September 14th National Cream Filled Doughnut Day

Okay, so it’s not like the doughnut isn’t already pretty unhealthy so why not make it even worse by adding some more sugar via that sweet, creamy filling! Well if you have already decided to go for it, today is the day to celebrate it! Actually I have to admit I prefer a cream filled doughnut, they are my favorite, though they are a little messy to eat and you do get a little bit of a sugar rush after finishing it. (Okay, so it’s a big sugar rush but at my age that rush is kind of welcome) And there are numerous different kinds of cream it can be filled with so choose wisely.

How to celebrate – Have a cream filled doughnut. See how many different types of doughnuts you can name. Support your favorite doughnut shop.

August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

It’s summer, it’s time for ice cream… but when you are on the go, it’s not easy to carry the bowl around with you and what do you do with it after you are finished eating it? Well, the simple answer is to make a sandwich out of it and eat everything leaving to evidence behind! (Except for that extra pound or two you have gained.

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Now the ice cream sandwich has been around since the early 1900’s. I am a little surprised it took so long after the Earl of Sandwich invented the… sandwich. It is a logical conclusion and really doesn’t take all that much thought. I was going to give you a recipe here but… come on, how hard is it to figure out how to make your own ice cream sandwich!?!

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The nice thing about it, it can be made with nearly any sandwich type material. Cake, cookies, brownies, sugar wafers… well you get the idea. Just take your favorite ice cream and slap it between two more solid type objects. Do I need to add that those two objects need to be editable?

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You can even add sprinkles or fruit, whipped cream or the maraschino cherry. (I suggest removing the stem first.) I have tried my own version of the ice cream sandwich, putting ice cream between lice cream. Trust me, it doesn’t work very well. (Though it tastes great)

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They are easy to make, even easier to buy… well, normally. While I was writing this I decided I wanted an ice cream sandwich and I went to the store to buy some. They were sold out! So I guess it’s a pretty popular day. The lesson here is…buy often and buy early!

How to celebrate – Stock up on ice cream sandwiches! (You won’t regret it) Make your own ice cream sandwiches using your favorite ice cream and whatever sweet you choose to place on the outer edges. Do not, I repeat do not, put brocoli inisde your ice cram!

July 15th National Ice Cream Day

So what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Do you like simple flavors like strawberry, chocolate or vanilla? Or do you like the more complicated flavors like Chocolate Double Fudge Vanilla Bean Brocoli Stem Grasshopper best? Well, whatever your favorite is, today is the day to enjoy it.

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It was like a hundred years ago that Baskin Robins came out with 31 flavors. Today there are probably more like 31,000 flavors! It is believed that Italo Marchiony came up with the first ice cream cone in 1896 somewhere in New York. It was lemon flavored. But this cannot be documented. Charles E. Minches did, however, serve an ice cream cone at the 1904 World’s Fair in St.. Louis. But it was not until President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the day the third Sunday in July in 1984 for it to become official.

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Does any of that really matter though? We are talking ice cream here, one of the worlds most favorite treats, particularly during the summer.And today we are even making ice cream without cream in it for the lactose intolerant!

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Well fancy or plain, ice cream is always a treat enjoyed by nearly everyone. It tastes great, cools you down and relaxes you… at least until the sugar rush kicks in!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl or cone of ice cream. Invent your own new flavor of ice cream. Have an ice cream tasting party and try some new flavors.

July 9th National Sugar Cookie Day

Sometimes the simplest things are the best. In this case, it’s the sugar cookie. It’s hard to complicate the sugar cookie, though there are those that have tried! But why? It’s easy to make, fast to cook and it tastes great all by itself!

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And there is no smell as wonderful as cookies baking in the oven. They seem to permeate every corner of the house and even waft outside, seemingly inviting the neighbors in to sample a few for themselves. (Particularly if the neighbors have kids!)

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You can put icing on them, maybe add some sprinkles but you really don’t have too. The icing, while good, changes the flavor of something already nearly perfect. It does make it prettier, maybe even a little more tempting but isn’t that a bit redundant?

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So if you are baking sugar cookies, go ahead and cover some in icing, others in sprinkles, even a few in icing and sprinkles but leave a few plain. I’ll bet those are the first to disappear!

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There is little on the history of the sugar cookie, probably because they have been being served since cave man (Or woman) roamed the earth. I’m pretty sure the ones we make today are better than their’s… but who knows?

How to celebrate – Make some sugar cookies for your family today. Come up with your own original topping for your sugar cookie. Save some for your Teddy Bear Picnic tomorrow.

March 8th Popcorn Lover’s Day

This is Popcorn Lover’s Day. A natural treat that can be served healthy, or unhealthy at your choice. Corn itself was domesticated in Mexico as far back as 9,000 years ago. No one really knows when popped corn came about but probably not that long afterwards, and probably by mistake.

