April 12th National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

Remember those cold winter evenings when you came home from school or work and found you were having grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for dinner? Man, those were some of the best days ever. It was comfort food that made you feel warm and at home. So simple that it could melt away all the tensions of the day. Well, the grilled cheese sandwich has been around for a while. It sort of started back in the Roman era when cheese was often melted on bread and served to the rich and the poor alike. Of course, we didn’t have sliced bread until the 1920’s but that isn’t important. Any hunk of bread will do in a pinch! American cheese, Swiss cheese, Cheddar cheese… it didn’t really matter and dunking it in that hot soup seemed to make it even better! I miss those days. As our diets seem to involve less and less of the simple foods that made us feel better. It may have not been healthy, but boy was it good!

How to celebrate – Have a grilled cheese sandwich. Fix soup and a sandwich for dinner tonight. Have a grilled cheese sandwich party with all sorts of different cheese and bread.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Get out the butter and salt and get ready for National Corn on the Cob Day! What a sweet way to celebrate the summer! You can even eat sweet corn right off the cob from the field if you like. It’s not quite as good but it is fresh that way, and when it is fresh it is at it’s sweetest!


I grew up on a farm and I remember going out in the field and eating corn right off the stalk. If it wasn’t ripe yet, or if it had been picked too late, it wasn’t very good but when it was plump and ready to eat, it was the best thing in the world.


Corn on the Cob has been around since 9000 B.C. in Mexico, or at least that’s when it is believed it first was used as a food source. It makes you wonder how it got there in the first place and who went up to it and said, hey I think I’ll try eating that, but I am glad they did. Whether it is boiled, steamed or grilled it is truly amazing.


Of course if you eat too much of it, it has it’s own revenge. And it seems a bit odd that June 11th is the day we celebrate Corn on the Cob. It is right in the middle of the planting season in most places and not yet ready to eat. But I guess it doesn’t really matter because it’s generally pretty good anytime you have it.


So you can really celebrate Corn on the Cob Day anyway you wish but you might want to model your celebration after Plainview, Minnesota. They have a parade and a full day of activities to welcome corn back to the plate again.

How to celebrate – Find yourself some FRESH sweet corn and enjoy. Try barbecuing  your corn to give it a little extra flavor. Start your own parade for Corn on the Cob Day in your hometown.