Category: Special Occasions

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November 23, 2020

By Peg Kern

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Three Sisters...Even If Your Family Is Far Away

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Special Occasions, USA

This Thanksgiving is likely to be one of the least traditional for many U.S. families. Instead of gathering in large groups for a traditional turkey dinner, most of us will be celebrating in small family units. Many people will be missing from our family table this year, but there are still three sisters I can celebrate with! And their names are.... corn, beans, and squash? Our family, like many others,… Read
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October 14, 2020

By Peg Kern

Delicious Berry Clafoutis for National Dessert Day

Filed Under  Recipes, Special Occasions, France

Today is evidently National Dessert Day, and we'll take any excuse to do a little baking! We have featured tons of desserts in our blog in many different categories, from tarts to cookies, from cakes to custards, from doughnuts to ice cream. But one dessert we have not yet featured is the classic French clafoutis! You sometimes hear it pronounced cla-FOO-dee, but the accent should be (as always in French!)… Read
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September 29, 2020

By Peg Kern

A History of Coffee for International Coffee Day

Filed Under  Food History, Special Occasions

It's international coffee day! And although I drink it every day and love it in many forms, I realized I didn't know very much about it. What is coffee? Where did it originate? Where is it grown today? How is it drunk around the world? What Is Coffee? We all know coffee comes from beans, and that they are roasted. The beans actually come from trees - if coffee trees… Read
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April 9, 2020

By Peg Kern

Matzo Ball Soup Recipe

Filed Under  Recipes, Special Occasions, Israel

If you're scrambling to get the soup made for tonight's Passover Seder, don't worry! This Matzo Ball soup is quick and easy, but oh so tasty! We prefer to make it with our own homemade bone broth, but you can substitute store-bock chicken stock - or even vegetable stock if you're cooking for vegetarians. See our culinary tours in Israel. Matzo Ball Soup Serves 4 Prep time: 75 minutes Cook… Read
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November 29, 2019

By Peg Kern

Gobble Gobble: 6 Ways to Use up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Filed Under  Kitchen Tips, Special Occasions, USA

Chances are, the day after Thanksgiving the last thing you want to think about is more food. But you also probably have plenty of leftovers to last you some time. According to statista.com, 81% of Americans include turkey on their Thanksgiving menu. And I guarantee you they aren't eating the whole bird in one day! Growing up, leftover turkey meant slapping together a turkey sandwich (you could try changing this… Read
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November 1, 2019

By The International Kitchen

The Culinary Traditions and Altars of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico

Filed Under  Destination Features, Food History, Special Occasions, Mexico

What is the Day of the Dead? It is a popular and long-standing Mexican celebration of the deceased that occurs over Halloween (All Hallow's Eve), All Saint's Day (November 1), and All Soul's Day (November 2). This is the period when the threshold between the living and the dead is seen as at its "thinnest" and most permeable. The holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico and in communities of Mexican heritage… Read
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