It’s National Pasta Day – Hooray!

October is National Pasta Month, and today is National Pasta Day. Did you know there are over 150 different kinds of Common Pastas to choose from? According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta (yeah, a real thing) there are 310 specific kinds of pasta, with 1,300 different names. While noodles were invented in China, pasta is usually associated with Italian Cooking. Yet pasta can be found in dishes worldwide.

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Cajun Chicken Tenders with Creamy Dipping Sauce

If your family is anything like mine, now that nice weather is here, the weekends are crazy!! Things to do, places to go, sights to see. This coming weekend alone, we have a two-day Chocolate Festival, Jumping Frog Jubilee, two different Classic Car Shows, three antique street fairs and one of the largest farmer’s markets in the state. That’s a lot to pack in over a single weekend.

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A Mardi Gras Feast Fit for a King

Some believe that Mardi Gras can trace its roots to Roman times. The Romans held a festival in mid-February to honor their god of fertility and agriculture, Lepercus. The Lupercalia Festival of Rome held some definite Mardi Gras-like qualities such as drinking, feasting and indulging in pleasures of the flesh. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia Festival was adopted as a Christian “last fling” of indulgence before the Lenten period of penitence and sacrifice.

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