The Irish Boiled Dinner, Not So Irish?

For years and years you were led to believe that every St. Patrick’s Day you were to eat a boiled dinner because it was an Irish meal. Come to find out that this so-called Irish boiled dinner may not have originated in Ireland after all.

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The Origin of the Boiled Dinner

The recipe people have become familiar with includes: corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and a few other vegetable variations, however this exact recipe did not originate in Ireland. In Ireland the preferred meat was pork not beef because it was not as costly. Their ideal cut was called “Irish Bacon”, it’s lean and somewhat similar to Canadian bacon. In Irish households pork and potatoes would boil for hours before being served for dinner.

During the late 1700’s to early 1800’s Irish immigration sky-rocketed in America, bringing in new traditions and in this case new recipes. In the United States beef was the affordable meat staple of working families. Newly situated Irish immigrant families could not necessarily budget in buying pork so they switched to beef. Alas corned beef and cabbage is born! Hey now! Where did the cabbage come from? Potatoes in America were more expensive than cabbage and cabbage proved to still provide a hearty dish when cooked with corned beef. In more recent history other vegetables and potatoes have been added.Boiled Dinner fact

So there you have it. The so-called “Irish Boiled Dinner” actually originated in the the east coast of the United States. A less popular way of referring to this dinner is “New England Boiled Dinner.” I think Stephanie Butler said it perfectly when she said Irish boiled dinner is ” as American as apple pie.”

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Baked Beans and a Give-A-Way!

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Greetings Cooking Fans and Foodies,

Remember when you and your family would have a Sunday bean pot meal? It certainly  is an old-school New England dish. Especially when you add grilled brown bread, Kayem franks and TownTalk New England Style hot dog buns. I encourage you to bring that tradition back. We borrowed a recipe from R&M International (the makers of the wonderfully nostalgic ceramic bean pots on our website)  on how to make homemade traditional baked beans! [Click for Recipe]

The ingredients required in this recipe are: pea beans, salt pork, salt, molasses, dry mustard, and brown sugar. This specific recipe takes up to 8 hours to near completion using a ceramic bean pot. If eight hours sounds too long to make your own then I suggest you enjoy B&M’s ready made baked beans in a variety of flavors. Heat beans up in a bean pot for a traditional nostalgic appeal. Continue reading

New England Comfort Food

With New England getting a snow storm every few days there’s no wonder why people are stocking up on their favorite comfort foods. In New England when we think of comfort food we imagine mouth-watering clam chowder, warm baked beans with brown bread, fresh popped popcorn, Drake’s snack cakes and Fall River’s own Hoo-Mee Chow Mein. Being cooped up in a house during a storm has never sounded so good until you have all your favorite comfort foods by your side. FamousFoods.com would like to offer not one but three Coupon Codes for February 21st – February 27th 2015. Enter the code that works best with your order total at checkout.

  • COLD: $5 off $35 or more.
  • COLDER: $10 off $65 or more.
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New England Comfort Food

New England Comfort Food

Isn’t comfort food just the best? New Englanders especially love their comfort food. It keeps them warm and happy during the long winter months! Here are some top picks to keep anyone cozy this winter.

  • B&M Baked Beans Original: B&M Original Baked Beans are cooked with sweet brown sugar, molasses, and tender pork. Here in Boston, we call that “wicked awesome”.
  • B&M Brown Bread: B&M Brown Bread in a can is customary New England bread. We think it’s best served fried with some butter on it.
  • Hoo-Mee Chow Mein: Fall River’s own Oriental Chow Mein Company has  has been turning out savory chow mein dishes for generations of New Englanders.
  • Bar Harbor New England Clam Chowder: Nothing says New England comfort food like delicious all-natural clam chowder.
  • Wabash Valley Farms Popcorn: When New Englanders are browsing for the best popcorn kernels they seek out Wabash Valley Farms, the best place to purchase specialty popcorn kernels
  • Drakes Snack Cakes: Drake’s has been providing New England with delicious snack cakes for over a century.

