If you are like me you may have assumed that nachos have been around forever. Well, apparently they haven’t. This appetizer, snack or meal was invented in 1943 by Ignaci “Nacho” Anaya in Piedras Negras, Coshulia, Mexico.
In an effort to serve the wives of military personnel stationed in Fort Duncan across the border in America (Texas) Anaya served them the world’s first recognized nachos. The wives apparently loved the dish and went back time and time again to partake of the treat, eventually making their own in Texas and spreading the treat all over the world.
Nachos can be made with ground beef, chicken, pork or without any meat at all. And while it is not the heathiest meal ever it isn’t all that bad for you either. It can be as spicy or mellow as you make it. Tortilla chips covered with cheese, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, salsa, avocado and, maybe, jalapeno peppers are both light and filling. Topped off with a little sour cream, there is hardly anyone who does not enjoy some form of nachos.
With all the heavy food served up in November, it might be a nice change of pace to serve up a nacho meal one night or for lunch. And really any topping will work still making the meal nachos, While I have never seen a breakfast nacho I do not see why it wouldn’t work, just add some bacon and scrambled eggs and you can make it for breakfast as well!
How to celebrate – Make nachos for lunch or dinner today. Create your own nacho dish. Celebrate Mexican heritage and customs shared with the United States.
Today is National Candy Day. It is every child’s dream and most parents’ nightmare! The word candy actually comes from Middle England around the 13th century. That came from Old French, “culre candi”, which came from the Persian “Qand” or “Qandi”, which means sugar cane. The first “candy” was made from honey that was used to preserve fruit and flowers. The honey coated the fruit which happened to make a nice tasting treat. It also helped the digestive track and soothed sore throats.
It is believed that the first “candy” to reach America came from either Britain or France, or perhaps both, in the form of “Rock Candy”. Rock Candy was basically nothing but crystallized sugar, all of which was clear. That would have been in the 18th century and the process to make Rock Candy was so expensive that only the very wealthiest could afford it. Over the years we have learned how to add food dyes and flavoring to Rock Candy to make it somewhat more popular.
Chocolate did not come into the picture until centuries later even though Columbus took the cocoa plant back to Europe after his first voyage to the Americas in 1492. Other milestones for the candy industry came in the 1800’s when candy was made cheaper by production lines and crude machines. This candy was known as “Penny Candy” and for the first time in history, everyone could afford a sweet, at least on special occasions. By 1847 a candy press was invented making candy as cheap as it had ever been and in quantities that made it available even in remote locations. In 1851 the steam pan became available to melt down the sugar even faster and an industry was born.
In 1928 Hershey’s introduced Reese’s peanut butter cups, the first real sign that chocolate could be mass produced as well and sold in a package to consumers. The peanut butter filling was something new for the industry but was extremely well received.
During World War 2, soldiers were given M&M’s made by Mars Inc., for a pick me up because they were coated in a hard candy shell that did not melt while they were in the field. The first real use of M&M’s was actually reported during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930’s where Ernest Hemingway noted seeing soldiers with a hard shelled candy they carried around with them for an energy burst.
How to celebrate – Whatever type of candy you like best, today is the day to enjoy a piece or two. Try to invent your own new candy! Go back to the basics with this recipe for Rock Candy and make your own!
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.
November 30th National Mason Jar Day
Today the world of food preservation changed forever when John Landis Mason patented #22186 with a screw-neck bottle. It was not really the bottle that changed, though it did by adding threads to the top, it is the lid that revolutionized the industry.
Adding the rubber seal keep germs and bacteria from getting inside the preserved food keeping it safe for consumption. Today was created by Michelle Campbell-Olbert for Unboxing the Bizarre.
How to celebrate – Buy some Mason Jars. Make some preserves. Visit Unboxing the Bizarre.
I do not see why an organization such as Wellcat.com has to own certain days by copyright but here is one I actually agree with. Owning it seems a bit odd to me but who really cares. The point is, why stay home because you are sick? What are you going to do, stay home and be miserable? Why not stay home and enjoy yourself…
Sleep in if you like, just don’t stay in bed because you are sick… there’s no fun in that. You might as well be at work since you can’t enjoy yourself anyway. True, you might make everyone else sick that comes in contact with you but by then, you will probably be getting well again.
Maybe you can play some music! Learn to play the accordion or better yet, the radio. Chill out and make the day special. Just remember you owe Wellcat.com something for creating the day so tomorrow, you really need to go to work to pay for the rights to the day you have played sick.
So go ahead and stay at home today even though you are not sick. If someone at work complains, tell them that the good people at Wellcat.com gave you permission for owning this day.
