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Monday, July 27, 2015

July - National Horseradish Month

July is National Horseradish Month. Horseradish has been around for thousands of years. Grated horseradish must immediately be mixed with vinegar or else it darkens and becomes a bitter mush.
The horseradish vinegar mix, and variations on these two main ingredients, are used as a condiment for meat and fish, in sandwiches, and also in some cocktails. You can readily find horseradish root or prepared bottled horseradish products at your local grocery store. Be sure to look at the ingredient list to choose a simple preparation without sulfites as preservatives. Vinegar is all that’s needed. Today horseradish is commonly found in specialty mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup. It's used in dips and sauces too. 

Horseradish is still planted and harvested mostly by hand. In the American South, horseradish was rubbed on the forehead to relieve headaches. 

Listed below are a few recipes using horseradish:

Horseradish Cream Sauce ~ Alton Brown

Mustard Horseradish Sauce ~ Ina Garten
Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce - Deep South Dish Blog
Horseradish Dip ~ Paula Deen
Southern Style Coleslaw ~ South Your Mouth Blog
Remoulade Sauce ~ Southern Bite Blog
Horseradish & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes ~ Tyler Florence
Crockpot Beef & Tomato Gravy ~ The Southern Lady Cooks Blog

Sources & References:
Horseradish Facts
10 Things to Know about Horseradish

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

Independence, or more commonly spoken today, the Fourth of July. It is our day to celebrate the day in 1776, when the  Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

We prepare to celebrate this weekend with barbecues, visits from family & friends, and watching the annual fireworks celebration. Perhaps a trip to getaway from it all - Americans celebrates! We have adorned our homes with red, white, and blue. The menus are planned. A feast and fun for all.

We certainly live in a wonderful country. I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy and safe "4th of July". I want to thank those who have served our country and those who serve today. It is they who have and continue to fight for our freedom.

"It is the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

"You have to love a nation that celebrates it independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." ~Erma Bombeck


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