June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

There is nothing like that first corn on the cob of the summer. Butter dripping off it onto the plate, salt shining in the sunlight, those little thingys that you stick in the end of the ears to hold the corn with while eating. Well summers here! It’s time to enjoy that ear of corn just like the first Native Mexican did around 9,000 BC. The idea of eating corn on the cob is to get the sweetest corn you can and that only comes from the freshest corn picked. The longer that it takes to get to you once it is picked the less sweet it will be. It also is a tradition, of sorts, for summer and with June here, so is summer!

How to celebrate – Make some corn today! Have a cook out, corn is great grilled. Have a corn husking party.

March 23rd National Tamale Day

March 23rd National Tamale Day

Boy oh boy, here’s a day I bet you have been waiting for… National Tamale Day. Doesn’t it seem like we just had a National Tamale Day like a year ago!?! A tamale is a corn dough, called a masa, that can be stuffed with nearly anything you can think of. Any type of meat, vegetable or fruit goes into a tamale where it is generally heated and served as a meal or a snack. Interestingly the tamale can be either corn or a banana husk. The husk is discarded, or used as a plate.

How to celebrate – Make some tamales for dinner tonight. Visit Mexico. Serve with a sweet or savory sauce.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

December 8th Take It In The Ear Day

No one claims to have created this day, it doesn’t appear in history to have any special meaning and absolutely no one knows what one does to celebrate it. So this day is wide open for whatever you want it to mean and then to celebrate it is any way you wish to. You can’t really be wrong. Well I guess there is one restriction… it has to concern the ear somehow. If one takes it literally maybe it means to listen but since it doesn’t say that it could also mean an ear of corn.

How to celebrate – Figure out your own meaning. Get a hearing test. Have some corn.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

It’s summer and that means cook outs and corn on the cob! Generally corn on the cob comes from sweet corn which was first discovered, or created, in Mexico around 9,000 BC. Corn on the Cob is good for you, fun to eat and easy to make. It can be boiled, steamed or grilled and lathered in butter with salt (Both making it less healthy) is hard to beat for a summer treat. I grew up on a farm and we grew corn. Summer was always marked when we served up corn on the cob. Naturally we had to husk in and clean it but no one seemed to mind knowing we would soon be eating it and enjoying every bite.

How to celebrate – Have some corn on the cob. Go pick your own corn from a field. Try roasting corn over an open fire.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Now here’s a day we can all sink our teeth into, Corn on the Cob Day! Some of us wait all year long for this time of year when the corn finally gets ripe enough to pick and boil, steam or grill. Add a little butter and salt and it’s a party! Sweet corn was first grow for consumption in Mexico, 9000 B.C. (Or at least we think). It was as good a gold back then, and it helped that it was the same color! Anyway, it is a fun food to eat and it’s good for you as well. Don’t forget those little things you stick in the end of the cob to keep from burning your fingers!

How to celebrate – Have some corn of the cob today! Try grilling the corn instead of boiling it! Have a corn party!

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Today is National Corn On The Cob Day, hence… we are not celebrating green beans, okra or split peas. If it does not grow on a cob, it ain’t corn on the cob. That corn in the can sort of works, but it isn’t the same. Well, it is the same corn but no where near as much fun to eat.

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I grew up on a farm and when the corn got ripe enough, we could just go out in the field and grab a piece off the stalk and eat it right there if we wanted to. Now it was always better cooked, with salt and butter on it but I was always surprised when I ate it off the stalk because you really could taste how sweet it was.

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Sweet corn has been around since at least 9,000 BC in Mexico. I am not sure exactly how we know that but… okay, I have no reason to doubt it. The Native Americans called it Maize, maybe because it was amazing! You can eat it raw, boiled, steamed or grilled.

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And with summer coming on it’s great right off the grill! It’s such a big deal in Plainview, Minnesota that they have a festival and parade. (I am guessing they grow a lot of corn there.)

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And always make eating corn a fun experience. It’s good for you, it tastes great and it makes nearly everyone happy! (Maybe not those missing teeth.)

How to celebrate – Plan on having Corn On The Cob today. Dress up your Corn on the Cob to make it even more fun. Go to a field and pick some corn.

March 8th Popcorn Lover’s Day

This is Popcorn Lover’s Day. A natural treat that can be served healthy, or unhealthy at your choice. Corn itself was domesticated in Mexico as far back as 9,000 years ago. No one really knows when popped corn came about but probably not that long afterwards, and probably by mistake.

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The term, popped corn, is first mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” in 1848 though it had been around long before that. During the great depression it was a cheap source of food, sometimes having to serve as a meal instead of a snack.

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And today, we can hardly imagine going to the movies and not having a popcorn treat to munch on  while being entertained. It has also been used to decorate Christmas trees with and to keep fingers warm on those cold winter nights.

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We’ve learned to flavor it, adapt it and make it more interesting over the years. It does have multiple uses, smells great while cooking (Or popping) and when not topped with salt and butter, a good diet food. But that salt and butter make it oh so good!

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The day was created by Bob Matthews on January 6th, 2012 in Rochester, NY. It was placed on the second Thursday of March as a day of celebration… but you don’t need to wait until then to enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn today. Try and come up with your own original flavoring for popcorn. Find a new and unique way to serve popcorn to your friends and family.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

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Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Barlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

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By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

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During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

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How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Get out the butter and salt and get ready for National Corn on the Cob Day! What a sweet way to celebrate the summer! You can even eat sweet corn right off the cob from the field if you like. It’s not quite as good but it is fresh that way, and when it is fresh it is at it’s sweetest!

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I grew up on a farm and I remember going out in the field and eating corn right off the stalk. If it wasn’t ripe yet, or if it had been picked too late, it wasn’t very good but when it was plump and ready to eat, it was the best thing in the world.

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Corn on the Cob has been around since 9000 B.C. in Mexico, or at least that’s when it is believed it first was used as a food source. It makes you wonder how it got there in the first place and who went up to it and said, hey I think I’ll try eating that, but I am glad they did. Whether it is boiled, steamed or grilled it is truly amazing.

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Of course if you eat too much of it, it has it’s own revenge. And it seems a bit odd that June 11th is the day we celebrate Corn on the Cob. It is right in the middle of the planting season in most places and not yet ready to eat. But I guess it doesn’t really matter because it’s generally pretty good anytime you have it.

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So you can really celebrate Corn on the Cob Day anyway you wish but you might want to model your celebration after Plainview, Minnesota. They have a parade and a full day of activities to welcome corn back to the plate again.

How to celebrate – Find yourself some FRESH sweet corn and enjoy. Try barbecuing  your corn to give it a little extra flavor. Start your own parade for Corn on the Cob Day in your hometown.