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It’s National Culinarians Day. What’s A Culinarian?

July 25th is National Culinarians Day, celebrating the culinarians for whom we are grateful.

What’s a culinarian?

Culinarians are culinary experts: masters of the art and science of cooking and serving food.

They can be restaurant and commercial kitchen chefs, pastry chefs and bakers, caterers: anyone who is involved in the preparation of and serving of good food.

The chef, cook, or prep assistant makes not just tasty food, but food attractive to serve.

They also pass on their culinary skills and knowledge of food to the next generation of chefs.

Don’t forget the good cooks and bakers in our own homes. Those acclaimed family members and friends are culinarians.

In addition to National Culinarians Day:

> National Personal Chef Day is July 16th. If you are fortunate enough to have a personal chef, give them something extra special.

> International Chef’s Day is October 20th.

So take a moment to celebrate the profession and the great home cooks, even if it’s just to say, “Compliments to the chef!”
 
 
CHEFS IN THE U.S.

According to the 2019 U.S. Census, cooking professionals in the U.S. include:

  • 409,007 chefs and head cooks
  • 1,279,709 cooks
  • 385,969 first-line supervisors of food preparation and serving
  • 391,401 other food preparation workers
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    So, thanks to all the culinarians who have enhanced our experiences for decades. Including you, Mom.

    And to all of the servers who are essential to a good dining experience but are not considered culinarians: Many thanks to you as well.

     

    Chefs In Kitchen Of Fine Restaurant
    [1] A team of chefs in a fine restaurant (photo © Louis Hansel | Unsplash).

    Home Cook With Frying Pan
    [2] A good home cook is also a culinarian (photo © Kevin McCutcheon | Unsplash).

     

     
     

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    Snowbits Nougat Bites & Jujube Dates: Delicious & Gluten Free

    Snowbits Sweet Nougat Candy
    [1] Serve Snowbits on a platter or board with after-dinner coffee (all photos © Snowbits Confections).

    Jujube Dates Candy Stuffed With Almonds
    [2] Jujube Dates in Original and Matcha.

    Snowbits Sweet & Jujube Dates Candy Collection
    [3] Snowbits All Variety Pack 30-piece assortment. The pieces arrive individually wrapped.

    Snowbits Sweet Individually Wrapped
    [4] Individually wrapped pieces maintain freshness and are easy to transport in pockets and totes.

     

    We discovered Snowbits Confections in our Facebook feed. It looked like nougat and we like nougat, so we sent for an assortment. It did not disappoint!

    It turns out that Snowbits is not exactly nougat. It’s made with egg whites, nuts, and dried fruits like nougat.

    Then, Snowbits travels beyond the borders of nougat by adding marshmallows to make it softer, and in some flavors, cookie pieces.

    Snowbits has a second product, Jujube Dates.

    Both are great for a snack, coffee break, with a cup of hot chocolate or iced drinks, or as a dessert garnish (use them to crown a scoop of ice cream or a sundae).

    Serve them on a dessert plate or board (photos #1, #2, and #3) with after-dinner coffee or tea.
     
     
    SNOWBITS TREATS

    Chewy but not sticky, Snowbits melt in your mouth—there’s no tugging at your fillings.

    They are gluten-free (they do contain milk powder).

    And, a bonus: They are inexpensive—so reasonable you can’t not try them.

    The business is a start-up founded by a mompreneur who created a soft candy with chewy mix-ins after much trial and error. The effort was worth it. As our Dad would say, these hit the spot!

    The biggest problem is choosing among the flavors, so we went for the 30-piece All Flavor Mix (there are smaller and larger sizes—the smaller sizes are great stocking stuffers or party favors).

    The candy is cut into one-inch squares and individually wrapped. You can have a few pieces without over-indulging.

    Flavors include Chocolate, Coffee, Matcha, Mint, Oreo, Strawberry, Tropic Orange, and Original (which has almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts).

    Each piece is 45 or 50 calories. One is perfectly satisfying with hot or iced coffee, tea, or by itself.
     
     
    SNOWBITS JUJUBE DATES

    For those who remember Jujubes gummy candy: It is no relation whatsoever.

    These treats are made with jujube fruit, also known as the red or Chinese date. The fruit is native to Southern Asia but has become popular around the world. Like Middle Eastern and Western dates, they are eaten fresh off the tree as well as dried.

    Small, round, sweet, and chewy, jujube dates are rich in fiber, plant protein, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Here’s more about them.

