Food Holidays

A side of fries with that?

Written on July 13, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

It’s National French Fry Day so what better way to celebrate than with some crispy tots? Whether you prefer classic, garlic or sweet potato fries, there’s a recipe out there for you. No matter the occasion — you can throw a French fry tasting party or simply make a side for your burger — but today’s the day to make a batch of this summer favorite.

 

Fun facts about the French fry:

- French fries account for more than 1/4 of all potatoes sold in the U.S.

- The average American eats 30 pounds of French fries per year.

- Thomas Jefferson cultivated the potato and popularized its eating in the US.

 

 Try out one of these homemade potato favorites, like our Bistro-Style Pommes Frites!

 

Get the recipes: Flavorful French Fry Recipes


 

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Source: farmflavor.com and frenchfries.com

Happy Pecan Pie Day!

Written on July 12, 2013 at 10:50 am , by

Pecan pie is a beginner’s dream dessert; the filling doesn’t crack the way custard pies can. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate it! For the traditional pie, slice it up and top it off with bourbon-infused ice cream. Or try a Pecan Pie-inspired snack or sip, instead!

{Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream}

Shake up your get-together with this dessert in a glass. The pecan-perfect touch? It’s rimmed with the chopped nut, delish!

{Pecan Pie Martini}

Try to say this five time fast: Pecan Pie Popcorn. Or just give up and munch on this award-worthy snack.

{Pecan Pie Popcorn}

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If you like Pina Coladas…

Written on July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

…and getting caught in the rain. – Rupert Holmes

 

Escape (Pina Colada Song)- Rupert Holmes (Music Video)

Before I ever had my first Piña Colada, I knew they were something special, based entirely on their oft-repeated mention in Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)“–a 1970s rom-com in song form with an undeniable sing-a-long and body swaying quality. Think about it, have you ever been in a bar and not heard people sing along with this tune? I think not.

 

Fun fact: In the original song lyrics, Holmes said “Humphrey Bogart,” but ended up changing the lyrics to “Piña Coladas” to conjure the idea of escaping to an island vacation. (Can you imagine if he hadn’t changed the lyrics to Piña Colada? We would probably have never heard the song.)

 

So today–and all summer long–we celebrate the Piña Colada (“strained pineapple”), a Puerto Rican concoction made of rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice. While the creation of the drink has been debated, it is widely believed that bartender Ramon “Monchito” Marero created the exotic sipper in 1954 to delight the bar’s wealthy tourist clientele.

 

Now, less than 100 years later, we can find this tropical flavor in all types of different forms beyond the beverage–from cakes to ice cream and even lip gloss to body wash. So let’s think outside of the “glass” this year, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day with jelly shots! Find out how to make them after the jump!

 

Pina Colada Jello Shots

Photo by Levi Brown

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National Sugar Cookie Day

Written on July 9, 2013 at 10:03 am , by

Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with these bite-size treats. The best thing about sugar cookies? There’s no need for a new recipe, just pick out different cookie cutters, frosting colors and toppings for the different holidays. Our recommendation? Spend a night cutting, frosting, and sprinkling cookies with the kids and while you’re baking, share these fun facts with them!

 

-On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the sugar cookie as its official cookie.

-The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state’s symbol.

 

Try our Spice Girl Cookies! Tip: We added a dash of cinnamon for boost of flavor.

 

More Treats to Try:

Festive Cookie Recipes

Stuffed Holiday Cookies

Seasonal Chocolate Desserts

Source: ehow.com

Everything is Better with Chocolate

Written on July 7, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Chocolate Better Quote

If you’re like me, you don’t need a specific holiday to encourage you to eat chocolate. However, when those special holidays do come along, you celebrate them with such dedication and gusto that some people may believe that you truly only save chocolate for special occasions–hah! That being said–high-fives all-around–because today’s the day to go crazy for cocoa, it’s World Chocolate Day!

 

Spicy Chocolate Wings Do you agree with Jo Brand’s “everything is better if it’s made of chocolate” philosophy? I certainly do! And to prove it, I’m daring you to try our spicy and savory chocolate chicken wings. These Mexican-mole inspired wings combine the earthy flavors of superfood dark chocolate with hot chili pepper to make an addictive, finger-licking good appetizer or party snack. For an added kick of flavor and heat, sprinkle the wings with a touch of cayenne pepper before serving. (Bonus: Chocolate and cayenne pepper are known to boost your metabolism.)

Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings

 

More Chocolate:

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How To Make Truffles at Home [Video] 

Onion Rings

Written on June 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

In honor of National Onion Ring Day, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the one vegetable that makes us cry:

 

  • The origin of onion rings is not confirmed. Some believe that a 1933 Crisco ad featured in The New York Times Magazine was the start to a deep-fried revolution. Some trust the Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas to be the founder. Nonetheless, A&W is credited with popularizing the novelty, while some people simply think this was a randomly selected day to eat some yummy food. Whose side are you on?
  • Recently, The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship Presented by The Warehouse Stean n’ Stein was officially announced! First place wins $700 and a trophy. Time to get your eat on!
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown was in Silsden, England at a whopping 10 lbs. 14 oz.

 

For your next barbecue bash, try out one of our twists on the classic recipe like our Olympic Onion Rings!

Olympic Onion Rings

Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings

 

-Nicole Witko

 

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Cheers to Iced Tea

Written on June 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm , by

June is National Iced Tea Month, but today is the day to make your own! Sweetened, sparkling, or frozen, the decision’s yours! It’s summer, and it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good ole glass of iced tea. Below are our top five suggestions to making your glass extra special!  -Nicole Witko

 

Fun Facts About Iced Tea:

  • The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree.
  • Attempting to salvage the hot summer day in St. Louis in 1904, Richard Blechynden poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of taking tea was forever changed.
  • In 2003, Georgia state representative, John Noel, tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools’ Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
  • Americans consumed over 55 billion servings of tea (over 2.5 billion gallons) in 2007 with approximately 85% of the tea consumed as iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.

 

Get the recipes:

Sweet Tea


Sweet Tea

You can’t go wrong with the classic Southern recipe! Try out this sweet and tasty delight.

Rosy Iced Tea

Rosy Iced Tea

Lighten up your tea with a hint of floral flavor from rose water and our secret ingredient.

Peach Iced Tea Pop

Peach Iced Tea Ice Pop

When it’s really hot outside and you’re hungry for a frozen treat, try out this cool way to make your next bite pop!

Bourbon and Peach Sweet Tea

Bourbon and Peach Sweet Tea

Need a new drink for your next barbecue bash? Make Southern sweet even more Southern by adding bourbon from Kentucky or Tennessee and peaches from Georgia or South Carolina.

 Green Tea Champagne

Green Tea Champagne

Add a little bubbly to your glass with this fun and festive cocktail!

 

More Food Holidays:

National Doughnut Day

National Egg Day

National Chocolate Chip Day

 

Happy National Doughnut Day!

Written on June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Whether you like your doughnuts glazed, sprinkled, cream-filled or in holes, today’s the day to go out and get yourself a dozen because we’re celebrating the 75th annual National Doughnut Day!

Did you know you can put donuts on the grill?! Try it out with our Grilled Doughnut Shortcakes!

This foodie holiday has a long history, originally created in 1938 to honor the women who served the flaky, sweet pastries to WWII military men, it is celebrated on the first Friday of every June. Not like we need an excuse to indulge! Before heading out to buy your assorted dozen, take a bite out of these doughnut-loving facts:

  • One of Rach’s fave cities, Austin, TX, is home to one of the oldest, most beloved doughnut shops in the country! Round Rock Donuts (originally named Lone Star Bakery) first opened its doors in 1926.
  • By the numbers: 10 Billion doughnuts are made in the US each year; the average person eats 34 doughnuts a year; collectively, we spend $2 billion on doughnuts annually!
  • The most popular doughnut goes to the ultimate classic: Glazed! They sell three times more often than any other flavor.
  • Stack ‘em up: The tallest stack of doughnuts was made with 1,764 rings, measuring 43.5″ high.
  • The largest doughnut ever made was a jelly-filled version that weighed 1.7 tons!

For more fun doughnut facts check out this mouth-watering infographic, provided by offers.com.

 

Got a doughnut craving? Check out our favorite doughnut-inspired desserts:

 

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Be An Egghead: Our 5 Favorite Egg Recipes

Written on June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am , by

Are you an egghead? If not, then it’s time you become one! Try one of our top five favorite egg dishes for B, L or D–breakfast, lunch or dinner–and tell us what you think in the comments below.

 

5. 6-Minute Egg

 

After boiling eggs for only 6-minutes, give them a quick dunk into an ice bath before peeling off their shells. When you dig your fork in, the yoke will surprise you — it’s still soft! Serve on top of toast, polenta grits or even oatmeal.

6-Minute Egg

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A Cake That Calls Your Name

Written on May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by

Why bake from a box when you can make this? Our creamy-dreamy chocolate cake with almond-coconut filing is a cinch and will serve up sweet savings as it costs only $1.60 per slice versus $7 restaurant slices.

Almond Joy Cake

Get the recipe: Almond Joy Layer Cake 

 

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