Mexican Wedding Cookie Recipe

These delicious cookies are known as Mexican wedding cookies, snowball cookies, walnut cookies or Russian tea cakes . What makes this recipe special is that it is a recipe prepared by the nuns at a convent in Jalisco, Mexico and they are absolutely amazing!

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National Chocolate Cake Day

National Chocolate Cake Day is celebrated every year on January 27th. The origins of the day are unknown—but there is some speculation that a dessert company or perhaps a cake enthusiast started it.  The main ingredients that make up a chocolate cake are flour, sugar, cocoa, eggs, and milk. TRY THIS RECIPE

Alternatively, pre-packaged cake mix can be purchased;  or for more sophisticated bakers, you can find advanced recipes for cake such as the delicious. chocolate ripple cake 

Chocolate cakes are part of a 742 million dollar a year international industry. Sales of chocolate cakes have increased year after year since recording of the industry by product began in 1994. READ MORE

France: Bastille Day

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Bastille Day is the French national holiday celebrated every year on July 14th. When in France, you may call the holiday La Fête Nationale (National Celebration), or Le Quatorze Juillet (the fourteenth of July).


The holiday memorializes the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, a festive commemoration held on the first anniversary of the July 14th, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress-prison.

The storming of the Bastille was an episode in French history where protesters demonstrated against the tyrannical royal authority and raided the Bastille for arms and ammunition. To the citizens, the prison was the ultimate symbol of royal oppression and autocracy. Prisoners included   people jailed on flimsy, arbitrary royal indictments and political prisoners imprisoned for publishing material found offensive to the royal court.

Serving as the flashpoint for the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille gave way to the abolishment of feudalism and the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Festivities include a national parade, picnic, ball and garden party, all attended by President of the Republic.

Celebrate France’s steps towards democracy with these recipes for Bastille Day.

Check out Wikipedia for more Bastille Day history.

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Nutty for Nutella: The History of Nutella

Nutella cake

Nutella cake adorned with hazelnuts.

Nutella was made by Italian confectioner Pietro Ferrero.Yes, it’s the same Ferrero that brought us the delectable Ferrero Rocher (and Tic Tac’s too). Nutella was the solution to a less expensive chocolate. Since the supply of cocoa was limited during World War II, Pietro Ferro used hazelnut which was plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy. This simple solution extended the supply of chocolate and began a trademark taste found in Ferro’s products.

At first Nutella, originally called Pasta gianduja, was sold in loaves and mothers would slice a slab and put it in between two pieces of bread. However, children being children discarded the bread and went straight for the sweet stuff. So, innovative minds went to work to outsmart kids wanting to have their cake and eat it too, by making Nutella spreadable.

Nutella

Formerly sold in loaves in the forties, Nutella is now sold in spreadable form.

Although Nutella has been around since the forties, it was only imported from Italy to the United States in the early eighties. Now it is marketed in over 75 countries outselling all brands of peanut butter combined worldwide. Nutella is eaten on all types of bread, from bagels to muffins to toast. It goes great on waffles, crepes and crackers as well.

Here’s an idea for an informal gathering. Get some pretzels and fill your dipping bowl with Nutella…what a delicious treat! For more formal affairs, instead of chocolate, why not try Strawberries and Nutella? It’s a different taste, and sure to be the talk of the party.

Recipe for Nutella Cake: Nigella.com

Article by Monica Johnson

Russian: Cake “Napolean”

In Russian literature, a cake named Наполеон (Napoleon) is first mentioned in the first half of the 19th century. The cake has enjoyed an especially great popularity since the centenary celebration of the Russian victory over Napoleon in the Patriotic War of 1812. During the celebrations in 1912, triangular-shape pastries were sold resembling the bicorne. The many layers of the cake should symbolize La Grande Armée. The top is covered by pastry crumbs which should symbolize the snow of Russia which helped the Russians defeat Napoleon. Later, the cake became a standard dessert in the Soviet cuisine. Nowadays, the Napoleon remains one of the most popular cakes in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. It typically has more layers than the French archetype, but the same height.

Ingredients : 500 g flour , 250 g margarine , 1 ea egg , 1 tb vinegar . Icing: 1 sugar , 0,5 l milk , 2 ea eggs , 2 tb flour , 200 g butter , vanilla.

 

Method:

Icing: Mix sugar, eggs, flour and then pour over milk. Cook on low heat, stirring regularly, until dense. When icing cools down a little, add butter and vanilla.

Dough: cut margarine into small pieces and toss with flour until smooth. Mix egg, vinegar in 1 cup of water and add it to flour. Knead the dough until elastic and smooth. Divide the dough into 8 parts and put in the fridge for 40-60 minutes. Roll out every part very thin, put in a baking form, cut out remains, pierce with a fork and bake in a preheated oven until light golden. Bake the remains of dough until golden colour.
Spread the icing on every shortcake and on the top. Crumb the dough remains and sprinkle all the cake with them. Puy in a fridge at least for a couple of hours.

See Many recipes for Russian desserts and foods at:http://www.waytorussia.net/WhatIsRussia/RussianFood/Desserts.html

A Cupcake Tasting: Swirls Cupcakes

Cupcakes have been all the rage for the last few years with bakeries devoted to these tiny treats.  Swirls Desserts expands sweet offerings at their stores with fresh Belgian choolates made in Brusssels and flown in biweekly.  Furthermore, there is a cupcake bar where you can sit and sip on a Belgian chocolate mocha.  Sound decadent, it is. 

 It is likely that the word cupcake had you at hello so let’s start the conversation.  I employed the help of MCCN’s Spanish Language Content Consultant Eddie Zamora in conducting a graded cupcake tasting.  Swirls offered many choices of cupcakes for our consumption.  The best of the pack we found to be the Blueberry cupcake.  It bursts with blueberry flavor and is visually the most unique when biting into it with its soft purple to blue color.  Clearly, this garnered an A grade. 

Photo by Crystal Johsnon: Swirls Cupcakes

Learn what we thought of the Strawberry Milkshake cupcake, Carrot, German Sweet Chocolate, Red Velvet and more at: http://www.examiner.com/x-9408-LA-Comfort–Soul-Food-Restaurant-Examiner~y2010m1d4-Westfield-Fashion-Square-Sherman-Oaks-has-a-Swirls-Cupcakes

Serving Los Angeles, South Bay, San Fernando Valley, and Orange County. Swirls Official Website: http://swirlsdesserts.com/

How to Make A Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae

Recipe by Nigella Lawson

Whether a decadent choice for a romantic dinner at home or to cool off on a hot day, this recipe is sure to please.

Ingedients

  • 175 ml double cream
  • 100 grams milk chocolate (chopped)
  • 100 grams smooth peanut butter (skippy for preference)
  • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 4 scoops toffee ice cream (or caramel ice cream)
  • 4 scoops chocolate ice cream
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 4 tablespoons salted peanuts (roughly chopped or left whole to taste)

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First Looks in the Kitchen with MCCN Hosts

(From Left to Right: Efren, Michelle & Sunni)

Get ready for exciting and informative programs with the chefs and cooks of the Multi Cultural Cooking Network.    Read their bios at http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com

This dynamic trio is serving up some great recipe for the holidays.  Stay tuned….

( Efren Cardinas  serves up desserts to be featured on his holiday show)

Mediterranean Delights by Michelle

Sunni Boswell will teach you quick and easy Asian Cuisines