This Great Big World is Calling Me

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/23/2015 - 08:54

Sometimes the best travel quotes can't be found in books but in songs. Here's one of our favorites from the King of Rock and Roll himself



Italian Chicken Scampi

Suzy Rhodes Mon, 01/19/2015 - 22:24
Chicken Scampi

I’ve always been a little confused with the word ‘Scampi’ ever since I came to the U.S.  In the UK, the word Scampi means Nephrops norvegicus, more commonly known as the Norway lobster which also leads people to shrimp scampi and prawns.  In any case, scampi is from the water, so why do we have chicken scampi?  Yep, I’m still confused but it’s what the Italian-American culinary skills are all about - variation. It’s still delicious!


Suzy Rhodes Sat, 01/17/2015 - 09:35
Scottish Rumbledethumps

I love the name of this dish, it really got my attention.  Where on earth did that name come from?  Apparently, ‘rumbledethumps’ comes from the Scottish Borders.  The dish was nicknamed from the noise the tatties and cabbage make as they are battered about in the dish with a wooden spoon.  I can so relate to ‘name giving’, the Brits are so good at it – but I don’t think I would ever have thought of this name.  I love it!

Scottish Cranachan With a Wee Twist

Suzy Rhodes Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:00
Scottish Cranachan

I grew up in a Scottish town (yes, in England)… in the 60’s Scotland had a bad recession and numerous Scots came down to this town because of the British Steel Works that had opened up and many jobs were available.  So a lot of my childhood friends were from Scotland.  Anyway, I had heard about Cranachan growing up but never really knew what it was until a friend of mine who lives just outside Edinburgh was telling me how to make it. 

French Quiche Lorraine

Suzy Rhodes Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:48
French Quiche Lorraine

This dish is known as a classic French dish, but did you know the quiche actually originated in Germany? The word quiche means ‘cake’ deriving from the German word Küchen.  High German dialects are spoken in the Moselle regions of Germany and also in parts of Lorraine France. The Lorraine Franconian word ‘Küeche’ turned into the French word ‘quiche’ and today we have ‘Quiche Lorraine’ which is named for the Lorraine region of France – originating from the German word Küeche.