November 23rd National Cashew Day

There really isn’t much to say about cashews except they seem to be many people’s favorite nut. They are a little sweeter than most nuts may be the reason why, maybe it’s the shape, maybe it’s something else entirely. They use the cashew in many Asian cooking dishes and it is even made into an expensive form of peanut butter. There are even some Thanksgiving dressing that feature the cashew and since tomorrow is Thanksgiving…. well, you might want to try one… that is, if you like cashews.

How to celebrate – Look up recipes using cashews. Have a bowl of cashews available to snack on. Invent your own cashew dish.

December 11th National Noodle Ring Day

Here’s a day you have to remember, it’s national so it must be important! National Noodle Ring Day. How could we go on without having noodle rings in our lives? The idea just terrorizes me and is even scarier than Halloween. It’s a good thing someone, we don’t know who, created today because we might forget the noodle ring if not reminded of it’s importance! I’m sort of like Forest Gump on the subject… “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

How to celebrate – Make a noodle ring. Shop for a noodle ring. Visit China.

February 6th National Chopsticks Day

Chopsticks to me, are the leading diet tool in the world! It is okay to stab your food with a chopstick but a challenge when you are going after a pea. Never point at someone with your chopstick, never attack your food over the top with your chopstick, and please, they are not drumsticks.

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Most of western society needs to be taught how to use a pair of chopsticks. They also need a mop and a broom while learning because more food is going to end up on the floor than in their mouths.

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Asian food is supposed to be cut and presented to be mouth sized so that no knives are required to eat it. If you have ever tried to cut your steak with a wooden chopstick, you know why. Over 1/4 of the world’s population uses chopsticks to eat with and it has been this way for over 5,000 years.

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In China chopsticks are called “Kuaizi” which translates into “Quick little bamboo fellows”. You do have to be quick if you use them though if you are hungry because you’ll have to make many, many quick returns to the dish for more food.

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How to celebrate – Learn how to use chopsticks. Whittle your own chopsticks out of a tree in your back yard. Have an Asian inspired meal for supper tonight.