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Celebrate National Cupcake Day with this sweet behind the scenes video

National Cupcake Day is one of those food holidays we hold dear. It’s hard to come by any actual history of the holiday, but whoever made December 15 an actual day on the food calendar, is my kind of person. This year the holiday falls on a Friday, so there really isn’t any reason to skip the celebration. Stop in your local cupcake shop, and check out our recent visit to Flour & Sugar Cakery in Seven Fields, Pennsylvania with the fun video above — definitely drool-worthy. Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Get groceries delivered from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free. Follow us on Instagram.

Learn to build a charcuterie board like a pro

During the holidays, when we’re almost guaranteed to be entertaining, the charcuterie board is a brilliant way to keep guests satisfied until the main course comes out. It’s the ultimate make-ahead appetizer, giving guests a fabulous feast without wasting any precious space in the already over-worked oven. In case you’re unfamiliar, or have trouble pronouncing it (like me and everyone else), it’s shar-kood-er-ee. But you can make it easy on yourself and just call it a cheeseboard. (Technically a cheeseboard is primarily cheese, while ‘charcuterie’ is the French word that refers just to the cured meats. But most people today use the terms interchangeably.) The larger platters are more appropriately named for the types of items that are included. Italians call it ‘antipasti.’ Greeks call it ‘mezze.’ Spanish call it ‘tapas.’ It’s all pretty much the same idea — small servings of each culture’s take on breads, spreads, meats, cheeses and snackable fruits and veggies,…

Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade

This is not your ordinary lemonade. It’s far from being summer right now, and with all of these holiday cookies floating around, a healthy dose of fruits, veggies and vitamin C might be just what you need. There’s no refined sugar in sight, yet the pear, apples and touch of honey add just the right amount of sweetness, and the cucumber will keep you feeling refreshed. Kale, Spinach, Pear Lemonade Serves 1 Ingredients 1 bunch kale 1 handful spinach 2 large lemons, peeled 2 Granny Smith apples (or any apple will do in a pinch) 1 medium pear 1 tsp honey Directions Run all ingredients through juicer. Stir in honey. Serve immediately. Enjoy! Also see, 7 things millennials are changing about the food industry.   Stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle with groceries from everybodycravespantry.com, where shipping is always free. Follow us on Instagram.

Why you should always store your wine bottles horizontally

If you’ve ever sat down to enjoy a nice, relaxing glass of your favorite wine only to have the cork crumble into the bottle, you’re not alone. It turns out, this devastating scene happens because you — and millions of other wine drinkers — don’t realize that proper wine storage is actually really important. There’s a good reason why wine racks typically have the bottle lying down. “Bottles of wine should be stored horizontally to keep the wine in contact with the cork and help prevent the cork from drying out,” wine critic and write Joanna Simon told Cosmopolitan. If a wine cork dries out, it can become brittle and break with just a small amount of pressure. These can lead to those cork fragments floating around your wine glass. Corks are susceptible to drying if not stored properly, and they’re also naturally breakable. “Corks can become crumbly and friable with age — it being…

Food scenes from your favorite holiday flicks

The holidays are all about eating and spending time with family. So of course popular movies are packed with drool-worthy food shots — eating is our preferred holiday pastime after all. Here are a few of the most memorable, hilarious, or just plain weird food scenes from your favorite seasonal family flicks. A Christmas Story (1983) After an eventful holiday season, Ralphie and his family finally sit down to eat a delicious Chinese Christmas meal of roast duck at the only restaurant open on Dec. 25. https://youtu.be/xTq20prt0K8 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Ah yes. The family feast. Electrocuted kitties and combustible Christmas trees, are only background entertainment as the first family of Christmas comedy dives into this desert-dry turkey and Auth Bethany’s moldy Jell-O salad. https://youtu.be/8ihEZMMOYmQ Home Alone 1 (1990) “Guys! I’m eating junk and watching rubbish!” You might say, Kevin had his “Netflix and chill” game before Netflix was even a thing. https://youtu.be/PMu5lQkcs0w Elf (2003) Yup. Will…

