October 22nd National Nut Day

Before we go any further lets understand that peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes a member of the “pea” family. Okay, that done… the Liberation Food Company created today in the UK sometime in the early 2000’s. Nuts provide protein to your diet as well as fiber and are considered a healthy food. They contain vitamin E and B2 and are a good snack treat as well as an added flavor in many popular dishes. There are eleven kinds of nuts, each one promoted by the Fair Trade Organization in the UK. Apparently there are a lot of nuts in the UK!

How to celebrate – See how many types of nuts you can name. Determine what your favorite nut is. Try adding some kind of nut to your favorite food dish.

June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

It seems only appropriate that since yesterday was National Trails Day you celebrate today by having a big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream! Naturally after eating it you will need to take another walk in nature afterwards. You can easily make your own Rocky Road ice cream by adding nuts, either almonds or pecan, mini marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chunks to vanilla ice cream. Today though, we generally just make Rocky Road ice cream by starting with chocolate ice cream. Is it fattening? You bet it is but who cares!?!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road adding whatever you choose like cherries or other berries. Throw an ice cram party.

January 23rd National Pie Day

I love pie. Nothing against cakes or cookies or any other type of dessert you may choose, they are good too, but pie is normally so flavorful! Most of the time pie is made with fresh fruit, it’s juicy and tasty and satisfies so many senses. The day was created by the American Pie Council, I didn’t even know that existed! Who do they council? Either you like pie or you don’t! Anyway, I am sure they are important, at least they created the day which gives us all a reason to celebrate something! Cherry pie is my favorite, apple pie is apparently the most popular, but pie can be made out of any fruit or even chocolate, lemon (Lemon is a fruit, right?) Key Lime. You name it, it can be made into a pie. Home made, store bought… they are both good.

How to celebrate – Have a pie party! Taste test several pies to see which you like best. List as many pies as you can think of.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

Today is National Pecan Pie Day. One of my favorites. This traditionally Southern dish has a controversial background historically. Thew fact is, no one actually knows who first came up with Pecan Pie. Pecans are known to have been used in dishes going back some 8,000 years. Pecan Pie just seems to have appeared over the years gaining popularity in the 1940’s. Some say it started in Texas, others say Alabama and of course, you have to throw Georgia into that mix. You know what, I don’t care where it came from it’s just plain good! And… it’s good any time of the year, fitting nearly every day we choose to celebrate! So why shouldn’t it have it’s own holiday?

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie. Pecans are also available in ice cream and coffee creamers. Have some pecan flavored coffee with your pecan pie and top it off with some pecan ice cream.

March 15th National Peanut Lovers Day

National Peanut Lovers Day – March 15th

Who doesn’t love a peanut!?! Well, I guess the people allergic to them don’t care much for them but they have been a staple of American diet over the years. The peanut is a major source of protein, and of course, it isn’t a nut… it’s a legume. So you are actually eating something from the pea family, not a nut. Hence the name Pea-nut! It is suggested that you enjoy the Jumbo Roasted Peanut, the Buffalo Peanut, Peanut Butter Cups, Blister Peanuts and Peanut Brittle for today.

How to celebrate – Read about George Washington Carver. Have some peanuts (if you aren’t allergic to them). Discover all the food dishes that contain peanuts.

December 22nd National Date Nut Bread Day

Another food day for the holidays, this one is pretty good though! It’s National Date Nut Bread Day, a sort of desert, sort of snack, sort of meal kinda thing. That means you can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner… or all three.

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It all starts with dates, originally harvested in the Middle East as far back as 6,000 B.C.. Dates are not prunes, they just seem like they are. Actually dates are pretty sweet, chewy and, by themselves, good for you. A true fruit of the dessert.

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Next come the nuts. Walnuts, pecans, practically any nut you choose except for peanuts. Peanuts are not actually a nut, they are a legume. Besides, a lot of people are allergic to peanuts, as well as tree nuts and any other sort of nut. So you may want to skip the nuts and just make date bread if you have family members who are allergic to nuts. (See how complicated it gets!)

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Anyway, here’s a recipe for you if you care to make it for your family. It is believed Date Nut Bread was first made in England. Probably after the crusades when England sent troops to the Middle East. Anyway, some how they ended up with dates and naturally hat led to date nut bread.

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Add a little cream cheese and you have a meal fit for a King, like the King of England! I can just imagine King Arthur sitting around the round table munching on some date nut bread with his knights.

How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Grow your own dates. Gather around your own round table.

November 7th Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

This is a bitter-sweet day… literally! Don’t you just love things that are conflicted with each other! I mean, really… how can something be both bitter and sweet at the same time!?! Sweet and salty I understand but, bitter and sweet at the same time?

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And even more confusing… chocolate is a vegetable! It’s a bean and beans are vegetables. When served with almonds, which are good for you are well, then is a bittersweet chocolate almond bar a health food? Well, if not for all the sugar it might be. So maybe that’s the bittersweet part of it, it could be healthy but it’s not!

