Happy New Year Everyone!!
Here we are in a brand spanking new year! 2013!! And right from the git-go we’re greeted by not one but two national food celebrations in January. It’s National Oatmeal Month and National Soup Month!! Both warm and hearty and good for you too. What a spectacular way to start a new year.
For those that partied hardy on December 31 to ring in the new year, there’s some relief on the first day of the new year because it’s National Bloody Mary Day. While there are legends a’plenty where the very first one was served, the most popular story is that way back in 1920, Fernand ‘Pete’ Petoit mixed vodka into tomato juice while working in a Paris bar. He eventually ended up at the St Regis in NYC, where in 1934, he started to spice things up with Tabasco and horseradish. If you need a little ‘hair of the dog’, try a spicy bloody mary to ease that throbbing head.
Now that you’re all better, on January 2 we celebrate National Buffet day. No, not this guy... …or even this guy…...but the non-stop, all you can stuff down your gullet for one price eat-o-rama. While not all buffets are created equal, if you’re absolutely starving or have a voracious appetite, the buffet is definitely for you!
On the 3rd we give recognition to Marvin Stone. Seems Marvin decided sipping his drink through rye grass was getting tiresome so in 1888, he invented the paper drinking straw. My personal favorite and the ones I keep on hand and use every day are the bendy model. We salute you, Marvin Stone, as we blow the paper off our straws in salute to you on National Drinking Straw Day. By the way, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, in August of 2009 Simon Elmore of Munich achieved the world record by inserting 400 straws into his mouth at one time without using his hands. I don’t know how
and frankly I’m not sure I want to know.
Moving right along, on January 4th we celebrate National Spaghetti Day!! Homemade pasta or out of a box…with meatballs...…or bolognese...…or butter and cheese…...which ever is your favorite way to slurp up the long noodles, have at it! Comfort food and then some.
Who needs dessert? I’m wondering why we even bother when truly the hero of most desserts is the whipped cream! Sweet, rich and fun to eat, the 5th is National Whipped Cream Day. Go ahead and indulge!
How about a little bit of fried food? January 7th is National Tempura day. You can dip pretty much any veg or seafood into the light tempura batter and deep fry till golden brown and delicious! Good eats for sure and not difficult to accomplish at home. And if that weren’t good enough, how about National Pastrami day on the 14th! Pastrami on rye with mustard with swiss cheese and maybe some grilled onions?! Save a little bit of room for National Strawberry Ice Cream day on the 15th. In a dish or maybe a sugar cone …either way enjoy a couple scoops!
If you’re a hot ‘n spicy kinda person, celebrate with wild abandon on the 16th. Better known as International Hot & Spicy Food day. At the root of every hot ‘n spicy are peppers of every size and heat. Don’t miss out on enjoying a big bowl of spicy chili or some tacos or maybe tie on some Thai. Whichever is your favorite for heat and zip, go for it! And for a bit of fun, how about a healthy snack that’s fun to eat when we can enjoy National Popcorn day on the 19th. Did you know that the average person eats 52 quarts of popped corn each year? That’s a quart a week and that’s a lot of good snacking! Stove top popping or microwave or popcorn machine, it’s all good!
A major celebration on the 20th because it’s National Cheese Lovers day! Gosh, imagine if there were no cheese! A wonderful plate of nachos would be just a pile of tortilla chips. An ooey-gooey cheese quesadilla would be little more than a boring old flour tortilla. Without cheese, mac ‘n cheese would be nothing more than a bowl of bland macaroni. And pizza!? Would there even BE pizza if there were no cheese? So keep the cheese coming because it would be a very boring world without it!
If you ‘pahk yah cah in the yad’ you’ll be right at home celebrating National New England Clam Chowder on the 21st. Or should I say ‘chow-dah’. Creamy soup that warms you right down to your soul. Great soup to make for National Soup Month! Now get yah cah outta mah yad.
Christian Kent Nelson loved ice cream and candy. So much so that on July 24th, 1921 he was awarded a patent for his concoction. Yep, he dipped the ice cream into melted chocolate and never looked back. And here we are, 92 years later celebrating National Eskimo Pie Patent Day!! Thanks Chris!
If you love even more chocolate, the 27th is your day to get very happy as it’s National Chocolate Cake day. No, don’t grab a boxed mix off the shelf! Whip up a homemade batter and go to town! You can do it! And when you’re done cleaning up the mess and your house is filled with the lovely aroma of cakes baking in the oven, you can pour yourself a big glass of milk and feast on the fruits of your labors!
Even though we are rounding down towards the end of the month, last doesn’t mean least as National Blueberry Pancake day arrives on the 28th. Blueberries are one of the ‘super foods’ and pancakes are one of the most popular of breakfast fares. It’s a match made in flavor heaven! Put the fruit in the batter or slather on some compote on a stack of plain pancakes. Either way you’ll have your own Blueberry Pancake party!
There’s quite a variety of fare for this first month of 2013! Not to mention you can fill in the gaps with steaming bowls of homemade soups and oatmeal served in a bowl for breakfast, in a cookie or in a loaf of lovely homemade bread. So much to enjoy so we better get started.
So....what’s cooking at your house?