Sunday, April 4, 2010

April Food Celebrations: Week Two

So far, I think posting the "foodie" days by the week, is working out pretty well. I'm not to good at figuring out where the weeks begin or end but that's okay, I have the same problem with days too:) Let's begin with:

April 4th

Dyngus Day is a post-Easter festivity always celebrated on Easter Monday. If you don't know why Dyngus Day is celebrated, quite frankly, neither did I until I did this *Happy Dyngus Day post. If it helps, I shared The Art of Polish Cooking by Alina Zeranska which explains it quite nicely.

On April 4, 1932, Dr. Charles Glen King of the University of Pittsburgh, was the first to isolate Vitamin C after five years of research. Have you tasted the *Golden Apple today? (source: Time Magazine )

National Cordon Bleu Day

"The emblem of the knights of the Order of the Holy Ghost was a blue ribbon, and a man decorated with this ribbon was referred to as a cordon bleu. I do not know why or by what steps the shifting of the term from members of this Ordre du Saint-Esprit to wielders of pots and pans took place. The Littre' dictionary merely cites these meanings that I have given, and adds: familiarity and jokingly, cordon bleu: a very skillful cook." (Culture and Cuisine; A Journey through the History of Food by Jean-Francois Revel (1982)
*Chocolate Milk Powder Day? Whether it is or it isn't, the Ice Box Chocolate Syrup recipe I posted made with Van Houten Cocoa be-stills my heart:)
Perhaps not as much as these Van Houten's Nut Brownies:

Van Houten's Nut Brownies
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
7 tbsp. (tbs) Van Houten's Cocoa
2 eggs
few grains salt
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped nut meats
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream butter and sugar together. Add cocoa and cream well. Add beaten eggs, then flour and salt, nuts and vanilla. Bake in greased pan in moderate oven (350 degrees) about 30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in squares. My Note: In the Van Houten recipe booklet I posted for Chocolate Milk Powder Day this recipe is "signed" at the bottom but unfortunately, I can't make out the name. It appears to read F. Rumeary, Chef de Cuisine, Hotel Ambassador, New York City.

April 5th

National Bake Week begins

National Egg Salad Week is always the full week right after Easter Sunday

On April 5, 1945, Post Raisin Bran hit the supermarket shelves for the very first time. (source: Mr. Pop History)

New Orleans, restaurateur Owen Edward Brennan, the founder of Brennan's Restaurant, was born April 5, 1910. I will forever be thankful to Mr. Brennan's Chef; Paul Blangé, for the creation of Bananas Foster

National Caramel Day

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

April 6th

*Happy Birthday Twinkies! The Twinkie was invented on April 6, 1930 by bakery manager James Dewar. *Tweaking Twinkies @ Tasteful Inventions, my other "neglected" blog:)

On the morning of April 6, 1938, DuPont chemist Roy Plunkett accidentally created polytetrafluoroethylene, later dubbed Teflon. There's an article at American Heritage.com titled Making Teflon Stick.

National Caramel Popcorn Day

The Mom and Popcorn Company, located in downtown McKinney, Texas, is giving its customers a reason to celebrate National Caramel Popcorn Day with a Buy One Bag Get One Bag Free special promotion. The special promotion expires Wednesday, April 7. To receive the Buy One Get One Free discount, customers need to enter CARAMEL as the promo code in their shopping cart after adding two bags of Caramel Popcorn.(source)
National Tartan Day: By Presidential proclamation, Tartan Day is The National Holiday for all Scottish Americans.

New Beer's Eve 

April 7th

*National Coffee Cake Day

National Beer Day: The day to celebrate when it was once again legal to drink beer with 3.2 percent alcohol content. That day was April 7, 1933. The time was 12:01 a.m. the end of Prohibition!!! (signed into law by FDR on March 23, 1933)

Will Keith Kellogg, The "King of Corn Flakes," was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on April 7, 1860. The Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company was founded by Will Keith Kellogg on February 19, 1906; *A Marketable Flake

No Housework Day! Housework? What's that?

April 8th

When I posted for *National Empanada Day a while back I shared recipes from from a recipe book titled Empanadas & Other International Turnovers by George & Sherry LaFollette. Does Baba Gannoujh Empanada strike your fancy?

Milk in Glass Bottles Day. I promise, I didn't make this up. It seems, "The first successful milk bottles were introduced in New York on April 8th 1879 by the Echo Farms Dairy Company. (Today in Science)

April 9th

Chinese Almond Cookie Day

April 9 & 10 2010-Annual Pig Cookin' Contest Newport North Carolina

Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival (April 9, 10 & 11, 2010)

April 10th

National Cinnamon Crescent Day

Banana Debut? Bananas made their London Debut on April 10, 1633. A perfect day for Banana's Foster. Don't you think? (see the next entry:)

Brunch goes public! Brunch was served in private homes many years before "it went public" for the first time at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City. The restaurant's brunch was advertised at $1 per person and was served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Well, I know what dessert will be, I better get moving on a Brunch post:) After all, Saturday is a GREAT brunch day too!!!

Don't forget, there's plenty of time to celebrate National Applesauce Month, National Fresh Celery Month, National Soyfoods Month, Fresh Florida Tomato Month, National Pecan Month, National Soft Pretzel Month and National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month!!! If you have any "special" Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipes stashed away, leave your link in the comment section and I'll try to gather a bunch for a Quick Links post for National Grilled Cheese Month!!! Let me know if it's okay to use the image.

Just in case you're curious as to who won the Sauces book, I posted the April Fool's Day Winners here. I'm not sure which day I will be posting this week. It appears Marion and I have a few chores to attend to. Marion hasn't found a doctor in PA yet, well, actually, neither of us have. The shed is causing more of a problem than I had anticipated so that must be finalized this week and, I have a few days of training ahead of me before I can start my volunteer work at the Woman's Shelter in Lock Haven. I don't remember if I told you about the shelter. I met the wonderful staff there when I donated my grandchildren's "kiddie" bedroom sets; Dora & Spiderman. Since I worked at a shelter in New York for many years, they asked me if I would like to donate some time right here in PA.

I hope those of you that celebrated the Easter Season had a heavenly weekend. Marion and I enjoyed a peaceful dinner. And, I got a big chocolate bunny for the first time in many many years:) I would show it to you, but I'm afraid I've already tackled his ears!!! Don't be surprised if you "see" me visiting your blogs late at night, it seems to be the only time I can really sit down and enjoy:)