FOOD HOLIDAY: National Salsa Month

Photo by Bluestocking | IST. May is National Salsa Month, honoring America’s most popular condiment: Since the early 1991, more salsa has been sold than ketchup! Salsa is the Spanish word for a sauce of finely chopped vegetables, that dates back to the ancient Aztecs. Red salsas are tomato-based, green salsas are tomatillo-based and there…
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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Mint Julep

A traditional mint julep (photo courtesy Arch Rock Fish | San Diego). [2] You don’t need silver julep glasses. A rocks glass is just fine (photo courtesy Distilled New York ).   There’s no better way to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday than with a mint julep in your hand. A mint julep is…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bake Pretzels

Today is National Pretzel Day. Bake up a delicious batch of soft pretzels with this recipe. Pretzels were created in 610 C.E. by a European monk whose name is lost to history. Food historians trace him to Italy or Southern France. He formed leftover bread dough in a shape that represent children’s arms folded in…
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PRODUCT: Pepperidge Farm Vanilla Grahams Goldfish For National Animal Crackers Day

April 18th is National Animal Crackers Day.   THE HISTORY OF ANIMAL CRACKERS Animal crackers originated in England in the late 1800s, as animal biscuits. When, in 1889, P.T. Barnum decided to tour England with his circus, several manufacturers took advantage of a marketing opportunity and called the biscuits “Barnum’s.” The animal biscuits were exported…
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RECIPE: Eggs Benedict & Eggs Benedict History

April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day. Credit for this recipe is given to Chef Charles Ranhofer of Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City—which also happened to be the first restaurant opened in the U.S., starting with a small pastry café in 1827 and expanding into a restaurant two years later. At that time there…
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