Recipes

January 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day

 
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Could you use a little more spice in their life? Well today is “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”. Eating spicy food actually has excellent health benefits.

Celebrate “International Hot and Spicy Food Day” by adding a few peppers and hot sauce to your food.
Use the Chile Pepper Cheat sheet to make sure you can handle the heat in any recipe.
 
 
 
 
CHILE PEPPER CHEAT SHEET

Chili pepper
Pick Your Pepper
 
 
 
 
The Scoville scale measures a chile’s heat. We’ve rated the perfect peppers from mild poblanos to hot habaneros.

Check out these Hot & Spicy recipes
 
 
 
 

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January 15 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

 

Today is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!


 
Fresh-Strawberry-Ice-CreamIce cream in January? Really? Normally eating ice cream in January would be ok on the west coast, but this year OMGosh it’s cold. Even with the cold weather outside, it won’t stop us from observing National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

Have you ever noticed fast food chains feature vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors of milkshakes? That’s because the three top flavors of ice cream are vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream would be a smart choice for those who can’t make up their minds!

Of all the flavors of ice cream, none shows a greater difference in quality and taste between store-bought and homemade than strawberry.
 
A Couple of Fun Facts:

  • Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813
  • One of the earliest documented uses of strawberry ice cream comes from 1744 when Maryland’s Governor Thomas Bladen began serving strawberry ice cream to impress dignitaries and other house guests.
  • In a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.
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    SUGGESTION: Make your own ice cream! You can use the ice cream recipes below.
     
     
    Feel free to use an ice cream maker if you have one or use one of the non-machine methods below:
     
     
    Easiest Ice Cream Ever

    Ingredients: 2 cups buttermilk and 1.5 cups strawberry jam

    Directions: Stir the buttermilk into the jam. Pour into a freezer tray and freeze. Cut into chunks and place into a chilled mixer bowl. Whip until fluffy. Return to tray and cover & freeze until firm. Spoon into sherbet dishes and serve, using crushed strawberries and mint as a garnish (optional)
     
     
    Even Easier Strawberry Ice Cream

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/2 cups very cold light cream (or half-and-half)
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • One 1.25 pound package unsweetened strawberries, frozen

    Directions: Put all the ingredients in the food processor (or bowl) and process (or use hand mixer) until combined, the cream and strawberries forming soft peaks and bits of berry still visible. Put the ice cream in the freezer in airtight container for several hours. Stir once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Best served immediately but it keeps pretty well for about a week.
     
     
     

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January 12 – National Glazed Donut Day

 

Today is National Glazed Donut Day!


 
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While no one really knows when donuts were invented or who invented them. Doughnuts were originally made as a long twist of dough, not in the ring form that is most common these days. It was also common in England for donuts to be made in a ball shape and injected with Jam after they were cooked, this is still very common in England. The ring donut common to America just seemed to appear, but an American, Hansen Gregory, claimed to have invented it in 1847 when he was traveling on a steam boat. He was not satisfied with the texture of the center of the donut so he pressed a hole in the center with the ship’s pepper box.

• Doughnut vs. Donut? There has been much debate among experts as to whether “doughnut” or “donut” is the proper spelling. “Doughnut” is actually proper, but “donut” is acceptable. If you look in older dictionaries, you’ll only find “doughnut.” However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary now lists “donut” as a variant of “doughnut.” Either way you spell it, they’re still delicious!

• The first Friday in June is designated as National Doughnut Day.

• In the U.S. alone, more than 10 billion donuts are made every year.

• Per capita, Canada has more donut shops than any other country.

• Adolph Levitt invented the first donut machine in 1920.

• The US donut industry is worth 3.6 billion dollars.

 
 
 
 

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December 16 – National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

 

Today is
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.


 
National-Chocolate-Covered-Anything-DayWoo Hoo!!!! Falling between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the timing of this day couldn’t be better. We can enjoy something… anything… covered in a generous amount of chocolate. Pour, spread, or drizzle chocolate over just about anything today.

It’s a day to rejoice and indulge in one of my favorite sweets….chocolate. Everything tastes better dunked, dipped or drenched in chocolate.

In honor of today, try whipping up one of the fabulous video recipes below.
 
