Apr 082014
 
08: National Empanada Day

April 8th is National Empanada Day. Empanadas are stuffed bread or pastries that are baked or fried. The filling may be savory or sweet. They originated in the regions of Galicia, Portugal and León, first appearing in medieval Iberia during the time of the Moorish invasions. Empanadas are believed to be derived from the Indian meat-filled pies, samosas. […]

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Mar 152014
 
15: National Pears Helene Day

March 15th is National Pears Helene Day. Pears Helene is a French dessert known as Poire belle Hélène. It is made of pears poached in sugar syrup and served with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, and crystallized violets. Modern versions opt for sliced almonds over the violets. The dish was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and […]

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Mar 012014
 
01: National Fruit Compote Day

March 1st is National Fruit Compote Day. Compote, French for “mixture”, has been around since the 17th-century. Created in France, this simple dessert is whole or chopped pieces of fruit cooked in a sugar syrup. The syrup is often flavored with vanilla, citrus peel, or spices. Candied fruit and raisins might also be added. Compote may […]

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Jan 152014
 
15: National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

January 15th is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day. Strawberry ice cream is a frozen dessert made with strawberries, cream, vanilla, and sugar. Food coloring is added to most brands to give it a pink color. Trivia: Strawberry ice cream is one of the top 10 favorite flavors, usually ranking in the top 5. According to the International […]

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Jan 092014
 
09: National Apricot Day

January 9th is National Apricot Day. The apricot is a delicately flavored fruit that makes a wonderfully juicy treat. In Latin, apricot means precious. In China where they originated, they are known as “Moons of the Faithful”. They spread westward to Persia and the Mediterranean and eventually to the New World. Trivia Apricots are members […]

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Jan 012014
 
01: Apple Gifting Day

January 1st is Apple Gifting Day. This unusual food holiday of unknown origin is a nice way to start the new year. Up until the 17th century, apple was a generic term for fruit other than berries. The apple symbolizes many things such as love, knowledge, bounty, good heath, beauty, and rebirth. One possible meaning behind […]

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Jun 152013
 
21: National Peaches & Cream Day

June 21st is National Peaches and Cream Day. Peaches and cream (also known as peaches’n cream) is simply sliced fresh peaches with heavy cream. It is popular in the United States, especially the South. Here’s a recipe for an extra special peaches and cream celebratory dish. Amaretto Peaches ‘n’ Cream serves 2 1/3 cup brown […]

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Jun 082013
 
09: National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 9th is National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day. A sweet-tart pie with a bottom crust and a top crust, lattice crust, or crumble topping. The filling is made from the stalks of the rhubarb plant and strawberries. Some folks consider this a must have spring pie while others consider it a late summer pie. Side Note: Ben Franklin is […]

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Feb 292012
 
03: National Raspberry Popover Day

May 3rd is National Raspberry Popover Day. A popover is a light, hollow roll made from an egg batter. It is the American version of England’s Yorkshire pudding. The name comes from the batter swelling and popping over the pan. You could make regular popovers and fill them with fresh raspberry or try Raspberry Butter. […]

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Feb 292012
 
08: National Coconut Cream Pie Day

May 8th is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Coconut cream pies are filled with a coconut-flavored custard or pudding and topped with whipped cream, toasted coconut, and served cold. Coconut Cream Pie 3/4 cup cornstarch 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cups milk, scalded 2 eggs, beaten 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla 2 tablespoons margarine […]

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