September 7th National Salami Day

What is salami? Well, it’s sausage with spices added to it to add a little kick, or a lot of kick, depending on the spices you add. It goes great with bread, cheese and a little wine. So if you like pork and like sausage, you’ll probably like salami. In fact there are those I know that don’t like sausage but love salami. Go figure? Many are able to make a full meal out of salami, cheese, crackers, and whatever drink you prefer. It also makes a great snack and is perfect for those holiday parties as it can be a proper finger food. Oh and it can be made out of beef as well, and chicken, or turkey. Oh how the world progresses!

How to celebrate – Have some salami. Learn to make your own salami. Have a salami party.

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March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamey for me but many like it. Most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.

January 5th National Bird Day

Today is National Bird Day, not to be confused with Bird Day celebrated on May 4th. Although the days are sort of the same thing they are different. On National Bird Day we celebrate those birds native to the United States. The day was probably created by the U.S. Pet Industry in an effort to sell more birds.

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There are a lot of birds in the Untied States. Some actually fly! My personal favorite is the Cardinal but that’s because my favorite color is red. My bet is, that if you like a particular bird it;’s because of the birds color. Or maybe their song, or maybe some other reason only known to you.

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I live in Florida so we are normally surrounded by birds year round. Most of the time it’s good, sometimes it’s a little noisy but you get use to it. Birds can be majestic like the Eagle or tiny like the mockingbird. Each state has a bird that is considered native to their state, several states claim the same type of bird as their own.

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All you have to do is look up at the sky and admire the birds over head. (Just keep your mouth closed as you look up) Also, from personal experience, if you have one of the various birds you can teach words to do not, I repeat do not, teach to say… “Here kitty kitty”.

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It’s interesting to think that Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be the turkey instead of the eagle. What was he thinking!?! My best guess is that he was thinking about lunch.

How to celebrate – Learn your state bird. Get a bird for a pet. Learn to do the chicken dance.

March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamely for me but many like it. The one in the photo above is pretty big, most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.

November 9th National Scrapple Day

Scrapple is the first pork dish invented in America. It comes from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Pennsylvania Dutch region where it was called “panhaas” (pon haus).

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Scrapple is made from bits and pieces of pork mixed with cornmeal, wheat flour and spices. Those spices may include one, or all, of sage, thyme, savory and black pepper). It is served as a side breakfast dish along with the traditional eggs and hash-browns. It is mashed into a loaf, sliced and pan fried before serving.

the-forefather-scrapple-sandwich-labelsScrapple, while traditionally made from pork, can also be made from beef, chicken, or turkey. It is generally served with apple butter, ketchup, jelly, maple syrup, honey, horseradish or just plain mustard.

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Here’s a scrapple recipe for you to try.

How to celebrate – Have scrapple for breakfast this morning. Who knows, you might even like it! Serve scrapple up as a surprise and ask your family members, or friends, what they think it is. Visit the Pennsylvania Dutch region and get some real scrapple.

October 4th Taco Day

People love tacos, I love tacos! In fact, last year we ate over 4.5 billion tacos. Laid end-to-end that’s a trip to the moon (490,000 miles).

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No one knows exactly where tacos came from, or the name anyway. One theory states that tacos came from Mexican miners who used to place gunpowder between pieces of paper to blow iron ore out of the rock. Apparently they thought about putting meat between tortillas and naming it after the bombs they made for the mines. The second theory is that it comes from Spain where they used small fish, live insects, ants, locust, and snails in the tortilla for a lively lunch in the 16th century.

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The first known reference of a taco, to eat, came in the late 19th century called, “Miner’s Taco”. Looks like the miners won! (I’m sorta glad cause I wasn’t looking forward to the locust and snails)!

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Tacos can be filled with just about anything though. Fish, chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, lettuce, bacon, you name it, and it could go into a taco. In fact, the actual taco part of a taco is probably the shell the other stuff goes in. Add spices and sauces of your choice and it is a taco!

Taco Bell is the first company to make the taco as popular as it is. Beginning in 1962 in California, Taco Bell has served more tacos than any other restaurant in the world! – though they do tend to stick to the more traditional styles – meat and chicken. Fish has become very popular over the last few years. Ensenada, Mexico is given credit for the fish taco.

The first taco trucks appeared in New York City in 1966, operated by two ladies that hoped there would be a demand for their product. There was! I have to wonder though if they served two of the more interesting types of tacos. Tacos de Cabeza, made from the brains, eyes, tongue, and lips of cattle. Or Tacos al Pastor, made like a shepherd’s pie placed in a taco shell. There are now even dessert tacos!

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No matter what kind of taco you enjoy, this is your day to enjoy it even more!

How to celebrate – Invent your own type of taco (it has probably already been served somewhere though). Go to Taco Bell and savor the flavor!  Have tacos for dinner tonight!

April 4th National Cordon Bleu Day

Today is National Cordon Bleu Day.  The actual original name was schnitzel cordon bleu.  I always thought it was French but apparently, its Swiss.  (Hence why we spell it Bleu instead of Blue.)  The original version was made with veal but it has gone on to include ham and chicken.  By definition it means a meat wrapped around cheese, breaded and then pan-fried or deep-fried.  (For those health conscious, you can also bake it)

Here’s a recipe for Cordon Bleu for those of you that are do not have one of your own.  I suppose you could use anything you want in place of the meat, as long as you put cheese in the center.  There was even a recipe for fish Cordon Bleu but I passed on that one.  The first time it appeared in a cook book was in the 1940’s, a veal recipe.  Ham followed next in 1955 and finally chicken in 1967. (I could have sworn I had cordon bleu before 1967 but that was so long ago)

Cordon Bleu actually means “Blue Ribbon”, which is French. It came from Henry III court in France and was given to the “Highest Order of Knighthood”.  Known as L’Ordres des Chevaliers du Saint-Esprit, 1578.

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Some inventing chef even mixed ham and chicken together to make their Cordon Bleu, what most of us commonly know today. So I guess Chicken, Veal or Ham served up with cheese, breaded and fried is Blue Ribbon material.