Downloadable Monthly Desktop Calendar, April 2015, US Edition And International Edition

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April 2015
(CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司)

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To display the calendar on your computer screen :
> download the calendar of your choice to your desktop,
> right-click on the image,
> choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, (exact wording will depend on the browser you use).If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel :
> Control Panel
> Display
> Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image. (Mac users will have to use different commands to the same effect).


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April  2015, US Edition :
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Calendar April US
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April 2015, International Edition:
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Calendar April International
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$ 90 Salad Splurge …………….

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How do you justify an $90 salad for one?
I do by arguing that if I go to a restaurant and spend the same amount or even more, especially here in South Florida, my food will most likely not be as good and most certainly not as ample and luxurious. Three lbs of stone crab claws ($75) is a generous portion but not excessive. Add the shrimp, avocado and the other ingredients and you reach an eye-watering $90 bucks- definitely not something you want to do often, but once in a while for a special occasion ………….  so today I was celebrating my upcoming birthday (December 2nd !) :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Live a Little ! :-)
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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Crab And Shrimp Salad

Stone Crab And Shrimp Salad

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Preparation :
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Adana Kebab (Kıyma Kebabı) (Turkish Lamb Skewer)

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In  the early seventies I was lucky enough to be visiting Turkey many times ( Istanbul,  Kusadasi  and  Izmir  among other places). At that time, Turkey  still had an oriental mystique to it which was incredibly fascinating and exiting to a young man like me. The sights, smells and noises were so much different from what I was used to – even after all these years, they still linger vividly in my memory
My girlfriend and I almost got stoned by an angry mob one day at the market in Izmir. (They actually threw stones and small rocks at us). We just came from the Caribbean and my girlfriend Edith was wearing the popular outfit of the day – high heels, hot pants and a thin t-shirt without a bra – not a good idea at the time in a mostly Muslim country. Only the quick help and intervention of our taxi driver who came running to rescue us (carefree idiots) prevented great harm or worse.
But beside that particular episode, I only have great memories of Turkey in the seventies. One of the highlights of our stay’s were always the great meals we had in local restaurants. We tried anything we could, from five-star restaurants in five-star hotels in Istanbul to small dives along the beaches and funky eateries in the sea port’s more seedy areas. The food was always great, fresh, spice-laden and exotic (to me at that time, most anything seemed exotic)
I remember  Adana Kebab  to be widely served and today I finally got around to do my own version which turned out pretty spectacular :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Afiyet Olsun !
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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Turkish Adana Kebab

Turkish Adana Kebab

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Preparation :
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Mama Tilly’s “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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I wish  I could sit one more time at my parents dinner table and be served my moms “Quer Durch Den Garten” eintopf. Of course, as a child, veggies and stews were not exactly big time favorites, but, as with so many memories, decades later all we usually remember are the good parts of our experiences and so it is with this dish – so, one more time please :-)
This dish shows up in many homes nowadays but its new name is usually  “clear out the fridge”.
But, what was then, way back, poetically called “quer durch den garten” (across the garden) was literally just that – everything that was ripe in the vegetable garden and had to be used up before it spoiled. Therefore, during harvest time in our back of the house small veggie garden, “quer durch den garten” was a dish that showed up a bit too often. Always a bit different, sometimes added pasta or rice instead of potatoes, usually different vegetables (whatever was ready for consumption) and most always a different protein – bacon, sausage, chicken, beef, or a combination of whatever was available. Obviously, this is one of my favorite dishes now, but back then…….. :-(
So here it is, in honor of my mom’s “Quer Durch Den Garten” eintopf:
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Bon Appetit !   Hans, you are not allowed to go outside before you finish your plate !!!
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Link to  ” Eintopf
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Link to  ” Gnocchi ” Recipe

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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 Mama Tillys "Quer Durch Den Garten"  Eintopf

Mama Tillys “Quer Durch Den Garten” Eintopf

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Preparation :
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Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Baby  bok choy – must be one of the best vegetables anywhere. I just love the looks, the taste and especially the texture. Of course, as far as the taste is concerned, there is not much of it’s own, so I usually add oyster sauce or fermented black bean sauce among other strong ingredients to bring out the best of these beauties :-)
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
In case you wonder why I did not toast the sesame seeds –
I sometimes prefer the taste of un-toasted sesame, it is milder as if you toast them, – just a personal preference :-)
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drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

drizzle vegetables with oyster sauce mixture

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top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

top with chicken, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cilantro

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Steamed Bok Choy  In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

