Happy National Prime Rib Day!!! – Slow-Roasted Prime Rib au Jus

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Instructions

For the prime rib:

 
Rinse the roast under cold water, pat dry with paper towels, and place on a cutting board. Following the line of the bones, cut the meat away from the bones in 1 piece.

  • Season the meat and the bones all over with the salt and pepper. Rub the meat and bones all over with the garlic.

Fit the meat back onto the bones, making sure to match the meat and bones up where they were cut apart, and tie together between each bone with butcher’s twine.

  • Remove the roast from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 200°F and arrange a rack in the lower third.
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Place the roast fat-side up (the bones will be on the bottom) on a roasting rack set in a roasting pan.

For the jus:

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Set a fine-mesh strainer over a medium saucepan; set aside. Season the beef bones with salt and pepper.
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Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tightfitting lid over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add half of the bones and sear until golden brown on all sides, adjusting the heat as needed so the bottom of the pan does not burn, about 6 to 8 minutes total. Remove the bones to a large plate and repeat with the remaining bones.
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Add the wine and simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until the wine is reduced by half, about 3 to 4 minutes.
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Return the bones and any accumulated juices to the pot. Add the beef broth, measured salt, and measured pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the jus is deeply flavored, about 15 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to medium, and simmer until the liquid is reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove and discard the bones. Pour the jus through the strainer and discard the contents of the strainer. Let the jus sit until the fat rises to the surface, about 5 minutes. Using a spoon, skim off and discard the fat. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate tightly covered until ready to serve. To reheat, bring to a simmer over medium heat.

To finish roasting the meat:

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Place the roasting pan on a wire rack, tent the roast loosely with foil, and set aside in a warm place for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 hour. Meanwhile, increase the oven temperature to 450°F and keep the rack in the lower third.
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When the roast is done resting, remove the foil and crumple it into a ball. Place the ball of foil under the bones of the roast to prop up the less exposed area of fat.

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Happy National Pretzel Day!!! – What type of Pretzel do you like to munch on?

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It’s National Pretzel Day! Centuries ago, Catholic monks created the first pretzels from scraps of leftover dough. The unique knot shape represented the Holy Trinity, but the significance of this symbol has evolved over the course of history. During the 17th century, pretzels symbolized the bond of marriage. This is where the phrase “tying the knot” originated! Today, traditional soft pretzels are popular at sporting events, carnivals, and festivals.

Hard pretzels are a fairly new invention compared to the original soft pretzels. According to legend, in the late 1600s a Pennsylvania baker forgot a batch of pretzels in the oven. The over-baked treats were dark and hard, but the baker sampled one anyway. He was pleasantly surprised by the crunchy deliciousness. Hard pretzels are now one of the most popular snack foods.

What type of Pretzel do you to munch on?

National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day! – How do you like your Pigs-In-A-Blanket?

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Today is National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day! This delicious finger food is popular with kids and cocktail party guests all across the world. In fact, there are many different cultures that have their own unique twist on this comfort food classic.

In the United Kingdom, pigs-in-a-blanket are small sausages wrapped in bacon. People traditionally serve them as Christmas dinner appetizers. In Israel, kids enjoy Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moses in the Ark), which are miniature hot dogs rolled in a ketchup-covered puff pastry and baked in the oven. In the United States, pigs-in-a-blanket are hot dogs or Vienna sausages wrapped in biscuit or croissant dough and baked until golden brown. Yum!

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No matter where you are or how you decide to cook your pigs-in-a-blanket, make this tasty finger food for dinner tonight and serve it with a side of ketchup.

Tell us how do you like your Pigs-In-A-Blanket?

Happy National Picnic Day!!! – Enjoy the day with your Family

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It’s National Picnic Day! People have been eating their meals outside in the beauty of nature for centuries. In fact, our modern-day idea of a picnic evolved from Medieval hunting feasts and Victorian garden parties. These were usually quite sophisticated affairs, which involved multiple courses and elaborate preparations.

