March 7th– 13th Butcher’s Week
Butcher’s week has been celebrated now for 15 years. Considering butchers have been around nearly since time began it’s about time they got recognized for what they do. There is an art to being a butcher, certain cuts of meat are only available because butchers make refine and improve their craft. You can also request certain cuts of your own, of course you need to know what they are before you ask for them because otherwise how would you know you got what you asked for?
How to celebrate – Thank your butcher for the job they do. Learn the different cuts of meat. Learn how to become your own butcher.
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.
Also known as International Bacon Day. Well, who doesn’t know what bacon is? Today is claimed by two different groups, the residents of Bradford, Ma in 2000 and then some grad students in Boulder, Colorado in 2004. The grad students were probably stoned and didn’t know the day had already been created. Doesn’t matter either way, bacon is bacon and it should be enjoyed by all. (There is vegan bacon as well) Most people love this day, pigs… not so much.
How to celebrate – Enjoy some bacon. See how many bacon recipes you can find. Have bacon at every meal.
There are several Bacon days during the year. International, National, and just plain bacon day. Today is just plain bacon day. It supposedly started before 2000 in the UK but who knows, as bacon has been popular for a lot longer than that! In fact, I don’t know a time when bacon has not been popular! Even Vegans try to make something that tastes like bacon, it doesn’t, but the point is, they at least try. I am curious, how does a Vegan know what bacon tastes like? Well, good on them for at least trying. Those meat eaters among us seem to prefer bacon to nearly any other kind of meat. Salty, crisp and filled with flavor it may indeed be the perfect food! And there is nothing like the scent of bacon cooking!
How to celebrate – Cook up some bacon. They even have bacon ice cream these days, see if you can invent something new like… bacon cereal! Wear some bacon perfume!
If it’s lunch time, most of us are probably having a sandwich. It’s filling, tasty, and portable! It is really a full meal – in most cases, bread, meat, cheese, and vegetables! Supposedly, the sandwich was created by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu, who spent a great deal of time in gambling halls in the UK and did not have time to sit and have a full meal. He thought to himself, if he put the meat he was having between two pieces of bread he could take his meal with him and eat as he played. This was in 1762. While it might be true, and probably is, I find it a little hard to believe that people before Montagu hadn’t thought up the idea. But none-the-less, today we celebrate his invention the sandwich in the best way we know how… eating a sandwich.
How to celebrate – Have a sandwich. Invent some type of new sandwich. Try adding new and different things to your sandwich.
The All-American meal, the hamburger! Unless you are a vegetarian, who doesn’t love the hamburger. Rare, Medium Rare, Medium, Medium Well, Well done… who cares!?! Add a little cheese and it becomes a meal fit for a King! McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s (Among others) owe everything to the hamburger. On September 2nd, 2012 the Black Bear Casino Resort, in Carlton, Minnesota made histories largest hamburger ever. It weighed 2,014 pounds! Can you imagine the size of the grill!?! It also leaves me to wonder, who ate it? I’ll bet the middle was pretty rare! Don’t forget the fries!
How to celebrate – Have a hamburger today. Try adding different things to the meat to make it a new experience. Have a family cook-out!
If you have ever lived in the South, you’ve had fritters. Actually, if you are from the North you’ve had fritters too! Apparently, if you are anywhere you’ve had fritters at some time in your life. It is simply deep friend food wrapped up in dough.
It may have fruit, vegetables or meat inside the dough. In the case of hush puppies, it may not have anything other than spices mixed into the dough. It’s probably not all that healthy, but boy is it good.
You can try and make them healthy by putting healthy foods inside of the fritter, the problem is… they are deep fried. We are talking grease here! But that said, eaten in moderation you can probably survive it. It makes me wonder… is a doughnut a fritter? Corn dogs must be fritters, and I assume everything you find in Long John Silver’s is a fritter!
And the best way to fritter your day away is by eating fritters. You can become a fritter fritterer. Oh, and don’t forget the dips. Guess that would make you a fritter dipper fritterer.
How to celebrate – Buy a deep fry cooker to make your fritters. Invent your own type of fritter. Have a fritter party, make sure to keep a defibrillator on hand.
