November 8th Cook Something Bold Day

If the rest of the neighborhood can smell what you are cooking you have accomplished your goal today. That doesn’t mean it has to be something good, it helps, but the idea is to fill the world with that aroma! You know you have reached your goal when someone comes to your door and asks, “What are you cooking?”. Cabbage works, so does shrimp, anything you can think of that is stinky works really well! To me, while I realize a lot of people love it, the smell of something being cooked heavily with garlic, tops the list. I like garlic, but boy does it stink! Today works really well if you cook outdoors. It gives you a good start on letting the neighbors know you are cooking and you mean business! Today is owned by Wellcat.com.

How to celebrate – Cook something bold. Cook something that stinks. Try some hot peppers in your cereal!

November 7th Men Make Dinner Day

I have no idea why the world seems to fall into the same never ending pattern but it does… Whether women work all day, take care of the children, do the gardening… it always seems to be their lot in life to make dinner as well. Today is the day to break that pattern and let the men make dinner instead. I know in my house, the women always make dinner (though I think they prefer it that way). I tend to use a lot of dishes when I cook and I may add some different flavoring, so in the long run you might not like what I make and the clean up is a chore in itself. That’s no excuse though, on the first Thursday in November it is time for men to make dinner. And guys, this does not include bringing dinner home from a restaurant!

How to celebrate – It’s the man’s turn to make dinner! Women relax! Become a chef.

November 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

Nov. 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

You cook for your family and aren’t your pets a part of your family? So why not cook for them? They like a nice home cooked meal as well. I mean, it beats whatever comes out of that can or bag so it has to be better! Animals have a hard time with certain types of human food so you need to check and see what they might be allergic to. You can put it on some fine china and serve it with a napkin and a nice chilled bottle of domestic water. Or, you can just give them what is left over on your own plate, maybe even save a little… you could stand a few less calories. Your pets are a part of your family, treat them like that, and every once in a while cook for them when it’s practical.

How to celebrate – Look up what foods your pet might be allergic to. Cook a little extra of whatever you are having for supper to share. Set a place at the table for your pet.

March 28th National Something On A Stick Day

Well, nearly everything we eat today can be put on a stick and probably has been at one time or another. Even pudding has been put on a stick. Of course you have to change it’s normal form but it can indeed be put on a stick. Things like corn-dogs are normally served on a stick and it really doesn’t make them any better but they seem to be more enjoyable when they are on a stick. Perhaps it’s because when food is on a stick it becomes portable and you can walk around with it, enjoying other things while enjoying your food. Pickles, cakes, potatoes, you name it, it has probably appeared on a stick at one time or another. It probably is as old as man since when man realized he could actually cook food it was cooked on a stick!

How to celebrate – Eat something on a stick. Try putting something on a stick you have not seen before. Save those stick in your backyard for later use.

July 4th Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 4th Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

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Yes, the summer is so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk. Not exactly sure why you would want to but… okay. I think the point is, it’s hot. Never mind it is the 4th of July and our nations birthday, the important thing is… can you fry that egg and how long will it take.

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Then, who is going to eat it? Not me! It will probably have a lot of ash in it from the fireworks you have missed since you were looking down instead of up!

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How to celebrate – Get some eggs. Crack them on the sidewalk to cook. Enjoy.

July 25th Culinarian’s Day

Today is Culinarian’s Day. If you like to cook, it is you day! Since it has no history and no one claims it as their day, I’ve decided to give you some recipes you might be able to dazzle you friends with.

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Century Eggs. These are eggs (Normally duck eggs) that have been stored in Salt, lime and ash for 100 years. (Guess that’s why they are black) Sounds yummy but you may want to have a stomach pump ready to go if you serve them. This delicacy comes to us from China.

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Stargazey Pie.  Another yummy dish, this time coming to us from England. I guess they call it Stargazey because the fish heads are looking up at the stars. (Actually it was the last name of a fisherman who saved a part of England from starvation by finding sardines for all to eat.) This is probably a healthy meal, it is definitely good for those on a diet because… who could eat it!

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Locusts. From Israel we love our locust. Apparently locust are quite a treat. They can be barbecued, baked, broiled or boiled. So the next time you see a field infested with locust don’t think of it as a disaster, think of it as lunch!

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My last offering is Casa Marzu.  It comes from Italy and is a cheese used as a dip or served with bread. It is Pecorino Sardo, a sheep’s cheese that left out, covered and allowed to be infested with maggots. You harvest the cheese after the maggots have laid their eggs (Larvae) and then served as an appetizer or snack. The larvae is still alive so you might want to check and make sure they don’t come back up on you before you are able to thrown them up.

How to celebrate – Try any of these tasty treats or come up with one of your own. Buy a chef’s hat and at least look the part of a culinary genius! Attend a Culinary class.

September 13th National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

There are numerous dangers we all face everyday. Driving down the highway, flying, eating at a diner…but perhaps none more dangerous than turning your kitchen over to your children. There is no telling what they might do, what they might come up with or what you might be forced to taste out of your deep love for your children.

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Then again, you might be pleasantly surprised.  Cooking has become a recognized art of its own these days. Children are learning younger and younger what foods generally go together and their inquisitive minds seem to allow them to create concoctions that are palatable if not actually good. Oh sure, maybe there will be a little too much jelly or way too much peanut butter, but maybe they will experiment by adding potato chips or jelly beans or even… bananas!

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Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day was created by the YCA, Young Chefs Academy, to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparations and cooking of meals.

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Of course, proper supervision is suggested in any activity children are involved with. Where knives and fire are concerned something might otherwise get cut or burnt that is not intended to be a part of your meal.  But give the kids a chance, they might come up with something good!

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How to celebrate – Sit down and help your child plan a meal. Take your child to the grocery store and let them, help them, pick out the ingredients they will need. Plan to get the entire family around the table to enjoy the final product.  It will give you child the reward they need to move on and it creates a great family moment.