FOOD HOLIDAY: National Rocky Road Day

June 2nd is National Rocky Road Day. Rocky road ice cream is chocolate ice cream mixed with nuts and marshmallows, the “rocks” in the road. The original nuts, walnuts, were later replaced with toasted almonds. Over the years, the concept has been ported to fudge, cookies, popcorn and other sweets.     HISTORY OF ROCKY…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Mint Julep Day

While mint juleps are associated more with the recent Kentucky Derby than Memorial Day, today is National Mint Julep Day. “Julep” is a Middle English term for a sweet drink, derived sometime between 1350 and 1400 C.E. from the Arabic gulab (pronounced julab), which refers to rose petals steeped in water. The mint julep originated…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: Hamburger History For National Hamburger Month

One of our favorite burgers, from Built Burger.   The earliest known hamburger aficionados were the Russian Tartars, nomadic groups who joined Genghis Khan’s army in the early 13th century. They shredded the tougher cuts of beef and ate them without cooking, an early version of the dish we call Steak Tartare (although it should…
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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Vanilla Pudding Day

Vanilla pudding with a bottom layer of banana cake. Photo by Dream79 | Fotolia.   Today is National Vanilla Pudding Day. Would you believe that the creamy, sweet comfort food started out as a very different dish: a bland, white stew made with chicken or fish, plus sugar? As far back as the 12th century,…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Thawing Meat

Grilling favorites: Defrost them correctlyfor the juciest results. Photo courtesyAllen Brothers.   May is National Barbecue Month. Millions of Americans are firing up the grill to cook burgers, steaks, franks, chicken, kebabs and other favorites. Many of us purchase meat in advance and freeze it. There are different meat thawing techniques: on the counter at…
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