Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's Cream-Filled Doughnut Day!!!

What's the yummiest food to celebrate on September 14th, you ask?

Is it...Pop Tarts? "Pop Tarts were rolled out in Cleveland, Ohio on September 14, 1964 with a stern admonition to retailers to put them in the Baked Goods, Cookie or even the Cake Mix section of their stores..."(wholepop.com) Lookie here, Pam made her very own Blueberry Pop Tarts. Way cool...

A Sandwich? Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin was born today in 1897. Her story is most fascinating, here's a snippet.

Margaret Rudkin, a Connecticut housewife and mother of three young children, discovers one of her sons has an allergy to commercial breads that contain preservatives and artificial ingredients. So in 1937, she begins experimenting with baking her own preservative-free bread for her ailing son -- ultimately perfecting a delicious whole-wheat loaf that contained only natural ingredients. Encouraged by her family and her son's doctor, she began a small business out of her kitchen selling her "Pepperidge Farm" bread to local grocers. Named for her family's farm in Fairfield, Connecticut, consumers recognize her homemade bread's quality and buy every loaf she baked.
And some sandwich making tips.

What a...bout...a Hoagie! It's Eat A Hoagie Day! Dive into the history of the Hoagie @ What's Cooking America!

We could attempt Peking Duck in celebration of PBS TV host and restauranteur the late Joyce Chen who was born today in 1917. Did you know Ms. Chen opened New England's first Mandarin Chinese restaurant in 1958? It was in Cambridge, Mass. where she introduced dishes like Peking Duck, moo shu pork and hot-and-sour soup. This NYTimes article reports "her regular patrons included John Kenneth Galbraith, James Beard, Julia Child and Henry A. Kissinger."

I don't have a copy of The Joyce Chen Cookbook but, I do have a wonderful book by Madame Wong titled Madame Wong's Long-Life Chinese Cookbook which just happens to have a recipe and instructions for Peking Duck.
Madame Wong's Peking Duck
You "youngsters" out there may just want to beat up a batch of these Lone Ranger Cookies that I found @ cooks.com. Why? Because Jack Carlton [Clayton] Moore, the man who personified The Lone Ranger, was born today in 1914. Hi Ho Sil......ver...
Lone Ranger Cookies
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. oatmeal
2 c. Rice Krispies
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Roll in balls. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350°
As for me, I'm celebrating Cream Filled Doughnut Day because I passed the doughnut quiz @ Serious Eats with flying colors!!! My reward? A decadent strawberry 'n cream filled donut from the Amish stand at our local farmer's market. If you think it looks scrumptious, you should have been here to pick me up after I devoured it!

September 15th

The annual Feast of San Gennaro runs September 15th-25, in 2011. I have many fond childhood memories of "the feast" in New York. {sigh}
Celebrate National Creme De Menthe Day with this Grasshopper Pie recipe from the editors of Cook's Country a magazine favorite of mine:)
Grasshopper Pie

America's Best Lost Recipes ©2007

It's Chicken Lovers' Day!
Chicken lovers rejoice! On National Chicken Lover’s Day, Thursday, September 15, Pollo Tropical® fans will have even more reasons to cluck. The restaurant chain will provide a free ¼ Chicken Meal, complete with rice and beans, to anyone who dresses from head to toe in yellow and clucks like a chicken. This special celebration is good in store only from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at all of its company-owned restaurants in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. One offer per customer. (source)
Don't you dare remove that costume until you head on over to Culinary Types and watch how T.W. "butters up" this chicken! You'll be "clucking" all the way home!!!
T. W.'s Buttered-up Chicken
In September 1921, the nation’s first drive-in restaurant, The Pig Stand, opened in Dallas, Texas. I found a vintage picture of The Pig Stand @ the Road Trip Adventure Headquarters. I will be going back to that website. I saw some cool Route 66 pics I want to get a better look at. I am a HUGE Route 66 fan!!!

It's National Linguini Day! What's your favorite way to enjoy a plate full of linguini? Here's mine!

September 16th

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is celebrating National Cinnamon-Raisin Bread Day. Are you?
What about National Guacamole Day? The Hass Avocado Board is celebrating!

September 17th

Thank you so much to Gloria @ Canela Kitchen for sharing a recipe for Chile's Independence Day which is today. Her Chilean dessert; Dulce de leche alfajores sounds delicious! (I hope I got that right Gloria:)

Enjoy National Apple Dumpling Day!!!