May 5th Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla in 1862 saw the Mexicans beat a highly trained French army in their long struggle for freedom. It did not bring about Independence but it was a celebrated victory that went a long way in winning freedom and gave the Mexicans a victory to celebrate raising morale and helping them keep the faith. Though Puebla was technically in the United States, California still held a large population of Mexicans, and of course, the Americans were in a Civil War of their own. Even so, it was a great victory bringing about a national reason for joy and hope.

How to celebrate – Read about the battle of Puebla. Learn more about Mexico. Throw a Cinco de Mayo party.

May 25th National Wine Day

May 25th National Wine Day

Do you prefer red or white? Do the best wines in your opinion come from France, Italy or California? There are wines you serve before dinner, during dinner and after dinner. There are pink wines, sweet wines, bitter wines but they all come from grapes. So the better harvest of grapes available, the better wine selections that are available. Some are very expensive, some are cheap and some are just glorified vinegar.

How to celebrate – Have a wine tasting party. Visit a vineyard. Learn how to make your own wine.

June 21st National Peaches n Cream Day

Peaches n Cream is probably the most refreshing summer solstice treat in the world. I remember eating fresh peaches served up with a bowl of homemade vanilla ice cream as a child and knowing that I had just had one of the best moments of my life.

I lived in Illinois at the time and even though peaches are primarily grown in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and California, they find their way all over the world.

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Sometimes they are served on top of ice cream, served hot in a tart or a pie (normally ala mode), or served on top of pancakes or waffles, but nearly every version has cream served with them – a match made in Heaven.

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One interesting side note is that the common belief is that Typhoid Mary spread the bacteria around the countryside by cutting up and distributing fresh peaches that were contaminated. So if you indulge, make sure you wash your hands first, and the peaches as well.

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Here are a few recipes you can try out.  Peaches.

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How to celebrate: Find some fresh peaches and make some ice cream.  Throw a Peaches n Cream party!  Go on vacation to Georgia and pick your own peaches. Read or watch James and the Giant Peach!