How to celebrate – Enjoy your day off. Throw an “I’m sick day” party! Look up some rare and unusual illness that cn’t be traced as an excuse.
Is there anything more American than the square dance!?! Well, yes because the square dance actually comes from the Irish, English and Scottish! However, they do not use a caller for those required directions are truly American.
Allemande, Promenade, Courtesy, Circulate and Do Sa Do (Or Do Si Do) are all popular commands for the square dance. If they do not sound familiar to you, you probably do not square dance.
You can see the origins in Medieval dance, though their squares were more rectangles. The way royals often showed their royalty by being the only ones who knew the steps to the dance. Since America has no royalty, we use the caller to tell us what to do.
Generally accompanied by country or folk music with a quick beat, this dance style is both fun and rigorous. It can also be painful for those who do not know the steps. (Toes are likely to be stepped on)
I wonder if Mr. and Mrs. Claus square dance? Perhaps it could become the traditional Christmas dance! It generally is colorful enough and it is a celebration. An new invention, The Christmas Square Dance!
How to celebrate – Learn how to square dance. Learn how to become a caller. Invent a rock and roll square dance.
Today commemorates the Spacecraft Mariner 4 closing to within 6,118 miles of Mars, a planet named after the mythical War of God, Ares. The date was, November 28th, 1964. The mission took 228 days and sent back photos of the Red Planet, red because of the filter on the lens of the camera on the spacecraft.
The temperatures on Mars run from -207 degrees F to +81. Not exactly the temperatures one might like to spend the winters in. It has two moons, Deimos and Phobos and it requires 687 days to circle the sun.
Mars is often visible to the naked eye from earth and as such many have dreamed and had fantasies about Mars. However it is just a planet, too cold to support life and of little use to those on earth.
Perhaps there may be life below the surface, we will not know until we set foot on the planet. If this is what you are waiting for, you might have to wait a while since we no longer have a space program pf our own. Since profits now lead the program from the private sector, there seems little worth landing on Mars for.
Space, the final frontier. Who knows what we may find out there, what may save our planet from destruction. We know little of what may be out there but logic dictates there is very little there.
How to celebrate – Look in the nigh sky for Mars. Study the photos sent back by Mariner 4. Learn more about Ares.
Bet you didn’t know that today was a day created to express the needs and value of American labor unions. It is the day that the play by Harold Rome released “Pins and Needles” on Broadway. November 27, 1937, on the Labor Stage Theater in New York City.
It was produced by the International Ladies Garment Worker’s Union. Okay, so maybe they weren’t exactly known for their play productions over the years but this show actually ran for 1,108 performances and held that record for years to come.
Broadway is a bit of an unusual venue to for a union to argue their merits but they did, in this case, make their needs known to the public. There are a lot of opinions stated on Broadway, maybe not all that many of the garment industry but whose counting.
Most of us think of pins and needles today as being excited and waiting for something good, or bad, to happen. It does sort of change that excitement to realize Pins And Needles meant the instruments the garment industry used. Maybe like a double-stitch, there’s a double meaning here.
At least Harold Rome thought so which is a little odd because he also wrote “Fanny” for Broadway. You put the pieces together.
How to celebrate – Go see Pins and Needles (If you can find it). Go see Fanny (If you can find it) Look for the Union Label.
November 27th National Electric Guitar Day
The guitar has been around for next to forever, but it was normally used in small setting and as a chording instrument to accompany singers. When Jazz started featuring the guitar something was required to make it louder and the electric guitar was invented.
Work on the electric guitar started in the 1910’s but it was not successful until 1931 when George Beauchamp and Paul Barth, of the National Guitar Corporation actually made a working model.
How to celebrate – Buy an electric guitar. (It is easier to play than an acoustic guitar) Learn how to play guitar. Listen to your favorite guitarist.
In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is coming soon. You need to get shopping! And that’s why today was created, to remind you that you need to go shopping. And this isn’t your normal shopping reminder day… you know, the grocery shopping day… no, this is the go out and spend beyond your budget day reminder.
The good thing about this reminder day is hat if you treat it as it deserves, you don’t need to worry about any others days set to remind you to go shopping… you won’t have any money left to go shopping with!
But seriously, it’s all about giving. It’s giving to the credit card company, the bank, the loan officers… you get the point. Actually if you haven’t gone shopping yet, this is your reminder. Not me, not this blog, the day. I realize there is little else out there to remind you. The sale signs, the newspaper ads, the commercials.
So give in and go shopping already! Buy your friends, family and mail-person a gift they will never forget. And neither will you since you will still be paying for it maybe for-ever. You can actually shop within your budget… naw, not really but it’s fun to think that way!
How to celebrate – Go shopping! Remind yourself to go shopping! Go apply for a loan.