Month long food holidays for October…
|National Apple Month – Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, apples have taken over the entire month! National Apple Month is a program of the U.S. Apple Association. Their goal is to increase sales through promotional contests. There are posters and a menu on the website for pairing parties.||National Applejack Month – Applejack is a stronger proof cider. I couldn’t find out much about this holiday, but I’m thinking drinking mulled cider might be good enough. Or maybe I’ll make a necklace out of Applejacks. I know that’s not what it means, but it sounds good.|
|National Chili Month – October is the perfect time for chili, chili cook-offs and trying new kinds of chili. Ever had chicken chili? Chili with potatoes? Chili with rice? Chili with cottage cheese? Cook-offs are a great place try new recipes and possibly add more variety to your own chili.||National Cookie Month – Like National Coffee Day, there are many cookie vendors that offer discounted or free cookie in October, so keep an eye out in your area! Mrs. Fields is offering a free cookie, so you might want to check it out if you have one in your area.|
|National Country Ham Month – Country Ham is a southern style of cured ham. The National Country Ham Association, organized in 1992, has information on where to buy country ham along with recipes and other links of interest.||National Dessert Month – Personally, I’d just call it National Dessert Year every year. Check out our expanding section of dessert recipes and celebrate! I suggest Australian Cheesecake for something easy and yummy!|
|National Pasta Month – It’s no secret that I love pasta. I found several blogs and websites that explain how to cook pasta perfectly, but I’m going to give them a try before posting. Try our Seafood Fettucini recipe in celebration! Don’t like seafood? Use chicken instead!||National Pickled Peppers Month – Pickled anything is good. Ok, not anything. I’m still scared to try pickled eggs in a jar. There’s just something sinister about pickled eggs I can’t wrap my mind or stomach around.|
|National Pizza Month – According to Pizza.com – “First observed in the United States during 1984 (although many people incorrectly claim it was 1987), October was designated as National Pizza Month by Gerry Durnell, the founder of Pizza Today magazine, who chose that month because the first issue of his magazine debuted in October of that year. Durnell was a pizzeria owner in the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana when he realized there were no periodicals or tradeshow publications to support his growing pizza business or the industry in general.”||National Pork Month – October was selected as National Pork Month because this is the time of the year when the most hogs are traditionally marketed. As with National Apple Month, National Pork Month was created to increase sales and awareness. Pork and apples are wonderful together as well, so this is a well timed marketing strategy. Fry apple slices with some pork steaks or better yet, grill them and see what you think.|
|National Pretzel Month – With Oktoberfest coming up, pretzels are a great thing to stock up on for your celebrations. Whether you like the hard, crunchy kind or the soft kind, pretzels can be a diverse snack. Use dipping sauces, chocolate coating, or just plain mustard to make pretzels fun for everyone.||National Seafood Month – We all know that fish is good for us and we should eat more of it, so lets celebrate National Seafood Month by eating more seafood! Health officials suggest eating seafood twice a week.|
|National Tomato Month – July or August would be a better time for National Tomato Month, especially considering I couldn’t find a reason why or how long October has been considered Tomato Month. Whether you just open a can of tomato soup or check out a recipe on the Community Cookbook with tomatoes… celebrate!||National Popcorn Poppin’ Month – From popcorn.org – “For more than 30 years, October has been celebrated as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month; however, it became “official” in 1999, when then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman proclaimed October as National Popcorn Poppin’ Month.”|
|Spinach Lovers Month – I searched around a bit and couldn’t find anything on Spinach Lovers Month specifically, but I did find a surprising number of people who really love spinach.||Vegetarian Awareness Month – Many communities are celebrating by offering meatless food events, so watch for one near you and don’t forget about World Vegetarian Day!|
And this first week of October is National Chili Week. National Chili Month and Week?
Today is World Vegetarian Day! World Vegetarian Day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977. You could win up to $1,000 for participating. Check out the World Vegetarian Day website for more information.
Today is also Homemade Cookies Day! Check out our cookie recipes and try making something new in honor of the day.