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In my day, it was a part of a thing called bridge mix and of course, you had to be playing cards to even bring that out! Of course there were those pesky raisins mixed in, and other kinds of nuts… maybe that’s why they called it a mix!

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Back in 2013 somebody was smart enough to make November 7th Men Make Dinner Day, Gin Day and Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day all on the same day. (It probably still is) So let’s take a wild guess what was for dinner that night! By the by, gin and bittersweet chocolate almonds do not go well together, I should know!

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It’s a good day when bittersweet chocolate with almonds is something to celebrate… well, maybe not if you are allergic to nuts but maybe that’s what truly makes it, bittersweet!

How to celebrate – Enjoy some bittersweet chocolate almonds. If you are a man, make dinner tonight. Have a gin tonic.

October 22nd National Nut Day

Okay, so I know there are all kinds of jokes I could make about today but seriously… nuts are our friends! Well, maybe not friends but they are good for us! That is unless you are allergic to them. In which case they aren’t our friends or good for us. This could get very confusing!

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Almonds, cashews, Brazilian, pine. I wonder if Mr. Peanut knows he is not really a nut? He’s a legume, in the pea family. So that peanut butter you eat is actually pea butter. Think your kids would still like peanut butter if they knew the truth!?! And beer nuts are just another story altogether! Peas soaked in beer… hum…

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There are also people who are nuts! I think we all know a few of those. Maybe because they’ve had a few too many beer nuts! The truth of the matter is, however, that nuts are good for us and we should use them as snacks rather than the ice cream we eat of candy bars we consume. Of course, some of those candy bars have nuts in them and a lot of ice cream is flavored with nuts so, maybe ice cream and candy bars are good for us!

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But then, you’d really have to be nuts to think that! However, acorn-ing to squirrels… nuts are really good. Using that theory, I am a squirrel because I like nuts too!

How to celebrate – Have some nuts today! Go crazy if you like. See how many nuts you can list.

 

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

Almost as popular and American as apple pie, the pecan pie ranks high among treats enjoyed for the holidays, and every day. This traditionally southern dessert has even become popular in the north, east, west and Europe!

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My research did not divulge who invented the pecan pie. I did not spend hours looking it up because it was making me hungry. It has been around for as long as I can remember… and that’s long enough.

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Hopefully you can read the recipe above. If you can’t, there are tons of recipes to choose from. One of the more popular these days is combining regular pecan pie with chocolate. It is good, but, to me, not as good as the original. It’s always hard to top something that is already about as good as it can get.

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We’ve even miniaturized the pecan pie so that it can be enjoyed as a between meal snack or be served at parties. Of course, most of us eat enough of them to make up for an entire piece of pie… or two. They seem less fattening when they are so small.

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Well I love pecan pie. You may not, it’s okay… I’ll eat your piece. A little whipped cram on the top is nice. And you don’t have to wait for a holiday to come to enjoy a piece of pecan pie because like whoever invented this day… you can make up one of your own!

How to celebrate – Have a piece of pecan pie! See if you can improve the recipes, but I doubt that you can. Go nuts!

August 31st National Trail Mix Day

Wow, it seems like everything this summer is about food. Sort of lets you know what people are thinking! However, this one is at least healthy, or at least most of it. We should be eating healthier over the summer as we burn more calories in the heat so you need to replenish what you’ve lost but you don;t do that with soda and ice cream. Water is a must and if you are going to snack, it ought to be something like trail mix.

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The original trail mix was really nothing more than peanuts and raisins.  The credit for this invention is given to 2 surfer dudes in California in 1968. But hold on! A novel, “The Dharma Bums” by Jack Kerovac written in 1958 has 2 main characters that eat the exact same thing as they hike across America (I think, I am not sure). Either way, it started out simple and provided the protein to keep either hikers or surfers full and moving. (Perhaps in more ways than one!)

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Since then we have learned we can add in all sorts of other flavors. A variety of nuts can be included, sunflower seeds (Which technically are nuts), dried fruits of all kinds, cranberries (Which may or may not be considered a fruit depending on who you talk to), M&M’s, Skittles, mini-marshmallows, chocolate drops… well you get the idea, just about anything you want to add to it can be added. (Though I don’t recommend honey, it makes it really sticky).

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Some have even turned the mixture into a breakfast cereal. Sort of like Grape Nuts but with a flair! Which also adds items that you can put in your mix. Rice cereals and wheat cereals work really well whether they are used in cereal or regular trail mix.  The point to trail mix is exactly what it says, something you can munch on while on the trail.  Meaning on the move!

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Now I am not sure exactly what the mixture above is. It sort of looks good, but I am a bit hesitant about the prunes. I am not sure prunes are a good thing while on the trail.  It conjures up some rather ugly images.

How to celebrate – Make up your own sort of trail mix. Maybe you can find something no one else as ever thought of! (Though I think that could be difficult) Make sure you use the snack for which it is intended, munching while on the move doing something.