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Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 2016 Food Celebrations Calendar

I'm quite pleased with the calendar this month:) Marion keeps "nagging" me to make it clickable but, I'm not really sure anyone was feasting on the clicks. It's a bit easier doing it with no clicks. If she keeps at it though, I may just have to do another in the future:)

I thought today would be the perfect day to dig out the Chinese Zodiac poster I found in the Betty Crocker Celebrate! cookbook published in 2004. Have you figured out what Chinese Zodiac Animal you are? As for me, I was born during the Year of the Dragon:)

Let's take it one step further. I have this little red book titled Fortune-Telling Birthday Book which I've been "dying" to share with you. If your birthday is February 1st or 2nd, here goes...(notice the link in the sidebar for Ina's birthday on the 2nd:)

Once again from Betty, this time the Betty Crocker Cooking Calendar offers February's Red Letter Foods; Cabbage and Bananas. It makes so much more sense that cabbage should be celebrated in February. At least there's a World Cabbage Day on the 17th. The fact that February is National Cherry Month doesn't make as much sense unless you justify the heart shape and deep maroon color of cherries, lol...Whatever the reason, I plan on celebrating Cherry Month on Wednesday.

Speaking of red, the color red is a very important symbol during the Chinese New Year, which we are also celebrating this month. I don't have any red envelopes on hand, but I did find this recipe for Stir-Fried Red Snapper in Betty's book.

Doesn't it look festive???

For the record, folks, I was actually outside working in the garden today. Yes, it was that warm:) I just had to take advantage of it by doing some much needed clean-up. Since there isn't any snow on the ground, I also did a bit of thatching. I never realized how much easier it is to work in the garden in February! That's probably because I've never, ever done it before!!!

I hope you enjoy the calendar. I've put it in the sidebar for reference. You may also download it if you like. I'll be back on Wednesday to celebrate National Cherry Month! This year the focus will be on Bing Cherries. Ah Bing; Do you know why they are called Bings? "See" you then! Louise:)

46 comments:

  1. Hi Louise ,
    Love the February Calendar , just beautiful .I was born the year of the Ram .
    Family love stir-fry , gotta try the red snapper .
    Hugs to you and Marion . Lots of love and keep wiggling those toes .
    Nee :)

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    1. Thanks Nee:) I hope things are calming down by you. We MISS you!!! Wiggling away...

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  2. Love this post, love the calendar I love Cherry month!!! and love the chines calendar!!!
    Hgs to you and Marion!!
    xoxoxox

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    1. Thanks Gloria! That make me sooooo happy!

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  3. OH! I missed your blog so so so much! I love your calendars!Can't wait for the cake pops day! It's gonna be fun!

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    1. Thanks Marcela! Cake Pop Day is a favorite of mine too!

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  4. Hi Louise,
    Nice calendar. No Presidents, though. I assume those cherries were about George Washington and the old story about the cherry tree, which meant people ate cherry pie for his birthday. However, they definitely couldn't have done that in his lifetime, before canning was invented. I don't think cherries ripened in Old Virginia by Feb. 22, or whenever he actually celebrated back then (remember there was some sort of calendar realignment).

    I'm not sure I believe there's actually a gum drop day.

    Thanks for the comment about my snapper. Your recipe sounds good too, though I think the flesh of the one I cooked would have been a bit delicate for stir-fry.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Nope, I decided to skip the presidents this year Mae. I'm not quite sure as why cherries are celebrated in February but I'm sure it doesn't have anything to do with Washington. As you say, the cherries wouldn't be ripe and of course the trees would be bare too:)

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  5. Hi dear Louise,
    What a fun post and so colorful. Love the calendar and of course all of the yummy recipes..I was born in the year of the Horse...always enjoyed reading about the Chinese calendar. On my way to the rehab center to see my mom and I had to stop over and visit. Hope that you get a lot done in your garden as you clean up from the winter...Looking forward to seeing your post on Wednesday! Love Bing Cherries...Thanks for sharing...Have a terrific week and say hello to Marion for me..
    Hugs and love Dottie :)

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    1. No gardening for a while now Dottie. It finally got too cold to spend much time toiling in the garden:) Hope Mom is doing better...

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  6. Year of the monkey for me. I am jealous of your getting out in the garden. I have been itching to start seeds, though I know it is technically too early (though I may try to grow one of those early ginormous tomato plants). Yes, you can tell February is here!

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    1. I started some seeds yesterday Inger but I have a feeling I jumped the gun. It's snowing like crazy outside right now. No gardening for me today, lol...Go for the "ginormous" tomatoes and share!

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  7. LOVE your calendars! This is a particularly nice one. Forgot all about cabbage day! I have a terrific soup that I made for dinner last week, but didn't take pictures. Have to do it again for the blog -- it's really good. You always come up with such cool drawings, etc. You must have a whole library at home! Anyway, really enjoyed the post -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks John. I'm so glad you enjoy them. They really are fun to create:) I do hope you will be sharing that recipe for Cabbage day. I would love to link it to my cabbage post. I do have some rather "retro" books that have amusing drawings. I love to share them!!!