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How Sweet It Is To Have Chocolate

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Valentine’s Day is just a week away and you are probably scrambling to find the perfect gift and sweets for your significant other. Have no fear! FamousFoods.com has great selections of candy and sweets to choose from. The most popular one is the Harvest Sweets Chocolate Covered Truffles Variety 3 Pack. It includes Milk Chocolate Strawberry Truffles, Milk Chocolate Peach Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles. Each style of truffle is filled with a white chocolate ganache flavored with sweet fruit puree and luscious cream. Your valentine will be saying, “how sweet it is to have you!” Other fruit truffle flavors include: blueberry, key lime, orange, and raspberry. 

Harvest Sweets doesn’t stop there, they specially make dozens of varieties of chocolates. If you are sticking to the Valentine’s Day colors like red and pink then Chocolate Covered Cranberries, Strawberries, Cherries, and Raspberry fruit and truffles will be the perfect picks! These sweets are definitely cupid approved.

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Milk Chocolate Covered Cranberries: The sweet cranberries are collected from area bogs, dried, and then covered in blissful milk chocolate to make this special Cape Cod Cranberry candy complete. Also available in Dark Chocolate.

Milk Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Milk chocolate and strawberries are a winning combination for anyone who enjoys sensational fruit drenched in velvety chocolate. Also try Dark Chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries: Delicious chocolate covered dried cherries by Harvest Sweets are a delicious grouping of flavors. Enjoy their Milk Chocolate as well. Continue reading

New England Themed Football Party

The New England Patriots proved they are indeed the AFC champions when they nearly shut out the Indianapolis Colts with a 45-7 win. It was a proud day to be a New Englander! As Tom Brady and the rest of the team prepares for the Super Bowl on Sunday February 1st it’s time you start prepping the menu. Host a New England themed football party complete with New England Favorites! Here are some ideas to kick it off right!

New England Themed Football Party Ideas

New England football partyStart off the football party with good old fashioned clam chowder by Bar Harbor and SeaWatch. Both chowders are easy to make and full of flavor. If you’re looking to stand out in the crowd, make clam chowder shooters and garnish with a clam cake! We suggest using Kenyon’s  popular clam cake mix. Since you are making them small they will take less time to cook. Continue reading

Save 15% on Football Sunday Food Favorites

Greetings Cooking Fans and Foodies,

The past week has brought us nail-biting football games and for the lucky ones great food to grub on while watching the NFC and AFC playoffs. (pssst if you weren’t one of the ones check out our recipes below!) We’d like to say congratulations to the New England Patriots on their win against Baltimore Ravens. We thought we would celebrate with an awesome coupon code. This week football and foodie fans can save 15% on orders of $30 or more. Just use the Coupon code: FOOTBALL15 during check out. Deal is valid from 1/17/15-1/23/15.

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So while you are watching your favorite team this weekend, why not enjoy Kayem’s Cocktail Franks? They were just added to our store and what perfect timing. The AFC and NFC Conference Championships this weekend will determine who will be making it to the Super Bowl. And of course our beloved New England Patriots will be playing Sunday night at 6:40PM against the Indianapolis Colts. As you get fired up for the game don’t miss out on game-winning appetizers. Kayem’s Cocktail Franks are premium pork and beef  and will be the perfect addition to your football Sunday. A quick Google search brought up endless possibilities on what you can make with these mini franks. Some favorites include Sweet & Sour Smokies and Kayem suggested making Zesty Pigs in a Blanket. The Sweet & Sour Smokies are an easy snack if you have a crockpot: just add 8 oz. of grape jelly, 8 oz. of chili sauce and Kayem’s Cocktail Franks. They will be done in about 2 hours! Like your food spicy? Use Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. And speaking of Sriracha we must mention a recipe a foodie fan sent us…it involves Sriracha, honey and chicken wings, must we say more? Check out the rest of our Football Food Line Up:

Holiday Sale–Ends 12/12/14

December 25th is approaching and this is the week to consider a gift of your favorite fresh baked New England foods. Our holiday sale this week has prices up to 30% off!

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Everyone wants to get their holiday shopping finished early but when the gift is fresh baked or perishable you also want the order to be received as fresh and as close to the holiday event as possible. FamousFoods.com is happy to accommodate! Simply leave us a message in the comments section when you check out if you would like your shipment delivered by a certain day! We will do our best to hit your target delivery date within 1 business day* Continue reading