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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Happy National Caviar Day!!!

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Today is National Caviar Day! Caviar is processed, salted fish roe (otherwise known as fish eggs). The eggs are tiny, round, and usually black in color, but there are also orange and red varieties. Although it may seem like a slightly odd thing to eat, caviar was once reserved strictly for royalty. Today, it is still considered a delicacy all over the world.

Many people use the term “caviar” to describe any kind of fish egg, but true caviar must come from sturgeon—a group of about 25 species of fish. Some examples of sturgeon are beluga, osetra, and sevruga. These particular fish produce some of the finest varieties of caviar in the world.

Caviar is quite salty so it is usually enjoyed plain, but it can also be used to garnish certain dishes.

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Happy National Catfish Day!!! – Zesty Baked Catfish Recipe

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon canola oil

1 teaspoon lemon juice

2 catfish fillets (6 ounces each)

1-1/2 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

Combine oil and lemon juice; brush over both sides of fillets. Combine the remaining ingredients; rub over both sides of fillets. Place in an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 2 servings.

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Happy International Sushi Day!!! – What’s your favorite Sushi? (How to Eat Sushi: You’ve been doing it Wrong!!!)

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Sushi is a traditional food of the Japanese which is made from rice, vinegar, salt, sugar and raw fish. To express their love to sushi, the fan all over the world has celebrated annually on June 18th. This special occasion is called International Sushi Day.

Japan is one of the Asian countries that are most attractive to the whole world. They are famous not only for their economic power but also for their interesting culture, especially cuisine culture.

To our surprise, International Sushi Day was originally not an offline event but started on Facebook. In 2009 a guy whose name is Chris DeMay, created a Facebook Fanpage of sushi. This page immediately attracts many of sushi fans in the world, which made its total fan reach the number of 1.3 millions.


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Happy Lobster Day!!! – BA’s Ultimate Lobster Rolls Recipe (Family Guy’s Lobster Song)

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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 3 1 1/4-pound live lobsters
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2–3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 New England–style split-top hot dog buns
  •  2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

Preparation

PREP: 30 MIN TOTAL: 1 HRS

  • Pour water into a large pot to a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil and salt generously. Add lobsters, cover, and cook until bright red, 8–10 minutes. Transfer lobsters to a rimmed baking sheet and let cool.
  • Crack lobster shells, pick meat from tail and claws, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mix lobster, celery, lemon juice, chives, and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper and add more mayonnaise, if desired.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread flat sides of buns with butter. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes per side; fill with lobster mixture.
  • Do Ahead: Lobster meat can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Toss with remaining ingredients just before serving.

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Happy Shrimp Scampi Day!!! – Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

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Ingredients

Vegetable oil

1 tablespoon kosher salt plus 1 1/2 teaspoons

3/4 pound linguine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 1/2 tablespoons good olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)

1 pound large shrimp (about 16 shrimp), peeled and deveined

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

1/2 lemon, zest grated

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)

1/4 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds

1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

Directions

Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.

Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Saute for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and the pepper and saute until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.

When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve.

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Happy World Vegan Day!!! (Nov. 1st) – Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers and Baked Crispy Fries

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Spicy BBQ Chickpea Burgers and Baked Crispy Fries

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry/uncooked chickpeas (or 2 & 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas) + kombu (optional)
  • 1/2 cup dry brown rice (or 1 & 1/4 cup cooked rice)
  • 3 tbsp sunflower seeds + 1 tbsp pepita seeds, toasted
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, or more as needed (use GF breadcrumbs if necessary)
  • 2-3 tbsp ground flax
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Fine grain sea salt, to taste (I used 1 tsp + Herbamare)

