Bizarre 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.

 

Get the recipes: 

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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Apple Pies and Beyond

As the saying goes there are few things as American as Apple Pie. So join us today, May 13th, as we celebrate this traditional dish and salute some of our favorite tasty variations for National Apple Pie Day.

Apple Pie

This quintessential American dessert is always welcome whether it’s a
casual 4th of July picnic or a fancy Thanksgiving dinner.

Get the recipe: Classic Apple Pie

 

Bacon-Crumble Apple Pie

Bacon-Crumble Apple Pie

Everything is better with bacon and this recipe makes a toothsome sweet and salty dessert.

Apple Pie Pockets

Apple Pie Pockets

Take this classic dessert on the road with our handheld pocket-version.

Apple Pie Shake Shots

Apple Pie Shake Shots

Imagine a drink version of apple pie a la mode and you’ve got these apple pie shakes that everyone will love!

Apple Pie Shooter

Apple Pie Shooter

Apple brandy shines in this lip-smackingly good, tasty shooter. Make the drink last longer and turn it into a martini with a shot of bourbon and a couple more ounces of apple cider.

 

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Shrimp-Tastic Recipes

 

Shrimp Recipes

Get the recipes: 15 Easy Shrimp Dinners

 

Did you know…

  • Shrimp packs 18 grams of protein per a 3 ounce serving with only 83 calories and 1 gram of fat
  • Shrimp has 45 micrograms of selenium, an antioxidant mineral that helps protect most body systems form unwanted damage, in every four ounces. In addition, research studies show that selenium found in shrimp can be well-absorbed into the human body.
  • Although “shrimp” and “prawns” are both classified as crustaceans, the terms cannot be used interchangeably, as they  belong to two different suborders pleocyemata and dendrobranchiata, respectively.
  • And lastly, “There’s a million ways to cook shrimp… shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich…” –Bubba in Forrest Gump

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Twist It Up: Pretzel Recipes

Happy National Pretzel Day! Today we honor one of our favorite after-school snacks and cocktail party appetizers, the pretzel. Created centuries ago by monks with pieces of leftover dough, you can now find this salty (and sometimes savory) snack at carnivals, ballparks, the street corners of New York City and cleverly incorporated into both sweet and savory recipes. Try out some of our favorite recipes below, then mix up your own cool creations.

Pretzels

 

Giant Bavarian Pretzels

Giant Bavarian Pretzels

Mix up the classic bavarian recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Then, personalize the recipe with add ons like parmesan cheese or cinnamon and sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers and Zucchini Sticks recipe

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Fingers and Zucchini Sticks

This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael will be a hit with kids who’ll love making and eating it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bratwurst Pretzel Pizza

 

Bratwurst Pretzel Pizza

This ballpark-inspired pizza uses our easy Skillet Pizza Dough as a base. Make a large batch ahead of time and keep it in your refrigerator for a quick weeknight dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart with Caramel Drizzle recipe

 

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart with Caramel Drizzle

This sweet and salty dessert combo is always a crowd pleaser. Try substituting the pretzel crust into your other favorite pie recipes for a fun and unexpected twist.

 

 

 

 

 

Which do you prefer? Soft or Hard pretzels?! Tell us in the comments below.

 

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5 Outrageous Peanut Butter and Jelly-Inspired Dishes

To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, we’re taking a look at five of the crazy peanut butter and jelly-inspired creations chefs across the nation have been coming up with!

1. PB Pasty at Cornish Pasty Co. in Phoenix, AZ

This warm, flaky pasty filled with creamy peanut butter, bananas and tart raspberry jam is topped with whipped cream and sure to hit the sweet spot.

PB Pasty

PB Pasty

2. Oregon-Smoked Goat Sandwich at PBJ’s Grilled in Portland, OR

This grilled sandwich using calamata olive bred is filled to capacity with PBJ’s house almond butter, applewood smoked bacon, goat cheese and fig jam. 

PBJ's Grilled Oregon-Smoked Goat Sandwich

PBJ’s Grilled Oregon-Smoked Goat Sandwich

3. “F” this PB Foie Gras Torchon at Praying Monk in Scottsdale, AZ

It was only a matter of time before a chef fancied-it-up and added foie gras to the classic PB&J flavor combo! Served with satisfyingly crunchy toast points, this combination of housemade peanut butter, blackberry jam and foie gras is far more decadent that your schoolyard snack.

"F" this PB Foie Gras Torchon

“F” this PB Foie Gras Torchon

4. PB Pain Perdu at Recette in New York, NY

The chefs at Recette have taken the classic sandwich from the playground to the adults’ (brunch) table with their over-the-top french toast reinvention.

PB Pain Perdu

PB Pain Perdu

5. Deep Fried PB at The Malibu Inn in Malibu, CA

With crunchy peanut butter and strawberry jelly, this sandwich is the closest to the original in the bunch. However, a deep fry in waffle batter does give this sandwich a tasty 2.0 upgrade!

Deep Fried PB and J

Deep Fried PB and J

What do you think? Would you try any of these takes on peanut butter and jelly?

Also, don’t miss this flashback to one of the “original” memes! (Here’s a hint: It’s peanut butter jelly time…)