Food Holidays

Happy National Shrimp Day!

Yep, these little crustaceans have an entire day devoted just to them! Easy to prepare, quick to cook and great at absorbing almost any flavor, shrimp are great any day of the year. But on May 10th, make sure to celebrate shrimp and cook some up, one of these suggested ways:

 

 

Shrimp Cocktail Salsa

 

Shrimp, Radicchio & Couscous Salad

 

Shrimp Burgers

 

Shrimp Pad Thai

 

Shrimp & Grits

 

Not so fast! Make sure you know how to de-vein a shrimp before you get cooking!

 
 

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Easy Shrimp Recipes

National Grilled Cheese Day

National Cheese Fondue Day

Celebrate National Popcorn Day with Our Top 5 Popcorn Recipes!

Besides being the ultimate movie theater munchie, popcorn is a great snack that provides a blank canvas for flavor combinations. Salty or sweet; spicy or cheesy; mixed with nuts or straight up; the possibilities are endless. While throwing a bag in the microwave and pressing that “popcorn” button is as easy as it gets, think outside the bag tomorrow, on National Popcorn Day, and whip up something delicious and impressive. We’ve compiled our top 5 most popular popcorn recipes that cover all your flavor combo bases, so you’re sure to find one that speaks to your taste buds. Happy snacking!

 

1. Spiced Popcorn

2. Buffalo Popcorn

3. Red-Hot Popcorn

4. Pecan Pie Popcorn

5. Ranch Popcorn

Related Links

Taste Test: The Best Popcorns

Popcorn 10 Ways

Game-Day Snacks

Fast Idea Friday: PB & B Burritos

Did you know November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month? Here’s a fast way to celebrate: PB & B Burritos, complete with crunchy peanut butter, bananas, yogurt and honey. It’s the perfect healthy snack to make you feel like a kid again.

Watch our step-by-step video on how to make these sweet and crunchy treats here.

 

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Chocolate-Banana Melts

Cherry-Plum Crumble

Pumpkin Quesadillas

Mixes to Marvel Over

There’s no such thing as an easier or more satisfying snack than trial mix. Which is why we’re so excited to celebrate our favorite on-the-go goodie for National Trail Mix Day by sharing our most popular mixes.

 

Trail Mix Granola

Banana Split Trail Mix 

Honey-Bacon Snack Mix

Apple Pie Trail Mix 

Get more snack recipes!

Healthy Snack Recipes

Easy Snacks

Fast Summer Recipes

how do you like them marshmallows? toasted, please!

Toasted marshmallows are a cookout staple. The cripsy, browned outside and suuuper ooey gooey inside is irresistible in the summertime. And guess what: You don’t have to have a roaring fire to achieve this summer treat! No campfire? No problem! We’ve shared our favorite ‘mallow desserts for you to cook up in honor of National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Be prepared to get your hands a little sticky!

 

Root Beer & Orange Slushie Sundaes with Toasted Marshmallows

 

Grilled Gingerbread S’mores Cake

 

Spike Mendelsohn’s Toasted Marshmallow Milkshakes

 

 

Get S’more marshmallow ideas:

S’more Gotta-Have Products

S’mores Links We Love

Around the Web: S’more Links We Love

I have a confession. I’m a s’more-aholic. When I see my favorite bloggers post their version of a delicious recipe involving chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, it’s almost a guaranteed instant pin. So after a few months, er, maybe years?, of collecting and trying out some of the most delicious eye candy on the web, I’d like to share some of my favorites with you.

 

These S’more Mini Dippers from Kevin & Amanda are an instant party hit—and so easy to make! Just whip them up, then leave them by your coffee station for some dipping and sipping!

 

Every girl knows there’s nothing better than the perfect sweet and salty combo. Solution: Pretzel S’more Bites from The Novice Chef.

 

I made these S’more Brownies from The Bakerella for a book club night (the book, The Interestings, was all about a group of friends who met at summer camp, so S’mores seemed like the natural fit for dessert). Hot out of the oven there were requests for seconds… and thirds… and absolutely no leftovers.

 

My other weakness: Red Velvet. Combine it with S’mores and you’ve got one great, over-the-top treat. Try these Gooey Red Velvet S’mores Bars from Sugarcrafter.

 

And last, but certainly not least, Jessica over at How Sweet It Is nails it with all of her recipes and these No Bake S’mores Cheesecakes are no exception. Seriously, try them.

 

Enjoy!

Looking for more sweet eats? Try our Every Day with Rachael Ray twists on the classic S’more:

S’more Cool Gear

There’s nothing like a gooey s’more to bring out the kid in all of us. It’s the campfire treat you can enjoy all year long, but August 10th is National S’mores Day, and in celebration, we’re rounding up the sweetest gear for your marshmallow roasting and sandwiching. Whether you like your ‘mallows burnt to a crisp or sans-graham cracker, this set up will have you craving s’more:

1. Not everyone can light a campfire, so turn to this tabletop S’mores maker, with compartments for all your treat components. It turns on with the easy switch of a button. $60, overstock.com

2. Whoever said there’s only one way to make a s’more never met Lisa Adams. In her cookbook “S’mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion” she shares more than 60 recipes, replacing your standard graham cracker with delicious foods like apple slices, croissants and brownies. $14, barnesandnoble.com

3. Go gourmet and make your own marshmallows for roasting with the help of this easy DIY marshmallow mix.  Follow the instructions then add your own twists with fun flavors like vanilla extract or colors like lavender. $13, surlatable.com

4. Traditionally, they may be kids-only, but this bottle is just-for-adults. Pour a glass of boozy s’more-flavored chocolate milk for a sweet dessert drink. $16, Adult Beverage Co. for locations

5. We love an ol’ fashioned Hershey bar on our snacks, but if you’re looking to spice up your creation add chocolate bar flavors like five spice, Mayan chile and peanut butter to your stack. $24 for 4 bars, PocoDolce.com

6. When you’re ready for dessert, there’s no time for hunting down twigs. Instead, use this handy marshmallow skewer over the flames! $20, Williams-Sonoma

Want s’more? Try our recipes:

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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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.