Don’t Dine On Cicadas - And Let’s Talk Donut Day!

It’s all a matter of taste in Ann Kelly’s Kitchen. So let’s start off on why you shouldn’t eat cicadas if you’re allergic to seafood. Seriously. The FDA is warning people that if you have an allergy when it comes to seafood to stay away from the noisy bugs that show up every 17 years. They’re in the same family of shrimp and lobster so if you chose to eat one you could have a nasty reaction.

But do people eat cicadas? Well, it’s a matter of taste but they are high in protein. One restaurant actually serves them up in tacos and they supposedly sell out in a hurry. Um, well, NO! But if you’ve ever intentionally dined on an insect, more power to you. But never say I played favorites. I found plenty of recipes on Bug Farm Foods to tempt the adventurous among us. Whose up for Cricket Crepes or Buggy Banana Bread?

Something far more palatable is National Donut Day on Friday. Did you know it was actually started by the Salvation Army back in 1938? It was the “Donut Lassies” who served donuts and coffee to returning troops. So this year the Salvation Army will repeat their good deed with “Do Good Donut Parties” nationwide. I just happen to have the link to their original recipe, so why not give it a try? Thanks to the Salvation Army for sharing the recipe. By the way, I recently discovered Cosmic Donuts in St Pete right around the corner from The Dove and they are sooooo good. They have an apple fritter that’s enough to serve four!

SALVATION ARMY WWI DONUT INGREDIENTS courtesy of The Salvation Army

Yield: 2 dozen donuts

  • 1 large egg
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 tablespoon salt
  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 1/2 tub lard (because it is no longer 1917, we actually recommend using healthier options like vegetable or coconut oil)
DIRECTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for oil) to make dough.
  2. Thoroughly knead dough, roll smooth, and cut into rings that are less than 1/4 inch thick. (When finding items to cut out donut circles, be creative! Salvation Army Donut Lassies used whatever they could find, from baking powder cans to coffee percolator tubes.)
  3. Drop the rings into the oil, making sure the oil is hot enough to brown the donuts gradually. Turn the donuts slowly several times.
  4. When browned, remove donuts and allow excess oil to drip off.
  5. Dust with powdered sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

If you’re not in the baking mood, no worries. Here’s who is joining in the fun and caloric overkill to start the week from Ann Kelly’s Kitchen.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM ANN KELLY’S KITCHEN

Did you know The center of a ring doughnut has zero calories? - Courtesy Turbo Future

Ann Kelly

Ann Kelly

Hello, I am Ann Kelly! I was born in Garfield Heights, Ohio (which is a suburb of Cleveland) as one of five children!

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