Steamed Bok Choy In Oyster Sauce & Grilled Chicken Breast In Sweet Chili Sauce

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Preparation :
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Seafood Snack

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Your choice:
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$ 3.95 – 1 pack of crappy “Nachos”
$ 4.50 – 1 small tub of crappy “Salsa”
$ 3.50 – 1 small can of crappy “Cheese Dip”

Total: $ 11.95 for a crappy snack :-(
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$ 11.00 – 1,5 lbs snow crab legs
$ 6.00 – 0.5 lb eat & peel shrimp
$ 1.00 for some Thai sweet & spicy chili sauce
$ 0.50 half a lemon
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Total: 18.50 for a delicious, healthy, beautiful snack :-)
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You be the judge !

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Bon Appetit !  (Either way) :-)
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Corned Beef And Cabbage – Happy St Patrick’s Day

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After  a week of corned beef almost daily, (I bought too much meat, as usual), I am happy that today St Paddy’s day is finally here, the mountain of corned beef is devoured and we can move on to other goodies. :-)
However, today’s  dish, Corned Beef and Cabbage, has been served in so many different versions that most of it has become just a shadow of its former glory. I hope that I can help resurrect people’s interest in this lovely dish. My version is a simple one, yet pretty to look at and most important, VERY tasty and sumptuous.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Click Here For  Corned Beef  Recipe
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Corned Beef And Cabbage

Corned Beef And Cabbage

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Corned Beef And Cabbage

Corned Beef And Cabbage

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Preparation :
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Matzoball & Corned Beef Soup

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Today’s  lunch pay’s homage to the fact that tomorrow is St Paddy’s day and to the fact that corned beef is not really Irish in origin but has its roots in the Jewish community :-)
(Before you scream at me, you might want to read the article below)

Is Corned Beef Really Irish?
The rise and fall and rise of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal
By Shaylyn Esposito, smithsonian.com , March 15, 2013

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Besides that, look at the pictures of this culinary knockout! If you are a soup lover, you won’t be able to resist this sexy, curvy beauty :-)
I prepare this dish and many variations of it many times during the year, although usually I use regular beef, chicken or vegetable broth.
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Bon Appetit !   B’taya Von !   Gow dty vee dty fondagh !   Go raibh an bia blasta !
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Click Here For  Corned Beef  &  Corned Beef Soup  Recipes
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Click Here for  Matzo Ball  Recipe
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Click Here For More  St Paddy’s Day  Recipes
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Matzoball  & Corned Beef Soup

Matzoball & Corned Beef Soup

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Matzoball  & Corned Beef Soup

Matzoball & Corned Beef Soup

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Greek Salad (Limburger Salad)


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” Greek  Limburger Salad “
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When  I decided to have a Greek salad for dinner I had to go to the store first to get the necessary ingredients. To my tremendous surprise and delight, I discovered a type of cheese in the dairy section which I had not encountered for at least 20 years and which I would never have expected to find here in Miami – Limburger Cheese. This was the favorite cheese of my dad when I was a kid, and as I got older, the taste (and smell) eventually grew on me and Limburger became one of my favorite cheeses as well :-)
So of course, never mind the feta cheese, Limburger it had to be ! It pairs great with the fresh vegetables and vinaigrette of the original Greek salad and, for my palette at least, it is the perfect substitute for the feta cheese in the original Greek salad.
As usual, use any cheese which suits your taste and budget best.
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  Limburger Salad and Jalapapeno / Cheddar Bread

Limburger Salad and Jalapeno / Cheddar Bread

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 Limburger Salad and Jalapapeno / Cheddar Bread

Limburger Salad and Jalapeno / Cheddar Bread

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Preparation :
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Éirinn go Brách – Cál ceannann (Colcannon)………

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Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce
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Cál ceannann 
(Colcannon)
 is, in the form presented here, without a doubt one of the most sumptuous and decadent potato dishes you’ll find in any home or restaurant. Far removed from its humble beginnings, this version is loaded with butter, cream, leeks and scallions, seasoned with sea salt and nutmeg and served with corned beef in horseradish cream. This combination far elevates the corned beef above its more common pairing with simple cabbage and onions.
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Link to Horseradish Sauce Recipe
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Link to Corned Beef Recipe
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Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

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Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

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Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

Colcannon, Corned Beef & Horseradish Sauce

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