Carrot Juice Constitutes Murder by The Arrogant Worms

As part of our carrot series, we bring you a bit of carrot-themed humour in the form of a music video called Carrot Juice Constitutes Murder by the Arrogant Worms.

The Arrogant Worms are a Canadian band whose music covers many different genres including rock, folk, ballads, country, Celtic folk, and children's music in a humorous manner. We hope this music video leaves you smiling.

 

If you are interested, you can download Carrot Constitutes Murder from Amazon by clicking here.

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Brenda

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The Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe.

The Carrot Cookbook

We all know that carrots are nutritious and this cookbook will help you get more carrots into your diet and onto your menu plan.

Within the 171 pages, you will find recipes for carrot marmalade, a chilled soup, mulled carrot drink, carrot fudge, chili con carrot, carrot stroganoff, boeuf en daube and more. You will also find information about growing carrots and about the nutritional value of carrots.

The Carrot Cookbook is an older cookbook, having been written by Audra Hendrickson and published in 1987, but it is still readily available from the sellers on Amazon ranging in price from less than a dollar for a used copy to about $30 for a new one.  If you're looking to enlarge your collection of carrot recipes, this is one to try out.

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Brenda

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Discover the truth about baby carrots. Read When is a Carrot Not A Carrot?


Peek-a-Boo Rabbit Carrot Print

I love this image. It's bright and bold and fun. Called Peek-a-Boo I, Rabbit by Yuko Lau, it is one in a series. It is perfect for a baby's nursery or for your Easter time decor.  It also celebrates the humble but mighty carrot. You can buy this Rabbit art print from AllPosters.com by clicking here. You will find that Yuko Lau has a very nice, similar but different series of animal themed prints if you like his style but are looking for a different animal, color or food.

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Brenda

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Check out my carrot cake recipe!


What is a Carrot?

What exactly is a carrot?

You probably already know, but just in case I will tell you that Microsoft Encarta says that it is a "thin orange root vegetable" or that it is "the thin, tapering orange-colored root of the carrot plant that is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable."

The carrot belongs to the family Apiaceae and is classified as Daucus carota. The cultivated variety is classified as Daucus carota variety sativa.

Pretty technical...but don't you love them? Carrots are so easy and versatile. It's a bonus that they are nutritious. Stay tuned for some more interesting carrot posts!

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Brenda

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Panasonic's Automatic Bread Machine, Model SD-YD250

The Panasonic automatic bread maker, model SD-YD250, is an excellent choice in bread machine. It is Amazon's best-selling bread machine, receives very good Amazon customer reviews and sells for a great price. Today, I see that it is listed at less than $150, with free shipping.

It does everything you would expect a bread machine to do. It mixes, kneads, rises and bakes loaves of bread in three sizes up to 2 and a half pounds. It includes settings for various types of bread and has a delay timer.  Naturally, you just place the ingredients in the pan and the machine does the rest.

Amazon customer reviews include the following:

"The bread consistency is excellent." - Henry Perkins, California

"You get what you pay for in this world and the Panasonic SD-YD250 is a perfect example. Quiet as a mouse. No jumping around the counter and whining." - Anthony T. Curtiss, Minnesota

"...to the point, I'm thoroughly impressed with this machine. It is solid and quiet. I took the first loaf I made with it and sliced it to find an absolutely even loaf." - Timothy Spears, New Mexico

You can read all of the Amazon customer reviews, more about the machine or buy it from Amazon by clicking here.

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in the kitchen!
Brenda

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Find my country seed bread recipe.



A Traditional Easter Dinner Menu

Easter Dinner Menu

A Delicious Easter Dinner Menu That Is As Easy As Pie. 


That is quite an expression,"easy as pie." Actually, it is hilarious for I have to admit that pie making, for me, is NOT easy. It is my absolute favorite dessert but it is something that I always struggle with so you will not find any pie on this menu plan. Instead, you will find my simple but delicious Easter dinner menu which includes glazed baked ham, creamy scalloped potatoes and all the fixings plus a very special carrot cake.

