National Ice cream Month?

hello, July!

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Only a few things can really get you through a bad heat wave, to me, ice cream is one of them. Before the “Poor man’s Polar Vortex” hits we are getting rocked with this humidity. Thanks to some awesome coworkers, I am now on the up and up with my ice cream related news. Lucky for you, I will share my knowledge: July is National Ice Cream Month!

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

The International Ice Cream Association (IICA) encourages retailers and consumers to celebrate July as National Ice Cream Month. In 2014, National Ice Cream Day will be Sunday, July 20. Gear up and get ready for a scoop of your favorite flavor on Sunday!

It doesn’t surprise me that the the U.S. ice cream industry generated total revenues of $10 billion in 2010, with take-home ice cream sales representing the largest section of the market, generating revenues of $6.8 billion or 67.7 percent of the market’s overall value. (Source: MarketLine, an Informa business)

coffee

drink it in

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Here are the awesome facts. Sure coffee is an addictive drink, but it’s not all bad. Take a look at this awesome infographic to set yourself straight on the coffee front. You can thank me later, after you replenish your cup of coffee. 6df5f3c036a0fd43084385e918ee580d

free ice cream?

thanks Haagen-Dazs

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Back in April, I told you about free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s and TOMORROW (May 13th) from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Haagen-Dazs is participating in free cone day!  Note that shops nationwide will be handing out free scoops of your favorite flavors to show their appreciation.

Make sure to take a break toady and take full advantage of this opportunity. Who doesn’t want a scoop of ice cream to brighten their Tuesday? Remember, you can get a free ice cream cone of your choice at participating Haagen-Dazs Shop locations (limit one cone per guess).

date night

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At least once a week Matt and I try to put time aside for the two of us for date night. Date night is an awesome thing, if you and your significant other don’t have this, I’m sorry and I truly hope you can instate one. Every date night is unlike the previous one. For us date night can be a simple meal at home followed by a movie, going to a museum, heading to Nationals Park or grabbing a libation at our favorite hang out. Last night, was different. Last night was about a celebration and date night so we needed excitement and to get a little bang for our buck.

You might remember a post from me about National Grilled Cheese Day. If you don’t, here are the highlights. The post talked about this new restaurant that hit DC. Grilled Cheese DC, opened just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day and last night, Matt and I were fortunate enough to check this establishment out. I was beyond pumped to check this place out and the experience was nothing less than amazing.  Though the calk board wasn’t ready for us to jot down your grilled cheese recipe on a big board by the bar, which your fellow diners will vote throughout the week before a winner’s announced every Friday, we still had a great time.

If you get a chance, check GCDC and be sure to ask for Allen as your waiter not only is he awesome, but he really knows the menu.

 

grilled cheese

happy national grilled cheese day!

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Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? This awesome sandwich takes you back t your childhood and (hopefully) gives you great memories!  it’s true, we all love grilled cheese and did you know that  today, April 11th, is dedicated to America’s favorite cheesy, gooey, and buttery sandwich? This is the perfect excuse to indulge in one — or two!

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you live in DC, get ready for the best news… GCDC is finally open and just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day! In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, GCDC will be doling out $5 specialty grilled cheeses and half-priced draft beer from 11am-3pm on Saturday.  I can’t wait to try this place out, plus winning is always an option at GCDC! Grab some chalk and jot down your grilled cheese recipe on a big board by the bar. Your fellow diners will vote throughout the week before a winner’s announced every Friday. Not only does the sandwich show up on the menu, winning you a week of notoriety, but you also get $100 to donate to your charity of choice.

Naturally, the best way to celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is to make and eat a grilled cheese sandwich. All you need is bread, cheese and butter, although you can experiment by adding more ingredients of your choice. You butter the outside of each piece of bread, and grill the sandwich while the cheese melts on top. Yummers! Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, it’s practically your duty to indulge with one.

ice cream

FREE CONE DAY!

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You’re welcome for the following information.

