Happy National Pastry Day!!! – Tell us what’s your favorite pastry?

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 George eating an Eclair out of the Garbage

 

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Sweet Honey Baklava Recipe

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This honey baklava is flaky, crisp and tender and I love that it isn’t overly sweet. It’s basically a party in your mouth. I am a huge fan of baklava and this is the BEST baklava recipe I have ever tried. Hands down. You will love the hint of mellow lemony flavor which offsets the sweetness and compliments the cinnamon. It’s truly delicious. Store-bought baklava has nothing on this and trust me, I’ve been around the block when shopping for baklava!

Any baklava is a little tedious to make, but I’ve shared all of my best tips and advise to ensure you are successful in making yours. You will love that this recipe can be made several days in advance of your shindig and keeps beautifully at room temperature for at least a week.

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) pkg phyllo dough; thawed according to package instructions
2 sticks (1/2 lb) melted unsalted Butter
1 lb (about 4 cups or 3 3/4 cups chopped) walnuts, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice (juice of 1/2 lemon?)
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
Melted chocolate chips & chopped walnuts for garnish, optional.

Directions:

1. Thaw phyllo dough according to package instructions (this is best done overnight in the fridge, then place it on the counter for 1 hour before starting your recipe to bring it to room temp).
2. Trim phyllo dough to fit your baking sheet. My phyllo dough package had 2 rolls with with a total of 40 sheets that measured 9×14 so I had to trim them slightly. You can trim one stack at a time then cover with a damp towel to keep from drying out.
3. Butter the bottom and sides of a 13×9 non-stick baking pan.

Check out the rest of the recipe at Nastaha’s Kitchen

Happy National Fast Food Day!!! – Tell us your favorite fast food?

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National Fast Food Day is observed annually on November 16.  On this day each year people all across the country celebrate by going through the drive-thru, dining inside or ordering their fast food to go.

First popularized in the United States in the 1950’s, fast food is considered any meal with low preparation time and served to a customer in a packaged form for quick dine-in, take-out or take-away and typically with a drive-thru.

Following World War I, automobiles became popular and more affordable.  At that time drive-in restaurants were introduced.  In 1921,  White Castle, an American company founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in Wichita, Kansas, opened, selling hamburgers for five cents each.  Anderson had opened the first White Castle in 1916 as a limited menu, high-volume, low-cost, high-speed hamburger restaurant.

The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world.  There are American fast food restaurants that are located in over 100 countries.

Common fast food menu items include hamburgers and other sandwiches, fish, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, tacos, pizza, hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, breakfast biscuits, coffee and ice cream. 

The term fast food was first recognized in the dictionary by Merriam-Webster in 1951.

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 Defining the Family (BLW Contributor)

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This will take a couple of posts to fully describe and paint the picture. I will just start this one by defining what is a healthy family unit? And I know no family is perfect and not all families will exhibit everything on the list and you don’t need to have ALL to be the “perfect” family.I think the key indicator in any type of relationship (beyond the family) is COMMUNICATION. The ability to feel safe (<-keyword is safe) to articulate your thoughts, feelings, without FEAR of the consequences. I am using this for my own frame of reference because I didn’t have NONE of this in my own. Below are just the main points.
(Read the complete article :Healthy Family)

Healthy family relationship:

  1. The healthy family communicates and listens.
  2. The healthy family affirms and supports each other.
  3. The healthy family teaches respect to others.
  4. The healthy family…

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Happy National Sundae Day!!! – Beer & Bacon Toffee Sundae Recipe

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BEER-AND-BACON TOFFEE SUNDAES

Ingredients 

1/2 cup diced bacon (about 4 slices)

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup stout beer (I like Founders Breakfast Stout)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 pints good-quality vanilla ice cream

1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped

Sea salt, for sprinkling

Directions

Put the bacon in a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, until very crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, reserving the fat in the pan.

Add the brown sugar, corn syrup, beer, butter, heavy cream and a pinch each of kosher salt and pepper to the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Scoop the ice cream into bowls and spoon the toffee sauce on top. Garnish with the crispy bacon bits, toasted pecans and sea salt

Happy National Cheeseburger day!!!

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America’s favorite sandwich is honored on September 18th with a slice of cheese.  It’s National Cheeseburger day!

There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s.  One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot.  During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.

There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:

  • A cheeseburger appeared on a 1928 menu at O’Dell’s, a Los Angeles restaurant, which listed a cheeseburger, smothered with chili, for 25 cents.
  • Kaelin’s Restaurant – Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
  • Denver, Colorado – 1935 – A trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In.
  • According to its archives, Gus Belt, founder of Steak n’ Shake, applied for a trademark on the word “cheeseburger” in the 1930s.

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Family Guy – Ordering a Cheeseburger

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Deep Fried Big Mac (Double Cheeseburger) What are your thoughts? Would you eat it?

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On his website, Peep My Eats, the chef breaks down the steps to making one at home. Turns out, all you need is four ingredients, one of which is a toothpick. (Other three: A Big Mac. Eggs. Breadcrumbs.)

The Deep-Fried Big Mac topped the crispy, battered creation with extra Mac sauce, naturally.

What are your thoughts, is this too much? Would you eat it?

Here’s a quick video on how to make a deep fried Big Mac:

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Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day!!!

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National Chocolate Milkshake Day is observed each year on September 12 by chocolate and ice cream lovers alike.  Forget the calories in it for just this one day and enjoy a nice tall, thick and delicious, chocolate milkshake! The first time the term “milkshake” was used in print was in 1885.  During this period, milkshake referred to an alcoholic beverage which was an alcoholic drink described as a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink” which was a blend of eggs, whiskey, and other ingredients served both as a tonic and treat at pharmacies.

  • By 1900 milkshakes were referred to as “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry or vanilla syrup.”
  • The early 1900s – People began asking for this “new treat” with a scoop of ice cream.
  • 1911 – The Hamilton Beach’s drink mixers began to be used at soda fountains.
  • 1922 – Steven Poplawski invented the electric blender or drink mixer.
  • Due to the invention of the blender, the milkshake began to take a chipped, aerated and frothy form as they are today.
  • It was by the 1930s that milkshakes became a popular drink in malt shops everywhere.

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Happy National Waffle Day!!! – True Belgian Waffles

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True Belgian Waffles Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.

MAKES: 5 servings

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup sugar

3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 Eggland’s Best Eggs, separated

1-1/2 cups milk

1 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sliced fresh strawberries or syrup

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add milk, butter and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.
  2. Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with strawberries or syrup. Yield: 10 waffles (about 4-1/2 inches).

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Happy National Pecan Day!!! – New Orleans Chocolate Pecan Pie

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New Orleans Chocolate Pecan Pie

Ingredients

Crust:

pie crust

Filling:

4 ounces bittersweet, dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter

½ cup packed, dark brown sugar

3 large eggs

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup light corn syrup

1½ cups pecan pieces

Instructions

Crust:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Roll out dough on floured surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold under and crimp decoratively. Set aside.

Filling:

Stir chocolate and butter in saucepan over low heat until melted. Cool slightly.

  1. Whisk brown sugar, eggs and salt in large bowl to blend. Whisk in corn syrup and chocolate mixture.
  2. Sprinkle pecans over unbaked crust. Pour filling over pecans. Bake until crust is golden and filling is puffed, about 55 minutes.

Cool until just warm before serving.

Credit: keestothekitchen

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