HOW MANY SPICES ARE IN ALLSPICE?

Just one! Allspice is the dried berry of a tree that grows all over the tropical Americas – called Pimenta Dioica. The berry is historically called allspice because it tastes like a combination of several spices, especially cloves. Clove can be a VERY strong spice both in aroma and taste (oil of clove is used as a numbing agent).   So when you want a hint of clove with a complex flavor, try allspice!!

Allspice is traditionally used in stuff like fruitcakes and plum puddings; Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses allspice in many savory applications as well as sweet. If you have a favorite use of allspice, let us know at http://lulasforlunch.com/blog .

 

Wishing You a Perfect Moment

 

I have a ridiculously analytical mind, even though I look and sound like a dingbat much of the time.   I catalogue perfect moments.  There are few of them in our lifetime and I hold them dear.

A lovely perfect moment I remember was Christmas 1998…I had two stepchildren in the house and they were hard to buy for as my husband really had no idea what they wanted or needed.  We didn’t have much money, but I wanted to get them what they WANTED – who wants a step mom who gives you clothes, right!?  We got them a Sony whatchamacallit to plug into the TV and play games.  They were ecstatic and I felt quite pleased with myself that we had really lit them up.  I always encouraged them to read, and led by example – I was always reading some book or other, and so they each got a book as well.  My husband was a sports and hunting nut so he got a magazine subscription to Sports Illustrated or Field & Stream or some suchness – I don’t remember – but I received a book I had asked for too!  The tree was lit and glowing, the kids had cocoa, the adults had their Holiday Cheer, and before I knew it, with Christmas music playing ever so softly in the background we were silent.  Simply silent.  Each of our heads was buried in our respective “literature” and we were each absorbed and virtually motionless, the only sounds the soft music playing and the whoosh snap of a turning page.   I happened to look up and catch this –  I hate to say it –  Norman Rockwell moment and I was PART of it…and I guess a dam of serotonin burst in my head because I was totally flooded with wellbeing, peace, and happiness, and I thought, “THIS is Christmas.  THIS is Christmas.”  I wish for you a perfect moment this holiday season as well!  With love, Lula

A Note From Chef Lori

 

 

 

 

Our kitchen will be closed from December 24 thru January 5 in order to visit far away family this season.  We look forward to literally serving you 🙂 in the new year!

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About Chef Lori

Chef Lori Pierce, owner of Lula’s, creates unique, boutique cuisine to impress your guests and clients in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  Our custom recipes and menus delight an intimate gathering of 10, a celebration for 100, and anything in between.

At Lula’s, Love is ALWAYS our first ingredient!

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Sweet Potato or Yam, Ma’am?

Tis the season…and Oh, the drama! Which is it? They are NOT related and another fun fact, the sweet potato isn’t even related to the potato! First, let’s scientifically (but not TOO scientifically) differentiate:

Sweet Potato:    Originated in Central/South America.  A relative in the Morning Glory family.  Skin a plethora of colors.  Flesh a plethora of colors – the lighter the starchier.   The bad news is…you can never tell the color of the flesh until after you buy them!

Yam:        Originated (and 95% still comes from) Africa/Asia.  A member of the Lily family.   Mostly soft fleshed.  Can grow to over 100 pounds!  Sweet Potatoes are frequently mislabeled in the US because African Americans called them Yams as they resembled them.  Yams are hard to get in the US.  You’d have to go to an international market.  You WILL see sweet potatoes labeled as yams in grocery stores.  But if you look closely, they are also labeled sweet potatoes, because it’s the law.  A wonderful use of sweet potatoes, on the menu now at Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering is our Roasted Sweet Potato Salad! You can order as a side with your lunch or entree at www.lulasforlunch.com  Yummy Yummy!!