Campfire Spinach Dip / Spinatdip til Bålkosen

A great dip recipe found on diyprojects.com
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Camping does not have to be all hot dogs and hamburgers.  One should  include a few family favorites when one head out into the great outdoors.  This Campfire Spinach Dip is sure to become one of yours!

It’s a nice break from the traditional camping fare.  Served with a sliced baguette it makes the perfect breakfast or light lunch.  Creating a tin foil packet to encase the dip in makes cooking and clean up a breeze!

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Skipper’s Stew / Skipperlapskovs

A traditional Danish recipe found on familiejournal.dk
Skipper’s Stew / Skipperlapskovs

This kind of a dish is called a “Lapskovs” in Danish and “Lapskaus” in Norwegian and both words are thought to come from the English word “lobscouse”.

Lobscouse: a sailor’s dish of stewed or baked meat with vegetables and hardtack – Merriam-Webster

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Dill Cured Salmon / Dillgravad Lax

A classic Swedish starter recipe found on koket.nu
Dill Cured Salmon / Dillgravad Lax

Curing salmon and trout with dill is a Swedish speciality. It adds
a delightful freshness to the finished dish.

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Albondigas – Mexican Soup / Meksikansk Suppe

A healthy soup recipe found in “Rethink School Lunch –
Cooking With California Food” an E-book published
by Center for Ecoliteracy

Albondigas – Mexican Soup / Meksikansk Suppe

This is a classic version of the popular Mexican soup. The meatballs provide protein, while rice adds whole grains to this healthful dish. If desired, you can use all beef instead of half beef and half pork.

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Steak and Oyster Pie / Biff- og Østerspai

A classic pie recipe found in “Harrods Cookery Book”
published in 1985

Steak and Oyster Pie / Biff- og Østerspai

During the last century oysters were cheap and plentiful and were often used in pies to pad out the more expensive ingredients. Canned oysters may be used if fresh are unavailable.

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Barbecue Marinated Chicken Drumsticks / Barbecuemarinerte Kyllinglår

A spicy chicken recipe found in “Fjærfe på Menyen” (Poultry
on the Menu) published by Den Norske Bokklubben in 1984

Barbecue Marinated Chicken Drumsticks / Barbecuemarinerte Kyllinglår

Note: If you cook the drumsticks on a charcoal grill, the grid should be about 10 cm/4 inch above the coals. Cook 8-10 minutes on each side.

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French Bread / Franskbrød

A classic French bread recipe found in “The Fleischmann Treasury of Yeast Baking” published in 1962
French Bread / Franskbrød

The French call their long, slender loaves of crusty bread “pain ordiaire,” or “everyday bread.” They serve it at almost every meal, from breakfast where it accompanies the morning coffee or hot chocolate, through dinner, where it is used to “mop up” every bit of sauce or gravy.

Because of its rather bland flavour, it may accompany any main dish. Its crispness makes it a special attraction with soups, salads and soft entrees such as spaghetti or eggs. It may even appear with the dessert course when dessert is cheese and fruit.

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Lemon and Earl Grey Chiffon Cake / Sitron- og Earl Gray-Kake

A light, delicious cake recipe found in
“90 Years of KitchenAid – The CookBook”
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This American cake is extremely light, thanks to the use of oil instead of butter and the addition of extra egg whites. With such a virtuous cake, it is surely not a sin to add a rich mascarpone cream… The best accompaniment to this cake is, of course, a cup of Earl Grey tea.

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Hungry History: Lobsters

Hungry History: Lobsters

Ian Knauer at history.com dives into lowbrow history of a pricey food as he assembles two versions of a delicious lobster roll.

You wouldn’t suspect, perhaps, that a close relative of grasshoppers and tarantulas could be widely considered an elegant Hungry History: Lobstersindulgence in the United States or any other nation of generally sophisticated palates.

