February is most known for having the biggest chocolate holiday of the year - Valentine's Day. However, did you know that February is also know for being National:
- Grapefruit Month
- Hot Breakfast Month
- Snack Foods Month
- Sweet Potato Month
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Baked Alaska is an easy dessert to make, and it's quite versatile. The cake and ice cream can be cut or molded in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make small, individual baked Alaska desserts or one large cake.
If you've ever wondered what the secret was to baking this mysterious dessert with ice cream, it's the meringue. It acts as insulation which protects the ice cream from the heat. How fun is that?!
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Crepes, the French pancake that can be served sweet or savory, depending on your preference. It is incredible easy to make, with only 6 ingredients and 20 minutes, you can have these delicious cakes made in no time.
As they are so tasty, we do recommend making a double batch. It's also a fun way to get the kids involved in a cooking activity.
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There are carrot cakes and then there are carrot cakes. One of our favorite carrot cakes is the Tropical Carrot Cake. Not only does it have lots of carrots in it - obviously - it's also loaded with nuts and coconut and topped with a cream cheese frosting. With all those lovely ingredients, it's just got to be good for you. Well, it is if you don't count all of the sugar.
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Who can resist a pot of chocolate with fun foods to dip into it? Believe it or not, chocolate fondue is one of the easiest dessert recipes on the planet. It seems so luxurious and complicated to make, but it's not, especially when you use the slow cooker. All you have to do is stir it once while the chocolate is melting.
Not feeling dipping foods directly into the chocolate fondue? You can absolutely use a big spoon instead, just to ensure your fruit, cake, or biscotti that you are using to dip don't fall in.Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling cookies since 1934. Even though some of the cookies are different these days, you will always be able to get the Super Six - Samoas®, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos™, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes™ and Tagalongs®. Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie day with your favorite cookie.
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Ah, I remember it well. I was allowed to participate in my neighbor's family tradition of making the Christmas Pud (Pudding).Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Valentine's day is a romantic holiday where you can go above and beyond to show that special someone in your life how much they mean to you. Whether you are having difficulty figuring out a romantic dinner for two, need some inspiration for creative cocktails, or are just looking for some decadent dessert ideas that will satiate your hunny's sweet tooth, we've got you covered!
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You can purchase almonds in several different forms. The pictured almond cookies are made with almond extract and topped with blanched almonds. You can almost buy slivered almonds and whole almonds still in their skins. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my local grocery stores sells them raw in the shells. Upscale markets sell raw almonds as well.
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Thank goodness George Washington is remembered for more than chopping down a cherry tree. In this case, I'm glad he did. He's the reason that today is National Cherry Pie Day.Continue to 13 of 17 below.
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Banana bread is one of our favorite comfort foods. The simplicity of this sweet treat, affords a whole host of possible variations. From adding pecans to chocolate chips, to making a a warm orange glaze to go on top, you can personalize this favorite anyway you'd like!
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Strawberries can be found all year long in most grocery stores, making baking and creating delicious confections with strawberries a wonderfully easy task. Some of our favorite strawberry recipes are strawberry hearts, strawberry cake, strawberry muffins, and last, but certainly not least, strawberry shortcake. Yum!Continue to 17 of 17 below.
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We've all see the commercials of how different people (fictional and real) choose to open their pistachios. Well, February 26th, you can practice all the methods of opening pistachios that you desire. (You can practice all year round, but this is just a fun excuse to really go to town on it!)
Once you've got your practice shelling pistachios, try using them in any number of interesting and delightful recipes: