Gnocchi

Pronounced [No-Key]

One Italian dish that is far too often overlooked is Gnocchi. They are small Italian dumplings traditionally made from flour and potatoes. They are rolled and cut into bite-size pieces quickly cooked in boiling water. They are sometimes called dumplings or pillows. The word gnocchi may be derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca, meaning knuckle.

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Waffle House

Scattered, Covered and Smothered

Down south, where I live, there is a Waffle House restaurant just about everywhere you go. It is the 24 hour a day place for breakfast or that late-night meal on your way home. My friend Tim’s Dad went there every morning for about 20 years for coffee and to meet up with his friends.

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Traveling Carnivals

Flashing lights, people laughing and screaming, music playing, the carnival is in town

In Alpharetta, Georgia, during the 60s, 70s, and 80s, we had a traveling carnival set up in an empty lot a couple of times a year. These would have a convoy of trucks and trailers that would, within a few days, erect a bevy of rides, concessions, and games.

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Buc-ee’s

Where the beaver never sleeps

Buc-ee’s is a chain of convenience stores and gas stations with locations in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. They are coming soon to Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina. They have just opened in Calhoun, Georgia (Gordon County) where I visited for the first time. They are known for their world-record size convenience store (New Baunfels, Texas) and their world’s longest conveyor car washes.

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Fast Food Nutrition

nutrition
[ noo-trish-uhn ] noun
the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished.

Kind of an oxymoron, fast food, and nutrition. I have always wondered, on those rare occasions I eat fast food, which ones are better (or worse) for me. I have diabetes so I am especially cognizant of the sugar and carbohydrates included in my meal.

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Why Do We Eat Turkey On Thanksgiving?

We eat nearly 50 million turkeys each Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was made a national holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln but there had been hints of that day being a holiday in prior years. George Washington declared Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” Today, about 50 million turkeys are consumed on Thanksgiving.

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Rice Pilaf

pilaf [ pi-lahf, pee-lahf ] rice cooked in a meat or poultry broth.

A Pilaf is a rice dish, or sometimes wheat, cooked in broth or stock and spices and other ingredients added such as vegetables or meat. Techniques are employed to ensure that the cooked grains do not adhere (not sticky).

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Vegemite

Vegemite [ vej-uh-mahyt ]
an Australian vegetable extract used as a flavoring or spread.

Vegemite is a spread primarily consumed in Australia. The exact ingredients are a secret but it is made from Brewer’s yeast. It contains B vitamins and practically no fat. It is found in the homes of 80% of Australians and 22 million jars are produced for the 1.2 billion servings to be consumed each year. 90 percent of the ingredients come from Australia and only 2 % of the jars made are exported overseas.

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