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

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

National Food Holidays: September

This has been one strange summer here in Maryland weather-wise. I’m not complaining, with most of August in the low to mid-80s during the day, and in the 50s and 60s at night – AND bearable amounts of humidity with perfect rainfall. The grass is still a lush shade of green, instead of the usual crispy tan this time of year. It’s actually been quite lovely for my electric bill!

So, here we are in September. It’s one of my most favorite foodie seasons, where baking, warm comfort food, and slow cooker meals abound! My fingers are crossed that August’s fall-like brilliance won’t mean hot, sluggish weather for September. There’s already a tree in our court that’s started to change colors, a beautiful golden yellow, and I’m hopeful that this pattern of warm afternoons and chilly nights continues.

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National Food Holidays: September

September 1 – Cherry Popover Day

September 2 – Blueberry Popsicle Day

September 3 – Welsh Rarebit Day

September 4 – Macadamia Nut Day

September 5 – Cheese Pizza Day

September 6 – Coffee Ice Cream Day

September 7 – Acorn Squash Day

September 8 – Date Nut Bread Day

September 9 – Weinerschnitzel Day

September 10 – TV Dinner Day

September 11 – Hot Cross Buns Day

September 12 – Chocolate Milkshake Day

September 13 – Peanut Day

September 14 – Eat a Hoagie Day

September 15 – Linguine Day

September 16 – Guacamole Day

September 17 – Apple Dumpling Day

September 18 – Cheeseburger Day

September 19 – Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20 – Rum Punch Day

September 21 – Banana Festival

September 22 – Ice Cream Cone Day

September 23 – White Chocolate Day

September 24 – Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25 – Crab Meat Newburg Day

September 26 – Pancake Day

September 27 – Corned Beef Hash Day + Chocolate Milk Day

September 28 – Drink Beer Day

September 29 – Coffee Day

September 30 – Mulled Cider Day

You can find all the National Food Holidays here!


National Food Holidays in August

Warm, muggy days are here in Maryland – typical for the end of summer, and especially August. With only a week left until my kids go back to school, we’re frantically trying to cram in everything from vacation clean-up to last visits with the ice cream truck and the neighborhood pool.

Part of me will miss the slow summer mornings where I don’t have to get my 8-year old up and ready for school while I’m also getting ready for work, but the other part of me is eager to get back to a “normal” routine. Plus, the start of school means fall is right around the corner…and those of you that have been following me these last couple of years know that fall is my absolute favorite time of year her in the Mid-Atlantic.

In terms of the national food holidays in August, we have a great blend of savory and sweet – but really good sweet, and right in time for August trips to the orchard for fresh peaches and other treats. Enjoy!

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National Food Holidays: August

August 1 – National IPA Day

August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3 – National Watermelon Day

August 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

August 5 – National Oyster Day

August 6 – National Root Beer Float Day

August 7 – National Raspberries ‘n Cream Day

August 8 – National Frozen Custard Day

August 9 – National Rice Pudding Day

August 10 – National S’mores Day

August 11 – National Raspberry Tart Day

August 12 – National Julienne Fries Day

August 13 – National Filet Mignon Day

August 14 – National Creamsicle Day

August 15 – National Lemon Meringue Pie Day (and happy birthday to Julia Child!)

August 16 – National Bratwurst Day

August 17 – National Vanilla Custard Day

August 18 – National Soft Ice Cream Day

August 19 – National Potato Day

August 20 – National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

August 21 – National Pecan Torte Day

August 22 – National Spumoni Day

August 23 – National Sponge Cake Day

August 24 – National Peach Pie Day

August 25 – National Whiskey Sour Day

August 26 – National Cherry Popsicle Day

August 27 – National Pots de Crème Day & National Banana Lover’s Day

August 28 – National Cherry Turnover Day

August 29 – National Chop Suey Day

August 30 – National Toasted Marshmallow Day

August 31 – National Trail Mix Day


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