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.

November 6th National Nachos Day

If you are like me you may have assumed that nachos have been around forever. Well, apparently they haven’t. This appetizer, snack or meal was invented in 1943 by Ignaci “Nacho” Anaya in Piedras Negras, Coshulia, Mexico.

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In an effort to serve the wives of military personnel stationed in Fort Duncan across the border in America (Texas) Anaya served them the world’s first recognized nachos. The wives apparently loved the dish and went back time and time again to partake of the treat, eventually making their own in Texas and spreading the treat all over the world.

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Nachos can be made with ground beef, chicken, pork or without any meat at all. And while it is not the heathiest meal ever it isn’t all that bad for you either. It can be as spicy or mellow as you make it. Tortilla chips covered with cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, avacado and, maybe, jalapeno peppers are both light and filling. Topped off with a little sour cream, there is hardly anyone who does not enjoy some form of nachos.

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With all the heavy food served up in November, it might be a nice change of pace to serve up a nacho meal one night or for lunch. And really any topping will work still making the meal nachos, While I have never seen a breakfast nacho I do not see why it wouldn’t work, just add some bacon and scrambled eggs and you can make it for breakfast as well!

How to celebrate – Make nachos for lunch or dinner today. Create your own nacho dish. Celebrate Mexican heritage shared with the United States.

February 24th National Tortilla Chip Day

The bread of Mexico! The corn chip has become one of America’s favorite treats. It’s great by itself, even better with toppings, and nobody can eat just one! It’s sort of a mix between bread and a potato chip.

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Add a little salsa and you have a great appetizer, or even the beginning of a great meal such as nachos. Guacamole, sour cream, cheese, maybe a little beef or chicken, and now you’ve made a meal that can feed a small army.

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Did you know that Mexican food is not traditionally spicy? You have to add peppers and onion to it to make it hot, something most Mexicans do not do. It is said that businessman Elmer Doolin brought back the idea of tortilla chips and salsa from Mexico to his fellow Texans.

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You can even use tortilla chips as a dessert. Melt some chocolate and dip the chips as you would into ranch dressing or any other dip. You can even mince up some strawberries or blueberries and serve that as a type of salsa. The mix of chocolate and salt from the torilla makes a perfect combination.

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So celebrate the tortilla chip today. They are not difficult to make, just fry some torillas in oil and your done! Or buy a bag from your local grocery and begin to munch you troubles away.

How to celebrate – Discover new and different uses for your tortilla chips. Try making some artwork with your tortilla chips!  Suggest a tortilla chip party with your friends and neighbors.