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Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November each year. Historically, this day was a religious celebration that was meant to thank God. But, traditionally it is celebrated to mark the arrival of first pilgrims in USA.

On Thanksgiving Day we give gratitude to the things that are good in life. This is the day, we celebrate with family and friends and have grand parties. This is one of the major festivals of USA that is celebrated with family and friends. Some traditional dishes included in the Thanksgiving meal are Roasted turkeys, Corns, Cranberry sauce, Pumpkin pie and Potatoes.

This day is celebrated with great enthusiasm and people exchange gifts like jewellery, flowers, chocolates, baked cookies, chocolates etc. with each other.

In this blog post, we have collected top recipes for Thanksgiving.

  • Fresh Corn Spoonbread 
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    If you are looking for a good replacement for cornbread, you should try this simple spoonbread recipe.

  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip 
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    This easy and quick recipe of dip is very delicious. It mainly contains chopped frozen spinach, cream cheese and artichoke hearts. It also contains 3 kinds of grated cheeses that include Parmesan, mozzarella and gruyere.

  • Sweet Potato Souffle 
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    Creamy mashed sweet potatoes are topped with buttery and crunchy pecans. This is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving. It is a very tasty sweet potato casserole recipe.

  • Sausage and Herb Stuffing 
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    The stuffing is generally made with croutons/bread. You can add chopped vegetables for additional stuffing.

  • Smoked Turkey 
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    Cold-cut smoked turkey is different from barbecued turkey due to its ham-like texture and smoke flavor.

  • Old-fashioned Cornbread Dressing 
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This recipe is very delicious. It is moist and seasoned with onions, celery and sage. This is a classic recipe of Thanksgiving that is a part of celebrations every year.

  • Pumpkin Mousse 
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is a very delicious pumpkin dessert and is easy to prepare as no baking is required. This is very rich and creamy.

  • Green Beans with Bacon 
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is a delicious and sweet side dish of green bean casserole. It consists of great ingredients like pecans and bacon.

  • Grilled Turkey 
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is the best way of cooking a Turkey. Although, not a very traditional way of cooking, the process gives you a juicy and tender turkey.

  • Tomato Vegetable Casserole 
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    The main ingredients used in this recipe are carrot, onion, potato, sweet potato, zucchini and bell pepper. Make sure that each of the vegetables are of the same size when cut.

Russian Food That You Must Try

Although Russian food is not that much popular in USA, this large country has a lot to offer. If you ever visit Russia, these 18 Russian foods are something you must try:-

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This soup is prepared with beef soup and beetroot. It is spiced lightly and served with a lump of sour cream. The sour cream in the dish balances the sweetness and the red colour looks great.

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This dish is prepared with strips of beef which are sauteed in butter sauce, sour cream, mustard, white wine and onions. It is a healthy dish.

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The dish is made with cabbage cooked in vinegar, butter, onions and applesauce.           Topping on the dish is done with diced apples, bay leaves, cloves and sugar.

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Solyanka is a healthy soup prepared with large pieces of pork and beef. It is cooked for a long time on a low flame. Ingredients such as tomatoes, peppers, garlic and carrots are added to it.

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Minced beef is wrapped in cabbage and is boiled until cooked. It is found throughout Europe. You can add a topping of sour cream. It helps in enhancing the flavour.

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The Olivier Salad is prepared with pickles, bologna, eggs, potatoes and carrots mixed with mayo. This is a staple dish of Russia.

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This is a thin, crepe-like pancake prepared with dough and has delicious toppings like caviar, minced beef or apples.

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A thick dough of pastry is deep fried and filled with ground beef, onions, mashed potatoes and cheese. The dish is a cross between samosa and calzone. It is very simple to prepare.

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These dumplings are prepared with cilantro and ground beef. These are similar to Chinese dumplings and have more Eastern European flavors. They are so delicious because the filling is not cooked before it is filled with the dumplings.

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This is a thick, crusty bread and is shaped like boat. It is filled with different types of melted cheese.

