Absolutely abysmal! I promised these good people timely posts on their National Eat Dessert First Month entries, and then went ahead and landed myself in a place with as much internet access as Andromeda. Nice going, Ala. *virtual fail high five*
Anyway, here’s a recap of all the lovely national dessert days that have passed us by:
August 24th: National Peach Pie Day (kueken23 & Amanda)
August 25th: National Banana Split Day (Alicia)
August 26th: National Cherry Popsicle Day (Bob)
For the recipes and mouth-watering photos, take the jump!
It was the seventeenth day of National Eat Dessert First! Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to a different themed dessert but, more importantly, getting those desserts onto our plates and palates! Each day will feature a new guest chef’s photos and recipes for each theme. If you’re interested in joining in for a dessert-tastic month, read the details at the Dessert Month Challenge post. It’s never too late to start!
Hello again, b3! Time for my third (and final) claimed day for August. This recipe has been hanging out in my mom’s massive ‘to try’ list since 1997, when it debuted in Canada’s annual Dairy calendar (you can now find it on their website). I figured after 15 years, it wasn’t gonna happen, sooooooo…YOINK! I had to do a little switching around in this recipe; I couldn’t find a 10-inch pie shell or any McIntosh or Spy apples! I settled for 2 9-inch shells and Red Delicious apples, which unfortunately had them remaining crunchy after baking. It also seemed like 8 apples was a little too much; I had more than enough for 2 pie shells! The taste of the pie is still very good though, so I hope to try it again with the proper apples.
Without further ado, I give you Apple Custard Crumble Pie:
No, it’s not Superman. It’s not Spiderman. It’s not Batman, or Catwoman, or the Incredible Hulk, or even Captain Underpants (although he’s pretty darn cool).
No, my favorite superhero is far less bionic than any of the above heroes. Heck, he’s even more useless than Aquaman, whose greatest superpower is his ability to talk to dolphins and company. Of course, he might’ve given Dory and Marlin a break if he’d made a guest appearance in Finding Nemo, but that would just be silly, plus we would’ve then missed out on possibly the best animated scene of all time (which, in case you didn’t know, is this–Ellen DeGeneres, I love you so much).
My favorite superhero? <<cue dramatic groundhog music>>
It’s…CAPTAIN OBVIOUS! Dah dah dah!
…Okay, yeah. Dud. I know. And no, you can’t throw a virtual tomato at me.
You can, however, throw a real tomato into your mixing bowl, because I have a real winner summer salad recipe for you here. (Ha!Not bad for a relatively contrived segue, eh?)
I made this for our in-celebration-of-Julia Child afternoon–we put on Julie & Julia and proceeded to feast in her name while singing praises of her and Paul Child’s love. Seriously. Those two were like, I don’t know, that really stubborn egg that you’re trying to separate but just will not separate. You know the one I’m talking about. The egg where the whites and yolk are like the same freakin’ entity. That’s what Julia and Paul Child were. An inseparable, heads-over-yolk in love pair.
My friend even made this from Julia’s desserts section (I’ll have to look up the name and get back to you on it, unless anyone recognizes it–it involves cherries!):
The Captain Obvious point was initially related, I swear.… Read more
The following is a faithful account of my rather tenuous encounter with airport security as I was flying back to school last holiday season.
I was armed with your standard wayfarer airline-approved duffel bag, a bunch of frozen Lunar New Year bamboo-wrapped glutinous rice bundles (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s this), and some not-so-common-sense.
Security guy (holding up my duffel from the x-ray machine): Miss, is this your bag?
Me: Oh. Yeah, that’s mine.
SG: What’s in here?
Me: My clothes, some books I brought from home.
SG: Is that all?
SG (pulling out the bundle of zongzi): Do you want to explain what this is, then?
(The zongzi have apparently, by this time, begun to defrost in my bag. They’re dripping like a very suspicious, heavily-wrapped bag of liquid uranium or something.)
Me: Oh. (Stopping short for a second. Probably looking very suspicious in general as I consider how to explain it, and then just decide–rather stupidly–not to bother.) Yeah. That too. I forgot about that.
