Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Taste of September's Food Celebrations

The morrow was a bright September morn;
The Earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was that nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city streets
Congratulate each other as they meet.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow-

It's been a while since I've harvested a list of monthly food celebrations to share with you. It looks like it's going to be a while before we have a "complete" list because as I'm gathering they're a multiplying.

Take waffles for instance. Way back in March of 2008, I suggested you "dig out the waffle iron" for International Waffle Day which is celebrated on March 25th. A few months later, that ol' waffle maker is once again celebrated on August 24th, the day the first patent for a waffle maker was issued to Cornelius Swartwout. Two months later, the same thing, out comes the waffle maker for International Chicken and Waffles Day, which I'm sure I conveyed to you at the time, is not a favorite of mine. Well, it looks like we may have all those waffling days in apple pie order because I've finally confirmed that the first week of September is National Waffle Week!

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, a Georgia historical marker will be unveiled at the first Waffle House restaurant in Avondale Estates, Ga.  Now a museum dedicated to the Southern staple, a dedication celebration will begin at one o'clock in the afternoon to conclude the events of National Waffle Week, September 2-8.

See what I'm talking about Waffles and Bacon now seriously, what a way to begin a month!!! That's right "kiddies," the first day of September in the year 2012 is International Bacon Day!!!

International Bacon Day

Okay, so now that our tummies have had their nibble for the day, I think perhaps it's best to "discuss" the month long food celebrations for September. If there's an icon that tempts you, feel free to give it a tap for some recipes from the sponsors. (oh my, that's sounds like a commercial. I just meant so you can confirm the celebrations for yourself:)

National Chicken Month | September

National Honey Month!

National Honey Month | September

About Honey Month, I plan on devoting a post to National Honey Month next Sunday, September 9th. I have some very special honey recipe books I'd like to share with you. Here's a sample of two of them:)

Honey Recipes

And sample recipes from Two Sweet Gifts

Honey Orange Sauce

As many of you already know, September is National Rice Month. I did a rather in depth post for National Rice Month titled National Rice Month "Grown in the USA" back in 2009. The folks at the USA Rice Federation were kind enough to send me an email thanking me for the post. It was very cool:)

National Rice Month | September

September is also All American Breakfast Month AND Biscuit Month!!!
Before I forget, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th.

“In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.”

If you thought only Americans came up with delicious reasons to celebrate food, you would be surprised to learn the UK has their share of monthly celebrations too. Take Papaya for instance. September is National Papaya Month in the UK! (FYI: The UK celebrates Bacon Day too!)

There are a bunch more monthly celebrations taking place all over the internet in the month of September. If you want to refresh your memory, you can visit lasts year's list here.
I do want to take just one more moment to mention National Mushroom Month before we get to the daily celebrations. I LOVE Mushrooms! So yes, I have a Mushroom Month post planned in the future:) In the mean time, isn't this undated booklet from the American Mushroom Institute in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania charming?

Recipes for Mushroom Lovers

As some of you may remember, I've been trying to get to Kennett Square for the annual Mushroom Festival for quite some time now. This year's 27th Annual Mushroom Festival is going to be held September 8th & 9th and they are going to have the First Ever National Fried Mushroom Eating Contest, thats EVER! Boy would I love to put a feather in my cap on that day!!! That deliciousness looks almost as good as a fired Oreo, lol...

Daily Celebrations

September 1st is also National Cherry Popover Day. Yes, there's a day for that:) As a matter of fact, Cherry Popovers are filled with history. Who knew???

I haven't come up with any substantial reasons for celebrating National Grits for Breakfast Day OR National Blueberry Popsicle Day except that I happen to like them both. So, what the heck!

Have you ever experienced Welsh Rarebit? If you haven't, you really should. It's so much more than a simple "ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich." September 3rd is the day to do it because, yes, you guessed it, it's National Welsh Rarebit Day. And no, bunnies don't like cheese. I tried:)

History tells us that the ritual of afternoon teas was started by Anna Maria Stanhope, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who was born on September 3, 1783. If you like, you could visit another in depth post I did celebrating A Dish of Tea or you could simply celebrate with a Victorian High Tea.

Tea Time M. Dalton King (1992)
Tea TimeThe Duchess is credited with the innovation of "afternoon tea." The daughter of an earl and wife to the Seventh Duke of Bedford, Anna had lived her entire life in aristocratic homes. The Duchess was accustomed to a meal structure which dictated that lunch was served around twelve or one, and dinner, six to eight hours later, with nothing in between. Anna lost patience with this custom as she approached middle age. One afternoon, she broke with tradition and requested that a tray of tea and buttered bread be sent up to her. This was unusual, but as a duchess is never refused anything by her servants, it was done.

So are you hungry yet? I'm guessing your bellies are rumbling by now for sure. Let's wrap this up. Since I'm going to be back here on Tuesday, September 4th, with a post dedicated to Craig Claiborne, it's his birth day that day, I'm going to leave you with the link I did for 2009 which has all of the delicious days celebrated in September.

I'm going to what sounds like a fabulous auction today. I'm really excited because not only will they be auctioning off the car of my dreams, nope, not telling unless I get it, there are also tons of cookbooks advertised!!! Wish me luck!!! When I get back, I'll be catching up on all my visits and then it's back to work for October's surprise:)

1. Swedish Waffles for Våffeldagen, Swedish Waffle Day
2. September “Organic Harvest Month
3. September Holidays in 2012 (from about.com)