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Shania Twain – Now!

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Shania Twain – Now!

Quote of the Day: Life is short. It can come and go like a feather in the wind. Shania Twain

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Shania Twain – Entertainment News

Now, Shania Twain’s fifth studio album and first in fifteen years was released in 2017. The lead single is titled – “Life’s About To Get Good” and for Twain’s fans that’s especially true. The wait is finally over! It was November 19, 2002, when her last album Up! was released. We were ready for her new songs and she has delivered with this new album – Now!


Shania Twain – Now!


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Shania – I’m On My Way!

Twain has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Twain has received five Grammy Awards, 27 BMI Songwriter awards, stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Twain is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. She is the only female artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond by the RIAA.

The “Queen of Country Pop”

Shania Twain’s new music video shows us why she’s considered the Queen of Country Pop. Her voice is strong, dance movements are fluid, and she’s beautiful as ever. It makes sense that in 2009, Twain was reported as having the Perfect Face. The BBC reported on a study, led by the University of Toronto and the University of California, San Diego, which appeared in the journal Vision Research

“Forever and for Always”

Shania Twain’s music will always inspire us and we can’t wait to see her on Tour. The Now 2018 Tour kicks off on May 3rd, 2018, in Tacoma, Washington, and runs through early August 2018. Reserve your tickets here! Search Concerts, Sports & Theatre Events By City! Find Tickets Now!

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We’re having so much fun writing about daily food holidays. We’d like your help for selecting the best December holiday. Just note your favorite food/beverage holiday on our  Facebook page and we’ll feature the most popular holiday as our December Reader’s Favorite! Snap a photo of your enjoying the food holiday for a chance to win (one) $25 Amazon Gift Card for holiday shopping. Thanks for following our daily postings.

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Fall Mystery Reading & Gifting

There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Cupcake Day 2017

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National Cupcake Day 2017

Quote for Today: Happiness is only a cupcake away.

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Today is National Cupcake Day in the United States. It’s a great time for the family to gather in the kitchen to bake and decorate cupcakes for Christmas. From Santa and his reindeer’s, angels, elves, and more, the frosting ideas are limitless. For us, we like our cupcakes completely covered with frosting so that there’s a taste of the icing and cake in every bite.

 

Cupcakes – History

Just the facts

A cupcake (also British English: fairy cake; Hiberno-English: bun; Australian English: fairy cake or patty cake) is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, icing and other cake decorations such as fruit and candy may be applied.

A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-sized cakes: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
Nearly any recipe that is suitable for a layer cake can be used to bake cupcakes.
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The cake batter used for cupcakes may be flavored or have other ingredients stirred in, such as raisins, berries, nuts, or chocolate chips. 

The earliest mention of cupcake was in 1796, in a recipe for “a light cake to bake in small cups” was written in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons.

The earliest extant documentation of the term cupcake itself was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s cookbook

In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the term cup cake or cupcake. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has remained, and the name of “cupcake” is now given to any small, round cake that is about the size of a teacup. The Betty Crocker The Big Book of Cupcakes (Betty Crocker Big Book)

While English fairy cakes vary in size more than American cupcake, they are traditionally smaller and are rarely topped with elaborate icing.

Cupcakes may be topped with frosting or other cake decorations. They may be filled with frosting, fruit, or pastry cream. For bakers making a small number of filled cupcakes, this is usually accomplished by using a spoon or knife to scoop a small hole in the top of the cupcake.

Another method is to just insert the pastry bag in the middle of the cupcake. In commercial bakeries, the filling may be injected using a syringe. Elaborately decorated cupcakes may be made for special occasions.

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We’re having so much fun writing about daily food holidays. We’d like your help for selecting the best December holiday. Just note your favorite food/beverage holiday on our  Facebook page and we’ll feature the most popular holiday as our December Reader’s Favorite! Snap a photo of your enjoying the food holiday for a chance to win (one) $25 Amazon Gift Card for holiday shopping. Thanks for following our daily postings.

