Category Archives: holidays

not a peep!

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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.”
― Bill Maher

 

Credits: Alaa Elassar, CNN

reckless abandon.

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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.”

-michael lewis

the day of the bread.

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’tis the season…

 

“accidentally consumed five biscuits when I wasn’t paying attention.

those biscuits are wily fellows – they leap in like sugary ninjas.”

-charles dickens

 

 

 

at the cork and gabel restaurant, corktown, detroit, michigan, usa. fall 2019

 

 

 

 

cork and Gabel

sweet thing.

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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

 Happy Mardi Gras!

gettin’ jingy.

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the big guy checks out the situation.

“Groundhog found fog. New snows and blue toes.

Fine and dandy for Valentine candy.

Snow spittin’;

if you’re not mitten-smitten,

you’ll be frostbitten!

By jing-y feels spring-y.” 

― The Old Farmer’s Almanac

if a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? ~stanislaw j. lec

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as mg and i prepare to head out

for an irish breakfast

in celebration

of st. patrick’s day

we feel lucky.

we both

still have

most of our

fur

and

teeth

and

a taste for

good music

holiday beer

adventure

and

good cheer.

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

when holidays collide.

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Funny-sheep-pictures

happy chinese lunar new year 2015

apparently

there is some controversy.

is this

the year of

the sheep,

the ram,

or

the goat?

opinions differ

but

everyone agrees

on one thing

it’s  a horned animal

of some sort

and

it

looks like

these two

either

started early

or

wandered in

from an

extended

mardi gras

celebration.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-31511109

– credits: google images, bbc.com