National Pizza Day – February 9th

Happy National Pizza Day!

Most people agree that pizza is awesome. However, the debate about the best pizza topping is a much more contentious discussion. From cheese, to veggies, to meats (and more), Americans love their pizza toppings!  But which toppings are the most popular?

According to Fox News, here is a ranking of Americans’ most favorite pizza toppings:

  1. Pepperoni
  2. Sausage
  3. Mushroom
  4. Cheese/Plain
  5. Onions
  6. Bacon
  7. Ham/Canadian bacon
  8. Pineapple
  9. Peppers/Sweet peppers

Which pizza toppings are your favorite? Mine are cheese and mushrooms, although I don’t mind spicy pepperoni! Speaking of preferences, do you prefer New York style (thin crust) or Chicago Deep Dish style pizza?  Fox News also reports New York as the winner! I never doubted it.

Celebrate your love of pizza with one of these amazing recipes:

Broccoli and Double Cheese Pizza, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Broccoli and Double Cheese Pizza, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog

Don’t forget to tell the world about your love of pizza today using the hashtag #NationalPizzaDay!





National Banana Bread Day – February 23rd

Happy National Banana Bread Day!

In researching the history of Banana Bread in the USA, I found the following via

“Banana bread first became a standard feature of American cookbooks with the popularization of baking soda and baking powder in the 1930s. It appeared in Pillsbury’s 1933 Balanced Recipes cookbook and later gained more acceptance with the release of the original Chiquita Banana’s Recipe Book in 1950…The modern banana bread recipe began being published in cookbooks around the 1930s…Some food historians believe banana bread was a byproduct of the Great Depression as resourceful housewives did not wish to throw away overripe bananas (as they were still a costly item to purchase)…”

Many people are finicky about banana bread – everyone thinks that theirs is the best.  Here’s one I like:  Banana Bread


Banana Bread
Banana Bread, Courtesy:











National Carrot Cake Day – February 3rd

Happy National Carrot Cake day!

Carrot cake resembles a quick bread, in that all the mixed wet ingredients are added to all the mixed dry ingredients. Shaved carrots are mixed in the batter to provide a soft, yet dense texture. In addition, carrot cake is often either glazed or topped with white icing or cream cheese frosting.

To help you celebrate this special day, here is my recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins with Streusel Tipping – enjoy!

Carrot Cake Muffin with Streusel Topping, Courtesy: Jordan Welch
Carrot Cake Muffin with Streusel Topping, Courtesy: Jordan Welch