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Cabernet Franc Day is one of the most recent wine recognition days to become an annual event. Since 2015, the celebration of this popular grape has brought attention to it rich history and unique charateristics. Orignally grown in the Libournais region of France, Cardinal Richelieu – the First Minister of State under King Louis XIII – brought cuttings to the Loire in the mid-1700’s.
Plantings increased in the Loire and vines were later sent to Bordeaux, where the grape became a common blending partner with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It is believed that Cabernet Sauvignon is the genetic offspring of grafted Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Whether enjoyed in a blend or a single varietal bottle, sip some Cabernet Franc today!
Celebrated annually on December 4th.
National Brownie Day celebrates that amazing confection that incorporates the best features of cookies and cakes. It’s believed that the basic brownie was created by the pastry chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel in 1893 when the owner asked for a special treat to serve visitors attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. The dessert was to be packed in box lunches, therefore it had to be small, tasty, and durable enough to withstand transportation. The original recipe included nuts and an apricot glaze.
The brownie is verstatile and options are many – nuts, chocolate chips, and hundreds of topping and pairing choices. Enjoy your favorite brownie today.
National Brownie Day is celebrated annually on December 8th.
National Eggnog Day celebrates that popular holiday beverage made with milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar and ground spices. Dark rum or Brandy is often added to give the basic mixture a kick, though recipes that include Bourbon are also popular. A dusting of nutmeg, sprinkling of chopped nuts, a cinnamon stick, and powdered sugar on the rim of the glass are common. Eggnog is most often served chilled, but the drink may be prepared cooked or uncooked . Caution – consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat may increase the risk of foodborne illness.
Celebrated annually on December 24th.
National Bacon Day celebrates one of the most versatile ingrediants in cooking – bacon. In the United States and Canada bacon is cut from pork belly while in Europe, parts of the shoulder are a more common source. Bacon is known for its distinct flavor, when cooked alone or added to other dishes.
The aroma of bacon is also considered generally pleasant and although it is not as widely used as floral scents, the fragrance of bacon can be found in some soaps, candles and air fresheners.
This food recognition day was founded in 1997 and is now celebrated annually on December 30th.