What Is Cream Tea & The History (It’s National Cream Tea Day)

The last Friday in June is National Cream Tea Day, which begs the question: What is cream tea? Most Americans might think the obvious: It’s adding cream to your tea. But no. It’s what now is the practice of adding jam or preserves (traditionally strawberry) and clotted cream to scones, which are served with a…
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Celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day With The Old & The New

The recipe is simple: soda water, syrup, and a scoop of ice cream. There are many variations of syrup and ice cream, each creating a special flavor of ice cream soda. Make yourself one to celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day, June 20th. Also called a float, because a scoop or two of ice cream…
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A Strawberry Shortcake Stack Cake Recipe & Shortcake History

[1] Strawberry Shortcake, in the stack cake style. The recipe is below (photo © Go Bold With Butter). [2] Strawberry Shortcake made with poundcake. Here’s the recipe (photo © The Baker Chick). [3] Japanese-style Strawberry Shortcakes use a sponge base (photo © Recipe Tin Japan). [4] A classic Strawberry Shortcake on a biscuit (a.k.a. shortcake).…
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A Dark ‘n Stormy Recipe For International Dark ‘n Stormy Day

June 9th is International Dark ‘n Stormy® Day, honoring one of the few cocktails (photo #1) whose name is actually trademarked*—in this case, by Goslings Rum’s Rum. And it’s such a simple recipe: just two ingredients, Black Seal Rum and Stormy Ginger Beer. It’s the national drink of Bermuda. The drink is so popular that…
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What Is A Tamarillo & Tamarillo Recipes

In a specialty grocer near you, you may find a colorful stack of New Zealand tamarillos (Cyphomandra betacea)—a relative of tomatoes that looks like a plum tomato, hence its original name, “tree tomato.” Tamarillo, a fruit resembling an oversized plum or a plum tomato, is native to South America, where it has long been used…
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