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June 21 is National Peaches and Cream Day

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Happy National Peaches and Cream Day!

Five Food Finds about Peaches

  • Did you know?  Peaches were once known as Persian apples.
  • “You’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.
  • Peaches were mentioned as early as 79 A.D. in literature.
  • Most peaches are cultivated by grafting different combinations of rootstocks to scions.
  • There are over 700 varieties of peaches-some Chinese varieties are even flat like hockey pucks!

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1834 Cyrus McCormick received a patent for the first practical mechanical reaper.

1893 The first Ferris Wheel opened at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Invented by George Washington Ferris, it had 36 cars and carried 60 passengers 264 feet high.

1933 A barge loaded with grain arrived in New Orleans to complete the first Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico barge trip.

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Recipe of the Day: Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad

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Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad

Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad

Ingredients
1 medium honeydew, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 cups cubed seedless watermelon
2 medium peaches, sliced
2 medium nectarines, sliced
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup halved fresh strawberries
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
2 medium kiwifruit, peeled, halved and sliced
2 medium firm bananas, sliced
1 large Granny Smith apple, cubed
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Just before serving, stir in bananas and apple. Combine lemonade concentrate and dry pudding mix; pour over fruit and toss to coat. Yield: 20 servings (3/4 cup each).

Recipe found here: Lemonade Pudding Fruit Salad

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These 7 Ancient Grains Could be the Next Quinoa

Farro, Fonio, grain, Indian ricegrass, Kamut, Khorasan, Millet, Quinoa, spelt, Teff

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Source:  Reader’s Digest –  http://www.rd.com/

Quinoa isn’t the only hip and healthy alternative to rice or pasta. Make room in your pantry for these nutrition-packed grains, too.

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August 3 is National Watermelon Day

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Did you know watermelons were originally hollowed out and used to store water,hence the name.

Here are today’s five thing to know about watermelons:

  1. By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  2. Watermelon is 92% water.
  3. The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  4. Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers,pumpkins and squash.
  5. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies.
  • 1801 Sir Joseph Paxton was born. Paxton was an English landscape gardener, and hothouse designer. He was the architect of the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
  • 1806 Michel Adanson was born. Adson was a French botanist who developed a system of plant classification based on…

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Stone Gable’s: MEXICAN TRAIN FLAN WITH KAHLUA

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Hola, amigas!
We are having company for dinner… a Mexican themed dinner… and amuy competitivo  game of Mexican Train dominoes!

To end the meal, I have a very yummy dessert planned.  Muy delicioso… creamy custard, caramel and Kahlua…

FLAN
Mexican Train Flan With Kahlua

Flan is a beautiful baked custard with a sugary sweet caramel sauce built in!

I love flan, but had never made it myself. I always thought it was a little intimidating. I checked out a few recipes on line and finally deferred to my favorite go-to expert… Martha Stewart ( my other favs are Ina Garten and Julia Child).

Flan is actually quite easy and rewarding! Although none of the techniques to make flan were new to me I opted to watch the video on Martha’s recipe site… and picked up some great tips! To see the recipe and a…

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January 13 is National Peach Melba Day

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National Peach Melba Day

Five Food Finds about Peach Melba

  • Peach Melba a classic dessert. A dish of peaches served with vanilla ice cream, raspberries & sauce.
  • Melba toast & Peach Melba are indeed related.
  • The dessert was created to celebrate famous & rather slender opera singer, Nellie Melba in 1892.
  • It is said when she gained weight in her later career the same chef created a thin baked toast for her diet, Melba toast.
  • Other versions of this dessert use pears, apricots, or strawberries instead of peaches and / or use raspberry sauce or melted red currant jelly instead of raspberry purée.

On This Day in Food History…

1808 Salmon Portland Chase was born. He was Secretary of the Treasury under Abraham Lincoln, and later Chief Justice.

1921 Pierre Franey was born. A French chef who became famous as the chef of ‘Le Pavillon’ restaurant in New York City…

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

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To treat rust on metal baking dishes and cookware, sprinkle powdered laundry detergent on the spot, then scour with the cut side of half a raw potato.

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