American Food Holidays | December 31 – January 6

Happy New Year everyone!

Hard to believe how fast 2012 flew by – it was like a whirlwind, I tell ya! I want to thank each and every one of you, those that find my recipes and musings interesting enough to continue coming back. I enjoy writing, and would do so regardless, but knowing I can connect with others is, well, humbling. So, thank you.

Let’s ring in 2013 with a look at this week’s American Food Holidays:

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December 31 is National Champagne Day

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January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day

January 2 is National Cream Puff Day

January 3 is National Chocolate Filled Cherry Day

January 4 is National Spaghetti Day

January 5 is National Whipped Cream Day

January 6 is National Shortbread Day

American Food Holidays | December 17 – 23

It’s hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. Actually, it’s one week from today. Gah!

Aside from a couple small things still left to pick up, we’re done with gift shopping. Most years I spend hours online picking out Christmas gifts –,, It’s easy, and I’m able to browse from the comfort of my own couch after the kids are in bed.

But this year hubs and I decided to go a different route. Instead, I took a day off work and we spent eight hours in downtown Frederick buying our holiday gifts in the locally owned shops. To say the owners were appreciative is an understatement; they were filled with pure gratitude!

The experience was also easy, and while I wasn’t shopping from the comfort of my own couch, it’s the most relaxed time we’ve had together in a long time. If you’ve not visited downtown Frederick in a while, it’s time – especially during the holidays when everything’s decorated.

And now to the point of this post!


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December 17 is National Maple Syrup Day

December 18 is National Suckling Pig day

December 19 is National Hard Candy Day

December 20 is National Fried Shrimp Day

December 21 is National Kiwi Fruit Day

December 22 is National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23 is National Pfeffernüsse Day


American Food Holidays | December 10 – 16

This time last week I was visiting my husband in the hospital. He was unexpectedly admitted after two days of wacko blood sugar (500+) and Hemoglobin A1C (14) readings.
Turns out out he’s diabetic.
Since then it’s been seven days of testing blood sugar before and after meals, going grocery shopping to buy foods that are more “diabetic-friendly,” insulin injections and routines we never expected.
Who knew we’d be excited over a full day’s worth of blood sugar readings below 200? (That was today, until dinnertime anyway.)
So, we’re plugging along. Making adjustments. Trying new foods. Being good sports.
And a lot of the food listed below? Off limits in this house. Well, except for the bouillabaisse, I suppose.
But we can still celebrate the food holidays anyway, even if some of us are only able to do it virtually!
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December 10 is National Lager Day

December 11 is National Noodle Ring Day

December 12 is National Cocoa Day

December 13 is National Ice Cream Day

December 14 is National Bouillabaisse Day

December 15 is National Cupcake Day

December 16 is National Chocolate Covered “Anything” Day

American Food Holidays | December 3 – 9

I have one thing on my mind today: Range.

Yes, today I get a chance to visit Bryan Voltaggio’s (fellow Frederick, Md., resident and runner up on Top Chef) latest restaurant, just a stone’s throw from Washington, DC. Range is the Voltaggio restaurant my husband longs to visit, the one where steak is the front and center star.

He, unfortunately, doesn’t get to go this time. Instead, hubs gets to do daycare pickup and ballet drop-off, which really isn’t any different than an average Monday in our house, except that he’ll have our 4 year old in tow during the evening’s activities.

Meanwhile, I get to sample some of Voltaggio’s newest, finest fare. Sorry honey.

Since it’s the start of a new week, let’s get on with the important stuff – American Food Holidays!

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December 3 is National Fritters Day

December 4 is National Cookie Day

December 5 is National Sacher Torte Day

December 6 is National Gazpacho Day


December 7 is National Cotton Candy Day

December 8 is National Chocolate Brownies Day

December 9 is National Pastry Day

12.9 is National Pastry Day

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