    Snowbits takes a jujube date, stuffs it with an almond, and wraps it in pillowy marshmallow. Delectable!

    Flavors are Original and Matcha, and both are 30 calories apiece.
     
     
    GET YOUR SNOWBITS & JUJUBE DATES

    The brand says that it has an over 90% customer return rate. We’re not surprised. Once you try it, you’ll be back for more, for yourself, and for gifts.

    There’s a one-time discount code for 20% off your first order: NEW20.

    Head to Snowbits.com.

    A tip: There’s a large choice of options. Go for the Snowbits All Variety Pack in either 30 pieces ($15.99) or 64 pieces ($29.99). It includes both Snowbits and Jujube Dates.
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    Both products are individually wrapped for grab-and-go or to keep in your backpack or bag for when you need a treat.

    Enjoy every bite!
     
     
    > The history of candy.

    > The history of nougat.

    > The history of marshmallow.

     

     
     

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    Tequila Recipes For National Tequila Day

    What’s your favorite tequila drink? Enjoy it, or try a new tequila recipe, for National Tequila Day, July 24th (also known as International Tequila Day and World Tequila Day—everybody wants in!).

    The indigenous populations didn’t know the art of distilling. It was brought to the New World by Spanish conquistadors, who arrived in 1519.

    > Here’s the history of tequila.

    > There are five expressions, or types, of tequila. Can you name them? And what’s the deal with the worm?

    > Tequila trivia.

    > Non-cocktail ways to use yequila.

    > Tequila cupcakes.
     
     
    30+ TEQUILA COCKTAIL RECIPES

  • 33 Margarita Recipes
  • Añejo Tequila With Dessert
  • Award-Winning Tamarind Margarita
  • Bandera Shots
  • Bloody Maria Cocktail Recipe
  • Cranberry Tequila Cocktail Recipe
  • El Vocho Tequila Shooters
  • Flavored Tequila Cocktails
  • Mercadito Coctail
  • Mint Chocolate Tequila Cocktail
  • More Tequila Cocktails
  • Paloma Cocktail
  • Papaya Smash
  • Passionfruit Tequila Cocktail Recipe
  • Pico de Plata: Sweet & Hot Tequila Cocktail
  • Pink Tequila Cocktail Recipes
  • Smokin’ Maria Recipe
  • Spicy Thai Paloma Cocktail
  • Spicy Pineapple Cocktail
  • Spicy Tequila Cocktail Recipes
  • Sweet & Hot Tequila Cocktail
  • Tequila & Coke
  • Tequila Christmas Cocktail
  • Tequila Hot Chocolate
  • Tequila Lemonade
  • Tequila “Pie” Recipes: Caramel Apple Pie, Grandma’s Cherry Pie, & Pumpkin-tini
  • Tequila Shooters
  • Tequila With Maple Bacon Rim
  • Watermelon Tequila Fizz
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    Tequila Caballito Recipe
    [1] A favorite of Ernest Hemingway: the Caballito, a shot with salt and fresh lime (photo © Sunset Royal Beach Resort | Cancun).


    [2] Bandera shots. “Bandera” means flag in Spanish; the drink comprises three shots in the colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red (photo © Tequila Cazadores).

    Mint Chocolate Tequila Cocktail Recipe
    [3] How about a Mint Chocolate Tequila Cocktail (photo © Hornitos)?

     

     
     

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    Chocolate & Peanut Butter Recipes For National Peanut Butter & Chocolate Day

    There’s National Peanut Butter Day, and there’s National Chocolate Day. But today, July 23rd is National Peanut Butter & Chocolate Day.

    Far beyond grabbing a Reese’s peanut butter cup (or the gourmet version from chocolatier Michael Recchiuti), check out these delicious peanut butter and chocolate recipes from The Nibble archives.

    > The history of the peanut butter cup.

    > The history of peanut butter.

    > The history of chocolate.

    > The history of candy.
     
     
    PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE RECIPES—aka—

    CHOCOLATE & PEANUT BUTTER RECIPES

    CAKE & PIE RECIPES

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Naked Cake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake #1
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake #2
  • Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
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    CANDY RECIPES

  • Frozen Peanut Butter Cups
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
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    COOKIE RECIPES

  • Peanut Butter Chunk Cookies
  • White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Brownies*
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    ICE CREAM RECIPES

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fried Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches
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    PLUS

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Irish Soda Bread
  • Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
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    *Brownies are categorized as bar cookies. They are finger food, eaten without a fork.