During the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed “The Picnic Society” to promote picnics as social gatherings. These picnics were potlucks, and each participant also had to provide a share of the entertainment. The society members drank from crystal goblets and listened to a live string quartet while eating their meal! Today, picnics are usually casual meals enjoyed on a comfortable picnic blanket.

To celebrate National Picnic Day, take your meal outdoors and enjoy a picnic with your friends and family!

Happy National Cherry Cheesecake Day!!! – No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Pie Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Blend cream cheese and sugar.
  • Fold in frozen dessert topping.
  • Press into graham cracker crust, spreading cream cheese mixture up sides.
  • Bottom will be covered and there will be a ring of cream cheese mixture about 1 inch wide around pie.
  • Pour cherry pie filling into center.

Chill at least 3 hours.

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Happy National Jelly Bean Day!!! – What’s your favorite Jelly Bean?

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National Jelly Bean Day is celebrated each year on Aril 22.   Jelly beans were, at one time, associated specifically with Easter.   However, that has changed and jelly beans are now a favorite of many and enjoyed any day of the year.

* Jelly Beans were Ronald Reagan’s favorite treat. *

William Schrafft, a Boston confectioner, urged people to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the American Civil War.  This was in 1861 and it is thought that this is when jelly beans were first introduced to the public.

According to “The Century in Food: America’s Fad and Favorites” ,  On July 5, 1905,  jelly beans were advertised  in the Chicago Daily News as being sold for 9 cents per pound.

Enjoy this How to “Not” make Jelly Beans Video

RAIN, EAT, REST, REPEAT – FOOD THAT BOOST YOU BRAIN POWER

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Here are seven foods you should add to your regular diet if you want to keep firing on all cylinders. These foods may not make you smarter, but they’ll help you stay sharp and think clearly–especially when you’ve been glued to your desk for 12 hours.

  1. Salmon. This is one of the best brain foods out there. Salmon is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that have been shown to enhance memory and cognition. Plus, Omega 3s have anti-inflammatory properties that have been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s. Shoot for three servings of wild Alaskan salmon a week.
  2. Flax. This plant-based source of Omega 3 is perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Not only does flax improve brain function, but it helps reduce inflammation and improve circulation. Flax also helps lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar, making it a great supplement to include in any diet. Sprinkle a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to oatmeal or add a tablespoon of flax oil to smoothies or salad dressings.
  3. Blueberries. These berries contain flavonoids–antioxidants that have been shown to help improve your ability to learn and enhance motor skills. Flavonoids also help prevent degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Add a cup to your morning oatmeal or to a smoothie. Or simply keep them on hand for a quick and healthy afternoon snack.
  4. Nuts and seeds. This perfect afternoon snack is a good source of both Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which improve brain function. Plus, nuts contain vitamin E, which has been shown to help protect the brain from free-radical damage. Walnuts are best for brainpower. Cashews and sunflower seeds contain an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels and alleviate stress.
  5. Eggs. Eggs are a great source of choline, a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps you concentrate and recall information. Studies have shown that people with Alzheimer’s have depleted amounts of this important neurotransmitter.
  6. Dark green leafy vegetables. Kale, chard, spinach, and other dark green vegetables contain B-vitamins, including folic acid, which help shield your brain from the effects of aging. These veggies are also loaded in antioxidants that help protect against heart disease and cancer. Eat dark greens daily in salads or as a side dish.
  7. Chocolate. This treat is rich in flavanol antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain, helping to protect brain cells. But the percentage of cacao is important–the darker the chocolate, the better. Enjoy a small square of dark chocolate after lunch for an afternoon boost.

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POWER FOODS FOR THE BRAIN: AN EFFECTIVE 3-STEP PLAN TO PROTECT YOUR MIND AND STRENGTHEN YOUR MEMORY

Train, Eat, Rest & Repeat – Benefits of Squats

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  1. Builds Muscle in Your Entire BodySquats obviously help to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves), but they also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.In fact, when done properly, squats are so intense that they trigger the release of testosterone and human growth hormone in your body, which are vital for muscle growth and will also help to improve muscle mass when you train other areas of your body aside from your legs.

