November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day! Ever since I saw this, I’ve been racking my brain to remember if I’ve ever eaten a fresh cranberry, and I don’t think I have. It’s rather ridiculous, because I really enjoy a little cup of cranberry juice (especially if it’s cranberry grape), and I’m super excited for the cranberry sauce and cranberry jello that I know is coming next week. 🙂 I even like snacking on “Craisins” (Technically, I suppose they are dried cranberries, but I’ve always thought of them as craisins.) Maybe it’s time for me to try out some fresh cranberries.
If straight cranberries aren’t your cup of tea, check out this page for some fun looking recipes, all featuring the cranberry.
“In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”
I know it’s still November (and I really do love Thanksgiving!), but I can’t wait for Christmas!
On the first Thursday in November, it’s National Men Make Dinner Day!
I love this holiday, but, I have to admit, I am one lucky girl. In many ways my husband is a better cook than I am, and he cooks some tasty stuff pretty regularly. We’re rather a reversal of normal – I need a recipe, while he is more than happy choosing ingredients and “guesstimating.” The weird thing is that it almost always turns out great!
But, whether you (men) or the men in your life (women) are gourmet chefs or uncertain which doohickey is the spatula, today is the day for them to cook dinner, unaided. Check out the National Men Make Dinner Day website for more information, tips, recipes, and, of course, the rules – All women must avoid the kitchen unless the smoke alarm goes off, you’re not allowed to grab takeout and feed the kitchen results to the dog, etc. 🙂
“Is tasteless food eaten without salt,
or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?”
P.S. November 7 is also International Tongue Twister Day.
October 24 is Food Day! It’s a day to – you guessed it! – eat food. But not just any food. According to the official Food Day website, Food Day is all about eating “Real Food,” food that is healthy, sustainable, affordable, and fair. The holiday encourages all to recognize what we are eating and where it came from, as well as what we need (and how much of it). “Moderation in all things,” right?
“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.”
P.S. October 24 is also Take Back Your Time Day.
Fried chicken . . . real barbecue . . . cornbread . . . fried okra . . . buttermilk biscuits . . . sweet tea . . . peach cobbler . . . you hungry yet? October 11 is Southern Food Heritage Day. Sponsored by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, this holiday celebrates all that delicious food of the Southern United States.
I grew up in Texas. In other words, not the true South (although Texas, obviously, is better 🙂 ), but plenty close enough to smell it, and nothing beats Southern food for comfort food. I think I might need to go on a cooking extravaganza tonight! Here and here are a few ideas to get you started.
“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.”
“Please, sir. I want some more.”
~ Oliver Twist
Happy World Porridge Day! I know that, in popular opinion, porridge is the “gruel” that everyone’s supposed to despise . . .
“Oats: A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.”
~ A Dictionary of the English Language, Samuel Johnson, 1775
. . . but I rather enjoy it! In fact, I had a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal for a quick dinner last night, and I really enjoy grits with butter and just a bit of salt.
World Porridge Day is the perfect day to pick your porridge (Wikipedia lists a ton of types!), but World Porridge Day is about more than that. It was started by Mary’s Meals, a charity based in Scotland that provides a cup of porridge every day to children in several third world countries. The porridge is made and passed out in schools, to provide for children and to encourage them to get an education. So, not only is this a good day to eat porridge, but it’s also a good day for helping people out, worldwide.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Happy National Frappé Day!
I’m not much of a coffee drinker myself, so I had to look this up to be sure what it is. Apparently, a frappé is made by blending instant coffee, sugar, and water into a foam. Then cold water, ice, and, sometimes, milk are added, occasionally with another flavor such as chocolate, caramel, or amaretto.
At the 1957 International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, the Nestle booth was exhibiting an instant chocolate milk drink to attendees. During his break, worker Dmitris Vakondios couldn’t find any hot water to mix with his instant coffee, so he used the shaker with some cold water and ice instead. Thus, the frappé was born, and Greek cafes have never been without since.
“If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning,
it will be taken as a curse.”