February 28 is National Chocolate Souffle Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Souffle:

  1. Supposedly, the first recipe for soufflé appeared in Vincent La Chapelle’s Le Cuisinier Moderne (1742).
  2. The word soufflé first appeared in English in Louis Ude’s The French Cook, 1813.
  3. By 1845 was so commonly accepted that in Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery (1845) a recipe for soufflé was included as just another recipe.
  4. Due to soufflés’ tendency to collapse quickly upon removal from the oven, the media frequently depicts the dessert in sitcoms, cartoons, children’s programs and movies as a source of humor.
  5. Another kind of dish entirely is soufflé potatoes, which are puffed-up sautéed potato slices, traditionally served with a chateaubriand steak.


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Today’s Food History

  • 1553 Michel de Montaigne was born. French essayist. There are a few of his quotes about food and dining listed on the Food Reference website. (“A man…

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Basic French Toast

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I have been known to spoil my kids with food. They all have exceptional palates. Many mornings, before school, I will fix them a hot breakfast. I also like to make a nice breakfast, on the weekends, when they have a sleepover with friends.

Everyone needs a basic go to French toast recipe. I add a little more vanilla and cinnamon than most recipes. If I’m out of cinnamon sometimes I will substitute pumpkin spice. I like to use Texas toast in my recipe because the thicker slice bread holds together better. Cook it on a slightly lower temperature and a little longer to firm up the bread. This keeps the toast from soggy in the middle.

(TIP: Be sure to butter your griddle or pan before each batch.)

I fix a whole loaf of bread when I make french toast. It freezes well and can be reheated in the toaster straight from the freezer. (To make a smaller quantity just cut the recipe in 1/3rds. See bottom of post for recipe.)

This recipes makes 15 slices of French Toast.

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February 27 is National Kahlua Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Kahlua:

  1. Kahlúa is the ‘original’ coffee liquor.  First produced in 1936 by Veracruz, Mexico native Pedro Domeca.
  2. The word Kah-lúa means “Heart of the Veracruz people”
  3. The ‘Black Russian’ the worlds most popular Kahlúa mixed drink,was first created in 1949.
  4. A 1 ounce serving of Kalúa contains 20% alcohol /42 proof, zero fat, 14 carbs, and 91 calories
  5. It takes 7 years to create each bottle of Kalúa, from harvest of the coffee beans, vanilla, and sugar cane to bottle.

Daily Quote:

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.” ~Frank Sinatra

also: National Strawberry Day


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Today’s Food History

  • 1827 The first Mardi Gras celebration was held in New Orleans.
  • 1879 Saccharin, an artificial sweetener, was discovered by Constantine Fahlberg and Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland…

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Spicy Taco Pie With a Tortilla Topping

Great dish for a Friday night. Sorry Catholics you can make this on Saturday. Oh for you Americans, mince is ground beef!!

One Pot Sausage, Mushroom and Mozzarella Pasta

This looks great. I will be giving this recipe a try.


One Pot Sausage, Mushroom and Mozzarella Pasta (2)

What could be better, on a weeknight after a long day at work, than a meal which essentially cooks itself? After some brief browning of sausage meat, all the effort this meal involves is throwing it (or placing gently, whichever suits) all in a pan, putting a lid on and returning 15 minutes later for a comforting, oozy pasta dish.

Today, the weather has been the sort that makes me crave pasta. Although it was a comparatively warm start, it was raining buckets and I arrived at work sodden after my miserable 25 minute walk. By the time I left work, the weather couldn’t have been more different (but not in a good way) – it was clear and bright but with an icy, biting wind. Brrr!

So this meal was just what was needed – easy, tasty and like a nice warm hug.

You could easily make this dish…

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White Chicken Chili for National Chili Day

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Today is National Chili Day. I love to make chili. I have been perfecting my Texas Meat gravy competition chili recipe for years: click for here for the recipe. Quinn’s Texas Chili “Meat Gravy”

Quinn's Texas Chili "Meat Gravy"
Quinn’s Texas Chili “Meat Gravy”

I am amazed how many different chili recipes are on the web. Texas Style no beans, with beans, white chili with ground turkey or chicken and types stews which are chili in name only.

I live near Cincinnati where chili means something totally different from the rest of the country.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon and Breadcrumbs

Main St. Cuisine

baked macaroni and cheeseIt’s Wednesday and the week has gotten away from me.

That seems to happen more at this time of year.  What do you think?  

I had something planned for Mondays on Main St. and that will have to wait until next week.

The combination of snow, snow days, and stuffy noses has taken its toll, but of course it will pass.  And, not soon enough.

Hopefully, we’ll all be feeling better tomorrow.

In the meantime, we are battening down the hatches for another storm here in the south.  This one looks to be bigger than the last, which makes for some definite news around these parts.

We took advantage of the fluffy snow and did a lot of this yesterday afternoon.

snow day

We headed over to this nearby hill and spent some time sledding. Next, it was a trip to the market for more supplies as we were preparing for another round of…

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February 25 is National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

I love chocolate covered peanuts. Especially double-dipped from Brachs Brand..

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Covered Peanuts:

  1. The original  chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
  2. Peanut M & M’s were not introduced until 1954. They were tan until 1960 when colors were first introduced.(yellow, green, & red)
  3. Rapper, Eminem’s original stage name was M & M, his name was eventually changed for obvious trademark issues.
  4. The initials M & M stand for the Forrest Mars from Mars Candies and Bruce Murrie from Hershey Chocolates.
  5. In 1976 red M & M’s were replaced with orange. The red dye(red #2) was ruled to be a potential carcinogen. Red did not return until 1987.

Daily Quote:

“M & M’s, the chocolates that melt in your mouth nor in your hand” first used in 1954

Extra:It is said that M & M’s…

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

20150224_114431March is only four days away and the temperature this morning was “-19°” here in Southwest Ohio. The local school district, in their infinite wisdom, decided not to close or delay the start of school today. This despite the fact they we were closed everyday last week, including Thursday and Friday, when the morning temperature was a balmy -12°.


Maybe it’s the State mandated testing that needs to be completed this week and next. Don’t misunderstand me, I do not agree with “cold days”. The kids should have gone to school last Thursday and Friday. Our school board needs to figure out which criteria constitutes when it is too cold to have school. If it was cold enough Friday not to have school, why did they play the varsity basketball game that night. Go Figure!!   We are raising a bunch of wimps. But I digress….


This weather is perfect for soups and stews. There are many versions of cheeseburger soup on the web. In my version I try to lighten the recipe a little by using Kraft 2% Velveeta cheese, fat-free half & half, 1% milk and low-fat sour cream.

I love this soup and so do my kids. I like to add all of the condiments you would add to a regular cheeseburger. It amazing how close it tastes to a good old fashion grilled cheeseburger. Summer can’t get here quick enough. 25 days until spring.

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mini potato skins

Looks like a great appetizer to make for the weekend.

cooking from the heart

mini potato skins

my own recipe


3 baking potatoes, sliced

3 tbsp olive oil (a little more based on how big your potatoes are)!

4 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled

8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

2 sprigs green onions, chopped

salt and pepper

sour cream for serving

preheat oven to 400 degrees. put potato slices in a gallon size zip lock bag with oil, salt, and pepper. seal the bag and shake until all potatoes are covered with oil.  place on a greased baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes until potatoes are cooked (but not mushy)!  meanwhile, cook bacon in skillet up super crispy for crumbled topping.  when potatoes are done, remove from oven and sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on each slice.  place back in oven for 5 minutes for cheese to melt.  remove and garnish with bacon, green onions, and sour cream if desired!  this was the perfect…

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