Taco Sunday? – Happy National Taco Day!!! – What’s your favorite Taco recipe?


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It’s National Taco Day! A taco is a traditional Mexican dish made with chicken, beef, vegetables, or seafood. The filling is folded inside a soft or hard tortilla and garnished with toppings such as cheese, salsa, or guacamole.

In 1520, the conquistador Hernando Cortez wrote to King Charles V of Spain to describe his experiences in the New World. In his letter he mentioned a delicious meal the Aztec inhabitants prepared with “tlaxcalli” or “tortilla.” It is the first historical reference to tacos!

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Happy National Fried Scallops Day!!!



It’s National Fried Scallops Day! A scallop is a type of marine mollusk in the Pectindae family. Scallops are typically two to five inches in size and can swim by rapidly opening and closing their shells. The muscle used for this activity is the only part of the animal that we eat.

Scallops are a highly prized seafood delicacy, known for their delectable taste and the variety of ways in which they can be prepared. In Japan, for example, scallops are served in soups or prepared as sushi. In Western cultures, scallops are usually breaded, deep-fried, or sautéed in butter.

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Happy World Vegetarian Day!!! – Reasons why to become Vegetarian (How to make Vegan Junk Food)



Helping Animals Also Helps the Global Poor While there is ample and justified moral indignation about the diversion of 100 million tons of grain for biofuels, more than seven times as much (760 million tons) is fed to farmed animals so that people can eat meat. Is the diversion of crops to our cars a moral issue? Yes, but it’s about one-eighth the issue that meat-eating is. Care about global poverty? Try vegetarianism.

Eating Meat Supports Cruelty to Animals The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that is natural and important to them. They won’t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.

Heart Disease: Our Number One Killer Healthy vegetarian diets support a lifetime of good health and provide protection against numerous diseases, including the United States’ three biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn — two doctors with 100 percent success in preventing and reversing heart disease — have used a vegan diet to accomplish it, as chronicled most recently in Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which documents his 100 percent success rate for unclogging people’s arteries and reversing heart disease.

Cancer: Our Number Two Killer Dr. T. Colin Campbell is one of the world’s foremost epidemiological scientists and the director of what The New York Times called “the most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.” Dr. Campbell’s best-selling book, The China Study, is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about cancer. To summarize it, Dr. Campbell states, “No chemical carcinogen is nearly so important in causing human cancer as animal protein.”

Fitting Into That Itty-Bitty Bikini Vegetarianism is also the ultimate weight-loss diet, since vegetarians are one-third as likely to be obese as meat-eaters are, and vegans are about one-tenth as likely to be obese. Of course, there are overweight vegans, just as there are skinny meat-eaters. But on average, vegans are 10 to 20 percent lighter than meat-eaters. A vegetarian diet is the only diet that has passed peer review and taken weight off and kept it off.

Global Peace

Leo Tolstoy claimed that “vegetarianism is the taproot of humanitarianism.” His point? For people who wish to sow the seeds of peace, we should be eating as peaceful a diet as possible. Eating meat supports killing animals, for no reason other than humans’ acquired taste for animals’ flesh. Great humanitarians from Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi to Thich Nhat Hanhhave argued that a vegetarian diet is the only diet for people who want to make the world a kinder place.

The Joy of Veggies

As the growing range of vegetarian cookbooksand restaurants shows, vegetarian foods rock. People report that when they adopt a vegetarian diet, their range of foods explodes from a center-of-the-plate meat item to a range of grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables that they didn’t even know existed.

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Happy National Waffle Day!!! – Chocolate Bacon Waffles Recipe



It’s National Waffle Day! On this day in 1869, a man named Cornelius Swartwout received the first U.S. patent for a waffle iron. Waffles are a delightful breakfast food and can be paired with almost any topping. Butter and maple syrup, fruit and whipped cream, a big scoop of ice cream, or even a helping of fried chicken—the choice is yours!

Did you know that the first waffles originated in Ancient Greece? It’s true! The Greeks would cook flat cakes called “obelios” between two metal pans held over a fire. Today, all you need is a waffle iron and a yummy recipe for waffle batter.

Crispy waffles made with Bisquick™ – and filled with crispy bacon and chocolate.



