“That’s right. I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!”
– Jack Skellington
one of my favorite leading men/holiday movies ever.
image credits: walt disney pictures
Zombie Peeps on the loose.
And now, from CNN – More pandemic fallout: No Peeps for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day!
This year has given us yet another trick and one less treat. Just Born Confections, the company that produces Peeps, says its holiday-themed marshmallow treats will not be in Halloween candy bags this year — and they won’t be in stores for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, either. None of these Peeps will return to stores until Easter of 2021.
The company temporarily suspended the production of its candy brands in April to protect the health and safety of their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.They resumed limited production in May after making changes in their plant.
“This situation resulted in us having to make the difficult decision to forego production of our seasonal candies for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day in order to focus on meeting the expected overwhelming demand for Peeps for next Easter season, as well as our everyday candies,” according to the company’s statement. Before the pandemic, about 5.5 million Peeps were produced every day, roughly 2 billion a year.
“New Rule: Someone must x-ray my stomach to see if the Peeps I ate on Easter are still in there, intact and completely undigested. And I’m not talking about this past Easter. I’m talking about the last time I celebrated Easter, in 1962.”
Credits: Alaa Elassar, CNN
happy national junk food day!
how will you celebrate this special occasion?
if i had to choose, i’d go with
flamin’ hot cheetos, chips n’ dip, and cadbury carmello bar
care to share your favorites?
“foodstuffs absolved of the obligation to provide vitamins and minerals cavorted with reckless abandon.”
Theories abound as to the origins of Russian cake. The popular legend goes that it was created by a New Orleans baker who ran out of ingredients to bake a proper cake for the Russian Grand Duke Alexis when the latter visited New Orleans for Mardi Gras in 1872. But the late food historian Michael Mizell-Nelson put this theory to rest, writing that there was no documentation to confirm this story. Mizell-Nelson offered instead that Russian cake may have been an offshoot of the raspberry trifle, or even the Austrian/German punschtorte. The latter features a “punch” of cake and biscuit scraps mixed with rum, cocoa, and jam that gets sandwiched between layers of sponge cake. Another inspiration for the Louisiana Russian Cake may have been the Charlotte à la Russe, a popular dessert in the 18th and 19th centuries, in which a cake mold was lined with stale bread or cake then filled with cream or trifle and set with a layer of gelatin.
Today’s Russian cake is rich and moist, and bakers advise moderation in its enjoyment. It is soaked in rum, padded with jam, and covered in a dense layer of icing topped with sprinkles, making for quite the sugar bomb. Sometimes anise extract is used to enhance flavor. While this is decadent, it pales in comparison to some versions: A recipe for a giant Russian cake, found in the archives of The Times-Picayune from the 1980s, and submitted by a reader from Lafayette, called for 15 pounds of cake leftovers and serious carpentry skills. A mold made of a customized bottomless wooden frame that was 14 inches long, 10 inches wide, and seven inches deep would first need to be made. The cake scraps, along with two glassfuls of jelly, four and a half cups of sugar, a bit of rum, and two boxes of white cake mix, yielded a 21-pound Russian cake. Sometimes (only sometimes), there really can be too much of a sweet thing.
“a party without cake is just a meeting.” ~Julia Child
as mg and i prepare to head out
for an irish breakfast
of st. patrick’s day
we feel lucky.
most of our
a taste for
he is the one on stage left.
you gotta try your luck at least once a day,
because you could be going around lucky all day and not even know it.
– jimmy dean
happy st. pat’s day to all!
image credit: google images
happy chinese lunar new year 2015
there is some controversy.
the year of
on one thing
it’s a horned animal
of some sort
– credits: google images, bbc.com