Happy (Tiny) Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving is going to be different for us this year. It is my first year in the service industry, which means that I work on holidays and “normal” weekends. Oh dear… It would seem… I’ve turned into my father. (j/k – love you, Dad!)

I’ve always loved holidays — and it was difficult for me to come to terms with this — but Thanksgiving isn’t about gorging on turkey (or roast chicken or rack of lamb) on the third Thursday of November. It’s not about the side dishes or even the pie or alternative desserts. It’s about spending time with the people you love and being grateful for what you have… and that really should be happening year-round, holiday or not.

So, our dear readers, if you are indeed celebrating tomorrow, we hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving! As happy as the Tiny Hamster in the video. As for us, we’ll be postponing our festivities to a later time and will gladly share any new recipes we test out. Cheers!

(Many thanks to our friend Genie at Bunny Eats Design for the inspiration to share the video.)

Diced!: Alice – Corny Canapés: Corn Fritter, Corned Beef, Roasted Red Pepper Relish and Garlicky Corn Flake Crumble

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Hello Nom Nom Cat readers! If you’ve ever spent your “me time” watching Food Network, you may have heard of a nifty little show called Chopped! Well, friends, I’m competing in a similar culinary event on our friend The Ranting Chef’s blog. It’s called Diced! (see the resemblance?) and Round 1 just started today with my Corny Canapes. Voting will start next week based on the number of “likes” on the post, so please check it out and, if you have a WordPress account, vote for me! Many thanks for your support :)

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Today we have an entrant for the first course of the Diced! competition. Contestants were instructed to create or find a recipe for an appetizer, soup or salad containing the following ingredients: Corned Beef, Canned Corn, and Corn Flakes. They were instructed to make their dish and create a blog post about it, including pictures. You can help determine who advances to the next round. After the last post, I will post a poll where you can vote for contestants to move on. Vote for the post you like the best. You can vote because of the inventiveness, the yummyness, the use of ingredients, the quality of the writing and pictures or for any other reason. The poll will be active for one week only. Check back and vote. In the event of a tie, the Ranting Chef will choose who advances. More information about Diced! can be found 

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Happy Lunar New Year from Nom Nom Cat!

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Chúc mừng năm mới, everyone! We’re taking a quick break from our One Week, Three Cities series to wish you all a very happy Lunar New Year. It’s the year of the dragon (my zodiac year!) and we are looking forward to a fantastic 2012! Lunar New Year is also known as Chinese New Year, which is a bit of a misnomer since many Asian cultures celebrate this time of year with their own festivals, traditions, and customs. This past weekend, we visited my parents for an early celebration of Tết, the Vietnamese word for Lunar New Year.

Source: chinesenewyearcards.blogspot.com

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from all of us at nomnomcat!

Mini pumpkins from McGrath's Pumpkin Patch

I don’t like how messy pumpkin carving can get, so ever since I was a kid, my mom would buy little mini pumpkins for me to paint. This year, Martin and I picked up a few little pumpkins from the McGrath Street Pumpkin Patch on our roadtrip a few weeks ago and painted ourselves as nomcats.

We hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!