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Celebrate National Stuffed Mushroom Day!

Stuffed mushrooms first appeared as a food item sometime between the mid-19th to early-20th Centuries. Culinary experts widely agree that they most likely originated with the Italians, as they are very much like the Italian stuffed zucchini, which has a … Continue reading

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Change

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” — Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) American Pop artist

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National Dark Chocolate Day

Ahhhhhhh! ‘nough said.

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Let’s Celebrate National Blueberry Pancake Day!

Pancakes make perfect comfort food on a wintry morning. If you don’t have fresh blueberries, stir in frozen ones just prior to cooking, which will help prevent them from turning your batter blue.  I also like to add a bit … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Pistachio Day!

Whether you like to toss them on a salad or directly into your mouth, this is the official day to enjoy these little gems. According to the American Pistachio Growers Association, pistachios are compatible with everything from honey and chocolate … Continue reading

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National Peanut Butter Day!

In a salute to National Peanut Butter Day, let’s simply eat some straight out of the jar! I go for Super Chunk, personally. You should enjoy whatever version is your favorite… from homemade, all-natural to creamy extreme. Have a peanut … Continue reading

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National Popcorn Day!

I love popcorn. Favorite memories seem to often go hand-in-hand with popcorn. I remember sitting at the bonfires on Lake Newfound as a kid, as my Dad popped corn in a big, square, metal pan. We popped corn for every … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Bagel Day

Bagels are boiled for 30-60 seconds before they are baked to “set” the crust before they hit the oven. Boiling water gels the starch on the outside of the bread. The length of time they boil impacts the thickness of … Continue reading

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Celebrate a Little Stone Fruit

On National Apricot Day we celebrate the little stone fruit we call the apricot, which is also known as the Armenian plum. Apricots have long been hailed for medicinal purposes for everything from asthma to infertility. They are high in … Continue reading

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National Tempura Day

Our “food mood” is determined by more than just flavors. Texture also plays an important role. When light and crispy, but not greasy tug at your heartstrings, tempura is perfect! Japanese chefs spend many years perfecting their tempura technique, but … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Whipped Cream Day!

Serve it on a fave food, whip it into any sauce you like, or simply go ahead and indulge straight out of a can. No one is judging. “She has a laugh so hearty it knocks the whipped cream off … Continue reading

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National Spaghetti Day

I recall hearing as a child the ol’ commercial that Wednesday is “Prince Spaghetti Day.” I guess it’s appropriate that National Spaghetti Day falls on a Wednesday this year. So, do it up your way… and listen for “Mama’s” voice … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2023!

  May your days be filled with good health, laugh-out-loud humor, and more happiness than harm.

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Dec 30th = National Bacon Day!

No shockeroo here… I like bacon. It’s tough to think of foods that are not improved by the smoky, salty, sinful sensuousness of freshly fried bacon! Instead of a recipe for this special day, I thought a technique might be … Continue reading

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National French Fried Shrimp Day

I love shrimp… chilled with cocktail sauce, stir-fried with veggies, baked and stuffed with crabmeat and buttery Ritz cracker crumbles, grilled with anything, and fried in a variety of manners… including coconut shrimp. I recall enjoying some big round fried … Continue reading

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National Bake Cookies Day

For many years, baking delightfully decadent, colorful cookie assortments as holiday gifts was a treasured annual tradition. I especially loved the planning of each year’s recipes. Naturally, many delightful cookie options dance through my mind on National Bake Cookies Day. … Continue reading

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National Maple Syrup Day & Canadian Maple Syrup Day

Maple syrup has been favored in North America for hundreds of years. It’s widely produced in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Up until the 1930s, the United States led in maple syrup production. Canada leads … Continue reading

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National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

So, you like chocolate! Perhaps you have a particular preference for dark chocolate, semi-sweet, milk, or even white (which contains no chocolate at all). There is something decidedly decadent about dipping a bit of something into chocolate before letting it … Continue reading

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National Cocoa Day

There are moments in life when nothing is quite as satisfying nor comforting as a toasty warm cup of cocoa. Straight up? Served with large or mini marshmallows? Topped with the decadence of whipped cream? Pick your style, and then … Continue reading

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National French Toast Day

While visiting Hawaii, we were treated to French Toast prepared in a variety of ways. There was Pineapple French Toast, Chocolate French Toast, and Traditional French Toast. And yet, I saw nothing “traditional” about it. (Just an observation; not a … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Relish Day

Leave it to cranberries to get two official days back-to-back. Because my cousin, Barbara Cote asked if I make our Grandmother Burnham’s Cranberry Orange Relish, I knew I needed to post a recipe today in celebration of all the marvelous … Continue reading

