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Golden Breakfast Porridge (Kaachi)

I’d been wanting to try this golden breakfast porridge (kaachi) from Honest & Tasty since I read about it last year.  It looks warm and comforting for the cold days we are having now.  Her photos make it look enticing too.  My photo doesn’t do it justice.  I used grass-fed butter and didn’t add the turmeric because I was cooking for two (and the other person wouldn’t have liked it).  So it is missing that lovely golden color.  The consistency is like creamy mashed potatoes, and the flavor is like farina.  I like my farina with butter, so I ate the kaachi with only butter and a sprinkle of sugar.  Definitely a heart-warming dish for the winter!

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Italian Christmas Eve Fish

Every Christmas Eve, Italians serve seafood.  For religious reasons, they do not eat meat on Christmas Eve.  Some people refer to this tradition as the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  I would say most people make baccala, calamari and octopus.  My grandfather used to make fried smelts, and my grandma also made eel.  Here’s a sample of what we had this year.

Baccala salad:

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Fried baccala:

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Baked clams:

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Linguine with squid sauce:

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Calamari:

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Grilled calamari:

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Octopus salad:

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Lobster tails:

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Shrimp cocktail:

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Miniature Cheese Shop

What do you think of this miniature cheese shop?

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Giveaway Extended!

Enter the GIVEAWAY in honor of my 1000th post!  The deadline has been extended until Dec. 15.

Weekend Whets 11/21

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY in celebration of my 1000th post!

Momo Crawl, Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2 p.m., Jackson Heights Food Court Marquee, 73-07 37th Rd., Jackson Heights, Queens:  Sample momos from different vendors for $1 each and vote for the best.

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 4 to 7 p.m., The Water Table, Brooklyn

Thanksgiving 4-Course Prix Fixe, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12 p.m., Blenheim Restaurant, West Village, Manhattan

wd-50 Final Dinners, November 19-23, 26, 28; Thanksgiving Day; and Last Call November 29, wd-50, Lower East Side, Manhattan

The Donnoli–the New Pastry Hybrid

The NY Daily News reported on the donnoli–a doughnut and cannoli hybrid from Alidoro in Manhattan that is a contender for next cronut.  What’s not to love about cannoli cream in a doughnut?

Foodie Mysteries + A GIVEAWAY

Contest closed. Congratulations Natasha!

Some Enchanted Eclair

To celebrate my 1000th post, mystery author Bailey Cates has graciously offered to send one copy of her latest mystery novel, Some Enchanted Eclair, to one lucky reader of Hunting for the Very Best!

I love anything that has to do with a bakery, so when I saw the cover art for the first novel in this series, Brownies and Broomsticks, with its shades of pink, its magical swirls, and its pastry case filled with cakes, cupcakes and pies, I had to buy the book.  I’m glad I did because I fell in love with the characters and stories.  The novels follow Katie Lightfoot who moves to Savannah, Georgia, to open a bakery with her aunt and uncle.  Here, she learns that she is a hedge witch.  Before reading this book, I had no idea what a hedge witch was.  I’ve since found out that a hedge witch is a witch who uses herbs to create spells or for medicinal purposes.  Turns out, Katie’s aunt is a witch and Katie becomes part of the coven, a group of very colorful and interesting ladies.  Murder follows Katie wherever she goes.  With her special powers, she winds up being better than the local police at solving crimes.  Katie also has some romantic love interests who vie for her attention.

There are four books in the series so far , each as delightful a read as the first.  They are perfect for foodies like us!  Each book contains recipes of some of the goodies Katie bakes up in between sleuthing.  I love these books and am so happy to share them with you.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering What is your favorite Hunting for the Very Best post? 

Don’t forget to like like Hunting for the Very Best on Facebook here and follow me on Twitter here though doing so will not count as another entry.  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).

Contest closes on December 15, 2014 November 30, 2014, at 12 Noon EST.  One winner will be chosen randomly.  Winner will be announced on December 16, 2014.  Open to residents of continental US only.  Winner will be mailed a copy of Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates.  Not responsible for lost mail.

Good luck and thank you for following me as I go hunting for the very best!