Hey everyone, it’s Friday…and National Pretzel Day! Yessss! Here are some interesting tidbits that you probably didn’t know about pretzels (courtesy of KitchenProject.com):
- As early as 610AD at a monastery somewhere in Southern France or Northern Italy, where monks used scraps of dough and formed them into strips to represent a child’s arms folded in prayer. The three empty holes represented the Christian Trinity.
- Probably two of the most fascinating things about the pretzel is it was served on Easter with 2 hard boiled eggs and hidden around the farms, for the kids to find. This very likely was the forerunner of the Easter egg hunt. Weddings in Europe for a time used the tradition of the bride and groom tugging at a pretzel like a wishbone, the larger piece assured the spouses fulfillment of their wishes.
- How did the hard pretzel spring into existence? Skip ahead to late seventeenth century Pennsylvania. A baker’s helper fell asleep tending pretzels baking in the hearth. When he awoke, the flames had died, he believed the pretzels hadn’t cooked long enough and started the fire up again. When the Master Baker came in, he was furious that an entire batch of pretzels wasn’t fit to eat. In the process of throwing them out, he tasted one and realized he was on to something big! Not only did he like the taste of these delicious crunchy morsels but realized due to the moisture being baked entirely out, that freshness was preserved and they would keep longer to sell.
Hungry for preztels? One of our favorite ways to enjoy these yummy, salty creations in any shape is our Dip-idy Dill Dip Mix. Just add 1 cup of Mayo and 1 cup of Sour Cream to the mix and it’s ready to go!
Dip-idy Dill Dip Mix
Today is another food holiday that we imagine most people never knew existed: National Garlic Day! Throughout the year, we’ll continue to “celebrate” some of these fun (and wacky) food holidays, and this one is perfect!
In light of this, we would like to know which of our top three garlic-based products is your favorite! Simply comment on this post (or on Facebook) and we’ll select a random entry to win a free “garlicky” gift set!
Here are the contestants:
Garlic Parsley Pimento Olive Oil Dip
Thai Ginger Garlic Shrimp Olive Oil Dip
So, today is the oh-so-dreaded “tax day” that we’ve all come to despise, possibly even with a frown marked on the calendar. But on the bright side, today is National Glazed Spiral Ham Day! Yeah, really! Not sure who comes up with these, or what organization actually says, “yeah, we really need a day dedicated to all-things Glazed Spiral Ham”, but it certainly gave us a good laugh.
In light of this much-revered “holiday”, we want to see who has the best recipe to go with a spiral ham. Or, if you do spiral ham in some awesomely unique way, we want to hear about it! Have a picture of it? Even better! The person with the most creative recipe will win a Kitchen Fusions gift certificate worth $25! Oh, and we’ll post it on our blog and website for all the world to see!