Happy National Vanilla Pudding Day!!!

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Today is National Vanilla Pudding Day! The delicious, creamy pudding we know and love today has been around since the 19th century. Most culinary historians agree that our modern recipe evolved from custards, which date back to Ancient Rome.

Jell-O introduced its first line of instant pudding in the 1950s. The advertising campaign announcing the new product promoted it as a “busy-day dessert.”

 

To celebrate National Vanilla Pudding Day, make some delicious homemade vanilla pudding from scratch, or from an instant mix! For an extra special treat, pair it with fresh fruit or chocolate.

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Happy National Quiche Lorraine Day!!! – Quiche Lorraine Recipe

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Ingredients

1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated piecrusts

8 bacon slices, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

4 green onions, chopped

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese, divided

6 large eggs

1 cup whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation

Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pieplate according to package directions; fold edges under, and crimp.

Bake at 400° for 7 minutes; remove from oven.

Cook bacon pieces in a large skillet until crisp; drain on paper towels, and crumble. Sprinkle bacon, green onions, and 1 cup cheese into prepared crust.

Whisk together eggs and next 4 ingredients; pour mixture into crust, and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and nutmeg.

Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until set. Let stand 10 minutes.

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Happy National Devil’s Food Cake!!! – Devil’s Food Cake with Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

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Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened

2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly

2-1/4 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream

1 cup water  

 FROSTING:

1/2 cup butter, cubed

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped 

3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

 1/2 cup whole milk

 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of two greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and cooled chocolate. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream and water, beating well after each addition.
  • Transfer batter to prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.

For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. In a large bowl, beat confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add chocolate mixture, beating until light and fluffy. Spread between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12 servings.

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There goes my Diet!!! – S’mores Oreos (What are your Vices?)

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According to the LA TimesNabisco’s newest flavor includes a graham cracker-flavored cookie with a chocolate-marshmallow creme filling.  Think s’mores that have been sitting out overnight. Still good, just cold. 

The cookie taste likes a graham cracker, and the filling a mix of chocolate and the classic Oreo creme. Before you know it, you’ve eaten half the bag.  

Looking back at some of Nabisco’s recent Oreo flavors, including red velvet, watermelon, fruit punch and limeade, it’s safe to say the s’mores cookies are a step in the right direction.

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The new Oreos will be available starting May 22 for a limited time and retail for $4.49. 

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Happy National Cheese Soufflé Day!!! – Classic Cheese Soufflé Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 5 large egg whites
  • 1 cup (packed) coarsely grated Gruyère cheese (about 4 ounces)

PREPARATION

Position rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 400_F.Butter 6-cup (1 1/2-quart) soufflé dish. Add Parmesan cheese and tilt dish, coating bottom and sides. Warm milk in heavy small saucepan over medium-low heat until steaming.

Meanwhile, melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and whisk until mixture begins to foam and loses raw taste, about 3 minutes (do not allow mixture to brown). Remove saucepan from heat; let stand 1 minute. Pour in warm milk, whisking until smooth. Return to heat and cook, whisking constantly until very thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in paprika, salt, and nutmeg. Add egg yolks 1 at a time, whisking to blend after each addition. Scrape soufflé base into large bowl. Cool to lukewarm. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.

Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another large bowl until stiff but not dry. Fold 1/4 of whites into lukewarm or room temperature soufflé base to lighten. Fold in remaining whites in 2 additions while gradually sprinkling in Gruyère cheese. Transfer batter to prepared dish.

Place dish in oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375_F. Bake until soufflé is puffed and golden brown on top and center moves only slightly when dish is shaken gently, about 25 minutes (do not open oven door during first 20 minutes). Serve immediately.

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National Chocolate Chip Day!!! (May 15th) – Bacon & Chocolate Chip Cookies With Maple Cinnamon Glaze

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugars, extracts and eggs until creamy. In another bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir together.
  • Dough will be slightly soft. If you want a more cakelike cookie, add another 1/2 cup of flour. Mix in chocolate chips and crumbled bacon. Stir until well integrated.
  • Place dough on a sheet of wax paper and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Remove dough from fridge. Pinch off 1 ½ -inch pieces and roll into balls. Set dough balls about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten dough balls in the center slightly with your fingers. Bake about 10 minutes, or until the dough starts to turn golden brown. Allow cookies to cool on a cooling rack while you make the glaze.
  • Maple-Cinnamon Glaze: Mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon maple extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon cinnamon with enough water to make a thick glaze, about 3 tablespoons. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. If lumpy, use a whisk.

Spread a small amount of glaze on top of each cookie and top with a small piece (1 to 1 ½ inches) of crisp bacon.

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Happy Flashback Friday!!! – The Thrill Is Gone (Rest in Peace) B. B. King

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Hilary Duff wants to find love on Tinder – Are you on Tinder? How do you feel about using Apps or Dating internet sites to find love or dates?

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Don’t get me wrong, as a single guy I love technology and any tech that gets to meet new single hot women is a plus for me. So, when I heard Hilary Duff aka Lizzie McGuire was on Tinder I was super excited, but let’s face it, even though she says she wants to date a normal guy, there’s no chance. 

According to USA Today, she downloaded Tinder as a joke with all of her friends.

She told Ryan Seacrest that she’s gone out with her first Tinder dude, Tom, to a bowling alley. He brought a friend and she brought friends, because, as she said, “I had my Tinder training wheels for my first date.”

Though Seacrest was dubious about the dating app, telling Duff, “It’s never gonna happen. You cannot meet the love of your life on Tinder,” Duff is still going for it and wants to fall in love. And probably not with an actor.

Already, she has a date planned with another regular guy. She told Seacrest she’s going to this one solo, and she’ll call in to the show Thursday to report back.

 Are you on Tinder? How do you feel about using Apps or Dating internet sites to find love or dates?

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Gavin McInnes, Fox News Guest, Says Women Are Less Ambitious And Happier At Home – What are your thoughts on his comments?

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According to the Huffingtonpost, Fox News guest declared that the gender pay gap exists because women are “less ambitious” than men and that most would be happier staying at home with children.

Gavin McInnes, a writer and former co-founder of Vice Media, made the inflammatory comments Thursday evening while on “Hannity” along with attorney and Fox News analyst Tamara Holder.

“Women do earn less in American because they choose to,” he said. “They would rather go to their daughter’s piano recital than stay all night at work, working on a proposal, so they end up earning less. They’re less ambitious.”

“What?” replied an incredulous Holder.

“This is sort of God’s way — this is nature’s way — of saying women should be at home with the kids,” he said. “They’re happier there.”

“If you were a real feminist you would support housewives and see them as the heroes and women who work wasting their time,” he told her.

“Why am I sitting here?” Holder asked at one point.

“You’re making a mistake,” he responded. “You would be much happier at home with a husband and children.”

Even host Sean Hannity did a face palm at that comment. “Oh boy,” he said, laughing.

“Sean, this isn’t funny,” Holder said.

McInnes has a history of making misogynistic comments. Earlier this year, he said on “Hannity” that women shouldn’t go on spring break because they “aren’t as strong as men — they can’t even hold their booze as well as men.”

And in 2013, he said on HuffPost Live that feminism has made women less happy, and being in the work place has made them miserable.

“Women are forced to pretend to be men. They’re feigning this toughness,” he said. “They’re miserable. Study after study has shown that feminism has made women less happy. They’re not happy in the work force, for the most part.”

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Train, Eat, Rest & Repeat – Reasons why Dehydration is causing you to be Sick & Fat

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Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!

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