Whipped Topping in Short Supply

I read recently in the Washington post that Americans from the mid-west to New England are facing a shortage of some brands of whipped topping this holiday season.  The shortage is attributed to limited production of nitrous oxide, which is used in keeping and dispensing the canned whipped cream. As distribution of the gas ramps up, it will be delivered first to medical facilities, such as dental offices, where it is used for sedation.  The gas is expected to be widely available again in February.  If you haven’t already stocked up on your whipped topping for the holidays, you night have to enjoy that pecan pie naked (the pie, not you)!

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/12/15/a-whipped-cream-shortage-is-looming-just-in-time-for-peak-holiday-pie/?utm_term=.857e8c91ac69

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Recipe: Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce, Courtesy: www.marthastewart.com
Caramel Sauce, Courtesy: http://www.marthastewart.com

You might know The Hershey Company best for their decadent chocolate. But did you know that Milton Hershey’s first candy company was Lancaster Caramel Company?  While seeking a candy coating for his caramels, Hershey discovered wonderful chocolate. In 1900, he sold Lancaster Caramel Company to the American Caramel Company, and later went on to found The Hershey Company.

Ingredients:
1 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions

  • The longer your heat the mixture, the darker (and thicker) the caramel will become.

Yield: enough for one cake

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com, The Martha Stewart Show, April/May Spring 2006 and http://www.lifescript.com.

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National Parfait Day – November 25th

Happy National Parfait Day!

Break out your fancy glass bowls – it’s time to celebrate the parfait!

Parfaits are a kind of frozen dessert, dating back to 1894.  From the French meaning “perfect”, parfaits are often the perfect, simple dessert to conclude most any meal.

Here are a few parfait recipes to help you celebrate the day:
Granola Pineapple Parfait
Crunchy Berry Parfait
Chocolate-Mint Parfait

Granola Pineapple Parfait, Courtesy: www.dole.com
Granola Pineapple Parfait, Courtesy: http://www.dole.com
Crunchy Berry Parfait
Crunchy Berry Parfait, Courtesy: http://www.allrecipes.com

 

 

 

 

Chocolate-Mint Parfait, Courtesy: www.kraft.com
Chocolate-Mint Parfait, Courtesy: http://www.kraft.com

 

 

Source: http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com, http://www.wikipedia.com

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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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Recipe: Sweet and Salty Vanilla Ice Cream

Sweet and Salty Pretzel Ice Cream, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Sweet and Salty Pretzel Ice Cream, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com, photo by Con Poulos

 

Ingredients:
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup chocolate covered pretzels, chopped (plus some for topping)

Directions:

  1. Soften ice cream at room temperature, about 15 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl; use a spoon to mash the pretzels into the ice cream.
  3. Cover and freeze until firm.
  4. Serve topped with more chocolate-covered pretzels.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Other ice cream flavors that would work well with this recipe are ginger or cinnamon.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, Food Network Magazine

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