Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Mayonnaise Day?

Last year I declared June 22nd, Mayonnaise Day for a very good reason. Oh, it isn't an "official" declaration such as you would find in Chase's Calendar of Events but that's okay, many of the food days we celebrate here and else where on the internet, have been passed down through the years without so much as a Presidential Proclamation. I therefore proclaim June 22nd as Mayonnaise Day. Why? I have my reasons:

1. Today is the day Richard Hellman, the namesake of Hellman's Mayonnaise, was born.
2. I LOVE Hellman's Mayonnaise! (no lectures please:)

Last year I shared these vintage Hellman's die-cut recipe booklets

Filled with vintage Hellman's Mayonnaise recipes and a bit of mayonnaise history.

I even managed to bake up a Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This year, I took the easy way out. Go ahead, beat me with a wet noodle, but time just keeps getting away from me:) I just scanned a couple of salad recipes from a book featuring Hellman's Mayonnaise titled That Amazing Ingredient: Mayonnaise published in 1979.
I also happen to like Chocolate Eclairs mucho too and guess what, today is Chocolate Eclair Day! I vow to make eclairs before next year:) I've made them before and I didn't even mess them up:)

Picnic News

Just in case you missed it, the annual Months of Edible Celebrations Picnic Game is now in session. Oh Goodie!!! It isn't to late to join in on the fun. All you need to do is choose a letter beginning with the dish you would like to bring to the virtual picnic, post about it on your blog, send me the link and you're invited!!! Pretty simple, right? Well, okay it is a tiny bit more involved than that but not much. And believe me, you will be glad you did. We've got some mighty tasty dishes filling up our picnic basket this year and a few surprises too!!! So, if you need further directions, head on over to here for the rules. If you're a returning guest or simply want to fly by the seat of your pants, pick one of these letters that are left and let's get a picnicking...

H, J, V, X,

I know it gets a bit difficult to imagine a dish you can bring when the letters start running out. You're saying to yourself, what the heck am I going to bring to the picnic that begins with the letter X? (quite frankly, with the exception of the letter X, I don't think the remaining letters are all that difficult to "jazz" up a bit) As for X, let's see, in 2009, we had XXX-Pizza tucked in our basket by TavoLini.

And last year, we had this X-quisite Layered Fruit Salad a tisketing and a tasketing in our picnic basket. Thanks again, Stephanie!!!

The only other suggestion I can make for the remaining letters is to think of an adjective that matches the letter and add it to your dish. Whah La! Jumpin' Jack Flash Fried Fish! (looks like verbs and nouns might work too:)

In other news, the dishes are beginning to arrive. So far I have three. If yours is ready, send it on in! I'm waiting just a bit longer to start sending the letters I already have out. If you want them now, just send me an email and I'll be happy to send them to you. I have, the letters, A, F and K waiting to be delivered. Should you decide to do bring an additional dish, you can either do one post with both dishes or two separate posts. Whatever you like. I'll be doing a round-up post of all the dishes with pictures on July the first!!!

Now, I've gotta run, I have blogs to catch up with!!!

1. Hellman's History (last year's post)


  1. Louise, how creative they were to come up such a name. What a clever idea! :o) Thanks for sharing. I wonder what's the letter 'X' will come up with! Really excited...can't wait till the 1st of July. ha...

  2. I have a 60 oz jar of mayonnaise. I love you for this post!!

    And Louise, I would love to join the picnic game, but I've been so busy lately and don't think I can make it. Please forgive me!

  3. Louise - I've become addicted to Miracle Whip. I guess that's not the same?

  4. I love mayo. Too bad I can't eat it.

  5. MJ loves Hellmans. I'm a Duke's girl...


  6. Mayo Is lovely to some special meals, sometimes I made my own mayo, (but the kids prefer hellmans!LOL)
    I send you a mail Louise, gloria

  7. Hellman's is the best, so this was just the right day to choose for mayonnaise day. I'm a big fan of eclairs too!

  8. Happy birthday, Louise! I can't wait to see what shows up at your picnic. I will have to put on my thinking cap -- the four letters that are left look pretty tough.

