Can you remember these words? “Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land praise the power that hath made and preserved us as nation!” Right, these lines are taken from “The Star-Spangled Banner”, from the last verse, to be precise.

More than 500 years ago the expedition headed by Christopher Columbus reached the islands of the today Caribbean Sea. On October 12th, 1492, the experienced Italian navigator is believed to step on the solid ground of the New World. Although he himself was sure that he found another shipping route to the desirable coasts of India, this fact did not prevent the U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Congress from proclaiming October 12th a federal holiday in 1937. Since 1970 until nowadays Columbus Day has been celebrated on the second Monday of October.

Mushrooms are a type of funghi. There are many different varieties, including those that can be picked in the wild, as well as cultivated mushrooms that are generally sold as buttons, cups or flats according to age. Large flat (Portobello) mushrooms have more flavour than young buttons, and chestnut mushrooms tend to have a slightly stronger taste and firmer, meatier texture than ordinary white ones. Here is a low-carb treat, ready in 5 mins.

That was the day when in the great book of the world’s history a new page was opened, and a new chapter was begun! It proclaimed the “self-evident truths” that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. These lines refer to, probably, the most important and marvelous document in the American history – the Declaration of Independence, written largely by Thomas Jefferson and signed by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America on July 4, 1776, that is to say, exactly 240 years ago.

Summer picnic recipe: fresh, healthy and incredibly tasty!

When salty prosciutto meets sweet melon, it's a match made in appetizer heaven.

Sardines and tuna are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It full of vitamin D and omega-3 fats, it doesn't contain toxins and gives you various delicious dishes to make. The rich, distinct taste and texture of tunaand sardines is central to many inspired recipes. Marky's offers you not only high quality sardines and tuna for the best prices, but also some amazingly tasty ways to to cook it.

These crispy chewy cookies are as tasty as they are pretty. They can also be very temperamental! Even professional pastry chefs don't always understand why some macarons may crack across the top, while others bake up picture perfect with the characteristic crack along the bottom of the cookie, called the foot. Luckily, even the less than perfect macaron is still delicious and adorable. Use a few drops of neon liquid food coloring for a pretty pastel macaron (too much liquid food coloring can cause cracking), or use a gel color paste for a more vibrant result.

Irish potato cakes given a modern twist with a classic New York bagel topping.

This is a lighter version of pasta carbonara. For people who want the flavor but not the bacon, smoked salmon is the perfect substitute.

If you are bored with all traditional ways of serving cheese, why not try something new, original and undoubtedly delicious? Then what about Parmesan crisps? The delicate golden savory cheese and thyme crisps are a fine company to various sauces and soups, as well as a nice appetizer on their own.

Foie Gras Mousse with a cinnamon-ginger syrup is a great combination of an unbelievably creamy taste of the mousse, soft spongy texture of gingerbread, which is used to line ramekins, and scrumptious sauce. Cook using Marky’s duck liver foie gras to make the best mousse ever. See the directions.