SG: Well? What is it?
Me: It’s this thing I’m bringing home for, like, Chinese New Year. It’s this sticky rice, er, thing wrapped in bamboo. (Pause) Yeah. That’s about it.
SG: Why is it dripping? Is it a liquid?
Me: No…it’s just…melting. I mean…yeah, it’s not a liquid. It’s sticky rice. In bamboo.
SG (Tossing the bag up and down in his palm): And it’s rock hard?
Me: No, it’s actually soft. Well, we froze it. So it’d last longer and…stuff.
SG: Miss, you’re going to have to take it out and show us what’s in there.
(At this moment, I stare down and notice with a sinking feeling that my mom has wrapped, tied up, layered, and sealed the entire package with a rigidity that only my mom can accomplish.… Read more
What happened to National Rice Pudding Day? Er, I’ll get back to you on that one. In the meantime, why not enjoy this huge, indoorsy distraction of s’more goodness?
It’s the tenth day of National Eat Dessert First! Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to a different themed dessert but, more importantly, getting those desserts onto our plates and palates! Each day will feature a new guest chef’s photos and recipes for each theme. If you’re interested in joining in for a dessert-tastic month, read the details at the Dessert Month Challenge post. It’s never too late to start!
Our decadent Day 10 entry features every indoor camper’s dream–a baked s’more pie, straight from your oven.
Ala’s note: If you’re looking for a graham cracker crust recipe that works every time, try 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crumbs, 6 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix together, press into a pie tin, and bake at 350 degrees F until firm to the touch. Voila! Instant hassle-free graham cracker crust, chez vous!
THEMED ENTRY #10: BAKED S’MORES PIE
Courtesy of: Alicia
This is my attempt at a baked s’mores pie. I’ve never had s’mores before (and I haven’t tried my pie yet!), so I was really excited about giving this a shot.
I worked this out from a video at JoyOfBaking.com, but there really is nothing to it! I just made a regular graham cracker crust, baked for 12 minutes, spread some Nutella on it (because I’m one of those people who believes very few things in life can be ruined by too much Nutella), arranged the marshmallows and covered them with milk chocolate chips, and then back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
It looked pretty good straight out of the oven!
The video said not to be tempted into trying it right away, so I let it cool overnight. … Read more
I missed Day 6, which was National Root Beer Float Day, because I forgot that we didn’t have a Day 6 entry. Oops.
Quick remedy? Here are some ways you can celebrate (belatedly) this decadent holiday!
THE CLASSIC: Root beer, your choice of ice cream.
THE SHIRLEY TEMPLE SODA FLOAT: Strawberry or cherry soda, vanilla ice cream, and a cherry on top.
THE CAFFEINE CRUNCHER: Coke, mocha almond fudge ice cream, and a square of dark cacao chocolate.
THE GOLD MINER: Sprite, butter pecan or caramel ice cream, pralines or caramel candy
THE CALIFORNIA CRUSH: Orange soda, orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream
Hope you all get a chance to try it if you didn’t celebrate due to my oversight. Anyway, enough about that–no use crying over spilt, er, root beer, right? Moving on!
It’s the seventh day of National Eat Dessert First! Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to a different themed dessert but, more importantly, getting those desserts onto our plates and palates! Each day will feature a new guest chef’s photos and recipes for each theme. If you’re interested in joining in for a dessert-tastic month, read the details at the Dessert Month Challenge post. It’s never too late to start!
Our decadent Day 6 entry features a healthy, scrumptious apricot almond raspberry shortbread triangle, courtesy of up-and-coming poster kmazzy!
THEMED ENTRY #: ICE CREAM SUNDAE WITH BLUEBERRY SAUCE
Have you had your watermelon today? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Go out and get some, because it’s national watermelon day! And it’s probably one of the only guilt-free desserts you’re going to be getting this month, so better make the most of it. I subscribe heavily to the “negation effect theory”–according to this theory, even if you eat a 5-pound cheesecake with caramel and hot fudge topping, as long as you eat a 5-pound watermelon…cheesecake negated!
If only that’s how it worked.