10 Spooky Halloween Recipes

Halloween is a holiday that is celebrated annually on October 31. It has its origins in old European traditions. In ancient times, Celtic festival of Samhain was celebrated in which bonfires were lighted and costumes were worn to drive off ghosts. It was during 8th century that Pope Gregory III declared November 1 as the time for honouring saints. Then, All Saints Day included some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before that was known as All Hallows Eve and later as Halloween. As time passed, Halloween started to develop into a day of activities like carving jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating. This day is celebrated around the world with costumes, gatherings and sweet treats.

In this blog post, we have collected a list of recipes for Halloween:-

  • Halloween cupcakes
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    You can bake these Halloween cupcakes for the little kids. The cupcakes are prepared with black velvet sponge and the icing is done with scary faces. It is prepared with simple icing methods. They are really very good.

  • Pumpkin Hummus
    Photo Courtesy: LaaLoosh

    This recipe is a great change from the usual hummus. If you are throwing a Halloween party, you can carve this pumpkin to make creamy hummus.

  • Halloween Brownie Pizzas
    Photo Courtesy: Ottawa Family Living Magazine

    Try this pizza for Halloween. You can make spiders on top of the pizza in many ways.

  • Halloween Toffee Apples
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    These toffee apples can be easily prepared by anyone. The kids love to eat them. They are perfect for Halloween.

  • Spider’s Web Cake
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    This is a real showstopper for Halloween. The dish has icing of Swiss meringue buttercream. Any Halloween party is incomplete without this chocolate sponge.

  • Day of the Dead cookies
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    Celebrate Halloween or the Day of the Dead with these scary cookies. You can carve the cookies into any shape like witches, pumpkins, ghosts and cats.

  • Zombie Fingers
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    These creepy and severed zombie finger cookies will scare you before you eat them.

  • Chocolate Bat Cookies
    Photo Courtesy: Betty Crocker

    These chocolate cookies, which are in the shape of bats are a perfect Halloween treat.

  • Frankenstein Cupcakes
    Photo Courtesy: Pinterest

    This Halloween, create your own monsters with this easy recipe.

  • Funny Faces
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    Everyone laughs at funny faces. If someone makes funny faces or draws them on paper or on cookies.

Top 10 Indian Recipes For Diwali Festival

Indian celebrations are incomplete without sweets. These desserts are every festival’s highlights. They add colours to the festive spirit. Diwali is close by and preparation for celebrations have started. Rangolis are a part of the celebrations and they are present at the entrance of every home. A dessert table is full of Diwali sweets. In this article, we bring to you simple Diwali recipes from around the world.

In India, desserts prepared with rice like Kheer and Besan Laddoos prepared with gram flour are prepared. In this article, we give you a mix of regional, new and old sweets that will be loved by everyone.

This Diwali, we want you to celebrate with these dessert recipes.

  • Kaju Katli

     

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    These barfis are prepared with cashew nuts. Kaju katli is one of the most popular dessert of Deepawali. These home-made desserts are going to be perfect for Diwali.

  • Chocolate Gujiya

     

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    There is a change in the traditional gujiyas. These Chocolate Gujiyas are stuffed with chocolate chips.

  • Badam Barfi

     

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    You can make two desserts using same ingredients. It is filled with khoya, milk, almonds and poppy seeds.

  • Shahi Tukda

     

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    Shahi Tukda is a favourite recipe of Deepawali. It is very easy to prepare. It is made with slices of bread that are fried, decorated with nuts and soaked in milk.

  • Mohanthal

     

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    Mohanthal is a sweet that is widely prepared in Rajasthan and Gujarat. It looks like fudge and is prepared with gram flour.

  • Patishapta

     

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    This is a tasty sweet dish of Bengal. Patishapta is a pancake or crepe that is prepared with sooji, flour, milk and rice flour.

  • Mysore Pak

     

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    The origins of this Indian dessert are in Mysore palace. It is prepared by mixing gram flour, desi ghee and sugar.

  • Coconut Ladoos

     

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    This sweet recipe can be prepared for any festival. It can be prepared using dried coconut, milk and sugar.

  • Besan Ladoo

     

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    Besan Ladoo is prepared in all celebrations and festivals. These sweet balls are prepared with sugar, ghee, nuts and chickpea flour.

