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Open NOW! Come share/taste/Vote for your favorite recipe, enter and you may win a prize!
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Native American Recipes
We will accept non-Native recipes as well!
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One thing we all have in common is FOOD! I love to cook as I am sure many of you do, so, if you have a favorite Native American recipe, or a non-Native American recipe that you'd like to share, we want to try it out! Okay ... get your aprons on, grab your spatulas, spoons, mixing bowls, pots and pans ... and get cooking!
If your recipe is Native American, let us know a bit about it: what tribe is it associated with, was it served for special occasions, things like that. If it is non-Native, we'd still like to here how it was your Auntie Bev's or Grampa Mike's or how it is special to you. If you know the country of origin, you can also include that.
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When Hannah asked me to help with this, I admit to being delighted. Cooking relaxes me,and helps me de-stress. I am not boasting here ...but my pie crust well, it does have that something special to it. I must however, give the praise to
my Grandma, who taught me all I know.
Most of us were taught at the hands of the older woman folk in our families. We're looking for memories happy, sad or frustrating—a little story to go along with your recipe.
What comes to my mind is— The M.I.L. Did you ever master one of her recipes for your significant other to say those magic words.
That was better than mom's or just like mom's. I doubt the first has ever been uttered.
Both men and woman love to cook, okay I will say it most of the best cooks in the world are men.
lets hear from you, The Alumni.. it's a fun challenge and we all cook!
Here's one of my memories... it seems to have matured with age—or I have!
Learning from my Grandma
Now, I did get bored very easily as I just wanted to make the pie crust and run but... No... it was art form... a coming of age, a passing down the generations.
Firstly, we made the butter, with heavy cream, salt, in a mason jar with two marbles. Basic, when you just need to run tothe store where its already prepared. I had the task of shaking it, until it turned into butter, how my little arms ached
I had to scrub my hands in cold water, your thinking I was a tortured child..I know I thought that too.. keep them cold, and use my fingertips only, lift the flour and fat high in the air to add the lightness. I did get very adept at using a broom, as my idea of lightness was to make it fly.... and ofcourse I always got an itchy nose, from the flour and could I scratch it with my fingers? NO...
Can you picture it, trying to scratch the itch with my shoulder, hoping to distract my Grandma, so that I could just give my nose a good old rub with my fingers.
When she would tell me to go wash my hands again, I would protest...but I washed them already ... I finally cottoned on that my floury face was the evidence.. how I look back on those days with fondness.. She was a patient woman.
The one saying that really sticks in my memory is.
A good cook always cleans up after herself. they did not own a dishwasher back then... deep sigh ... I hated the cleaning up! Then come supper time, my pie would be served and I, ofcourse awaited praise.
My Grandpa would savor it, then always said I had a whole lot of learning to do before I could out do my Grandma.
A wise man, indeed
I always felt a thrill when he would give me a wink
Whoever coined that phrase 'as easy as pie', didn't learn from my Grandma.
I will include my recipe once my Grandma gives permission, if I ask her for a recipe nowadays ..She tells me to *google it*
I will try out the winning recipe..as long as it does not include ingredients like eye of newt ... or chicken feet.. or how to dress a turtle (shivers) and give you all a report back next round!
Lets get cooking. Let's get all you Alumni and Newbies involved this fall—Why not share your halloween recipes.
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If less than six entries only 1st will be awarded.
1st Place winner: Merit Badge + 10k Awardicon for their recipe.
2nd Place winner: 10k Awardicon + 2,000 GP's for their recipe.
3rd Place winner: 5,000 GP's for their recipe.
This recipe came from my Cherokee Grandmother. I don’t remember eating her’s because she died when I was young. However, my mother learned to make the dish and her's was delicious.
Ah Gang, fellow Tribe members, it is officially summer time, WHAT in the world are we missing here? Well hang ten, its the potato!! Sink your teeth into one of these babies and you will know the secret to the Spud Universe. Follow directions exactly!! :0)
This recipe is a take on my grandmother's chicken stew recipe and my own dabbling in the kitchen with her hand-written cook book. This a favorite during winter and autumn when the weather turns chilly.
My 'Gramma' Leona Rezzelle was a Polish immigrant that fell in love with a dashing Italian man. She learned to cook old Sicilian recipes from her new husband's mother. All old Italian dishes took all day to prepare. This gave the women time to talk and bond. Their kitchens were very important to them, the epicenter of their home. Lots of love went into their dishes and recipes were golden and only share between a select few. This is one recipe I have permission to share, so I share it with you my friends. Enjoy!
Finally, after years of my husband telling me about his mother's Beef Stroganof, she prepared it for us for Christmas, one year. Mmm ... Mmm ... it is so good! I asked her for the recipe, and she gave it to me! It's funny how some people refuse to share theirs, and practically keep them under lock & Key, only giving them out to a trusted family member. My husband's family are all full-blooded Germans, so I assume this one is from Germany.
This recipe is a real Italian recipe that I learned from the older generation...a recipe that was in their family for generations, and it was given to me. I have revised it to make it fast and easy to cook.... most Italian meals
takes hours to cook... so over the years, I have invented a quicker way of getting the same taste and results... I hope you enjoy!
Recently, I made dinner for a friend of mine who was "under the weather". She enjoyed the food immensely, and asked if she could get the recipes for some of the dishes. Two of them are listed below. These are very quick and easy recipes, and are variations on "boxed" mixes. Hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.
This recipe that I'm sharing is one that I have created myself from taking a play off my mother's recipe then venturing off into something of my very own. After my mom tasted this I became the official Spaghetti chef of the family.
Items Not in the Contest,
but for your reading enjoyment
Dad’s Favorite Recipe
I’m tired – it’s been a long day
working eight to five.
An hour’s drive will get me home
assuming I survive.
At last, my castle looms ahead
as I drive down the street.
My daughter greets me at the door:
“There’s nothing here to eat!”
“Of course there is,” I sagely say.
“I know just what to make.”
I have Domino’s on speed dial.
No need to fry or bake.
No complicated recipes,
no need for deep reflections,
all you need is just a phone
and follow my directions.
Grasp it firmly in you hand
so that it doesn’t fall,
now gently fold in numbers.
(That’s how you make a call).
You’ll find my simple methods
can be done with ease.
Ring. Click. And there’s your answer:
“Can you hold on please?”
It’s time to add some special spice,
sarcasm fills my voice.
“I didn’t call to be ignored!”
Click! I have no choice.
Now my anger is stirred up
until it is full blown
when suddenly the line goes dead -
I’m listening to a tone.
My wide-eyed daughter peers at me.
My speech goes in the gutter.
I growl at her - “No pizza!
You’re getting peanut butter!”
Bread is a important food in Europe. It has been on the tables since Medieval times. Breads and cakes are a favorite the world over at Christmas time. People in Ireland prepare for Christmas by baking cakes and lighting candles. Women bake the Christmas cakes as early as October and November. It is a rich caramel cake with dried fruits and nuts and fortified with Brandy, mellows and improves as it ages.
Mmm ... Mmm ... Mmm ... I can't wait to try yours!
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