Today from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, Ben & Jerry’s shops nationwide will be handing out free scoops of your favorite flavors to say thanks for your compulsive pint-stockpiling. Is there a better way to say “thank you” than with free ice cream? We think not! That’s why every year, since our first anniversary back in 1979, we have grabbed our scoops and invited fans of all ages to join us for Free Cone Day.

If you need a locator check it out here. This tool coordinates to find the store nearest location with their handy locator, and then go grab some Chubby Hubby before it returns to market price.

crodoli & crodo

yum

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Over the weekend, the quest for cro-somethings was in full-force. I didn’t live another minute without knowing how these trendy little goodies are getting so much hype. Last week, I posted a post about the new goodies, cronut, croknot and the doissant. If you don’t want to read the whole post, the recap is below.

It seems like hybrid goodies are on the rise. The one that is still all the rage among my friends is the cronut, but I am about to blow your mind with a croknot and then a doissant.

First you have a croissant. A croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry named for its well-known crescent shape. Then, you have a donut or doughnut, a type of fried dough confectionery or “dessert” food, which is likely consumed at breakfast. Now that we’ve established what a croissant and donut are, put them together and you get a cronut. The cronut is a beautiful thing.

This weekend in Albany, I needed to try their version of the cro-something. Albany offers up the crodoli and crodo. The craze — like some zombie apocalypse virus, no doubt taking advantage of air travel and our interconnected world — has since, as you can see, (thankfully) spread to other large cities.

So… where to finding something like that here in the Capital Region? The Crip Cannoli. This bakery will thrill your taste buds. These amazing pastries will blow you away! Their crodoli creations are simply amazing and must be eaten straight out of the fryer, which is exactly what we did! From my understanding, the Crisp Cannoli just celebrated their 1 year anniversary. They have proven great creativity and I am sure will continue to keep it interesting! Honestly, from their crodo to their savory cannoli, you will find something that tickles your fancy. Next time you are in the Capital Region of New York, be sure to visit this little bakery.

a new goodie

croknot not the cronut

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It seems like hybrid goodies are on the rise. The one that is still all the rage among my friends is the cronut, but I am about to blow your mind with a croknot and then a doissant. Let’s start at the basics.

First you have a croissant. A croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry named for its well-known crescent shape. Then, you have a donut or doughnut, a type of fried dough confectionery or “dessert” food, which is likely consumed at breakfast. Now that we’ve established what a croissant and donut are, put them together and you get a cronut. The cronut is a beautiful thing. A cronut is the brand name of a croissant-dounut pastry sold by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City, conceived by chef Dominique Ansel.The pastry is made by frying a laminated dough in grape seed oil, which is then sugared, filled, and glazed. Amazing, as you can imagine.

Now, we have something even more awesome called the croknot! A croknot is the same thing as a cronut, but it’s for all you bacon lovers out there. Adding together both the croissant, which is rolled out and then tied in a knot, with bacon then it is deep fried like a donut. Too bad Minneapolis is the only place you can find these bad boys…

Our nation’s capital built its own donut/croissant hybrid, the doissant. You can find this baked good at D.C bakery Chocolate Crust. The doissant mimics Ansel’s sensation with the chocolate hazelnut croissant donut creation pictured at right.

I haven’t done the taste test (yet) to see how these stack up with the cronut and the croknot, but does that even matter?

sushi

photothe homemade kind

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Sushi
su·shi
ˈso͞oSHē/
noun

noun: sushi
1 .Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients
Sushi is not a very complex food to make. From the definition it’s a few simple ingredients held together by rice and seaweed. As an avid sushi lover, I never in a million years would have dreamed of making my own sushi but last Saturday that all changed. Yes, you heard that right, this past weekend Matt and I made our own sushi and you know what, it was fantastic.
I am looking forward to making sushi more often and becoming a “natural” at it. With my hesitations aside, I am ready to take on the next step with Matt when it comes to the world of sushi. I truly hope within a year Matt and I will be able to make a Dragon Roll. Though it seems like a daunting task, it is one we will execute with flying colors.

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!