And yet, every time a chef proudly presents a lobster-based creation as a signature dish, that’s exactly what’s going on. Prepared broiled in butter or scampi, Newburg or in bisque, the lobster—a member of the invertebrate phylum Arthropoda just like insects and spiders—has held a place of honor at countless festive feasts and romantic repasts for well over a century. Nonetheless, trappers have a prosaic nickname for lobsters: bugs.

Lobster’s appeal as a special delicacy wasn’t always so, but not because Americans were necessarily repulsed by lobster’s less appetizing cousins. Rather, back in the colonial era, the clawed crustacean was so abundant that it was hardly deemed exceptional.

Hungry History: LobstersA three-term governor of Plymouth Colony who came over on the Mayflower, Edward Winslow, for instance, wrote to an English friend in 1621 that “Our Bay is full of Lobsters all the Summer.” At the end of that decade, Francis Higginson of Salem, Massachusetts, wrote in his book “New England’s Plantation, or a short and true description of the Commodities of that Country” that the “abundance of sea-fish are almost beyond believing … We take an abundance of lobsters, and the least boy in the Plantation may both catch and eat what he will of them. For my own part, I was soon cloyed with them, they were so great, and fat, and luscious.”

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Travel ahead one century and several hundred miles northeast to Nova Scotia, and the situation was similar. In his 1876 book “The Emigrant and Sportsman in Canada: Some Experiences of An Old Country Settler,” essayist John J. Rowan recounted that “on still summer nights, lobster spearing parties are the fashion among Halifax people … On one occasion, I saw several acres of potato ground manured Hungry History: Lobsterswith them … Lobster shells about a house are looked upon as signs of poverty and degradation.”

Yet despite Rowan’s observations, times were in fact changing, and the transformation of Homarus americanus (American, or Maine, lobster) from fertilizer to fanciful indulgence had already begun in the United States by the mid-19th century.

The secret ingredient to lobster becoming a luxury was coal. Not on a barbecue, but as the fuel that powered steam-engine locomotives, explained culinary historian and consultant Lou Greenstein of North Reading, Massachusetts. “As the Industrial Revolution got underway and railroads were built, the capacity existed for perishable foods like lobster to be packed in ice and transported from the point of origin to inland places like Chicago,” said Greenstein, author of “A la Carte: A Tour of Dining History.” Hungry History: LobstersThe perceived romance of the travel story involved—not to mention the very real expense—added to the cachet of regionally “exotic” foods.

What’s more, the fact that eating multi-jointed lobster presented intrinsic logistical difficulties made it even more desirable to some. In the Victorian era, “labor was inexpensive,” explained Greenstein. “So a lot of the dishes served from the 1850s on featured lobster that had already been picked, like molded lobster salad. This way, servants did the work, and Victorian ladies didn’t have to go through the ordeal of eating something difficult in public. Even lobster Newburg—it can be served in the shell, but it was already picked.”

Hungry History: LobstersYet if, on the one claw, lobster has maintained its overall reputation as a luxury food, it has, on the other, spawned a very particular kind of informal dining experience in coastal New England: the lobster shack.

Mike Urban, a Connecticut resident and author of the book “Lobster Shacks: A Road Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints,” said that the first lobster shack most likely emerged in the early 1900s in Maine. “The first ones were offshoots of a lobsterman’s business,” he hypothesized. “His wife or kids might have begun cooking some of the catch right on the dock, for locals. They started small.”

Hungry History: LobstersOne of the earliest lobster shacks whose history Urban can document is Bayley’s Lobster Pound in Scarborough, Maine. Based in a small commercial shack he bought, Steve Bayley lobstered to supplement the income he earned at a clam-packing plant, where he worked beginning in 1916. Sometimes, after he’d supplied lobsters to all his nearby restaurant and market clients, “he would pack overcatch in suitcases, jump on a Portland-bound train and sell it at a local market there,” said Urban. From there, it became a small logical leap to prepare and sell simple boiled lobsters and lobster rolls (possibly a Bayley invention, too) right at the shack, cutting out middlemen. Today, the third and fourth generations of Bayley family members run the seasonal business. And in the century since Bayley’s began, shacks have come to densely dot the New England coast.