 

How To Make A Chocolate Covered Pretzel



 

Chocolate Covered Peppermint Oreos



 
 
 
 

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November 2 – National Deviled Egg Day

 

Today is National Deviled Egg Day!

Did you know another name for deviled eggs is eggs mimosa? Can you think of any occasion where deviled eggs wouldn’t be part of the party food?

This dish is a traditional favorite in both American and French cultures. Deviled eggs are made with hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, and seasoning, and can be served as a side dish, appetizer, or main course.

In honor of today I am going to share a few recipes with you and tell you.

You can find deviled egg recipes (also called stuffed eggs) all over the internet but most start with the same basic ingredients.

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite foods, especially since I do low carb a lot. Let me explain why most of the recipes I put in my posts are from myrecipes.com. There is really only one reason, if you register you can put in your zip code on the recipe page and if any of the ingredients in the recipe are on any sale ads in your area it will show up with a $ next to the ingredient(s). This is a HUGE time saver for me. I wanted to pass it along so you can save time too.

I would love to see any recipes you have. Feel free to share a link to your favorite recipe.

Enjoy!!
 
 
 
 

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October 26 – National Mincemeat Pie Day

 

Today is National Mincemeat Pie Day


 
A mince pie is a small British sweet pie traditionally served during the Christmas season. The early mince pie was known by several names, including mutton pie, shrid pie, mincemeat pie, and Christmas pie.

Mince pie dates back to medieval times, when the recipe included venison, along with dried fruits, sugar and spices. It was then known as mincemeat pie. In the mid-nineteenth century, the meat began disappearing from the recipe, which evolved into the sweet and spicy mince pie we know today, served during the Christmas season, and filled with candied and fresh fruits, nuts, sugar, spices, wine and suet. Suet is raw beef fat or mutton fat, particularly the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys. A vegetarian suet is made from palm oil and rice flour.

Served during the Christmas season, the savory Christmas pie (as it became known) was associated with supposed Catholic “idolatry” and during the English Civil War was frowned on by the Puritan authorities. Nevertheless, the tradition of eating Christmas pies in December continued through to the Victorian era, although by then its recipe had become sweeter and its size reduced markedly from the large oblong shape once observed.

Today the mince pie remains a popular Christmas treat, although the recipe no longer has the same list of 13 ingredients once used (representative of Christ and his 12 Apostles according to author Margaret Baker), it lacks the religious meaning contained therein.
 
 
 
 

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October 25 – World Pasta Day

 

Today is World Pasta Day!


 
A day dedicated to highlighting the nutritional and culinary advantages of pasta. This special day began in Rome in 1995 and is recognized around the world.

I LOVE pasta and don’t need a special day for it. I eat it at least 6 times a month, most of us don’t need a special day we just slurp it up, yummy.

Pasta is popular worldwide for Italian dishes, not to mention VERY economical when you’re on a tight budget. I’ve used it for various dishes I’ve made like cold pasta salads, various hot pasta meals, Halloween pasta dinners, you get the picture.

Just had to add one more recipe. I used to eat this a lot for breakfast, I know it says dinner but ya know, when we had leftover angel hair pasta. It’s very inexpensive to make, especially if you can get the ingredients on sale. If I made it now I would have to manipulate it to bring the sodium content down under 300. I’d probably delete the milk and used water or soy milk.

There are so many wonderful and healthy dishes you can make with pasta. It’s only left up to your imagination. So make a BIG bowl to share with someone and cozy up on the couch and watch a movie. 🙂

If you’d like post your favorite pasta dish with a recipe in the comments section.
 
 
 
 

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Free Kindle eBook for Halloween Treats

 

FREE KINDLE eBOOK


 

 
Homemade Halloween Treats [Kindle Edition]
by: Rob Riser (Author), Mimi Riser (Author)

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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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The hunt is on…..

 

Just couldn’t let these go by without sharing them with all of you.

These are free ebooks from Amazon. They don’t stay free for very long, get them before they’re gone.

If you don’t have a tablet you can download the kindle app to your computer to be able to read ebooks.

These 2 books should help with Halloween. I’ll be looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas to share as well.

 
 

Halloween Food
(Instructables Halloween) [Kindle Edition]


 
 
 

Easy Halloween Costumes
(Instructables Halloween) [Kindle Edition]


 
 
 
 

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