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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!!!

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