I think we are all pretty familiar with Uncle Sam… but did you know where he came from and how he got to be the symbol of our country? Well, apparently there was a merchant that sold meat to the soldiers during the War of 1812. His name was Sam Wilson and he grew so popular with the soldier, among others, that they took to calling him Uncle Sam.
He operated out of Troy, New York and I guess you can see some resemblance in his photo to our Uncle Sam today. Well it so happens that his birthday falls on September 13th, which happens to be Uncle Sam Day! Now that didn’t really begin until 1961 when Congress voted on a drawing to be used for Uncle Sam. But they still did not vote in a day of celebration just yet.
There were two other characters in the running for become a national symbol. The first was Brother Jonathan. He was a lot more popular in the newspapers and the south than he was with the general public. Although, if you examine his character he did wear the same sort of hat and striped pants. However as this was the fashion of the day he did not really stand out all that much.
And then there was Uncle Sam’s girlfriend, Columbia. Now having a pretty woman to look at was inspiring and though provoking but did not exactly inspire men to fight. In fact, it rather made them want to take a nap and dream… maybe of Columbia herself!
It took until 1989 for Congress to actually officially recognize Uncle Sam Day. And now, it’s been so long, apparently anyone with white hair can be an Uncle Sam! “We want you… to celebrate Uncle Sam Day!”
How to celebrate – Dress up as Uncle Sam yourself and parade about the town. Start a write in campaign to see if Columbia can at least be the symbol for our Congress! Try and create your own national symbol like Uncle Sam!
If you love meat, you love bacon! Of course it is really bad for you but who can resist it, provided you are not a vegetarian. It comes on sandwiches, ice cream, candy and just about anything you can think of. What was once a breakfast meat has become an any time treat!
Bacon was known to be in use during the days of the Roman Empire. It was called ‘Petaso’ but was probably only available to the wealthy. For years, no one in the world would eat pork because they thought it was unhealthy. Well it was, but not for the reasons they thought. No one knew how to prepare it and botulism ran amuck. By the Middle Ages though, bacon had become a normal part of the meal, still probably more for the wealthy than the peasant but it’s use began to grow. The English called it “Bacoun”.
In France they call it “Bako”, Germany “Bakko” and in old Teutonic it was known as “Backe”. Whatever they call it you will know by the scent that it’s cooking. I even know a lot of people who love the smell even though they are vegan.
It has become such a part of our everyday now that we expect it to be available for anything, any time we choose. Breakfast, lunch, dinner even as a snack. We put bacon on pizza, spaghetti and even apples.
And why not. It goes with just about anything!
How to celebrate – Make bacon for every meal today. Invent your own bacon dish. Try bacon on something you’ve never tried it with before.
When I started doing these blogs I thought how interesting these holidays might be. Little did I know I would be writing one about cheese balls. I do like cheese balls, but there’s not much to say about them. They are made out of cheese and in a ball shape. Depending on what you add to them they can be either healthy or not, crunchy or silky, served with meat or without.
You can use practically any kind of cheese, make it spicy or mild and serve it with vegetables, crackers, pretzels, fruit, bread, well… just about anything you can imagine. No one knows when the first cheese ball was made, or where, but my best guess is that as soon as cavemen realized how to make cheese, the cheese ball came into being. It’s meant to be dipped into, peeled away but never cut. To cut the cheese would be rude. There are many recipes for cheeseballs. Depending on your taste of cheese some will be wonderful, others… maybe not. So what really separates one cheese ball from the next? Aside from the flavors, it is what they look like. Below are a few samples I found that at least amused me.
Obviously the cheese ball can be used to celebrate any holiday, even the weird and bizarre. In fact, you really don’t even need for there to be a holiday to enjoy a cheese ball. Again, Congress did not declare the day and no president ran on a cheese ball platform to get elected. (They have their own kind of cheese anyway.)
So how do you celebrate? Well, make one of the recipes supplied above. Create your own recipe remembering you really can use anything to make your cheese ball. Or find a party to go to and take them a cheese ball, even if it’s just because you want one yourself.