Written on August 4, 2013 at 10:00 am , by Judith Pena
The chocolate chip cookie has been an American favorite since its serendipitous invention in 1937, when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn–ring a bell, anyone?–added pieces of a chopped chocolate bar to her cookies. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, we present you with some of our favorite recipes inspired by Ruth’s fabulous invention and delicious tiny morsel, the chocolate chip.
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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
Written on May 10, 2013 at 11:00 am , by Judith Pena
Get the recipes: 15 Easy Shrimp Dinners
Did you know…
- Shrimp packs 18 grams of protein per a 3 ounce serving with only 83 calories and 1 gram of fat
- Shrimp has 45 micrograms of selenium, an antioxidant mineral that helps protect most body systems form unwanted damage, in every four ounces. In addition, research studies show that selenium found in shrimp can be well-absorbed into the human body.
- Although “shrimp” and “prawns” are both classified as crustaceans, the terms cannot be used interchangeably, as they belong to two different suborders pleocyemata and dendrobranchiata, respectively.
And lastly, “There’s a million ways to cook shrimp… shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…” –Bubba in Forrest Gump
Written on April 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm , by Judith Pena
Happy National Pretzel Day! Today we honor one of our favorite after-school snacks and cocktail party appetizers, the pretzel. Created centuries ago by monks with pieces of leftover dough, you can now find this salty (and sometimes savory) snack at carnivals, ballparks, the street corners of New York City and cleverly incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes. Try out some of our favorite recipes below, then mix up your own cool creations.
Mix up the classic bavarian recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Then, personalize the recipe with add ons like parmesan cheese or cinnamon and sugar.
This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael will be a hit with kids who’ll love making and eating it!
This ballpark-inspired pizza uses our easy Skillet Pizza Dough as a base. Make a large batch ahead of time and keep it in your refrigerator for a quick weeknight dinner.
This sweet and salty dessert combo is always a crowd pleaser. Try substituting the pretzel crust into your other favorite pie recipes for a fun and unexpected twist.
Which do you prefer? Soft or Hard pretzels?! Tell us in the comments below.
Written on April 2, 2013 at 10:46 am , by Judith Pena
To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we’re taking a look at five of the crazy peanut butter and jelly-inspired creations chefs across the nation have been coming up with!
1. PB Pasty at Cornish Pasty Co. in Phoenix, AZ
This warm, flaky pasty filled with creamy peanut butter, bananas and tart raspberry jam is topped with whipped cream and sure to hit the sweet spot.
2. Oregon-Smoked Goat Sandwich at PBJ’s Grilled in Portland, OR
This grilled sandwich using calamata olive bred is filled to capacity with PBJ’s house almond butter, applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese and fig jam.
3. “F” this PB Foie Gras Torchon at Praying Monk in Scottsdale, AZ
It was only a matter of time before a chef fancied-it-up and added foie gras to the classic PB&J flavor combo! Served with satisfyingly crunchy toast points, this combination of housemade peanut butter, blackberry jam and foie gras is far more decadent that your schoolyard snack.
4. PB Pain Perdu at Recette in New York, NY
The chefs at Recette have taken the classic sandwich from the playground to the adults’ (brunch) table with their over-the-top french toast reinvention.
5. Deep Fried PB at The Malibu Inn in Malibu, CA
With crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jelly, this sandwich is the closest to the original in the bunch. However, a deep fry in waffle batter does give this sandwich a tasty 2.0 upgrade!
What do you think? Would you try any of these takes on peanut butter and jelly?
Also, don’t miss this flashback to one of the “original” memes! (Here’s a hint: It’s peanut butter jelly time…)