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A drive or train ride away, New York’s Delmonico’s—in business, on and off, since 1827, but currently thriving on Beaver Street in a Victorian-era building—is also central to the lobster cuisine story. It was one of the first fine restaurants to serve lobster, according to Greenstein. Even more significant, a new way of preparing lobster—with butter, cream, Madeira and eggs—was introduced to one of the original Delmonico brothers by world-traveling sea captain Ben Wenberg in 1876. Lobster à la Wenberg became a favorite of patrons, but when Wenberg and Delmonico had a falling-out, the new specialty fell off the menu, too. When requests for the dish could no longer be ignored, though, it returned—with the letter-shifted name of Lobster à la Newberg (or Newburg, as it’s now spelled).

If the Puritans could see the esteem in which lobster is held today, they would doubtless be shell-shocked. But with melted butter easing its ascent, Homarus americanus clawed its way to the top, and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Egg and Bacon Muffins / Egg- og Baconmuffins

A fancy breakfast recipe found on gilde.no
Egg and Bacon Muffins / Egg- og Baconmuffins

Bacon and eggs belonging to those delicious weekend breakfasts for many of us. If you want to try a little playful variation, you can prepare them in a muffin mould for an even better presentation on the plate.

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Tarta de Santiago – Galician Almond Cake / Galiciske Mandelkake

A Spanish dessert speciality found on epicurus.com
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Tarta de Santiago is a wonderful Spanish cake with deep regional roots in the northern region. The flavor is amazing.

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Medieval Monday – Sweet Frumenty / Søt Frumenty

A Twelfth Night side dish recipe found on cookit.e2bn.org
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This is a standard dish appearing in many variations over the centuries. It makes a lovely side dish, especially with strongly flavoured meats. It was a symbolic dish in winter, a sign that spring would come. It later came to be served as a festival dish on Twelfth Night (5th of January).

This is the original recipe:

‘To make frumente. Tak clene whete & braye yt wel in a morter tyl the holes gon of; seethe it til it breste in water. Nym it up & lat it cole. Tak good broth & swete mylk of kyn or of almand & tempere it therwith. Nym yelkes of eyren rawe & saffroun & cast therto; salt it: lat it naught boyle after the etren ben cast therinne. Messe it forth.’

(Curye on Inglysch CI.IV.i.)

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Lazy Ladies Loaf / Late Damers Brød

A new take on baking bread found on “The Farmers Family Baking Book” a free E-book published by the Devondale Dairy
Lazy Ladies Loaf / Late Damers Brød

There is nothing better than a slice of good bread and creamy Devondale butter. The holy grail of any good baker is to make the perfect loaf of bread, but for something so simple that we eat every day it’s amazing that it’s so difficult to get right. This kitchen hack will get you a perfect loaf every time without any of the fuss. This recipe was passed down as the secret of the wife of a very famous chef and breaks every rule of making a good loaf of bread.

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Puff Pastry Swirls with Jarlsberg and Rosemary / Smørdeigsnurrer med Jarlsberg og Rosmarin

A puff pastry snack recipe found in “10 inspirerende
oppskrifter med Jarlsberg” (10 inspiring recipes with Jarlsberg)
published by Tine

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DIY Sunday – Racing Razor Blade Iceboat

Razor Blade Iceboat

Razor blades, box wood, and an old flour sack are the materials used in building this simple, fast and sure sailing iceboat. Balanced so that she will sail herself in all winds not strong enough to tip her, it will be found that this style boat is the answer to those boys who have often tried to make a workable miniature iceboat, only to find that the balance was wrong, that the thing was too heavy, or that it would not steer.

If there is still ice on the lakes and ponds around your neck of the woods you can make this nifty toy for your kids or yourself in a couple of hours. Click the icon below to download the plans published in the 1929 January edition of Popular Mechanix in pdf.

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