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National Asparagus Day

  For those who love fresh veggies, fresh from-the-garden asparagus is a perfectly splendid Spring delight.           Asparagus spears serve as a beautiful accompaniment to meats and fish.       They are also delightful in … Continue reading

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National Steak Day

Ahhhh…. When steak is done right and “your way,” little can be more satisfying. Some like it fancy with sauces; some prefer it black and blue and straight-up. Though not a great beef fan, I do love biting into a … Continue reading

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Chow-der Down!

Let’s celebrate National Clam Chowder Day with a simple discussion of the Great Chowder Debate. Some insist it must have a clear broth base; others want it creamy and thick. Some add tomatoes; some stick to onions and potatoes. Everyone … Continue reading

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Have a Hot Breakfast

  We’re celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month during February. Fresh, warm muffins… eggs and bacon… hot cereal with raisins or berries and brown sugar… pancakes or waffles with warmed 100% pure maple syrup. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. … Continue reading

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National Croissant Day

  I was first introduced to croissants while on a college internship in Copenhagen, Denmark. Each morning, as I traversed the walking street near my destination, I learned to stop in at a pastry shop.         What … Continue reading

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Rah! Rah! Rhubarb!

Though this is National Rhubarb Pie Day, we’ll have to use frozen rhubarb, because Spring is still way off in most parts of the country. But rhubarb is a great addition to our diets if we have health concerns. Rich … Continue reading

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For the Love of Brownies!

  This is National Blonde Brownie Day! Oooooh, I have such fond memories of Mom regularly making these for us in the 1950s and 60s. Then I started making them, too. Nothing has changed. They are still merely mahhhhvelous!   … Continue reading

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National Hot Pastrami Day

I can think of no better way to celebrate National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day than sinking my teeth into the crunchy, savory, succulent, perfectly grilled sandwich! Pastrami on rye was introduced to Americans in 1888 by Romanian immigrant Sussman Volk. … Continue reading

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National Baking Month

We’re celebrating National Baking Month with a recipe from yesterday’s look at National Arkansas Day. Arkansas Possum Pie does not contain opossum… or any other meat. It’s a creamy layered pie with chocolate and cream cheese in a melt-in-your-mouth pecan … Continue reading

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National Soup Month

January is National Soup Month. Soup makes a marvelous mouth-watering way to warm up on a chilly winter’s day. A favorite of mine is Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, which I have been making and enjoying since the mid-1970s. Here’s … Continue reading

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Food, Glorious Food!

As noted yesterday, I enjoy sharing recipes on my website and social media articles. In 2023, I am pleased to note that I shared 90 recipes with you. They ranged from appetizers, tapas, beverages, and brunch items to entrees, side … Continue reading

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Christmas Blessings

  Christmas blessings were in abundance at Café Martin this year. With a table set for 24 and lots of incredible edibles, including baked ham, roasted potatoes, and grilled fresh pineapple spears, no one went hungry.         … Continue reading

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Bacon!!!

  “Bacon bits are like the fairy dust of the food community.” — Jim Gaffigan (1966 – ) American comedian & writer     Bacon: the main reason I’m not a vegetarian. I can’t fathom the person who cannot help … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Decorating Time Is Here!

Sir Ronald got to take both daughters to visit The Biltmore in Asheville, NC this past week. The largest single-family residence in America harkens back to a fascinating time in our history. But the gingerbread house of The Biltmore is … Continue reading

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It’s Beer-30 Somewhere!

Celebrate National Lager Day with a favorite “cold one.” Or prep some recipe that lets your lager shine. I do not drink any beers, but beer, lager, wines, and other liqueurs work perfectly in various, scrumptious recipes. Here’s one of … Continue reading

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National Brownie Day

Let’s harken back to my 1998 variation on a popular mint brownie recipe. (We redubbed it with the Café Martin name, as that’s how Ron and I have long referred to our home.) And it’s perfect for the holidays and … Continue reading

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Don’t Fritter Away National Fritters Day!

    Whip up some yummy fritters to tantalize your taste buds! “They” say that fritters have been around since the days of ancient Rome, and their popularity is even greater today.     For breakfast or dessert, it’s tough … Continue reading

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November Is National Pepper Month

  We are blessed to have luscious peppers available to us throughout the year. We often may think of sautéing peppers and onions to add to a sandwich… or stuffing whole peppers as an entrée.     But I made … Continue reading

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Celebrate National French Toast Day

  Breakfast, lunch, or dinner? National French Toast Day is today. Celebrate it sweet or savory.     Savory, you say? Sure. Sauté up some sweet onions and sliced mushrooms. (A combo of oyster, shiitake, & cremini makes mushroom mahhhvelousness.) … Continue reading

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National Soup Day

Today is National Soup Day in Germany. Well, I’m going to celebrate it New England style with some Lobster Newburg. In my photo, you see a great way to go extra fancy for a full lobster bisque entrée. I garnished … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day!

