Summer’s coming and this would be a great utensil to have. I found this and thought it was so inventive and useful.

Grill Wrangler – Three-in-one BBQ tool.

Grill Wrangler - Three-in-one BBQ tool

With a simple slide-n-lock mechanism, Grill Wrangler transforms to tongs to spatula to grilling fork.

– Tongs – wide mouth with smooth spring action for grabbing and gripping
– Spatula – large stainless steel face with steam vents
– Fork – easy-release button for sticking, turning and serving

– Stainless steel
– Plastic handle


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March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream


I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.



Photo property of Amazon.com


Deni 5540 Automatic Soft-Serve Ice-Cream Maker

by: Deni


Amazon Price: $50.97 (price subject to change)

Legends and Myths of Ices & Ice Cream (www.whatscookingamerica.net)

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January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day


Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!

Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! How will you pay homage to the fromage?

Think of all the things you like to do with cheese: Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese. Cheesy potatoes. Cheesecake. With over 900 varieties and seemingly endless possibilities, there’s no wonder it rates its own special day.

A day of celebration for those who “Hanker fer a Hunk o’ Cheese. This brought back memories so I just had to post it.

The Origin of Cheese

Cheese is believed to be one of the oldest processed foods. There is evidence that it has been around nearly as long as humans have been domesticating milk-producing animals like cows and goats. Some of the earliest records of cheese originated with the Sumerians, who recorded cheese making and consuming around the time they invented written language, around 3,500 B.C. The secret is to separate the protein called casein from the milk, transform it into the solid form called curd, and separate it from the liquids, called whey. In fact, Little Miss Muffet’s favorite dish is a basic form of cottage cheese that still has some whey in it.

The Romans believed that cheese making could also be an art form and experimented with the process by adding herbs, spices and vegetable extracts. Later on, monasteries took on most of the cheese-making duties and many of today’s popular cheeses were developed by monks. The cheese-making process migrated to the United States, where the first recorded dedicated cheese making factory was opened in the mid-19th century.

Since we can’t have the day off, we’ll have to find other means to celebrate.

A small handful of suggestions…
Baked Fontina
A beer and gruyere skillet fondue


1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

Serve the baked Fontina family-style-right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

Healthy Grilled Cheese
grown up grilled cheese

2 pieces of a hearty whole wheat bread
1/2 small avocado, sliced
7 small peppadews (tomatos can be substituted)
3 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 oz. of low sodium oven roasted turkey breast (thinly sliced)
Cooking oil spray

Sprinkle half the goat cheese onto each slice of bread.

On one piece of bread pack on your avocado and on the other put the turkey. You’ll want to press the avocado and turkey into the goat cheese so it sticks together.

You don’t put the pieces of bread together! Instead you spray your skillet with some cooking oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

After it’s heated, put both halves into the pan and rub them around in the cooking spray so it coats the bread evenly.

After about 3 minutes the bread should look toasty and golden. At this point you’ll want to take the halves off the stove and break apart the peppadews and lay them on top of the avocado. If you’ve never had a peppadew, you’re in for a treat.

Now you’ll have all your ingredients on the bread, pick up the side with the turkey and turn over on the avocado/peppadew side. The turkey will stick to the goat cheese so it won’t fall off!
And last but not least, have some friends over to celebrate “National Cheese Lovers Day”
a wine chocolate and cheese party

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October 25 – National Greasy Foods Day


Today is National Greasy Foods Day!


Although it might not be the healthiest choice out there, everyone loves the taste of greasy food. From pizza and nachos to burgers and French fries, it’s nearly impossible to ignore this guilty pleasure.

Did you know that fried chicken is the most ordered meal in sit-down restaurants in the U.S.? Even if it’s just for today, allow yourself to indulge in a little greasy good to celebrate National Greasy Food Day!

Not to be a downer but watch your cholesterol and sodium intake. There is always mock fried, meaning cooked in the oven to get the same kind of crunch.
National Greasy Food Day (punchbowl.com)

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October 24 – National Bologna Day


Today is National Bologna Day!

Bologna is a type of sausage usually made by rocessing pork and chicken or beef and spices. Bologna is related to the Italian luncheon meat Mortadella. Typically bologna is sliced and used in sandwiches, but bologna can also be used in other dishes and entrees. By far, the most popular use of bologna is for sandwiches. In honor of this lunch-box staple, this page provides information on the history of bologna as well as a few ideas on how you can celebrate National Bologna Day.

On National Bologna Day, you could also celebrate by trying a different kind of bologna sandwich, since not all bologna sandwiches are just bread, bologna and American cheese why not try something a little different like a BBQ bologna sandwich or a Bologna Salad Sandwich Spread.

Enjoy a sandwich from your childhood and reminisce about the good old days.

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October 4 – National Taco Day

It’s National Taco Day! YUMMY!!!!

