August 3rd Grab Some Nuts Day

Okay, so when you get done laughing about something today has nothing to do with, you will need to learn what a nut is, and what it isn’t. Of course, we all know that peanuts are legumes, not nuts but did you know that almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts are not really nuts either! A botanical nut is a fruit such as Hazelnuts, Brazil Nuts and Chestnuts with generally extremely hard-shell casings. I am sure there are better explanations of what a nut is beyond that, but for me, that will do. Naturally, I am still going to call cashews, almonds, pistachios and walnuts Nuts… it just easier.

How to celebrate – Go nuts today. Learn what are nuts and what aren’t nuts. Snack on nuts, they are so much better for you than most other treats.

July 12th Pecan Pie Day

One of my all time favorite desserts, Pecan Pie! It’s almost as American as Apple Pie, maybe even a little bit more because, after all, aren’t all American’s a little bit nuts! Well, whether nuts or not I’ll leave that up to you because today I can have some Pecan Pie! I wish I could say it was a healthy treat since it’s got nuts and all in it but is shares the same fate as Apple Pie because frankly, no pie is healthy but who cares…. it’s Pie!!! Here’s a recipe for pecan pie in case you want to make your own.

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie. Learn about all the different types of pecan pie. Test your home made pie against a store bought one.

December 22nd National Date Nut Bread Day

When I first saw this day I thought it was, if you are single to date a nut who has a lot of money. Then I realized it wasn’t. (No, I didn’t really think that but you try writing a paragraph about date nut bread without expanding on the truth a little!) Anyway, it’s bread, it contains dates and as many different nuts as you prefer. Oh, and it’s real popular around this time of year! I like date nut bread, it is a little heavy so maybe one slice at a time will do. It’s almost a tradition at Christmas along with the Fruitcake everyone loves!

How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Make up your own list of holiday traditions. Add a little cream cheese for taste.

October 22nd National Nut Day

How many different types of nuts do you think there are? Well, if you don’t count the human nuts, there are 17. (Get your mind out of the gutter) Nuts are filled with Vitamin E and B2 and contain a lot of protein and fiber so guess what, they are actually good for us! Today was created by Liberation Foods Company in the UK and is continued on by the Fair Trades Organization of the UK to celebrate the nut. Oh, and a peanut is not a nut, it’s a legume and part of the pea family. So if you are up to it, have some Goober Peas as they have been called in the South… I wonder if they knew the peanut was a pea at the time the song was written?

How to celebrate – Educate yourself on the 17 types of nuts. Use nuts as your snack food. Make sure you are allergic to nuts.

July 12th Pecan Pie Day

One of my all time favorites, it’s time for Pecan Pie! I am not sure when it’s not time for pecan pie, I mean I don’t think there is a pecan pie season is there? Although it is a little heavier than most pies which makes me think more of the winter months it does go well any time and apparently someone thought a heavier pie is just fine for the middle of summer. I agree! Go ahead, go nuts and have some pie!

How to celebrate – Have some pecan pie. Make enough pecan pies to share with neighbors. Try making some other type of nut pies.

January 10th Bittersweet Chocolate Day

This is a bitter-sweet day… literally! Don’t you just love things that are conflicted with each other! I mean, really… how can something be both bitter and sweet at the same time!?! Sweet and salty I understand but, bitter and sweet at the same time?

And even more confusing… chocolate is a vegetable! Ok maybe not, but it’s a bean and aren’t beans vegetables???? When served with almonds, which are good for you are well, then is a bittersweet chocolate almond bar a health food? Well, if not for all the sugar it might be. So maybe that’s the bittersweet part of it, it could be healthy but it’s not!

In my day, it was a part of a thing called bridge mix and of course, you had to be playing cards to even bring that out! Of course there were those pesky raisins mixed in, and other kinds of nuts… maybe that’s why they called it a mix!

It’s a good day when bittersweet chocolate is something to celebrate!!!

How to celebrate – Enjoy some bittersweet chocolate. Create a concoction with bittersweet chocolate and other food items like nuts. Make a bittersweet chocolate cake!

December 22nd National Date Nut Bread Day

So if you were trying to figure out how to pass your morning, or your afternoon, or both… why not make some date bread. Most people like date bread, even if it doesn’t make it to the top of their list it is generally there somewhere. There seems to be a little doubt as to whether today should be celebrate on December 22nd or September 8th. Who cares!?! Make it both days! Interestingly, when I looked up simple recipes it said it contains nuts and sugar. Well duh, but I think it requires a bit more than that. There are a lot of recipes on line so it should be easy enough to find one you like.

How to celebrate – Make some date nut bread. Make several loaves so you have it handy for the holidays. Make up your own recipe and share it with the world.

October 22nd National Nut Day

Before we go any further lets understand that peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes a member of the “pea” family. Okay, that done… the Liberation Food Company created today in the UK sometime in the early 2000’s. Nuts provide protein to your diet as well as fiber and are considered a healthy food. They contain vitamin E and B2 and are a good snack treat as well as an added flavor in many popular dishes. There are eleven kinds of nuts, each one promoted by the Fair Trade Organization in the UK. Apparently there are a lot of nuts in the UK!

How to celebrate – See how many types of nuts you can name. Determine what your favorite nut is. Try adding some kind of nut to your favorite food dish.

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.

January 23rd National Pie Day

I love pie. Nothing against cakes or cookies or any other type of dessert you may choose, they are good too, but pie is normally so flavorful! Most of the time pie is made with fresh fruit, it’s juicy and tasty and satisfies so many senses. The day was created by the American Pie Council, I didn’t even know that existed! Who do they council? Either you like pie or you don’t! Anyway, I am sure they are important, at least they created the day which gives us all a reason to celebrate something! Cherry pie is my favorite, apple pie is apparently the most popular, but pie can be made out of any fruit or even chocolate, lemon (Lemon is a fruit, right?) Key Lime. You name it, it can be made into a pie. Home made, store bought… they are both good.

How to celebrate – Have a pie party! Taste test several pies to see which you like best. List as many pies as you can think of.