Food Holidays

Milk your chocolate for what it’s worth!

Written on July 28, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

I don’t know about you, but I’m a milk chocolate person. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good hunk of the dark stuff, but when I have to choose milk is my go-to goodie. And since I try to celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day every day, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes for the occasion!

 

Milk chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination–just ask any Reese’s fan out there. Kick it up a notch with our Peanut Butter-Stuffed Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Tip: Use chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips in this Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding; they melt better than chocolate morsels, which are formulated to hold their shape during baking.

Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding

Transform a campfire staple into a frozen treat with our Bonbon S’mores–your kids will thank you!

Bonbon S'mores

More tasty treats:

Decadent Chocolate Desserts

Fake-Out Desserts

Easy Berry Dessert Recipes

10 Ways to Enjoy Tequila

Written on July 24, 2013 at 10:56 am , by

We’ve all had tequila in a margarita before, so for National Tequila Day, let’s go beyond the Mexican classic and try tequila a different way.

Jalapeno Margarita

10 Ways to Enjoy Tequila–Beyond the Basic Margarita

 

1. Tequila + Grapefruit Juice + Club Soda  + A Squeeze of Lime (aka a Paloma)

2. Tequila + Tonic Water

3. Tequila + Lemon + Simple Syrup + Club Soda (aka a Juan Collins)

4. Tequila + Ginger Ale

5. Tequila + Orange Juice + Grenadine (aka a Tequila Sunrise)

6. Tequila + Pureed Watermelon + Triple Sec

7. Tequila + Campari + Sweet Vermouth (aka a Tequila Negroni)

8. Tequila + Orange Juice + Pineapple Juice

9. Tequila + Muddled Mint & Limes + Simple Syrup + Club Soda (aka a Tequila Mojito)

10. Tequila + Bloody Mary Mix (aka a Bloody Maria)

 

But if you decide, even after all of these awesome suggestions, you still must have a margarita, I suggest trying our Jalapeno Margarita above. It’s kick-ya-in-the-butt spicy, but oh so good. Cheers!

 

 

More Cocktail Posts:

Bloody Good Bloody Marys

5 Cocktail Party Pitchers

5 Bar Secrets from Mixologists

 

Top 5 Most Popular Junk Foods

Written on July 21, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Last “Fill in the Blank Friday,” we asked you what your favorite junk foods are and based on your spirited responses, here are the top five junk foods you crave. Go ahead and indulge, after all it is National Junk Food Day–the best day of the yeaaar!

Best Day of the Year

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1. Potato Chips

What’s not to love about crunchy potato chips? Perfect as a snack or accompanying a sandwich, these hot potatoes pack flavor and crunch into an awesome one-bite package. Here’s a little trivia for you, did you know the average person eats the equivalent of 96 one-ounce bags of chips a year. (That’s 6 pounds a year.) Whether you spread your potato chip consumption out over the whole year or make it all happen today,  try one of our homemade chip recipes. You’ll be able to customize them exactly to your liking and you’ll never run out of delicious crisps again.

Get the recipes: Chips
Potato Chips

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2. Pizza

I can understand why pizza is considered a “junk food,” but I also refuse to accept it as such. Regardless, pizza is clearly amazing. In fact, approximately 94 percent of Americans eat pizza on regular basis. So have a love affair of your own and cook up one of our easy and delicious pizza recipes at home ASAP.

Get the recipes: Perfect Pizza Dough and Grilled Pizzas

Pizza

3. Cheeseburger

We love burgers and so do you. With all the different variations out there though it can tricky to find your ultimate recipe. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of recipe searching and testing with our Ultimate Burger Recipe Finder Tool. Just answer four quick questions and we’ll find the perfect recipe for you.

Try it out: The Ultimate Burger Recipe Finder [Tool]
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4. Ice Cream

In the United States, the average person consumes an average of 48 pints of ice cream a year, more than any other country. This is totally understandable though as even lizards know how good ice cream is. No matter which flavor is your fave though, we have an ice cream sandwich recipe you’ll be sure to love.

Get the recipes: Super-cool Ice Cream Sammies

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5. Chocolate

Just look at that gif. Enough said.

Get the recipes: A Year of Chocolate

Chocolate

 

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Lollipop, Lollipop

Written on July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

Whether you call ‘em lollipops or suckers, these treats on sticks are pure happiness. In honor of National Lollipop Day, we’ve shared some fun facts, our fave store-bought pop and even a recipe you can make at home!

