April 26th National Pretzel Day

When we think of pretzels we often think Germany, and beer. Well, the world’s oldest snack food actually came out of France around 610 AD when Monks created the treat to represent children’s folded arms while in prayer. You can get pretzels salted, and unsalted, and in numerous different flavors today and generally speaking, while not exactly healthy, they aren’t all that bad for us. You can get hard pretzels or soft pretzels, big pretzels or small pretzels, you can even get them mixed with other snacks like popcorn, peanuts and raisins. (And you don’t have to have beer but it does make them better)

How to celebrate – Have some pretzels. Learn how to make your own pretzels. Become a Monk.

November 25th National Parfait Day

You could have pie, or cake, or any type of dessert today but why not have a parfait? Normally made with layers of ice cream, whipped cream and fruit it really can be made with any flavoring you choose. It can also be made with yogurt. We tend to think that if it is made with yogurt it is healthier but it really isn’t. And it doesn’t have to be fruit either, it can be nuts, granola, seeds… you name it. The general idea is to layer your dessert for different tastes with every bite. This might not be exactly a historic day or even a very important day, unless you are in the dairy industry. You can be different as well, try a parfait with veggies and cheese, meat and potatoes or even bits of candy. It is your parfait, make it your way.

How to celebrate – Have a parfait. Make a pumpkin parfait for Thanksgiving! Experiment with your parfait.

June 22nd National Chocolate Eclair Day

Pastry stuff with cream, what more could you ask for? Then, add chocolate to the top of it becomes a masterpiece! I particularly like the little bit sized ones because it doesn’t look like you are eating as much as with the normal sized eclair but in truth, you probably eat more of them because they are so small. They make for great desserts, snacks or in a pinch, even an entire meal! (I do not suggest eating them as a meal but then, who am I to say). Eclairs were created in France somewhere between the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Apparently it took several attempts to come up with the perfect blend. Well I am glad they kept trying because to me, it makes for the perfect treat.

How to celebrate – Buy some eclairs. Make your own eclairs at home. Throw and eclair party with different types of fillings.

March 24th National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Well, it seems like we tend to celebrate a lot of days that really aren’t all tat important. I don’t think i would put Chocolate Covered Raisins at the top of my list unless I were planning on playing Bridge today. Not that there is anything wrong with chocolate covered raisins, I do like them but I do not know that I would go as far as to actually celebrate them. On the other hand, they should, or could, be named a health food. After all, chocolate comes from the cocoa bean which is a vegetable and raisins are a fruit, so when we eat chocolate covered raisins we are eating our fruits and veggies! I just think the sugar involved here may sort of take it out of the range of most health foods. Still, it is a way to have something sweet and make the world think you are just being patriotic by eating them, after all it is national. Though I don’t think the government actually sees them that way.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate covered raisins. Eat your fruit and vegetables. Play Bridge.

December 8th National Brownie Day

If you ever want to get the whole family in the same room at the same time, bake some brownies, they’ll soon be in the kitchen with you, unless of course you are baking hem elsewhere (Which might be a little odd). Hardly anyone can ignore the scent of a brownie. There is something about them that just call out to you, drawing you in closer and closer.

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Generally thought of as a cold weather treat, a brownie is great anytime of the year. Of course, there is something about that warm chocolate all melted and gooey, surrounded by a cake like substance that nobody knows what it is, or cares.

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Add a little ice cream and the day becomes even better. There is something about the blend of warm chocolate brownie and cold vanilla ice cream. You can have it with, or without, nuts. Walnuts, pecans, cashews, any type of nut you choose. You can even share it with someone who is nuts!

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And if you really want to please Santa leave him a brownie instead of those old, stale cookies! Santa might stay a little longer and leave better presents! Add a dollop of whipped cream and even better! (What is a dollop exactly?)

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You can even go wild if you want to. Add a candy cane all melted inside the brownie or M&M’s or a little brandy (For adults only) The point is, live it up a little! It’s your brownie so you can do what you want with it.

How to celebrate – Make some brownies today. Try some new additive to your brownie. Don’t forget the Alice B. Toklas brownies!

December 2nd National Fritters Day

If you have ever lived in the South, you’ve had fritters. Actually, if you are from the North you’ve had fritters too! Apparently, if you are anywhere you’ve had fritters at some time in your life. It is simply deep friend food wrapped up in dough.

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It may have fruit, vegetables or meat inside the dough. In the case of hush puppies, it may not have anything other than spices mixed into the dough. It’s probably not all that healthy, but boy is it good.

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You can try and make them healthy by putting healthy foods inside of the fritter, the problem is… they are deep fried. We are talking grease here! But that said, eaten in moderation you can probably survive it. It makes me wonder… is a doughnut a fritter? Corn dogs must be fritters, and I assume everything you find in Long John Silver’s is a fritter!

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And the best way to fritter your day away is by eating fritters. You can become a fritter fritterer.  Oh, and don’t forget the dips. Guess that would make you a fritter dipper fritterer.

How to celebrate – Buy a deep fry cooker to make your fritters. Invent your own type of fritter. Have a fritter party, make sure to keep a defibrillator on hand.

November 25th National Parfait Day

This is going to be a sweet day, having to stuff ourselves with layers of yogurt or ice cream, surrounded by fruit and whipped cream… but then, someones got to do it so step up and take the hit yourself! You can even add some crushed nuts or granola just to keep it healthy if you like.

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You honestly don’t have to use fruit, it can be chocolate which is actually a vegetable. Or broccoli, or peas or lima beans. (I don’t suggest potatoes because it’s hard to tell them from the yogurt or ice cream) Then again, maybe fruit works better.

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And then there is the exotic parfait too. You may want to make sure first that you aren’t allergic to fruit you are using. That could kind of spoil the parfait for you. You can use the recipe above using any fruit of your choice. Make sure to write it down because it’s pretty easy to forget.

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Adding things like mint and cookies to the parfait does make it a little more difficult and adds to the choices you have to make but I’m pretty sure you can handle it. The parfait is refreshing, relatively light and works well as a snack or a dessert.

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Besides, you show a little culture by eating a parfait… that is if you make it with yogurt, not ice cream. I suppose you could use puddling as well. In fact, if you mix anything with a putty type substance mixed in I guess it clarifies as a parfait.

How to celebrate – Have a parfait today. Make up your own parfait (Though that might be a little hard to make it original). Do not use condensed soup to make you parfait.