Mothers Day

February 27 – Happy Birthday Tiny Prints

 

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September 28 – National Strawberry Cream Pie day

 

Today is Strawberry Cream Pie Day!

Photo by Chef #1418921
Strawberry Cream Pie With Sugar Cookie Crust

Did you know that 70% of a strawberry cream pie’s weight comes from the strawberries themselves? That’s a lot considering that the fruit isn’t even in season in September!

When you set out to find the perfect strawberry cream pie there are many variations from which to choose. Some recipes use cream cheese in the filling while others call for whipped cream or custard. Crusts can be sweet or savory, strawberries can be whole or whipped into a mousse, and there are dozens of different toppings.

Find your favorite kind of strawberry cream pie or sample a selection to celebrate Strawberry Cream Pie Day!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Strawberry Cream Pie Day (punchbowl.com)
 
 

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May 13 – National Apple Pie Day & Mother’s Day

 
 
Today is National Apple Pie Day and Mother’s Day.
 
National Apple Pie Day is celebrated by making homemade apple pie.
 
This apple pie recipe is easy to make.
 
Make it an extra special family event and make the pie together and present to mom for Mother’s Day.
 
If you don’t have the time to bake a pie they are generally easy to find in the grocery store.
 
There should be plenty of restaurants featuring apple pie on their menu today.
 
Apple pie is also a great pie for diabetics, apple pie recipes are easily formulated with diabetics in mind.
 
Enjoy both holidays today. Happy Mother’s Day to all mom’s out there.
 

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Mother’s Day IOU coupons – Last minute Mom gifts

 
Just came across this and had to share with everyone. For those of you hard pressed to find a gift in your budget try the IOU coupons.

Mom’s love these types of gits, especially if you choose to give the IOU’s that require you to spend time with Mom.
 
 
 
Get Mother’s Day IOU coupons at redplum.com.
 
 
 

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May 11 – Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

I’m sure there are those who have run out of time to get a Mother’s Day gift. With Mother’s Day only a couple days away, May 13. I’m here to rescue you. The following are some suggestions for last-minute ideas that will take very little time.
 
 
Last Minute Mother’s Day gift ideas:
 
1. Gift Coupon Book
Nothing melts a mom’s heart like a handmade/homemade gift. This Gift Coupon Book is an easy and imaginative way to appreciate mom. No less then 10 coupons is recommended, 20 is better. Double or triple on the really GOOD coupons (ie: cleaning the whole house, breakfast in bed, a mani-pedi done by you, etc.)
 
 
2. Gift Basket
Again, nothing melts a mom’s heart like a homemade gift basket. What does mom like to do? Watch movies? Take long baths? Do her own manicures? Drink wine? Start by looking at drugstores, supermarket or big box retailers. Buy thing she wouldn’t normally buy for herself but wants to. Place everything in a basket, cello wrap it and add a bow and you have a personalized gift ready to go. You can also use a gift box or gift bag.
 
 
3. Virtual Family Reunion
Set up a Google+ hangout with all the far away family members, but shhhh keep it a secret. She’ll love it.
 
 
4. Bouquet of Flowers (25% OFF Site-Wide Code: Deliver4mom)
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Ahhh, the good old stand by. Every mom loves flowers. Make sure you choose a bouquet that can be delivered the same day as ordered.
 
 
5. Fill Up Mom’s Gas Tank
You can’t argue that gas prices are through the roof these days. Just think how much mom would love it if you took the time to make sure her gas tank was full.
 
 
6. Your Time!
The one thing your mom always appreciates is you: being with you, having you think about her, and communicating with her. Make Mom a promise that you’ll be there for a Saturday afternoon for lunch or on a Friday night dinner.
 
 
 
Happy Mother’s Day to all mom’s!!
 
 
 

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Happy Birthday Boo!!!!

 
 
Have a Good Night and Be Careful.
 
 

 
 
 
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May 2 – National Truffles Day

 
Today is the day for all of you that crave a silky-smooth chocolate ball, otherwise known as a truffle. Try making your own. Easy truffle recipes are plentiful online.

If you are looking for a great truffle recipe this one is hard to beat.

The chocolate truffle was first created by Antoine Dufour in Chambéry, France in 1895. They reached a wider public with the establishment of the Prestat chocolate shop in London by Antoine Dufour in 1902, which still sells “Napoleon III” truffles to the original recipe. There are now three main types of chocolate truffles: American, European, and Swiss:

The “American truffle” is a half-egg shaped chocolate-coated truffle, a mixture of dark or milk chocolates with butterfat and, in some cases, hardened coconut oil. Joseph Schmidt, a San Francisco chocolatier, and founder of Joseph Schmidt Confections, is credited with its creation in the mid-1980s.[1]

  • A Canadian variation of the American truffle, known as the Harvey truffle, includes the addition of graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter. Other American companies may shape their truffles similar to that of peanut butter cups.

