October 20th International Chefs Day

It may surprise you but International Chefs Day was created in South Africa in 2004 to help educate children about eating healthy. Dr. Bill Gallagher, the “Godfather of all Chefs” created today because he wanted all the top chefs to teach something healthy, and tasty. Chefs are aware of the value of eating healthy and they know the best foods to eat. That doesn’t mean they always provide them, but they are capable of providing a healthy diet. Today, every chef in the world should provide their idea of a healthy meal that they think everyone will enjoy. Maybe put the recipe on the internet and teach everyone how to make the dishes. Then, we all can enjoy eating them!

How to celebrate – If you are the chef of your home, provide a healthy meal today. Make a list of all the chefs you can name. Try dishes from a chef in every country in the world.

August 19th National Potato Day

One of the world’s largest crops and is the potato. It is believed that the potato was first harvested in Peru between 5,000 and 7,000 BC. There were drawings on cave walls finding the use of the potato, perhaps the first appearance of Mr. Potato Head (ok…no, not really). The potato can be served raw, baked, mashed, chipped, hash-browned, french fried, boiled, as soup, and maybe…just maybe… even in a dessert somewhere. It has saved many from starving to death and caused starvation when not available. It’s hard to imagine a day without potatoes.

How to celebrate – Fix some kind of potato with you meals today. Plant some potatoes in your garden. Buy a bag of potato chips.

May 22nd International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22nd International Day for Biological Diversity

Wow, that’s a mouthful! Today is used to study and utilize all that is biological, which covers practically everything! This year’s theme is “Our solutions are in nature.” The subject matters will include the ecosystems, water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy, among other things. Doesn’t that just about cover it all!?! This day was created by the General Assembly in the UN in 1993. Since it seems to cover everything on the face of the earth I wish them luck with just one day to deal with it all!

How to celebrate – Visit the UN. Learn what biological diversity actually means.  Come to an understanding of how everything on the face of the earth must work in unity.

May 21st National Waiters and Waitresses Day

There is no doubt that the recent events one of the largest suffering groups in the workforce has been those who serve us as waiters and waitresses. With all the closures these workers have had no work to go to, since their income depends on the tips they get they have had no income at all. Since I write these in advance of the actual day I can only hope by now that many of these people are back to work. But we have to remember that they have suffered, that they often have families and children of their own and bills that have to be paid. So if you are out eating, hopefully you are, please remember what they have gone through and take care of them as they take care of you.

How to celebrate – Tip you waiter or waitress. Treat your waiter or waitress the same as you would want to be treated. Be thankful you have an income to be able to eat out.

May 11th Eat What You Want Day

Well, with recent events we all have probably been doing this lately anyway, eating what we want…or what we can get our hands on anyway! The funny thing about all this is that since many of us have been eating junk food, we sort of want something healthy for a change. Who knows, maybe this will change our ways of life and help us in the long run. But for today, just eat whatever you want, unless you are allergic to it! Just don’t let it fall into a bad habit again!

How to celebrate – Eat whatever you want today. Try some new food, you just might like it. Have a test tasting party, even if it’s just for you.

April 23rd Lover's Day

Today is the day set aside for lover’s. Now most of us think lover’s are people who are drawn to each other but there is more to being a lover than just how you feel about another person. It applies to anything that you love, animals, plants, books, tennis, baseball, music, movies… it can go on and on. The general idea is that anything to love, love to see or love to do is celebrated today. And I suppose it is possible to love many things all at the same time. This does not include things you like a lot, you have to love them!

How to celebrate – List everything you love. Spend a little time with everything you love today. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with!

March 7th Plant Power Day

March 7th Plant Power Day

Plants are all around us, some provide shade and others hold riverbanks together, but today was created, by Alpro, to recognize those plants we can eat. It is a great day for those who don’t eat meat and really a good day for all of us to eat healthier and wiser. You might be surprised at the plants you can eat, just make sure they won’t poison you first. You can start by having a salad, then have vegetables and finally fruit for dessert (after all, fruit is a plant too!).

How to celebrate – Learn what plants you can eat in your neighborhood. Learn how to cook plants the proper way. Plant a garden.

December 16th National Chocolate Covered Everything Day

If you like chocolate, today is your day! If you stop and think about it, everything we eat could be covered in chocolate. It’s a pretty easy process to melt chocolate and it is fairly easy to cover it in chocolate goo. Not that that makes it good, or even better, but if you like chocolate it can improve the taste of things like brussel sprouts, broccoli and carrots. Now, I do not think this is a particularly good idea, chocolate, while not exactly bad for you, isn’t great to consume all the time. Chocolate in it’s natural state is not even sweet. Sugar, or other naturally sweet products, need to be added to make it what most of us know it to be today. That said, if you feel like covering everything you eat, or don’t eat, in chocolate today is the day to do it.

How to celebrate – Start covering everything in chocolate. Imagine the foods that might be better if covered by chocolate. Think up what non-food items you might like better covered in chocolate.

November 28th Thanksgiving

Today we celebrate all those things we are thankful for. Family, country, careers, friends… you name it, then be thankful for it. The first Thanksgiving was celebrate in 1621 and went on for three days. Of course, they didn’t have football games to watch back then or it might have lasted longer! It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress set the date for Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday in November. In the past, it has been celebrate in September or October before finally ending up in November. If you think about it, there really is a lot to be thankful for. We eat, drink and watch out favorite movies (Or football) on Thanksgiving Day, all the company of our loved ones and friends which is what it really is all about. The food is nice, the entertainment good but having our friends and family with us is everything.

How to celebrate – Make this Thanksgiving a special day for all. Know what you are thankful for. Dress up like a Pilgrim, or a Native American, or even a turkey.

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!