Sunday, May 16, 2010

May Food Celebrations 16th-22nd

I'm Back!!! Blah, blah, blah, I'm back and I had a wonderful time!!! I must admit, I did miss "you guys." I'll be posting some pictures as soon as I get settled. For now, it's a GREAT week for food celebrations. Enjoy!

May 16th

Today is National Coquilles St. Jacques Day. National Coquilles St. Jacques Day honors "the Shell of St. James the Great" whose Feast Day is July 25th. (that link also includes recipes:) Why we celebrate National Coquilles St. Jacques Day on May 16th is beyond me:)
"The beautiful mollusk know on menus as Coquilles St. Jacques are emblematic of the pilgrims who visited the shrine of St. James of Compostella. They ate the mollusks as penance and afterward fastened the cockle shells to their hats. Scallops are also responsible for the cooking term scalloped which originally meant seafood creamed, heated and served in a shell." Joy of Cooking (1975)

May 17th

National Cherry Cobbler Day @ Home Baked Memories and, here's a recipe for Sweet Cherry Cobbler from Gourmet. It seems, Gourmet editors prefer frozen cherries for their Cherry Cobbler:) When it comes to Cobblers & Crisps, does it matter? Absolutely NOT! In fact, I wouldn't mind a slice of Cheery Cherry Cheesecake about now:) Thanks, Grace:)

May 18th

National Cheese Soufflé Day

National No Dirty Dishes Day is always May 18th. I found the following Epitaph in a spiral cookbook titled, Esther's Edibles. Apparently, the author, Esther W. Pyle is/was a preacher's wife and the book contains recipes she gathered along the way.
Here lies a poor woman
Who always was tired,
She lived in a house
Where help wasn't hired,
The last words she said
Were, "Dear friends I am going
Where washing "aint" wanted,
Nor sweeping nor sewing;
And everything there is
Exact to my wishes.
For where folks don't eat
There's no washing dishes.
In heaven loud anthems
Forever are ringing,
But having no voice
I'll keep clear of the singing.
Don't mourn for me now,
Don't mourn for me never,
I'm going to do nothing
For ever and ever.
-Author Unknown-

May 19th

"I think that all of life is what you ate,
what you wish you'd eaten,
or how glad you are you ate it, 
and what you're going to eat next." 
Nora Ephron

Widely successful author and director, Nora Ephron was born on May 19, 1941. I am a huge fan of Nora Ephron. How 'bout you??? 15 Food Questions for Nora Ephron @ Newsweek.

Nora Ephron is the author of "Crazy Salad," "Heartburn," "Wallflower at the Orgy," and "Scribble Scribble." She has received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay for "When Harry Met Sally," "Silkwood," and "Sleepless in Seattle," which she also directed. (source)

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Nora Ephron's birthday in style? I just happened to find this recipe for Nora Ephron's Key Lime Pie from "Heartburn" @ Uncle Phaedrus' (Finder of Lost Recipes) It makes 8 servings:)

First you line a 9-inch pie plate with a graham cracker crust. Then beat 6 egg yolks. Add 1 cup of lime juice (even bottled lime juice will do), 2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk, and 1 tablespoon grated lime rind. Pour into the pie shell and freeze. Remove from the freezer and spread with whipped cream. Let sit five minutes before cutting to serve.

May 19th is also, National Devil's Food Cake Day! I'm really going to try to post a home baked memory that day. Hopefully, it will be good enough to share:) In the mean time, there's a vintage recipe for Devil's Food Cake @ Rochelle's Vintage Recipes' blog.

Helen Porter Mitchell; Dame Nellie Melba to most, was born on May 19, 1861. As a successful operatic soprano, Nellie Melba had many dishes named in her honor including Melba Toast* and Peche Melba (Peach Melba) created by the great Escoffier. BTW, National Peach Melba Day* was in January. I celebrated with a few quick links from some of my favorite blogs:)

The first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette on May 19, 1777.

May 20th

The Congressional Club, "a non-partisan setting for friendships among the spouses of members of the House and Senate in Washington, D.C." was founded on May 20, 1908. I have a couple of Congressional Club Cookbooks I would one day like to share. In the mean time, here's a bit of Congressional Club Cookbook History to fodder on.

In case it has slipped your memory, I'm a Levi's kinda gal. So please, indulge me today, the day Levi's were "born" in 1873:) Oh, Thank you Mr. Strauss!

Today is also Dolley Madison's Birthday.* I did a post in her honor last year. Why yes, it does include a few ice cream recipe ideas. If you don't have time to visit my previous post, here's a tidbit I found @ The Dolley Madison Project.
A famous hostess, her name and portrait were suggestive of good food and fine entertaining. Food companies and advertisers used her image to suggest that any woman could entertain, as did Dolley Madison. There were companies named after her: the Dolly Madison Bakery, the Dolly Madison Diary, and the Dolly Madison Ice Cream.
National Quiche Lorraine Day
Pick Strawberries Day

May 21st

I know it's Friday but it seems, International Pickle Week begins today. It says so right here!
National Strawberries and Cream Day, now that's more like it!

