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October 14 – National Dessert Day

 

Today is National Dessert Day.

 
Today is a day to forget your diet, forget about your calorie intake and just enjoy dessert(s) for the day.

National Dessert Day is probably a perfect time to make your favorite dessert(s) rather than having put on your sweats, put on shoes, and head to the best dessert bakery, if you can even find a bakery anymore. There is nothing like homemade desserts.

If you want something a bit healthier, if you can call dessert “healthy.” Try a quick and easy banana pudding or some rich, moist mini carrot cakes, my favorite of all time.

By the way it’s also National Dessert Month. So, if you miss National Dessert Day, go ahead and splurge the rest of the month. So there’s plenty of time to try out some classic recipes and still sneak in a few of your favorites!
 
 
 

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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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Ice Cream Cone (en.wikipedia.org)
 
 

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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
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
Coffee (en.wikipedia.org)
 
 
 
 

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August 25 – National Banana Split Day

 

Today is National Banana Split Day!

 

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Since the turn of the century young and old have enjoyed this creamy dessert. Perfect for a hot summer’s day the banana split is a variation of the ice cream sundae. A split banana in a long dish topped with a scoop each of vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice creams, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. That’s the basic banana split; add hot fudge, candied pineapple or strawberry sauce. Use your imagination.

While the origins of this holiday are unknown, David Evans Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist, is credited as the “inventor” of these fabulous desserts when he created them at the Tassel Pharmacy in Pennsylvania in 1904.

Celebrate National Banana Split Day by setting up a banana split buffet, invite your friends over and enjoy!
 
 
 
 

 
Sweet Seasons: Fabulous Restaurant Desserts Made Simple
by: Richard Leach

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August 24 – National Waffle Day

 

Today is National Waffle Day!


 
It’s National Waffle Day! Today is the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York received his patent for a “device to bake waffles” in 1869. His early waffle iron was used in conjunction with coal stoves, consisted of a griddle and a cover and required flipping of the device to cook both sides of the waffle.

Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken—the choice is yours!

Did you know that the first waffles originated in Ancient Greece? It’s true! The Greeks would cook flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal pans held over a fire. Today, all you need is a waffle iron and a yummy recipe for waffle batter.

To celebrate National Waffle Day, cook up some homemade waffles and have breakfast-for-dinner tonight! Enjoy!

Since today is also National Peach Pie Day how about making a nice Caramel Peach Sauce to spoon over your homemade waffles. I grabbed this from Miss Martha herself.
 
 

 
West Bend 6201 Rotary Waffle Maker
by: Focus Electrics, LLC

Amazon Price: $19.47


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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National Ice Cream Day….and National Ice Cream Month

 
 

Happy National Ice Cream Month!

 

 
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”1

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2012, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 15. [2]

In the midst of the heat wave back East, all I can think about is how everyone is soooo hot and they should be eating a BIG bowl of ice-cold ice cream. There’s nothing like a BIG bowl of your favorite ice cream to cool you off when the weather takes a vicious, sweat-inducing turn.
 

P.S. If you don’t have air conditioning try eating a bowl of ice cream with an ice pack behind your neck with a fan pointed straight at you, it unbelievable.

 
Since this month is National Ice Cream month there’s even more reason to treat yourself to your favorite flavored ice cream, but do you really need a reason?

Celebrate this ice-cold creamy month and stay cool with some of our favorite ice cream concoctions.
 
 
This book has some of the best and unusual ice cream recipes I’ve seem. I personally like the Carrot Cake Ice Cream, but who wouldn’t.
 

 
 
Here are a couple recipes to get you started. Instant Fruit Ice Cream is cool and refreshing and then Mint Chocolate Chip, need I say more. Enjoy!!
 
 
 
 
 
Source:
[1], [2] July is National Ice Cream Month (www.idfa.org)
 
 

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National Rocky Road Day

 

 
Today is National Rocky Road Day, a celebration of Rocky Road Ice Cream. Rocky Road is traditionally made with chocolate ice cream, nuts and marshmallows although there are different variations.
 
In 1929, during the Great Depression, William Dreyer created this flavor by cutting up almonds and marshmallows with his wifes sewing scissors. It was named Rocky Road to give folks something to smile during the Great Depression.
 
Another host says the flavors were created by a Milton Ainbinder, while owning an ice cream toppings factory. Alternately, Fentons Creamery in Oakland, California, claims that William Dreyer based his recipe on a Rocky Road ice cream invented by his friend, Fentons’ George Farren, who blended his Rocky Road candy bar into ice cream; however Dreyer substituted almonds for walnuts. [1]
 
 
 
 
Sources:
Rocky road (ice cream) (http://en.wikipedia.org)
 
 
Rocky Road Ice Cream Recipe from Fine Cooking. What a great summer’s day treat.
 
Ingredients:
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Table salt
5 large egg yolks
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 60% cacao), chopped and melted
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
1/3 cup mini marshmallows
1/3 cup toasted chopped pecans
1/3 cup bite-size chocolate chunks

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the cream with the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Warm the cream mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes.

2. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with several inches of ice water. Set a smaller metal bowl (one that holds at least 1-1/2 quarts) in the ice water. Pour the remaining cup of cream into the inner bowl (this helps the custard cool quicker when you pour it in later). Set a fine strainer on top. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl.

3. In a steady stream, pour half of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.

4. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof rubber spatula until the custard thickens slightly (it should be thick enough to coat the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with a finger), 4 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 175° to 180°F at this point. Don’t let the sauce overheat or boil, or it will curdle.

5. Immediately strain the custard into the cold cream in the ice bath. Stir in the melted chocolate and cocoa powder. Cool the custard to below 70°F by stirring it over the ice bath.

6. Refrigerate the custard until completely chilled, at least 4 hours. Then freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

7. Fold the marshmallows, pecans, and chocolate chunks into the just-churned ice cream, transfer to an air-tight container, and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 2 weeks.
 
 
Makes about 1 quart.
 
 
 
 

 
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker Kit

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