CNY foods, recipes from China's regional culinary cuisines for Year of the Sheep | Examiner.com

Chinese New Year of the Sheep kicks off Feb. 19, 2015. CNY (Spring Festival or Lantern Festival) celebrates an animal of the zodiac each year and 2015 is Year of the Goat or Sheep. CNY anticipates good fortune. How better to celebrate than with food? Here are recipes and tips to eat your way through China's eight culinary regions and cuisines. Start with a virtual tour of China's food regions. from Travel China Guide.   CNY foods, recipes from China's regional culinary cuisines for Year of the Sheep | Examiner.com

Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast | Examiner.com

Happy Pancake Day! Also called Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, it's the day Catholics celebrate in preparation for Ash Wednesday and the sacrificial Lenten season. Catholics give up things for Lent. Traditionally that meant abstaining from meat, dairy, eggs, fat and sugar for 40 days till Easter. So they would use up or "shrive" the house of those foods and make them into pancakes. A house shriven (purged) of temptation symbolizes a soul purged of sin (Catholics also to confession before Lent to ready themselves for the penitential season). Here are delicious pancake and waffle recipes for Pancake Day. You can cheat and use pancake mix--the best is Krusteaz Honey Wheat. Krusteaz uses unbleached and whole grain flour.   Pancake Day recipes, Shrove Tuesday pancakes, waffles for Mardi Gras feast | Examiner.com

Healthy brunch recipes to use up leftover stale bread, holiday leftovers

Hosting a New Year's Day brunch? The last thing you need, after the spending extravaganza that was Christmas, is something more to spend money on. New Year's Day is the time for resolutions to cut back. So how about recipes to use up holiday leftovers, particularly stale bread, rolls, muffins and baked goods. Don't pitch stale bread. Put leftover stale bread in a bag in the fridge (separate sweet bread from savory). Gather up holiday leftovers of meat, sausage, cheese, dried fruit, nuts and eggs (don't forget the separated egg yolks and whites leftover from recipes). Use up leftover vegetables from veggies trays and holiday cooking (bits of onion, green pepper, mushrooms, etc.). When you have enough. repurpose holiday leftovers in yummy recipes that use up leftover stale bread so it doesn't go to waste. Remember these use up recipes won't have exact measurements and maybe not even specific ingredients. It all depends on what leftovers you have and how much you have leftover.  Healthy brunch recipes to use up leftover stale bread, holiday leftovers | Examiner.com

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