Recycle Leftovers Of Your Christmas Feast

Christmas Dinner leftovers
Christmas Dinner Leftovers

All the presents have been unwrapped and all the friends and relatives have gone back to their respective homes, and here you are left with a kitchen full of leftovers. You don’t have to throw them  out after a few days. Instead make use of these food to put together a batch of good wholesome food.

 

  • Potato Cakes

 

Potato patties with veal
Potato patties with veal

You can make this with left over potato mash. Potato cakes can be topped with veggies, chicken or veal. To make these cakes, combine the mashed potato with finely minced onions, pepper and salt to your taste. Mix well and divide the mixture into small portions. Make balls and then flatten it. Heat a skillet over medium to high heat. Spray some cooking oil and gently fry these patties until they are brown on both the sides.

  •  Ham Swiss Bread pudding

Ham, egg and cheese bread pudding casserole
Ham, egg and cheese bread pudding casserole

Not sure what to do with left over Ham. Here is a simple recipe where you can make a wholesome casserole meal. Sauté a cup of finely chopped green onions, 2 cloves of garlic, and ham. Meanwhile, roast some croutons in the oven. In a mixing bowl add 1.5 cups of fat free milk, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and mix well. To this add a couple of eggs and mix well. Add the bread crumbs and sautéed ham mixture and mix well. In an oven proof casserole, transfer half of this mixture. Sprinkle cheese over it. Top it with remaining bread mixture. Bake at 350-degree F for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

  • Mocha Chocolate à la Paris

Mocha- Chocolate Paris
Mocha- Chocolate a la Paris

If you have received a lot of chocolates this Christmas try out this recipe. In a double boiler, mix chocolate, cocoa, sugar and quart milk. Using a whisk to mix the mixture untill its smooth and hot. Now stir in your favorite brand of instant coffee and heat through. Pour it into serving mugs, top it with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Christmas Dinners Around The World

Christmas Dinner
Christmas Dinner

Around the world on the Christmas day people tuck in all sorts of wonderful festive delicacies. In Britain, X’mas dinner table will have turkey as the main menu and Christmas pudding for dessert. In North America, turkey is never served for Christmas. However, you would find beef or pork roast or stuffed duck. They replace the traditional Yorkshire pudding with pumpkin or apple pie.

In many parts of Europe, Christmas dinner is held on  December 24, and turkey is no where to be seen on the Christmas table. Wigilia, or the Star Supper is the main attraction of Poland. Borscht,  and dumplings are seen the highlights of the banquet.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is favored by the Italians on the eve of Christmas as they avoid meat before the X’mas day. Roasted goose, and red cabbage  along with a slice of stollen is popular in Germany.

Roasted Reindeer or puffin is served in Iceland. In most parts of the world, Christians fast till December 23rd, so their menu would be just mashed potatoes and fish. Eating meat is a big No traditionally. Slovakians, and east Europeans serve thick Sauerkraut soup and fried carp.

In Provence region of France, 13 desserts are made in honor of  Christ and the 12 apostles. Its left outside the house for three days for anyone to eat.  Christians in Egypt celebrate Christmas only in January. Therefore, on the eve of Christmas, January 6, they make a special meal called Fata, a lamb stew with rice, bread and garlic.

Australians celebrate the festival the British way in spite of the weather being very hot. In Mexico, on the Eve, Mexicans binge on their traditional stews and fish dishes. They also make the popular corn dough pastries and sweet fritters called Bunuelos. The natives of Peru have turkey and hot chocolates.

Now do you know in Japan, Christmas is not a national holiday?

Best Food And Drink Fall Festival In The US

People enjoying the Fall Festival
People enjoying the Fall Festival

You say goodbye to the summer months and welcome autumn through harvest festivals. From Oktoberfest’s to wine harvests to pumpkin carving for Halloween each Fall festival that is held throughout the nation is very colorful. Autumn is the time when the weather becomes cool, leaves change into russet-golden color and the air smells of the finest harvest, apple cider and good food.

National Apple Harvest Festival

Apple from  Harvest Festival
Apples from Harvest Festival

To celebrate the apple harvest, Arendtsville and Biglerville, the towns of Pennsylvania come together at the South Mountain Fairgrounds. The visitors can taste the fresh-pressed cider, munch on the apple dumplings and have scoops of apple sauce. You can also enjoy the fresh apples. This festival is held on the first two weekends in October where you get to see a lot of native crafts people, square dancing, Native American dancers and live music.

International Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloons, One of the Autumn Festivals
Hot Air Balloons, One of the Autumn Festivals

Each year in the month of October, international Balloon Festival is held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You will get to see more than 600 hot air balloons take off from a 365-acre park. It’s an impressive sight which ends with fireworks in the evening.

Warrens Cranberry Festival

Warren's Nations largest producer of Cranberry
Warren’s Nations largest producer of Cranberry

Wisconsin is the leading cranberry producer and every fall people from all over the nation come together to for the annual cranberry celebrations. This festival is held in the Warrens, Wisconsin. Its celebrated with great pomp and show. Marsh tours, parade and crowning of cranberry royalty are some of the highlights of the festival.

