Chili Seasoning Mix (History and Recipe for Quick Chili)

Chili was first introduced to the public at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago in the 1893 at a Texas booth.  It has its roots in the south-western part of United States.  Originally it was made of chilies and chopped meat.  Later beans were added to the mix.  The Indian tribes in the South West like the…

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls ( Comfort Food, History and Recipes)

For many of us, stuffed cabbage rolls bring back memories of family holidays and meals. It is truly a comfort food. The recipes and traditions was brought to North America by immigrants from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Historically cabbage rolls has roots in ancient middle east and spread to Eastern Europe as trade roots developed…

Blueberry Muffins (Comfort Food)

We have been eating blueberries the past few days on cereal for breakfast and it was time to finish off the blueberries before they spoil.  After I cleaned them, I still had a full cup of them, so I thought of muffins.  That is probably because of all the blogs posted about muffins.  I wanted…

Pennsylvania Chicken Soup (Waste Not, Want Not)

Couple of weeks ago I cooked roast chicken for Sunday dinner.  I had found about a 5 pound bird for $4.51 and was happy because I would get a couple of meals and soup out of it.  Every week I make soup out of something because I grew up eating home made soup once a week…

Banana Muffins

  Banana muffins did not become a part of American cuisine until the second half of the 20th century.  Last night when I was looking for a scratch recipe for the muffins I could not find a recipe in any of my old cook books.  I had always made the Bisquick recipe off of the…

Cooking For One (Chicken)

One of the hardest things to adjust to when living alone is cooking.  There is a few cook books that have been published for cooking for two but you end up only finding a few recipes that you like.  I have many retired single friends who have come up with some simple recipes for cooking chicken…

Caramel Swirl Bundt Cake (Easy and Inexpensive)

Here in South Florida it is bargain time in the grocery stores.  The snow birds have left and there is items still in the warehouses left over from snow bird season that needs to be sold.  I take my time shopping and look for the mark down stickers. This week I got cake mixes for…

Red Beet Pickled Eggs

  My dad loved these and were made often when I was growing up.  I continued to make them for my own family.  My parents were from western Pennsylvania and the cooking was influenced by the Germans that settled there.  Red beet pickled eggs today is considered Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. When the chickens laid too many…

Corn Casserole (Comfort Food)

A couple of years ago, on my local television station,  a local restaurant chef was invited to cook one of the restaurant’s specialties.  It was one of the upscale eateries in Sarasota, somewhere I would never be able to afford.  The chef went on to tell the host that his corn casserole was one of the…

Strawberry Bread (Heirloom Recipe)

Strawberry Bread and Cream Cheese There is just a little bit of strawberries left from my last trip to the green grocer.  The strawberries are now very ripe and soft, just perfect to use for old fashion strawberry bread.  My mother raised strawberries and sold them in front of our house when I was growing up.  In…

Illuminating Blogger Award

Illuminating Blogger Award has been awarded to Once Upon a Paradigm for Trkingmomoe’s Strawberries-Tossed Greens Salad blog from  http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/  The people of Food Stories really enjoyed the food blogs and the way the blogs were presented. I am very humbled by this award. Please let me thank Dick Day and Auntie Sam for launching us on this…

Banana French Toast

  It is Saturday morning and the coffee is on and you are hungry. What to fix for breakfast? There sits a couple of bananas and a half a loaf of home bread about to go stale.  Why not banana french bread.  It is easy and you have a few eggs in the refrigerator.  It…