Hard to believe it but December is upon us. I wonder where the year went?! I remember the first posts in our new forums back in July and here we are, some six months later already! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!
And can I tell you…despite the fact the the biggest celebrations of the year are in December, the month is also packed with all sorts of foodie celebrations! It’s almost a non-stop eat-a-thon. Let’s get started!
The very first day of the month is Eat a Red Apple Day! I’d say that’s good advice considering the amount of not-so-healthy fare coming down the pike. And if you’re not fond of red apples, heck….no law says you can’t eat a nice, tart Granny Smith! So go on and chomp away…to keep the doctor away!
I hope you took my advice and ate at least one apple because what’s up next is deep fried and golden brown goodness! National Fritters Day on the 2nd! If you can chop it up and drop it in batter to deep fry you can make a fritter. Corn, banana, apple, clam, potatoes, ricotta! Where ever your imagination takes you, be it sweet or savory, fritter the day away!
And now a little history lesson. Way back in the day, a bunch of tea total ladies got together and decided that all the evils of the world were based on the devil drink. They went on and on until, with Utah being the final state to vote to bring in the required three fourths of the states to ratify, in 1919 the 18th Amendment was added to the Constitution, outlawing all things liquor. (What were they thinking?) Anyway, as time marched on and bootleggers got rich and law enforcement pretty much looked the other way, a very thirsty public declared enough was enough. And again, with Utah being the final state to vote to bring in the required three fourths of the states to ratify, the 21st Amendment erased what havoc the 18th Amendment brought to bear. And so, on December 5, 1933, it was once again legal to belly up to the bar. So on the 5th, grab a fifth and pour yourself a nice cocktail and ponder this: ‘What the heck is up with Utah??”
More health food as the 7th is National Cotton Candy Day! I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like cotton candy!? It’s sweet, it’s fluffy, it’s sticky…it’s fabulous! If that’s not enough sugar for you, the 8th is National Brownie Day. You can munch on one whilst you light your menorah as it’s also the beginning of Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish pals!
December 9th is National Pastry Day. That is if the brownies and the cotton candy didn’t overload your spleen or whatever else. Not that there’s anything wrong with pastries! Cream filled, fruit filled, puffed up or layered…....amazing works of culinary art.
Taking a bit of a break from all the sweets, the 11th once again brings us National Noodle Ring Day. After reading a couple of recipes I can understand why we don’t see more noodle rings nowadays. But if you like applesauce in your noodles, rock on. At least it’s not sugar.
The 13th is Ice Cream Day! If you have any brownies left over, drop one in a bowl and top it with a couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream. Still not enough? Well the 15th is Lemon Cupcake Day! Sweet and zesty…lovely!
Oh, Lord. Make it stop!
The next day, on the 16th, it’s National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. A hunk of fruit, a salty pretzel or slice of bacon…even creepy crawly things….cover it with chocolate and you’re celebrating. What’s that? Oh, yeah, there’s more. It’s National Maple Syrup Day on the 17th and Bake Cookies Day on the 18th.
It’s NEVER GOING TO END!!
Or maybe it is.
You may have heard that the Mayan culture has a calendar then ends on December 21st, 2012. Many say that when the calendar ends so goes the world. I have a couple theories as to why the calendar ends but maybe not the world.... -or- -or could be-
…..Oh, yeah. It’s also the first day of Winter!
Now that the world hasn’t end, let us continue on our diabetic coma journey of sugar as we reach the 24th. There are two…count ‘em…two!…food holidays to “enjoy“. National Chocolate Day and National Egg Nog Day. (I’m running out of nice things to say about sugary stuff.) Although I admit I do like a nice glass of egg nog with a scrape of fresh nutmeg on the top. Ah, why not!?
After all it’s now December 25th!! Merry Christmas everyone! Nativity scenes, Santa, presents and more food.
Yes, more food... but at least it's the last holiday of the year to eat, drink and be merry!
Oh no. OH NO!
I thought that it was finally finished. No more food or holidays or celebrations until which on must shovel fat and sugar into ones gullet. But no. They had to come along and invent yet another ‘holiday’. Yes, you’ve guessed it. December 26th….Kwanzaa. It’s bad enough that some guy made up a holiday. But then along came the idiots at Food Network and the next thing you know there’s a cake. And I use the term loosely. If the truth be told, I’m not sure it’s really food. Or edible. Or even of this planet. If only the Mayan calendar had been correct we wouldn’t have to be inflicted with this, uh..… ....thing.
There is some comfort afforded us because on the 30th, after all the food and drink and sugars and fats, we can sit back and burp to our hearts content because it’s National Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Please remember your manners and say ‘excuse me’ when you let out a window-rattler please. After all, we’re not barbarians.
And so it goes.
We have reached the end of 2012 and entering into the vast, uncharted waters of
And as we move ahead, I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year…
As we go forward, for you and yours, the Irish Blessing...
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rains fall soft upon your fields and,
Until we meet again,
May God hold you in His Hands.