I love pizza… and always with cheese. Okay… not often with JUST cheese. But add some buffalo mozzarella slices, and ooh-la-la!

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Breakfast Time

  September 1 launches Better Breakfast Month. Start your day with foods that will keep you going strong. Choose waffles, pancakes, or French toast, fruits and yogurt, or leftover pizza (a personal fave).         Or go for … Continue reading

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National Bacon Lovers Day

Annually, on August 20th, we celebrate National Bacon Lovers Day. If you are a fan… and you know who you are… this day invites us to indulge in all things bacon.       Perhaps you’ll add a peppery slice … Continue reading

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Kebab Day

Shish kebab refers to skewered and grilled meat chunks, while kofta kebabs are made from finely ground or minced meat. You can also skewer up seafood, or veggies.             Then roast or grill up those … Continue reading

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National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

Creativity is many different things to many different people. I recall being in Moscow back in the days of the USSR, when any flavor other than vanilla and chocolate could have boggled someone’s mind, never mind sizzled with creativity. In … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Waffle Iron Day!

  Waffles are FUN food. Period. Large or small, round or square, sweet or savory… they are allll good! As we appreciate our waffle (and chaffle) makers today, just imagine the possibilities. I like the classic… soft butter and 100% … Continue reading

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National Corn on the Cob Day

In most U.S. gardens, mid-June is too early for corn that comes fresh from our gardens. But all of us who love fresh corn tend to be anxious!!! At its freshest, the taste of just-picked sweet corn is tough to … Continue reading

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Birthday Celebrated

“I count my age by friendships, not years, and I count my life by smiles, not tears.” My sister, Deborah, is visiting from Hawaii and celebrated my birthday with Ron and me and our dear friends Jim Lurvey and Janice … Continue reading

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National Foodies Day

May 9th is the day to especially celebrate with everyone else who has a “particular interest in food.” I get it. We all must eat to live, but foodies live to eat!           We are passionate … Continue reading

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National Raspberry Popover Day

Popovers deliver as a comfort food extraordinaire! I quite simply adore them… hot from the oven, crispy & golden on the outside, and yet soft and steamy inside… split and slathered with plenty of salty butter and then delightfully devoured. … Continue reading

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World Tuna Day

Grilling a gorgeous tuna steak would be la wonderful way to celebrate World Tuna Day! I say this despite the fact that one of my friends comes to mind who eats no fish except for canned tuna. While she would … Continue reading

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National Blueberry Pie Day

My mother made the best blueberry pies EVER! Her homemade piecrusts turned out light, flaky, and perfect every time. Her blueberries with those madly marvelous small-sized wild berries that we all dutifully picked each year and then froze for incredible … Continue reading

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National Eggs Benedict Day

Chef Charles Ranhofer is credited with creating Eggs a la Benedict at Delmonico’s Restaurant in Lower Manhattan. He came up with the combination in the 1860s when a regular diner, Mrs. LeGrand Benedict, sought something new on the menu. The … Continue reading

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Great Combo!

National Grilled Cheese Month meets National Sourdough Bread Day. This is no April Fools Day joke. National Grilled Cheese Month meets National Sourdough Bread Day! Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich?!? Enjoy it plain. Add a fried egg and … Continue reading

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No Turtle on the Half Shell, Please

We are digging up deliciousness today as we celebrate both National Clams on the Half-Shell Day AND National Oysters on the Half-Shell Day. Both are recognized on March 31st each year.     When it comes to oysters and clams … Continue reading

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National Something on a Stick Day

Now, this could mean anything from a wrapper on a stick of gum to some tree bark. For me, I naturally think food! From breakfast to snacks to dinner, all sorts of yumminess can be yours on a stick.   … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Fresh Celery Month!

First discovered in Europe’s Mediterranean region, celery has plenty of health and healing benefits. High in fiber, vitamin K, folate, and potassium, celery is good for digestion and lowers blood pressure. It’s a dieter’s delight with a mere 14 calories … Continue reading

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Flipping for National Flapjack Day!

You say pancake. I say flapjack! They’re both the same. This is also true for hotcakes and griddlecakes, which are types of pancakes. Call it whatever you like. On this day we celebrate the mahhhvelous breakfast treat. Of course, if … Continue reading

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National Almond Day

Celebrate National Almond Day with the timeless Almond Joy candy bar. Or a snifter with some Amaretto. (Or perhaps both.) Today I will share my recipe for Everything Bagel-Seasoned Almonds. This delicious snack delight is Super Simple to make and … Continue reading

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A Great Year!

Though I have been writing articles here for years, it was one year ago that I consciously decided to also post something positive each day on social media. During the past year’s daily articles, I posted 187 quotations. And I … Continue reading

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