If you take a peek to the left over there, you will notice the pickins' are slim for national food celebrations for the month of December. Quite frankly, I for one, am delighted. What we may be missing in monthly celebrations, we'll surely make up for weekly and daily. However, we'll get to those later.
Egg Nog Month
That's right "kiddies" December is National EggNog Month! (forgive the dual spelling, after all these years, you would think I would know how to spell egg nog, or is it eggnog?) If you think the spelling is blurry, the history of egg nog is even more obscure! Here's one explanation from the folks at Pillsbury.
"Nog is an old English word for a strong ale. Since eggs were an important part of the creamy ale punch, the rum-laced drink became known as eggnog." Pillsbury Easiest Ever Holiday Entertaining ©1994
Makes sense to me:) I've never been a big fan of drinking eggnog. Despite my aversion, I find baking with store bought eggnog palatable. Take this Banana Eggnog Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce for instance. I have a friend who "flips" at the ease of this recipe:)
"In the 1820's Pierce Egan, a period author, wrote a book called "Life of London or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom". To publicize his work Mr. Egan made up a variation of eggnog he called "Tom and Jerry". It added 1/2 oz of brandy to the basic recipe (fortifying it considerably and adding further to its popularity). (source)
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that December is National Fruitcake Month. (or is that fruit cake:) Okay, so beat me with a wet noodle, I don't care for fruitcake either. Apparently, Martha Washington, wife of George Washington, used 40 eggs and 5 pounds of fruit in her "Great Cake." Not quite like Martha's, here's a recipe for Mini Fruitcakes from Ideal's Christmas Kitchen Cookbook.
National Pear Month
And a partridge in a Pear tree...National Pear Month is new to me. I just learned of it a couple of months ago. Don't laugh, but, I'm not a huge fan of pears either. (I just want you to know I'm giggling to myself as I type this:) Why oh why is she sharing these food celebrations when she is so darn picky, lol...However, I LOVE cooked pears!!! Go figure! (I feel the same way about blueberries btw LOVE them cooked in goodies, fresh and juicy, not so much) Very strange since I don't consider myself a fussy eater. Although, you sure couldn't tell by this post, lol...On to the Pears!
Now be honest, doesn't this alluring dish of pears look "divine?"
You may have noticed that I skipped right over Made in America Month. I'm working on a special post for that celebration and hopefully, good Lord willing and the creek don't freeze, it will be done before the end of the month. We'll see...
|Meet Aunt Chick. Actually, that's her pen name. Her real name was Nettie Williams McBirney and, she was the "Martha Stewart" of her day. Mrs. McBirney was quite the woman! Not only did she host a home makers radio show for many years, she also wrote cookbooks and invented a few innovative kitchen aids during the depression. One of her most famous was a cookie cutter designed to easily release molded cookie dough so it could maintain its 3-D appearance. She began selling them in 1948 and they were an immediate success. They are also highly prized by collectors. I'll be posting more about Aunt Chick on Sunday for National Cookie Day and, since the first week of December is National Cookie Cutter Week, it may just be the perfect day to drag out those rolling pins!|
Before I forget, today is Eat A Red Apple Day. And, tomorrow is National Fritters Day. Stay tuned for Cookie Day on Sunday!!! If you really must know more days of celebrations in December, check out Lisa Loves Holidays! You'll be delighted:)