May 14th Dance Like A Chicken Day

Do chickens actually dance? Well, probably, though I don’t think they do it on purpose, which makes me wonder if we copy them on purpose are we actually making a mistake? The answer obviously is… yes! At least with this dance you don’t have to worry about whether you look cool or not… you wont! So, who watched a chicken and them decided to copy them, well no one knows but Werner Thomas did create “Der Ententanz” (The Duck Dance) song in the 1950’s in Switzerland. Some how that got changed to the chicken dance and created this craze. And it’s most associated with weddings! Go figure…

How to celebrate – Learn the Chicken Dance. Get married! Invent your own dance (Maybe it will replace the Chicken Dance!).

April 24th Pigs In A Blanket Day

Well it is that time of year where we celebrate “Pigs In A Blanket Day” once again. I don’t know about you but I can’t wait for today to come back around because it will have been an entire year since I was able to have a hot dog wrapped up in pastry! Or was that the last party I went to? Or was it yesterday? Anyway, its another opportunity to have pigs in a blanket and you really do not need an excuse! Chow down and remember, those pigs can be either pork or beef! (And if you are desperate they can even be chicken.)

How to celebrate – Serve up some pigs in a blanket for lunch or supper today. Try different types of pastry to wrap your pig in. Don’t forget the mustard!

March 19th Poultry Day

Today we celebrate poultry. Why you may ask… heck if I know, I did not pick the day, name the day, or create the day. In fact, no one seems to know too much about it at all. Now I am sure someone will object to all that but I’m not going to chicken out, call me a turkey and maybe it is a foul subject. This day does not suggest we eat poultry, that we keep them for pets or even participate with them in any way. It is simply about poultry so make of it what you will. So why did the chicken cross the road? The more important question may be… who cares?

How to celebrate – How many different types of poultry can you name? Have chicken for dinner tonight. Cross the road and see if you find a chicken there.

January 5th National Bird Day

There are a number of bird days throughout the year but I believe this is the first one of the year. If you are a bird lover, you’ll love today. Of course, if you live in the more northern states you may have to wait a while to see one but here in the south they abound. From some of the most regal, as in the eagle to some of tiniest, as the hummingbird, birds wake us in the morning with their songs, making it a good start of the day. Whether you are a bird lover or not it’s easy to admire their grace and beauty. So spend a little time today looking up and spotting the birds around you and imagine what it must be like to soar above looking down on us all.

How to celebrate – See how many types of birds you can name. Put a feather in your cap. Put out food for the birds around you.

September 7th National Salami Day

What is salami? Well, it’s sausage with spices added to it to add a little kick, or a lot of kick, depending on the spices you add. It goes great with bread, cheese and a little wine. So if you like pork and like sausage, you’ll probably like salami. In fact there are those I know that don’t like sausage but love salami. Go figure? Many are able to make a full meal out of salami, cheese, crackers, and whatever drink you prefer. It also makes a great snack and is perfect for those holiday parties as it can be a proper finger food. Oh and it can be made out of beef as well, and chicken, or turkey. Oh how the world progresses!

How to celebrate – Have some salami. Learn to make your own salami. Have a salami party.

March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamey for me but many like it. Most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.

January 5th National Bird Day

Today is National Bird Day, not to be confused with Bird Day celebrated on May 4th. Although the days are sort of the same thing they are different. On National Bird Day we celebrate those birds native to the United States. The day was probably created by the U.S. Pet Industry in an effort to sell more birds.

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There are a lot of birds in the Untied States. Some actually fly! My personal favorite is the Cardinal but that’s because my favorite color is red. My bet is, that if you like a particular bird it;’s because of the birds color. Or maybe their song, or maybe some other reason only known to you.

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I live in Florida so we are normally surrounded by birds year round. Most of the time it’s good, sometimes it’s a little noisy but you get use to it. Birds can be majestic like the Eagle or tiny like the mockingbird. Each state has a bird that is considered native to their state, several states claim the same type of bird as their own.

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All you have to do is look up at the sky and admire the birds over head. (Just keep your mouth closed as you look up) Also, from personal experience, if you have one of the various birds you can teach words to do not, I repeat do not, teach to say… “Here kitty kitty”.

