National Food Holidays: November

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Ah, November – one of my most favorite months of the year!

Fall leaf color is at its peak (seriously, the leaves look like they’re painted in beautiful warm hues of red, orange, and yellow right now), temps are cool enough at night to leave the window cracked – just a little, and there’s always an excuse to cook comfort foods  and other goodies. November happens to also be my anniversary month – 11 years, this year!

Regarding food, just today alone, my plan is to cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker, make overnight slow cooker chicken stock and two different kids of zucchini muffins. This 50°F stuff is great cooking weather, folks!

Let’s see what November has cookin’ from a National Food Holidays perspective, shall we?

(PS: How is there no TURKEY in this list??)

National Food Holidays: November

Nov. 1 – Fried Clams Day
Nov. 2 – Deviled Egg Day
Nov. 3 – Sandwich Day
Nov. 4 – Candy Day
Nov. 5 – Doughnut Day
Nov. 6 – Nachos Day
Nov. 7 – Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Nov. 8 – Cappuccino Day
Nov. 9 – Scrapple Day
Nov. 10 – Vanilla Cupcake Day
Nov. 11 – Sundae Day
Nov. 12 – Pizza with Everything Day
Nov. 13 – Indian Pudding Day
Nov. 14 – Guacamole Day
Nov. 15 – Raisin Bran Cereal Day
Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day
Nov. 17 – Homemade Bread Day
Nov. 18 – Vichyssoise Day
Nov. 19 – Carbonated Beverage Day
Nov. 20 – Peanut Butter Fudge Day
Nov. 21 – Gingerbread Day
Nov. 22 – Cashew Day
Nov. 23 – Eat a Cranberry Day
Nov. 24 – Sardines Day
Nov. 25 – Parfait Day
Nov. 26 – Cake Day
Nov. 27 – Bavarian Cream Day
Nov. 28 – French Toast Day
Nov. 29 – Lemon Cream Pie Day
Nov. 30 – Mousse Day

American Food Holidays | November 26 – December 2

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and this is the transition week into December. Hard to believe 2012 is coming to a close!

I’ve seen countless posts and photos from friends who have already put their Christmas trees up. Maybe I just never noticed before (possible), but it seems like a tremendous number of you Christmas-celebrating folks have gotten in the spirit early this year. Decorations, trees, lights – all of it.

It might be two weeks before our tree goes up. But I’m feeling a little peer pressure, so perhaps the wreath needs to be hung on the front door as a gesture of merriment.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about the kids’ Christmas gifts. And lucky me, my friend Heather at (cool) progeny has released the (cool) approved holiday guide 2012! A lot of hard work goes into this, and she showcases 100 different gift ideas from local small businesses (local = Baltimore, Md.).

Also? The guide gives ideas for the perfect kid-friendly cookie exchange, craft ideas and holiday mocktails – but that’s just the beginning! Take a peek and you’ll fall in love.

Okay, onward to this week’s food holidays (beware if you have a sweet tooth)….

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November 26 is National Cake Day

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November 27 is National Bavarian Cream Pie Day

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November 28 is National French Toast Day

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November 29 is National Lemon Cream Pie Day

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November 30 is National Mousse Day

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December 1 is National Pie Day

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                                                                        Source: via Liza on Pinterest

December 2 is National Eat a Red Apple Day

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American Food Holidays | November 19 – 25

It’s arguably one of the most food-filled weeks of the year. Right now; this one. A week where religion doesn’t play a part in the holiday traditions, so everyone in our country celebrates together, all at the same time. Makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, right?
My turkey’s thawing as we speak, and all the other traditional Thanksgiving sides will start to come together as the week progresses. Potatoes, oyster casserole, sweet potato casserole, stuffing and PIE.
Yes, “pie” deserves to be all caps for Thanksgiving.
But before we get all turkey-brained, it’s time for this week’s round-up of American Food Holidays. There’s a hint of holiday in there on Friday (and perhaps Wednesday), but otherwise not so much.

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November 19 is National Carbonated Beverage Day

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November 20 is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

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November 21 is National Gingerbread Day

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November 22 is National Cashew Day

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November 23 is National Eat a Cranberry Day

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November 24 is National Sardines Day

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November 25 is National Parfait Day

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American Food Holidays | November 12 – 18

Taking a look at this week’s food holidays, I’m reminded of a few things:

1. I miss my bread maker. A few Christmases ago, my parents gave me a bread maker. It was stainless and small enough to sit on the counter without taking up too much space. I used it a few times a week, even setting it up the night before to have fresh baked bread waiting in the morning. Heavenly, I tell you! Then, about two years ago, it broke. I’m not sure what happened, but it stopped turning on. After sitting on the floor of my pantry collecting dust for almost two years, I finally got rid of it after realizing A) I was probably never going to get it repaired, and B) It’s probably less expensive to just buy a new one.

2. I still like to eat fast food now and again. Including really bad for you fast food, like Taco Bell. Moderation, folks. Everything in moderation.

3. What is vichyssoise? I had no idea what vichyssoise actually was until creating this week’s food holidays round-up. Heard of it? Yes. Know what it’s made up of? Nope.

And now, onward to this week’s American Food Holidays!

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November 12 is National Pizza with Everything Day (Except Anchovies)

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November 13 is National Indian Pudding Day

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November 14 is National Guacamole Day

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November 15 is National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

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November 16 is National Fast Food Day

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November 17 is National Homemade Bread Day

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November 18 is National Vichyssoise Day

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