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Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Reminder and a List

If you missed the Tart Day Give-Away, get your "tush" over there right now and leave a comment. How else will I be able to mail The Best Summer Drinks to you? Hey, it's by Ray Foley; the publisher of Bartender Magazine. I have two to give-away and anyone can WIN!

Monthly Food Celebrations

By know means is this list complete. However, I'm sure you will find a favorite day to celebrate:)
  • 1. National Food Safety Awareness Month
  • 2 National Chicken Month
  • 3. National Honey Month
  • 4. National Rice Month
  • 5. National Mushroom Month
  • 6. American Breakfast Month
  • 7. Hispanic Heritage Month
  • 8. National Mango Week
  • 9. National Biscuit Month
A note about National Chicken Month: You still have time to get your entry in for the Winning Taste Recipe Contest held by Pilgrim's Pride. Entries must be in by September 30, 2009.
"Introduced in 1989, the Winning Taste Recipe Contest is one of the country’s longest running chicken recipe competitions and is among the most widely recognized creative cooking contests in America."

Daily Food Celebrations

Waffling Waffle Week: Digging deep into the crevices of the online world, can be awfully daunting. Take Waffles for example. I waffled around with an assortment of Waffle Days way back in March. No Waffling-Waffle Day satisfied my curiosity. How 'bout yours. However, National Waffle Week has me questioning those divots. There are those who claim National Waffle Week is the first week in September. Others proclaim the second week of September as National Waffle Week. The decision is yours.
  • 3rd-History tells us that the ritual of afternoon teas was started by Anna, the Dutchess of Bedford. September 3, is her birth date. Celebrate with a Victorian Tea.
  • 4th -September 4, 1920 is the day New York food Columnist and cookbook author Craig Claiborne was born.
  • 4th-François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand was born today. Although, some say Sept. 14th, he was a writer, politician and diplomat. A food enthusiast, he also coined the name of a cut of tenderloin (the Chateaubriand steak).
  • 4th-Do you know who invented the Ice Cream Scoop? It was Alfred L. Craille. He was born on September 4, 1866.
  • 5th-National Cheese Pizza Day! is September 5.
  • 5th-The Battle Creek Sanitarium, in Battle Creek, Michigan, first opened on September 5, 1866 as the Western Health Reform Institute. Cereal anyone?
  • 6th-September 6, is the birth date of cookbook author Catharine [Catherine] Esther Beecher. The Beecher Tradition.
  • 6th -The first Piggly Wiggly opened; September 6, 1916 at 79 Jefferson Street in Memphis.
  • 7th-It's Salami Day! I kid you not:)
  • 7th-Inventor Luther Crowell was born today in 1840. One of his many inventions was for a machine which could produce a square-bottomed grocery bag. Gee, I wonder if he knew "Lady Edison?"
  • 7th-Labor Day (2009)
  • 8th-Today we celebrate Euell Gibbons; The Father of Modern Wild Foods. Did you know Euell Gibbons was once the spokesperson for Post Grape Nuts? Look see...
  • 9th-Another memorable ice cream date is celebrated in September. September 9, 1843 is the day that Nancy M. Johnson of Philadelphia, PA received her patent for the "Hand-Crank Ice Cream Maker."
  • 9th-Harland Sanders was born today in 1890. Who was Harland Sanders? Ask the clerk the next time you visit KFC!
  • 10th-According to the Emeril website, September 10th is National TV Dinner Day. Who “invented” the TV dinner, anyway?
  • 11th-Proclaimed by President Bush in 2002, today is Patriot's Day!
  • 12th-It's National Chocolate Milkshake Day!
  • 13th-It's National Peanut Day and International Chocolate Day!
  • 13th-Don't forget Grandparents' Day is September 13, 2009. Grandparents' Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
  • 13th-Happy Birthday Uncle Sam. Yes, there was a real Uncle Sam and September 13th is the day he was born! You know, we'll be celebrating Ice Cream Cone Day on September 22, why whip up these Uncle Sam Ice Cream Cones and celebrate!
  • 13th-Milton Hershey was born on September 13, 1857, in a farmhouse near the Central Pennsylvania village of Derry Church. Celebrate with a Birthday Kiss...
  • 13th-Okay just one more tasty morsel to celebrate on September 13th. It's Fortune Cookie Day!
  • 14th-Cream Filled Doughnut Day is celebrated on the same day as Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin was born. How apropos...Chinese chef, Joyce Chen, was also born today.
  • 15th-It's Chicken Lovers' Day!
  • 15th-I couldn't find much documentation for these two food days celebrated supposedly on September 15th, National Creme De Menthe Day and National Linguini Day. Sounds good to me!
  • 17th-It's National Apple Dumpling Day!
  • 18th -Ahoy there...Not only is today Mushroom Picking Day, it is also Talk Like a Pirate Day and National Plah-Doh Day!!! Arg...
  • 20th-Sir James Dewar inventor of the Dewar flask in 1892, the original thermos bottle, was born today in 1842. Have a Toast to Dewar!
  • 20th-Today is your day. You can celebrate National Punch Day or, National Rum Punch Day. The choice is yours:) National Rum Day was in August:)
  • 21st-Don't quote me on this. Today just may be National Pecan Cookie Day and, National Banana Day.
  • 22nd-It's Ice Cream Cone Day!!! The first ice cream cone was made in New York City by Italo Marchiony on September 22, 1896.
  • 22nd-Hanson Goodrich was born September 22, 1836. Who was Hanson Goodrich? Well, there are those who credit him with the invention of percolator. Thank you Mr. Goodrich; "Father of the Percolator," I still perk my coffee to this day!!!
  • 22nd-Some say National White Chocolate Day is September 23rd. Are you willing to "suffer" if today is indeed National White Chocolate Day? I know I'm not.
  • 23rd-Great American Pot Pie Day; sponsored by Marie Callender is always celebrated on September 23rd. Chicken Month, Pot Pie Day. Do I smell a Chicken Pot Pie steaming?
  • 24th-National Cherries Jubilee Day; Hip hip Hooray!
  • 26th-Fitness guru Jack LaLanne was born today in...drum roll...1914!! That means he's going to be 95 years young this year!!! (2009) I need some Fountain of Youth Cookies!
  • 26th-Not only is September 26th the birthday of John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed, it is also Native American Day. Native American Day was proclaimed by President Ronald Regan and is celebrated on the fourth Friday in September each year. In South Dakota, Native American Day is celebrated on the second Monday is October.
  • 27th-September 27th is National Chocolate Milk Day. Not to be confused with Chocolate Milk Powder Day, National Chocolate Milk Day is in September and the other is in April.
  • 27th-A grand toast to food writer (and many more tasty feats:) Clementine Paddleford born today in 1900. Her culinary journalism was second to none!
  • 28th-I'm not exactly sure why September 28th is National Strawberry Cream Pie Day but who am I to argue? Oh, it's also Drink Beer Day; I think.
  • 29th-Sit down, relax, grab a cup of coffee. Ready? Celebrate National Coffee Day at the Virtual Corkscew Museum. They have 3 cool pieces of coffee advertising.
  • 29th-Happy Michaelmas! Where's the Goose?
  • 30th-Whisper a Happy Birthday today to Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis; The mom who put Mother in Mothers' Day.