January 6th Bean Day

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.

November 3rd Sandwich Day

If you have ever had lunch then you probably have had a sandwich. Actually sandwiches today have become quite an art form. Well supposedly they didn’t exist back in 1762 when gambler John Montagu had no time for a regular meal so he placed a piece of meat between two pieces of bread and made it his meal so he could remain at the gambling table. He was the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Naturally, one thing led to another and the sandwich was created. This may be true, and it’s sort of fun to think it is true, but I just can’t imagine that no one before Montagu had made a sandwich… or maybe they just weren’t famous enough to have it named after them. We all could be eating a Neanderthal instead.

How to celebrate – Create a new sandwich. Have a breakfast sandwich. Try placing bread between two pieces of meat and create the un-sandwich.

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.

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.