The “European truffle” is made with syrup and a base made up of cocoa powder, milk powder, fats, and other such ingredients to create an oil-in-water type emulsion.

The “Swiss truffle” is made by combining melted chocolate into a boiling mixture of dairy cream and butter, which is poured into molds to set before sprinkling with cocoa powder. Unlike the previous two kinds of truffles, these have a very short shelf-life and must be consumed within a few days of making.[2]

The “raw” truffle is made by combining coconut oil, raw cacao and raw yacon syrup or raw agave, then rolling them in either raw, shredded coconut, raw cacao and/or chopped almonds.[3]
 
 
 
 
[1] “Sweet surrender”, Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2006

[2] Chocolate, Cocoa, and Confectionery: Science and Technology by Bernard W. Minifie (1999), page 545.

[3] Mäni Niall, Sweet!: From Agave to Turbinado, Home Baking with Every Kind of Natural, p. 202, 2008 Oct 1.
 
 
 

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National Barbecue Month

 
May is National Barbecue Month, like we need a reason to BBQ.
 
 
The unofficial beginning of summer is here. Everyone should be getting their BBQ’s clean and ready, BBQ utensils out of the shed and finding those meats on sale to freeze for upcoming BBQ’s.

I can’t wait until I smell the scent of BBQ in the air, one of my fav’s.

BBQ’ing adds a flavor you just can’t be replicated in an oven or on a counter top grill. Not to mention the calories saved by BBQ’ing. The range of items you can BBQ goes beyond the hamburger, your only limited by your imagination. BBQ til your hearts content.

Americans say the top pay-offs of grilling versus eating out or oven cooked meals include:
 

  • More flavorful food (81 percent of respondents)
  • Inexpensive compared to eating out (76 percent of respondents)
  • Easier clean up (67 percent of respondents)
  •             Easy Grilling Clean Up Tips

  • Healthier (64 percent of respondents)
  • Less cooking time (53 percent of respondents)
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    In California we have the Tri-tip, the perfect cut of meat for the BBQ. Everyone should be able to enjoy this cut of meat so I will post information on this in the next couple of days. e of days.
     
    This month look for bbq and grilling how to info, daily BBQ recipes on anything from recipes for BBQ sauce to desserts.
     
    I can taste the lemonade now, ahhhh.
     
     
     
     

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    April 30 – National Oatmeal Cookie Day

     
    There are different kinds of oatmeal cookie recipes. My favorite is made with butterscoth morsels and coconut. They stray from the typical oatmeal raisin, not that there’s anything wrong with oatmeal raisin.
     
    Actually, oatmeal raisin cookies are the more healthy kind of this cookie. Oats are a good source of fiber and protein. You can experiment with substitutions and discover what cookie recipes are successful for your families taste. Start by testing one substitution at a time.
     
     
    To make your cookie recipes healthier try these substitutions:
     
     
    *Replace regular flour with whole wheat flour
    *Replace butter with apple sauce or mashed banana
    *Use two egg whites for one whole egg
    *Use a sugar substitute in place of original sugar
    *Replace peanut butter with soy butter or sesame butter (good choice for peanut allergies)
    *Add nuts and dried fruit for extra fiber
     
     
    The addition of dried fruits and nuts greatly enhances the nutritional value of a cookie. If the texture of dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, cherries, and cranberries is not preferred, they can be boiled and mashed to add sweetness without sugar. Or they can be ground and added as a puree to the cookie dough.
     
     
    Try out this scrumptious recipe from Sunny Anderson from the Food Network for a fun twist on a classic cookie:
     
     
    Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cookies
     
    Ingredients
     
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    Pinch salt
    1 stick butter, softened
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    1/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1/4 cup sugar
    1 large egg
    1 1/2 cups rolled oats
    1/2 cup chopped dried peaches
    1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    1/2 cup white chocolate chips
     
    Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F with the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
     
    In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add egg and continue mixing. Slowly add flour mixture, oats, peaches, walnuts, and white chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
     
    Line 2 sheet trays with parchment. With wet hands make 20 balls from the dough placing evenly among sheet trays. Press down on cookie dough with palm of your hand to make a flat circle.
     
    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden and still a bit tender in the center. Remove from oven and let sit on sheet trays 1 minute. Remove to cooling racks to cool completely. [1]
     
     
     
     
     
     
    [1] Peaches and Cream Oatmeal Cookies (http://blog.tinyprints.com)
     
     

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    National Prime Rib Day!

     
    Happy National Prime Rib Day!
     
     
    There’s only one way to celebrate National Prime Rib Day, eat a big, thick, juicy cut of prime rib.

    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
    Serves 10-12
    Prep Time: 40 minutes
    Cook Time: 3 hours
     
     
    Ingredients
    · 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.

    Directions
    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.
     
     
     

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