Food Holidays

A Chocolate Chip Celebration

 

Chocolate Chip Quote

The chocolate chip cookie has been an American favorite since its serendipitous invention in 1937, when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn–ring a bell, anyone?–added pieces of a chopped chocolate bar to her cookies. In honor of National Chocolate Chip Day, we present you with some of our favorite recipes inspired by Ruth’s fabulous invention and delicious tiny morsel, the chocolate chip.

 

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Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip Tiramisu Cheesecake

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Chocolate Chip Angel Food Cake

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Mint Chip Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Martinis

Chocolate Chip Martinis

 

 

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The Mustard Man

In honor of National Mustard Day, we’re sharing with you one super mustard-obsessed man: Barry Levenson. He knows the exact moment he started collecting mustard: 2:30 a.m, October 28, 1986—after the Red Sox lost the World Series. Despondent, he pushed a cart down the aisles of a 24-hour market (“a good place for a walk”). He knew it wasn’t healthy for a grown man to be so depressed over a game. I need a hobby, he thought. Just then, he looked up to see jars of mustard. “They seemed to say to me, ‘If you collect us, they will come.’” Barry quickly snapped up the 30 mustards sold nearby, then mail- ordered more. And more. The local paper ran a story about his collection once it reached 500 jars. A friend of his quipped, “What is this, the Wisconsin Mustard Museum?” For Barry, it was a lightbulb moment. “I didn’t want to look back at my life and wonder what if?” he said. So he quit his day job—as an assistant attorney general for the state—and rented a 1,400-square-foot space. The National Mustard Museum now displays more than 5,300 jars and welcomes 35,000 visitors a year. If you’re one of them, you’ll be able to buy—and taste—450 varieties, watch a video on mustard’s 700-year history and tackle some trivia questions. [Does American yellow mustard get its color from a) saffron; b) food dye; c) turmeric; or d) crayons? If you guessed “c,” you are correct.]

 

If not for mustard, Barry wouldn’t have met his wife, Patti. She heard Barry on the radio, singing a fight song for “Poupon U,” the museum’s so-called university. Patti tracked him down and asked him to organize a tasting at her social club. “I guess you could say it was love at first squeeze,” he said. Barry actually talks like this. He also signs his e-mails “Condimentally yours” and, in reference to a lunchtime interview, quipped, “I’ll bring the mustard!” At the museum, if you’d like to watch a video, you’ll have to do it in the “Mustardpiece Theatre.” What about the condiment inspires this level of devotion (and this many puns)? Barry’s quick to rattle off its attributes: It’s healthy, with a rich history and versatility. “Mustard is a blank canvas,” he says. “You can paint works of art with a little creativity.” To that end, artisans add lemon, lavender and even root beer. Barry insists that each deserves a special place on his shelves. He thinks back on the supermarket trip that started it all: “What struck me was that I’d never be lonely, because I would belong to a community of mustard lovers, and every year we’d all meet up at a collectors’ convention. It turns out nothing like that existed.” In opening his museum, he created something even better.

 

Get one of our favorite mustard-inspired recipes: Honey-Mustard Vinaigrette!

Ice Cream Sandwiches Galore!

To celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, we’re sharing four gorgeous ice cream sammies that are layered with grown-up flavors, but will still make you feel like a kid on summer vacation.

 Start with a double dose of sea-salt-sprinkled brownies, then add a chunk of coffee ice cream and a ribbon of fudge sauce for our Salted Brownie Sundae Bites. Talk about “sundae” best!

 Party-perfect Pistachio Neapolitan Cakewiches are guaranteed crowd favorites — without the work. Just sandwich ice cream between two layers of cake (it can even be store bought!), freeze, then cut into bars.

 We’ve taken what you love most about the Lemon Meringue Pie — tangy lemon filling, perfectly browned meringue — and made it portable with these Lemon Meringue Hand Pies.

Forget cookies and milk, we’ve upgraded the classic combo. Behold: chocolate cookies, a scoop of minty ice cream and a swipe of fluffy frosting in our Chocolate Mint Stacks.

Click for more ice cream sandwich recipes to make this summer.

how about a slice of raspberry cream pie?

