Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

How did Mexican Wedding Cookies get their name?The beginnings of the Mexican wedding cake cookie are far removed from Mexico. Food historians believe that it has its origins in medieval Arab cookery; the Middle East has a long tradition of rich special-occasion pastries using butter, honey, sugar, spices and nuts. INGREDIENTS For the cookie dough: 1 cup pecan pieces1 cup ( 2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature3/4 [...]

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

What is wedding soup called?Its original name in Italian is minestra maritata and it was translated to “wedding soup”, when in fact, a more appropriate translation would be “married soup”—as in green vegetables (minestra) blend very well (maritata) with meat. The marriage isn't a marriage between two people, but between vegetables and meat. 1 large egg, lightly beaten1 tablespoon dry [...]

Chicken and Pasta Casserole

Chicken and Pasta Casserole

Our family favorite casserole is a penna pasta casserole with Chicken and cheese. 1-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained3 tablespoons tomato paste3/4 cup chicken broth2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese1/2 cup grated Romano cheese 1 [...]

Soup Month * Vegan White Bean Soup

Soup Month * Vegan White Bean Soup

Today in my kitchen : Vegan White Bean Soup 1lb. dried Great Northern beans, soaked overnight if possible, drained & rinsed*3 carrots, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)2 stalks celery, diced (about 1 cup)1 onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)3 cloves garlic, minced1/2 tsp sage, 4c vegetable broth2c watersalt and pepper to taste Soak beans in water at least 4-12 hours, or overnight (see [...]