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There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Biscuits and Gravy Day 2017

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December 14 – National Biscuits and Gravy Day 2017

Quote of the Day: A positive attitude and a sense of humor go together like biscuits and gravy. Dolly Parton

National Biscuits and Gravy Day 2017

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Today is National Biscuits and Gravy Day. For us, the Southern tradition of biscuit making is still alive and thriving. The art of making light and fluffy buttermilk biscuits is passed down generation to generation much like making tomato gravy. The biscuits are served hot and immediately topped with butter, jam, honey, preserves, or gravy. This is one of our favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy!

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  6. 1 cup buttermilk
Instructions
  1. 1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. 2) Sift dry ingredients together.
  3. 3) Mix shortening with pastry blender, fork, or fingertips until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. 4) Form a well in center of flour and fill with buttermilk.
  5. 5) Mix flour into this, stirring and working until flour leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball.
  6. 6) Place dough on floured surface and knead 5-6 times.
  7. 7) Roll to about 1/2" thickness and cut with biscuit cutter or floured glass.
  8. 8) Place biscuits on un-greased cookie sheet.
  9. 9) Bake at 450 degrees F. 8-12 minutes or until light golden.
  10. 10) Serve with topping of choice - jellies, preserves, marmalade, honey, gravy, etc.
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Christmas 2017 Mystery Reading & Gifting

There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Bouillabaisse Day 2017

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National Bouillabaisse Day 2017

Quote for Today: “Bouillabaisse is only good because cooked by the French, who, if they cared to try, could produce an excellent and nutritious substitute out of cigar stumps and empty matchboxes.” Norman Douglas, British novelist (1868-1952)

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Today is National Bouillabaisse Day 2017. I honestly have never been to a restaurant that offered this classic Provencal fish stew from the port city of Marseille. While in California, I had the good fortune to eat Cioppino at a couple of great restaurants that sold dozens and dozens of them every day. The only problem that occurs is when you cannot find a place that highlights their menu with a great fish stew. Odds are you are then better off making it at home. The recipe I am giving you is just a guideline. In no way shape or form is this traditional Bouillabaisse that calls for Scorpionfish, Sea Robin, and European Conger. I personally have a hard time finding these varieties, so here is my solution. If you are offended by this recipe, I apologize. But, give it a try I’m sure you will like it. Chef TJ

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Bouillabaisse Recipe
A Delicious Bouillabaisse - Panhandle Fish Stew (Serves 4-6)
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Ingredients
  1. Pangasius or Swai fillets - 1-1/2-2 lbs, diced into 1" cubes
  2. Mussels - 1 lb, debeared and scrubbed
  3. Crabmeat - 8 oz, claw or backfin-fresh or pasteurized
  4. Leeks - 2, rinsed well and thinly sliced
  5. Potatoes, medium - 2, peeled and diced
  6. Yellow Onion - 1, diced
  7. Garlic cloves - 2-3, minced
  8. Jalapeno - 1, diced fine
  9. Roma Tomato - 3, seeded and diced
  10. Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp
  11. Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  12. Clam juice - 1 pt
  13. Chicken stock - 1 pt
  14. Clamato or Bloody Mary Mix - 1 qt
  15. Pernod or Anisette - 2 oz
  16. Fresh basil - 1 bunch, chiffonade
  17. Salt and pepper - to taste
  18. Saffron - 1 tsp
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter with the olive oil over medium heat. Add leeks, onion and jalapeno then sauté for 2-3 minutes using wooden spoon. Add garlic, saffron and tomatoes continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken stock and clam juice, and then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add fish pieces and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes. Add mussels, cover and simmer until shells open. Add Clamato or Bloody Mary Mix and bring back to a simmer. Add pernod or Anisette along with crab meat and continue cooking 3-4 minutes. Then season to taste with salt and pepper and add fresh basil. To accompany this dish, you will need one slice of toasted French bread per bowl along with one dollop of Rouille (mayonnaise spiked with garlic, cayenne pepper and saffron). Place bread in the bottom of a large soup bowl, ladle in fish stew and top with a dollop of Rouille.
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There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Ice Cream & Violin Day

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Quote of the Day: “…the violin — that most human of all instruments…” Louisa May Alcott, Jo’s Boys

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National Ice Cream & Violin Day

Today is National Ice Cream & Violin Day! We love mysteries and unique holidays and this one ranks in our top ten of whodunits.

