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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…

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, wikipedia.org
Photo Source: cyclonebill, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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National Crabmeat Day

March 9 is National Crabmeat Day!

So many people across the United States love eating crabmeat that it now has its own national holiday! Crabs make up 20% of all the crustaceans we consume, which equals out to roughly 1.5 million tons of crab per year. The most popular type of crab to eat is the Japanese blue crab, accounting for 1/5 of our crab consumption. Getting to the actual crabmeat is the tough part, but once you crack through the shell, it is well worth it!

Celebrate National Crabmeat Day by ordering a crab infused dish at your favorite seafood restaurant or, if you’re feeling adventurous, take a crack at making your own crab dish.

Sources: Bendo13

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National Tempura Day

January 7 is National Tempura Day!

Tempura is a popular deep fried Japanese dish comprised of lightly battered seafood and vegetables. The traditional tempura batter is prepared with cold water and wheat flour, and differs from other batters by excluding eggs from its recipe.

Although tempura is generally associated with Japanese cuisine, it is a little known fact that the dish was first introduced by the Portuguese.

Celebrate National Tempura Day by trying out these easy tempura recipes:

Crispy Tempura Battered Shrimp

Quick Tempura Dinner

Tempura Shrimp & Vegetables

Sources: Punchbowl.com, CNN.com

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