October 18th National Meat Loaf Appreciation Day

Here a dish that gets no credit for what it is at all, Meatloaf. I know, not everybody likes meatloaf, I do, in fact it’s one of my favorite dishes. It apparently doesn’t take a lot to create (I wouldn’t know, I’ve never made one) and it generally serves a number of people as well. Oh, and it cooks up fairly fast. That’s a win-win-win in my book! Their are numerous different types of meatloaf you can make, different toppings you can add and it goes well with normally any kind of side dish. Today was created by “Serious Eats” in 2018. Check them out for some recipes.

How to celebrate – Have some meatloaf today. Left overs make great sandwiches. Create your own meatloaf recipe.

August 24th Iconic American Restaurants Day

Bob Mathews of “Holiday Insights” created today when he visited a Howard Johnson’s In Lake George, New York. It was the “Last One Standing”. I have no idea if it is still there after Covide but at one time the restaurant change was thriving. We have lost a lot of of historical restaurants over the last few years. You know when chain fast-food places start to become our Iconic perhaps we’ve lost the meaning of Iconic.

How to celebrate – Support a restaurant that has a history in your area. Research the oldest American restaurants still in business today. Visit Williamsburg and find some of the oldest restaurants anywhere! (Although they are not owned by the original owners)

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.

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Kids love it, adults love it, even most dogs and some cats love it! Today we celebrate that love for our pasta and cheese products combined, normally adding either some cream or milk to make it a little more savory and creamier. There are even some restaurants that serve Mac and Cheese as a dish. It’s normally warm and creamy, filled with cheese and sometimes other spices but is always a comfort food.

How to celebrate – Fix some Mac & Cheese. Look for a restaurant that serves Mac & Cheese. Make up your own recipe for Mac and Cheese adding flavors you and your family like.

June 17th Eat Your Vegetables Day

It is very practical that “Eat Your Vegetables Day” fall nearly dead center of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Remember back when you were a child and you hated your vegetables? Well now as am adult it’s somewhat surprising how many of those vegetables we like. It’s also surprising how many we still won’t even try because of our childhood impressions. Clearly vegetables are good for you. They provide nearly everything we need in our diet, help us to keep our weight down and help us to maintain energy.

Hoe to celebrate – Eat your veggies! Try some vegetables you wouldn’t evenm taste as a child. Learn different ways to make your veggies more palatable.

May 6th International No Diet Day

Most of us have on on some sort of diet at one time or another. Sometimes they work, most of the time they don’t and sometimes they are very, very dangerous. Today was created in 1992 by Mary Evans Young of the British “Diet Breakers” Group to fight Anorexia world wide. Common sense needs to be followed with every diet and while carrying around excess weight is not good for us, neither is crash diets that never work anyway. Be logical, create some cheats and enjoy your life… it doesn’t have to be a never ending battle.

How to celebrate – Workout and exercise. Create a sensible diet if you feel like you need one. Try to eat healthy to start with so you don’t have to go on a diet.

April 1st National Burrito Day

April 1st National Burrito Day

National Burrito Day falls on the first Thursday in in April, why not. Now you can have 2 Taco Tuesdays and National Burrito Day in the same month. The first burritos probably were made hundreds of years ago but the first book to feature them came in 1895 in Mexico. By the 1930’s the burrito had become popular in the US, though no doubt made with different ingredients. Erna Fergusson, a very Latin type name, wrote the “Mexican Cookbook” in 1934 and introduced the Mexican delight to the world. By 1975 the breakfast burrito was in production and all was right with the world.

How to celebrate – Have a burrito. Visit Mexico. Invent your own type of burrito.

March 28th Something On A Stick Day

This is a simple day. It normally refers to something you eat being placed on a stick, supposedly so you can walk around eating it at a fair or a picnic or, well, where ever you find yourself walking around and eating something. It seems to best apply to meats, or ice cream, it is, after-all, a bit hard to put creamed corn on a stick (But you could if you froze it first.) Food just seems like something so much more fun to eat if it is on a stick.

How to celebrate – Eat something served on a stick. Come up with something new that you can serve on a stick. Remember a toothpick is considered a stick.

March 23rd National Tamale Day

March 23rd National Tamale Day

Boy oh boy, here’s a day I bet you have been waiting for… National Tamale Day. Doesn’t it seem like we just had a National Tamale Day like a year ago!?! A tamale is a corn dough, called a masa, that can be stuffed with nearly anything you can think of. Any type of meat, vegetable or fruit goes into a tamale where it is generally heated and served as a meal or a snack. Interestingly the tamale can be either corn or a banana husk. The husk is discarded, or used as a plate.

How to celebrate – Make some tamales for dinner tonight. Visit Mexico. Serve with a sweet or savory sauce.

March 10th National Pack Your Lunch Day

March 10th National Pack Your Lunch Day

People have been packing their lunch for nearly as long as they have been on earth. Packing your lunch is a pretty good idea. You will generally end up with food you like and is good for you. I’ll bet you’ll even find that cavemen occasionally packed a lunch as they went hunting or avoided being hunted (ok maybe not – but it is fun to think of a cave somewhere with a drawing of a caveman carrying a Flintstones lunch box). Paper bags normally serve the purpose but in 1935 the first lunch box was put out on the market for sale. Can you guess whose image was plastered all over the front of it?…….. Yep, Mickey Mouse.

How to celebrate – Pack your own lunch today. If you supervise someone packing your lunch does that count? Brown bag it!