American Food Holidays | January 28 – February 3

Anyone else feel like 2013 is zipping along faster than 2012?

I know, I know. It’s still only January, but February is a mere four days away. And we all know how February is, all quick-paced with its 28 days. Blink of an eye and it will be March. That’s a third of the year gone!


Today also marks the day when I’ll finish the first season of Homeland¬†(amazing). I’ve spent the past few weeks catching up on shows that everyone else has been talking about, but I haven’t found the time to watch myself. Homeland, Game of Thrones, and I hear the next one should be The Following.

What are you watching these days?

And now onto this week’s American Food Holidays….

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January 28 is National Blueberry Pancake Day

Blueberry Pancakes

January 29 is National Corn Chip Day


January 30 is National Croissant Day

January 31 is National Brandy Alexander Day

February 1 is National Baked Alaska Day

February 2 is National Heavenly Hash Day

February 3 is National Carrot Cake Day

2.2 carrot cake

American Food Holidays | January 21 – 27

After a recent spell of warmer weather that merely flirted with winter, we’re about to pay our dues here in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Today we’re predicted to have temps around 40 and potential wintry weather after Noon. This is the warm day of the week, and a couple days from now? Highs in the 20s. THE TWENTIES.

Those of you north of me may be guffawing. I get it.

But that’s stupid cold in my book! We’ve had snow already in Maryland, and we’re all past the holidays, so spring can come now, as far as I’m concerned!

Perhaps the only good thing about this crazy cold snap is its lovely germ-killing qualities, and for that I will be thankful.

Starting off this week’s American Food Holidays with New England Clam Chowder is perfect….


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January 21 is National New England Clam Chowder Day

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January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day

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January 23 is National Pie Day

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January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day

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January 25 is National Irish Coffee Day

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January 26 is National Pistachio Day

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January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day

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American Food Holidays | January 14 – 20 (Plus a little Downton Abbey)

Last night I watched the second episode in Season 3 of Downton Abbey.

To say I’m obsessed with this PBS Masterpiece Theater drama is putting it lightly. When I first discovered the series last year, it had already ended its normal run on TV, so I had to watch On Demand through my cable provider.

On Demand means no pausing. No breaks. Constant Downton Abbey.

I wasn’t complaining, but my kids and husband certainly don’t have the same love for this early 20th Century drama that I do, so I happily watched alone.

The costumes, the accents, the estate, the lifestyle – I want to live it! You know, in my bizarro life.


After voraciously making my way through Season 1, I was lucky enough to catch Season 2 on – streaming free! – before it was removed. It took one Saturday, with hubs playing single dad, for me to get through it.

And then I had to wait. SIX. LONG. MONTHS.

And now Season 3 is being watched real time. Whoop!

Recently I stumbled across two things on the web that any Downton lover would appreciate, so I feel the need to share again. Enjoy!

If you haven’t already jumped on the Downton Abbey bandwagon, you should. BUT, don’t start with Season 3, which started two weeks ago. You must start at the beginning so you can fall in love with the characters. Season 1 is currently on Netflix, and Season 2? Well, they were playing it on PBS, but I’m not sure if you’ll be able to find it free anywhere…. But, believe me, you’ll try! It’ll hook ya.

And now, this week’s American Food Holidays:


January 14 is National Pastrami Sandwich Day

January 15 is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

January 16 is National Fig Newton Day


January 17 is National Hot-Buttered Rum Day

January 18 is National Peking Duck Day

January 19 is National Popcorn Day

January 20 is National Cheese Lover’s Day

American Food Holidays | January 7 – 13

It’s not so much a New Year’s Resolution, as it is timing, that I’ve decided to get back on track with my running. It just so happens that day one fell on January 5, the first weekend after New Year’s.

Busy holiday schedules are finally starting to slow down, and evenings are staying a little lighter for a little longer – dark at 5:30 PM now instead of 5:00 PM. With a regular work schedule though, this still means running at dusk afterwards, but I’ll manage. I’m looking forward to longer spring evenings!

And, I’m also looking forward to getting back in shape, while also losing the 15-ish pounds I’ve gained over the course of the past 12 months. The poundage created by pregnancies, a mid-30’s metabolism shift, move to a desk job, and when I stopped running regularly. It’s like the perfect storm for slow and steady weight gain….

My first race of the year is virtual: The Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Virtual Half Marathon and 5K. I’ll be running with a group of friends at the end of the month, and my $20 5K registration goes towards the Sandy Hook memorial fund. Hoping for no snow, and a mild January day….

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Now onward to the point of this post: this week’s American Food Holidays!
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January 7 is National Tempura Day



January 8 is National English Toffee Day



January 9 is National Apricot Day



January 10 is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day



January 11 is National Hot Toddy Day



January 12 is National Curried Chicken Day



January 13 is National Peach Melba Day



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