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It’s interesting to think that Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be the turkey instead of the eagle. What was he thinking!?! My best guess is that he was thinking about lunch.

How to celebrate – Learn your state bird. Get a bird for a pet. Learn to do the chicken dance.

March 19th National Poultry Day

Today we honor those birds and fowl that give their all for us, because we eat them. Chickens, turkeys and any form of bird that serves as a meal. Now before you get all upset and angry about our consumption of animals understand, we have to eat and like it or not, man is a carnivore.

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Chicken is the most prevalent among the fowl we consume. There are those who do not like chicken, or any kind of fowl, but by far most adults and kids prefer chicken to any other kind of fowl served up.

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Turkey is leaner and better for you, but not for the turkey. Today we have turkey everything, meant to make our meals better for us. Now I like turkey, but not so much turkey burgers and such. I know, I know, it’s better for you but I want my hamburgers made out of beef!

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And then there is the Cornish hen. A little gamely for me but many like it. The one in the photo above is pretty big, most I have seen are very small. It might take a half dozen of them to fill you up.

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And of course, there is the blackbird pie. Personally, I’ve never had one of these and don’t think I would try it even if it was served in front of me. But that’s what today is all about. Honoring those creatures that keep us full and give us the energy to eat all those nasty vegetables!

How to celebrate – Serve up something fowl for dinner! Don’t think too much about what you are eating. Watch out for salmonella.

November 9th National Scrapple Day

Scrapple is the first pork dish invented in America. It comes from the 17th and 18th centuries in the Pennsylvania Dutch region where it was called “panhaas” (pon haus).

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Scrapple is made from bits and pieces of pork mixed with cornmeal, wheat flour and spices. Those spices may include one, or all, of sage, thyme, savory and black pepper). It is served as a side breakfast dish along with the traditional eggs and hash-browns. It is mashed into a loaf, sliced and pan fried before serving.

the-forefather-scrapple-sandwich-labelsScrapple, while traditionally made from pork, can also be made from beef, chicken, or turkey. It is generally served with apple butter, ketchup, jelly, maple syrup, honey, horseradish or just plain mustard.

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Here’s a scrapple recipe for you to try.

How to celebrate – Have scrapple for breakfast this morning. Who knows, you might even like it! Serve scrapple up as a surprise and ask your family members, or friends, what they think it is. Visit the Pennsylvania Dutch region and get some real scrapple.

October 4th Taco Day

People love tacos, I love tacos! In fact, last year we ate over 4.5 billion tacos. Laid end-to-end that’s a trip to the moon (490,000 miles).

No one knows exactly where tacos came from, or the name anyway. One theory states that tacos came from Mexican miners who used to place gunpowder between pieces of paper to blow iron ore out of the rock. Apparently they thought about putting meat between tortillas and naming it after the bombs they made for the mines. The second theory is that it comes from Spain where they used small fish, live insects, ants, locusts, and snails in the tortilla for a lively lunch in the 16th century.

The first known reference of a taco, to eat, came in the late 19th century called, “Miner’s Taco”. Looks like the miners won! (I’m sorta glad cause I wasn’t looking forward to the locusts and snails)!

Tacos can be filled with just about anything though. Fish, chicken, beef, eggs, cheese, lettuce, bacon, you name it, and it could go into a taco. In fact, the actual taco part of a taco is probably the shell the other stuff goes in. Add spices and sauces of your choice and it is a taco!

Taco Bell is the first company to make the taco as popular as it is. Beginning in 1962 in California, Taco Bell has served more tacos than any other restaurant in the world! – though they do tend to stick to the more traditional styles – meat and chicken. Fish has become very popular over the last few years. Ensenada, Mexico is given credit for the fish taco.

The first taco trucks appeared in New York City in 1966, operated by two ladies that hoped there would be a demand for their product. There was! I have to wonder though if they served two of the more interesting types of tacos. Tacos de Cabeza, made from the brains, eyes, tongue, and lips of cattle. Or Tacos al Pastor, made like a shepherd’s pie placed in a taco shell. There are now even dessert tacos!

No matter what kind of taco you enjoy, this is your day to enjoy it even more!

How to celebrate – Invent your own type of taco (it has probably already been served somewhere though). Go to Taco Bell and savor the flavor! Have tacos for dinner tonight!