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  8. Hi, Louise!
    Your calendar pages are such fun to read!! Paul and I were born during the Year of the Tiger.
    Enjoy your garden. We still have snow and frozen ground. Just have to be patient until May. Yes, winter does take that long here in Winnipeg.
    Hi to Marion!!

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    1. Thanks Margaret. The calendar is fun to prepare too. How cool that you both were born during the year of the Tiger! The garden is off limits for the time being....awaiting Spring...

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  9. Nice calendar! I missed those. I'm a dragon too, by the way!

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  10. What a FUN post! I'm with Marion, I'd love to see these clickable, but I can only imagine the effort involved in doing this. I am printing out the February calendar though. I love to have something fun to celebrate every day. (I'm looking forward to the 22nd.) ;-)+

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    1. The clickable calendar did take a bit of extra time, Pattie. I'm not sure anyone was actually clicking though besides perhaps you:) I may try it one more time in the future. It thrills me that you prinited it. Thanks!!!

      I'm waiting on Margarita Day too:)

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  11. Hi dear Louise,

    I love, love this calendar, it's fun and so interesting :)

    I was into Chinese calendar when I was younger, now not so much, but it's fun to know about it. I was born in the year of the Rooster.

    Have fun in the garden!

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    1. Hi Regina:)
      Thank you so much:) The garden is off limits for a while. He sure has gotten cold around here:) Thanks for visiting, Regina...

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  12. I think your calendar is pretty, even if it's not clickable. I need to make a King Cake next Tuesday for Mardi Gras. I made red snapper last week; I baked it whole, and it was good. Ryan brought home 3 whole snapper from the Weis fish counter, and Mark was a little freaked out when Ryan chased him around the room with a fish. Ah, boys... Glad to know you're 4 years younger than me ;-) since I'm a Rat. Looking forward to seeing your Bing Cherries on Wednesday (named, of course, for the famous Mr. Crosby...or not...)! Happy Monday, Louise.

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    1. Hi Marjie:)
      I was very pleased with the calendar this month. I don't think the March calendar will be as "pretty." So did you make a King Cake on Tuesday. One of these years I'm going to make one but alas, not this year.

      Ah to be a fly on the wall when Ryan chased Mark around the house. Boys and their antics, I miss that kinda stuff...

      Stay warm Marjie, it's going to be a cold weekend!

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  13. Glad you posted February's foodie calendar. Love those retro pics and recipes, as always!

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  14. Louise, you always do such fun things on your blog. Every time I visit I am reminded why I enjoy it so much.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Velva

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    1. Thank you for kind words, Velva...Everything is just "ducky."

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  15. I love the foodie calendar. I'm definitely going to do shrove Tuesday this year. I have always found the Chinese calendar very confusing xx

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    1. Thanks Charlie:) Quite frankly, I've been trying to learn the traditions of Chinese New Year and the calendar for years. One day, I hope to truly understand it thanks to all the wonderful people who visit this blog and share their traditions.

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  16. February is indeed such a busy month especially for us Chinese celebrating the Lunar New Year. Plus, Valentine's Day is so close! Phew! xoxo

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    1. Closer than you think, Shirley, lol...Thanks for popping by...

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  17. Hi Louise
    Very pretty calendar and Oh ! It's National Cherry Month! I love cherries.
    That stir-fried red snappers is definitely very festive looking ... and yummy too. Yes, fish is one of the CNY celebration auspicious food as it symbolises "May there be surplus and remainders year after year" ^-^
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Enjoy your days :)

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    1. Hi Karen,
      Thank you so much for sharing that tidbit about Red Snapper. I love learning about CNY, thanks you again...Enjoy the calendar:)

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  18. Busy month!! Glad you were able to work outside in the warm weather. My weather has been raining and cold.

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    1. No more working outside for me for a while Pam. Winter has arrived!!!

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  19. I love the calendar Louise...indeed very busy...although is National Cherry Month, I yet have to see cherries in the stores...
    I like the red snapper with all the vegetables...so colorful and delicious looking dish.
    Enjoy your week my dear :)

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    1. It was such fun to make the calendar Juliana. I'm so glad you enjoy it:) There aren't many cherries in our stores either. Why oh why is February National Cherry Month, I wonder, lol...

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  20. Such a fun reading this one. Well, I am a rooster, so funny! This is such a full month! I hope you are well and happy my friend!

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    1. Thanks Katerina, I'm delighted you liked it:) All is well in our neck of the woods:)

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  21. Lots of exciting things happening in February. I love your calendar (and you are great at creating them) and love the recipes too. That red snapper looks delicious!

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    1. February sure has been an exciting month, Alida. So many wonderful foods to celebrate!

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  22. love this month ..since its my birthday month..hehehe...i loved reading your post..thanks for sharing

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    1. The month of February just got better, Gloria! Happy Birthday!

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  23. I love learning that there's a homemade soup day! I may have missed it, but what the heck, I plan to celebrate sometime this month anyway. Thanks, as always, for the wonderful information, Louise. Love the calendar -- so stinkin' cute!

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    1. Thanks Lynn. The calendar is fun to do!

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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