Weekly food rail, with a quiz on Spam, an easy beef and noodle casserole recipe and more.
In which state can you find "Spam Town, USA"?
D. South Dakota
Answer is at bottom of column
Easy recipe: Beef and noodle casserole
6 ounces egg noodles
1 pound ground beef
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup dry sherry
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in the tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce and garlic, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer. When noodles are done, stir them and the cheese into the simmering sauce until cheese is melted. Stir the sherry into the sauce and stir for 1 minute, then place in a 2 quart casserole dish and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese to taste. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.
Food in the News
Italian police seized more than 88 pounds of beluga caviar from two men who smuggled it into the country from Poland.
When police realized the caviar would spoil, they decided to give it to poor people in Milan, according to wire reports.
A small amount of the sturgeons' eggs were kept for analysis, and the rest was sent to voluntary associations, charity kitchens and other agencies.
Tip of the Week: Breading varies in crunchiness, preparation
Breading is a coating, usually for meat and seafood but also vegetables. Foods to be skillet or deep fried often are breaded to turn golden brown. Breading can be wet or dry. Wet is similar to pancake batter. Dry is simply bread or cracker crumbs. Dry requires dipping in egg to glue the breading. Japanese panko, the current rage in bread crumbs, is pieces of dry bread roughly crushed to form a very crunchy breading. – The Repository
Wise to the Word: Langostino
Langostino (lahn-go-STEEN-oh): If you see this on a seafood menu, it could be one of three things. It is Spanish for prawn. A prawn can be a shellfish that looks like a little lobster, complete with tiny claws. They are sweet and delicate. In Florida, they are called “lobsterettes.” Prawn also means freshwater shrimp. And, finally, a prawn can be any large shrimp (15 or fewer per pound), also known as jumbo shrimp. - The Repository
Did You Know
Fresh apples float because 25 percent of their volume is air. – U.S. Farm Service Agency
Number to Know: 6.9
Grams of fat in 2 tablespoons of Kraft Cheez Whiz – calorielab.com
The Dish On …
“Betty Crocker's Kids Cook!” by Betty Crocker Editors
This book has more than 60 simple recipes that show you how to fix every meal of the day plus snacks and desserts. Chow down on delicious food, from Chicken Lickin' Quesadillas to Indoor S'mores.
Cool illustrations and color pix of every recipe make cooking an adventure.
Kids also get the lowdown on cooking terms, basic techniques, good nutrition and kitchen safety.
From the Beer Nut’s Blog
The latest issue of the Beer Advocate (Volume II Issue XI) magazine was in my mailbox when I got home the other night, and I was very happy to see it had the yearly top lists of the year.
I always like looking at lists, and find them interesting. The lists are based on reviews from Beer Advocate members.
Trappistes Rocherfort 10 was named the number one “All-Time Top Beer on Planet Earth.” Can’t really argue with that. I like a few other beers on the list better, but the Rocherfort 10 is a wonderful beer.
After looking at the “Top Buzzed-About Beers” list, I now really want to try Devil Over a Barrel-Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. It just sounds incredible, and maybe that’s why it finished at the top of the list.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/
Food Quiz Answer
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