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National Bouillabaisse Day

Flickr - cyclonebill - Bouillabaisse med rouilleHappy National Bouillabaisse Day!

Celebrating Bouillabaisse Day, Part I: Learn about bouillabaisse

1. Bouillabaisse = fish stew/seafood soup/fish soup.

2.  Bouillabaisse contains various types of cooked fish and shellfish (at least five kinds) and vegetables, such as leeks, onions, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. It’s flavored with a variety of herbs and spices, such as garlic, orange peel, basil, bay leaf, fennel and saffron.

3. Bouillabaisse originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. but was referred to as “kakavia,” which is Greek because the people living in Marseilles at the time were Phoceans (aka Ancient Greek people), not French people. The Phoceans founded Marseilles in 600 B.C.

4. Bouillabaisse is rarely made for less than 10 people. More people = more fish = yummier bouillabaisse.

Celebrating National Bouillabaisse Day, Part II: Now that you know a little more about bouillabaisse, make enough bouillabaisse for at least 10 people…

Summer Tomato Bouillabaisse with Basil Rouille (by Bon Appetit)
Bouillabaisse (by Food & Wine)
Bouillabaisse (by Simply Recipes)

Celebrating National Bouillabaisse Day, Part III: Find 10 people to eat it…


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National Pastry Day

bakingDecember 9 is National Pastry Day! Pastries are delicious fluffy baked products usually made with the following ingredients: flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Pastries include anything making use of flaky pastry bread from pies to cream puffs to more savory dishes like quiche. Pastries are different from regular bread due to their higher fat content which allows them to have a more crumbly and flaky texture.

Pastries can be traced all the way back to ancient Mediterranean times with the making of thin-doughed filo and multi-layer baklava. Several centuries ago, Crusaders brought the practice of pastry making back to Northern Europe. European Renaissance chefs in Italy and France created the magnificent choux pastries and puff pastries we still indulge in today, and the 17th and 18th saw the creation of eclairs, brioche, and other perfect pastry treats. French chef Antonin Carême is credited with turning pastry making into an art form.

You can celebrate pastry day by visiting your favorite local bakery, or trying out one of these delectable pastry recipes!

Happy Pastry Day!

Sources: Wikipedia, World’s Special Days

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National Cotton Candy Day

Rosa Zuckerwatte pink Cotton candyHappy National Cotton Candy Day!

National Cotton Candy Day celebrates the sweet, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth treat you’ll always find at amusement parks, carnivals, fairs, circuses and sports venues.

Although machine-spun cotton candy was invented in1897 by William Morrison and John C. Warton, the two men did not introduce the treat to a wide audience until 1904 at St. Louis World’s Fair, where it was introduced as “fairy floss.” The inventors sold their “fairy floss” for 25 cents per box, selling 68,000 boxes during the fair’s six-month run.

In the 1920s, “fairy floss” was renamed as cotton candy.

Read more about the history of cotton candy by clicking here.

Celebrate National Cotton Candy Day by making your own cotton candy!


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National Fritters Day

Maruya (Banana Fritters)Happy National Fritters Day!

Fritters are fried cakes or dough containing a primary ingredient of meat, fruit or veggies, such as crab, apples, potatoes or zucchini. This versatile dish can be served as a snack, side dish, dessert or main course. Learn more about fritters and different cultures’ take on the fritter here.

Celebrate National Fritters Day by trying one of the recipes below!

Zucchini Fritters

Apple Fritters

Pumpkin Fritters

Gourmet Pumpkin Fritters

Banana Fritters

Crab Fritters


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National Parfait Day

FreshFruitParfaitNovember 25 is National Parfait Day! Literally meaning “perfect” in French, parfaits are the perfect way to make any sour day a little more sweet.

Parfaits originated as a frozen dessert in France in 1894, and were traditionally made with sugar syrup, cream, and eggs. Parfaits in the United States differ slightly, but many different takes on the parfait have been created. You can go with a more desert like parfait that layers ice cream, parfait cream, Jell-O, and whipped cream or the slightly healthier option of yogurt layered with granola, nuts, and fruit! Just as long as you create a sweet and creamy concoction in a tall glass, your parfait can include pretty much anything.

Here are some of the most scrumptious parfait recipes we could find – celebrate by trying one out!

Sources: Punchbowl, National Whatever Day, CNN Eatocracy


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Eat a Cranberry Day

cranberryNovember 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day! Cranberries are small deep red-colored fruits that commonly grow on shrubs or vines in bogs in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cranberries might be small, but their long list of health benefits earn the cranberry “superfruit” status. Cranberries contain proanthocyanidins that inhibit bacteria related to UTIs, gum disease and stomach ulcers and are loaded with antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may fight off heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Cranberry came from the word “craneberry” which is what European settlers first called the fruit because the long stem and flowers on cranberry bushels resembled the head of a crane.

Celebrate by eating as many cranberries as you can and by reading up on this superfruit’s health benefits. Follow these links to learn more:

Also, be sure to try out some of these various cranberry themed recipes!

Sources: Wikipedia, National Whatever Day

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National Apple Cider Day

appleciderpuzzleNovember 18 is National Apple Cider Day! Apple cider is a raw unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic drink made from apples. Apple cider can be differentiated from apple juice in that apple juice is typically filtered to take out apple particles, pasteurized to maximize shelf-life, and sugar and water are often added to the beverage. Because of its limited shelf-life, untreated cider has become a seasonal beverage produced mostly in fall and winter months, making it a popular holiday beverage.

