Food Holidays

4 Ways to Celebrate Lasagna Day… in the Summer!

We’re not quite sure who comes up with all of these whacky food holidays, but whoever it was has a thing for lasagna. Why else would they want to celebrate one of the best cold-weather dishes in the middle of summer? Whatever the reason, we’re still ready to celebrate. These four recipes are a lighter version of this Italian staple. They don’t compromise on flavor, but you’ll still feel like you can run after the ice cream truck afterwards.

 

Vegetable Lasagna Stacks are super light but still capture that Italian goodness.

 
 

No need to stand over a hot stove sautéing ground beef with this Vegetable Lasagna

 
 

Pasta Pinwheels allow you to keep the portions on the lighter side

 
 

Or, try something completely new like this Mexican Raw Lasagna

 
 
 

4 Ways to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

What does it take to make a winning weiner? Pair the newest franks and condiments with fun, fresh toppings. Your crowd will give these top marks!

 

From top:

 

Cool Crunch

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog ($6.49) + Frank’s RedHot Slammin’ Sriracha ($3.49) + cucumber + onion rings

 

Hawaiian Twist

Hillshire Farm Jalapeño & Cheddar Smoked Sausage ($4.99) + Slawsa Spicy (kicky slaw meets relish; $3.99) + pineapple + scallions

 

California Club

Ball Park Applewood Smoked Chicken Frank ($5.79) + Hidden Valley Cucumber Ranch ($3.59) + avocado + red onion + bacon

 

Chili Bowl

Oscar Meyer Chili Cheese Dog ($3) + French’s Twangy BBQ Mustard Sauce ($1.99) + Fritos corn chips

 

 

Photography by Sarah Anne Ward

How to Make the Very Best Chocolate Pudding

We love a good chocolate pudding and we know you do too: it’s one of our most popular chocolate desserts ever! In honor of National Chocolate Pudding Day (that’s today!) we’re sharing an updated version of the classic dessert. It’s warm and luscious and just sweet enough. You’re going to want to make extras!

 

 

Warm Chocolate Pudding

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch

Pinch salt

3 cups milk

2 egg yolks

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Whipped cream, for serving

 

Directions
In saucepan, whisk 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk and yolks over medium heat. Stir in chocolate. Simmer, whisking, until melted. Divide pudding among ramekins; let cool slightly. Top with cream.

 

If you’re looking for something more out-of-the-box, try our slow-cooker version or our Amaretto-spiked version.

Six Delicious Ways to Get Your Fresh Veggie Fill

Did you know today is National Fresh Veggies Day? While we love a good salad, there are plenty of other ways to get your fresh veggie fix. Check out some of our most colorful recipes, perfect for a summer evening. They’re so delicious, even the pickiest of eaters will find one they like!

 

Raw Puttanesca

 
 

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The 6 Best Ways to Celebrate Doughnut Day

There’s never a day we’d turn down a doughnut, but on National Doughnut Day, they’re particularly crave-worthy. Since it’s summer, we thought we’d share our favorite summery doughnut recipes you can make at home to celebrate. You’ll find some surprising combos and cooking techniques (hello, grill!), but we promise they will not disappoint.

 

Grilled Doughnut & Pear Sundaes

 
 

Grilled Doughnut Shortcakes

 
 

Whats Doughnut Day without some doughnut holes? Use our Vanilla Doughnut Hole recipe and then add different fillings and glazes to make the following:

The Campfire

 
 

Strawberry Lemonade

 
 

All That and a Bag of Chips

 
 

Mango Chile

How to Make the Ultimate Mint Julep

The Kentucky Derby may be over, but its famous cocktail, the Mint Julep, lives on– it’s National Mint Julep Day! So in honor of this fresh and strong cocktail, we’re sharing our best recipe. T-G-I-Saturday, right?
 

The Ultimate Mint Julep

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

5 fresh mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish

1/2 cup bourbon (4 ounces)

Crushed ice

 

Directions

Add the sugar, the mint leaves and a few drops of the bourbon to a chilled glass. Muddle or crush the mint with a spoon to create a thick paste.

Add a handful of crushed ice to the glass. Place a straw so that it reaches the mint paste at the bottom of the glass. Pour the remaining bourbon over the ice.

Add more crushed ice, making a mound that reaches to the top of the glass and leaving about 1 inch of the straw peeking above the rim.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

 

For a fun twist on the Mint Julep, try our Rye Julep, with a hint of grapefruit!

The Easiest Biscuit Topping You’ll Ever Make

We’re so happy it’s National Biscuit Day– biscuits are the perfect food to eat for every meal! When it’s time for dessert, make a cobbler. Top it off with this simple and delicious biscuit topping that can be made two different ways: it can be rolled and cut into shapes or, even easier, turned into rustic drop biscuits. The difference? Just a few tablespoons of cream.

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Negroni Mania!

The classic Italian cocktail is getting shaken and stirred into all kinds of delicious treats. During Negroni Week, June 1-7, participating bars and restaurants around the country are serving up fresh takes on the tipple and donating at least $1 from each sale to a charity of choice. Check out some of our picks for places to get your Negroni on. Cheers!

The Negroni pie at Brooklyn’s Butter & Scotch stars a custard of Campari, gin and vermouth. (butterandscotch.com)

 

For a dessert of pillow-soft Negroni marshmallows, hit Cambridge, MA’s Ames Street Deli. (amesstreetdeli.com)

 

Gin-flavored ice cream meets vermouth, Campari and Cheerwine in the Cheergroni float at Chuck’s in Raleigh, NC. (ac-restaurants.com/chucks)

 

The Negroni pop at San Francisco’s Humphry Slocombe blends the cocktail’s spirits with grapefruit juice. (humphryslocombe.com)

 

Serve yourself! To make a classic Negroni, stir equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth in an ice-filled rocks glass (strain to serve if you wish). Garnish with orange peel.

 

By Erin Meister

How to Celebrate World Whiskey Day

It turns out that whiskey is such a beloved spirit, it doesn’t just get a national holiday—it gets a global one! Today we’ll celebrate World Whiskey Day by imbibing one of the most versatile and delicious liquors out there. And, since it wouldn’t be a true holiday without a sweet ending, we’ll put a splash of whiskey in our dessert, too. Cheers to that!

Cherry Whiskey Sour

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7 Ways to Celebrate Burger Month

May is National Burger Month, and if there’s someone who knows how to make a great burger, it’s our leading lady Rachael. She creates a brand new unique and delicious burger every single month, and we haven’t met one we didn’t love (and drool over!). So in honor of Rachael of National Burger Month, here are some of our favorite things to happen between two buns.

 

Lamb Burgers with Smoked Pepperoni & Provolone

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