February 3rd Feed The Birds Day

Since we are deep intro winter and in many parts of the world the ground is covered in snow, birds need out help getting enough to eat. In the southern areas it’s not as hard, though still surprisingly a little difficult, but up north birds can easily starve to death if not for human help. I am not sure what happened to flying south for the winter but I suppose that doesn’t really matter. Good for Bob Matthews of New York for thinking this one up in 2016. (Along with many others) All sorts of animals need our help, please don’t forget them.

How to celebrate – Help any starving animal. Enjoy birds if you have them in your area for February no matter where you are. Be kind.

January 1st 2023 New Year’s Day

In case you missed it… today is the first day of a brand New Year! Yes, that means there are football games on, black eyed peas to be eaten and whatever other traditions you bring your new year in with but it is also a time to reflect on how you want the new year to go for you, and you family. In many ways, you can choose whether it will be a good year of bad year by how you view things, have a positive outlook and the days will come easier than if you start out every day with a negative reflection. No, it doesn’t always work but it does always help! Choose how you are going to see the New Year and stick to it!

How to celebrate – Welcome in the New Year. Celebrate whatever traditions your family celebrates with. Look forward to what is coming, never look backwards.

November 12th National French Dip Day

Okay, so the French Dip apparently isn’t French! It seems it was invented in the US at one of two restaurants, both built in the 1890’s. Since Cole’s Restaurant in LA, California created the day in 2018, apparently they win… having created the sandwich on November 12th, 1908. While I give them credit I do find it hard to believe that no one before that thought about dipping their sandwich in the broth they cooked the meat in before that.

How to celebrate – Have a French Dip sandwich. Visit Cole’s in California. Invent your own new sandwich

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October 26th National Mincemeat Day

Here’s a day to really be scared of with Halloween rapidly coming. It’s Mincemeat Day, normally served like a pie but as a meal. It was created during the Middle Ages as a way to preserve meat, and other things, by mixing meat, suet and fruit together. It was fairly sweet, sometimes too sweet but it was enjoyed during the Middle Ages maybe because they rarely ate sweets… I don’t know. Like many foods the art of preserving them didn’t make them any better it just made them last longer before they’d kill you because you ate them. But I suppose you can develop a taste for just about anything.

How to celebrate – Make some Mincemeat. Add your favorite fruit to hamburger and see how it tastes. Pretend you are having a Middle Ages festival and serve Mincemeat.

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 – Find a chef you like to follow and try making their dishes. Think of just how good the person is in your family at cooking and declare them a chef. Can you be a Chef of simple foods?

August 24th Iconic American Restaurants Day

There have been numerous restaurants that were the favorite places for people to gather to east in American History which have failed at one time or another. Places like the Harvey House use to dot the country at train stations as people needed to eat after traveling for long hours on a train. Or like Howard Johnson that also served the traveling public on the road but has disappeared off the map, except for the last one standing in Lake George, NY that Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY sites for Holiday Insights in 2020. There will come as time when even McDonald’s begin to go extinct.

How to celebrate – Go to your favorite restaurant before it disappears. Try to remember restaurants in your area that have already gone out of business. Take pictures of your restaurant before it disappears.

March 21st Fragrance Day

Wake up today and smell the flowers, put on some perfume and smell the coffee brewing. Our lives are filled with different smells and scents, some are wonderful, some… not so much so. The fragrance something gives off can instantly identify itself to us, or remind us of some time we were surrounded by that scent. The perfume industry spends millions of dollars trying to figure out what we will like most, we, in turn, spend billions proving them right… or wrong. And remember a rose by any other name is still a rose.

How to celebrate – Have a scent contest in your house tonight. Buy some of your favorite perfume or cologne. Take a walk and smell as many scents as you can.

March 7th National Cereal Day

Cereal came about because by the mid-1800’s people began to realize that eating meat, drinking alcohol and washing it all down with coffee may not be the healthiest way to eat. They, of course, were right. However some, like John Harvey Kellogg, had the right idea they too went a little too far to the extreme insisting that daily enemas and harsher treatments were required to keep one healthy. Will, his brother, promoted Kellogg’s in a lighter mode and made the business what it is today. National Cereal Day has been celebrated since 2005.

How to celebrate – Have a bowl of cereal. See how many types or brands of cereal you can name. Make your own new cereal.

February 9th National Pizza Day

So we all know pizza is one of the world’s favorite foods. We know that the best selling is pepperoni. We know we all eat a lot more of it than we should. But did you know, as far as my research has gone, that pizza actually started with the Greeks, not the Italians! As the story goes, and I could be wrong, the idea of the pizza came from Alexander the Great’s troops as they put flat bread on top of shields and covered it with herbs and spices, and maybe a little protein, and ate it on the march. Maybe true, maybe not, but it sounds interesting.

How to celebrate – Support small and local businesses and order a piazza from a mom and pop. Make your own pizza. Have a pizza party.

December 30th Bacon Day

Nearly everyone I know loves bacon. Not the vegetarians of course, but nearly everyone else. There is something about the crispy, salty flavor that accents nearly every food with some favorable outcome. Potatoes are better with bacon, eggs are better with bacon, salads are better with bacon… even bacon is better with bacon! Most vegetarians even remember the taste of bacon enough that they remember loving it too so much that they made their own veggie bacon… better than nothing I guess. So today is your day to enjoy bacon in whatever you like to eat… even if it’s just a slice of bacon by itself.

How to celebrate – Make some bacon. Test putting bacon in something you have never had it in before. Thank a pig.