  • Boondi Ladoo

     

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    Boondi ladoo is a very precious prasad for the devotees. The taste and aroma of the ladoos is really the best.

Seafood that Everyone Loves

A large variety of fish is available in the US. Some of the most consumed seafood include salmon. In this blog post, you will find a list of top 10 seafood of USA.

  1. Pangasius: Pangasius is also known as swai, basa and tra. This is a tender, white fish that is farmed and imported. It is also known as iridescent catfish.

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  2. Cod: This is a very complicated species. A whole book has been dedicated to how this fish can change the world. There are many varieties of the fish including Hook and Line Atlantic cod and Wild caught imported Pacific cod.

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  3. Crab: There isn’t a lot of meat in a crab. There are some crabs that are more sustainable than others. One should always prefer Dungeness crab over King crab.

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  4. Catfish: This is a catfish recipe that is tasty and is also present in the Junior League Centennial Cookbook.

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  5. Tilapia: Tilapia is one of the top 10 consumed Seafood of USA. Tilapia is a white fish that is inexpensive. It is a very popular choice for seafoods.

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  6. Salmon: Salmon is a very popular fish and contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Its vitamin D content is very high. This fish is very easy to prepare.

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  7. Tuna: Tuna is one of the seven species of fishes of ocean. They are a great form of food. They are related to mackerels fishes. Tunas are a good source of Saturated Fat, Vitamin B6, Phosphorus, Protein, Vitamin B12, Niacin and Selenium.

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  8. Shrimp: Shrimp can be eaten in a lot of ways. There is a diversity of Seafood and shrimp are one of the best food available.

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10 Delicious Fall Recipes

This is the season of apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. The fall is just around the corner. Which also means that it is end of summer. Some of the best recipes available include apple pie, pumpkin spiced sweet treat etc. In this article, we give you some of the best vegan recipes for autumn:-

  • Cider-Braised Chicken

     

    20130930-268035-apple-braised-chicken-edit2-thumb-625xauto-356333This is a fantastic dinner and an ideal Sunday supper. The sauce used in the dish is delicious. Serve the dish with bread or mashed potatoes to give you a delightful experience.

  • Autumn Beef Stew

     

    beef stew_0This is a delicious supper for after work. The dish is prepared with hearty potatoes, tender beef and colourful carrots. This is a staple dish made at Margaret Shauers’ kitchen.

  • Marinated Pot Roast

     

    vEfuWrSyGe6gGAObKjgw_imageThis is a tender beef dish, when combined with red wine sauce gives a sweet taste to vegetables, onion and mushrooms.

  • Sauerkraut Soup

     

    1483735982951This is a very delicious soup. This is how farmers and common folks of Ukraine made delicious food with simple ingredients.

  • Quick Black Forest Cake

     

    10-Black Forest CakeThis is a real twist to classic German chocolate-cherry cake. It uses cherry preservatives and boxed cake mix.

  • Pasta with Chard and Basil

     

    tray-of-pink-pastaYou can use chard leaves instead of basil. This is a great way to use classic sauce throughout the year.

  • Pan Roasted Beef Tenderloin

     

    30901_RecipeImage_620x413_roasted_herbed_beef_tenderloinThis buttery beef tenderloin is very easy to prepare. You have to roast the beef in a frying pan, then roast the beef in the oven.

  • Cheesy Brat Casserole

     

    picMcBbHmThis is a recipe that contains six ingredients. It is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin. The lineup of Winconsin foods include cheddar cheese, potatoes and bratwurst.

  • Southwest Corn Pudding

     

    vegan_sw_corn_puddingThis recipe uses buttery onions, green chillies and cheddar giving us a pudding with stuffing. The corn pudding is inspired by skillet corn bread. This recipe serves as great side dish. It is best served with garlicky sauteed kale and salad.

  • Streusel Apple Bread

     

    1-19-2016-117Apple Streusel Bread is a cake like bread having layers of apple chunks and walnuts in middle. The topping is done with cinnamon streusel.

10 Italian Recipes That Everyone Loves

Everyone loves Italian food. Pastas, pizzas and risotto are some of the dishes that can help in satisfying your cravings. So many kinds of pastas are available. These include lasagna, penne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, ravioli and macaroni. These can be tossed in different sauces, vegetables, herbs and meat. If you want to try a quick meal, try home-made pizzas.

