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18 crazy cool flavors from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen

Parmesan Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? And that today is Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day? (Personally, I think "Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day" is a clunky name for a holiday, but no one asked me.)

Given such momentous milestones in culinary history, combined with our desire to deliver you a no-bake dessert recipe for each day of the summer, I combed the L.A. Times Test Kitchen's recipe archives for unusual ice cream flavors, such as beer ice cream and buckwheat ice cream.

But I didn't stop there. I rounded up cucumber-chile and blueberry-lavender ice pops. A palate-cleansing Parmesan(!) gelato, at left, a semifreddo, a yogurt ... you get the idea.

So let's get to it, shall we? 18 crazy cool flavors from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.

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Whew! It's shaping up to be a hot summer. Chill out with a no-bake blueberry fool

Blueberry We're just a few days into summer and already we're facing a blistering heat wave this holiday weekend. Well, the L.A. Times Test Kitchen would like to do it's part to help.

We're culling our archives for no-bake recipe ideas, including this blueberry fool on a berry fruit salad.

We'll post one a day this summer until ... we run out of no-bake recipes or you get tired of this sweet excess. (Feel free to let us know in the comments section when you've had enough.)

If you try this or any of the recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, we want to see the finished dish. We love to showcase those images here on the blog and occassionally in print. You can upload your photos to this gallery.

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How about a slice of pie for National Pi Day?

Boysenberry
It's March 14 -- National Pi Day, a day to celebrate the number that is beloved by math geeks and wizards the world over: 3.14.

For those of you who, like me, doodled during math class, here's a refresher: Pi represents the relationship between a circle's diameter (its width) and its circumference (the distance around the circle). And I know this because that's what I read over at PiDay.org, the website dedicated to this numerical phenomenon.

I also know this: You can celebrate National Pi Day with a slice of pie. How about this beauty from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen: Boysenberry-Strawberry glazed Pi...er, I mean Pie.

If you know any bakeries or restaurants celebrating with great deals on pies or desserts, let us know in the comments section below.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with (not quite) green eggs and ham

Ham 

I don't know this for certain, but I am pretty sure that Dr. Seuss was a foodie. How else could he have tapped into such an reservoir of insight for what is arguably his greatest book, "Green Eggs and Ham"? As we pause to honor the late Dr. Seuss on his birthday Wednesday, let's reflect for a moment on that wonderful story about Sam, who tried every rhyme imaginable to convince Knox to take just a little bite of green eggs and ham. You'll love it, Sam promises. And when Knox finally does it -- well, you know the rest of the story.

First published in 1960, it became an instant classic and remains one of the bestselling children's books of all time.

I searched the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen archives for a recipe that would honor Dr. Seuss. And although I couldn't find a recipe for green eggs and ham (did you ever wonder what made it all green? I'm kind of afraid to ask) I can offer this as your recipe for the day: Scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms and ham (revuelto de setas y jamon).

I'll bet Dr. Seuss would try it -- and he'd like it.

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Cheers! It's National Margarita Day

Blood_orange Of all the wacky food holidays out there, I'm pretty sure that today, Feb. 22 -- National Margarita Day -- is my favorite. Who came up with this "holiday?" I'll bet that person had a financial interest in tequila. But who cares!

I, personally, would like to offer that person a heart-felt "gracias" for giving me an excuse to drink a margarita today.

That's right, I consider it my duty -- and yours -- to celebrate. You could go the tried-and-true route and have a traditional margarita (with salt, on the rocks, from scratch, please -- don't even consider a mixer). But the L.A. Times Test Kitchen would also like to offer up three twists on the margarita, including this, your recipe for the day: blood orange jalapeno margarita.

If you know of any events to celebrate this hallowed holiday -- or you have a favorite margarita recipe to share -- please let us know all about it in the comments section below.

Cheers!

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Your recipe for the day: Lentil and barley stew

Barley 
No. More. Rain.

That was my first thought after I learned we were facing a storm today. But then I realized that in the grand scheme of things, this Southern California winter could have been a whole lot worse. So I suggest we celebrate this rainy day. Because at least we don't have to wait for a snow plow to move our cars.

Your recipe for the day: A cozy bowl of lentil and barley stew.

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Recipe for the day: Torta di Noci (Rosangela's flourless walnut cake)

Walnut 
This recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen should make all you Walnut Wednesday fans happy: Torta di Noci (Rosangela's flourless walnut cake). This version is adapted from "My Calabria" by Rosetta Costantino, one of our favorite cookbooks from fall and winter 2010.

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Your recipe for the day: Thai peanut chicken wings

Wings 
You want to marinate these chicken wings in the spicy peanut sauce for up to four hours, or overnight, so plan accordingly. Click here for the recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen.

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Your recipe for the day: Rice noodles with Chinese chives, shrimp and pork (banh pho xao he)

Chive 
This recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitichen calls for Chinese chives -- they're much larger than their Western counterparts and taste more like garlic than onion. You can find them in Chinese and Southeast Asian markets. We think you'll enjoy this recipe for rice noodles with Chinese chives, shrimp and pork -- it was chosen as one of our top 10 recipes of 2009. (Want to know our top 10 recipes for 2010? Check LATimes.com/Food later Wednesday. And they'll appear in the Food section of The Times on Thursday.

-- Rene Lynch
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Photo: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Your recipe for the day: Thomas Keller's legendary chocolate bouchons

Bouchons
If you're looking for a holiday recipe that will blow your guests away, look no further: These were a huge hit in the L.A. Times Test Kitchen, in part because of an interior that is both dense and velvety soft. Here's your recipe for chef Thomas Keller's chocolate bouchons.

--Rene Lynch
Twitter / renelynch 

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