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Banana Bread Day, Sweet!!!
Go bananas over this sweet, sweet bread because today is National Banana Bread Day! There’s no better way to celebrate “National Banana Bread Day” than by baking a quick loaf. Celebrate with others around the nation with this delicious baked good.
Banana bread is a sweet, cakelike bread which contains mashed bananas. Banana bread is a quick bread which typically uses baking soda as the leavening agent instead of yeast. Rather than dough, the bread is baked from a thick batter, which does not require kneading.
Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s (and appears in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook). The first banana bread recipe was thought to have been created by William Swanson. The home baking revival of the 1960s and the simplicity of its recipe led to an explosion in banana bread’s popularity. The cookbooks of the 1960s added to its popularity because they commonly listed multiple variations of bread that added fruits and nuts.
Banana bread is very popular at bake sales and has become one of the most common items for sale for breakfast in cafés in Australia but the loaf is often less dense than in North America.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christian calendar. Occurring 46 days before Easter, it is a moveable fast that can fall as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.
According to the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke; Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting.
Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a reminder and celebration of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday.
Lent 2013 Calendar
Clean Monday – Monday, February 11, 2013
Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
First Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 17, 2013
Second Sunday of Lent – Sunday, February 24, 2013
Third Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 3, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday – Sunday, March 10, 2013
Feast of Saint Patrick – Sunday, March 17, 2013
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Sunday, March 17, 2013
Feast of Saint Joseph – Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Palm Sunday – Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Annunciation of the Lord – Monday, March 25, 2013
Holy Thursday – Thursday, March 28, 2013
Good Friday – Friday, March 29, 2013
Holy Saturday – Saturday, March 30, 2013
Easter – Sunday, March 31, 2013
Today is “Electronic Greetings Day”
Aside from being free, e-cards also save the cost of a stamp and save the environment by sending them over the internet. Today is the perfect day to send an e-card to touch base with an old friend or catch up with your favorite relative, so send an e-card to let them know they’re on your mind.
Send a free e-card to family and friends today. Click this link and scroll to the bottom of the page, find “Connect to our friends” choose Egreetings.com and send your e-card(s). They are free so send as many as you like.
The Greeting Card Association offers these tips on avoiding e-card scams:
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It’s National Hot Cross Buns Day!
This recipe shows you step by step and has the nutritional value stated below
They are a staple at Easter; these baked goodies are marked with a cross on the top, which is supposed to symbolize the crucifixion. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday.
No one knows why this day is celebrated six months after Good Friday. This delicious baked good can be enjoyed all year round.
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Ascension Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the 40th day of Easter. The New Testament states during the 40 days after his resurrection Jesus Christ met with his disciples instructing them how to carry on his teachings.
It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven. 
Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Penecost is a prominent feast in the calendar of Ancient Israel celebrating the giving of the Law on Sinai, and also later in the Christian liturgical year commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the remaining eleven Apostles of Christ (Judas had hanged himself), included in the 12 Disciples in the Upper Room, after the Resurrection of Jesus. 
Depending upon the phases of the moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday. However, some churches, particularly in the United States, celebrate it on the following Sunday. 
 Ascension Day in United States
Prime Rib, a very popular cut of meat for Christmas and major holidays, is graded as a USDA Prime cut of meat. Most beef offered for sale in supermarkets is graded US Choice or Select. US Prime beef is sold to hotels and upscale restaurants.
Prime Rib comes from the section right behind the shoulder and is one of the priciest cuts of meat. If you can’t find Prime only substitute with Choice.
Strip House Prime Rib
Courtesy of Chef John Schenk
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
· 14-16 Lbs 30 Day Dry Aged Bone in Prime Rib
· 1 1/2 Cups Dijon Mustard
· 1 head of garlic
· 1/4 Cup Rosemary, chopped
· 1/4 Cup Thyme, chopped
· 1/2 Cup Kosher salt
· 1/2 Cup Cracked Black Pepper
Tips on Prime Rib Purchasing and Preparation:
· At Strip House we buy our Prime Rib Dry aged with the fat cap intact. In order to make this dish at home, we suggest that you ask your butcher to remove the fat cap, tie the roast and french the bones down 1 inch.
· It goes without saying that for a quality Prime Rib, buy the best possible product you can afford.
· If you’re looking for another option instead of Prime rib you can always use this rub and slow cook Brisket or Top Round.
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil. Place in preheating oven and allow garlic to roast for 30 minutes.
3. While the oven is heating pull the roast out of the refrigerator (should be about 30 minutes before you are going to cook it). *Meat that roasts at room temperature will cook more evenly.
4. Season the roast with the salt and pepper making sure you really work the seasoning with your hands all over the flesh of the meat.
5. Remove the garlic from the oven. With a spoon remove garlic cloves from head of garlic and place into a food processor. Puree garlic until smooth.
6. In a medium bowl whisk together the Dijon mustard, roasted garlic and herbs.
7. Take the garlic mustard rub and coat the rib in a thin layer all over the roast.
8. Place large rack insert into a large roasting pan and lay the meat bone side down. Carefully place pan into the bottom rack of the oven and let the Prime Rib roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Lower the temperature to 300 degrees and allow to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Test internal temperature of the meat after two hours. When prime rib is done it should read 120 degrees in the thickest part of the meat.
9. Once the roast comes out of the oven cover it with foil and let it rest for a solid 20 minutes before slicing.