It’s nice that my favorite cookie’s day falls on my favorite son’s birthday. Nothing against other cookies, they are good and all but Macaroons are my favorite (and I only have one son so I am not really playing favorites here). It is a flour-less cookie, made from ground nuts and leavened egg whites. It has been a favorite among the Jewish community during Passover since they are not allowed to cook with flour during the season.
The coconut macaroon is by far the most popular and well known but I am told another flavor macaroon comes from potatoes. I’ve never had a potato flavored cookie that I know of, maybe I have… That ought to be interesting, I like potatoes.
Naturally the French had to one up the other macaroons… (macarons) at least I think it was the French. They don’t look like other macaroons (because they’re macarons) and they come in all sorts of flavors. They are good though. Funny looking, yes, and they are claimed to be made by Angels and Unicorns. I am pretty sure Angels have a lot more important things to do and if they were made by Unicorns wouldn’t they have a hole in the middle like a donut? Well Maarons have their own National Holiday in March.
Anyway, the traditional ones can be improved by drizzling chocolate over them, that is if you like chocolate. Not that they need it though. It is believed that the macaroon was first made in Italy around 1792. It is said that this cookie is the only thing that made the monks there talk!
Well, did I mention it is my son’s birthday? I think maybe we should try to make him a macaroon cake. Of course it might be just a tad bit dry by the time it reaches him so, I’ll just have to eat it myself and tell him about it. I’ll bet it’ll be good.!
How to celebrate – Eat a macaroon today! Make some macaroons. Try a macaron made by a unicorn.
National Pina Colada Day – July 10th
“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain…” Bet you didn’t know that the Pina Colada wasn’t invented in 1963 at a club called Barrachina in Puerto Rico!
Made with White Rum, Pineapple Juice and Coconut Cream it can be one of the most refreshing drinks ever!
Imagine yourself sitting on the beach, watching the waves gently roll in while sipping a Pina Colada, with or without crushed ice! It doesn’t get much better than that.
How to celebrate – Have a Pina Colada today! Make virgin Coladas so the kids can sip along with you. Sing the Pina Colada song and see if others want to go out for a drink after work!
Did you know Coconut Cream Pie hasn’t been around forever? In fact, it really hasn’t been that long since it wasn’t even possible to make Coconut Cream Pie! I always imagined the Kings and Queens of old France sitting in their palace enjoying coconut cream pie while the masses had to settle for apple or cherry pie. Nope, not even the famed Kings and Queens of France, or any country for that matter, could have a piece of Coconut Cream Pie.
However, France did have something to do with inventing the pie when a French owned company in Ceylon, (Sri Lanka today) in 1895, began taking the coconut meat and shredding it, then drying it, so they could ship it easier. With that ingredient now available, the pie soon found its place on plates everywhere.
In America its sort of a similar story, also taking place in 1895. A Philadelphia based miller received a large shipment of coconuts from a businessman in Cuba who owed them a great deal of money. Not knowing what else to do with the tropical treat, they too dried the meat and shredded it up, singlehandedly supplying enough coconut for the American market. Once again, it was only a matter of time until the pies were coming out of the oven.
No one seems to know who started Coconut Cream Pie Day but I have my suspicions. I think some mom somewhere was asked what she wanted for Mother’s Day and she said she wanted to be taken out for a piece of Coconut Cream Pie 🙂
How to celebrate: Bake a coconut cream pie (But don’t make your mom do it, it’s her day). Go out and have a piece of coconut cream pie at your favorite place to have pie. If all else fails, buy a pie at your local grocery, but remember it takes a good 2-3 hours for it to thaw!