     

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake
    [1] Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeye Cake. Here’s the recipe (photo © King Arthur Baking).

    Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie Recipe
    [2] Frozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie. Here’s the recipe (photo © Tieghen Gerarad | Half Baked Harvest).

    Chocolate Peanut Cheesecake Recipe
    [3] Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Plugra).

     

     
     

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    Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole Recipe For National Mango Day

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    [1] Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole. The recipe is below photo © Chef Ingrid Hoffmann | Facebook).

    Sliced Mango
    [2] Champagne mangoes (their proper name is Ataulfo) are in season from late February to early August. They’re a smaller variety but with a creamier texture—the larger varieties tend to be fibrous (photo © I Love Mangoes).

    Tomatillos With & Without The Husk
    [3] Tomatillos look like cherry tomatoes when they’re out of their husks, but the husks are a dead giveaway that they’re related to gooseberries (photo © Sunbasket).

    Hass Avocado Whole & Halved
    [4] The Hass avocado is a smaller variety, but it has the creamiest flesh that’s perfect for guacamole (photo © Hass Avocado).

     

    July 22nd is National Mango Day. Add some mango to your guacamole with this Mango-Tomatillo Guacamole recipe.

    We’ve previously published a recipe for Tomatillo Guacamole, which replaces the red tomatoes in guacamole with green tomatillos.

    Although they look like green cherry tomatoes, tomatillos are not green tomatoes but are related to the gooseberry. Here”s the difference between tomatoes and tomatillos.

    Now, we add another ingredient to guacamole: diced mango, which adds bites of sweetness. The recipe is courtesy of Chef Ingrid Hoffmann.

    The history of mangos is below.

    For the plural form, both mangos and mangoes are correct.
     
     
    RECIPE: MANGO-TOMATILLO GUACAMOLE

    Tortilla chips are a classic pairing, but you can serve this guacamole as a topping or as a side with grilled chicken and fish, as an added layer to sandwiches, burgers, and even hot dogs. Stir some into Greek yogurt for a savory yogurt treat, dip, and sauce.

    Why Hass avocadoes? There are larger avocados, but the Hass has the creamiest flesh: perfect for guacamole. Here’s more about them.
     
    Ingredients For 2 Cups

  • 2 ripe Hass avocados, halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 2 tomatillos, husked and finely chopped
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chile, finely chopped (remove seeds before chopping for less heat)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Baked tortilla or pita chips, for serving
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    Preparation

    1. MASH the avocados with a fork in a medium bowl, leaving them still a bit chunky.

    2. FOLD in the tomatillos, mango, onion, chile, cilantro, and mint. Add the lemon juice, and gently mix to evenly distribute the ingredients. Season with salt.

    3. LAY a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to discourage discoloring, and refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve with the chips for dipping.
     
     
    MANGO HISTORY

    While it may not look like a relative, the mango (Mangifera indica), is a member of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae*). It is one of the most widely cultivated tropical fruits of the tropical world.

    The mango tree is considered indigenous to southern Asia, especially Myanmar and the Assam state of India, and numerous cultivars have been developed. Mangoes are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and D.

    The word “mango” came to the English language from the Portuguese manga, from the Malay mangga.

    Mangoes originated in India more than 4,000 years ago. They spread gradually throughout Asia and then to the rest of the world.

    Due to the mango’s large center seed, the fruit could not be transported by birds and relied on humans to transport them across the world.

    Mangos are a sacred fruit in Buddhism. The spread of Buddhism across Southeast Asia resulted in the spread of mangoes.

    Persians carried mangoes across western Asia and planted seeds in east Africa in the 10th century.

    The Portuguese disovered the fruit when they came to Kerala in 1498 for the spice trade. The tree was not introduced into the Western Hemisphere until about 1700, when it was planted in Brazil.

    From Brazil mangoes spread throughout the Americas. They reached the West Indies about 1740 [source].

    They were first planted in Barbados in 1742 and by the early 19th century were being grown in Mexico. Mangoes were not really grown in the U.S. until the 1800s.

    Mango flavor has been described as a mix of oranges, peaches, and pineapples. Today most mangoes found in American grocery stores are grown in Florida, Mexico, Haiti, and South America. However, Asia grows 75% of all mangoes worldwide. India is the top producer [source].
     
     
    > The history of avocados.

     
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    *The Anacardiaceae family also includes tasty foods like the Peruvian pepper, pistachio nuts, and the spice sumac. But it also includes poison ivy and poison oak. Here’s more about it.

     
     

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