Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Leaping Into February's Food Celebrations!

Rose! thou art the sweetest flower
That ever drank the amber shower;
Rose! thou art the fondest child
Of dimpled spring,
the wood-nymph wild!

You might be thinking that I'm sharing this charming poetry card with you today because we have arrived at the month of Love. Kinda sorta...The fact is, late last year, the International Herb Association proclaimed The Rose Herb of the Year for 2012!

Every year since 1995, the International Herb Association has chosen an Herb of the Year...The Horticultural Committee evaluates possible choices based on them being outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: medicinal, culinary, or decorative.

Oh I know what you're thinking, roses herbs? I too had to give some thought to that notion. By definition, An Herb is:

1: a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season. (check )
2: a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. (check, check, √√)

Believe me when I say, I would like nothing better than to explore the essence of roses with you today. However, there are a few more food celebrations that must be tended to, too:) That's not to say you can't start planning how you are going to get Cooking with Roses this year. And yes, there is a future post planned. Perhaps in June for National Rose Month, perhaps before:) (click to enlarge)

Rose Petal Cupcakes

If you peek to the left, you will see I post the monthly food celebrations up top under February is...Lots of goodies this month for sure!!!

February 1st

National Baked Alaska Day

The first English cheese factory opened on February 1, 1815.

Skippy Peanut Butter was first sold on February 1, 1933.

February 2nd

It's the "The Barefoot Contessa's Birthday!!! Remember when we celebrated with these Ina Garten Quick Links!

It's National Kiwi Day! (Do groundhogs remind you of kiwi and vice-a-versa? Okay then, it's just me:)

It's Heavenly Hash Day too!!!

February 3rd

Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, as in Heimlich Maneuver, was born today in 1920.

It's Carrot Cake Day!

Bean Day in Japan is celebrated on the day before each season begins. However, the term actually refers to the Setsebun in spring. I am not familiar with this holiday but I did think it would be fun to explore one day:)

February 4th

Up until a few hours ago, I had no idea International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day even existed!

Happy Birthday Teflon. Teflon was patented (discovered accidentally BTW:) by Roy Plunkett on February 4, 1941...Here's the patent.

Alexis Benoist Soyer was born on this day in 1810. During the first half of the nineteenth century, Alexis Soyer, a Frenchman from Meaux, was the most famous cook in London.

National Stuffed Mushroom Day!

Homemade Soup Day is yet another new one to me. Most welcome I must add:)

"On February 4, 1862, Don Facundo Bacardí Massó purchased the first BACARDI rum distillery on El Matadero Street, in the town of Santiago de Cuba, for 3.500 pesos." Bacardi Rum Day anyone???

Pisco Sour Day can be a bit confusing to remember. It is now always celebrated on the first Saturday in February. A ksorta warm up for Super Bowl Sunday this year however, it is also the day Peru celebrates its National Drink!

The lovely graphic at the top of this post was found at a delightful Victorian site. There are tons of beauties to download for free. I must say, I stayed there way longer than I should have but, I had such fun!

I'll be back on Sunday with next week's food celebration but just in case your social network hasn't reminded you yet, Sunday may indeed be Super Bowl Sunday but, it is also World Nutella Day too!!!

Follow the shoe...


  1. It was fun to see what foods are associated with my birthday! How fun is this month!!

  2. Bacardi rum day? I can get behind that one, Louise. Think I will have a lovely island rink to toast it. :)

  3. Lots to celebrate there, but since carrot cake is the Knight's fave, special note has been taken...

  4. I'm definitely going to try and join in on some of these celebrations this month!

  5. I like the rum...but love Barefoot Contessa....and carrot cake!!! I had trouble logging on a few days ago and wanted to let you know I liked the dragonfruit post :-)

  6. International Ice cream for breakfast day?!! Many would be happy about that!! haha

    Thanks again for sharing such wonderful facts with us! I always enjoy my stay here. :)

  7. Feb looks like a great food month! My favourite would have to be world nutella day - I have 2 jars at home, wonder how long they will last :)

  8. Homemade soup day - love it! And I have been craving carrot cake like crazy. I don't have one on my blog but I think it's time.

