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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,…

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…

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…

Sweet map shows most popular Christmas candy by state

Candy canes on trees. Sprinkles on cookies. Peppermint on everything. If you can’t already tell by your winter waistline, Christmas is a huge candy holiday. Consumers will spend $1.93 billion dollars on candy this year during the Christmas season, according to the National Confectionary Association. Sales will increase an estimated 2% over last year, which the NCA attributes to the improved economy and extra long shopping season this year. (There’s one more day between Black Friday and Christmas in 2017.) The National Retail Federation projects the average consumer will spend $110 on candy and food this holiday season — twice as much as most will spend on holiday decorations. So which states favor which holiday candies? Candy Store surveyed 50,000 of their customers then double checked their data with major candy distributes to bring you the interactive illustration above. What candy does your state have a sweet tooth for? Some of…

15 holiday recipes to make with eggnog, beyond the glass

Make the holidays extra happy with these fun eggnog-inspired recipes. From oatmeal to fudge, you’ll love combining your favorite holiday flavors into these delicious sweet treats. Eggnog makes the perfect base flavor for cakes, pies, cookies, muffins and more, so celebrate the official ingredient of the season with one of these delicious desserts this year. See also molasses cookies with eggnog buttercream frosting.  1. Melt-in-your-mouth Eggnog cookies Your favorite eggnog in cookie form! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/246994360793667807/ 2. Eggnog Cranberry cheesecake Two holiday flavors unite to make Christmas miracles in the kitchen. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/371124825528219458/ 3. Eggnog Overnight Oats Make eggnog acceptable for breakfast. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56787645280149816/ 4. Eggnog bread You had me at “rum glaze.” https://www.pinterest.com/pin/567735096761687109/ 5. Eggnog Biscotti Perfect for dunking in your coffee… or in your eggnog. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/25755029099580353/ 6. Eggnog Gooey Butter Bars Butter bars packed with creamy eggnog flavor. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/129056345552210786/ 7. Eggnog Rice pudding A decadent dessert option. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/176273772899388110/ 8. Eggnog Pancakes Light, fluffy and…

An Authentic American Eggnog Approved by George Washington

President. Patriot. Cocktail connoisseur. At the time of his death, George Washington was the largest distiller of spirits in America. He had recently approved the construction of a large, massive distillery that would produce 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year. With so much alcohol being passed around Mount Vernon, it’s no wonder George Washington couldn’t tell a lie. Many of his original, hand-written drink recipes, for various types of spirits, have survived until present day, but in the sprit of the season, here is a look at his favorite recipe when celebrating Christmas at Mount Vernon. Washington’s eggnog recipe in his own words: “One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, 1/2 pint rye whiskey, 1/2 pint Jamaica rum, 1/4 pint sherry—mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites…

Proper dinner party Etiquette tips for our high-tech times

When Emily Post wrote her first book, Etiquette, in 1922, she could have hardly imagined the types of dining-related topics we’d be disputing today. Selfies during dinner? Asking the hostess for wi-fi access? What would Ms. Post think of our table manners in the age of technology? Luckily, Lizzie Post, great-great granddaughter of Emily Post, author, and co-president of the Emily Post Institute, has carried on her famous ancestor’s etiquette empire. Lizzie offers a fresh perspective on whether our modern day dinner party habits are acceptable or faux-pax. Here’s how she recommends handling a few of the high-tech situations you’re likely to find yourself in this holiday season: Facebook RSVPS If you get a Facebook party invitation and either forget to respond or don’t see it until the last minute, don’t fret. Lizzie says that sending Facebook invites is definitely more for casual holiday parties anyway, and it’s common for guests to overlook…