I have been making this springtime meal for as long as my oldest son has been around. That is, for 22 years. We enjoy every single morsel; I have not been able to find any reason to change a thing.

You can choose to follow my entire menu or just add one or two new recipes to your existing Easter dinner tradition!  I hope you will enjoy it, too!

A Formal or A Casual Easter Dinner Menu?


A formal or a casual Easter dinner menu? The choice, of course, is up to you but no matter how you choose to serve it up, this meal is delicious.

I have in the past served this Easter Dinner in one of two ways. Originally, it was a very traditional dinner in the dining room with the good china, candles and so on. Of late, as life has become busier and time harder to find, we have taken to serving this meal in a more casual way. That does not mean it is not special or delicious, just that we also enjoy it whether we (and the dining room) are dressed up or not. In the casual option, we might set the kitchen table with easter colored napkins, a small pot of live dafodils and a vintage bunny rabbit in the center; in the formal version, we take out the Royal Doulton china. Whichever way you choose to serve it, you are going to love it!

My Easter Dinner Menu Includes:


The Best-Ever Glazed Baked Ham
The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
Steamed Asparagus, Peaches and Cream Corn and Carrots
The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe
The Best-Ever Homemade Carrot Cake

The Best-Ever Baked Ham Recipe


My Mother-in-Law always said that this ham was delicious because of the ham that we used which still has the bone in it. It is almost failproof and I sometimes 'cheat' and skip the glaze... Find the recipe here.

The Best-Ever Creamy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe


Funny, my sister-in-law does not like scalloped potatoes except for my best-ever creamy scalloped potatoes. Helpless to explain why, I can only attribute it to the top quality ingredients... Find the recipe here.

asparagus steamer
Steamed Asparagus, Peaches & Cream Corn and Carrots


In my mind and in our home, this menu is matched perfectly by the addition of two or three vegetables, depending on how many people we are feeding. They include asparagus, peaches and cream corn and carrots. Usually, I prefer my vegetables plain. Plain side dishes and vegetables are perfect for me. That is, unadorned. I appreciate their true flavour that way and am also conscious of the health implications of putting sauces, etc. on everything we eat.

Achieving perfect asparagus is not difficult. Steaming for three minutes, until just tender when pierced with a fork, cooks it perfectly or you can just trust your nose. I find that when I start to smell the asparagus, it is cooked. Try it and see if it works for you.

In Canada, we have a brand of frozen corn niblets called Green Giant. They make two types of corn and we love the peaches and cream variety. It is the only brand that I buy because nothing else compares save, fresh corn in the summer and early fall! To cook corn, I find the easiest method to be the microwave oven. A small casserole dish filled with enough for six people takes about six minutes to cook in my microwave.

Previously, I would have added baby carrots to this recipe. However, what I have learned lately about how Baby Carrots are created so I will instead recommend carrot coins. Regular carrots, peeled and sliced to be shaped like coins.

Using an asparagus steamer is the best way to steam your asparagus as the tender tips of the stalks are the farthest away from the heat and the thicker stems are just above the boiling water. In case you are wondering about the versatility of an asparagus steamer, it can also be used for corn-on-the-cob, hard-boiling eggs and artichokes. It is not the sort of tool that you have to have but it is one that you will be glad to own. Learn more about this asparagus steamer on Amazon by clicking here.


Baby Carrots Why NOT To Serve Them To Your Family


Did you know that most baby carrots are not grown as baby carrots? Instead they are regular carrots that are cut down into the shape of baby carrots and then processed through a chlorine rinse. For all of the details, read my page about baby carrots. Learn more about baby carrots here.

