root beer floats

yum!

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I haven’t had a root beer float in quite sometime. I bet it’s been upwards of ten years since I’ve sucked down one of those bad boys. Root Beer Floats were a staple summer treat in our house as I was growing up. Today, is National Root Beer Float Day! Between the creamy vanilla ice cream and the frothy root beer foam, how can anyone resist this sweet refreshment? Today we celebrate this tasty summer treat.

At the end of the 19th century, a man named Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float. This early version was also known as a “black cow.” To make one of these delicious beverages, just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer. (Note: If you reverse the directions and add the root beer to the ice cream you’ll end up with a big mess!)

Today, enjoy this delicious American tradition and make your own float for National Root Beer Float Day!

Root Beer Floats are easy to make, just follow these simple instructions below and your taste buds will thank you for the treat later.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer/beer

Instructions

Spoon a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Slowly pour root beer into the glass, allowing the foam to rise and then recede before adding more root beer. It’s true you can make a beer float, too. Personally, I would try pumpkin beer and vanilla ice cream, but save that for an autumn treat.

Serve with straws and spoons.

grapefruit

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So it’s not a secret that I do not like grapefruit and I never have. Lately, I’ve been on this kick of trying new foods that I distinctively know I don’t like, but I want to try them in different forms just to make sure. More often than not the experiment at hand has the same outcome: I still don’t like [insert food].

This week, I was given a grapefruit and I brought it home for Matt to enjoy, but before totally handing it over I had an epiphany. Once, I heard about broiled grapefruit, and I figured what better time than the present to try this.

Broling a grapefruit is simple and takes about ten minutes. Sprinkle half a grapefruit with a little brown sugar and place it under the broiler for a few minutes; it couldn’t be easier to make. You just broil it until the sugar begins to bubble and caramelize a little, melting into the tangy grapefruit beneath.

Broiled Grapefruit

1.To make it easier to remove the grapefruit segments with a spoon once the grapefruit is cooked, use a sharp paring knife to cut around the edges of the fruit, where the fruit meets the rind. Then gently cut inside the grapefruit, along the edges of the segments. Don’t cut all the way through the grapefruit, just to the rind if you can.

2. Place the grapefruit halves, cut side up in the pan. Spread brown sugar over the top of the exposed fruit (not the rind), about 2 to 2 teaspoons of brown sugar per half (more or less to taste).

Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, until the brown sugar is bubbly and beginning to brown and caramelize. Remove from oven. Let cool for a minute. Eat while still warm.

It’s that easy! After the experiment I decided I could eat a grapefruit like that and I would even give a few more options a try. I am going to give this version of broiling a try next.

copy cat

passion tea lemonade

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I love summertime especially when it is accompanied by a Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade. Sometimes, it’s too much to get to Starbucks or to pay the $4 for a beverage that you can make at home. Check out the recipe below for a copy cat recipe of Starbucks’ Passion Tea Lemonade! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

– Tazo Passion Tea bags *Note, you can buy the Tazo tea bags at Starbucks, but they are also often found at grocery stores or Target for cheaper.

– Honey or other sweetener

– Lemonade, fresh squeezed, concentrate, really whatever you prefer

– Water & Ice

Directions:

1) Steep 5 tea bags in boiling water. You’ll need to use a large container for this, as it will be a large amount of water. I used an extra-large pyrex measuring cup.

2) Steep them for at least 10 minutes. I left mine in several hours because it was the dinnertime and bedtime craze, and they got forgotten. No big deal, it was just super concentrated. I use a little less and water it down.

3) Take the tea bags out and store the concentrate in the refrigerator.

Simple syrup:

1) Basically you are using a 2:1 sweetener to water ratio. Ie. 2 cups of water and 1 cup of honey (or sweetener of choice). I used half honey and half coconut palm sugar. Most types of sweetener will do fine. You could probably even use stevia in this recipe – just skip the simple syrup bit and add the liquid right to your drink.

2) Bring to a boil in a pot over the heat, and slowly simmer to reduce. Simmer and stir frequently for about five minutes, then remove from heat to cool. This mixture can be stored in the fridge for quite a while, but probably won’t last long if you love this lemonade like I do!

Copy Cat- Passion Tea Lemonade:

1) Fill your cup about a third full of Passion Tea concentrate (I like to use a mason jar, and you’ll see why in a minute).

