National Food Holidays: October

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There are lots of great food holidays in October, including some oddities like National Chocolate Covered Bugs Day. (Ew!)

The one I’m most intrigued with this month, however, is National Oatmeal Day. I know, you’re probably like, “Really? Oatmeal day excites you?” Yes, it does. It’s the small things.

I’ve heard of a few great recipes for oatmeal – baked, slow cooker, stove top – but haven’t really tried my hand at many home cooked oatmeal preparations, except for stove top with milk and cinnamon + sugar.

When the weather’s cold, I love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. The cafeteria at my day job has oatmeal for cheap, and last winter I bought it daily with a scoop of brown sugar and a splash of whole milk. (The best $1.11 spent, ever.)

This winter I’d love a good homemade recipe that I can bring into work each morning. I’m on the hunt!

National Food Holidays: October

October 1 – World Vegetarian Day

October 2 – Fried Scallops Day

October 3 – Caramel Custard Day

October 4 – Vodka Day

October 5 – Brown Betty Day

October 6 – Noodle Day

October 7 – Frappe Day

October 8 – FlufferNutter Day

October 9 – Moldy Cheese Day

October 10 – Angel Food Cake Day

October 11 – Sausage Pizza Day

October 12 – Gumbo Day

October 13 – Yorkshire Pudding Day

October 14 – Chocolate Covered Bugs Day

October 15 – Chicken Cacciatore Day

October 16 – Liqueur Day

October 17 – Prunes Day

October 18 – Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 19 – Seafood Bisque Day

October 20 – Brandied Fruit Day

October 21 – Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

October 22 – Nut Day

October 23 – Boston Cream Pie Day

October 24 – Bologna Day

October 25 – Greasy Foods Day

October 26 – Pretzel Day

October 27 – Potato Day

October 28 – Chocolate Day

October 29 – Oatmeal Day

October 30 – Buy a Donut Day

October 31 – Candy Apple Day

American Food Holidays | October 29 – November 4

This week’s American Food Holidays come to you courtesy of Hurricane Sandy. Or maybe it’s Tropical Storm Sandy, or Nor’easter Sandy. Hm.
No, seriously. It’s almost 8:00PM here in Maryland as I type, and the wind is blowing like crazy. Like sounds-like-a-truck-blowing-by crazy. Driving rain, pooling water and trees nearly bent sideways from the gusts – which are supposed to reach up to 90mph tonight. Yowzas! We’re safe so far though, and my thoughts are with all my friends and family along the East Coast tonight!
Now, to be certain I get this post up before my power goes out (which is very likely), let’s get right down to it!

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October 29 is National Oatmeal Day

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October 30 is National Buy a Donut Day

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October 31 is National Candy Apple Day

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November 1 is National Fried Clams Day

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November 2 is National Deviled Egg Day

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November 3 is National Sandwich Day

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November 4 is National Candy Day

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For more American Food Holidays, be sure to visit my Pinterest Board!

American Food Holidays | October 22 – 28

Time for another roundup of American Food Holidays!
This week has some great, and some not so great, goodies. 
Bologna? Meh.
Fried Foods? Okay.
Chocolate? Now we’re talkin’!

Boston Cream Pie? YES.
I love Boston Cream Pie, whether it’s the traditional pie, a cupcake, or even a Dunkin’ Donuts donut. Love, love, love it.
Boston Cream Pie also happens to be my parents’ wedding cake. Kind of an out of the box choice, no? But if flavor’s all you’re interested in for your wedding cake, then Boston Cream Pie was a fabulous choice!
And for those of you curious about why it’s called Boston Cream “Pie” instead of Boston Cream “Cake,” here’s a site with its history. Enjoy!

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October 22 is National Nut Day

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October 23 is National Boston Cream Pie Day

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Source: theoccasionalcooks.wordpress.com via Liza on Pinterest

October 24 is National Bologna Day

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October 25 is National Greasy Foods Day

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October 26 is National Pretzel Day

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October 27 is National Potato Day

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October 28 is National Chocolate Day

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Celebrate National Seafood Month with a Recipe & Giveaway from Joe’s Crab Shack!

October is National Seafood Month, and being a native Marylander this makes me very, very happy. Despite the fact that we Blue Crab lovers will tell you that any month that ends with the letter “R” is not typically a good month for crabs (although finding a legit source for that myth rule is very, very difficult), I’m here to tell you that any month is a good month for crabs!
Especially October. And you know who agrees with me?
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To help celebrate October being National Seafood Month, Joe’s Crab Shack has generously given me their Garlic Boil recipe to share with you. Use it for crab legs and suddenly cooking seafood at home is both easy and fun. Easy AND fun, that’s right!
Joe’s Crab Shack recently polled its 600,000+ fans on Facebook to find out how often its fans enjoy seafood and what their favorite seafood dishes are. The poll revealed more than 75 percent of fans eat seafood at least once a month and when they do, crab is their favorite, beating out lobster, shrimp and clams.

WOW! Although, again, being from Maryland I’m not surprised – and, in fact, I’m psyched!

To help further celebrate National Seafood Month, Joe’s Crab Shack is giving one of my readers a gift! Who doesn’t like gifts?

Joe’s Crab Shack Giveaway!


Inside the lovely bucket below, one lucky reader will receive Joe’s Crab Shack menus, a koozie, a crab cracker and two (2) free appetizer coupons!

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It’s easy to enter!

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your name, email address and favorite type of seafood no later than 11:59PM on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

I will pick the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be announced on Monday, October 29, 2012.

The winner has been notified and the giveaway is now closed. Thanks everyone!

And NOW onward to the recipes!

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Garlic Boil
Yield: 2 Gallons
Item/Amount
1# (w) Whole Garlic, Chopped 1/4 – 1/2″ pieces
3 Tablespoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
2 Gallons Water
1/2 Cup Soybean Salad Oil

  1. Place whole heads of garlic with skin in a food processor or use a chef knife to rough chop garlic. Remove any excess stems, skin or discolored pieces.
  2. Combine all ingredients a suitable stock pot.
  3. Bring to a temperature of 212 degrees then lower heat and maintain at a simmer (200 degrees) for minimum of 30 minutes.

Boil must have minimum temperature of 200 degrees and maximum of 225 degrees.
Garlic Flavor Crab Legs:
Place crab legs into the garlic bath and heat to a minimum 6 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 155 degrees F.
Transfer into a platter and serve immediately.
Rajin Cajun Flavor Crab Legs:
Place crab legs into the garlic bath and heat to a minimum 6 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 155 degrees F.
Place Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning and melted butter in a mixing bowl, using a rubber spatula mix to incorporate well. Remove crab from garlic bath and add to the mixture. Toss and mix well with a rubber spatula.
Transfer into a platter and serve immediately. Add more seasoning as needed. Good eats.
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