14 Weeks of columns October 1st through December
Oct. 1st - Introduction (if you are new to running The Vast
Repast) - The importance of food history and tradition in all
of our lives introduces The Vast Repast.
Recipe One - Great Nana's Yorkshire Pudding
Recipe Two Roast Beef
Recipe Three Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Oct. 1st Historic English Food - Hochepot,
gelee, flaumpeyns, and furmenty; strange words in a foreign
language? No, delicious recipes from an old English cookbook
called The Forme of Cury. This column explores the history of
Recipe One Tart for a Fast Day
Recipe Two Flaumpeyns (Pork Pies)
Recipe Three Hotchepot (Goose and Onion Stew)
*Oct. 8th Columbus Day - In 1492 under
commission to Queen Isabella of Spain, Christopher Columbus
took three ships and sailed West in search of spices from foreign
lands. The country that could corner the market on cloves, pepper,
saffron, grains of paradise and other exotic spices would become
a world force. But what food products did he find when he arrived
in this land we now call America?
Recipe One Earthapple Soup
Recipe Two Mexican Corn Bread
Recipe Three Pumpkin Pie
Oct. 15th Fall Harvest Food - Fall is here.
Just step outside, you can feel a crisp tingle on your skin
and smell the fall freshness in the air. Or look in your garden.
The bright orange of the pumpkins, the deep golden brown of
the autumn figs, and the shock of ripe red apples all signal
that the fall harvest is almost ready to bring inside.
Recipe One Renaissance Squash Soup
Recipe Two Baked Acorn Squash
Recipe Three Squash Ravioli in Sage Butter Sauce
Oct. 22nd Onions - The onion is one of
the most important ingredients in recipes from all over the
world. It lends its special flavor to soups, sauces, salads
and casseroles. Cultivated for more than 5000 years. This column
explores the onions roots and recipes.
Recipe One Chaucerian Toasts
Recipe Two Sweet and Sour Marinated Onions
Recipe Three Classic French Onion Soup
*Oct. 29th Halloween - All Hallows Eve, the night of
All Souls, Samhain, or just plain old Hallowe'en, October 31st
is a night steeped in Celtic traditions. Witches, ghosts, goblins
and of course, costumed kids carrying candy sacks, roam the
streets in search of a trick or a treat.
Recipe One Pumpkin Risotto
Recipe Two Raspberry Popcorn Balls
Nov. 5th Apples - From the Bible, to Mark
Twain, to sayings entrenched in the psyche of the English speaking
world, apples play an important part in our culture, our religion,
and our daily lives. Apples have even helped with some of the
most important scientific discoveries of the modern age. Just
ask Isaac Newton.
Recipe One One Pan Apple Pork Chops
Recipe Two Applesauce and Ginger Elizabethan Tarts
Recipe Three - Pineapple Baked Apples
Nov. 12th More Apples! There are
just too many good recipes for only one column on Apples!
Recipe One Historic German Apple Kraufen
Recipe Two Rustic Apple Tart
Recipe Three Easy Apple Crisp
*Nov. 19th Turkey! - Its not just
for roasting anymore. Deep fried, or stuffed with a duck, chicken
and pork so it becomes a Turduckenork!
Recipe One Deep Fried Turkey
Recipe Two Turducken!
*Nov. 26th Thanksgiving Side Dishes - Turkey,
turkey and more turkey. This is the holiday everyone has the
big bird on their minds and on their table. Thanksgiving is
one of the truly American holidays, but what should we serve
with the Turkey?
Recipe One Turkey Dressing
Recipe Two West Virgina Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe Three Green Bean Casserole
*Dec. 3rd Cookbook Recommendations for
Christmas - Books and cooks, cooks and books they go together
like bread and butter! More cookbooks are sold every year than
in any other genre and I have bought more than the average individual
share. So many that my current bookshelves are overflowing onto
the floor and about to take over the computer desk where I sit
writing this column!
Recipe One Cathy Caseys Olive Poppers
Recipe Two Cathy Caseys Roasted King Salmon with
Orange and Ginger Salsa
*Dec. 10th Christmas Cookies - Christmas
is a time for giving and a time for food, so why not combine
the two and give your friends and family a festive treat from
your kitchen. Buy a fancy plate and cover it with a selection
of cookies. Give a gift of an odd shaped muffin tin, a non-stick
baking sheet or a cast iron corn bread pan filled with your
favorite recipe or perhaps a new one from The Vast Repast!
Recipe One Shortbread Cookies
Recipe Two Snowball Cookies
Recipe Three Butter Tarts
*Dec. 17th Hanukkah - Happy Hanukkah! The
celebration of light and miracles is here. The story of Hanukkah
has its origins in the Old Testament. When the Syrian King,
Antiochus, ruled Jerusalem only the Gods of Egypt were worshipped.
Jewish temples were desecrated and all who worshipped the Jewish
God expelled. But that is not the end of the story. For that,
and the delicious recipes that accompany a Hanukkah meal, you
will have to read the column.
Recipe One Potato Latkes
Recipe Two Sweet Noodle Kugel
Dec. 24th New Years Appetizers Holiday
festivities are always fun to attend, but eventually the time
comes and you are the one who gets to throw the next party.
You will have to play the right music, pour the right drinks
and above all serve the right food. The following recipes are
quick and easy and will make you the talk of the party circuit.
So is my invitation in the mail?
Recipe One Roasted Pepper Spread
Recipe Two Garlic Blue Cheese French Bread Crostini
Recipe Three Stuffed Mushroom Caps
*Dec. 31st 12th Night - During the Middle
Ages Christmas wasn't just one day, it was a whole season that
began on Christmas day and ended 12 days later. January 6th
became known as 12th Night. At the council of Tours in 567 the
Church declared 12 Night the feast of the Epiphany, but the
celebration goes back as far as the Basilidian heretics from
the 2nd century.
Recipe One Southern 12th Night Cake
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* Please note the columns that are marked with an asterisk are
date specific and need to be run on or very near a specific
With a small amount of editing columns that do not have an asterisk
are appropriate for almost any time of the year.