July 19 National Ice Cream Day

The 3rd Sunday in July, National Ice Cream Day since Ronald Reagan proclaimed it so in 1984. He also proclaimed July National Ice Cream month. So, in short, I think we can conclude that Reagan liked ice cream! But then… who doesn’t! It is comfort food that kids and adults enjoy alike. Ice Cream has been around since 200 BC, naturally in China. The only thing amazing to me is that it took so long to create a National Ice Cream Day! No it’s not particularly healthy and there are some people who are allergic to it, but for those of us who aren’t today is the day to indulge in a little delight and it is so appropriate it comes in the dead of summer.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Throw and ice cream party! See how many flavors of ice cream you can list.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

I love pecan pie, probably my most favorite pie of all kinds made. Though it is normally associated with holidays it can, and should, be available all the time. Sweet and nutty, crunchy and gooey, all at the same time. It is primarily a southern dish originally introduced, in one fashion or another, by Native Americans who had been using the pecan for more than 8,000 years. The pecan by itself is healthy, maybe not so much when we make a pie out of it, but who cares… it is soooo good!

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie! Try chocolate pecan pie. Get a southern cooking recipe book.

June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

It seems only appropriate that since yesterday was National Trails Day you celebrate today by having a big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream! Naturally after eating it you will need to take another walk in nature afterwards. You can easily make your own Rocky Road ice cream by adding nuts, either almonds or pecan, mini marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chunks to vanilla ice cream. Today though, we generally just make Rocky Road ice cream by starting with chocolate ice cream. Is it fattening? You bet it is but who cares!?!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road adding whatever you choose like cherries or other berries. Throw an ice cram party.

January 23rd National Pie Day

I love pie. Nothing against cakes or cookies or any other type of dessert you may choose, they are good too, but pie is normally so flavorful! Most of the time pie is made with fresh fruit, it’s juicy and tasty and satisfies so many senses. The day was created by the American Pie Council, I didn’t even know that existed! Who do they council? Either you like pie or you don’t! Anyway, I am sure they are important, at least they created the day which gives us all a reason to celebrate something! Cherry pie is my favorite, apple pie is apparently the most popular, but pie can be made out of any fruit or even chocolate, lemon (Lemon is a fruit, right?) Key Lime. You name it, it can be made into a pie. Home made, store bought… they are both good.

How to celebrate – Have a pie party! Taste test several pies to see which you like best. List as many pies as you can think of.

December 27th National Fruitcake Day

Boy, doesn’t that look yummy! It is chocked full of everything you can imagine and dripping with sugar… and if done right, dripping with whiskey as well! Fruitcake is something handed down from family to family, in some cases the same fruitcake year after year. I knew a man who kept the same old fruitcake alive for nearly ten years handing it down to family members after adding a little more whiskey to it. He would always end up with it again the next year. Eventually the bread part of it began to mold and he had to throw it away. I don’t really know anyone who likes fruitcake, I mean… it’s not bad but one slice is enough for an entire year. It is commonly given as a gift to someone you have no idea what else to give. That way, they can give it to someone who has no idea what someone else would like either!

How to celebrate – Give a fruitcake to someone this year. Try a slice of fruitcake this year. Make a celebration out of burying your fruitcake in the back yard.

December 13th Ice Cream Day

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Who doesn’t like ice cream!?! Oddly I found most of the information on today was about the ice cream cone… then why isn’t it Ice Cream Cone Day? Ronald Reagan proclaimed July National Ice Cream month so, how did today end up in December? Maybe it’s because ice cream is good any time, any place! Anyway, Charles E. Minchef is credited with serving the first ice cream cone on July 23rd, 1904 (again, this is December!) though his claim was challenged by Italo Marchiony from New York City who had been serving lemon ice in New York City since 1896. However, lemon ice may, or may not, have been ice cream! And what does all this have to do with Ice Cream Day and December? I don’t know and I don’t care.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Figure out your favorite flavor of ice cream. Thank Thomas Jefferson who introduced ice cream to America.

November 25th National Parfait Day

You could have pie, or cake, or any type of dessert today but why not have a parfait? Normally made with layers of ice cream, whipped cream and fruit it really can be made with any flavoring you choose. It can also be made with yogurt. We tend to think that if it is made with yogurt it is healthier but it really isn’t. And it doesn’t have to be fruit either, it can be nuts, granola, seeds… you name it. The general idea is to layer your dessert for different tastes with every bite. This might not be exactly a historic day or even a very important day, unless you are in the dairy industry. You can be different as well, try a parfait with veggies and cheese, meat and potatoes or even bits of candy. It is your parfait, make it your way.

How to celebrate – Have a parfait. Make a pumpkin parfait for Thanksgiving! Experiment with your parfait.

October 14th National Dessert Day

Well if you feel guilty about eating a dessert after a meal today is your day not to worry about it. In fact, today you should be eating that dessert because it National Dessert Day. Heck, maybe you can even forget the meal and just go directly to the dessert! and maybe, if you are like me, I feel a little guilty but I eat it anyway so does today give me the right to eat two desserts? And if you are one of those that doesn’t eat all your dinner because you want to save room for dessert, well today you don’t need to worry about it. Maybe you could have a healthy dessert lie some fresh fruit or something. Is carrot cake a healthy dessert? Even though the French make a ton of desserts, Americans are some of the most dessert concerned people in the world. Why are we concerned? Because we might miss out!

How to celebrate – Have a dessert today. If you normally have dessert anyway, have two today! Have dessert before your meal so you don’t have to leave room for it.

September 24th National Cherries Jubilee Day

Well, if you are going to have a dessert, this is a good one to have! You get the sweetness of ripe cherries, the bite of cognac or brandy, and the balance of vanilla ice cream all to savor. And… You can set it on fire! Presentation is half of the enjoyment! Though kids love this, it’s meant for adults. I found no real history on cherries jubilee, I would bet it’s a French thing. Anyway, it’s a fun dessert and works either during the heat of summer or the cold of winter.

How to celebrate – Have some cherries jubilee! Try another fruit instead of cherries – raspberry jubilee, kiwi jubilee, blueberry jubilee. Forget the cherries and vanilla ice cream and just go for the cognac or brandy!

June 22nd National Chocolate Eclair Day

Pastry stuff with cream, what more could you ask for? Then, add chocolate to the top of it becomes a masterpiece! I particularly like the little bit sized ones because it doesn’t look like you are eating as much as with the normal sized eclair but in truth, you probably eat more of them because they are so small. They make for great desserts, snacks or in a pinch, even an entire meal! (I do not suggest eating them as a meal but then, who am I to say). Eclairs were created in France somewhere between the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Apparently it took several attempts to come up with the perfect blend. Well I am glad they kept trying because to me, it makes for the perfect treat.

How to celebrate – Buy some eclairs. Make your own eclairs at home. Throw and eclair party with different types of fillings.