May 28th National Hamburger Day

With summer coming, or in some places already here, the idea of swimming pools, lemonade, and cookouts begin to fill our thoughts. What spells summer more than an outdoor cookout while you enjoy a cool lemonade by the pool.

So where did the hamburger come from?  There are many that claim ownership of the ground beef delight. Congress recognizes Louise Lassen, a Dutch immigrant (legal), who created the treat in 1900 as reported by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. But that would not explain the reports in the Boston Journal in 1884 or the Chicago Tribune in 1896.  Others have claimed to have invented the hamburger, namely Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, Fletcher David, and Otto Kuase ,who later founded White Castle, and whose claim goes back to 1891.

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It may have even been first served in Germany, though most believe it was created in the US. The UK has its own version, generally made out of either turkey or bison.

The world’s largest hamburger is not in debate though, created by the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota, in 2012 –  weighing 2014 pounds. Even Wimpie would be impressed by that.

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And lets remember that hamburger is also a part of tacos, pizza, spaghetti, meatballs, picadillo, egg rolls, chili, nachos, pot pies, stuffed potatoes, meatloaf…

So just start a cookout in your backyard and see how many neighbors are your friends!  Find kids you never knew you had. You might even discover a pet that has been missing all winter reappears.

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How to celebrate: Have a cookout this holiday weekend. Try to fix your own 2,000 pound hamburger. Go to McDonalds or any other burger joint you prefer.

 

April 24th National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day

If you are going to throw a party you have to have, no you must have, the most relished appetizer in the world… Pigs-In-A-Blanket.  It cannot be a party without them.  Not officially anyway.

There are many ways to make Pigs-In-A-Blanket.  You can use hot dogs (the traditional), sausage links, or even ground up sausage with rice and herbs.  You can serve them in pastry or bacon, or better yet, both.  You may want to check out these recipes for additional information. Place them next to the caviar and see which goes first!

You can even serve these tasty treats as a meal!  Just use full-sized hot dogs and serve with baked beans.  They go equally well as a breakfast meal if you use sausage links with eggs and cheese mixed in.

You can serve them with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, cheese, onions … anything you might traditionally put on a hot dog.  You can spice them up with peppers or sauces, make them plain and simple or even disguise them and they will still be found.  Oh, and those you hide in the oven and pretend you forgot to serve so you can have some for yourself after the party, they’ll find those too.

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No one knows when or where Pigs-In-A-Blanket were first made.  More than likely it was by mistake or maybe a way to make another meal of hot dogs look a little more appetizing, the reason doesn’t really matter.  They have been around for a long time and will probably continue to be served far into the future.

How to celebrate:  Have a party.  Make some Pigs-In-A-Blanket just for the heck of it.  Go to a party, but make sure they are serving Pigs-In-A-Blanket before you go.