August 24th National Waffle Day

Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day on March 25, was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there, but I guess in the US we had to have our own National Waffle Day so August 24th was proclaimed. Even if we “stole” the day, everyone knows of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium (well the story goes a bit differently, but that is for another day and time).

How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!

March 25th International Waffle Day

Waffles are generally made from flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla. They are thought to be a breakfast food, or a snack, but can be enjoyed any time of the day. I was a little surprised to find out that the first record of waffles being served was back in 1300’s Greece. International Waffle Day was created in Sweden, it’s called Vaffeldagan Day there. Of course the most famous waffles come from Belgium, almost halfway between Greece and Sweden.

How to celebrate – Make some waffles. Try different kinds of waffles. Visit Sweden!

December 17, 2019 – National Maple Syrup Day

America is falling in love with Maple Syrup. Well, it’s not actually a new thing, we have been using it for years on our pancakes and waffles, but we are now finding different uses for it. They have been making maple syrup cookies forever as well, Canada has even used the maple tree leaf to indicate their country! Now we use maple syrup for a number of things people may not commonly recognize. It is a sweetener and so anything you want sweeter than in it’s normal state. An ice cream topper, as sugar for cereal, it all sorts of candy and just about anything you an imagine. If you haven’t tried it, you should. It is healthier and frankly even sweeter.

How to celebrate – Stock up on Maple Syrup. Try maple syrup on things you might normally add sugar to. Visit Canada.

December 17th National Maple Syrup Day

Very few of us actually have ever tasted real maple syrup. Now I know, all those pancake syrups list themselves as maple syrup and some, the better of them, actually taste like real maple syrup but few are actually made from maple syrup.

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Native Americans have been using maple syrup since long before the European settlers came across the ocean. They flavored many of their meals with the sap of the maple tree. The process is time consuming and not effective for companies that place quantity over quality.

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The sap is gathered from the trees between Feb. and March so it is a bit curious why Maple Syrup Day is celebrated in December. It’s sort of like celebrating the 4th of July in April but I guess it really doesn’t matter so long as it gets celebrated.

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Still, real or not and whether in the right month or not, Maple Syrup Day is a treasure for anyone actually wanting to eat the real thing! We all know it tastes great on pancakes or waffles but try it on ice cream or cookies or even in a cake, not the fake stuff but the real stuff.

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How to celebrate – Find some “real” Maple Syrup. Try adding the syrup to chicken or in tea or on practically any food you serve. Try getting you own sap from a Maple Tree and learn how to turn it into Maple Syrup.