FOOD HOLIDAY: Make Peanut Clusters For National Peanut Cluster Day

Today is National Peanut Cluster Day. There is no documentation on the first appearance of the peanut cluster, but we know a few things: After some 3300 years as a beverage, the first solid chocolate began to appear in Europe around 1840. Peanuts, which originated in South America, were brought to West Africa by Portuguese…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Gumdrop Day

Mmm, gumdrops. Photo courtesy Farley’s & Sathers.   It’s National Gumdrop Day. Gumdrops are a chewy, brightly-colored, fruit-flavored confection, shaped like a truncated cone and coated in granulated sugar. When they’re flavored with spices (allspice, cinnamon, clove, licorice, peppermint and wintergreen, for example) they’re called spice drops. Outside the U.S., according to Wikipedia, the candy…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Low Calorie Buffalo Chicken Parfait

America loves its chicken wings, never more than on Super Bowl Sunday: 1.2 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend alone, enough to circle the globe twice! Truth to tell, we’re not a fan of such messy finger food (we don’t do messy well). That’s why we took an immediate liking to this recipe…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Start A Tradition, Make An Epiphany Cake

Crown your “king cake”; the person who finds the charm gets to wear the crown. Photo courtesy BainFrance.Blogspot.com.   Bûches de Noël, fruitcake and Christmas cookies are enjoyed throughout the holiday season. In France, the celebratory confections continue into January with an Epiphany cake, or galette des rois, French for kings’ cake (a galette is…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Hard Candy Day

December 19th is National Hard Candy Day. We’ve all had hard candy of some type: butterscotch, horehound drops, lemon drops, lollipops, mints, root beer barrels, sour balls and fruit flavors galore. Hard candy begins by boiling sugar and water, then adding flavors and colors. As the syrup boils, water evaporates and the sugar concentration increases.…
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