12 Fun facts you didn’t know about candy canes

Candy canes are one of the most recognizable symbols (and foods) of the entire holiday season. While most people wouldn’t consider a Christmas complete with the red and white striped sticks, few people know much about their long history. Whether you use one to stir your hot chocolate or just hang them on your tree, here are 10 fun facts about this iconic candy. 1. They are very old The first reference to candy canes in America dates back to 1847 when a German immigrant from Wooster, Ohio decorated his Christmas tree with the festive candy. Candy canes weren’t commonly hung on trees until 1882, but the first candy canes predate these events by a few hundred years… 2. origins Folklore says that in Cologne, Germany in 1670, a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral, wishing to keep the local children quiet during the Living Creche tradition of Christmas Eve, asked a candy maker to form…

Gingerbread crepes are tasty alternative to weekend pancakes

Crepes are a tasty alternative to Saturday morning pancakes. And what’s better? They only take about 20 seconds to make each one, so in no time you have stacks of crepes ready for everyone to dress up with their favorite toppings. It’s December, so gingerbread-flavored everything is in full swing. These crepes are Christmassy in taste without being too sweet. (For added sweetness add fruit and yogurt.) The whole wheat flour makes them slightly healthier than your go-to pancake recipe, so no shame in adding a bit of additional maple syrup. And clean up is next to nothing, since all ingredients get whipped up in a blender. Enjoy everyone’s favorite taste of the season, gingerbread, in crepe form. Crepes Makes about 8 crepes Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup low fat milk (or your favorite milk product) 2 eggs 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1/4 teaspoon…

Brie, cranberry and pecan stuffed mushrooms holiday appetizer

You can never have too many simple and tasty appetizers up your sleeve. These delicious stuffed mushrooms are impressive at any gathering, but are easy enough to whip up for yourself on a weeknight. They’re warm, filling and have just the right about of sweetness, creaminess and crunchiness to satisfy your cravings. Brie, cranberry and pecan stuffed mushrooms Ingredients 12-18 large white mushrooms or mini Portobello mushrooms 1/4 cup dried low-sugar cranberries 4-6 ounces of creamy Brie, cut in small cubes 3 tbsp pecan pieces 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil Fresh cracked black pepper Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Wipe mushroom caps with a damp cloth or remove dirt or residue, then carefully remove the stem. Brush mushroom caps with olive oil and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with pepper. Stuff each pepper with several cubes of brie, cranberries and…

What you should know about hunger and donating to your food bank this holiday

The season of giving is upon us, and while we’re gathering with friends and family and enjoying meals, it’s also important to remember those less fortunate. One in eight people will go hungry this holiday season. While the economy may be improving since the Great Recession, many Americans are still feeling the effects of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living. In fact, more than 46 million people each year turn to Feeding America, the largest nationwide network of food banks in the country, for extra support. The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is part of this support network, and employees work year-round to combat staggering statistics in the local region. “More than 322,000 people are considered food insecure in our 11 county region in Southwestern Pennsylvania,” said Beth Burrell, Communications and PR manager at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (the Food Bank). “That means, those individuals don’t know where their next meal is coming…

Food-themed ugly Christmas sweaters for all your holiday get-togethers

It’s the month of December and that means way too many holiday parties. If you need to spice things up a bit, but don’t want to get decked out in a full Santa suit or jingly elf costume, these throw on fleeces and sweaters are the perfect option. And bonus points because they celebrate your undying love of junk food. Festive Pizza Party Print Feeling saucy? This brilliant long sleeve T shirt has all the pizza toppings your whole party could ever want. TACO TIME SWEATSHIRT Red tomatoes and green lettuce — tacos were practically made for Christmas. Show your love of Taco Tuesday any day of the week with this fashionable item. Gingerbread Rage Great anytime you want to make your fellow party-goers laugh. Gingerbread hits the icing a bit too hard. Cookie Monster Christmas Sweatshirt This charming sweatshirt featuring everyone’s favorite cookie monster, who obviously hates this holiday because…