Yep, it's that day. Often on this day I enjoy a slice of my favorite, Black Forest Cake from a good bakery. For today, I found a new interesting recipe that I wanted to try. You can find a link to it here. https://bakeitafterall.com/cherry-chocolate-cheesecake-bundt-cake/ This Cherry Chocolate Cheesecake Bundt Cake is a little easier to … Continue reading Making my birthday cake
The seminal French dish Coq au Vin (rooster in wine) comes from an old farm house need to soften up an old rooster in a wine stew from whatever was on hand at the farm. Traditionally it includes carrots, pearl onions and mushrooms. Knowing this national day was coming I checked out many recipes. I … Continue reading National Coq au Vin Day and a non-recipe for it
Recently Pamela came back from shopping with some of the few meat products available and one was a brisket. It was more than 7 pounds and I immediately knew I wanted to split it in two and make it two different ways. Please pardon the poor photographs because I was so eager to dig in … Continue reading National Brisket Day and I make it two ways
During these lock down times I am trying recipes I may not have tried in other circumstances. Recently I tried an internet favorite slow cooker recipe called Mississippi Roast. It is simple, delicious and has several variations you can try. Basically you take an inexpensive cut of beef (try chuck roast or sirloin roast) and … Continue reading I tried Mississippi Roast
Today is both National Oatmeal Cookie Day and National Raisin Day. You can already see where I'm going with this. Put them together and bake up a great batch of soft gooey oatmeal raisin cookies. Try the recipe link below for a terrific option. And send me a few by mail if you do. Yummy! … Continue reading Two National Days that go well together with a recipe that blends them!
Garlic is such an integral part of our cooking it is hard to imagine how we would do without it. But the most useful and delightful way to use it is to simply roast it. You can do a few heads at a time in your toaster oven or a whole sheet pan full in … Continue reading National Garlic Day – now go roast it!
While there are competing stories of who originated Eggs Benedict, it is widely agreed it was here in New York City in the latter half of the 19th Century. Makes sense it was first devised in a city that celebrates a brunch culture. As you know it is an English Muffin, topped with bacon, poached … Continue reading National Eggs Benedict Day
Mmmm. I love pecans, in waffles, in gooey pie, in just about any way. As you are sequestered at home it would be nice to have a tasty snack high protein way to enjoy them. Lucky you, here is a simple recipe I have adapted from Southern Living magazine that I know you will enjoy! … Continue reading National Pecan Day and a make at home snack
Today's national day salutes the delicious, flexible potato. So many delicious options - crispy on the outside, pillowy on the inside french fries; rich creamy mashed potatoes; loaded baked potatoes and of course irresistible Tater Tots; and so many more ways to make them. But my favorite by far is something I learned in a … Continue reading National Tater Day
With such a tasty national day and time on the hands of many people at home, why not make homemade chips AND a dip! Here's a couple of recipes to give you that option. ===============French Onion Dip INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons olive oil1 medium onion, finely chopped2 cloves of garlic, finely minced2 sprigs of thyme, stripped … Continue reading National Chips and Dip Day and a recipe for each!
We could all use some comfort food right about now and just in time comes National Sloppy Joe Day and a recipe to go with it. Enjoy! ===============SLOPPY JOES INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons olive oil1 cup finely diced onion1 teaspoon minced garlic2 pounds lean ground beef1 cup tomato paste2 3/4 cups tomato puree1/2 teaspoon chili powder1/2 … Continue reading A recipe for National Sloppy Joe Day
According to the California Artichoke Advisory Board, artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate, and magnesium. The antioxidants in artichokes are very good for your liver and help promote healthy skin. Artichokes are also high in fiber, calcium, and protein while low in calories. For all of these reasons, along with being … Continue reading A recipe for National Artichoke Hearts Day
Meatballs are so versatile - they can be used in a sauce or on their own; they can be an appetizer or main course; they can be lowbrow grub or haute cuisine fancy. I've made many recipes for meatballs and have recently settled on the one below. Works fine and tonight I plan to make … Continue reading National Meatball Day and a recipe to go with…
You can mull cider, mull wine or mull over an idea. My idea is a warm spiced wine on a cold winter day. There are many recipes to be found for mulled wine but my favorite is at the Delish website. Give it a try and I'll be right over! https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a23364385/mulled-wine-recipe/ As always you can … Continue reading National Mulled Wine Day
The month of March is National Celery Month and today, March 1, is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day. What can we make from that? I know! We can make Ants on a Stick! No, no, no, no. Not like that. More like this: That's better. Simple, really. Take celery, spread peanut butter in the groove … Continue reading A National Month + A National Day = A Kid Friendly Snack!
