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BROTHER’S DAY

Observed every year on May 24, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives.  Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.  Even if for those who don’t have brothers, someone in their life is usually like a brother to them.  

Brothers from other mothers are found in a best friend, a brother-in-law or a cousin.  They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often.  We share memories, challenges that frequently began with the phrase, “What’s this!” soon followed by a few stitches.

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They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often.  We share memories, challenges that frequently began with the phrase, “What’s this!” soon followed by a few stitches. While minding their own business, they are also prepared to step in when necessary.  That’s what brothers do.

Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair.  They may have been too cool for you once, too.  Brothers come in many shapes and sizes and so do their relationships.  Whatever yours is, take the time to celebrate your brother on Brother’s Day.



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HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy time with brothers and reminisce.  Find time for new brother siblings to spend some fun, enjoyable time together.  Use #BrothersDay to share on social media.

Also celebrated today…. National Wyoming Day and Aviation Maintenance Technicians Day.

So in light of this holiday here’s a shout out to my brothers.  Mike, John, Terry, Tim, Tom, and Ray.  I hope this hug finds you well.

HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama founded Brothers Day.

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NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.  There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat. Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

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HOW TO OBSERVE

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.

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See also National Visit Your Relatives Day. Maybe you can combine the two…

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP DAY

On May 15th, we recognize a morsel of a thing.  It’s National Chocolate Chip Day!  

Have you ever wondered if an ingredient would work in a recipe? It is hard to imagine where we would be without the invention of chocolate chips.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman Massachusetts must have been curious what a little bit of chocolate would add to her cookies. While working at the Toll House Inn, she added cut-up chunks of semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar to a cookie recipe.  The cookies were a huge success and in 1939 Wakefield signed an agreement with Nestle to add her recipe to the chocolate bar’s packaging.  In exchange for the recipe, Wakefield received a lifetime supply of chocolate.  The Nestle brand Toll House cookies were named for the Inn. Find the Original Recipe here.

Nestle initially included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars. Starting in 1941,  Nestle and other competitors started selling the chocolate in chip or morsel form.

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Semi-sweet was the original flavor of chocolate chips.  Today the chocolates come in bittersweet, semi-sweet, mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white and dark swirled. 

Nestle Toll House, Milk Chocolate Morsels, 23 oz

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Nestle Toll House, Milk Chocolate Morsels, 23 oz

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If you haven’t tried them yet we made batches at Christmas with Bailey’s chips… This is one you don’t want to miss.

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The imagination is the only thing limiting what recipes chocolate can be used. Today chocolate chips are used in a variety of baking methods from sweet to savory.  Had Ruth Graves Wakefield never wondered what a few chopped up chunks of chocolate would be like in her baking, we wouldn’t even have chocolate chip cookies.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #ChocolateChipDay to post on social media.

Bacon, Maple, Brussels Sprouts (The kids will eat too!)

These sauted sprouts will disappear from the table.  Adults and children alike will offer no complaints once they taste these. 

Ingredients


2 lbs brussel sprouts cut in half
6 chopped slices of bacon
2 oz grated Parmesan Cheese
2 tsp maple syrupFrying Pan with Lid, Deep Saute Pan 11 Inch Stone-Derived Nonstick Coating, Stainless Steel Handle Cooking Pan, Induction Compatible, Oven Safe, Dishwasher Safe, Granite/Gift Box Included  Frying Pan with Lid, Deep Saute Pan 11 Inch Stone-Derived Nonstick Coating, Stainless Steel Handle Cooking Pan, Induction Compatible, Oven Safe, Dishwasher Safe, Granite/Gift Box Included

Directions


  • In medium skillet render chopped bacon until lightly crisp.
  • Remove grease from pan reserving 2 Tbsps. 
  • Use 2 Tbsp bacon fat to saute halved sprouts. About 8 minutes.
  • Add bacon back into pan with sprouts.
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover pan and reduce to low heat. 
  • Cook covered about 5 more minutes as cheese melts and Brussels become tender.
  • Stir in 2 tsp maple syrup
  • Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • Serve warm.

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Brown Butter Garlic Parmesean Mushrooms

These are insanely popular at our table. People who swear they don’t eat mushrooms eat these. These warm butter treats can be served as a snack or a side dish. The only complaint I’ve ever had is there are never enough and I usually make a double batch. See recipe below.

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Ingredients

1 lb whole white mushrooms
1 cup browned butter
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp thyme
Parsean cheese to top mushrooms

Directions

Separate stems from mushrooms with care not to damage caps.
Dice all stems
Add butter to pan cook on medium-high heat until it turns golden hazelnut in color.  Watch carefully as you do not want to burn.
Add stem pieces, garlic, and thyme to butter. 
Mix well to coat and distribute ingredients.
On a foil covered, well oiled baking sheet place caps about 1/2 inch apart.  Make sure stem well is facing up to make a cup in the top.
Fill with butter mixture till slightly mounding over. 
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Add Parmesean cheese to each, covering stem pieces. 
Broil in oven 15 minutes. 
Serve warm.

Extra tip:

You can play with this adding bacon or topping with chives.  Add more cheeses, or herbs.  This is a take on a classic mom has made for as long as I can remember.

Whiskey Cinnamon Infused Cranberry Sauce

This treat for Thanksgiving will need 2 days of space in your refrigerator to infuse before serving. We prefer the jellied style for our Thanksgiving. You can use the whole berry or any recipe you prefer. I used a shallow glass dish big enough to keep the jelly whole. Using a lidded container also gave a great use of the space in my fridge as we stocked it with other treats for our Thanksgiving holiday meal. This is an adult twist on a classic so make sure you have some plain for the kids.

Ingredients

1/2 cup whisky
2 tsp cinnamon
2 cans jellied cranberry

Directions

Mix whisky and cinnamon together.  Add whole cans of jellied cranberry careful to keep intact.
Seal in glass container with lid and refrigerate for 2 days.

Slice into 1/4 slices and serve well chilled.
Save any leftover whiskey mixture to add to hot chocolate for a unique treat that reminds you of home.

Carmel Apple Sangria

1 cup Carmel Vodka
1 cup apple liquor
750 ml white wine ( I’m using an apple moscato)
2 green apples cut into slices (I saved myself some work and got them already sliced from my Walmart produce section)

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Libbey Cantina Glass Pitcher, 90-ounce

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Combine all ingredients in large pitcher.  Chill and serve.
Add extra slice of Apple as garnish

I used this recipe as inspiration and enhanced tge apple flavor with the Apple Moscato Ifound.
Be sure to check out some of her other great recipes.

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