November 8th Cook Something Bold Day

Something a little more spicy or with richer flavors might be a nice addition to all those dishes you have fixed over the years. Who knows, maybe you’ll find some new favorites to share with the family and friends making them new traditions. And if they don’t like them, well you have the old ones to back them up. Today was created by Wellcat.com so you need to keep your recipes to yourself since they copyright their days.

How to celebrate – Try out some new flavors while cooking. Read about different dishes served in different cultures. Create your own taste kitchen.

July 25th Culinarians Day

Want to get fancy with your meals today? You don;t have to fix anything different from what you normally fix, just call yourself a Culinarian! It sounds so much better than just a cook! A peanut butter and jelly sandwich sounds better when prepared by a Culinarian and anybody can be a Culinarian. And never mind that your spell check can;t find the word, is does exist, if only in your mind and the mind of the person that came up with this. It’s time to get fancy, add salad dressing to that salad!

How to celebrate – Cook something! Insist on your family calling you a Culinarian. Make food fun.

December 12th Gingerbread House Day

Dec. 12th – Gingerbread House Day

Gingerbread houses have become a traditional part of the Christmas holidays. It actually came about somewhere around 992 AD when Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis brought back ginger from his travels. He began to teach the French Christians how to prepare food with ginger and one thing led to another and the Gingerbread House was invented.

It did not become popular until the Grimm Brothers used it for Hansel and Gretel in their terrifying tales.

How to celebrate – Make a Gingerbread House. Read Hansel and Gretel. Write your own Christmas story featuring a Gingerbread House.

November 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

Nov. 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

You cook for your family and aren’t your pets a part of your family? So why not cook for them? They like a nice home cooked meal as well. I mean, it beats whatever comes out of that can or bag, so it has to be better! Animals have a hard time with certain types of human food so you need to check and see what they might be allergic to. You can put it on some fine china and serve it with a napkin and a nice chilled bottle of domestic water. Or, you can just give them what is left over on your own plate, maybe even save a little… you could stand a few less calories. Your pets are a part of your family, treat them like that, and every once in a while cook for them when it’s practical.

How to celebrate – Look up what foods your pet might be allergic to. Cook a little extra of whatever you are having for supper to share. Set a place at the table for your pet.

October 20th International Chefs Day

It may surprise you but International Chefs Day was created in South Africa in 2004 to help educate children about eating healthy. Dr. Bill Gallagher, the “Godfather of all Chefs” created today because he wanted all the top chefs to teach something healthy, and tasty. Chefs are aware of the value of eating healthy and they know the best foods to eat. That doesn’t mean they always provide them, but they are capable of providing a healthy diet. Today, every chef in the world should provide their idea of a healthy meal that they think everyone will enjoy. Maybe put the recipe on the internet and teach everyone how to make the dishes. Then, we all can enjoy eating them!

How to celebrate – If you are the chef of your home, provide a healthy meal today. Make a list of all the chefs you can name. Try dishes from a chef in every country in the world.

December 11th National Noodle Ring Day

Today is one of the more important days of the year. We celebrate the noodle ring and all it has brought us. It is not difficult to understand, it is noodles cooked into a ring, or circle, and served for dinner, lunch, or even breakfast! It’s a fun way to have a meal and basically it is healthy. Naturally you can make it unhealthy, but in it’s purest form it is good for you, or at least sort of anyway. I could go on for hours and hours about today but I won’t (mainly because it’s noodles cooked in a ring)! You can add meat, vegetables, fruit, whatever you want as long as there are noodles and they are in a circle.

How to celebrate – Have some noodles. Cook everything in a ring today. Educate yourself to the world of pasta.

November 8th Cook Something Bold Day

If the rest of the neighborhood can smell what you are cooking you have accomplished your goal today. That doesn’t mean it has to be something good, it helps, but the idea is to fill the world with that aroma! You know you have reached your goal when someone comes to your door and asks, “What are you cooking?”. Cabbage works, so does shrimp, anything you can think of that is stinky works really well! To me, while I realize a lot of people love it, the smell of something being cooked heavily with garlic, tops the list. I like garlic, but boy does it stink! Today works really well if you cook outdoors. It gives you a good start on letting the neighbors know you are cooking and you mean business! Today is owned by Wellcat.com.

How to celebrate – Cook something bold. Cook something that stinks. Try some hot peppers in your cereal!

November 7th Men Make Dinner Day

I have no idea why the world seems to fall into the same never ending pattern but it does… Whether women work all day, take care of the children, do the gardening… it always seems to be their lot in life to make dinner as well. Today is the day to break that pattern and let the men make dinner instead. I know in my house, the women always make dinner (though I think they prefer it that way). I tend to use a lot of dishes when I cook and I may add some different flavoring, so in the long run you might not like what I make and the clean up is a chore in itself. That’s no excuse though, on the first Thursday in November it is time for men to make dinner. And guys, this does not include bringing dinner home from a restaurant!

How to celebrate – It’s the man’s turn to make dinner! Women relax! Become a chef.

November 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

Nov. 1st National Cook For Your Pets Day

You cook for your family and aren’t your pets a part of your family? So why not cook for them? They like a nice home cooked meal as well. I mean, it beats whatever comes out of that can or bag so it has to be better! Animals have a hard time with certain types of human food so you need to check and see what they might be allergic to. You can put it on some fine china and serve it with a napkin and a nice chilled bottle of domestic water. Or, you can just give them what is left over on your own plate, maybe even save a little… you could stand a few less calories. Your pets are a part of your family, treat them like that, and every once in a while cook for them when it’s practical.

How to celebrate – Look up what foods your pet might be allergic to. Cook a little extra of whatever you are having for supper to share. Set a place at the table for your pet.

March 28th National Something On A Stick Day

Well, nearly everything we eat today can be put on a stick and probably has been at one time or another. Even pudding has been put on a stick. Of course you have to change it’s normal form but it can indeed be put on a stick. Things like corn-dogs are normally served on a stick and it really doesn’t make them any better but they seem to be more enjoyable when they are on a stick. Perhaps it’s because when food is on a stick it becomes portable and you can walk around with it, enjoying other things while enjoying your food. Pickles, cakes, potatoes, you name it, it has probably appeared on a stick at one time or another. It probably is as old as man since when man realized he could actually cook food it was cooked on a stick!

How to celebrate – Eat something on a stick. Try putting something on a stick you have not seen before. Save those stick in your backyard for later use.