Everyone knows what ice cream and violins are, what they (and we) don’t understand is the significance of celebrating the two together as a national holiday. We’re going to share our insights from searching the web with you. But if you happen to know the real story, let us know.

What We Do Know – National Violin Day

December 13 is widely accepted as Violin Day. On December 13, 2010, “time world record holder, rock violinist Ben Lee of acclaimed electric violin duo FUSE, broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Violin Player by playing at over 14 notes per second,” according to The International News. This holiday honors that bowed string instrument, which is also known as the fiddle.

History Notes

A violinist produces music from the violin by drawing the bow across the strings using a special technique that produces a broad range of sounds. Violinists have shown the versatility of this instrument in many genres such as baroque music, classical, jazz, folk music, rock and roll and soft rock.

It is supposed that the oldest documented four string violin, like the modern violins, was constructed by Andrea Amati in 1555.


It is believed that Turkic and Mongolian horseman from Inner Asia was the world’s earliest fiddlers. Their two-stringed upright fiddles were strung with horsehair strings. They played them with horsehair bows and often featured a carved horse’s head at the end of the neck. The violins that we play today, (also the violas and cellos) and whose bows are still strung with horsehair are a legacy of the nomads.

The first clear record of a violin-like instrument comes from paintings by Gaudenzio Ferrari. In his Madonna of the Orange Tree, painted 1530, a cherub is seen playing a bowed instrument which clearly has the hallmarks of violins. A few years later, on a fresco inside the cupola of the church of Madonna dei Miracoli in Saronno, angels play three instruments of the violin family, corresponding to violin, viola and cello.

The earliest documentary evidence for a violin is in the records of the treasury of Savoy, which paid for “trompettes et vyollons de Verceil”, that is to say, “trumpets and violins from Vercelli”, the town where Ferrari painted his Madonna of the Orange Tree.

The first extant written use of the Italian term violino occurs in 1538, when “violini Milanese” (Milanese violinists) were brought to Nice when negotiating the conclusion of a war.

The oldest confirmed surviving violin, dated inside, is the “Charles IX” by Andrea Amati, made in Cremona in 1564, but the label is very doubtful.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an Amati violin that may be even older, possibly dating to 1558 but just like the Charles IX the date is unconfirmed.

One of the most famous and certainly the most pristine is the Messiah Stradivarius (also known as the ‘Salabue’) made by Antonio Stradivari in 1716 and very little played, perhaps almost never and in an as new state. It is now located in the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford.

The record dollar amount paid for a Stradivari violin, when the “Lady Blunt” was sold at an online auction on June 20, 2011, was $15.9 million. Violins made by Stradivari are one of the most sought-after instruments by both collectors and musicians alike.

How to Celebrate National Violin Day

Listen to some violin music and use #NationalViolinDay to post on social media.

Now serving the combo – National Ice Cream & Violin Day

National Ice Cream & Violin Day, Mystery Holidays, National Violin Day, Roadtrips R Us, Travel & Food Blog, Christmas 2017, Online Shopping, Corner Gift Shop, National Holidays, Daily Food Holiday History, Today’s Trivia, National Ice Cream DayFrom here this holiday (National Ice Cream & Violin Day) becomes a mystery. What set this mismatch up to be included together as a National Holiday?

Befuddled Documentation?

On September 13, 1903, Italo Marchiony applied for a patent on a machine that molded ice cream cups. The U.S. Patent Office granted patent number 746,971 on December 15 of the same year. Some sources peg the date as the 13th, but they may be confusing it with the application date.

Best Guess?

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For us, this National Holiday mystery ranked right up there with locating a source to buy our holiday ice cream favorite from Barnie’s Coffee & Tea CompanySanta’s White Christmas.

