Fun Fact Friday: Brazil (with poll and video)

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Honeybees fight cavities? Brazilian honeybees make a sticky substance called propolis to patch up their hives. This mixture of beeswax and local tree secretions has the potential to reduce cavities in humans up to 60%. A sweet invention... The sweet, seedless navel orange was first recorded in the mid-1800's on a sour orange tree in a Brazilian¬†monastery (according to National Geographic). This happy accident was then developed and bred into the sweet navel orange we enjoy today. The … [Read more...]

Recipe: Rye Bread

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Makes 1 large loaf, or 2 small My husband called this "the best rye bread I ever ate." ¬†A nice, dense crumb, with a mild rye flavor. The sugar and honey make this loaf wonderfully addictive. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups warm water 3 tablespoons honey 1 Tbsp sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast 1 3/4 cups rye flour 2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour Optional: caraway seeds (for top of loaf) Method: 1. Place … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spicy Meatballs with Pomegranate sauce (Fesinjan Kyufta)

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Makes 12 large meatballs In this case, spicy means seasoned, not hot. Serve with rice pilaf ... or stick on toothpicks for a finger food at a party (just put the sauce in a little bowl in the center). Ingredients: For the meatballs: 3/4 lb ground beef, 85% lean 3/4 lb ground lamb 1 large onion, grated 1 egg 2 Tbsp ice water 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp hot Hungarian Paprika (for mild, increase for hot) 1 tsp dried mint 1 - 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp … [Read more...]