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Easy Refrigerator Pickled Asparagus

Great easy recipe for summer. Check out all of Frugal Hausfrau creations on her blog.

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Pickling vegetables, almost any vegetable, is a simple process, and Asparagus is no exception. A jar or two for the refrigerator can be made in literally minutes, no “canning” or “processing” required! If you can boil water, you can make these fantastic little pickled Asparagus. It’s that simple.

Pickled Asparagus Pickled Asparagus – shown in center of relish tray

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Great easy appetizer for your March Madness watch party!!

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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Ball

Tonja Busch

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Cheese Ball

Recipe makes two balls

What you need:
2 8oz package of cream cheese softened
1 pack bacon cooked and crumbled (set aside 1/4 cup to coat the outside)
1 packet ranch dip mix
2 T Ranch dressing ( 1 tablespoon for each cheese ball)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions: Mix together 1 cream cheese, bacon, half the ranch dip mix, 1 TBS ranch dressing, salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Then form into a ball and cover with 1/2 cup cheese and the bacon you set aside. repeat for second ball. Then wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge until ready to serve

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Baked Mini Cajun Crab Cakes

In Honor of National Crab Day here is my recipe for Baked Mini Cajun Crab Cakes

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A few weeks ago, I purchased a container of lump crab meat for another dish I was making but never got around to using it. Last weekend my son was bugging me to make something with the crab. He loves crab and would have been happy to eat it out of the container. Instead, I decided to make my healthier version of crab cakes. These are baked not pan fried. I also used a low fat mayo. This is a great easy appetizer or could be converted into a main dish. I personally like the mini version better. Serve these with my homemade Remoulade Sauce recipe or as my wife says to me sometimes; keep it simple with a Remoulade purchased from the store. Nah I’d rather make it myself!


1 egg beaten

1/3 cup low fat milk

1/3 cup low fat mayo

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon…

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March 8 is National Peanut Cluster Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Cluster:

  1. ‘Peanut Cluster’ is referred to a type of candy that mixes melted chocolate and peanuts.
  2. These crunchy treats are a perfect combination of a sweet and salty deliciousness.
  3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
  4. Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, carrots and many more.
  5. Peanut clusters have been around for many years dating way before 1912 when they were made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought peanuts with him to the moon.

During World War II the  the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company “shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”


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Today’s Food History

  • 1824 RIP Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres, A French…

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March 6 is National Oreo Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Oreo:

  1. In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.
  2. The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.
  3. Little did they know that the Oreo cookie would become the largest selling cookie of all time.
  4. The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories, including derivations from the French word ‘Or’, meaning gold (as early packaging was gold), or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done.
  5. Starting in January 2006, Oreo cookies replaced the trans fat in the cookie with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.


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Today’s Food History

  • 1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. Aspirin was…

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March 4 is National Poundcake Day

Check out this recipe for Apple Pound Cake with Cinnamon Glaze from a great baker Aimee at

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Yes, it’s National Poundcake Day but, did you ever think about why they call it pound cake?  Old recipes use a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour then mix and bake. It would keep for a week and was considered to many their “daily bread.” Now a-days you would add a tablespoon of vanilla extract and baking soda then bake at 375 until you done. It’s just that simple.

Here are today’s five thing to know about Poundcake:

  1. The Pound Cake is a British creation that dates back to the early 1700s.
  2. Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.
  3. In Britain pound cake  is more commonly known as ‘Sponge cake’ or ‘Madeira cake’.
  4. The German Eischwerkuchen is a recipe very similar to the pound cake.
  5. In France…

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March 3 is National Cold Cuts Day

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Cold Cuts:

  1. Cold cuts are sliced, precooked or cured meat, often sausages or meat loaves.
  2. Usually they are served on sandwiches or a platter with cheese and crackers.
  3. They are most commonly for sale vacuum-packed at the grocery store or sliced-to-order at the deli.
  4. Most pre-sliced cold cuts are higher in fat, nitrates, and sodium than those that are sliced to order.
  5. The CDC advises that those over 50 reheat cold cuts to “steaming hot” 165 °F (73.9 °C) and use them within four days.


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Today’s Food History

  • 1709 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf was born. A German chemist, in 1747 he extracted sugar from the sugar beet and determined it was identical to cane sugar. It wasn’t until 1802 that the first beet sugar refinery would be built.
  • 1797 The first patent for a washing machine was issued…

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March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day

I think I like good old fashion Banana Pudding the best.

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Banana Cream Pie:

  1. Nearly one out of five (19%) of Americans prefer apple pie, followed by pumpkin (13%), pecan (12%), banana cream (10%) and cherry (9%)
  2. Until the early 1900’s Pie was considered a breakfast food.
  3. In England, Oliver Cromwell banned the eating of pie in 1644, declaring it “a pagan form of pleasure”
  4. “Wet bottom” molasses pie, Shoo-fly pie, were not originally made to eat. They were used to attract flies from the kitchen. They would stick to the pies
  5. Early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffins”  Round pies were not common until the early 1800’s.
Daily Quote:
“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
Jim Davis


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Today’s Food History

  • 1799 The first U.S. weights and measures law was passed…

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March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s day

Love me some peanut butter…..

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Butter:

  1.  Peanuts account for 2/3rds of the total snack “nuts” consumption in the USA
  2. The USA produce about 6% of the world’s crop of peanuts: by comparison India and China, together, produce about 70%
  3.  An 18oz jar of peanut butter needs 850 peanuts
  4. West Coast people  prefer chunky peanut butter, whereas those in the East Coast people like creamy.
  5.  96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly. Two presidents of the USA, Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, were peanut farmers.

Food related Events of March 1

also: National Fruit Compote Day


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Today’s Food History

  • 1784 E. Kidner opened the first cooking school in Great Britain.
  • 1927 Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, was born. His biggest hit was “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song” in 1956.
  • 1970

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