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February - National Dessert Days

February's Food Calendar for Desserts and Other Treats

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February is most known for having the biggest chocolate holiday of the year - Valentine's Day. February is also know for being National:
Grapefruit Month
Hot Breakfast Month
Snack Foods Month
Sweet Potato Month
 

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February 1 - National Baked Alaska Day

Peppermint Mocha Baked Alaska Photo by Starbucks
Photo by Starbucks
Not all Baked Alaskas look the same. Thanks to Starbucks® for this recipe for Peppermint Mocha Baked Alaskas.

February 2 - Crepes Day

Crepe Making Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
I have to make a double batch of crepe batter when I let my daughter make them. She ends-up eating half of them. She always claims that half of them are messed-up and would not make my desserts look nice. Right.
Basic Crepe Recipe
All About Crepes
Crepe Making Tips
Crepe Maker Tips
Traditional Crepe Folds
Blackberry Crepes
Cheese Blintzes
Crepes Suzette

February 3 - Carrot Cake Day

Tropical Carrot Cake Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
There are carrot cakes and then there are carrot cakes. My favorite carrot cake is the Tropical Carrot Cake. Not only does it have lots of carrots in it, it's loaded with nuts and coconut with a cream cheese frosting. With all those lovely ingredients, it's just got to be good for you. It is if you don't count all of the sugar. Carrot Cake
Tropical Carrot Cake

February 5 - Chocolate Fondue Day

Chocolate Dipped Biscotti Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
I don't know. Who can resist a pot of chocolate with fun foods to dip into it? Of course, you could just get a big spoon.
Easy Chocolate Fondue
Biscotti for the dipping.

February 6 - Nutella Day

Crepe Folds - The Roll
Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Why can't we be like France and have stalls selling crepes on every corner? Do you know what they put in those crepes? Yes, you guessed it... Nutella. Nutella is sort-of like peanut butter made with hazelnuts instead of peanuts combined with milk and chocolate.
Basic Crepe Recipe
Nutella®

February 8 - National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Girl Scouts Thin Mints with Sash Reprinted with Permission
Photo Reprinted with Permission of The Girl Scouts of the United States of America (Girl Scouts USA)
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling cookies since 1934. Even though some of the cookies are different these days, you will always be able to get the Super Six - Samoas®, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos™, Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes™ and Tagalongs®. Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie day with your favorite cookie.
Vote for Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie
Is There a Cookie You Miss?
Complete List of Girl Scout Cookies
The Super Six with Photos
Understanding the Girl Scout Cookie Mystique
Recipes You Can Make with Girl Scout Cookies

February 10 - Cream Cheese Brownie Day

Cream Cheese Brownies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
If you like brownies and cheesecake, then you'll like these Cream Cheese Brownies.
Cream Cheese Brownies
The Ultimate Brownies
Boozy Brownies
Chocolate Frosted Brownies
Best Brownie Recipes

February 12 - National Plum Pudding Day

Making Plum Pudding Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Ah, I remember it well. I was allowed to participate in my neighbor's family tradition of making the Christmas Pud (Pudding).
Christmas Pudding - A Family Tradition
The Recipe
Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos

February 14 - Valentine's Day

Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli

February 16 - National Almond Day

Almond Cookies Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
You can purchase almonds in several different forms. The pictured almond cookies are made with almond extract and topped with blanched almonds. You can almost buy slivered almonds and whole almonds still in their skins. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas my local grocery stores sells them raw in the shells. Upscale markets sell raw almonds as well.
Almond Cookies
Sunflower Almond Bar Cookies
Orange Almond Biscotti
Anise-Almond Biscotti
Cranberry-Almond Bark
Butter Almond Crunch
How to Blanch Almonds
How to Toast Nuts
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