In this article, we share with you top 10 Italian recipes:-

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    This Tuscan salad is ideal for summer. The two ingredients that remain the same are bread and tomatoes. This salad is best had with a glass of Prosecco.
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    This bread is sliced and then different toppings are done on it. The topping is done with tomato-basil and mushroom-garlic.
  • Focaccia Bread
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    Photo Courtesy: Handle the Heart

    Focaccia Bread is a very easy recipe. It is very easy and simple to prepare. We use fresh dough and it is topped with olives, caramelized onions, basil leaves, tomato slices and parmesan cheese and deliciously baked.

  • Pasta Carbonara
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    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is a Roman pasta dish that gets its name from ‘carbone’, which means coal. This pasta is popular with coal miners.

  • Margherita Pizza
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    If you like piping hot pizza that is fresh out of oven, then try making it at home. It is one of the most loved Italian dish. Try the recipe of Pizza Margherita.

  • Mushroom Risotto
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    Photo Courtesy: goodtoknow

    Try this plateful of buttery risotto. It is filled with mushrooms. It is great if you are feeling hungry.

  • Tiramisu
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is a delicious recipe. This dream dessert is very easy to prepare.

  • Panna Cotta
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    Photo Courtesy: goodtoknow

    This dessert is prepared with cream, gelatine and milk. The dish is chilled and is served with raspberry coulis & whole raspberries. The Italian meaning of Panna Cotta is ‘cooked cream’.

  • Chicken Cacciatore
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is a very rustic recipe. This recipe has different variations in different parts of Italy.

  • Baked Shrimp Scampi
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network
    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    The shrimp scampi has garlic, butter, lemon and parsley as topping. It is very easy to prepare and can be baked in oven.

10 Delicious American Comfort Foods

When we talk about American food, we automatically think about comfort food like hot dog, chocolate chip cookies and fried chicken. This American cuisine is so delicious that everyone loves it. In this article, we give to you the 10 most delicious food items. In this article, we cover a long list of comfort food for summers.

  • Breakfast Sausage 

    Cook-Breakfast-Sausage-FinalHaving sausage is the best way to start your day. This American dish is best had with onions, apples, cabbage, mustard and tomatoes. This dish was a way for farmers to make the best use of their livestock. The main ingredients are dried sage and spices. It can be prepared with very low effort. This dish is perfect for a delicious breakfast or Sunday brunch. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gp9F52

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies 

    thick-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies-21-600If you really like cookies, you can bake a lot of crunchy and chewy cookies. If you like chocolate, you can take this comfort food to a new level. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vrL86h

  • S’mores 

    1386693901486This is a classic American food which is Sweet, warm, melty and Gooey. S’mores are roasted marshmallows which are prepared by putting a layer of chocolate between pieces of graham cracker. Its a very simple dessert which is very mouthwatering. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2goELtH

  • Cronut 

    Cronuts-7Cronut is a gastronomic craze. It is one of the most delicious snack in the world. It is first made with laminated dough and then fried in grape seed with a controlled temperature. The Cronut was created by Dominique Ansel. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2iGhK66

  • Chicken and Waffles 

    1444759015921Chicken and Waffles is a dish prepared using all the great parts of fried chicken dinner. This delicious dish is a delight for stomachs all over the world. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vre0eR

  • Pancakes 

    D30C2lxTy6SAflQlb61Q_VP 4 - final_2When we talk about an American breakfast, there’s one dish that beats them all and that is pancakes. These are basically flat cakes, which are thin and round. They are made with starch based butter and cooked on hot surface. A variety of ingredients can be added on it. These include fruits, bacon, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and eggs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2xx69d3

  • Mac and Cheese 

    1382541000580The dish is really creamy and cheesy. This dish, which is baked in the oven is one of the best comfort food of America. Different cheeses can be mixed to make the most delicious macaroni and cheese. The dish is very delicious and really good. Mac and cheese is a perfect dish. The dish was introduced in USA by Thomas Jefferson. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2x4sCjR

