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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 06/06/14

Friday, June 6, 2014

JUNE FOOD HOLIDAYS TO WET YOUR APPETITE!!



Here's a list of the National food holidays for the month of June:







June 1: National Hazelnut Cake Day


June 2: National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day







June 3: National Egg Day

June 4: National Cheese Day

June 4: National Frozen Yogurt Day






June 4: National Cognac Day

June 5: National Gingerbread Day

June 6: National Applesauce Cake Day






June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 8: Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

June 8: World Oceans Day (Sustainable Seafood)






June 9: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10: Herbs & Spices Day

June 10: National Iced Tea Day






June 10: National Black Cow* Day /*A root beer float

June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 12: International Cachaça Day






June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 13: Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

June 14: National Strawberry Shortcake Day






June 15: National Lobster Day

June 16: National Fudge Day

June 17: Eat All Your Veggies Day







June 17: National Apple Strudel Day

June 18: National Cherry Tart Day

June 18: International Picnic Day






June 19: National Dry Martini Day

June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake Day

June 21: National Peaches and Cream Day






June 22: National Chocolate Éclair Day

June 22: National Onion Rings Day

June 23: National Pecan Sandy Day







June 24: National Pralines Day

June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day






   On National Almond Butter Crunch Day (June 29), treat yourself to one of the best:
Enstrom’s.

June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day

June 27: National Indian Pudding Day

June 27: National Orange Blossom Day







June 28: National Tapioca Day

June 29: National Almond Buttercrunch Day







June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day

ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW FROM EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND!




    The Royal Highland Show is Scotland’s leading outdoor event showcasing all that’s best in farming, food and countryside.
    The show will be the 174th and the 54th to be held at Ingliston, near Edinburgh. It regularly attracts over 175,000 visitors with the 2010 attendance breaking all records at 187,644.
    Sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland, the show is one of the country’s most iconic and historic brands, mixing serious agri-business with fun, music and entertainment. For 2014, the show will run from June 19th to the 22nd.






    Look out too for the Countryside Area, Forestry Arena, Agri-Trade Area, Children’s Discovery Centre, Outdoor Living Area, Motor Zone, Equestrian Village, Renewables Section, Food and Drink Hall, Shopping Arcade, Honey Marquee and Handcrafts Pavilion...not to mention 5000 of the UK’s finest cattle, sheep, goats and horses plus competitions, demonstrations and loads of all-action features! “The Greatest Show


History

    Although the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland was established in 1784, it wasn’t until December 1822 that it held its first show at Queensberry House in Edinburgh’s Canongate when according to The Scotsman newspaper "...between sixty and seventy five cattle were exhibited." There were also eight New Leicester sheep and "two beautiful pigs."






    Around 1000 members and public attended that first event held on a site adjacent to today’s Scottish Parliament. Gate takings were just over £52, seemingly sufficient to cover overheads.
   It’s a far cry from those humble beginnings in the 19th century to the present Royal Highland Show where there’s up to 5000 head of livestock, attendances of around 170,000 and costs associated with staging the event approaching £1.5 million.
    Following the inaugural event, the show became a fixture in Edinburgh and Glasgow before moving to Perth in 1829, thereby beginning the tradition of itinerant shows that was to last 130 years before the first “Highland” was held on the permanent site at Ingliston in 1960. The 2010 show is the 170th to be staged.





    During the late 19th and into the 20th century, the show had begun to take on more of a semblance of its modern day equivalent with agricultural implements being exhibited, livestock classes open to breeders from other parts of the UK and prizes for the likes of butter and cheese.
    Since moving to Ingliston, however, the show has developed beyond recognition and is now internationally recognised as an annual celebration of Scottish farming, food and countryside, attracting an audience far beyond its farming roots - a showcase of all that’s good about Scotland.







Royalty and The Royal Highland Show

    By the early and mid 19th century, the Highland and Agricultural Society was a much revered national institution enjoying the patronage of many of Scotland’s dukes and earls, landowners, agricultural pioneers and the Royal family
    In 1859, the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, seventeen years old and a student at Edinburgh University, twice visited the Edinburgh showyard. In 1872 Queen Victoria expressed a desire to be enrolled as an ordinary member and in 1894, the Duke of York, the future George V, visited the Aberdeen show as President of Society.
Various members of the Royal family have served as Presidents of the Society, have been awarded Honorary Membership or have visited the Royal Highland Show.







    The title Royal was bestowed at Inverness show in 1948 by King George VI, father of the current Patron, Her Majesty The Queen.
    The 2010 Royal Highland Show has set a new attendance record of 187,644 - an increase of more than 11,000 on last year’s record of 176,522.
    The show, which closed on Sunday night, recorded increased visitor numbers on all four days including an all time daily high of 57,754 on Saturday.






    Show Manager David Dunsmuir said: “We are absolutely thrilled with these figures. Although the fine weather and a focused publicity campaign were obvious influences, there is more to it than that. Our core aim is to showcase the farming and food industry and by combining that with an associated programme of entertainment and activity, we have a formula that is obviously appealing to both our specialist audience and the general public.
    “Staging an event of this magnitude takes a huge effort. Exhibitors, trade organisations and staff all played their part and deserve a pat on the back, but major thanks go to the public who came in their droves. ”






BANANA CREAM PIE CUPCAKES!!


Banana Cream Pie Cupcakes give you the taste of pie in a fun cupcake.
Recently, I tried new Betty Crocker® FUN da-Middles™ cupcake mix. The concept is great. The cupcakes bake up with a fun filling inside, so there is no need to frost them. I enjoy them plain but thought it would be fun to jazz them up and create a gourmet-type cupcake.


Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes




I love the taste of banana cream pie. So when I saw the vanilla FUN da-Middles™, I thought they would make the best base for a Banana Cream Pie Cupcake concoction.
If you’re like me, you will love these delicious cupcakes. They are so easy to make and don’t require many extra ingredients to turn out amazing treats.


Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes





I started by stirring in some instant banana pudding mix into the filling. Before I added the mix to the cupcake liners, I put a vanilla cookie in the bottom of each cup. Then I followed the directions on the box for adding the cream and topping with more batter. It’s super easy and fun to do!


Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes



Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes

Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes




Once they bake up, the filling is hidden in the middle. I was thinking they would be great like this to pack in a lunch or to bring on a picnic. However, once they were cooled, I couldn’t help but pile on some banana cream cheese frosting, graham cracker crumbs and a cookie garnish.


Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes

Banana-Cream-Pie Cupcakes



The cupcake batter comes in three different flavors…I can’t wait to try them all! With this mix, the possibilities for some very fun cupcakes are endless!