Written on July 12, 2013 at 10:50 am , by Lauren Smith
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!
Shake up your get-together with this dessert in a glass. The pecan-perfect touch? It’s rimmed with the chopped nut, delish!
Try to say this five time fast: Pecan Pie Popcorn. Or just give up and munch on this award-worthy snack.
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Written on July 10, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Judith Pena
…and getting caught in the rain. – Rupert Holmes
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!
Written on July 9, 2013 at 10:03 am , by Nicole Witko
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.
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Written on July 7, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Judith Pena
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!
Get the recipe: Spicy Chocolate Wings
Written on June 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
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!
Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings
Written on June 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
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.
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You can’t go wrong with the classic Southern recipe! Try out this sweet and tasty delight.
Written on June 7, 2013 at 9:00 am , by Allyson Dickman
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!
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:
- Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting
- Breakfast Doughnut-Sausage Corn Dogs
- Cider Doughnut Holes
- Fake-out Doughnut Hole Croquembouche
- Michael Symon’s Doughnut Holes with Caramel Almond Sauce
- Grilled Doughnut Shortcake
Written on June 3, 2013 at 9:30 am , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
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.
Written on May 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm , by Every Day with Rachael Ray Staff
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.
Get the recipe: Almond Joy Layer Cake
Written on May 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm , by Judith Pena
As the saying goes there are few things as American as Apple Pie. So join us today, May 13th, as we celebrate this traditional dish and salute some of our favorite tasty variations for National Apple Pie Day.
This quintessential American dessert is always welcome whether it’s a
casual 4th of July picnic or a fancy Thanksgiving dinner.
Get the recipe: Classic Apple Pie