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December 2012

  During this holiday season, you may need to make a fancy appetizer to bring to a party. A mini-quiche is the perfect appetizer. Just about everyone has tried quiche at one time or another. A quiche is described as an open-faced pastry crust dish filled with custard with meat, cheese, or vegetables.You may wonder from where did such a fancy dish come.   While the word quiche comes from the French “kueche” meaning cake, the German word “kuchen” also means cake. Some have argued that quiche originated in Germany. The custard used in quiche actually comes from England. English recipe books The Form of Cury, Custardes of flessh and Crustade written in the 14th and 15th century included recipes for custard.
Here's a cool music video we found about pigs, and their treatment, called Who Ya Callin Pigs? It's kind of a cool and funny video where pigs are "protesting" their treatment and name, and it's all about getting people to love pigs a little more.     The video and lyrics have a more serious side, though, too; they are a call to attention on pigs and their treatment when used for food in things like bacon and pork by the major food production industries, and by restaurants and corporations around the country.
  I'm not sure if you guys remember Down Home With The Neelys, which was this show on the Food Network; if you're like me, you have to watch the Food Network to keep up with the blog, after all! ;)   But for those who don't watch it quite as religiously as I do, the Neely's are a husband and wife team who cook a ton of yummy foods, and kind of focus on southern cuisine, and really rich, down-home cooking of various meals.   They come from that Paula Deen vein of really rich, tasty, and decadent foods that are total comfort cuisines. Plus, they've got some southern barbecue flavor and flare to them, so you know that they know how to grill a good piggy!
  Humans are pretty musically inclined, but we give pigs a pretty bad rap (get it?!) when it comes to their own musical tastes. In fact, there are quite a few songs out there about pigs and pig products that rock my socks off!   You know pigs are intelligent, and you definitely know how much people like me love a good pig, but who would've thought that so many musicians had such great things to say about our favorite four-legged friends?!  
Oprah seems to be the bearer of great news for a lot of people - she mentions a book on her show, and the next week it becomes a New York Times bestseller. She drops a note about a certain TV show or food, and it becomes the must-watch or must-make item of the month, making somebody in that business a very happy person.   While I sit here and dream that maybe one day Oprah will do the same thing for my blog, there is somebody in the piggy space of the world who Oprah has mentioned, and has made pretty famous and important almost overnight: the people who created (get this) ORGANIC PIG PAJAMAS!     The lady who created these pig-inspired pajamas was featured on Oprah a while back, in addition to having a blog and everything on her own. Business must be pretty good, too, because the price for a set of piggy pajamas is pretty steep; $89.95, to be exact. I don't know if I have the kind of money to shell out for piggy pajamas, but... oh, who am I kidding? If it has to do with pigs, I'm probably going to buy it!  

 

Did you ever wonder about the difference between jelly, jam, preserves, and marmalade? While they all look somewhat similar in their jars on the grocery store shelfs, you may notice a subtle difference between them. This blog will actually let you know the difference and give you the recipe for a great "change of pace" jam. It also makes a great Christmas gift for your friends.

 

Jellies, jams, preserves, and marmalade are all made from crushed fruit.The definition of a jelly is a condiment made from fruit juice suspended in a pectin-based substance.

  Ok, so I found one of the coolest images on the planet (at least, for me!) the other day. It turns out that in the 1930s, the Russians got a pig drunk and sent him into space!   No, seriously. It was in 1938 or so, and they were experimenting with aircrafts and space travel, and they decided to send a pig into space before sending any human into space. (You history buffs will remember that the Russians would later send Yuri Gagarin out by the stars, becoming the first man ever to go into space!)  

  Brunswick stew has been a staple of the Southern diet for well over a century. Most Brunswick stew recipes include various kinds of meat and include vegetables such as tomatoes, corn, lima/butter beans, okra, and potatoes. The stew is thick and hearty. As the old saying goes,” If it’s not stew, it’s soup.”   The claims of who invented the stew are from all over the South and another come from as far away as Germany. Folks from Brunswick County, Virginia claim that the chef of a state legislator invented the stew as far back as 1828. In Brunswick, Georgia there is a stockpot in front of the Brunswick/St. Simons Visitors center that states it was used to make the first Brunswick stew on July 2, 1898. The Virginia version uses chicken and rabbit (or whatever game they could shoot) as its meat source. It is tomato based, but it is thin and watery and has a less smoky flavor to it. The Georgia version also is tomato-based and uses pork as its primary meat source. It is also thicker than the Virginia stew and has a smokier flavor.