Food is an amazing thing.  Perhaps there is no greater need for the human body.  It nourishes our body, provides comfort and is part of our customs, religions and celebrations.  

The foods of our faith provide comfort while celebrating family, traditions, God and love.  The aromas of home cooking bring back good memories of our past, our holidays and heritage.  So, try some of these delicious foods or get that recipe from grandma and get cooking!  There may be no better way to celebrate than with the foods we love!

Tagenites from Ancient Greece 

Neolithics ground einkorn wheat into flour, added goat's milk and eggs, then poured the batter over hot rock; hence, producing one of the most famous breakfast foods that originate out of a need for acceptable meals for Lent.  Today, we can go to the nearest IHOP and ask for what is now termed, a large stack of pancakes.

King Cake

Celebrating the Epiphany at Christmas time and during pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras from Epiphany Eve to Fat Tuesday.  Created over 300 years ago as a French bread dough with sugar on top and a bean or pecan in it's center for one lucky person who gets the piece with the bean or pecan and what is representational of Baby Jesus.  The person is assumed to have good luck all year long and is responsible for the following years celebration cake.


Braided and prepared for Jewish holidays and Sabbath.  The challah (pronounced hallah) is a popular bread used for the three Sabbath meals.  Each meal has two loaves and is referred to as lechem mishneh in Hebrew.  The double loaf, referred to as the manna or mana, represents an edible substance that fell from the heavens when the Israelites arrived in the desert after the Exodus.  The manna would fall the day before the sabbath or holiday.

Chinese Dumplings

These tasty dumplings referred to as shuijiao or "Jiao Zi" are boiled with a starch wrapper and originates from Zhang Zhongjing also known as the "Medicine Saint" in Chinese history.  As a recipe that would help warm the body, improve circulation and perhaps help heal people of his town who were suffering from frostbite, he originally made these with mutton, chili and medicinal herbs and boiled them before delivering them to the people of his town.


Thought to originate in Istanbul.  Both the Turks and Greeks claim this dish as their own.  This Roman placenta cake is covered with a cheese and honey glaze.  The layers of filo dough are filled with chopped nuts and syrup or honey.


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