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The bright flavors of this Mediterranean Rice Salad make it the perfect side dish for anything grilled.
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Hot buttered English muffins, Canadian-style bacon, and poached eggs are topped by a heavenly drizzle of hollandaise sauce. Wonderful for Easter, Mother’s Day, or anytime you want to treat yourself to the best brunch in the world! Serve with roasted potatoes for mopping up the extra egg yolk and hollandaise.
Truffles are a delectable type of dessert! They made with a chocolate ganache center that is then coated in chocolate powder. What makes a truffle so delectable is the creamy ganache center. The cocoa powder coating only adds to the decadent nature of the truffle. Once coated in chocolate powder, the confections resemble a fungus, called a truffle. – talk about a piece of chocolate heaven!
The chocolate truffle was invented in 1895 by M. Dofour in Chambery, France. This dessert’s popularity increased dramatically after the Prestat Chocolate Shop opened in London in 1902.
Today there are three types of chocolate truffles: All of these types of chocolate truffles differ in look, taste, and shelf-life. Europeans, the Swiss and Americans have their own way of making truffles, by using various ingredients from butterfat or syrup to dairy cream. Truffles gained popularity in the 1920s.
The American truffle was invented in the 1980′s by Joseph Schmidt. This half-sphere shaped truffle is made of milk chocolate and butterfat.
The European version of the chocolate truffle is made of syrup, cocoa powder, and milk powder.
The Swiss truffle is made with melted chocolate, dairy cream, butter, and cocoa powder. Swiss truffles have the shortest shelf-life compared to the other truffles and should be eaten within a few days of production.
To celebrate National Truffle Day, head over to your local candy shop to enjoy all of the different varieties of truffles! But, you don’t have to run out to the local chocolate specialty shop to celebrate National Truffles Day. Just call me to get my special homemade Chocolate Truffles at 916-879-4611.
Prime rib is a delicious meal that can be enjoyed at any occasion! Just thinking about prime rib gets your mouth watering. And of course, the only way to correctly celebrate National Prime Rib Day is to enjoy a big, juicy cut of it cooked your favorite way!
It all starts with the grade of the meat. Real prime rib is graded USDA Prime, and can be quite difficult to obtain. Other grades of meat in the United States are Choice, Select, Cutter, and Canner. The best type of meat to use for prime rib is Prime, but Choice meat will work as well
Once you have the meat, then you just have to trim the fat, add whatever types of seasoning or sauces you like, and cook it! The heat should be applied slowly, steadily, and evenly until the internal temperature of the meat reaches a specific degree.
After it’s cooked, just carve and enjoy! Happy National Prime Rib Day!
Reminder: Instant read thermometers are not meant to be left in the roast during the cooking process.
A full prime rib/standing rib roast is seven (7) ribs, close to 15 pounds, and enough to feed a crowd of 14 or more people (depending on how big of eaters they are). The term “standing” means the bones are included in the roast, thus the roast can stand by itself. A rib roast comprises of seven ribs starting from the shoulder (chuck) down the back to the loin.
There are dozens of delicious types of pies around the world – which can make it difficult for people to choose which one they want to eat! Today the decision is easy though because it is National Blueberry Pie Day.
Blueberry pie is a sweet pie that can be filled with fresh or frozen blueberries, blueberry filling, or even blueberry custard. It is one of the more popular pie flavors in the United States. Blueberry pies are also quite common at summer picnics and July 4th celebrations when blueberries are in season.
Did you know that Maine produces more blueberries than any other state? In fact, Maine produces 25% of all low bush blueberries in North America. That makes this New England state the largest producer of blueberries in the world!
Head to your favorite bakery or make your own tasty Blue Ribbon Blueberry Pie to enjoy on National Blueberry Pie Day!
National Pretzel Day celebrates pretzels of all shapes and sizes.
How do you like your pretzel? Thick or thin? Straight or twisted? Crisp and crunchy, or soft? Salted, unsalted, mustard flavored, perhaps? There’s no shortage of types of pretzels. If you are having trouble deciding which ones, we suggest you mix a bunch of different types of pretzels in a big bowl, and grab a handful, or two, or three, or…..
Did you know? Pretzels are believed to be the world’s oldest snack. Pretzels date back to 610AD in Southern France. Monks baked thin strips of dough into the shape of a child’s arms folded in prayer. Add a little salt, and Voila! …the pretzel industry was born.
Do you know how to celebrate National Pretzel Day? We thought so!
Zucchini bread is delicious type of quick bread that is sweet and moist. The primary ingredient in zucchini bread is of course zucchinis, but many other ingredients can also be added. Many people like to add dried cranberries, orange zest, or cinnamon to make the bread spicy. Many chefs agree that zucchini bread is a great recipe for beginner cooks because it is so easy to make.
Did you know that zucchini is actually just a small summer squash? They’re usually yellow or light green in color and are shaped like a cucumber.
