We are in a global heatwave, the temperatures have been excessive in Texas, Japan and the UK to name a few.
Today is a perfect way to celebrate and to cool off on National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
Vanilla Ice Cream is one of the favorite flavors. The Library of Congress has Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy of his Vanilla Ice Cream recipe.
Vanilla is an edible fruit from the orchid family and is the largest family of flowering plants in the world.
The Native Americans used pecans more than 8,000 years ago according to the Archaeological evidence found in Texas.
The Native American Quinipissa and Tangipahoa tribes introduced the pecan to the French after they settled in New Orleans. Some have stated that the French invented the pecan pie. Others have said that the pecan pie existed in Alabama in the 1800’s, but there are not any recipes to document this.
The Pecan Pie is a staple of the Southern U.S.
Texas proclaimed The Pecan Pie its official dessert in 2013. The Pecan Tree is the official tree of Texas and is also the official nut.]]>
Tapioca is obtained from the fleshy root of the bitter cassava. It is sold in flake or flour form as the pellet pearl tapioca. Tapioca flour is widely used in place of wheat flour in Central and South America, Africa, parts of India, and the West Indies. When tapioca is cooked it becomes transparent and increases in size. Tapioca is also used to thicken puddings and soup.
Yield: 3-1/2 cups – 4 Servings
Prep time: Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes
1/3 Cup Small Pearl Tapioca
3/4 Cup Water
2-1/4 Cups Milk (2% milk)
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar Divided
2 Eggs Separated
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Possible add ins
Flaked Coconut and drained
Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan. Do not drain remaining water, if any.
Add milk, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks to tapioca and stir over medium heat until boiling. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often.
Beat egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold about 3/4 cup of hot tapioca into the egg whites, then gently fold mixture back into the saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla.
Serve warm or chilled, plain or with cinnamon, fruits, nutmeg or coconut mixed in. Makes 3-1/2 cups (4 servings).
For a dairy-free option replace up to 2/3 of the milk with coconut milk, use soy or almond milk for the remaining 1/3 of milk.
June 24th is National Praline Day.
The original praline was a sweet confection made of almonds and caramelized.
French settlers brought this recipe to Louisiana. In the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus created what became known throughout the American South as the praline.
In New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast, where there are many communities settled by the French, the pronunciation is prah-leen, with the long aaah sound. Other regions of the country, including parts of Texas, Georgia, and New England have anglicized the term and pronounce it pray-leen.
There are different stories surrounding the creation differ; However, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, comte du Plessis-Praslin.
In Europe, the praline has evolved to an entirely different candy altogether. In Belgium and France, praline is a smooth paste of cocoa blended with finely ground nuts and used to fill chocolate bon-bons, but when it came to New Orleans it took another road.]]>
Preheat oven to 350 F
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Minimum Time 25-30 minutes
1 Package of Immaculate Baking Organic Flaky Biscuits
1 Jar of Bought or Homemade Marinara Sauce
1 Package of 12 Frozen Meatballs
1 Package of Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F
Open biscuits according to package instructions.
Cut each biscuit in half and flatten using your hands or a rolling pin.
Press biscuit dough into each muffin tin cup.
Sprinkle each cup with mozzarella cheese.
Scoop a small amount of marinara sauce on top of each biscuit cup.
Press a frozen meatball into each cup.
Top with shredded cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until biscuits are nicely browned and cheese is melted.
Notes: You will have extra biscuit dough to bake off separately or make a few more bites if desired.
Chocolate is the second most common ice cream flavor in the US, behind number 1 vanilla. Chocolate ice cream has been in existence over a hundred years and has been popular in the United States since the late 19th century.
Check out some ice cream facts below:
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Armenian Monk Gregory of Nicopolis invented Gingerbread and brought it to Europe in 992. In France he taught the French Christians how to make gingerbread until his death in 999, interestingly the gingerbread did not include ginger. Catholic monks were the first to add the spicy ginger root to gingerbread. Ginger spread throughout Europe from Malaysia, after the 11th century. The Catholic monks placed the cookie dough into molds depicting saints and religious scenes.
Today is National Gingerbread Day! To celebrate GaaS Cloud has highlighted a few of our Gingerbread products:
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One of America’s top condiment is Ketchup. Do you know where Ketchup originates from? If you said America, that’s incorrect, Ketchup originates from Asia. The name came from the Hokkien a Chinese word. Kê-tsiap, is the name of a sauce derived from fermented, the fish word for sauceed.
The original ingredients of Ketchup contained: egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, mussels, or walnuts, among other ingredients.
Ketchup went through a few modifications before it became what it is today.
Today’s Ketchup is tomato base, the ingredients includes tomatoes, sweetener, and vinegar, with assorted seasonings and spices. The latter vary by the recipe but commonly include onions, allspice, coriander, cloves, cumin, garlic, mustard and sometimes celery, cinnamon or ginger.
Ketchup has been a selling commodity since 1876. Legend has it that Henry John Heinz invented ketchup by adopting a Chinese recipe for so-called Cat Sup, a thick sauce made from tomatoes, special seasoning, and starch. Food engineer Werner Stoll of the Heinz company is positive: “H.J. Heinz invented ketchup.
Our assortment of Ketchup range from Organic, Hot and Spicy, No Salt, and Sugar Free. To check out or purchase any of our Ketchup varieties, Click Here.]]>
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