The Best-Ever Country Seed Bread Recipe


We have been making the best-ever country seed bread recipe for about 16 years. A friend passed the recipe to me from her Mother and it soon became one of our favorites. We have it quite frequently and find it is the perfect accompaniment to a homemade soup dinner. It is, however, also a perfect addition to this Easter dinner menu. I would say that bread is not required as the rest of this menu is plenty of food for a gathering. I started adding this bread because I have one son who did not care for potatoes. Now, the bread is a set part of our meal. Find my recipe here.

The Best-Ever Carrot Cake Recipe


An amazing carrot cake, you will want to make sure you save space for at least a tiny sliver! Moist & delicious, this carrot cake also carries some nutrition along with the dreaded calories. But every bite is worth it so make sure you save enough room for your slice of the best-ever carrot cake. Find the recipe here.

Do you celebrate Easter? Were you inspired by this page to make an Easter dinner? I hope my ideas help you put together a family Easter tradition.

See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda


More Reading:


A Few Celebrity Easter Dinner Menu Ideas


Easter Dinner Menu by Martha Stewart
This menu was an Everyday Food Martha Stewart magazine menu and included baked ham, produce and a billowy meringue that takes the cake.

Easter Dinner from Emeril Live on the Food Network
Easter Dinner that included Hot Cross Buns, Crown Roast of Lamb, Fresh Carrot Ring with Buttered Peas and Cauliflower andMini Chocolate Bundt Cakes with Peanut Butter Filling and Chocolate Glaze.

Easter Dinner Recipe by Giada De Laurentiis
Italian Dish Perfect for Easter ~~ This Italian meal of grilled lamb chops rubbed with fresh herbs is ideal for Easter dinner.

Easter Dinner Menu by Rachel Ray
Rachael shares a foolproof Easter menu that'll be on the table in under 30 minutes!

More From My Best-Ever Recipe Collection


My Best-Ever Recipes Collection
I have shared many of my family's favorite recipes online. You will find your way to them through this, the index page to my best-ever recipes collection.

The Best-Ever Maple Cupcakes, A Maple Syrup Recipe
Yummy! That's the only word for these Canadian maple syrup cupcakes!

The Best-Ever Lemon Cupcakes Recipe
The Lemon Cupcake recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes cookbook is absolutely amazing. On this page, you will find the lemon cupcake recipe and my story. My story actually starts with Martha Stewart's Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie.

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The beautiful Easter print shown at the top of the page is available from AllPosters.com by clicking here.


Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Cookbook


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook was written by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. It's an exteremely well received cookbook that will teach you want you need to know to make your own bread at home every day.

See the simple process in this video, in which authors Zoe and Jeff put together a loaf of their basic white bread.  It really does look simple. It will make you want this cookbook and, of course, a loaf of homemade bread.




Looks pretty easy, doesn't it? The hardcover book is available for just under $20 and the Kindle version for just under $15, on Amazon by clicking here.

See you
in the kitchen!
Brenda

Quick Links:

Buy The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes cookbook from Amazon.
Check out my Country Seed Bread recipe. It's a family favorite that is perfect with homemade soup.

The Asparagus Festival Cookbook

It will soon be asparagus time, a time when you want to embrace fresh, locally grown asparagus.

You might like to add The Asparagus Festival Cookbook to your collection before the asparagus arrives.

The write up for this book says that asparagus deserves a cult following and I agree. Asparagus is a very nutritious vegetable full of vitamins, minerals and fiber and lacking in sodium. Not only is it good for you but it is delicious, too and very easy to prepare. 

Stockton California held its first ever Asparagus Festival in 1986 and thousands of asparagus fans showed up. The highlight, they say, was the tent called Asparagus Alley where you could EAT asparagus. The Asparagus Festival Cookbook shares some of the prize-winning recipes from the cook offs at the festival.

A new paperback copy retails for $7 from Amazon, less than that from third party sellers and only pennies more for the Kindle version.

I welcome spring with open arms...and a serving of fresh asparagus!

Brenda



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