How to celebrate this holiday

Plan to attend one of the numerous concerts of classical holiday music in your area, add scoops of Santa’s White Christmas or your favorite flavored ice cream into a holiday dish and listen to a music CD of violin music at home. Our favorite is “The Touch of the Master’s Hand” based on the poem by Myra Brooks Welch. Enjoy!


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Fall Mystery Reading & Gifting

There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Cocoa Day – Holiday Celebrations

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National Cocoa Day – Holiday Celebrations

Quote of the Day: Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first but keeps you warm for a long time. Henri Frederic Amiel

 National Cocoa Day 2017 

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National Cocoa Day – Holiday Celebrations

Today is National Cocoa Day! The holiday season is a perfect time to enjoy a cup of chocolate hot cocoa. Feeling rattled from holiday overload? This is a possible cure!

Certain foods and drinks have distinct qualities of aphrodisiacs, a name pertaining to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac that lifts your spirit and brings a smile to your face.

Defining the pleasure

Hot chocolate, also known as hot cocoa, drinking chocolate or just cocoa is a heated beverage consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and usually a sweetener. Hot chocolate may be topped with whipped cream. Hot chocolate made with melted chocolate is sometimes called drinking chocolate, characterized by less sweetness and a thicker consistency.

Chocolate is not a newcomer

The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayans around 2,500-3,000 years ago, and a cocoa beverage was an essential part of Aztec culture by 1400 AD, by which they referred to as xocōlātl. The beverage became popular in Europe after being introduced from Mexico in the New World and has undergone multiple changes since then. Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases. Wikipedia

Today’s Recipe for Chocolate “Hot Cocoa”

The original source for making hot cocoa, at least in my experience, is from the kitchens of Hershey’s Cocoa (100% Cacao). The recipe for making from one up to six servings is clearly written on the Hershey’s Cocoa Powder container.

The simple recipes from Hershey’s Kitchens would make the goddess of love smile. The cocoa powder contains just 10 calories per 1 tablespoon serving, 0g Sat Fat, 0mg Sodium, 0g Sugars and gluten-free. This is a great base for making the recipe for the “Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa. Hope you’ll enjoy a relaxing cup of hot cocoa today!

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Fall Mystery Reading & Gifting

There’s nothing better than finding a cozy spot to read while enjoying the holiday season. Here’s our Number 1 suggestion – The Long Road Home by Carolyn Bowen

The Long Road Home: Romantic Murder Mystery

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National Noodle Ring Day 2017

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National Noodle Ring Day 2017

Quote of the Day: In order to create a little bit of confidence, start cooking with pasta. Pasta is phenomenal. Once you’ve cooked pasta properly for the first time it becomes second nature. Gordon Ramsay

Today is National Noodle Ring Day 2017. Chef Thomas Jones will give a brief history of the Noodle Ring; provide a Creamy Shrimp & Crab Noodle Ring recipe, and suggest gift ideas for the holiday season.

What is a Noodle Ring?

A Noodle Ring is a type of casserole usually made with egg noodles. The noodles are boiled until just tender then added to a Bundt or cake pan then baked, sometimes in a water bath. Various liquids such as wine, beer, and stock etc. may be added along with meats, seafood, vegetables, cheese or anything else.

A basic noodle ring prepared in a ring mold maybe unmolded and the center filled with a variety of items from creamed chicken to lobster with white wine, asparagus, and chives. 

Brief History

Noodle rings and casseroles, in general, became popular around 1870 and peaked in the 1950’s when lightweight metal and glassware became available to home cooks.  After the 1970’s, these types of dishes became associated with somewhat of a negative and less refined image. However, you can enjoy this delicious dish today. And, always remember popular dishes come and go! Cook and share recipes with your friends and family that are tasty and you’d be proud to serve. 