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National Cranberry Day

Cranberries are easily one of my favorite fruits. I get caught popping these fresh, tart little berries into my mouth all Fall. Being Thanksgiving week in the U.S.A, cranberry sauce, cranberry bread, and even cranberries in stuffing become wildly popular. … Continue reading

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National Hermit Cookie Day

I love the zesty fresh taste of spices. A particular fondness lingers for ginger and clove, both of which are usually prominent in the hermit cookie recipes. If you like a spicy, chewy, melt-in-your-mouth bar cookie, this could easily become … Continue reading

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National Homemade Guacamole Day

Everyone has their favorite guac, and this is your day to enjoy it your way. If you haven’t made it at home, give it a go! Super Simple Guacamole Guacamole is so easy and fast to prepare you’ll find yourself … Continue reading

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National Nachos Day

I love nachos of all sorts. A marvelous Mexican chef and restauranteur taught me to make them with a single layer of chips, individually adorned with cheese, sauce, and any other finely diced toppings you need. That is still my … Continue reading

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National Fun with Fondue Month

Fondue adds fun to any entertainment plan. It’s versatile and very easy. Anything you like can serve as “dippers.” Try crackers and breads, or meats, seafood, vegetables and fruits. To show you how simple it really is, here’s is an … Continue reading

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National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

My folks used to say that I could live on hot dogs and popcorn. They were probably right. When I smell popcorn popping, I feel as though I could literally float in its direction, lilting across the space on the … Continue reading

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National Butter Day

I love butter. No substitutes, please. (In fact, if you read the ingredients on substitutes, you will not likely let them cross the lips of anyone you love.) Real butter on hot popcorn beats movie theatre “buttery topping” every time. … Continue reading

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National Seafood Bisque Day

Even the word “bisque” sounds fancy. Chefs make bisques out of all sorts of ingredients, including fruits, squash, carrots, and tomatoes. However, the original bisque was always seafood based. This is a rich soup and pricy, too. In truth, the … Continue reading

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National Mushroom Day

Yes, there’s a fungus “amungus.” If you are not a fan of shrooms, simply click delete and move on in your reading. I love mushrooms, stuffed, grilled, sautéed, fried, etc., etc., etc. However, ‘tis Autumn, which in my world signals … Continue reading

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National Fluffernutter Day

Sooo many wonderful textures and flavors go with peanut butter. In making sandwiches, we may opt for a straight-up toasted peanut butter sandwich (a personal favorite). Or we may choose to slather one slice of bread with a favorite jelly … Continue reading

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National Taco Day

Okay… in all fairness, today is also National Cinnamon Bun Day. However, just thinking about the sugar made my teeth ache, and focusing on the yumminess made me want to eat 2 or 3…. Warm and toasty with a nice … Continue reading

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National Cookbook Month

I live to eat. I love food. Thus, I love cookbooks. I read them as many people read novels. I started creating my own recipes when I was barely in elementary school and was cooking family dinners by the 6th … Continue reading

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National Lobster Day & National Quesadilla Day

When two of my favorite foods enjoy the same “national” celebration day, I simply must combine my thinking. I mean, to my tastebuds, there is very little as delectable as the sweet tender meat from a freshly steamed lobster simply … Continue reading

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National Pecan Cookie Day

I am quite sure that nearly every traditionally favorite cookie variety has an official day by this point. Pecans work fabulously in cookies and bars, delivering nutty goodness without any bitterness. I love a pecan cookie that borders on shortbread… … Continue reading

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National Pepperoni Pizza Day

So, this is the official day to eat pepperoni pizza. As if we need a special day!!?! Make mine a double pepperoni, please. I love a crust that’s on the thin side, but not all the way to “cracker.” I … Continue reading

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Locate an Old Friend Day

Hmmmm…. In our hectic, day-to-day lives, it becomes far too simple to lose track of people from our pasts. And yet, our hearts are warmed when someone from whom we have not heard in a long time suddenly appears or … Continue reading

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National Monte Cristo Day

Warning! If you are dieting, stop reading now. Just look away. I am a sucker for fabulous local eats when we travel. Thus, in France, a Croque-Monsieur always lands on our plate at some roadside bistro… along with a glass … Continue reading

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National Live Creative Day

“Creativity is seeing what others see and thinking what no one else ever thought.” — Albert Einstein  (1879 – 1955) German-born theoretical physicist; developed the theory of relativity Everyone has a spirit of creativity! Some put more or less effort … Continue reading

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International Chocolate Day

Cacao beans are native to Central and South America. However, chocolate is easily one of the world’s favorite flavors. Thus, there’s no surprise that chocolate ranks its own international day of celebration. From chocolate bars (invented in England and perfected … Continue reading

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