2) Add a small amount of simple syrup (maybe start with 1/4 cup and add from there, to taste), and twice as much lemonade

3) Fill with ice. Taste test.

4) If the flavor is too strong you can always add extra water or additional simple syrup if desired.

 

rhubarb = love

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As you might know, I started a new job (yay!) and every Thursday, we have a BBQ in the Summer. Everyone signs up to bring a side dish or dessert to pass. July 24 was my week to bring something. With my love for baking and my love for rhubarb, I knew exactly what I was going to make: Rhubarb Raspberry Crumb Bars. Without a doubt, they would be the hit of the party. Sure, my hopes are high but a crowd pleaser was a must. I love cooking and I love baking, but I hate following a recipe. I like giving things pzazz and my own flare. Below you can find my crowd pleasing-award winning recipe. Check it out, and be sure to give it your own flare.

Rhubarb Raspberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup raspberries, fresh preferred (you can use preservatives or jam or frozen as well)
  • 1 cup sliced rhubarb, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup(s) sliced almonds/cashews chopped (OPTIONAL)

DirectionsIMG_0058

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 by 8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang of foil on two sides. Grease foil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in oats and brown sugar, and use clean fingertips as needed to break up brown sugar clumps. Add butter, and using fingertips, work butter into mixture until evenly moistened.
  • Add 2 cups of the oat mixture to the prepared baking dish and press into an even layer. Spread raspberry and rhubarb into an even layer over oat layer, coming within 1/4-inch of all edges. Sprinkle top evenly with remaining oat mixture.
  • Bake in oven until golden brown, about 34 – 38 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container.
  • Enjoy!

national ice cream day!

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“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” Shout this mantra from the rooftops, because today is National Ice Cream Day! As you may have heard *wink, wink* today is, National Ice Cream Day! Don’t worry if don’t get the chance to celebrate today because you should be celebrating all month long! After all it is National Ice Cream Month!

Ice cream is the perfect treat for all seasons! I want you to enjoy your day to the fullest, so I am letting you in on a few of my favorite ice cream establishments in the DMV area!

Thomas Sweet, Georgetown, DC

Moo Thru, Remington, VA

Pops Old Fashioned Ice Cream, Old Town Alexandria, VA

Dolcezza Artisan Gelato, Bethesda & 14th Street NW

If you are feeling more than ambitious, and would rather make your own sweet treat than venture out today here is one recipe that will rock your taste buds! Whether you get it in a cup or in a cone, atop a waffle or in a banana split, make sure to visit your local ice cream shop today to get some cold, scrumptious treat!

peanut butter

happy national peanut butter day!

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Hi my name is Kendal Ann and I love peanut butter. Peanut butter might be one of the best gifts to this good green earth. Last week, I attended a peanut butter making class. Making peanut butter is actually really easy. I wanted to share a recipe with you and a few fun facts I learned about peanut butter along the way.

Here’s a recipe for spicy peanut butterpb

1 1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2t chili powder
1 1/2t cayenne pepper
1t crushed red pepper flakes
1t paprika
1/2t – 3/4t kosher salt

Place the ingredients into  a food processor/blender. Process for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl/blender. Place the lid back on and continue to process. Add a little oil (peanut oil preferred) if you would like to speed up the process. Process until the mixture is smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

A few peanut butter facts

It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter
Peanuts contribute more than $4 billion to the USA economy each year
Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter
The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year
Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households
Peanuts have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut.
Peanuts are naturally cholesterol-free

Must know dates

For all your peanut/ peanut butter lovers here are a few dates to be on the lookout for! Who knew there were so many holidays that revolved around peanuts? If you are interested in more awesome dates, you can find them via Chase’s Calendar of Events published by McGraw-Hill.

January 24 – National Peanut Butter Day
March – National Peanut Month
March 1 – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
March 8 – National Peanut Cluster Day
April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
May 18 – I love Reese’s Day
June 12 – National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
September 13 – National Peanut Day
November – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
November 20 – National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

I am happy to be part of such an awesome nation that consumes so much peanut butter. While I was in Germany, it was hard to find peanut butter it’s not an essential like it is to us, Americans. Celebrate today and have something with peanuts or at least something peanut butter flavored!