February 20th National Cherry Pie Day

Today is a day to celebrate America’s, or at least the United States, second most favorite pie, the cherry pie! Well, it is my favorite as I like it over apple, the most popular according to the polls. And while apple pie is considered the American pie, I believe cherry pie should be America’s pie.

After all, George Washington featured the cherry tree, which makes the cherry, which makes the cherry pie! Johnny Appleseed came along a long time afterwards! Of course, the cherry blossom is big in Japan so maybe that’s why they chose the apple pie… I don’t know. I think the important thing here is that someone made a study of what pie American’s liked best… like that was really important.

There is nothing like a warm piece of cherry pie with some vanilla ice cream on a cool winter’s evening!

How to celebrate – Have a piece of cherry pie. Find out the truth behind George Washington’s claim to have chopped down a cherry tree. Try a cherry tart!

December 13th Ice Cream Day

Not to be confused with Ronald Reagan’s National Ice Cream Day which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of July, today is simply, Ice Cream Day. Apparently no one claims it but still, ice ice cream, who can refuse!?! Ice Cream has been around for a long, long time. Recipes for ice cream date back to Christopher Columbus more than 250 years ago. So if you don;t like Columbus for all the any other reason you’ve at least got to give him some props for ice cream! The Ice Cream cone came along at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 invented by Charles E. Minches. Ice Cream began being sold commercially in Boston in 1851.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Invent a new flavor of ice cream. Make your own home made ice cream (It’s really good that way.)

December 2nd National Fritters Day

Today we eat fritters or we don’t eat at all! And if you do eat fritters you can eat a lot of them and just fritter the day away! Friiters are nothi more than dough or a cake like substance that can hold either meat or fruit inside making a tasty meal or dessert. They are generally deep fried, which means they aren’t all that healthy but boy do they taste good! Maybe you can make some turkey fritters to use up any of that left over Thanksgiving meal you might haver left. You can even make veggie fritters, I suppose, if you have a mind to! And you need not fritter about what to eat tomorrow because what fritters you don’t eat today youy can probably have tomorrow!

How to celebrate – Make some fritters! Get a deep fryer. Create a new fritter dessert for the holidays.

October 14th National Dessert Day

Here’s a day most of us can probably get behind, a day to have your dessert and enjoy it to! Does that make it a just desserts day!?! And what if you have more than one favorite dessert? Well today you can have several if you want. They may not be the best thing for you but one day should be okay. So make your favorite dessert, go to a restaurant and have your favorite dessert or just stare at your favorite dessert through the window but realize, it would be unpatriotic not to eat it today.

How to celebrate – Write down a list of your favorite desserts. Try finding a new favorite dessert. Proceed with at least some caution.

October 1st National Homemade Cookies Day

It’s getting to be that season again where the houses fill with the aroma of the coming holidays and nothing fills those senses better than to smell homemade cookies baking in the oven. They always seem to taste better than the store bought cookies and seem to put people in a more joyful attitude. I guess it reminds us of the old days when grandma use to bake her cookies and we’d get them fresh off the rack still warm and chewy. Ah, that’s when you know life is good.

How to celebrate – Bake some cookies today. Research your families favorite cookies. Make some cookies for the neighbors.

January 23rd National Pie Day

So what is your favorite dessert? For me, it’s pie. Today was created by the American Pie Council, which frankly I didn’t even know one existed. And even worse, I’m not sure why we even need one. That’s not knocking them, I love pie so anyone who promotes pie is okay by me. There are so many flavors that practically anybodies taste can be met. Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, Pecan, Chocolate Silk… the list can go on and on.

How to celebrate – Have a piece of pie today. Bake a pie today. List as many types of pie as you can.

October 10th National Angel Food Cake Day

Though no one is claiming having created today it is generally accepted it appears in 2012. I am surprised no one thought up this day before that. Who hasn’t had Angel Food Cake before? It is wonderful with fruit or, in fact, just about anything. It has no fat since it is not make with butter, cream or egg yolks. It is always light and often paired with another “light” food, Jell-o! I am sure there are people who do not like Angel Food Cake but I have never met them. One might say that Angel Food Cake is… Heavenly.

How to celebrate – Make an Angel Food Cake today. Figure out the best combination for you to add to your Angel Food Cake. Make an Angel Food Cake and a Devil’s Food Cake and see which people eat first.

July 19 National Ice Cream Day

The 3rd Sunday in July, National Ice Cream Day since Ronald Reagan proclaimed it so in 1984. He also proclaimed July National Ice Cream month. So, in short, I think we can conclude that Reagan liked ice cream! But then… who doesn’t! It is comfort food that kids and adults enjoy alike. Ice Cream has been around since 200 BC, naturally in China. The only thing amazing to me is that it took so long to create a National Ice Cream Day! No it’s not particularly healthy and there are some people who are allergic to it, but for those of us who aren’t today is the day to indulge in a little delight and it is so appropriate it comes in the dead of summer.

How to celebrate – Have some ice cream. Throw and ice cream party! See how many flavors of ice cream you can list.

July 12th National Pecan Pie Day

I love pecan pie, probably my most favorite pie of all kinds made. Though it is normally associated with holidays it can, and should, be available all the time. Sweet and nutty, crunchy and gooey, all at the same time. It is primarily a southern dish originally introduced, in one fashion or another, by Native Americans who had been using the pecan for more than 8,000 years. The pecan by itself is healthy, maybe not so much when we make a pie out of it, but who cares… it is soooo good!

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie! Try chocolate pecan pie. Get a southern cooking recipe book.

June 2nd National Rocky Road Day

It seems only appropriate that since yesterday was National Trails Day you celebrate today by having a big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream! Naturally after eating it you will need to take another walk in nature afterwards. You can easily make your own Rocky Road ice cream by adding nuts, either almonds or pecan, mini marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chunks to vanilla ice cream. Today though, we generally just make Rocky Road ice cream by starting with chocolate ice cream. Is it fattening? You bet it is but who cares!?!

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of Rocky Road ice cream. Make your own Rocky Road adding whatever you choose like cherries or other berries. Throw an ice cram party.