There are few desserts more showy and more delicious than Chocolate Soufflé. Here is a recipe I have made and assure you it is great. ===============Chocolate Soufflé INGREDIENTS: 7 ounces semisweet chocloate, coarsely chopped4 tablespoons rum, Framboise, orange juice, Grand Mariner or water4 egg yolk1/4 cup sugar8 egg whites, room temperatureBerries & mint leaves METHOD: … Continue reading National Chocolate Soufflé Day
There are many types of clam chowder - New England with the cream base; Manhattan with the tomato base and Rhode Island with a broth base. I have several recipes calling for fresh clams, but shucks, that seems too complicated during a busy week. So to warm your cold February weeknight here is a simple … Continue reading National Clam Chowder Day
I like bread in general and Banana Bread in particular. Especially warm. Especially homemade. So here is a recipe that allows you to celebrate. It is a great recipe, I can promise you. ===============BANANA BREAD INGREDIENTS: 2 cups flour3/4 cup sugar3/4 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/2 cups toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped3 large bananas, very … Continue reading National Banana Bread Day
...and I do love me some pie. So see the recipe and picture below, and set it aside for this summer's Independence Day celebration. You won't regret it... ===============American Berry PieSUMMARY: Fresh summer berries and a flaky butter and almond crust create a delicious patriotic pie. INGREDIENTS: CRUST2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup finely chopped almonds1/4 … Continue reading February is Great American Pie Month
I've said it before - make soup at home instead of opening a can. Here's a great soup recipe for cold winter days. Pair it with a grilled cheese and slice some basil to flavor it. And unlike other tomato soup recipes this is easy to reheat because there is no dairy. Give it a … Continue reading National Homemade Soup Day
As you know, I celebrate National Food Days and have never mentioned National Tater Tots Day. It was not because I don't like them, I do. It is not because they are not interesting, they are. According to Wikipedia: "The product was created in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg were trying to figure … Continue reading National Tater Tot Day
It's Alive! I mean literally a living thing! For many years I maintained a sourdough starter with which I made bread, biscuits, waffles, pancakes and more. During my recent health issues I reluctantly got rid of it as it requires daily feeding and maintenance and I was simply not able to tend to it. As … Continue reading Return of the sourdough
Way back in 1986 the Campbell's company named January as National Soup Month. Not surprisingly they were angling to sell more cans of soup during this cold month. But you can cross them up by making your own at home. You can find easier soups but you will never find a tastier, more January appropriate … Continue reading January is National Soup Month
As winter tightens its grip, a Hot Buttered Rum sounds like the perfect drink to warm up your day. But I have never made one so I, of course, turned to the internet and you can find lots of ideas. My favorite site includes a video, how to make a single cup, how to make … Continue reading National Hot Buttered Rum Day
This National Day celebrates one of my favorite treats. This buttery delight is terrific, often covered in chocolate, sometimes with crushed nuts added. Over the counter applications include the popular Heath Bar. You can also find options at quality confectioners. Or make some at home from the excellent website below: https://www.thespruceeats.com/english-toffee-520453 As always you can … Continue reading National English Toffee Day