Food Holidays: July
Summer is in full swing and there are so many wonderful things to celebrate! From kids being out of school, to family trips, and longer, warmer days, there are countless reasons to love this season. When it comes to July holidays, the first thing that comes to mind is the 4th of July. However, we at Chef’d believe that every little food holiday deserves its own celebration.
A classic comfort food that delights children and adults alike, mac n’ cheese is a staple in almost every American household. But did you know that this dish originated in medieval England and the recipe dates back to as early as the 14th century? Macaroni and cheese came to America after president Thomas Jefferson came across the dish in both Paris and northern Italy. He imported macaroni and Parmesan cheese from Europe and in 1802 Jefferson served “a pie called macaroni” at a state dinner. The rest is history!
To get your fix, we offer two types of mac n’ cheese that you can make at home any night of the week. The first is our Classic Kids’ Mac n’ Cheese that is perfect for two and is served alongside honey-glazed carrots. Kids love the combination of the Parmesan and American cheeses, and parents have been found guilty of sneaking a bite or two before serving!
Our second mac n’ cheese recipe comes from 4-time World BBQ Champion Myron Mixon. This home-style, oven-baked Mac n’ Cheese is perfect for your next party or barbecue and generously serves 8. The flavors of the jack cheese, American cheese, and cheddar cheese alongside fresh chives make this one unforgettable side!
Contrary to popular belief, the French fry is not actually French. The origins of this perfectly golden side are traced back to Belgium in the late 1600s. Today you can find French fries at almost every restaurant, and there are so many varieties to indulge in. From shoestring to oven baked, sweet potato to waffle cut, French fries are pretty perfect in every shape and size.
For National French Fry Day we’re indulging in Adam Richman’s Juicy Lucia Burger with delicious hand cut, oven baked fries. This burger has an Italian twist with mozzarella balls, roasted red peppers, and fresh basil. The fries are easy to make from scratch and end up crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.
While its origins are a bit controversial and unclear, we’re certain of one thing: the hamburger is a quintessential part of American cuisine. Traditionally topped with lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles, the hamburger has recently taken on a new identity as famous chefs put a unique spin on the classic dish. You can now go to an upscale restaurant and order a hamburger topped with a fried egg, chipotle aioli, guacamole and even sushi!
Melissa D’Arabian makes a mean burger, and with the help of Chef’d you can cook one of her favorites at home. Melissa’s Mustard- Glazed Mushroom Burger is the perfect way to celebrate this July holiday. This take on a classic includes sautéed mushrooms, a Dijon glaze and a side of crispy golden potatoes.
Perfect for game day, parties, or just a casual dinner at home, chicken wings are a fun and quick crowd pleaser. The first wings were served in 1964 in Buffalo, NY at an establishment called The Anchor Bar. Since their inception, wing recipes have been tweaked and developed to showcase complex flavors.
We love a good chicken wing dish here at Chef’d, which is why we offer 6 kinds of wings to satisfy every craving. From sweet teriyaki flavors to Indian spices, we have a wing recipe for just about everyone. Meals include: Firecracker Wings, Chipotle Spiced Wings, Roasted Buffalo Chicken Wings, Teriyaki Wings, Tandoori Spiced Wings, and Grilled Jerk Chicken Wings.