  9. Yay! I love mayonnaise! Get that miracle whip stuff away from me.

  10. Hellman's or Best Foods: the one item I buy for every temporary kitchen! I really like some of their lower-fat versions as well as the high-calorie stuff. So glad you declared it mayo dayo but I had it for lunch before I even knew!

    mae in aspen CO, blogging at maefood.blogspot.com

  11. I love Hellmann's too! I've always wanted to make the mayonnaise cake - I wish I had a slice for dessert!

  12. Another great informative post fulll of goodies and new ideas to use mayonnaise.
    I will be posting 2 different posts for my picnic starting with P. Not sure how to insert all the letters and recipes ahead of mine

  13. Oh yeah, hands up for mayonnaise-lovers!! And I'm not even ashamed of it. :)
    My picnic post is nearly done, will have it up Sunday. You're a good sport to do this every year...and it's so much fun for the rest of us!

  14. I am a big fan of homemade mayonnaise. It is so delicious and one can make it with a big variety of oils. I still have to try making mayonnaise cake. So intriguing.



  15. Hi Louise! Did anyone take Q yet? If not, I'll take Q

  16. Oops, just saw the remaining letters. Sorry! Let me get back to you.

  17. I've always wanted to try a mayonaise cake! It's funny because mayo is my big rebellion!! My parents used Miracle Whip, but I rebeled and went to Mayonaise when I got married.
    I'm crazy like that...

    Hey, my picnic post is up now.

  18. I like Hellmann's the best. I've been using organic brands more often but still grab a Hellmann's now and then! About the picnic game - send me any letter. Love the creative letter ideas!

  19. I enjoy Hellman's too, but I also like making my own. I posted it once; it's just as good as Hellman's. I'll be posting my recipe maybe Monday!

  20. Hi Louise, back again! I'll take the letter H, if it's still available.

  21. Thanks for getting back to me. Hope you do find time to return to Long Island some day and get some fresh lobster! I'm up for the challenge - I'll take V and find a creative way to work it into my recipe. I'll e-mail it to you by Monday. Can't wait to see this picnic all put together. You are doing an amazing amount of work on this picnic game!

  22. It's a good thing I visit here or I would have missed mayonnaise day completely. Dang! It sounds like your picnic is going to be a great success again this year. I can't wait to see the dishes. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

  23. I use Hellman's for my dad's tuna salad spread. Sometimes there is no substitute! :)

  24. Do you still have "H" available?
    Or "V"? Though I would be happy to take any letter you want to give me.

  25. oh my! that cake looks aaaamazing!

  26. Clever indeed, Kristy. Wait no longer, the letter X and all the others are waiting for you at the picnic. Come see!!!

    60 ounces of mayonnaise, Sophia? That's a lot of mayonnaise cakes!!! Of course I forgive you for not being able to play this year. Perhaps next year:) How's that new job going?

    Hush T.W we don't say Miracle Whip on this blog:)

    Not to worry, duckie. I'd be happy to eat double for you!

    Duke's Chan? Never heard of it.

    I've tried making mayo too, Gloria. I'm with the kids, nothing beats Hellman's!

    I think Mayonnaise Day should be added to the calendar, Lisa. Don't you?

    Thanks Lynn. It seems so long ago, I forgot I just had a birthday!!! Come see the round-up when you get a chance, it looks GREAT!!! Perhaps you will join us next year:)

    That goes for me too, Yummy! That "stuff" is not mayo!!!

  27. That's the only way to "fly" Mae! Hellman's in every cupboard!!!

    I'd love to see what kind of twist you add to mayonnaise cake, Reeni. Sure to be a wonner!!!

    Thanks Rita. From the looks of it, both your dishes were a success, I'm stuffed and I have the belly to prove it!!!

    I just knew you were a Hellman's type of "gal", Barbara!

    My home made mayonnaise just never turns out as good as Hellman's Rosa. I'll try again if you try making mayonnaise cake!!!

    Thanks for taking the letter V and running with it, Lin Ann. Have fun at the beach:)

    If that other "stuff" was in our fridge when I was growing up, I knew company was coming:) Else, I would have rebelled too, Debbie.
    Debbie said...

    I may need to find that recipe of yours Marjie. My mayonnaise never tastes like Hellman's but, it could be my lack of technique:)

    It was such FUN, Mary.
    P.S. Any day is mayo day in my book!!!

    Absolutely, Veron. There is no substitute for Hellman's!!!

    So sorry, Barbara. Perhaps next year?

    I'm so glad you're liking it, Simple Life.

  28. Loved the may overview, I remember my mom making a chocolate cake with mayo, and i think we all said euwe until we ate it and then it was yum!


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