How to Serve

Noodle Rings make a great side or even main dish for luncheons and they may be turned into a holiday centerpiece. Here’s one of my favorite recipes. Chef TJ

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Creamy Shrimp & Crab Noodle Ring
A tasty recipe for celebrating National Noodle Ring Day 2017!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Egg Noodles, cooked and drained
  2. 3 ea Eggs, beaten
  3. 6 oz Milk
  4. 2 oz White Wine
  5. 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste
  7. 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated
  8. For Filling
  9. 1 cup Shrimp, small (41-50 ct) cooked
  10. 8 oz Claw Crabmeat
  11. 2 tbsp Butter
  12. 2 tbsp Flour, all-purpose
  13. 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
  14. 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  15. 1 tsp Tarragon
  16. 1 tsp Curry Powder
  17. Salt and Pepper to taste
  18. Chopped Chives, if desired
  19. Diced Red Bell Pepper, if desired
Instructions
  1. Combine list of ingredients through Chedder Cheese and pour into buttered ring mold. Set in a pan of hot water and bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes. Allow cooling until easy to handle. Place serving side of the large platter on top of the mold and carefully flip over in one quick turn and gently lift off ring mold.
  2. Procedure for preparing filling
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook 3-4 minutes to make a blonde roux. Add coconut milk and cream and continue to cook whisking frequently to make a white sauce. Add Tarragon, Curry powder and salt, and pepper. Add shrimp and crab meat then heat through stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Pour mixture into center of Noodle Ring. Garnish with chopped chives and diced red bell pepper, if desired
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National Lager Day 2017

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Quote of the Day: “He was a wise man who invented beer.” Plato

National Lager Day 2017

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National Lager Day

Today is National Lager Day! This national food and beverage day easily translates into a night out on the town with friends. You can meet at your favorite pub and catch up on the latest news. Just remember to drink responsibly!

 

Enjoy a tidbit of history behind the holiday!

What is Lager Beer?

Lager (German: storeroom or warehouse) (Czech: ležák) is a type of beer that originates from the part of the Austrian Empire that is now known as the Czech Republic. It is conditioned at low temperatures, normally at the brewery. It may be pale, golden, amber, or dark.

The most common lager beers in worldwide production are pale lagers. The flavor of these lighter lagers is usually mild, and the producers often recommend that the beers be served refrigerated. Wikipedia


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USA Lager History

Featuring August Schell Brewery

Poking around on the internet, I discovered that August Schell founder of August Schell Brewing Company was born in the Black Forest region of Germany in 1828. If you have never heard of him, like me, you have probably not spent much time in the Midwest or Northeast. Crossing the Atlantic, and making his way up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, August and his family settled in the German village of New Ulm, Minnesota

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At the age of thirty-two, he gave up his career as a machinist/engineer and partnered with Brew Master Jacob Bernhardt to create a German-styled brewery. New Ulm was the perfect location. The Cottonwood River provided both transportation and the ice necessary to keep the beer cool during the fermentation process. A nearby artesian spring provided the purest water at the time of actual brewing. 

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Over the years, Schell’s has overcome its share of adversity. First of all, New Ulm was located in the heart of Dakota Indian Country. In 1862 when Southern Minnesota was decimated during the Sioux uprising, Schell’s Brewery went untouched due to the kindness the family had shown the Indians over the years. During the harsh winters, Mrs. Schell provided food and supplies to anyone in need and they remembered.

In the 1860’s Jacob Bernhardt decided to sell his share of the brewery due to declining health. Sold at public auction, August Schell’s bid of $12,000 made the Schell family the sole owners of the brewery. Later in the 1920’s when nearly 1,300 breweries closed their doors, Schell’s survived prohibition by selling “near beer,” soft drinks, and candy.


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In the 1980’s “Mega Breweries” dominated the beer market and many regional breweries faded away. Schell’s along with a few others began producing their own specialty beers. During this time period, Schell’s produced thirty-eight different beers many of which were contracted out and sold under different names. Today, along with its original Deer Brand and Light Beer, Schell’s produces seven seasonal, six craft, and three Grain Belt beers. The Grain Belt brand was saved from extinction when Schell’s purchased the 109-year-old label in 2002.

