In honor of National Onion Ring Day, here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about the one vegetable that makes us cry:
- The origin of onion rings is not confirmed. Some believe that a 1933 Crisco ad featured in The New York Times Magazine was the start to a deep-fried revolution. Some trust the Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas to be the founder. Nonetheless, A&W is credited with popularizing the novelty, while some people simply think this was a randomly selected day to eat some yummy food. Whose side are you on?
- Recently, The Riders 4 Relief National Onion Ring Eating Championship Presented by The Warehouse Stean n’ Stein was officially announced! First place wins $700 and a trophy. Time to get your eat on!
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest onion ever grown was in Silsden, England at a whopping 10 lbs. 14 oz.
For your next barbecue bash, try out one of our twists on the classic recipe like our Olympic Onion Rings!
Get the recipes: 5 Amazing Onion Rings
June is National Iced Tea Month, but today is the day to make your own! Sweetened, sparkling, or frozen, the decision’s yours! It’s summer, and it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy a good ole glass of iced tea. Below are our top five suggestions to making your glass extra special! -Nicole Witko
Fun Facts About Iced Tea:
- The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree.
- Attempting to salvage the hot summer day in St. Louis in 1904, Richard Blechynden poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of taking tea was forever changed.
- In 2003, Georgia state representative, John Noel, tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools’ Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
- Americans consumed over 55 billion servings of tea (over 2.5 billion gallons) in 2007 with approximately 85% of the tea consumed as iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.
Get the recipes:
You can’t go wrong with the classic Southern recipe! Try out this sweet and tasty delight.
Why bake from a box when you can make this? Our creamy-dreamy chocolate cake with almond-coconut filing is a cinch and will serve up sweet savings as it costs only $1.60 per slice versus $7 restaurant slices.
Get the recipe: Almond Joy Layer Cake
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.
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
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
Celebrate National Prime Rib Day or any special occasion by sinking your teeth into this premium cut of meat using our seriously simple Roasted Prime Rib recipe. When buying prime rib, ask your butcher to trim some of the excess fat but leave a layer of fat to protect your meat as it roasts.
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.
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.
This 30-Minute Meal from Rachael will be a hit with kids who’ll love making and eating it!
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.
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.
Happy National Pecan Day! Before we get to our celebration recipe though, let’s take a moment to learn more about the pecan, a buttery flavored tree nut with a soft crunch.
Did you know…
- The word “pecan” is actually a Native American word? (source)
- The majority of pecan production happens in the United States, Mexico, Australia and Israel?
- And last, but not least, that the pecan actually looks like this when it’s still on the tree?
Now, onto our celebration recipe: The Pecan Pie!
Often viewed as a Thanksgiving recipe, the pecan pie can–and should–be enjoyed all year-long. Fabulously easy to make, incredibly indulgent and effortlessly stunning, we’re sure you’ll want to keep digging your fork into this pie. Bake it for your neighborhood block party or your husband’s birthday. No matter what type of occasion, this pie will be a crowd-pleaser. Oh, and be prepared to share your recipe!
Get the recipe: Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream