National Lemon Meringue Pie Day – August 15th

Happy National Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

You’ve seen it, you’ve probably tasted it. but do you know what meringue really is? Meringue is a type of dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar, and occasionally an acid, such as lemon, or cream of tartar and a binding agent such as salt or cornstarch. it is often used as a topping on various confections.

There are several types of meringue preparations, including:

  • French meringue or basic meringue in which fine white sugar is beaten into egg whites.
  • Italian meringue is made with boiling sugar syrup which is then whipped into softly whipped egg whites till stiff and until the meringue becomes cool.
  • Swiss meringue is  whisked over a bain-marie (double boiler) to warm the egg whites, and then whisked steadily until it cools. It is usually then baked.

Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe to celebrate the day!

Magic Lemon Meringue Pie
Magic Lemon Meringue Pie, Courtesy, http://www.foodnetwork.com

Sources: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com, http://www.wikipedia.com,  “On Cooking: A Textbook of Culinary Fundamentals (5th edition),” Labenski, Sarah et al, Pearson Publishing, 2015

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National Watermelon Day – August 3rd

Happy National Watermelon Day!

Just so you’ll be ready to celebrate the day, here are some interesting facts about watermelon, from watermelon.org:

  • Watermelons are 92% water, so they are an excellent source of hydration.
  • Watermelon rinds are edible and can be stir fried, stewed or pickled.
  • Watermelons are an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C.
  • A good/fresh watermelon will have a creamy yellow spot on the underside, where it sat on the ground to be ripened from the sun.
  • Honeybees must pollinate every yellow watermelon blossom in order to fruit.
  • The United States ranks 6th in worldwide production of watermelon, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Indiana consistently in the lead.
  • More than 300 varieties of watermelon are cultivated in the United States and South America.
  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew melons.
Watermelon Cucumber Salad, Courtesy: foodnetwork.com
Watermelon Cucumber Salad, Courtesy: foodnetwork.com

Celebrate the glorious watermelon with these recipes:
Watermelon Lemonade
Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com, http://www.watermelon.org

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