Want to get fancy with your meals today? You don;t have to fix anything different from what you normally fix, just call yourself a Culinarian! It sounds so much better than just a cook! A peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounds better when prepared by a Culinarian and anybody can be a Culinarian. And never mind that your spell check can;t find the word, is does exist, if only in your mind and the mind of the person that came up with this. It’s time to get fancy, add salad dressing to that salad!
How to celebrate – Cook something! Insist on your family calling you a Culinarian. Make food fun.
July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day
Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Kids love it, adults love it, even most dogs and some cats love it! Today we celebrate that love for our pasta and cheese products combined, normally adding either some cream or milk to make it a little more savory and creamier. There are even some restaurants that serve Mac and Cheese as a dish. It’s normally warm and creamy, filled with cheese and sometimes other spices but is always a comfort food.
How to celebrate – Fix some Mac & Cheese. Look for a restaurant that serves Mac & Cheese. Make up your own recipe for Mac and Cheese adding flavors you and your family like.
It is very practical that “Eat Your Vegetables Day” fall nearly dead center of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Remember back when you were a child and you hated your vegetables? Well now as am adult it’s somewhat surprising how many of those vegetables we like. It’s also surprising how many we still won’t even try because of our childhood impressions. Clearly vegetables are good for you. They provide nearly everything we need in our diet, help us to keep our weight down and help us to maintain energy.
Hoe to celebrate – Eat your veggies! Try some vegetables you wouldn’t evenm taste as a child. Learn different ways to make your veggies more palatable.
Most of us have on on some sort of diet at one time or another. Sometimes they work, most of the time they don’t and sometimes they are very, very dangerous. Today was created in 1992 by Mary Evans Young of the British “Diet Breakers” Group to fight Anorexia world wide. Common sense needs to be followed with every diet and while carrying around excess weight is not good for us, neither is crash diets that never work anyway. Be logical, create some cheats and enjoy your life… it doesn’t have to be a never ending battle.
How to celebrate – Workout and exercise. Create a sensible diet if you feel like you need one. Try to eat healthy to start with so you don’t have to go on a diet.
April 1st National Burrito Day
National Burrito Day falls on the first Thursday in in April, why not. Now you can have 2 Taco Tuesdays and National Burrito Day in the same month. The first burritos probably were made hundreds of years ago but the first book to feature them came in 1895 in Mexico. By the 1930’s the burrito had become popular in the US, though no doubt made with different ingredients. Erna Fergusson, a very Latin type name, wrote the “Mexican Cookbook” in 1934 and introduced the Mexican delight to the world. By 1975 the breakfast burrito was in production and all was right with the world.
How to celebrate – Have a burrito. Visit Mexico. Invent your own type of burrito.
This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.
How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.
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.
March 10th National Pack Your Lunch Day
People have been packing their lunch for nearly as long as they have been on earth. Packing your lunch is a pretty good idea. You will generally end up with food you like and is good for you. I’ll bet you’ll even find that cavemen occasionally packed a lunch as they went hunting or avoided being hunted (ok maybe not – but it is fun to think of a cave somewhere with a drawing of a caveman carrying a Flintstones lunch box). Paper bags normally serve the purpose but in 1935 the first lunch box was put out on the market for sale. Can you guess whose image was plastered all over the front of it?…….. Yep, Mickey Mouse.
How to celebrate – Pack your own lunch today. If you supervise someone packing your lunch does that count? Brown bag it!
I bet you didn’t really think this day existed, did you? Well, not only is it real it’s truly a National Holiday! Clarence Birdseye patented flash freeze food in 1927. The “first frozen” food hit the Springfield, Ma market in 1930. Then came the TV Dinner, which set us all down in front of the television for supper in 1954. So impressed was the US Senate that they created joint resolution #193 to celebrate this invention. President Ronald Reagan made it official with Proclamation #5157 in 1984.
How to celebrate – Have some frozen food today. Clean out your freezer! Make sure you identify the eat by date.
Today we celebrate the bean. Most of us consume some sort of bean during the day. Generally a bean is a seed, meaning if we replant it, with any luck, it should grow. It doesn’t always work that way so we boil them, roast them, grind them and put them in numerous dishes we can devour. They are healthy and meet the requirements of meat eaters as well as vegans. They can be green, brown, gray, red or nearly any color of the spectrum. They also help us digest our food, though sometimes they cause us to react in ways others do not welcome.
How to celebrate – Name as many beans as you can without looking. If you have beans, does that make you a Has-bean? Have beans with every meal today.