It’s the third day of National Eat Dessert First! Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to a different themed dessert but, more importantly, getting those desserts onto our plates and palates! Each day will feature a new guest chef’s photos and recipes for each theme. If you’re interested in joining in for a dessert-tastic month, read the details at the Dessert Month Challenge post. It’s never too late to start!
About today’s featured chef, rebecky_mo: Hello to everyone out there! My online name is rebecky_mo, but I go by pretty much any form of the name Rebecca. I’m Canadian, and I like to think of myself as an adventurous eater, though my cooking skills are still pretty average. I’m a wuss when it comes to spicy foods, and I don’t think any food is ever going to beat good old potato chips in my book. THEMED ENTRY #3: WATERMELON-LIME GELATIN SQUARES
If you’ve ever heard a holiday song–and I’m talking winter holidays here–blaring from some sacrilegious corner of the bus in the middle of August, chances are that one of your eyebrows will quirk up. You’ll probably roll your eyes as you try to ignore the strains of “Last Christmas” wafting in on the public transportation air behind you. After two choruses and a bridge, when the song reaches that really annoying part where the singers are warbling the title over and over again with as much grace as a shrieking fence-posted cat, you’ll most likely sigh really loud to let the person know, with a certain level of passive-aggressiveness, that they’re irking you. You will probably even shoot glances around you at your fellow passengers to confirm that they all have the same exasperated looks on their faces, and give them the knowing look when you guys make eye contact.
Got anything we can throw at Christmas Song Freak back there without being sued? their and your expressions will clearly say. And you’ll both shrug helplessly, caught in a state of mutual and lingering frustration, until Christmas Song Freak finally gets off at the second-to-last stop. Of course, you had to be going to the last.
Chances are also that that Christmas Song Freak is me. I mean, how many of us could there be in this world?
I love the winter holidays. I love everything about them–the holiday spirit, the holiday decorations, the holiday smiles and hugs, even the holiday-inspired-laughter-at-disgruntled-shoppers that I frequently indulge in. I’m generally a very easygoing person, and winter is just my season.
Summer is my season though, too. I love everything about the summer holidays–the summer reads, the summer beach runs, the summer weather, the summer outings, the summer nights spent in shorts and sleeveless shirts, the summer guys and dates…I’m generally a very easygoing person, and–yup, you guessed it–summer is just my season.… Read more
That’s right, folks–we’re kicking off the first day of National Eat Dessert First! Month, an entire 31 days dedicated to a different themed dessert but, more importantly, getting those desserts onto our plates and palates! Each day will feature a new guest chef’s photos and recipes for each theme. If you’re interested in joining in for a dessert-tastic month, read the details at the Dessert Month Challenge post. It’s never too late to start!
National Eat Dessert First Month Challenge Day 1: Raspberry Cream Pie
Our first entries feature up-and-coming baker rebecky_mo, who has posted on the community site for the first time and really stepped up to the challenge with her decadent version of raspberry cream pie.
We also have a fantastic entry from kamaliitaru, whose mouthwatering photo rendition of raspberry lemonade cheesecake is creative truly criminal.
…And I’m hosting a theme challenge in honor of it!
So in America, we apparently have something called “National Eat Dessert First” month. These are the 31 blissful days during the year when the sugar on all the grocery store shelves suddenly vanish and national happiness levels skyrocket. Each day in August has a different themed dessert–the month kicks off with national raspberry cream pie day, followed by national ice cream day, and so on and so forth. Are we seeing a completely delicious, delectable idea brewing here? I hope so!
My idea is to muster up as many forces as I can from all around baking and cooking communities to help me accomplish this challenge. The goal: Find at least one participant–either another or myself–to make a recipe featuring each themed dessert day in August.
Yes, you read that right, and you know what that means–I NEED YOUR HELP!
I will be featuring a different theme recipe every day for the month of August on this blog. Proper credits and links will definitely be set up, and nothing will be used without your permission. But what better way to create a community and cook up a storm while we’re at it? Plus, you’ll have another outlet for readers to learn about your cooking skills every time you’re in the spotlight. Pretty nifty, eh?