  • Hot Dogs 

    hot-dogThis is a signature American dish. It is sandwiched between slices of bun and is topped with ketchup and mustard. This sausage was first made in 1600’s by John Geoghehner, who was a butcher from Germany. This cooked sausage is steamed and grilled. You can garnish it with onions, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, chilli and relish. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vrqCm0

  • Cheesecake 

    95341-94d8557b370dda96960fcafcc6dde6224ed0013e_642x428Cheesecake is a delicious dish which is creamy, divine and smooth. This dessert melts in your mouth and is best had after a meal. The dish has buttery biscuit base and is topped with cheese cream and a lot of other ingredients. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2x472Ml

  • Burger 

    BB_WHOPPER-v1The list is incomplete without the mention of Burger. This dish is tasty with juicy patty inside fresh bun. Burger can be found on every American restaurant’s menu. Burger contains gooey cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickle sauce. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2x4Hq21

10 Great Soup & Stew Recipes

Hearty Taco Chilli

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This recipe will surely become your family’s favourite. This is a great chilli recipe that can be prepared with spice added to ground turkey.

Hearty Taco Chilli Recipe: http://bit.ly/2cskdJe

Simple Chicken Soup

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This is a delicious and tasty soup that is served along with fresh bread. It is very quick and simple recipe. You can change the amount as you like.

Simple Chicken Soup Recipe: http://bit.ly/2cskdJe

Chunky Tomato Basil Bisque

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The sweet red pepper increases the flavor of this rich soup.

Chunky Tomato Basil Bisque Recipe: http://bit.ly/2cPPusy

Spinach Lentil Stew

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The red wine vinegar increases the flavor and the carrots give colour to this delicious vegetarian stew. If there are multiple people, mix this stew with rice.

Spinach Lentil Soup: http://bit.ly/2drxp5R

Mac-N-Cheese-Soup

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This is a delicious soup that is easily prepared with cheese and macaroni. It can be prepared really fast.

Mac-N-Cheese Soup: http://bit.ly/2cPQtcb

Tomato Clam Chowder

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This clam chowder from Manhattan is very good for the guests during cold.

Clam Chowder Recipe: http://bit.ly/2ddlnOc

Alaskan Salmon Chowder

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If you are in love with fish, or looking for a soup that is great, then this recipe is meant for you.

Alaskan Salman Chowder Recipe: http://bit.ly/2cAPqx6

Pretty Pepper Soup

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This soup is great for special occasions like anniversaries and Valentine’s Day.

Pretty Pepper Soup Recipe: http://bit.ly/2dhA4Mj

Butternut Bisque

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This is one of the best soups which is filled with Butternut squash.

Butternut Bisque Recipe: http://bit.ly/2d8pyJX

Spicy Goat Meat Stew

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Goat meat is an exotic food . It is very tasty and requires some good recipes to bring out the flavor.

Spicy Goat Meat Stew Recipe: http://bit.ly/2di1ZA7

 

8 Interesting Okra Recipes

Okra is best for summer season and scorching heat. Okra has its origins in Africa. Okra is an annual vegetable, from the same family as the hollyhock, hibiscus and rose of Sharon. Okra are best used in stews, soups, canning or as boiled or fried vegetable.

  • Pickled Okra: This summer, try the fresh okra by pickling them. They will surely last for a long time.

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  • Tomato and Okra Cornmeal Cakes: The tomatoes should be of small size. You can also use goat cheese, whipped cream cheese or ricotta in place of pimiento cheese.

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  • Okra and Corn Maque Choux: If you want the best from this recipe, use okra with fresh corn.

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  • Shrimp and Okra Hush Puppies: These cornbread bites are made more addictive by addition of Shrimp, Okra and Creole seasoning.

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  • Fried Okra Salad: The topping in this recipe is done with fried okra. Finishing can be done with Lemon Dressing and crumbled bacon.

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  • Creole Okra: This is a tasty vegetarian side dish that is easy to prepare. Serve this yummy dish with veggies, bacon, spices or with rice.

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  • Okra & Tomatoes: This is a tasty and easy recipe. It is best prepared with fresh okra and great when served with white rice.

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  • Roasted Okra: This is an easy recipe and the okra is not as gummy when roasted.

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