August Schell Brewing Company has over 100 varieties of beers and counting for you can never have enough German Crafted beers. There’s sure to be one or two flavors you’d want to enjoy with friends at your local pub.

Grilled Pork Roast Recipe – Schell’s Brewery

Schell’s Brewery has some recipes that use their products. This one sounds good to me!

Savory Grilled Pork Roast in Schell’s FireBrick Marinade
A new take on an old favorite with German Crafted FireBrick Marinade!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 lb. boneless pork loin roast, rolled and tied
  2. 5 garlic cloves, halved
  3. Marinade
  4. 12 oz. Schell’s FireBrick Lager
  5. 1/4 cup olive oil
  6. 2 tbsp. butter
  7. 1 tbsp. dried basil
  8. 2 tsp. marjoram
  9. 1 tsp. sage
  10. 1 tsp. rosemary
  11. 1-1/2 tsp. black pepper
  12. 1-1/2 tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Cut 1" random slits in pork roast and stuff with halved garlic pieces. Place roast in a large zip lock bag. Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl; pour into bag with the roast. Squeeze the excess air from bag, seal and refrigerate overnight. Open and enjoy another Schell’s FireBrick for yourself.
  2. Using a charcoal grill, spread hot coals around outside edge of grill then add an additional layer of coals and you’re ready to cook. Prior to grilling the roast, drain marinade from the bag and reserve for later. Place roast with meat thermometer in a baking pan, fat side up, and set baking pan in center of grill and cover. Celebrate your culinary prowess with a cold FireBrick, and be sure to keep a small amount of water in the bottom of pan to keep the roast tender. Generously baste the roast with the marinade every 15 minutes and continue to cook until temperature reads 160 degrees to 165 degrees. Let stand 10 minutes before carving and spoon remaining marinade over the finished pieces.
Notes
  1. Tips: For gas grills, place pan on top rack and follow same directions.
  2. For oven baking, set temperature to 325 degrees and follow above directions.
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National Pastry Day

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Quote of the Day: You are the boss of that dough. Julia Child 

Today, December 9, is National Pastry Day! This holiday will be celebrated at our home today for I love sweet stuff – I will not lie!

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Apple Pastry

Defining moments

The pastry is dough of flour, water, and shortening that may be savory or sweetened. Sweetened pastries are often described as bakers’ confectionery. The word “pastries” suggests many kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts, quiches, and pasties.

Pastry Trivia

Pastries were first created by the ancient Egyptians. The classical period of ancient Greece and Rome had pastries made with almonds, flour, honey, and seeds. The introduction of sugar into European cookery resulted in a large variety of new pastry recipes in France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

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The greatest innovator was Marie-Antoine Carême who perfected puff pastry and developed elaborate designs of pâtisserie. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called pastries. The French word pâtisserie is also used in English (with or without the accent) for the same foods.

Types of Pastries

There are five basic types of pastry (a food that combines flour and fat) – these are shortcrust pastry, filo pastry, choux pastry, flaky pastry and puff pastry.

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Holiday Season Apple Tarts
Martha Stewart Living Recipe for National Pastry Day! Delicious Apple Tarts
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Ingredients
  1. 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3 ounce package), preferably Dufour, thawed
  2. All-purpose flour, for surface
  3. 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for egg wash
  4. 1/2 cup fresh or good-quality applesauce
  5. 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin wedges
  6. 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  7. 2 tablespoons sanding sugar, for sprinkling
  8. 2 tablespoons apricot preserves
  9. 1 tablespoon water
  10. Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)
  11. Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Roll puff pastry into a 14-by-16-inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut a 1-inch-wide strip from each side of dough. Brush edges with egg wash, and top with cut strips to form a crust. Prick middle of dough all over with a fork, and transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread applesauce onto middle of dough using an offset spatula. Arrange apple wedges over applesauce in 3 tightly overlapping rows. Brush apples with melted butter. Brush crust with egg wash, and sprinkle entire surface with sanding sugar. (Unbaked tart can be frozen for up to 3 days.)
  3. 3. Bake until edges start to puff, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and bake, rotating halfway through, until pastry is dark golden brown and apples have caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes more. Transfer sheet to a wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes.
  4. 4. Warm apricot preserves and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Brush apples with warm apricot preserves. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired, and cut into squares using a pizza wheel or a knife. Serve warm with whipped cream if desired.
Notes
  1. Once assembled, this tart can be frozen for up to three days. Simply bake it straight from the freezer as instructed.
Adapted from Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
Adapted from Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
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National Chocolate Brownie Day 2017

