Happy National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!!!

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Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! A sundae is the perfect treat to enjoy on a summer night. The cold ice cream paired with a warm, chocolate topping is one of the most delicious combinations known to man. Add some nuts, whipped cream, and cherries on top and you’ve got yourself a world-famous dessert!

The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long!

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Roasted Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese Recipe (Happy Mac n Cheese Day)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 yellow squash, de-stemmed and diced
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package button or baby portabella mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni (or any shape of pasta)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces freshly-grated smoked or sharp white cheddar cheese (do not use pre-grated cheese)
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Prepare a large baking sheet (or two medium-sized baking sheets) with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, toss diced vegetables with olive oil. Season with a few generous…

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Happy National Blueberry Muffins Day!!! – To Die For Blueberry Muffins Recipe

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

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3/4 cup white sugar
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1/2 teaspoon salt
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2 teaspoons baking powder
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1/3 cup vegetable oil
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1 egg
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1/3 cup milk
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1 cup fresh blueberries
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1/2 cup white sugar
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1/3 cup all-purpose flour
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1/4 cup butter, cubed
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1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • PREP 
15 mins
  • COOK
 25 mins
  • READY IN
 40 mins

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  • Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  • To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with…

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Beth’s Melt in Your Mouth Barbecue Ribs Recipe (Oven)

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees f.
  • Peel off tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.
  • Mix together the sugar and spices to make the rub.
  • Apply rub to ribs on all sides.
  • Lay ribs on two layers of foil, shiny side out and meaty side down.
  • Lay two layers of foil on top of ribs and roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours or until meat is starting to shrink away from the ends of the bone.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Heat broiler.
  • Cut ribs into serving sized portions of 2 or 3 ribs.
  • Arrange on…

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Your Welcome!!! – Creme Brulee French Toast Recipe

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Ingredients 

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Remove crusts from bread, and arrange in the baking dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, orange brandy, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover, and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the dish from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.
  4. Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until puffed and lightly browned.

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Fitness Fridays – Graphs showing why people are getting FAT (Science is Awesome)

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1. People Are Eating More Junk Food Than Ever

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Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance.Whole Health Source.

People are eating more calories than before… but pretty much all of the increase has come from processed foods.

In the graph above, you see how the population changed its eating habits in the past 120-130 years.

At the turn of the 20th century, people were eating mostly simple, home-cooked meals. Around 2009, about half of what people ate was fast food, or other foods away from home.

This graph actually underestimate the true change, because what people are eating at home these days is also largely based on processed foods.

2. Sugar Consumption Has Skyrocketed

Sugar Consumption in the UK and USA

Source: Johnson RJ, et al. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of…

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Survival of the Fittest – List of Common Chemicals that are making you Fat & Depressed

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We’ve all heard that if we eat too many calories, we’ll get fat. But there’s more to it: it’s not just the calories, but the chemicals, in our food that contribute to obesity.

Some of these chemicals — called “obesogens” — trigger our bodies to store fat even though we might be restricting calories. The effects are complex: some of these chemicals increase the number of fat cells, others expand the size of fat cells and still others influence appetite, cravings, fullness and how well the body burns calories. In addition to obesogens, other synthetic food ingredients have been shown to help us pack on the pounds and leave us feeling depressed, even when when we think we’re eating healthy.

To stop feeling that way, here are the top five chemicals to avoid in food.

  1. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics

Several drugs, growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics are routinely…

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Happy Mother’s Day!!! – Military Mothers Coming Home ;)

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Happy mothers day to our military moms, this is dedicated to you all and the mothers waiting for their children to come home. Thank you for your services and sacrifice. This was a project I put together for a digital art class, hope you enjoy. It is a compilation of clips found online of mothers coming home from war and surprising their kids. Song “Feels Like Home” by Edwina Hayes

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day!!! – Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham

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Ingredients

1 (8 to 10-pound) smoked ham, bone-in, skin on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 bunch fresh sage leaves

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in chunks

2 tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2 cups tangerine juice

2 cups light brown sugar, packed

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

11/2 pounds carrots, peeled

Directions

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat-side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin, about 2-inches apart and 1/2-inch deep. Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern; season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Chop about 8 of the sage leaves and put it in a bowl; mix with the oil to make a paste. Rub the sage-oil all over the ham, being sure to get the flavor into all the slits. Bake the ham for 2 hours. Now there is plenty of time to bang-out the tangerine glaze.

For the glaze: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chunks of butter, tangerines, tangerine juice, brown sugar, water, and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a syrupy glaze; this should take about 30 to 40 minutes.

After the ham has been going for a couple of hours, pour the tangerine glaze all over it, with the pieces of fruit and all. Scatter the remaining sage leaves on top and stick the ham back in the oven and continue to cook for 11/2 hours, basting with the juices every 30 minutes.

Scatter the carrots around the ham and coat in the tangerine glaze. Stick the ham once again back in the oven and cook for a final 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender, the ham is dark and crispy, and the whole thing is glistening with a sugary glaze.

Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. Serve the carrots and tangerine glaze on the side.

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Happy Peach Cobbler Day!!! – Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe

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Ingredients


8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges

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1/4 cup white sugar
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1/4 cup brown sugar
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1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
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1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
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2 teaspoons cornstarch
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1 cup all-purpose flour
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1/4 cup white sugar
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1/4 cup brown sugar
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1 teaspoon baking powder
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1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
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1/4 cup boiling water
  • MIX TOGETHER:
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3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • PREP
20 mins
  • COOK
40 mins
  • READY IN
1 hr

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

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