2 cups Bisquick™ Original baking mix

1 1/3 cups milk

1 large egg

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


8 ounces bacon, crispy

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Syrup, for serving


  • Add bacon strips to a skillet and cook over medium heat until crispy. You want the strips very crispy, as they won’t cook further in the waffle. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove bacon onto a few paper towels to let drain.
  • Stir together batter ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Heat your waffle iron and add a thin layer of batter to the iron. The exact amount will vary depending on your iron model. I add about 1/3 cup of batter in my large iron.
  • Top the batter with big strips of bacon and chocolate chips.
  • Add another layer of batter on top of the filling. It’s okay if the batter overflows a bit.
  • Close the iron and cook as directed by the iron instructions.

Remove waffle and serve immediately with syrup and topped with extra chocolate chips!

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Happy Julia Child’s Day!!! – Happy Birthday Julie Day – What is your favorite Julie Child recipe?



Julia Carolyn Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

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National Filet Mignon Day!!! – Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon (Your welcome)



National Filet Mignon Day is observed annually on August 13th.  Usually from a steer or heifer, a filet mignon is a steak cut of beef taken from the smaller end of the tenderloin of the beef carcass.

  • Filet mignon is French for “cute fillet” or “dainty fillet”.
  • In French, filet mignon may be called “filet de boeuf”, which translates to beef fillet in English.
  • When found on a French menu, filet mignon may also refer to pork rather than beef.

The tenderloin from which the filet mignon comes from, is the most tender cut of beef and is also considered the most desirable and therefore the most expensive.

Filet mignon is commonly cut into 1 inch to 2 inch thick portions, grilled and then served as is.  When found in grocery stores, filet mignon is already cut into bacon wrapped portions.  The usual method for cooking the filet mignon is to cook it on high heat by either grilling, pan frying, broiling or roasting.   Restaurants may sometimes prepare the fillets served in a cognac cream sauce, au poivre with peppercorns or in a red wine reduction.

Due to the low levels of fat found in the fillets, bacon is often used in cooking.  The bacon is wrapped around the fillet and pinned closed with a wooden toothpick.  Flavor is added from the bacon and this process keeps the fillet from drying out during the cooking process.

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Happy National Oysters Day!!! – Benefits of eating Oysters (Happy Humpday)


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Oysters are usually known as a powerful aphrodisiac but they have plenty of benefits when you add them in your diet.

Boosted Immunity

A cup of raw oysters contains 650 percent of the recommended daily value of zinc. This essential trace element is only needed in small amounts, but it is important to the system. The main function of zinc is to boost the body’s immune system, which is advantageous for cold prevention. Because of the zinc content, oysters also have a libido-boosting effect, according to celebrity dietitian and author Tanya Zuckerbrot.

Increased Energy

The B vitamins are known as energy-releasing vitamins because they break down carbohydrates for energy. Oysters are very high in B-12, known scientifically as cobalamin, and they contain moderate amounts of riboflavin and niacin. A 1-cup serving of oysters contains 362 percent of the recommended daily intake of B-12, 13 percent of riboflavin and 11 percent of niacin. Since B vitamins are water soluble, they are eliminated from the body. Eat foods rich in B vitamins throughout the day to replenish this vitamin.

Stronger Integumentary System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women get at least 46 grams of protein a day and that men strive for 56 grams. A cup of oysters contains 14 grams of protein. This is advantageous if you are a pescatarian and do not eat meat from land animals. As a macronutrient, protein is important for preserving muscles and strengthening the integumentary system — the coverings on the exterior of the body that protect the insides, such as skin, nails and hair. Oysters are complete proteins, which means they contain all of the essential amino acids. You do not have to combine them with any other foods to create a complete protein.

Reduced Disease Risk

Canned oysters are packed in oil or water. The oil used is a form of monounsaturated fat, which is healthy. Smoked oysters often come in olive oil. According to MayoClinic.com, olive oil comes with a blend of powerful antioxidants that lower low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, levels. LDL is the bad type of cholesterol that raises heart disease risk. Be cautioned that fat contains 9 calories per gram. This is why canned oysters are higher in calories than raw versions. A can of oysters ranges from 180 to 200 calories.

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