A Melting Pot of Food

We are so lucky in our melting pot we call the US of A, to have such a large variety of dishes to experience. The level of variety really depends on where you live. The southwest is known for Mexican food. New York boasts anything from Wiener Schnitzel to Macadamia Nut Pie.

Here’s an easy recipe for Wiener Schnitzel so you can enjoy German food no matter where you live:

1 ½ Veal Cutlets cut ½ inch thick. Pound the cutlets to 1/8 inch thick.

Stir together: ¼ cup flour, 1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper, and coat cutlets with mixture.

Combine one beaten egg with 1 tbs. milk, an dip cutlets into.

Coat cutlets in bread crumbs.

Cook in small amount of hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

Serve with lemon widges.

Weiner Schnitzer is excellent with German Potato Salad and red cabbage.

There is a quint, authentic German restaurant with a deli, where they make all the sausages, salads, and main courses, in Santa Barbara California. It’s called the Hofbrau house. Here they serve everything from steak tartare to German dark Rye bread.

Some of the best Italian cuisine I’ve found is in Chicago. I have yet to find even a close second to the perfection of the ravioli I ate there. Try La Scarola lascarola.com.

Asian food is slowly becoming a staple in our country. A new craze is noodle restaurants. Even in Spokane Washington there is one of these. It is appropriately named: Nudo, and it’s a busy place where you are served a variety of dishes in a noodly, soup base.

The southwest holds the card for fresh, authentic Mexican food. San Diego and Phoenix and Tucson are where you can get some of the best Mexican food. If you are planning a trip to Phoenix any time soon, here are some tips. A great place to stay is the Sheraton near downtown, then reserve a limo with phoenixarizonalimo.com and head to Frank and Lupe Old Mexico in Old town Scottsdale.

What about San Diego? You want to stay near the ocean, and from Pacific Beach it is a short walk to La Perla Cocina Mexicana. You will feel like you are in Mexico.

I’ll post some more recipes later so you can enjoy all the variety of foods our country has to offer, in the comfort of your own home.




Turkey Left-overs Anyone?

If you didn’t consume that 20 pound turkey, lets hope you froze a portion of it unless you have over four people in your household. My favorite part of baking a turkey is having individual bags of it frozen in my freezer to use in multiple recipes.

Here’s some ideas of what to do with your turkey:

1. Turkey tacos, enchiladas or anything Mexican.

2. Turkey lasagna, spaghetti or anything Italian, including turkey pizza with a white sauce.

Turkey casserole idea: Mix together the following ingredients then bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Turkey cubed, cream of celery soup, onion, celery, brown rice, and cheese. Delicious and easy when your turkey is ready to go.

Turkey salad: romain lettuce, turkey, cheese, croutons, and dried cranberries.

There is nothing better then a turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato sandwich with gobs of mayo or your special sauce.

I know you can come up with some of your own creative ways to enjoy the turkey through the winter.


Food staples around the world.

Food staples are foods consumed in different parts of the world that are eaten in large quantities. Some food staples around are peanut butter, rice, sweet potatoes, millet, wheat, plantain, taro and wheat.

Here’s a great recipe for a soup made with a peanut butter base:  chop onions, carrots, celery and heat in butter, add tomato soup and blend in peanut butter, add spices like cumin and red pepper. This is a delicious and easy to make soup that is tasteful and unique.

Polenta is made of corn and prepared in a numbers of ways. It is not a food staple per se but can be used in many dishes. I personally love a variety of foods and flavors and have explored preparing recipes from around the world.  My latest adventures have been with Indian dishes using chicken. The spices used are blended leaving an aromatic blend that enhances any dish.

Part of the draw of living in larger cities are the varieties of food you can find in restaurants or the resources of unusual food to prepare on your own.  Southern California has a lot of options from German deli’s with homemade german sausage and slow cooked red cabbage with steak tartare to San Diego style mexican cuisine.

Phoenix Arizona has a lot of variety as well with added American Indian dishes and influence from the latino population there. 30% of the population in Arizona is latino. You can find some of the most authentic mexican dishes in restaurants in Phoenix. Try habaneros.mx in Scottsdale for a fresh and tasteful south of the border experience.