Thursday, September 1, 2011

Celebrating September

The golden rod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown,
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down...
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.

~Helen Hunt Jackson~

September is an R month! You know what that means, Oyster season begins. Did you know the month of September once had 31 days? I didn't. It seems, long ago, Julius Caesar reformed the calendar. When he did, he gave September an additional day; 31. Years later, the "extra" day was removed. I suppose that explains the verse, Thirty days hath September...

"Heap high the farmer's wintry hoard!
Heap high the golden corn." -Whittier

Okay, let's get to the stuff we can really sink our teeth into. September is cultivated in food celebrations...

September's Monthly Celebrations

Click the leaves to fly away:)
National Chicken Month
*National Honey Month
*National Rice Month
American Breakfast Month (aka Better Breakfast Month)
National Biscuit Month
National Food Safety Awareness Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (begins September 15-ends October 15)
Coupon Month
National Organic Harvest Month
National Papaya Month
National Bourbon Heritage Month. Perfect timing for this Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce from Soap Mom's Kitchen. Oh goodness!!!
And one of my personal favorites, September is...National Mushroom Month!
The cream of the crop of fresh mushrooms hail from Pennsylvania, where the commercial mushroom-growing industry got off the ground and into the mining shafts, more than 90 years ago...
I won't be able to share the recipe for Hamersley's Grilled Mushroom and Garlic Sandwich on Sunday, however, I will be celebrating Mushroom Month with other tasty morsels. So, leave room. Lots of room:)
Grilled Mushroom & Garlic Sandwich Hamersley's Bistro, Boston

Oh alright, here's a Mushroom Biscuit recipe to whet your whistle...It is also Biscuit Month after all:)
Mushroom Biscuits
1/2 lb mushrooms
2 Tbs butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp ground thyme
ground pepper to taste
2 cups biscuit mix
2/3 cup milk
1. Rinse, pat dry and coarsely chop mushrooms. In a medium skillet, heat butter. Add mushrooms and onion; saute until lightly browned about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with thyme and pepper. Cool slightly.
2. Blend mushroom mixture into biscuit mix. Add milk and stir until well mixed. Drop by the tablespoonful onto greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated oven @ 450° 12 minutes or until nicely browned. Makes 18 biscuits (Good Things To Eat with Moonlight Mushrooms)

September 1st

National Cherry Popover Day

September 2nd

National Grits for Breakfast Day
National Blueberry Popsicle Day

September 3rd

Scottish Food Fortnight (UK)
National Welsh Rarebit Day
International Bacon Day!
On Tuesday, September 3, 1935, the first episode of Popeye The Sailor made its debut. And who was one of Popeye's sponsor's? Wheatena of course! For a trip down memory lane, visit Spotlight on the Popeye Radio Show. It's a short trip and well worth it! (the leaf will make you soar too:)

Anna Maria Stanhope, the Duchess of Bedford, is credited with the innovation of "afternoon tea." Since today is the day she was born, why not celebrate with A Dish of Tea.

I'll be back on Sunday, National Macadamia Nut Day, with a mushroom celebration and next week's "tasty" days. For now, I would like to welcome my two newest followers, Lana @ Bee Happy Mummy. Lana is a new mother, who it looks like, just joined the world of blogging. Helene over @ Masala Herb appears to be fairly new to the blogging community also. Pop by and welcome them! I would also like to welcome Susan from Black-Eyed Susan's Kitchen, as a new visitor. Hi Susan!!! And a very special thanks to my friend Tina @ Life in the Slow Lane @ Squirrel Head Manor, for letting me "steal" her idea to acknowledge new followers and visitors. Why oh why did I not think of that myself:) BTW, if you have children going back to school this month, it's not to late to drop by One Crazy Cookie for Tiffanee's Back To School Give-Away. Happy September Everyone!!!
Ah, Morning Glories. Just one of the heavenly "birth" flowers of September. These are Grandpa Otts:)