Dec 212011

hamburgerHappy National Hamburger Day!

I found several dates listed for National Hamburger Day including May 29th, July 28th, and December 21st, but I don’t think there can be too many days dedicated to the hamburger.

Many people have claimed to be the creator of the American Hamburger, but the topic is still open for debate. Regardless of its origins, the hamburger’s rise to fame and subsequent variations are not only mind-boggling, but fascinating.

Did you know:

  • In Minnesota, a Jucy Lucy, is a hamburger cooked with cheese inside the meat patty. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty.
  • A hamburger smothered in red or green chile is called a slopper.
  • In Alberta, Canada a kubie burger is a hamburger made with a pressed Ukrainian sausage called kubasa.
  • In Mexico, burgers are often accompanied by ham and avocado.
  • At $499, the world’s largest hamburger commercially available, tips the scales at 185.8 pounds and is on the menu at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan. It is called the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger, which takes about 12 hours to prepare.
  • McDonald’s in New Zealand created a Kiwiburger, similar to a Quarter Pounder, but features salad, beetroot and a fried egg.
  • The Hungry Jack’s (Burger King) Aussie Burger has tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese, bacon, beetroot, egg, ketchup and a meat patty.


KiwiHappy Kiwi Fruit Day!

Kiwi Fruit Day was listed as both a California only holiday and a national holiday. I opted for the national holiday because I want an excuse to eat a kiwi today.

The kiwi or kiwifruit is also known as the Chinese gooseberry. The fruit was renamed for export marketing reasons in the 1950s; briefly to melonette, and then later by New Zealand exporters to kiwifruit. The name kiwifruit comes from the kiwi — a brown flightless bird and New Zealand’s national symbol. Kiwi is also a colloquial name for the New Zealand people.


Dec 202011

Fried ShrimpHappy National Fried Shrimp Day!

Deep fat fried shrimp was one of my favorite things to order when I was a kid and almost every restaurant seemed to have it. I’ve never made it from scratch as my access to fresh seafood is limited and sometimes scary in the midwest, but I’ve always wished I lived on a coast where shrimp was more readily available. I could eat seafood every day, but I’ll always have fond childhood memories of fried shrimp.

I do have some breaded shrimp in the freezer though, so I know what I’m having for lunch now! If I put fried shrimp on a salad that makes it healthy, right? I’m going to pretend it does!


SangriaHappy National Sangria Day!

Sangria is a wine punch from of Spain and Portugal and is also consumed in Argentina and Uruguay. Sangria’s ingredients can vary depending on where it’s made. Sangria often consists of red wine, chopped fruit, a sweetener, and a small amount of added brandy. The fruits are are chopped or sliced  and vary depending on location, availability and taste. Some fruits used are oranges, lemons, limes, apples, peaches, melons, berries, pineapples, grapes and mangoes. The fruit or nuts can be left in the drink or removed depending on taste. A sweetener such as honey, sugar, simple syrup, or orange juice is added. Instead of brandy, other liquids such as Seltzer, Sprite or 7-Up may be added or Sangria can be made from wine grapes for a nonalcoholic version.

Dec 192011

Happy National Hard Candy Day!

Hard candy is syrup based and is prepared by boiling the syrup to approximately 300 °F then allowing it to cool into a hard, sometimes brittle candy. After it is removed from the heat source, citric acid, dye and flavoring are added, then it is often poured into a mold or allowed to cool enough to touch so it can be folded or shaped by hand.

Hard candy can be traced back to Ancient Egypt, Arabia, and China. In these regions, evidence has been found of candied fruits and nuts dipped in a preservative like honey.

Happy Oatmeal Muffin Day!

Dec 162011

Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

No history, no explanations just chocolate! Cover anything in chocolate today. Cover everything in chocolate! I’m thinking chocolate covered pretzels then maybe some chocolate covered husband!

What are you covering in chocolate today?

Dec 152011

Happy National Cupcake Day!

I’ve seen the 15th of December listed as simply National Cupcake Day and as National Lemon Cupcake Day. I’m not sure which one is correct, so why not include all cupcakes?

Before muffin tins were widely available, cupcakes were baked in individual pottery cups and took their name from the cups they were baked in. The name cupcake is now used when referring to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. In British English, cupcakes are often called fairy cakes and vary in size more than their American counterpart. Fairy cakes are traditionally smaller and rarely iced.

Celebrate with a cupcake today!

Dec 142011

Happy National Bouillabaisse Day!

Bouillabaisse is a tasty fish stew that originated in Marseilles, France around 600 B.C. Bouillabaisse is usually made for a large crowd. The more people, the more different varieties of fish are included in the stew. Marseille fishermen typically make the dish using common fish like rockfish and shellfish. Common herbs and spices added to the soup for flavor include garlic, fennel, basil, thyme, orange zest, saffron, and bay leaf. Vegetables like tomatoes, onions, celery, and potatoes also began to be added during the 17th century.

To celebrate, try your hand at making some bouillabaisse!

Dec 132011

Happy National Cocoa Day!

Cocoa is the dried, fermented seeds of the cacao tree, which is used in a plethora of delicious recipes including hot chocolate.  Cacao trees are grown all over the world, but the first cacao trees are from South America. The flavor differs depending on the location it is grown.

To celebrate, make something with cocoa!

Dec 112011

Happy National Noodle Ring Day!

A noodle ring is a dish made with noodles in a circular or bundt pan. There are many different recipes for noodle rings that range from an entrée, side dish, or dessert depending on the ingredients.

Try our noodle ring recipes for something different tonight!

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