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The term, popped corn, is first mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” in 1848 though it had been around long before that. During the great depression it was a cheap source of food, sometimes having to serve as a meal instead of a snack.

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And today, we can hardly imagine going to the movies and not having a popcorn treat to munch on  while being entertained. It has also been used to decorate Christmas trees with and to keep fingers warm on those cold winter nights.

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We’ve learned to flavor it, adapt it and make it more interesting over the years. It does have multiple uses, smells great while cooking (Or popping) and when not topped with salt and butter, a good diet food. But that salt and butter make it oh so good!

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The day was created by Bob Matthews on January 6th, 2012 in Rochester, NY. It was placed on the second Thursday of March as a day of celebration… but you don’t need to wait until then to enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn today. Try and come up with your own original flavoring for popcorn. Find a new and unique way to serve popcorn to your friends and family.

February 23rd International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

This might not be the sort of day that we as human’s appreciate all that much but our dogs sure do. It’s International Dog Biscuit Day, mean it’s not just a day for American dogs, but dogs all over the world!

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There are so many types of biscuits that one could go dizzy just trying to figure out which one is best for their dog. The key here is, take your dog with you to the local pet store and let them pick it out for themselves. That is, unless you have already tasted the biscuits they prefer and know what they want.

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There are biscuits that clean their teeth, help their hips, make their coat shiny, perk them up, calm them down and nearly everything you can think of. The key, however, is that the dog likes the biscuit they have been given. most of us use the biscuit as a reward system and it’s not much of a reward if they do not care for the biscuit in the first place.homemade-dog-treats

Of course you can make your own biscuits if you prefer. It takes time and a lot of effort but when you see the smile on their face it’s worth it, isn’t it!?! Well, no… not really when you consider you can also buy them something they like just as well with very little effort. That said, it is your choice. But keep in mind that is that 50 cent treat ends up costing you 10 dollars you may have made the wrong choice.

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For those of us that love our dogs, there is nothing like rewarding them with their favorite treat after they have gone out of their way to do something good. Mt dog prefers whipped cream. Yes, I know it’s bad for her but she loves it anyway!

How to celebrate  – Take your dog shopping with you for biscuits. Find recipes to make your own biscuits. Take your dog to Starbucks for a puppy latte.

December 9th National Pastry Day

Well this ought to be a tasty day! We should thank the French! They call their pastry, patisserie in which case I thank the English for shortening the word. Actually I thank the Pastry Chefs who make the pastry!

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I was surprised to find there is more than one type of pastry. There is shortcrust, flaky, puff, choux, phyllo and hot water pastry. Does anyone really care? Probably not so long as you are invited to eat at least one of the varieties.

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It’s sort of odd that something so light and airy can be so rich and filling. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy about it, but still amazed. As it should be, the French have made a real art of food with their high point reaching pastry.

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I say that because when you consider some of the other dishes the French make might be a bit questionable. Snails strike me right off. I mean, if you like them good for you but I am not sure who saw a snail crawling along the ground and said to themselves, “That looks good enough to eat!”

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But back to the subject at hand. I can see someone walking by a table filled with pastries and saying, “That looks good enough to eat! I think I’ll have ten or twenty of them!”

How to celebrate – Have a pastry! Take in some pastries to work today (Or at least pretend to since today is Saturday!) Become your household pastry chef by learning how to cook pastry yourself.

July 25th Culinarian’s Day

Today is Culinarian’s Day. If you like to cook, it is you day! Since it has no history and no one claims it as their day, I’ve decided to give you some recipes you might be able to dazzle you friends with.

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Century Eggs. These are eggs (Normally duck eggs) that have been stored in Salt, lime and ash for 100 years. (Guess that’s why they are black) Sounds yummy but you may want to have a stomach pump ready to go if you serve them. This delicacy comes to us from China.

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Stargazey Pie.  Another yummy dish, this time coming to us from England. I guess they call it Stargazey because the fish heads are looking up at the stars. (Actually it was the last name of a fisherman who saved a part of England from starvation by finding sardines for all to eat.) This is probably a healthy meal, it is definitely good for those on a diet because… who could eat it!

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Locusts. From Israel we love our locust. Apparently locust are quite a treat. They can be barbecued, baked, broiled or boiled. So the next time you see a field infested with locust don’t think of it as a disaster, think of it as lunch!

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My last offering is Casa Marzu.  It comes from Italy and is a cheese used as a dip or served with bread. It is Pecorino Sardo, a sheep’s cheese that left out, covered and allowed to be infested with maggots. You harvest the cheese after the maggots have laid their eggs (Larvae) and then served as an appetizer or snack. The larvae is still alive so you might want to check and make sure they don’t come back up on you before you are able to thrown them up.

How to celebrate – Try any of these tasty treats or come up with one of your own. Buy a chef’s hat and at least look the part of a culinary genius! Attend a Culinary class.