Happy National Raspberry Cream Pie Day! Talk about a totally delicious summer dessert. This pie combines the delightful sweetness of fruit with the decadence of cream. The tasty treat is perfect for summer parties and entertaining. Bonus: Our recipe doesn’t even require baking, which is perfect for those hot days when you can’t bring yourself to turn on the oven.

Chilled Raspberry Cream Pie

 

Craving more raspberry recipes? We’ve got ice cream-infused, cocktail-spiked and chocolate-topped raspberry recipes you’ll adore.

I-Heart-Raspberry Sorbet Sandwiches

Raspberry Mojito

Raspberry Summer Pudding

Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle Bars

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Milk your chocolate for what it’s worth!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a milk chocolate person. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good hunk of the dark stuff, but when I have to choose milk is my go-to goodie. And since I try to celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day every day, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes for the occasion!

 

Milk chocolate and peanut butter are a classic combination–just ask any Reese’s fan out there. Kick it up a notch with our Peanut Butter-Stuffed Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Tip: Use chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips in this Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding; they melt better than chocolate morsels, which are formulated to hold their shape during baking.

Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding

Transform a campfire staple into a frozen treat with our Bonbon S’mores–your kids will thank you!

Bonbon S'mores

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10 Ways to Enjoy Tequila

We’ve all had tequila in a margarita before, so for National Tequila Day, let’s go beyond the Mexican classic and try tequila a different way.

Jalapeno Margarita

10 Ways to Enjoy Tequila–Beyond the Basic Margarita

 

1. Tequila + Grapefruit Juice + Club Soda  + A Squeeze of Lime (aka a Paloma)

2. Tequila + Tonic Water

3. Tequila + Lemon + Simple Syrup + Club Soda (aka a Juan Collins)

4. Tequila + Ginger Ale

5. Tequila + Orange Juice + Grenadine (aka a Tequila Sunrise)

6. Tequila + Pureed Watermelon + Triple Sec

7. Tequila + Campari + Sweet Vermouth (aka a Tequila Negroni)

8. Tequila + Orange Juice + Pineapple Juice

9. Tequila + Muddled Mint & Limes + Simple Syrup + Club Soda (aka a Tequila Mojito)

10. Tequila + Bloody Mary Mix (aka a Bloody Maria)

 

But if you decide, even after all of these awesome suggestions, you still must have a margarita, I suggest trying our Jalapeno Margarita above. It’s kick-ya-in-the-butt spicy, but oh so good. Cheers!

 

 

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Hot Diggity Dog!

It seems that every summer one very important question lingers in the air “Hamburger or hot dog?!” and while we’re a fan of the burger (Rach wrote a whole book on ‘em!) we can’t argue against the love for a delicious bite of a grilled dog sandwiched between a pillowy bun. And it looks like we’re not alone—July 23 marks national hot dog day and for good reason! According to recent polls, a quarter of Americans eat only hot dogs during grilling season!

Want some more hot dog celebrating trivia? According to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, we eat about 7 billion hot dogs during the summer—that’s 818 hot dogs per second! With all that hot dog eating, the mustard and relish combo might get a little old, so check out our 10 twists on a hot dog (pictured above) to spice up your cook out. Try more of our favorite recipes—from classic toppings to hot dog kebabs—like these favorites:

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

Cheese-Stuffed Hot Dogs with Spicy Onions

 

Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

Chili-Cheese Dogs in Beach Blankets

 

Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas

Hot Dog Pizza-Dillas

 

Hot-Dog-a-Bobs

Hot-Dog-A-Bobs

 

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs

 

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Top 5 Most Popular Junk Foods

Last “Fill in the Blank Friday,” we asked you what your favorite junk foods are and based on your spirited responses, here are the top five junk foods you crave. Go ahead and indulge, after all it is National Junk Food Day–the best day of the yeaaar!

Best Day of the Year

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1. Potato Chips

What’s not to love about crunchy potato chips? Perfect as a snack or accompanying a sandwich, these hot potatoes pack flavor and crunch into an awesome one-bite package. Here’s a little trivia for you, did you know the average person eats the equivalent of 96 one-ounce bags of chips a year. (That’s 6 pounds a year.) Whether you spread your potato chip consumption out over the whole year or make it all happen today,  try one of our homemade chip recipes. You’ll be able to customize them exactly to your liking and you’ll never run out of delicious crisps again.

