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Bastille Day the Facts and Some Food to Celebrate

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on July 14th of each year. In France, it is called La Fête Nationale.  Some simply use the date “le quatorze juillet” when speaking of the holiday.  The celebration is still a major holiday as once was Memorial Day or the 4th of July in the United States.  No Bastille day would complete without a parade with marching bands, military cadets, aircraft, and speeches.  Everyone is out celebrating.  France in the late 1780s was ruled by a greedy and corrupt aristocracy. The country was nearing bankruptcy, the poor had little to no food (remember the “famous” line attributed to Marie Antoinette) and the growing bourgeoisie (middle-class) were growing increasingly  powerless. On July 14, 1789, a group of Parisians banned together and stormed the Bastille prison, releasing the seven prisoners inside. The march marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The lasting significance of this event was the recognition that power was n

Why You Should Keep A Bowl Of Coffee Grounds Out In Your Kitchen

  Fresh coffee has many more benefits than simply fueling your morning pick-me-up. There are all kinds of clever uses that coffee grounds can serve in your kitchen. One example is as a natural neutralizer of unpleasant smells. Keeping coffee grounds in a bowl on your countertop — either spent or fresh — will help keep the whiffs away and give your kitchen a pleasing coffee smell. That's because caffeine contains nitrogen, an ingredient that has odor-absorbing properties. Scientists at The City College of New York discovered that it can even eliminate the smell of raw sewage waste, so you can safely bet it can handle a few unpleasant odors lurking in your kitchen. And it's not just the air in your kitchen that can benefit. Placing a few scoops of ground coffee in an open container inside your fridge will keep the bad smells away there, too. If you'd rather use fresh grounds than the leftovers from your morning cup, you can even make DIY coffee sachets using fine mesh bags an

This Baker Just Won the Award for the Best Baguette in Paris Using a Genius Secret Ingredient

  It sure does sound tasty. By   Stacey Leasca Stacey Leasca Stacey Leasca is an award-winning journalist and co-founder of  Be a Travel Writer , an online course for the next generation of travel journalists. Her photos, videos, and words have appeared in print or online for  Travel + Leisure ,  Time ,  Los Angeles Times ,  Glamour , and many more. You'll usually find her in an airport. If you do see her there, please say hello. FOOD & WINE'S EDITORIAL GUIDELINES     Published on May 2, 2024 In late April, Xavier Netry from the  Utopie bakery  took home the title for the best baguette in the annual Grand Prix de la baguette competition in Paris, beating out more than 170 other competitors. He could have ridden into the sunset with his title and trophy, never sharing a thing about how he made his award-winning bread. But instead, he chose to share his biggest secret with the world.  As Euro News explained, for the last 30 years, the Syndicat des Boulangers-Pâtissiers du Gra

Deviled Chicken Recipe

INGREDIENTS 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1 tsp Dijon mustard A dash of Tabasco sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Salt and freshly ground pepper 4 poussins or squab chickens, butterflied and beaten flat ½ small loaf of bread, crust removed, broken into small pieces   METHOD Take two-thirds of the butter and allow it to soften, then mix in the mustard, Tabasco or cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and some salt and pepper. Rub this mixture thoroughly over the poussins. Lay them in a large baking dish and cover with the bread pieces. Dot the remaining butter over the bread pieces. Roast in a preheated oven at 350°F for 40 minutes. If the bread pieces start to burn, cover the dish with foil. © 1999 Jennifer Paterson. All rights reserved. private chefs and event catering Palm Beach + Boca Raton + Fort Lauderdale + Miami Beach info@yadachef.com | 954-367-YADA (9232) 561-285-7466 www.yadachef.com south florida catering and personal chefs

New Research Shows 'Profound' Link Between Dietary Choices And Brain Health

New research has highlighted the profound link between dietary choices and brain health Date: April 24, 2024 Source: University of Warwick Summary: New research has highlighted the profound link between dietary choices and brain health. New research has highlighted the profound link between dietary choices and brain health. Published in  Nature , the research showed that a healthy, balanced diet was linked to superior brain health, cognitive function and mental wellbeing. The study, involving researchers at the University of Warwick, sheds light on how our food preferences not only influence physical health but also significantly impact brain health. The dietary choices of a large sample of 181,990 participants from the UK Biobank were analysed against and a range of physical evaluations, including cognitive function, blood metabolic biomarkers, brain imaging, and genetics -- unveiling new insights into the relationship between nutrition and overall wellbeing. The food preferences of e

New Orleans-Style Shrimp and Fonio 'Grits'

  This recipe is a great way for anyone who is lactose or dairy intolerant to enjoy a shrimp and grits-style meal. It is super flavorful, oh-so comforting and a consistent crowd pleaser. TECHNIQUE TIP:  To avoid over-cooking, stir the grits continuously and make sure they do not curdle. SWAP OPTION:  We are using the fonio grain but regular corn grits can be used instead. Ingredients Fonio 2 cups coconut milk 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup fonio grain Shrimp 2 quarts onions, small dice 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1/2 cup canola oil, with 2 tablespoons reserved 1 cup tomato paste 3 red peppers 12 shrimp, deveined, heads off and tails on salt, to taste chopped parsley, for garnish Preparation FOR THE FONIO: 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut milk and water and bring to a simmer. 2. Add the fonio to the simmering liquid and cook, stirring frequently, until creamy and thick, about 15 minutes. 3. Once creamy and thick, turn off the heat, cover and set aside for 10 minutes (this allows t