While Fortune Cookies are most popular in Chinese restaurants, they originated in Japan (think elegant desserts and folding techniques). But they were adopted in America by Chinese restaurants at the turn of the last century and exploded in popularity after World War II and are now an essential part of today's pop food cuisine. Ever … Continue reading National Fortune Cookie Day
July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day and there are few better ways to start the day. To encourage you to eat fresh baked goods at home, feel free to try this simple and straightforward recipe... ===============Simple Blueberry Muffins SUMMARY: There's nothing fancy about this muffin – it's mostly flour, eggs, butter and blueberries. But … Continue reading A simple recipe for National Blueberry Muffin Day!
Today is National Fried Chicken Day and I truly love this delicious treat. I have made various tasty versions but the best was when I used a sous vide device to first make the meat creamy and perfectly cooked. But if I want to eat this treat out on the town in New York, I … Continue reading National Fried Chicken Day and my NYC recommendation
July is both National Grilling Month and National Picnic Month. So I expect every one of you to get out there and grill at a picnic! As for me, I will likely stay inside with the air conditioning for a while until this heat wave finishes. Let me know when the pizza delivery gets here. … Continue reading Welcome to July!
Today is National Fish and Chips Day, not here in the US, but in the United Kingdom! And let me tell you, they know and cherish their Fish and Chips. I've eaten authentic Fish and Chips in England and there is nothing I have found to match it here in the states. I also have … Continue reading National Fish and Chips Day
People love to play with date numbers. March 14 (3.14) becomes Pi Day. May the 4th (be with you) becomes Star Wars Day. Because today, May 13, mimics the area code (513) of Cincinnati it becomes unofficially, of course, Cincinnati Day. Enjoy a bite of Goetta, eat a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney and top it … Continue reading Happy (unofficial) Cincinnati Day!
Today's National Day has nothing to do with warming your porcine pals (though that would be very nice of you). Instead it celebrates the favorite hors d'oeuvres at a munch reception. It is always the first plate to be emptied and always the star of the party. A simple miniature hot dog wrapped in some … Continue reading National Pigs in a Blanket Day
Christmas has made the most inroads to non-Christian people as the ubiquitous Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, has had the greatest impact for cultures around the globe. Part of that is the ubiquitous marketing campaigns of our consumer culture. But for Christians, the holiest of holidays, is Easter. With the theme of resurrection, renewal and … Continue reading Happy Easter and renewed hope to all
Today is a great conglomeration of two flavors. Chocolate + Caramel. Add a little sea salt and I know someone who will be thrilled. All I can advise is to stop licking your phone screen with this picture. Really. I know it is delicious. But really. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and … Continue reading National Chocolate Caramel Day
Since tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, it is also the day for the iconic meal served for that celebration. So, why I am I telling you the day before? So you can go shopping for the ingredients and try the excellent slow cooker version you can find below. Enjoy! ===============Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage … Continue reading TOMORROW is National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
Today is Bacon Day and I don't mean Kevin. Enjoy your bacon all year long and share it on social media today with the hashtag #BaconDay. Bacon improves anything and is my favorite food group. Some people choose not to eat bacon and I respect that. It just means more bacon left for me! Happy … Continue reading Bacon Day! Bacon Day! Bacon Day!
The spun sugar treat we call Cotton Candy was invented centuries ago but was popularized at the 1904 Worlds fair marketed as Fairy Floss. It has been raising glucose levels ever since at carnivals, circuses and ballparks ever since. In the 1950's a home version was introduced to send your children into sugar shock and … Continue reading National Cotton Candy Day
During recent lockdowns some people reveled in discovering sourdough bread and banana bread recipes. You can find many sourdough and banana bread recipes on this blog. But maybe you are one of the many people who find bread too challenging and have no need to knead. Good news, here is a recipe for No-Knead Bread. … Continue reading No Knead to celebrate National Home Bread Day
I love a good cooking challenge and this one is fun! Nissin Foods is asking you how to top their Top Ramen product to celebrate 50 years of their enterprise in the United States. I couldn't resist giving it a try. You can find full information at the URL below and should use the hashtag … Continue reading How Do You Top Ramen Entry
Here is a perfect recipe for National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day that would be great for a Halloween Party or Thanksgiving Get-Together. ===============Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Baked in a 9-by-13-inch pan, these are sliced into bars that are easy to serve and eat. If you want to make them a bit fancier, you can reserve some of … Continue reading National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
This is the second best way to consume delicious Gin (a martini up with olive is the best, but that is a whole other day). That is, of course, if you like Gin as much as I do. It is not a taste that everyone appreciates. It has long been my theory that Gin and … Continue reading International Gin and Tonic Day
Chili con Carne is a wonderfully warming dish for this weather and celebrating both in this week and this month. There are endless varieties and recipes to be found for this favorite food. Personally, I love Cincinnati Chili but it is certainly an acquired taste. You likely remember the quick weeknight version cooked up with … Continue reading National Chili Week in National Chili Month
There is nothing better than starting the day with a really fine coffee. My favorite coffee is Cafe du Monde, the chicory laced delight from New Orleans. The very finest. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy it and start your morning right! Happy National Coffee Day! As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter … Continue reading National Coffee Day Again Already?
This post is being uploaded at the exact moment of the Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, Eastern coast of the United States: September 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM. At this moment the sun is directly over the equator. Day and night are the exact same length. Summer departs and fall begins. Life hangs perfectly … Continue reading Autumnal Equinox 2020
I love standing under a waterfall and letting it stream over me. The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is scheduled to open a flagship store in Times Square here in New York City today. The shop will feature the world's largest "Hot Now" sign and a giant glaze waterfall in the window. If you see a … Continue reading Welcome Krispy Kreme to Times Square
Biscuits and sausage gravy is one of my favorite breakfasts. Eating out I often find it too watery or too gelatinous. I know the exact mouth feel I desire for this dish and so like to prepare it at home. Here is my recipe if you want to try it. I like to use my … Continue reading National Biscuits and Gravy Week
As fall approaches corporate American puts pumpkin spice flavoring into lattes, donuts, and anything that has no legs to run and hide. Some of us (like me) like those spices in pumpkin pie but in little else. Others can't get enough. To help you get your quota here is a simple recipe you can mix … Continue reading It’s that time again for everything Pumpkin Spice
If you are serious about food and have not bought a Sous Vide machine, you should really consider it. I use the Joulle brand by ChefSteps (and like it a lot) but there are many on the market. Essentially any Sous Vide device is simply a water recirculator with a precise water heater. You put … Continue reading Recent Sous Vide Recipe Upgrades
Today is a very special day - International Bacon Day! But even better - it is the 65th Anniversary of the opening of the very first Waffle House restaurant. What a very special day. Hungry yet? As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Of course, I knew that the sponges used since antiquity were harvested from the sea and had unique properties to absorb and hold water, helping for millennia to clean up around the house. And, of course, I knew that when humans were able to create artificial sponges using polyester and polyurethane, cleaning duties became much … Continue reading National Sponge Cake Day and a disappointment