Thanksgiving is a day to gather with family and friends and give thanks for all we have. But Thanksgiving is also known as a time to chow down. Many families sit down to a meal of turkey and various side dishes on Thanksgiving, indulging in a hearty meal before relaxing on the couch to sneak in an afternoon nap and watch some football.
Men and women who do not adhere to a vegetarian lifestyle may think such a diet is monotonous and bland. However, many vegetarian dishes are full of flavor, which is why many people who transition from more traditional diets to vegetarian alternatives often discover that such a conversion is not as difficult as they anticipated.
Those who want to try a vegetarian dish with some flavor should consider the following recipe for "Spiced Vegetable Stir-Fry" courtesy of Hugo Arnold's "The Wagamama Cookbook" (Kyle Books).
One of the joys of being a foodie is the opportunity to use food as an avenue to learn about other cultures. Food can be a valuable tool when learning about different cultures and countries, shedding light on foreign customs and, in some instances, foreign economies.
When autumn is on the horizon and temperatures are about to take a turn for the colder, many families prefer to enjoy one last fiesta outdoors before calling it quits on the outdoor entertaining season. The following recipe for "Vegetable Paella" from Deb Roussou's "350 Best Vegan Recipes" (Robert Rose) makes a great dinner on the deck with family and friends.
The vegan lifestyle has grown increasingly popular over the years, as more and more people find such a lifestyle is not only on board with their ideals, but it happens to be delicious as well. The following recipe for "Horseradish Mustard and Panko-Encrusted Tofu" from Deb Roussou's "350 Best Vegan Recipes" is proof that vegan cuisine can be just as tasty as a more traditional diet.
Grillmasters know that grilling for friends and family is about more than just burgers and hot dogs. For those who want to add some more flavorful fare to their backyard barbecues, the following recipe for "Smoke-Roasted Bell Peppers Stuffed With Green Garden Vegetables" from Andrew Schloss and David Joachim's "Mastering the Grill" is sure to please guests and grillmasters alike.
While Americans have grown accustomed to such staples as cereal and oatmeal when they sit down at the breakfast table, breakfast is vastly different in certain areas overseas. For example, in her book "5 Spices, 50 Dishes" (Chronicle Books), cookbook author and teacher Ruta Kahate notes that her mother-in-law serves the following recipe for "Black-Eyed Peas in a Spicy Goan Curry" for breakfast, adding a little extra kick to the most important meal of the day.
Kids have long seen cauliflower as a mortal enemy. Adults, however, often recognize cauliflower's nutritional value and can even spice up its taste with the following recipe for "Cauliflower with Fenugreek Cauliflower Sukke" from Monisha Bharadwaj's "India's Vegetarian Cooking" (Kyle Books).
Tortilla chips just aren't the same without salsa, a spicy sauce that has many variations. Many people enjoy store-bought salsa, but home chefs and foodies might want to try their hands at homemade salsa, which can be just as delicious as a restaurant-quality variety. If you like your salsa to come with a little extra kick, consider the following recipe for "Fiery Corn Salsa" from Kelley Cleary Coffeen's "200 Easy Mexican Recipes" (Robert Rose).
Men and women looking to fill their kitchens with the aromas of freshly prepared foods from afar may want to try their hand at the following recipe for "Cornmeal Muffins" from Maxine Clark's "Pizza, Calzone & Focaccia" (Ryland,Peters & Small). Popular in Tuscany, these muffins resemble traditional English muffins.