 

One handmade sucker weighs more than two baseballs! We’ll have two, please.

 

Fun lollipop facts:

  • The famous 1958 “Lollipop” song was written after Julius Dixson arrived late for a song writing session with Beverly Ross. He explained that his daughter had gotten a lollipop stuck in her hair, and that had caused him to be late. Ross was so inspired by the word “lollipop” that she sat down at the piano and produced a version of the song on the spot. The song was written for the duo, Ronald & Ruby, but most successfully covered by The Chordettes.
  • The original machines made 40 lollipops per minute. Today’s machines produce 5,900 lollipops in one minute.
  • The world’s largest lollipop weighed a whopping 7,003 lbs. and was 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. Talk about a lot of licks to get to the center of that lollipop!

 

Never thought you could make your own lollipops? Here’s how…

Get the recipe: Chewy-Centered Lollipops

More Candy Recipes:

Carnival Treat Faves 

Candy Recipes for Halloween

Every Day Faves: Eats

 

Sources: wikipedia.com, guinnessworldrecords.com and candyusa.com

Caviar At Home

Written on July 18, 2013 at 10:00 am , by

When creating a list of the most decadent foods caviar is always near the top of my list. Perhaps this is rooted in my daydreams of sipping champagne and eating caviar, but something about these tiny fish eggs suggests dec-a-dence. So today, on National Caviar Day, let’s take a look at two different ways to enjoy this luxurious seafood delicacy.

 

Not gonna lie, I find ordering caviar in a restaurant to be a bit intimidating. Not only is it pricey, but the pomp and circumstance of how they serve it–Mother of Pearl serving spoon, anyone?–only adds to my anxiety. So, I’ve taken to enjoying this luxurious food at home, which is actually easier than I thought it would be.

 

True caviar, the processed and salted roe of fish, only comes from sturgeon. So once you find a trusted place to buy it from, you can enjoy it with the addition of only two more ingredients: a cracker and creme fraiche. Just layer the three “c” ingredients (cracker, creme fraiche and caviar) on top of each other and pop that bad boy in your mouth. Yum!

Caviar Appetizer

Photo by Judith Pena

 

Care to be a bit more adventurous? Then try this recipe from Chef Todd English. He takes deviled eggs to the next level by adding caviar and lobster! Wowza. Talk about reinventing a classic.

Lobster and Caviar Deviled Eggs

Photo by Lisa Shin

Get the recipe: Lobster & Caviar Deviled Eggs

 

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A Scoop of Summer

Written on July 17, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Happy National Peach Ice Cream Day! It’s summer, and there’s no better time to enjoy a nice juicy peach than right now. So stock up! This recipe ensures those peaches won’t go to waste.

Peach and Toasted Almond Ice Cream

 

5 Tips for Making Homemade Ice Cream:

1. To decrease prep time, store the bowl of your ice cream maker in the freezer, wrapped tightly in a plastic bag.

2. Add mix-ins, such as nuts and chocolate chips, for only the last minute of churning.

3. To ensure proper aeration, only fill the ice cream maker three-quarters of the way.

4. Make sure the ice cream “batter” or custard is cool before putting it into the machine.

5. To prevent ice crystals from forming in the freezer, place a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface and press down.

 

More Sweet Treats:

Ice Cream Sandwich Recipes

Easy Berry Dessert Recipes

Seasonal Chocolate Dessert Recipes 

 

 

Source: seriouseats.com

The proof is in the pudding

Written on July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am , by

Tapioca pudding is a deliciously unique dessert. We love the fun texture, sweet taste and, of course, all the different dishes you can make with those wee little bubbles. So celebrate National Tapioca Pudding Day with our roundup of favorite bubbly recipes—dig in!

This Coconut Tapioca Pudding recipe has coconut, ginger and mango. Perfect for summer!

 

Tapioca is also used in a bunch of other dishes besides puddings. Our recipe for Halo Halo (a popular dessert from the Philippines that traditionally contains beans, jellies and ice cream, plus flan and evaporated milk) calls for berries and is ultra refreshing.

 

Related Links:

Seasonal Chocolate Dessert Recipes

Easy Berry Dessert Recipes

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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}

More related links:

Thanksgiving Pie Recipes

Easier Than Pie Desserts

Apple Dessert Recipes

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