Apples are not a fruit native to the North American continent. After finding only inedible crab apples on the continent, apple seeds were brought to America by colonial settlers from England in the 17th century. The first apple orchard in North America was planted in Boston in 1625. Seeds from Europe were cultivated on Colonial farms as well as spread throughout Native American trade routes. John Chapman, known by many as “Johnny Appleseed,” traveled ahead of western-bound settlers in America and began to plant small cider apple orchards across the Midwest.

Cider can be enjoyed cold or “mulled” by making the cider hot and adding spices like clove and cinnamon. If you would like to celebrate Apple Cider Day, try some of these great recipes!

Happy Apple Cider Day!

Sources: Wikipedia, Almanac of Eats, Serious Eats


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National Spicy Guacamole Day

Spicy-GuacamoleNovember 14 is Spicy Guacamole Day! Guacamole is an avocado-based dip or sauce that typically consists of mashed avocados and is mixed with various ingredients such as tomatoes, onions, lime juice, and spices. Guacamole has become so popular that you can celebrate it on TWO days! There is also a National Guacamole Day on September 16.

Guacamole was originally created in the 16th century by Aztecs in Mesoamerica. In their dialect, the dish was called āhuacamolli which translates to “avocado sauce.” Guacamole became a popular dish in Mexico since then, and avocados were introduced to the United States in 1871 by Judge R.B. Ord who planted three trees in Santa Barbara, California. Mexico is still the world’s top producer of avocados, but California is a close second. The most popular avocado in the United States is the Hass avocado, and 95% of them are grown in California. Contrary to popular belief, avocados are actually a fruit, and contain the highest amount of protein of any fruit and have more potassium than bananas. They also contain about 20 vitamins and minerals and monosaturated fats which are “good fats” that have been known to help manage cholesterol and heart problems in place of saturated fats.

The first recipes for guacamole appeared in recipe books in the 1940s, but it didn’t gain popularity in America until the 1970s. To celebrate today and make your own spicy guacamole, be sure to add chile peppers to your original recipe for a kick! If you don’t have a recipe of your own, check out these delicious recipes:

Sources: TortillaLand, Wikipedia


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Vanilla Cupcake Day

cupcakeNovember 10 is Vanilla Cupcake Day!

A staple of the dessert world, vanilla cupcakes should never be considered “boring.” Vanilla is one of the most-used and expensive spices out there, with a rich history to back it up. Aztecs in ancient Mesoamerica used to cull vanilla from a certain species of orchid. They mixed it with honey to make a sweet and delicious flavoring that is still used today in too many recipes to count.

Cupcakes first began to make their rounds in the 18th century, receiving their name from the measurement used to make them. Now the name is used to describe any small cake that is about the size of a tea cup. In England, cupcakes are sometimes known as “fairy cakes” because their miniature size is thought to be perfect for groups of tiny fairies to share.

It comes as no surprise that these two delicious parts of the food world would combine to make a scrumptious dessert that would get its very own day. Vanilla Cupcake Day has become so trendy that even popular TV shows are starting to capitalize on it. You can celebrate Vanilla Cupcake Day by checking out these yummy recipes and whipping up some treats for your family, friends, and yourself!

Sources: Yahoo, Wikipedia,, 

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National Nacho Day

nachosNovember 6 is National Nacho Day! Nachos can be eaten both as a snack and a meal and typically consist of tortilla chips and melted cheese, but can be embellished with a variety of other toppings.

This crispy cheesy fare first made it’s way into our hearts and bellies in 1943 in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, located just across the Texas border from Eagle Pass. Ten wives of U.S. soldiers stationed at Fort Duncan were shopping in Eagle Pass and stopped at a Piedras Negras restaurant called Victory Club to eat. The restaurant had already closed for the evening, but  maître d Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya decided to whip something up for the hungry women from what he could find left in the kitchen. He cut tortillas into triangles, sprinkled them with cheese, heated them and added jalapeños. When asked what the delicious new dish was called, he called them “Nacho’s especiales.” The name later lost the apostrophe and was shortened to just “nachos.” Anaya later worked at Moderno Restaurant in Piedras Negras, which still uses his original nachos recipe. He went on to open his own restaurant and his recipe was first seen in print in St. Anne’s Cookbook in 1954. The first appearance of the word “nachos” though was seen in a 1950 book called A Taste of Texas.

Throughout Texas and the southwestern United States, nachos became a wildly popular dish. A waitress named Carmen Rocha introduced nachos in San Antonio before taking the recipe with her to El Cholo restaurant in Los Angeles. In 1976, owner of Rico’s Products, Frank Liberto, tweaked the traditional nacho recipe to include a melted cheese and some special secret ingredients instead of shredded cheese. Giving nachos a longer shelf life, he began to sell his version in Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas during sporting events. His new invention was dubbed “ball park nachos.” Nacho prevalence spiked even more after famed Monday Night Football sportscaster Howard Cosell tried Liberto’s nachos and mentioned them during a broadcast.

After Ignacio Anaya died in 1975, a bronze plaque was erected in Piedras Negras in his honor. There is also a nacho festival held in Piedras Negras every year featuring the “biggest nacho of the world.”

Whether you like the traditional tortilla chip and shredded cheese nachos, “loaded” nachos piled high with toppings, or even the less common lobster and crab East Coast version of the nacho, today is the day to whip up your favorite recipe and dine on this delicious cheesy dish!

Check out some great classic and gourmet nacho recipes here!

Sources: Wikipedia,, CNN Eatocracy

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