October 17th Sweetest Day

Okay, so like we needed another excuse to eat more candy and sweets. Well, add the third Saturday in October as another reason to celebrate something sweet to eat. The day was created by Herbert Birch Kingston in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922. This day originally was created to get sweets to those who could not afford them but as with most well intended ideas, it found a life of its own. So it’s sort of a mini Valentine’s Day today with the exception that it includes all kinds of sweets, not just candy.

How to celebrate – Give something sweet to someone you love. Provide something sweet to those who cannot afford them. Make someones life sweeter.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

I love pecan pie, probably my most favorite pie of all kinds made. Though it is normally associated with holidays it can, and should, be available all the time. Sweet and nutty, crunchy and gooey, all at the same time. It is primarily a southern dish originally introduced, in one fashion or another, by Native Americans who had been using the pecan for more than 8,000 years. The pecan by itself is healthy, maybe not so much when we make a pie out of it, but who cares… it is soooo good!

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie! Try chocolate pecan pie. Get a southern cooking recipe book.

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.

February 20th National Cherry Pie Day

Today is a day to celebrate America’s, or at least the United States, second most favorite pie, the cherry pie! Well, it is my favorite as I like it over apple, the most popular according to the polls. And while apple pie is considered the American pie, I believe cherry pie should be America’s pie.

After all, George Washington featured the cherry tree, which makes the cherry, which makes the cherry pie! Johnny Appleseed came along a long time afterwards! Of course, the cherry blossom is big in Japan so maybe that’s why they chose the apple pie… I don’t know. I think the important thing here is that someone made a study of what pie American’s liked best… like that was really important.

There is nothing like a warm piece of cherry pie with some vanilla ice cream on a cool winter’s evening!

How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Find out the truth behind George Washington’s claim to have chopped down a cherry tree. Try a cherry tart!

August 1st National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

Anybody who knows me, knows I love raspberries. They are without a doubt my favorite fruit of all time. I like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries but I love raspberries. So, want to make me happy… make me a raspberry cream pie! I guess that makes August 1st my favorite day of the year!

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Now normally, anything raspberry is included with dark chocolate, and it’s good, but raspberries and cream… ah.. I drool just thinking about it. (Which is why I try not to think about it a whole lot!) I know a lot of people don’t like the seed like texture of the raspberry, and I even know a few people who are allergic to raspberries… just don;t invite them to eat your pie with you!

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After all, that leaves more for you to eat! need to know how to make a raspberry cream pie? Well, here’s an award winning recipe for you! I would invite you to send me a piece of your raspberry cream pie but it really needs to be fresh when you eat it. I have been trying to grow raspberries forever but failed… they really don’t do too well in Florida.

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I have to wrap this up because I am now in search of a piece of raspberry cream pie. I try to make do with my white chocolate raspberry coffee creamer but it isn’t the same. It’s expensive to make, or buy, but to me… it’s worth it.

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So, go ahead and give me the raspberries. I deserve them.

How to celebrate – Make a raspberry cream pie! Buy a raspberry cream pie! Go out and pick your own raspberries (But be careful of the thorns!)

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!

October 14th National Dessert Day

What’s better than a great dessert!?! Absolutely nothing! In most cases we save great desserts for company or some special occasion but why? Do we not deserve to treat ourselves! Our Families! Our egos!

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It’s hard to keep desserts healthy. That’s not what they are meant for. They are meant to please our inner self who doesn’t care how fat we get or what we stuff our faces with. But for the sake of argument add a few blueberries, raspberries or bananas.

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Of course, all desserts should be topped off with a cherry. It’s only fitting and a dab of whipped cream doesn’t hurt either (Unless of course you are doing a flaming dessert). Most of us have been known to save room from our suppers, probably by not finishing the healthy stuff on our plate. This is sound thinking. And others of us insist on dessert even if we aren’t hungry anymore.

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Well, here’s to sugar, a true friend for all who love desserts. In fact, maybe would should just skip the meal and have dessert instead! The idea of today is to have a dessert with every meal, and maybe for a few snacks along the way. And make it all of your favorites so you can save some for tomorrow.

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And let’s not forget our pets either. They enjoy something sweat after eating their gruel. In fact I once had a dog, God love him causes he’s gone, who I could set a piece of cake and a piece of steak done in front of and he would eat the cake and leave the steak. (Maybe that’s why he’s not with us anymore.)

How to celebrate – Have a dessert today! Make your families favorite dessert. Try, if you can, to find a healthy dessert.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

Today is my sisters birthday. No, that doesn’t have anything to do with pecan pie but then neither does the National part of the title so… happy birthday! Maybe we can have pecan pie instead of cake! I’d like that better!

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Pecan pie probably started with the Native American tribes, the Quinipissa and the Tangipahoa tribes of Texas. There seems to be evidence of the use of pecans since 8,000 BC and we have no reason to believe that they did not turn that into pie. The word pecan comes from the Alogonquin languauge.

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There are many recipes, most involving eggs, butter and sugar (Normally Corn Syrup). However brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup and honey are used either in addition to, or replacing original ingredients. You can try the recipe above or this one for your own guideline to follow.

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Not willing to settle on the common pecan pie, many add chocolate or cinnamon to top the pie off. I’m not exactly sure what was wrong with the original but if you like that, fine. I am more of a purist. You can top it with ice cream or whipped cream, which is nice so long as, to me, you don’t cover up the natural flavor.

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How to celebrate – Bake a pecan pie for your family today, or your friends, or maybe just for yourself. Try your own recipe, like maybe adding coconut making it more of a German Chocolate Cake pie. If you are not fond of pecans then you could try any other kind of nut, but then of course it’s not a part of National Pecan Pie Day!

October 20th Brandied Fruit Day

Brandy has existed since sometime in the 12th century. Fruit has been around since… well, forever. It’s only natural that the two should get together. Of course, you need to add a little sugar but then you really can add that to practically anything.

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It’s generally used as a topping for pies or ice cream. (Again adding even more sugar to the recipe) The pie, or ice cream, compliment the flavor of the brandied fruit. You can use any type of fruit since brandy is actually made from distilled fermented fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, cherries are among the favorites but you can use peaches or apples or oranges, though I would not suggest prunes but if you want to, why not!

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Though not as traditional as the whiskey soaked fruitcake brandied fruit can be used either in your recipe for fruit cake or to make a cake out of it yourself. After all, the idea is to get the booze into your diet! I remember a story of a man who served a fruit cake every year which no one ever ate. He would break it out the next year adding more whiskey to it to “freshen” it up. Well, after a number of years guests, probably feeling sorry for him, ate the fruitcake. Everyone went home totally snockered!

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Brandied fruit is also used to decorate cookies and add a certain zest to traditional Christmas treats. Here we see red and green cherries as well as pineapple. If you crush them in a glass of milk you will have finally found a way to corrupt a wholesome drink.

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It truly is a treat though, of course you have to like brandy.  Here’s a recipe for you to get started with.

How to celebrate – Try some brandied fruit for yourself. Make up your own dessert using brandied fruit. Try making some brandied vegetables!