There's so much sweetness to spread in the month of October and yet, I just can't resist celebrating another Winnie the Pooh anniversary. I'd be rather remiss if I didn't mention that October 14th is also the day one of the first patents for a corn-planting machine (harvester) was granted to an African American by the name of Henry Blair. I wouldn't want to inadvertently miss Saint Paraskeva's Day, although I'm not too fond of Bulgaria's festival dish of Calf's Trip Soup. October 14th just may be National Dessert Day and is most definitely National Chocolate Covered Insect Day. (why oh why I'm not quite sure:) And, according to wiki, cookbook author Thomas Keller was born today in 1955.
I still haven't prepared anything for Pasta Month, Seafood Month, Caramel Month or any of those monthly food celebrations celebrated in October. Oh well... Who can resist celebrating the "Ambassador of Friendship," Winnie the Pooh! (I remembered that from Friendship Day:)
I realize we celebrated the "official" Winnie the Pooh Day on A.A .Milne's birthday in January. You must remember, that's when I posted a bunch of Pooh recipe links and those honey sweet cookies on a stick. (that was a direct link to the recipe:) However, when I happened upon this delightful PDF file filled with creative ideas for celebrating that honey loving bear's anniversary, I just knew I needed to include just a smackerel amount of recipes. Let's begin with Piglet's No-Haycorn Pizzas just in time for National Pizza Month:)
Pooh's Holiday Ornament Cookies, usher in an introduction to National Cookie Month which I just happened to post about way back when in October of 2007. (the post is rather long but the beginning is worth a peek into the Cookie Jar poem by Edgar Guest) I won't get to post about National Cookie Month this year but Wait till you see what book I'll be featuring for National Cookbook Month. Here's a taste just in time for National Dessert Month:) Enjoy!
Big piles of pastry, delicious and sweet,
Contain no mustard, garlic, or caraway seed.
They're baked until they are perfection,
For this is heaven's own confection.
But eat too much and you will shout,
I think I'm suffering from the gout!
Light and flaky, in sugar they're richly rolled,
Like delicate china dolls with powdered skirts and lacey fold.
Seize up your fork and count your blessings now,
For these exquisite treats the chef deserves a bow.
This toothsome dessert is made from fine flour,
Sugar, eggs, spices and all things not sour.
Chocolate, raisins, poppy seeds, and rum,
If you hesitate, my friend, you won't get a crumb!
Upcoming Food Days:
15-Happy Birthday to Emeril Lagasse (10-15-59)
16-World Bread Day
16-International World Food Day
17-Diwali (Festival of Lights)