Simple Chicken Carbonara Pasta

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Ingredients:
2 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups grated parmesan cheese
1 large onion
1/2 sprig fresh cilantro
3 chicken breasts
6 slices bacon
2 tablespoons olive oil
16 oz penne pasta

Directions:

1) Simmer the chicken breast in water until it is white, all the way through.
(20-30 minutes). Cook the bacon on medium heat. Once the bacon is no longer rubbery, set it aside while the chicken finishes.

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2) Slice the chicken / chop the cilantro, onion, and bacon.

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3) Pour olive oil into a medium sauce pan. Place garlic, onions, and cilantro in the sauce pan and sauté on medium heat for 4-5 minutes
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4) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil (you can use the same water and pot from the chicken). Add about 16 ounces of penne pasta and turn down to medium heat.

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5) While the pasta cooks, add heavy whipping cream, Parmesan cheese, bacon, and chicken to the sauce pan. Cook on medium-low heat until the cheese melts into the cream. Stir frequently.
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6) Once the pasta is tender, drain the pasta and mix your sauce thoroughly in the pasta pot and serve.

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By: Josh Martin
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Slow Cooked Pork Chops in a Mushroom Sauce

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This recipe my take 8 hours, but it’s well worth it. It’s also extremely quick to prepare. The best circumstance to make this is early in the morning before work.

Ingredients:
4-5 medium pork chops
8 oz chopped mushrooms
1/2 chopped white onion
1 cup white rice
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons ground pepper
1 26 oz can of cream of mushroom soup

Directions:

1) Lightly spread olive oil on the bottom of your crock pot. Place pork chops in a layer, lining the bottom of the crock pot. Sprinkle ground pepper and garlic over the pork chops.
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2) Place onion and mushrooms over the pork chops
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3) Cover the mushrooms and onions with cream of mushroom soup. Make sure to distribute it evenly.
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4) Cook on low heat for 8 hours.

5) Bring 2 cups or water to a boil. Add rice and simmer until all of the water is absorbed (about 5 minutes) Place pork chops on a bed of rice. Pour remaining sauce onto the rice and pork chops.

Enjoy
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By: Josh Martin
AllStarWine.com

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Homemade Pumpkin Pie from Jacko Lantern Innards

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A few years ago when I carved a jacko-lantern, I couldn’t help but think about all the wasted food. So, I developed a method to remove the pumpkin meat without baking the pumpkin, making it impossible to use it as a jacko-lantern. I use the pumpkin innards to make several things, but my favorite is a pumpkin pie. Once you try this recipe, you will never want canned pumpkin pie again.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon*
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
9-inch pie crust, unbaked

*ingredients can be substituted for 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

Directions:

1) Use a sharp knife to carefully pierce the top of your pumpkin. Remove the knife and insert a pumpkin knife into the slot. Cut a circular opening around the stem.20121030-195602.jpg
2) Remove the top. Use a strong metal spoon to remove the seeds and strings. (Put the seeds aside if you plan to make roasted pumpkin seeds).
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3) Use the same spoon to vigorously scape the pumpkin meat. Set aside the pumpkin meat in a medium bowl. The more you scrape from the inside, the more purée you’ll have and the more your jacko-lantern will glow.
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4) Steam the pumpkin meat for 30 minutes.
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5) Blend the pumpkin meat in a blender or food processor, until it is practically liquefied. (If you have extra it will keep in the freezer for about six months).
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6) Preheat oven to 425°. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie pastry, homemade or purchased.
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7) In mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Add eggs; mix until well blended. Add evaporated milk, water and vanilla; mix until smooth and well blended. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into the prepared pastry lined pie plate.
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8) Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake for about 25-30 minutes longer, until the pumpkin filling is set.

(Feel free to Facebook or tweet me for instruction how to make the Toy Story pumpkin below)

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By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Holiday Articles, recipes, Recipies

 

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Grandmothers Homemade Meatloaf

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Ingredients:

1 egg
1 bottle of chili sauce
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 lbs ground beef
1 tablespoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon creole seasoning (Optional)
1/2 tablespoon parsley
1/2 tablespoon paprika

Directions:
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1) Preheat oven to 350. Combine egg, breadcrumbs, ground pepper, creole seasoning, parsley, peaprika, and ground beef in a medium mixing bowl. Mix ingredients by hand (Actually use your hands). Mix until you can no longer find pockets of breadcrumbs or spice.
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2) Place to meet into a well greased 5 x 9 glass pan. Flatten the beef into the pan then, make a 1 inch deep reservoir in the center of the meatloaf.
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3) Pour entire bottle of chili sauce, into the reservoir.
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4) Cover meatloaf with tinfoil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Typically I serve meatloaf with corn and mashed potatoes.
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Note: for an old world taste add 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce to your meat mixture.
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By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in recipes, Recipies

 

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Zesty Shrimp Alfredo in 30 Minutes

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Ingredients:

12 ounces whole grain penne pasta
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
8 oz mushrooms, diced
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 (15-16 ounce) jar of Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup fresh spinach
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

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1) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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2)Meanwhile, melt butter together with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, and cook until softened and translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in green pepper, spinach, and mushrooms; cook over medium-high heat until soft, about 2 minutes more.

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3) Stir in the shrimp, and cook until firm and pink, then pour in Alfredo sauce, Parmesan, cheese, and cream; bring to a simmer stirring constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste. Stir drained pasta into the sauce, and serve with bread and salad.

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By: Josh Martin

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Recipies

 

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