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August 23 is National Spongecake Day

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Once considered the most ‘decadent’ cake in the world,

Spongecake deserves it’s own ‘day.’


Here are today’s five thing to know about Spongecake

  1. During the renaissance, Italian cooks became famous for their baking skills and were hired by households in both England and France.
  2. The new items that they introduced were called “biscuits,” though they were the forerunner of what we now consider to be sponge cake.
  3. Gervase Markham (1568-1637),  English poet and author, recorded the earliest sponge cake recipe in English in 1615.
  4. These sponge cakes were most likely thin, crisp cakes (more like modern cookies).
  5. By the middle of the 18th century, yeast had fallen into disuse as a raising agent for cakes in favor of beaten eggs.


Today’s Pinterest Board : Spongecake, Recipes and More


Today’s Food History

  • 1617 The first one way streets were established in London. Seventeen one way streets were created to…

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5 Trifle Recipes for Easter

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Source: By Haley Willard –

You can make many variations of this fruity dessert for Easter

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Super Bowl: Baked Fontina (Serves 4 to 6)

Source: –  Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? by Ina Garten

Photo: Quentin Bacon

1½ pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
¼ cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.
Serve the baked Fontina family-style—right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

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January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day

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National Hot Toddy Day

Five Food Finds about Cocktails

  • The first cocktail party was held for 50 house guests in St. Louis in 1917. The house still stands today….as the  residence of the Archbishop.
  • While Prohibition resulted in a decline in alcohol it also resulted in a dramatic increase in crime as money flowed to the bad guys. Crime rose as high as 500% in some countries. Consequently, government costs soared while tax revenue declined.
  • Calling an illegal bar a ‘speakeasy’ came from a lady barkeep who would warn her customers to “speak easy, boy, speak easy” whenever they became loud enough to attract police.
  • A greater crime was what it did to the cocktail. Prior to Prohibition, America was enjoying its first golden age of mixology. Once liquor became illegal, ‘rum runners” brought it in by boat but watered down their blends so they could ship less and make more.

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10 Good Luck Foods

Enjoy good luck in 2014 with these simple foods.

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More success, happiness and good health in 2014? We’ll toast to that! Start the new year out right with these good luck recipes. All from the Food.Com web site.


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Success: Hoppin’ John

Simple but delicious, Hoppin’ John (made with black-eyed peas) represents success because each pea represents a coin, and a whole serving equals prosperity….


Happiness: Glitter Grapes

Try the Spanish and Portuguese tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve — sweet ones supposedly lead to 12 happy months….


Progress: Roast Pork Loin

Eating pork on New Year’s Day symbolizes progress in several countries, as the pig is known for pushing forward.


* Click the link below to get all 10 recipes to start of 2014 the right way! *

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National Cake Day

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National Cake Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1836 John Loudon McAdam died. He invented macadam pavement for roads. The Macadamia Nut was named for him.

1867 J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
1876 Willis Haviland Carrier was born. He invented the first practical air conditioner.

1915 W. Atlee Burpee died. Founder of the world’s largest mail-order seed company in 1876.
1922 Charles M. Schulz was born. American cartoonist, best known for the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
1942‘Casablanca’, the movie, premiers in New York City on Thanksgiving Day.
1968 Rock group Cream’s last concert (Albert Hall).
1991 Japan agrees to stop using drift nets in commercial fishing.
2002 Verne H. Winchell died. Founder of Winchell’s Donuts in 1948; known as ‘The Donut King.’

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Red Enchilada Sauce

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Enchilada Sauce ~ Annie's Cooking Lab

I love Mexican food, partially because it’s so vegetarian friendly- lots of beans, rice, and veggies, but also because of the spices and flavors that are used. I just started making my own enchilada sauce this summer and I’m so glad I did. As with most things homemade, it’s significantly tastier than the stuff from the grocery store, and it isn’t filled with lots of weird preservatives.

Make sure you buy good quality chili powder, it provides most of the flavor in the sauce. Depending on the brand you get your sauce might turn out fairly bright red, or a more reddish-brown like mine. Either way it’ll be great for enchiladas, as a dressing over a Tex-Mex style salad, or as a dip with chips and veggies.

Red Enchilada Sauce


  • 4 tbl. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tbl…

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