Boston Wine Expo

Largest Interational Wine Expo that's held in Boston
Largest Interational Wine Expo that’s held in Boston

This is the largest wine festival in America where you get to tastes 1,800 different wine from more than 300 international wineries. You can choose to attend one of the many tasting seminars here. Food and drink is great where you get to taste the culinary skills of world renowned chefs such as Todd English and so on. The wine aficionados get to shake hands with their favorite wine makers and also learn a few wine making secrets.

Pumpkin Show in Ohio

Circleville, Pumpkin Show the oldest in the country.
Circleville, Pumpkin Show the oldest in the country.

This is an annual festival that is held in Circleville to showcase their local agriculture. Circleville Pumpkin show is one of the oldest festivals that starts on the third Wednesday of October each year. The parades and stalls open around half-past three every evening and the festival goes on four days. There is a lot of entertainment including pumpkin carving.

Autumn celebrations is all about twinkling lights, amazing sights of the Mother Nature and family get-togethers and attending local food and drink fests.

Amazing Fall Festivals September Second and Third Week 2016

Apple harvest in Fall
Apple harvest in Fall

Its Fall again. The trees turn rusty red and golden yellow, and its harvest time. The crops in the fields and orchards are ripe, ready to be plucked and eaten. September and October are the last few months when people enjoy the warm weather until the next spring.

During these months, people get out of their homes during the weekends, making Autumn a busiest tourist season of the year. It’s during these months Fall festivals are held.

What Is Fall Festival

The orchards and fields beckon the people from the neighboring towns and cities to participate in the harvest festival, popularly known as the fall festival.  Fall festivals attract huge crowd where people travel across the country to participate in the popular festivals such as Bayfield’s Apple Festival, Cranberry Fest in west-central Wisconsin and more.

Festival List – Second  and Third Weekend in September

Second Weekend in September

Many people combine scenic drives with these festivals. Therefore, if you want to travel in the second and third week of September plan ahead, verify the dates to ensure that you get the best glimpses of the festival, especially the parades.

  • Whooping Crane Festival in Princeton, WI – This begins on Sept 8 and ends on Sept 11. Nature walks, canoe trips, bird walks and children’s activities along with marketplace marks the festivities here.
  • James J. Hill Days in Wayzata, MN This Minneapolis suburb features daschund races, a craft beer fest, marketplace and carnival, water ski show, fireworks on Saturday and ends with a parade on Sunday. Sept 9-Sept 11.
  • Festival of the Vine in Geneva, IL There’s an arts and crafts show, flower market, music, wine tasting and sampling of food from local restaurants. Sept. 9–11.
  • Ethnic Fest in Walker, MN Alphornists, Scandinavian dancers and Anishinaabe drum and dance corps perform in this town on the shores of Leech Lake. There’s also a parade at 11 a.m. Sept. 10.
  • Taste of the Trail in Lanesboro, MN In Lanesboro, Whalan and Peterson on the Root River State Trail, enjoy music, wagon rides and free samples from local restaurants and growers. Sept. 10.
  • Washington County Bluegrass Festival in Lake Elmo, MN Bluegrass bands will play at this family festival at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, free with $5 vehicle permit. There also will be camping and food vendors. Sept. 10.

Third Weekend in September

  • Pumpkin Festival in Morton, IL This town near Peoria, home of the Libby’s pumpkin-packing plant, calls itself the Pumpkin Capital of the World and serves pumpkin ice cream, pancakes and fudge at its festival, which features a 10:30 a.m. Saturday parade. Sept. 14–17
  • The Northern Harvest in Grand Marais, MN The harbor-side North House Folk School celebrates with storytelling, traditional workshops, a fish boil and concerts by songwriter/musicians. Sept. 15–18.
  • Oaktoberfest in Oak Park, IL In this western suburb of Chicago, famous for its Frank Lloyd Wright district, there’s music, craft beer, food from local restaurants and, for kids, a root-beer garden, games and zucchini-car races. Sept. 16–17.
  • World Food & Music Festival in Des Moines, IA In downtown’s East Village, eat at more than 50 cultural cafes for $5 or less (or taste for $1), shop at the world marketplace or listen to musicians strolling the streets or on stage. Sept. 16–18.
  • Cheese Days in Monroe, WI This festival is held every other year in the capital of cheese country, the home of Swiss Colony and the last Limburger factory. There’s a cow-milking contest, yodeling, dancing, tours and a big parade at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 16–18.
  • Wauktoberfest in Waunakee, WI This town just north of Madison celebrates with a craft-beer tasting, bike tour, music and lots of contests: frau carrying, yodeling, beer keg race, dachshund dash and Limburger cheese and sauerkraut eating. Sept. 16–18.
  • Scarecrow Fest in Phelps, WI See early fall color around this town in Nicolet National Forest. There’s pumpkin-chucking, pumpkin and scarecrow contests, a craft fair, car show, hay rides and free chili and deep-fried pickles. Sept. 17.
  • Wine & Harvest Festival in Cedarburg, WI There’s a pumpkin regatta — yes, people paddling hollowed-out pumpkins across Cedar Creek — at the fest in this historic mill town just north of Milwaukee. There’s also a scarecrow contest, grape stomp, hay rides, juried arts fair and lots of food. Sept. 17–18.

 

The list courtesy midwestweekends.com

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