    So squats can actually help you improve both your upper and lower body strength.

  2. Functional Exercise Makes Real-Life Activities EasierFunctional exercises are those that help your body to perform real-life activities, as opposed to simply being able to operate pieces of gym equipment. Squats are one of the best functional exercises out there, as humans have been squatting since the hunter-gatherer days. When you perform squats, you build muscle and help your muscles work more efficiently, as well as promote mobility and balance. All of these benefits translate into your body moving more efficiently in the real world too.
  3. Burn More FatOne of the most time-efficient ways to burn more calories is actually to gain more muscle! For every pound of additional muscle you gain, your body will burn an additional 50-70 calories per day. So, if you gain 10 pounds of muscle, you will automatically burn 500-700 more calories per day than you did before.
  4. Maintain Mobility and BalanceStrong legs are crucial for staying mobile as you get older, and squats are phenomenal for increasing leg strength. They also work out your core, stabilizing muscles, which will help you to maintain balance, while also improving the communication between your brain and your muscle groups, which helps prevent falls – which is incidentally the #1 way to prevent bone fractures versus consuming mega-dose calcium supplements and bone drugs.
  5. Prevent InjuriesMost athletic injuries involve weak stabilizer muscles, ligaments and connective tissues, which squats help strengthen. They also help prevent injury by improving your flexibility (squats improve the range of motion in your ankles and hips) and balance, as noted above.
  6. Boost Your Sports Performance — Jump Higher and Run FasterWhether you’re a weekend warrior or a mom who chases after a toddler, you’ll be interested to know that studies have linked squatting strength with athletic ability.1 Specifically, squatting helped athletes run faster and jump higher, which is why this exercise is part of virtually every professional athlete’s training program.
  7. Tone Your Backside, Abs and Entire BodyFew exercises work as many muscles as the squat, so it’s an excellent multi-purpose activity useful for toning and tightening your behind, abs, and, of course, your legs. Furthermore, squats build your muscles, and these muscles participate in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity, helping to protect you against obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  8. Help with Waste RemovalSquats improve the pumping of body fluids, aiding in removal of waste and delivery of nutrition to all tissues, including organs and glands. They’re also useful for improved movement of feces through your colon and more regular bowel movements.

Credit: Fitness Mercola
 

Happy National Animal Crackers Day – Which is your favorite Animal Cracker?

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These fun little crackers are usually in the shape of circus or zoo animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys.

Animal-shaped crackers were first brought to the United States during the late 1800’s. The demand for these treats skyrocketed so bakers began to produce them domestically.

Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania. Other local bakeries soon came together under the National Biscuit Company, or “Nabisco Brands.” It was not until 1902 though that the animal cracker’s box débuted its “Barnum’s Animals” circus theme.

Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in Barnum’s Animal Crackers? Today more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world. To celebrate National Animal Crackers Day, enjoy a box (or two) of some delicious Barnum’s Animal Crackers!

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Which is your favorite Animal Cracker?

Day of the Mushroom – Fettuccine in Creamy Mushroom and Sage Sauce Recipe

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Ingredients

8 ounces spinach fettuccine pasta

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1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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1 shallot, chopped
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1 clove garlic, chopped
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4 ounces chopped fresh oyster mushrooms
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1/2 cup heavy cream
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1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
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salt and pepper to taste

 PREP
10 mins

  • COOK
20 mins
  • READY IN
30 mins

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Directions

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  • Heat olive oil a medium saucepan over medium heat, and cook shallots and garlic until transparent. Stir in mushrooms, and cook until tender. Mix in heavy cream and sage. Cook and stir until thickened. Toss sauce with cooked fettucine, and season with salt and pepper to serve.

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