Pork and Shrimp Egg Rolls

When it comes to gift-giving over the holidays, many of us think of chocolates, gingerbread men, fruit cakes, and hard candy. But why not give a savory rather than a sweet? As a sign of love and appreciation, my mother always made egg rolls for friends and family. This year I’ve decided to do the…

70’s Fried Chicken

When I hear “fried chicken”, I immediately think of Colonel Harland Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) franchise. However, the Colonel is not the creator of fried chicken. The history of deep frying chicken in lard is older than the Colonel. If we go back in history to the times of knights in shining…

Mini Pumpkin Pies from Scratch

This sweet custardy pie is most associated with America and Canada’s Thanksgivings, during the fall when pumpkins are ripe and ready to be harvested. However, placing pureed pumpkins or squashes and spices in a pastry shell is not a North American creation. Pumpkin pie–or pumpion pye–first appeared in England in the 17th century. Recipes with…

Victorian Kedgeree

This dish of rice, fish, and curry is believed to have been brought from India to the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria. Kedgeree, as it’s called, was developed during the British Raj in India. This period in which the British Crown ruled the Indian subcontinent would last from 1858 to 1947. Today,…

Meats & Potatoes

Although beefsteak was popularized in the 19th century, man has been rearing cattle and enjoying beef since 8,000 B.C.. Come the age of the industrial revolution, red meat could be transported anywhere, making beef readily available to everyone, including those dependent on crop, such as potatoes. The potato started appearing around the same time as…