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National Chocolate Brownie Day 2017

Quote of the Day: All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz

National Chocolate Brownie Day 2017

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Today is National Chocolate Brownie Day. This American dessert and snack stable occupy the space between a cake and a cookie. Brownies are a favorite dessert in restaurants across America served in countless varieties after dinner. Created in the late 1800’s and popularized in the early 20th century, the brownie has many different accounts of how it came to be.

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One such tale is that a Pâtissier mistakenly added melted chocolate to biscuit dough. Another says that flour was forgotten to be added to a chocolate cake batter. Finally, the most common story is that baking powder was not available and that these flattened chocolate gems were invented out of necessity.

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The most credible story, in my opinion, is that a chef from the Palmer House in Chicago created the brownie at the request of Bertha Palmer for ladies to consume at the 1893 World’s Fair. These brownies’ featured an apricot glaze with walnuts and were easily transported and consumed from boxed lunches.

Shortly thereafter, recipes for brownies arrived in print from the Home Cookery and Service Club Cookbooks in 1904. Two years later they appeared in the 1906 edition of the Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer. In 1907, a new recipe that added an additional egg and more chocolate was written by Maria Howard in the Lowney’s Cookbook making it richer and more fudge-like. This was named the Bangor Brownie after the town in Maine where it was born.

Today the Palmer House Hotel, a Hilton Hotel, still serves Bertha’s Famous Brownie with a glass of Chocolate Milk Mousse, Chocolate Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce and Almonds.

The Palmer House Brownie

Palmer House Hilton Brownie Recipe
The original recipe by the chef at the Palmer House for these delicious Chocolate Brownies. See notes below!
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Ingredients
  1. 14 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  2. 1lb Butter
  3. 12 oz. Granulated Sugar
  4. 4 oz Flour
  5. 8 ea. Whole Eggs
  6. 12 oz Crushed Walnuts
  7. Vanilla extract
Method
  1. 1. Melt Chocolate with butter in a double boiler
  2. 2. Mix dry ingredients into mixing bowl, except walnuts
  3. 3. Mix chocolate with dry ingredients, 4 to 5 minutes
  4. 4. Add Egg
  5. Pour into 9”x 12” baking sheet, sprinkle walnuts on top, press walnuts down slightly into mixture with your hand, and bake in a preheated oven at 300° for 30 to 40 minutes. You will know when done -- the edges will start to become a little crispy and the brownies will raise about ¼ inch. Note: Even when the brownie is properly baked it will test “gooey” with a toothpick in the middle due to the richness of the mixture. After removing from the oven allow to cool about 30 minutes before spreading a thin layer of the glaze on top with a pastry brush.
Glaze
  1. 1 Cup water
  2. 1 Cup Apricot Preserves
  3. 1 Teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin
  4. Mix together water, preserves and unflavored gelatin in a saucepan, mix thoroughly and bring to a boil for two minutes. USE HOT. Special Tip: The brownies are easier to cut if you place in the freezer for about 3-4 hours after glazing
Notes
  1. This original recipe has been served for over a century at The Palmer House! It continues to remain popular today at The Palmer House Hilton.
Adapted from The Palmer House Hilton Brownie Recipe
Adapted from The Palmer House Hilton Brownie Recipe
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It’s beginning to look more like Christmas around our home. Decorations are all up and being enjoyed. The dining table is ready for our Christmas Dinner celebration. Are you ready to enjoy the most wonderful day of the year?


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