Which Festival of Light Is Celebrated the World Over?

It’s New Year’s Eve of course – with 24 hours of celebrations around the globe! Back in the day of the Concorde – a supersonic jet built by Great Britain and France in the 70s, you could celebrate New Year’s Eve in London listening to Big Ben chime, then fly to the Big Apple in […]

Kwanzaa: Celebrating African Heritage in America

The third December Festival of Light is Kwanzaa, a week long holiday, celebrated each year from December 26 to January 1st. Kwanzaa was established in the United States in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana studies, as a non-religious, non-political African-American holiday celebrating the family, community and culture in America but has […]

Christmas Traditions: December 24 to January 7 and in Between!

The second Festival of Light this month is Christmas on December 25, however, in Orthodox Christianity it’s celebrated on January 7, observing Christ’s birth according to the Julian calendar. But, did you know that in many cultures, Christmas Eve is a celebratory holiday as well, complete with unique foods and traditions? For Christians around the […]

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Traditional Meatloaf

Ingredients: 1-1/2 LBS ground beef 1 egg 3/4 cups dry oatmeal, quick 1/2 cup diced onion 3/4 cups milk 1-1/4 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Topping: 1/3 cup ketchup 2 TBSP brown sugar 1 TBSP prepared yellow mustard To Make: Mix oatmeal, meat, egg, milk, onion, salt and pepper together. Press into loaf pan. Mix […]

Kale Chicken Pasta

Ingredients: 1 pound of your favorite pasta 3 boneless chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, finely minced 3/4 cups white wine 3/4 cups chicken broth 1 bunch kale 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved To Make:  Prepare pasta. Heat butter and oil in a large skillet. Cut chicken into nite […]

Baked Lemon Gin Wings

Ingredients: 4 pounds chicken wings 1 cup light brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup gin Zest and juice of 1 lemon Salt and pepper To Make:  Preheat oven to 425. Whisk together all ingredients and toss with wings to coat well. Place in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for […]

Blue Cheese Apple Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients: 2 boneless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/3 cup apple cider 1/3 cup chicken broth Olive oil Salt, pepper, and paprika To Make:  Preheat oven to 350. Cut a 3-inch slit in to each chicken breast half. Combine the blue cheese, chopped apple, and parsley […]

Spicy Grilled Chicken

Ingredients: 3 pounds boneless chicken breasts/thighs 1 cup roasted cashews 1 cup fresh cilantro 4 garlic cloves 2 jalapenos, seeded 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4 cup grapeseed oil Salt and pepper To Make: Add cashews, cilantro, garlic, jalapenos, brown sugar, lime juice, and oil to a food processor and pulse until […]

Cilantro Marinated Grilled Chicken

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cilantro 6 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup olive oil 2 pounds chicken thighs/breasts, boneless and skinless To Make: In a blender, place the cilantro, garlic, and oil, and process until smooth. Add cilantro mix, and chicken, to a large zip-top bag. Combine well and place in the refrigerator for at […]

Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh cilantro 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup toasted walnuts or pine nuts 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated Salt and pepper To Make: In a blender or food processor, pulse the cilantro, garlic, and nuts a few times. Then, with the blade running, slowly add in the […]