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National Sandwich Day

sandwichNovember 3 is National Sandwich Day! It was picked to be celebrated on this day because November 3 is also the birthday of the eponymous inventor of the sandwich, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich.

As the story goes, the 18th century nobleman was an avid gambler, who never wanted to leave a game to eat. During a 24-hour gambling event, he commanded his servants to put meat between two slices of bread so he could eat with one hand, and continue to gamble with the other. That is supposedly how the popular lunchtime food was invented.

The actual history of the sandwich is traced back to a Jewish sage named Hillel the Elder who wrapped lamb meat with herbs between two pieces of soft matzah bread during Passover, which was the precursor to the flatbread sandwich. Also, during the Middle Ages, flat usually stale pieces of bread known as “trenchers” were used as plates. These trenchers piled with food were often served to dogs or beggars at the tables of wealthy individuals or were eaten in more modest circumstances. Trenchers were thus the precursors to open-faced sandwiches. The sandwich as we know it grew in popularity during the 19th century in Spain and England when portable and inexpensive meals became essential. When bread started to become a staple food in the United States in the early 20th century, sandwiches began to rise in popularity there as well.

In America, another advanced form of the sandwich, the hamburger, is the second most consumed lunch food by full-time workers, right after fruit. 75% of restaurants that serve sandwiches also serve hamburgers on the menu and hamburgers are the most popular take-out food in the U.S.

If you want to celebrate National Sandwich Day properly, here are 25 classic and gourmet sandwich recipes for you to choose from!

Sources: Wikipedia, Punchbowl, kidzworld.com

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National Brown Bag It Day

May 25 is National Brown Bag It Day!

Packing your own lunch for work or school has a variety of benefits. Not only is it cost-effective, but you’re in control of what you are putting into your body. You can plan out healthy (but delicious) meals ahead of time, so as to avoid the high-fat, high-carb offerings found at your local fast food joint.

Brown-bagging your lunch doesn’t have to be boring. Sick of plain old PB&J? Check out some of these creative sandwich ideas that will make brown-bagging it a whole lot better.

Sources: Eatocracy, CD Kitchen

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National Hoagie Day

May 5 is National Hoagie Day!

The hoagie originated in the Philadelphia area, although there is some speculation surrounding its precise origin. One popular explanation is that the Italians that were working in the “HogIsland” WWI shipyard in Philadelphia started putting meats, cheeses, and lettuce on slices of bread. At first, this concoction was called the “Hog Island Sandwich,” then was shortened to “Hoggies” and then finally, the “Hoagie.”

Hoagies are so popular because of their versatility; there’s no end to the variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments you can arrange to make any kind of hoagie you want. Celebrate National Hoagie Day by putting together the craziest hoagie you can imagine – be adventurous!

Sources: Holiday Insights, Wikipedia

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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 2 is National PB & J Day!

Today we celebrate a staple of American lunches at school and at the workplace: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the beginning of the 1900s, served toNew York’s elite in only the finest tea rooms in the city. However, by the 1920s, the price of peanut butter had decreased and the spread made its way into the home of the middle class American family.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day by making one of these recipes that will take your standard PB & J to a whole new level.

Sources: PunchBowl, Wikipedia

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National Bologna Day – October 24

Bolgona sandwichHappy National Bologna Day!

National Bologna Day celebrates bologna a type of sausage made from beef, pork, chicken or a combination of meats and salt, sugar, pepper, spices and a curing agent. Pre-sliced bologna is commonly used on sandwiches.

If you’re a fan of this questionable yet popular deli meat, celebrate National Bologna Day with a bologna sandwich or wrap for lunch or cracker sandwiches with bologna for a snack.

Did You Know…Bologna is named after the city of Bologna in northern Italy. Find out more interesting things you didn’t know about bologna by clicking here.


Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
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