May 22nd

The doors to The Culinary Institute of America opened on May 22, 1946.
National Vanilla Pudding Day

Just A Reminder

May is National Hamburger Month and National Barbecue Month. I'll be updating a previous post for Barbecue Month one day. In the mean time, here's a nibble from that post.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is National Asparagus Month (Asparagus Day * is May 24th)
May is National Salad Month
AND, National Strawberry Month

A red * denotes a previous post of mine:)


  1. Welcome back, Louise - hope you had a great trip! It does seem just a tad early for fresh cherries, which may be why the editors of Gourmet preferred frozen, at least if one is to stick to the schedule of National Cherry Cobbler Day!

  2. May 17th is my birthday - I think I know what I will have to celebrate! :D

  3. I missed you, Louise! And hope you had a wonderful time...am expecting a report on everything!

    Nora Ephron is a great favorite and in her book Heartburn she has a recipe for bread pudding that is so good we dumped our old family recipe and only make hers now. I posted it a while back.
    Also, have you ever seen her movie Mixed Nuts? I loved it.

  4. Hi Louise, I'm sure you had a great time. I'm already preparing my post about Peach Melba as celebration for Dame Melba's birthday.

  5. Welcome back! I haven't made a cheese souffle in years... I'll have to think about doing that this week...

  6. Another informative post. Thank you for sharing.


  7. it's cherry cobbler day, all right! if ever a berry was made for a cobbler, it's the cherry.
    oh, and i adore nora ephron's movies--she's responsible for at least two of my all-time favorites!
    welcome back, louise. :)

  8. You remind me that I should make cheese soufflé soon!



  9. Glad to see you back - I'm sure you had a great time!

  10. Welcome home, Louise! Hope you had a wonderful time in Idaho, and hope the grandchildren enjoyed the tarnation out of you!

    I'm good with the National Strawberry Month designation. Let's get more strawberries everywhere! Other celebrations I'll need to contemplate, like pickles and burgers. They need those on the same day, I think.

  11. I hope you had a pie-filled weekend!

  12. Welcome back Louise; hope you had fun!
    It seems to me that may is already almost gone!

  13. Hey Louise!
    It is always good to hear from you. Hey Wednesday May 19th is my wifes birthday....MMMM what should I make her.

    Hope you are doing well!!

  14. Louise, I love the information on your post :-) Very interesting, love to celebrate everyday ;-)

  15. Welcome back, Louise!! I hope you had a COOl trip!!!

    I so love this lovely post!! Another informative one too!

  16. We've missed you, celebrating the food days is just not the same without knowing the back story. I am so glad you had a grand time!

  17. I'm glad your back Louise! Can't wait to hear about your trip. May is a great month for food celebrations! I didn't know it was hamburger month - I will have to mention it in my Burger Club posting.

  18. Thank you T.W. I had a wonderful trip. I didn't even mind having to spend the night in Detroit on my way back:) Although, there wasn't a cherry to be found. I LOVE Michigan cherries:) I suppose, you're right, frozen are okay in a pinch. Thanks for visiting:)

    Hi Cathy! Long time no see:) I hope you had a delightful birthday. Did someone surprise you with Cherry Cobbler? I hope, I hope:)

    Hi Barbara! I missed you "guys" too. Nora Ephron is a favorite of mine too. I seem to remember that bread pudding recipe and oh my goodness, I love Mixed Nuts!

    Petra-Your post about Dame Nellie is most interesting. I'm really liking your take on the recipe too. I "grabbed" the link:)

  19. So Channon How'd that cheese soufflé turn out? I've never attempted a soufflé:)

    Thanks Pam.

    Hi Lazaro. Thanks for visiting and for your kind words:)

    Thanks tigerfish.

    Oh heavens, Grace. Your Cheery Cherry Cheesecake looks absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the link. I've included yours too. A must try!

    Rosa, I have an image of your cheese soufflé in my mind's eye and it looks delicious!!! Let us know when you prepare one, will you? Enjoy your holiday, Rosa!!!

    I did Jan. It's hard to believe how big the kids have grown since November. They are quite the little dancers too:)

    Hi Marjie! Those grandkids knocked me for a loop. We've been playing this game since they were born where I put them on my ankles and toss them in the air. I suggested that they may be getting a bit too big to do it anymore but they just wouldn't have it. Needless to say, I was delighted when my daughter came to my rescue with the River Dance dvd. Although, Noah couldn't quite understand why he couldn't clog on the bed!!!

  20. Thanks Duckie. I'm contemplating an apple pie this weekend but I better freeze that chocolate cake first!!!

    Thanks Joumana. It's good to be back although I already miss the family:) As for May being over, well, not quite yet. We still have National Taffy Day, Asparagus Day, Escargot Day, Wine Day and oh so much more goodies!!!

    So Jim, What delight did you conger up for your Wife's birthday? Do tell...

    Thanks Juliana. I really want to give those Mochi Cheese Balls a try. There's still time, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! I'll let you know:)

    Hi Sophie. Oh, I had a "COOL" trip alright. I woke up to snow three mornings, UG. Not to worry though, the children warmed my heart:) Thanks for stopping and for your kind words...

    Your so sweet, OysterCulture thank you. Your post on the Dragon Festival is GREAT!!!

    Thank you Cinnamon-Girl. It's good to be back, kinda; sorta. Yep, May is National Hamburger Month. I was hoping to post before the month is over. If I do, I too will mention your Burger Club posting. It sounds like FUN!!!


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise