February 9th National Pizza Day

Americans, on average, eat 23 pounds of pizza per person a year. Over 3 billion pizzas are sold per year in America. So do you think we Americans like pizza??!?

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We find new and different ways to indulge, such as taking a cheeseburger and fries and turning it into all things – a pizza, of course. Some even make fruit covered pizzas, dipped in chocolate for a different kind of dessert. Some people try to make it healthier by covering it in vegetables, while others don’t care and add every type of meat they can think of.

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No one is exactly sure where pizza came from, but it was probably not Italian to start with. There is a theory that pizza came from the Greek soldiers traveling with Alexander the Great. Given their daily ration of a flat bread they would spread it out over their shield and put whatever seasoning and vegetables they could find on it. Oil was added to keep the bread soft and soak in the seasoning.

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The 2 most popular days for eating pizza are Super Bowl Sunday and Halloween. (after the last Super Bowl I can only imagine it is also the most popular day for antacid too!) 17% of all restaurants in the US sell pizza. The first original pizza was sold in Naples, Italy in 1738.

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So do like the Roman’s do, eat pizza!

How to celebrate – Have a pizza today! Share a pizza with a friend today! Make up your own special type of pizza.

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October 7th National Frappe Day

Wouldn’t a Frappe taste good right now? There are three different types of frappes. The one most of us know is the blended coffee, or espresso, drink topped with Whipped Cream. One of a fruit type dessert than is frozen and serves with shaved ice. And the third just in general, a milkshake.

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Though the word is actually French, the drink itself comes to us from Greece where it was accidentally invented by Dimitris Vakondious in 1957 in Thessaloniki. It is defined as something between a Slushes and a Iced Coffee.

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Of course your local coffee shops have made this a part of your regular daily choice for a beverage. They have added many flavors, styles and shapes to an already enormous selection.

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Here are a few recipes for you to try. Take note though, this is not a drink you want to down quickly.  This is adrink you will want ot take your time with, savor and relax with.

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How to celebrate – Either make yourself a frappe this morning or visit your ocal coffe shop and buy one. Wait until your work is done for the day and then sit and listen to some cool jazz, or your favorite, and sip your drink. Try your own combinations to make a totally original frappe that maybe someday will be named for you!

July 30th National Cheesecake Day

Cheesecake has been around longer than you may think. It is thought to date back to at least 2,000 B.C. in ancient Greece. There is mention that it was served to athletes in Greece during the Olympics in 776 B.C. because it gave the athlete energy to perform. Made out of flour, wheat, honey, and cheese, it was considered a Greek Wedding Cake. Athenaeus wrote of cheesecake in 230 A.D., professing even then that it had been around for nearly 2,000 years. When the Romans invaded Greece, they brought back recipes that they adapted themselves. They were called “Libuma” as noted in a recipe left behind by Marcus Cato in the 1st Century B.C.

In 1545, Henry VIII’s chef made his own version of cheesecake, soaking cheese in milk for three hours, straining it, and adding butter, eggs, and sugar to the King’s liking. In 1872, a farmer in New York, who has not been named, accidentally created cream cheese which was eventually packaged and sold to customers. The Phoenix Cream Cheese company purchased the rights and began to widely sell cream cheese. By 1912, James Kraft, learned how to pasteurize cream cheese making it easier to sell, not to mention safer! In 1928, he acquired the name”Philadelphia” and the rest is history.

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Nowadays cheesecakes come in many flavors and styles. Among the more favorite flavors added to or topping the cake include blueberries, strawberries, fruit sauce flavors, chocolate, raspberry, pumpkin, key lime, lemon, orange, cherry, whipped cream, and toffee.

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Styles come in New York, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Country, Lactose Free, Chicago, Cheesecake Kludys, and Savory. The difference seems to be in the heaviness, or lightness, of the filling and the make of the crust. Crust comes in crumbled graham cracker, crumbled cookie, or sponge cake.

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The filling itself is generally made of cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, mixed with eggs, and sugar or honey.

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Practically everybody likes some form of cheesecake. It can be baked, or it doesn’t have to be cooked at all. It can be a dessert for any type of meal or even a mid-day snack. It doesn’t even have to come in cake style at all, with crumbs and filling just plopped in a cup.

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Here’s a cheesecake recipe for you to try. Just be aware there are hundreds of them to choose from.

How to celebrate – Make a cheesecake you, and your family, can enjoy. Have a cheesecake party where everyone makes a different style of cheesecake so you can sample a little of each. Or just sell out and go to the Cheesecake Factory and buy a pie!