Get the recipes: Chips
Potato Chips

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2. Pizza

I can understand why pizza is considered a “junk food,” but I also refuse to accept it as such. Regardless, pizza is clearly amazing. In fact, approximately 94 percent of Americans eat pizza on regular basis. So have a love affair of your own and cook up one of our easy and delicious pizza recipes at home ASAP.

Get the recipes: Perfect Pizza Dough and Grilled Pizzas

Pizza

3. Cheeseburger

We love burgers and so do you. With all the different variations out there though it can tricky to find your ultimate recipe. So we’ve taken the guesswork out of recipe searching and testing with our Ultimate Burger Recipe Finder Tool. Just answer four quick questions and we’ll find the perfect recipe for you.

Try it out: The Ultimate Burger Recipe Finder [Tool]
Cheeseburger

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4. Ice Cream

In the United States, the average person consumes an average of 48 pints of ice cream a year, more than any other country. This is totally understandable though as even lizards know how good ice cream is. No matter which flavor is your fave though, we have an ice cream sandwich recipe you’ll be sure to love.

Get the recipes: Super-cool Ice Cream Sammies

Ice Cream

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5. Chocolate

Just look at that gif. Enough said.

Get the recipes: A Year of Chocolate

Chocolate

 

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Lollipop, Lollipop

Whether you call ‘em lollipops or suckers, these treats on sticks are pure happiness. In honor of National Lollipop Day, we’ve shared some fun facts, our fave store-bought pop and even a recipe you can make at home!

 

One handmade sucker weighs more than two baseballs! We’ll have two, please.

 

Fun lollipop facts:

  • The famous 1958 “Lollipop” song was written after Julius Dixson arrived late for a song writing session with Beverly Ross. He explained that his daughter had gotten a lollipop stuck in her hair, and that had caused him to be late. Ross was so inspired by the word “lollipop” that she sat down at the piano and produced a version of the song on the spot. The song was written for the duo, Ronald & Ruby, but most successfully covered by The Chordettes.
  • The original machines made 40 lollipops per minute. Today’s machines produce 5,900 lollipops in one minute.
  • The world’s largest lollipop weighed a whopping 7,003 lbs. and was 4 feet 8.75 inches in length, 3 feet 6 inches in width and 5 feet 11 inches in height. Talk about a lot of licks to get to the center of that lollipop!

 

Never thought you could make your own lollipops? Here’s how…

Get the recipe: Chewy-Centered Lollipops

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Sources: wikipedia.com, guinnessworldrecords.com and candyusa.com

Caviar At Home

When creating a list of the most decadent foods caviar is always near the top of my list. Perhaps this is rooted in my daydreams of sipping champagne and eating caviar, but something about these tiny fish eggs suggests dec-a-dence. So today, on National Caviar Day, let’s take a look at two different ways to enjoy this luxurious seafood delicacy.

 

Not gonna lie, I find ordering caviar in a restaurant to be a bit intimidating. Not only is it pricey, but the pomp and circumstance of how they serve it–Mother of Pearl serving spoon, anyone?–only adds to my anxiety. So, I’ve taken to enjoying this luxurious food at home, which is actually easier than I thought it would be.

 

True caviar, the processed and salted roe of fish, only comes from sturgeon. So once you find a trusted place to buy it from, you can enjoy it with the addition of only two more ingredients: a cracker and creme fraiche. Just layer the three “c” ingredients (cracker, creme fraiche and caviar) on top of each other and pop that bad boy in your mouth. Yum!

Caviar Appetizer

Photo by Judith Pena

 

Care to be a bit more adventurous? Then try this recipe from Chef Todd English. He takes deviled eggs to the next level by adding caviar and lobster! Wowza. Talk about reinventing a classic.

Lobster and Caviar Deviled Eggs

Photo by Lisa Shin

Get the recipe: Lobster & Caviar Deviled Eggs

 

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