World War I Leads To American Independence

  Flags are cool. Of course, these flags hang at the Albion Fire Station, so maybe they’re hot. Your flag may vary.               Ever since Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World and […]

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Syrian Meatloaf and the Timeline of Everything


Syrian Entree SYRIAN MEATLOAF(lahme bil sanieh) INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon butter, softened1 large onion2 pounds ground beef1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or black pepper2½ teaspoons pomegranate syrup*1 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons vegetable oil3 Roma tomatoes * = Found […]

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Posole Rojo and O Sole Mio

Mexican Soup POSOLE ROJO INGREDIENTS – PORK 3 pounds pork shoulder or leg 60 ounces canned-garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) 2 bay leaves 7 garlic cloves (4 more later) 3 quarts water INGREDIENTS – RED SAUCE […]

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Yakity Yak Yakitori

Japanese Entree YAKITORI INGREDIENTS ½ cup mirin 1⅓ cups sake or dry white wine ½ cup soy sauce ¼ cup sugar 1 pound boneless chicken thighs 4 green onions SPECIAL UTENSILS grill 8 10″-bamboo skewers […]

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Banana Fritters and the Golden Age of Musicals

Djiboutian Breakfast BANANA FRITTERS INGREDIENTS 3 ripe bananas ½ teaspoon cinnamon 2 tablespoons sugar ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract ½ cup flour ¼ cup butter 2½ teaspoons honey (½ teaspoon per fritter) Makes 5 fritters. Takes […]

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Mozzarella En Carrozza and Greek Independence


Italian Appetizer MOZZARELLA EN CARROZZA INGREDIENTS – SAUCE* ½ cup butter 3 anchovy fillets or ½ tablespoon anchovy paste or .3 ounces nori (seaweed) 2 tablespoons drained capers 2 teaspoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons parsley […]

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Chicken Casserole and How Syria Got Its Name, the Reason Might Shock You


Syrian Entree FATTI DEJAJ (chicken casserole) INGREDIENTS – MAIN 1 cup rice 2 cups chicken stock (additional ⅔ cup later) 3 chicken breasts 2 garlic cloves 1 bay leaf ¼ teaspoon pepper ½ teaspoon salt […]

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Peanut Butter and the Declaration of Independence

American Appetizer PEANUT BUTTER INGREDIENTS 4 cups roasted peanuts (1 cup then 3 cups)* 2 tablespoons peanut oil (½ tablespoon at a time) ½ tablespoon honey ¾ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon sugar * = 4 […]

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Egg Coffee and How Goats Almost Ruled the Earth

Norwegian Appetizer EGG COFFEE INGREDIENTS 9 cups water (1⅓ cups more later) ½ cup freshly ground coffee ⅓ cup water (1 cup more later) egg 1 cup water. PREPARATION Add 9 cups water to large […]

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