In addition to being used to make zucchini bread, zucchini is great when grilled or incorporated into stir-fry dishes. You can steam it, fry it, bread it, or grill it. Any way you cook zucchini, it’s healthy and delicious!
Enjoy a slice of zucchini bread today in honor of National Zucchini Bread Day! here is my recipe
Today we celebrate two great holidays: National Cherry Cheesecake Day and National Picnic Day! Take advantage of the spring weather for an outdoor get together. Grab the blankets, sandwiches and fruit… and don’t forget dessert! Here are 121 recipes for Cherry cheesecake
This is a favorite family recipe of the Lisle Family. It is perfect for Easter or Christmas Morning, Mother’s Day, or any special Brunch.
Strata is a savory bread pudding, consisting of layers of bread, cheese, and other ingredients, topped with an egg and milk custard mixture that soaks into the bread. It’s a great dish for brunch because it requires an overnight stay in the refrigerator. Assemble it a day ahead of time, and the next morning all you need to do is bake it.
I hit on what I believe is the best chicken salad sandwich recipe ever. It is more than just a basic chicken salad recipe, but it has a bit of finesse. This delicious and easy chicken salad recipe will be right at home at a kids’ lunch table or a bridal shower buffet. It can be simple or elegant.
Today’s holiday recipe – a quick holiday Appetizer winner perfect for last minute get-togethers.
Every day I’ll feature a recipe that will ensure your holiday get-togethers are stress-free and delicious. Whether you’re planning the big meal or need a dish for an impromptu gathering, we’ve got you covered! Stay tuned all week for our fabulous recipe suggestions!
September 20th is National Rum Punch Day, an appropriate celebration to send off the summer months. When it comes to choosing a rum with which to celebrate, the answer is as clear as Caribbean waters. Gosling’s Rums are synonymous with Bermuda and add that island touch to any cocktail.
No drink captured the essence of National Rum Punch Day better than the Bermuda Rum Swizzle. Made with Gosling’s Black Seal, Gosling’s Gold Rum and a blend of fruit juices, the Rum Swizzle will give you sunny skies long after summer’s end.
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National Cherry Turnovers Day celebrates a delicious dessert made of a short crust or puff pastry filled with cherries or cherry pie filling and baked to a flaky goodness. Indulge in this sweet French-style treat today!
Cherry turnovers can be served for breakfast or dessert. Now, that’s the kind of treat that’s worth celebrating!
Cherry turnovers are made out of pastry dough that has been wrapped around a cherry filling and baked until golden brown. The cherry filling makes these type of turnovers both sweet and sour, a tasty treat for your taste buds.
Celebrate National Cherry Turnover Day by baking your own favorite cherry turnover recipe today! CLICK HERE FOR MY EASY RECIPE
Peach pie was invented sometime around the 14th century in Europe. Though it is unknown who actually created the first peach pie, the first printed peach pie recipe was by Geoffrey Chaucer in 1381 in England. The ingredients in this recipe included peaches, spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn, a casing of pastry.
Dutch peach pie recipes date back to the late 15th century. These recipes were similar to the English recipes but also included a scoop of ice cream placed on top of the pie before it was served. This tradition—peach pie a la mode—was brought to America where most people enjoy their peach pie topped with ice cream.
During the 19th century, many homes in the state of Georgia served peach pie and other types of fruit pies for breakfast because it was considered a good, hearty meal to begin a hard day of work. To celebrate National Peach Pie Day, bake a delicious pie or pick one up at your local bakery to share with your family!
August 23 is National Spongecake Day. I love spongecake. It is so soft and spongy. I like spongecake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on it. I like spongecake with a drizzle of melted chocolate on it. I love spongecakes all by themselves with nothing on them.
The airy, light delight of a sponge cake dessert holds nearly universal appeal. You might enjoy it in madeleines, ladyfingers, or layered with a variety of fillings.
Light and airy, sponge cake is the perfect dessert for a hot summer night. Though it typically only contains the basic ingredients of eggs, sugar, and flour, the key to making the perfect sponge cake is to beat the batter thoroughly to create volume.
After it has been cooked in the oven but before it has cooled, sponge cake is very flexible. This allows the creation of rolled cakes such as the Swiss roll or other variations on the typical sponge cake. The Victoria Sponge Cake which contains jam between two sponge cakes, was named after Queen Victoria who enjoyed having a slice with her afternoon tea.
Bake one today and enjoy National Sponge Cake Day!
Not to be confused with National Spongebob Squarepants Day.
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August 22nd is National Spumoni Ice Cream day! What better way to celebrate than making this fun and attractive dessert. Spumoni is a molded Italian dessert usually made by layering two or three different flavors ice cream with a layer of sweetened whipped cream which has nuts and candied fruit folded in. Spumoni is usually served in slices. Impress your family or guests with this cool treat.