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Directions

  1. Methods to prepare chickpeas: 1) Soak dry chickpeas overnight, or for at least 8 hours, in a large bowl filled with water. When ready, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Place in a medium-sized pot with 3 cups of fresh water. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Remove lid and place a small piece (~1” x 2”) of kombu (optional) into the pot with 1/8th tsp salt. Cover again and simmer on low-medium for about 50 minutes, watching carefully after about 35-40. When cooked, chickpeas will be tender and some may have split open. Drain and rinse. Discard kombu. 2) Alternatively, you can use canned chickpeas or 3) the quick-soak method: Add 3 cups water and 1 cup dry chickpeas into a pot. Cover, bring to a boil, and immediately turn heat off. Keep covered and let sit for 1 hour. After 1 hour, drain and rinse chickpeas. Add into rinsed pot with 3 cups fresh water. Cook the same as method 1) above.
  1. To cook rice: In a strainer, rinse the rice. Add 1/2 cup dry rice into a pot with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover with lid, and simmer for about 25-30 minutes, watching closely and giving it a stir after 20. Add a touch more water if necessary.
  1. Toast seeds: Preheat oven to 300F. Toast sunflower and pepita seeds for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden in colour. Set aside.
  1. Chop vegetables. Finely chop the garlic, peppers, onion, and parsley. Grate carrot. Stir in half the salt. Set aside.
  1. Mash chickpeas and rice: When chickpeas are ready, drain and rinse. Add the cooked chickpeas and rice into a large bowl. With a potato masher, mash very well, leaving some chunks for texture. You will need to use a lot of elbow grease to mash this up, but you want it really sticky so it’s worth it! You can also pulse in a food processor.
  1. Mix it all up: Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chopped vegetables into the mashed chickpea/rice mixture. Now stir in the seeds, BBQ sauce, breadcrumbs, and ground flax. Add the salt and red pepper flakes to taste.
  1. Shape patties & cook: Form 6-8 patties and pack dough together tightly. Spray the preheated skillet with oil. Cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes per side over medium-high heat (time will vary based on your temp). Burgers should be browned and firm when ready. You can also try grilling the patties (try pre-baking patties for 15 mins in the oven at 350F before grilling).

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Happy National Bologna Day!!! (Oct. 24th) – Full of Bologna Hot Dish

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Full of Bologna Hot dish

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 30 min

Total Time: 50 min

Makes: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 ring Nueske Bologna, diced
  • 4 medium potatoes, sliced or diced
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. green pepper, chopped (optional)

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Directions

Mix all the ingredients together and place in casserole dish. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Top with cheese and return to oven to melt cheese, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

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Happy National Pasta Day!!! (Oct.17th) – Loaded Chicken Carbonara

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Loaded Chicken Carbonara

Ingredients

6 slices bacon, chopped

1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

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salt and ground black pepper to taste
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3 cloves garlic
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1 teaspoon ground black pepper
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1/2 cup white wine
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1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
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3 large eggs
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1 gallon water
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1 pound spaghetti
  • 
2 cups frozen peas

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  • PREP
   20 mins
  • COOK
   45 mins
  • READY IN  
1 hr 10 mins

Directions

  • Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet, reserving 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon bacon drippings in the skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken breast halves in the bacon drippings until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil. Rest chicken for 5 minutes before slicing; set aside.
  • Heat remaining tablespoon bacon drippings in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook and stir garlic and ground black pepper in skillet until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour wine into skillet; cook at a simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Whisk Parmesan cheese and eggs together in a bowl. Slowly stream wine mixture into the Parmesan mixture while whisking continually.
  • Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Remove 1/2 cup of the water from the pot for later use.

Put the peas in a large colander. Drain the pasta in the colander with the peas. Return drained pasta and peas to the pot. Stir bacon, chicken, and wine mixture into the spaghetti. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water as desired.

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Sunday Funday!!! National Gumbo Day – Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

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Louisiana Seafood Gumbo

Ingredients

Olive oil, for sauteing

1 1/2 medium-sized onions, coarsely chopped

1 cup celery, cut crosswise into 1/3 (use the middle 1/3 only) and coarsely chopped

8 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

6 cups baked okra, sliced 1/4-inch thick and baked for about 10 minutes in baking pan

Roux, recipe follows

6 tomatoes, roughly chopped

Stock, recipe follows

1 pound shrimp heads reserved for stock

2 or 3 crabs, cleaned,and chopped into chunks

Lemon slices

Chopped green onions

Serving suggestion: with rice or as a soup

Directions

Coat a large heavy-bottomed saucepan with oil and cook the onions until translucent. Add the celery, garlic, bell peppers, and okra. Add the roux and mix thoroughly to pick up all the excess oil in the pot.

Next add the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. When mixed, strain the stock and add it to the pot, mixing thoroughly to prevent lumps. Cover with lid, bring to the boil and cook for 20 minutes. Clean the shrimp and saute in a separate pan to get rid of any excess moisture. When they have turned pink add the shrimp and crab to the gumbo. Cook for 10 minutes. Lastly, add lemon slices and chopped green onions

Roux:

1/2 cup flour

Olive oil

Combine the ingredients in a separate pan. Brown on a medium high heat until it turns light brown.

Stock:

9 cups water

Shrimp heads

1 stalk celery

1/2 lemon

1 bay leaf

3 basil leaves

Creole seasoning (recommended: Dash)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine ingredients in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.

Yield: 6 servings

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