  9. Mmmm...homemade soup day! I'm all set for Nutella Day. Thanks for the mention, too =) Happy February!

  10. Rose a herb.. I like the notion and idea. many countries in this world use regularly rose in their food. the rose cup cake looks delicious, what a lovely idea too.
    who the he** invented international ice cream breakfast day!? lol I didnt know that there r ppl out there who have that as breakfast. I gotta try that out...!

  11. For some reason I have been dreaming of Baked Alaska recently. I've never tried it myself, but I saw a wonderful photo in a magazine recently. I have missed "the" day, but I just might give that a try.

  12. February 4th is also my 4th son's birthday... you know, Mr. 6-foot-5. He'll probably like it being Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!

    Meanwhile, Happy Groundhog Day!

  13. My! I thought Feb is specially for the love-birds, it is full of deliciousness as well! I discovered lots of info today, just by reading your post! Thanks for sharing, Louise! Have a nice day!

  14. I so enjoyed reading you; a wealth of information that my brain devours. I had no idea you could eat roses. February 17th is my 4th son's birthday; 40 this year; after that I quit trying for a girl.

  15. International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day! I'm so in!! Enjoyed your post about the Rose... we'll be celebrating in May, and thank you for stopping by Rosemary's Sampler!

  16. So many wonderful days in February!! Thanks for all the info!

  17. The cupcake with the candied rose petals is just lovely. I may try to candy some violets this spring which I will have in abundance...

  18. Greetings! Glad I came across your blog..very interesting. I'll be dropping in every now and then.

  19. I'm a huge rose fan. Catching up with Chopped last week, rose petals were one of the items in the basket. How to repurpose and bring out the flavors without a soapy taste. One chef accomplished it. Spent last weekend pruning the roses back. Lost about 15 or so bushes to the gophers. Interesting since it's been dry. Not sure I'll add them all back. Will definitely try to do something with rose petals--just not sure it will be with chocolate :-) Safe journey

  20. it's been such a crazy few days around here, I didn't even get to visit you all either. I won't have my computer

  21. with me and I haven't gotten around to buying a MacBook yet so online communications will not be happening.

  22. cooking with roses sound so romantic! Yeah, have been seeing quite a number of nutella bakes recently in conjunction with the world nutella day.

  23. Loved the website with the vintage images. Thanks for mentioning it!

  24. for a short month, February is jam packed with goodness

  25. Almost as FUN as March, this year, Tiffanee! Birthday? When?

    You go for it, Barbara! I hope you had one for me too! (do you know your profile link doesn't work?)

    Must please the Knight, Chan.

    That would be wonderful, Yummy! Please let us know when you do:)

    So many goodies, this month, Tina.

    Ice Cream is everyone's favorite even if it is February. Thanks for popping by Sylvia.

    I'll be right over, Baking Addict. I can just imagine what you tossed together for World Nutella Day!

    I sure could use one of your Carrot Cake recipes, Reeni. I'm sure it would be whimsical and delicious!

    Happy February, Heather! Don't forget Pancake Week too!

    I have no idea who invented International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Helene. Perhaps my daughter, lol...How about some Rose Ice Cream???

    I can honestly say I have never dreamed of Baked Alaska, T.W. but now that you mention it, it is quite possible I too will be seeing it in my dreams!

    So did Mr. 6-foot-5 enjoy Ice Cream For Breakfast Day, Marjie? I'm sure, lol...

    You are more than welcome, kitchen flavours:)

  26. Delighted to know you enjoyed your visit, Rita. I enjoyed having you:) So funny, my son's 40th is also this year the 13th of February. I had my daughter 18 months later!!!

    Thank you so much for visiting, Rosemary. I too will be celebrating the Rose most likely in June for Rose Month!

    Thank YOU! Trisha.

    Candied violets are lovely too, Inger. I'm hoping my Parma Violets grow this year. For some reason they resisted last year. I do hope you will be sharing your candied violets with us:)

    Greetings to you What's Baking. You have a mighty tasty looking blog yourself. Thanks for dropping by, the door is always open!

    I'm sure you will come up with something innovating that includes both Roses and Chocolate, Janet. I'll be on the lookout!

    I'm yet to join in on the World Nutella Day fun, yet, Lena. Perhaps next year:)

    Nice to "see" you, Kathy. Delighted you enjoyed the link:)


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