A taco is one of those great traditional dishes that came from Mexico. I love tacos so much that I make them at least twice a month. We usually make our soft tacos as healthy as possible. Typical for us they include chicken with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole and a very small amount of cheese. When we’re really hungry we add rice and beans for a complete meal.

Today, tacos are enjoyed all over the world. Traditionally tacos are made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood. The filling is folded inside a soft or hard tortilla and garnished with toppings such as cheese, salsa, or guacamole.

Celebrate National Taco Day by hosting a make-your-own taco party. Invite your friends and neighbors over in honor of National Taco Day and eat tacos till your heart’s content.

Just Tacos: 100 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
by: Shelley Wiseman

Amazon Price: $13.96


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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!
Strawberry Cream Pie Day (punchbowl.com)

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September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day


Today Is “Ice Cream Cone Day” Gotta do another Happy Dance

It’s odd National Ice Cream Cone Day is celebrated on the very last weekend of the summer, but it was invented on this day so celebrate the day the ice cream cone was invented, September 22nd, 1903.

I eat all ice cream flavors all year long, but it’s usually ice cream I buy at the supermarket and put in a bowl not a cone.

An ice cream cone is a dry, cone-shaped shell, usually made of a wafer similar in texture to a waffle, which enables ice cream to be held in the hand and eaten without a bowl or spoon. Various types of ice cream cones include waffle cones, cake cones (or wafer cones), sugar cones and chocolate-coated cones.

A variety of double cone exists that allows two scoops of ice cream to be served side by side. Ice cream cones may also be made with a flat bottom instead of the pointed lower bottom, enabling the ice cream and “cone” to stand upright on a surface without support. These types of wafer cups are called kiddie cups, cake cones or cool cups.

It’s funny there is no mention of ice cream on this day just the cone. Maybe we are all suppose to buy a box of cones and just eat them 🙂 I prefer waffle cones myself.

Today’s Assignment: Eat ice cream from only a cone. Whether you get it at an ice cream shop or buy the ice cream and the cones at the supermarket, you must put the ice cream in a cone. The assignment is unlimited and can be done as many times as needed. 😉

Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making Your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
by: Dabney Gough

Amazon Price: $14.98

Ice Cream Cone (en.wikipedia.org)

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September 16 – National Guacamole Day


National Guacamole Day

Today is National Guacamole Day, not to be confused with the November 14th holiday National Spicy Guacamole Day. Here, in California the grocery stores sell Haas avocados so I prefer Haas over other avocados for Guacamole.

I have to admit I always have a problem picking a ripe avocado. You can usually tell when it’s ripe when the skin is dark, but also keep in mind an avocado should yield to gentle pressure when you squeeze it in your palm. I typically will buy avocados that are firm and let them ripen naturally.

I love fresh guacamole. I prefer my guacamole very plain I love to taste the avocado and not all the added ingredients.

The Hass website has a few guacamole recipes that I think you all will enjoy.

Guac Off!
by: Nathan Myers

Amazon Price: $9.96


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September 6 – National Coffee Ice Cream Day


Today is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.

Photo property of David Lebovitz

National Coffee Ice Cream Day can be observed by purchasing a carton of commercially available product and preparing an ice cream dessert for the family. As an ice cream flavor, coffee was not introduced until later of course, but it’s a flavor that is undeniably popular all over the world. Coffee ice cream can be used as a flavor in a sundae, made into an ice cream sandwich, or served with a topping such as caramel or fudge. Ice cream chain stores may offer discounts on specialties made with coffee ice cream on this day. Local ice cream parlors may also celebrate the day with a discount or free ice cream offer. If you’ve got an ice cream maker, celebrate by making coffee ice cream today.

Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee is slightly acidic and because of its caffeine content has a stimulating effect on humans. Coffee is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.

Many studies have examined the health effects of coffee, and whether the overall effects of coffee consumption are positive or negative has been widely disputed. The method of brewing coffee has been found to be important in relation to its effects on health. For instance, preparing coffee in a French press leaves more oils in the drink compared with coffee prepared with paper coffee filter. This might raise the drinker’s level of “bad cholesterol.”

Decaffeination may also be part of the processing that coffee seeds undergo. Seeds are decaffeinated when they are still green. Many methods can remove caffeine from coffee, but all involve soaking the green beans in hot water (often called the “Swiss water” process) or steaming them, then using a solvent to dissolve caffeine-containing oils. Decaffeination is often done by processing companies, and the extracted caffeine is usually sold to the pharmaceutical industry.

Just a side note regarding Green Coffee, according to Dr. Oz the extract of Green Coffee is a Miracle Pill to Burn Fat. Watch his videos, part 1 and 2 regarding the benefits of the Green Coffee Extract Supplement
Coffee (en.wikipedia.org)

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