Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online

Posted Sat, 12/01/18

Just prior to Thanksgiving this year, I decided to make one of the books in the Food Fare Culinary Collection freely available online in "article" format.


Japanese Culture & Cuisine is now online for free, containing all the details and graphics that came with the book version.


Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online


Japanese Culture & Cuisine Online


Japanese Culture & Cuisine contains information about the food and culture of Japan, including a brief history, common food, mealtime and dining, sushi, rice variations, eating with chopsticks, table settings and etiquette, tea, sake, Japanese snacks, more than 40 authentic recipes, food terms, words and phrases, and resources for further study. Click here for more >


Tanoshī (Enjoy!).

 

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Social Explosion

Posted Thu, 11/29/18

Ever since I created the Facebook page for Food Fare in December 2009, the number of "friends" have remained at a comfortable level of 200 or so. However, since the middle of October or thereabouts, friend requests went through the roof. I had up to 300 per day for more than a week, after which is steadied out. I'm not sure what triggered the push for so many friend requests, but my list now hovers around 4,900.


Food Fare Facebook page. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


In addition, when I posted an updated photo of myself, the likes and loves and comments were more than I'd ever seen before. Click on the image below to see larger size in a new window.


Facebook post reaction.Click on the image to see larger size in a new window. 


I'm not naive to think that all of the friend requests, likes and comments are because of my cooking skills or books. To be frank, there were quite a few "friends" I had to later block or delete because of inappropriate content sent through the Facebook Messenger application. I have also received more than one marriage proposal, and multiple declarations of love. But, for the most part, people have generally been decent when contacting me, asking me about recipes, cookbooks and all to do with Food Fare.


As I said, I'm not sure what triggered the explosion but I'm not complaining too much. It certainly makes every day interesting.

 

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Click Delivery

Posted Thu, 01/18/18

Several months ago I began using Click List from my local grocery store. The premise is to order groceries needed online, and then drive to the store where the goods are brought to your car. It works splendidly. I detest shopping even under the best of circumstances, so Click List is like a veritable blessing for me.


Smith's Click List


The same store recently began offering home delivery for an extra $11.95. The delivery fee is rather steep, but there are days I just can't or don't want to leave my home. I'm not a hermit by any means, but sometimes I'm flooded with work and don't want to stop or break the flow.

 

A few weeks ago my computer mouse died in the middle of a large amount of work (the pointer would not copy or paste but instead moved the text in all different directions). The same store I order groceries from also happens to carry the mouse I use, so I was able to have it delivered the same day.


Needless to say, I'm a big fan of Click List.

 

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Foody Cold Remedies

Posted Frit, 12/29/17

I suffered a terrible chest cold this month, which lasted for three weeks (including through Christmas). I'm just barely starting to feel better. During the illness I had little appetite for food. The most I'd eat some days was a few saltine crackers smeared with peanut butter accompanied by ice water because my throat and lungs were so raw.


This was the state of my refrigerator during the malaise:


My refrigerator during the malaise. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.

 

Once I started feeling better, I made a few "stick to the ribs" meals. The first was basically Biscuits & Gravy made into a casserole of sorts (Potatoes O'Brien on bottom layer, followed by cooked linked sausages, hot biscuits and topped with country gravy.


Biscuits & Gravy Casserole. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


I also made a batch of my basic dumplings, but used whole wheat flour instead of white.


Wheat Dumplings. Click on image to view larger size in a new window.


I'm fully recovered from the chest cold now, but for awhile there I thought it was the literal end. I think getting better had something to do with the food!

 

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Christmas Goodies

Posted Fri, 11/24/17

Christmas defines the season of giving, followed in quick succession by a sense of renewal in the New Year. Food is the centerpiece of most holiday gatherings, when families, friends and co-workers come together in the spirit of appreciation and celebration.


Some of our favorite holiday recipes include Almond Hot Toddy, Christmas "Cheer" Egg Nog, Christmas Rum Balls, Classic Shortbread, Cream Brandy, Gingerbread Cake, Glogg (Swedish Mulled Wine), Irish Soda Scones, Kourambiethes (Greek Christmas Cookies), Mailanderli (Swiss Butter Cookies), Nusstorte (Swiss Nut Cake), Peanut Butter Cocoa, Pecan Kisses, Pwdin Nadolig (Welsh Christmas Pudding) and Wassail among many others. More Christmas recipes >


Food Fare Culinary Collection: Christmas Noel

 

Christmas Noel contains information about the history and origins of Christmas, Santa Claus, the North Pole, Christmas trees, mistletoe, traditions, global holiday greetings, gift-wrapping ideas, seasonal recipes from across the globe and resources for further study. Christmas Noel also appears in article format on the Food Fare web site, where it is available for free. More >


Happy Christmas!

 

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