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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 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.
National Milk Day celebrates the primary component in all dairy products and an ingredient used in everything from pasta sauces to desserts. The date of January 11th is significant to the milk industry because it marks the date in 1878 when, for the first time, milk was delivered to customers in sterilized glass bottles sealed with waxed paper. This began a series of innovations, such as pastuerization, that made farm-fresh milk available for safe transportation, storage, and enjoyment by those living far away from milk producers.
Although the United States is a major milk consumer, the country producing the most milk annually is India, where cows are generally considered sacred and are protected. The highest quality milk is believed to come from New Zealand, where exclusively grass-fed cows produce a superior grade of milk.
Celebrated annually on January 11th. A similar holiday is World Milk Day, celebrated on June 1st.
National Popcorn Day celebrates an ancient snack that has become a widely-enjoyed staple in modern food culture. Corn is generally categorized in six types: dent corn, flint corn, pod corn, flour corn, and sweet corn. The process of popping corn requires heating a kernal with a hard outer shell so that pressure builds up within the soft inner kernal until it pops. Flint corn is the best type for popping, since its name “flint” describes its hard, thin, outer shell. Evidence that this type of corn has been used for popping dates back hundreds of years in Central and South America.
Today, popcorn is enjoyed throughout the world and served in hundreds of ways, from flavored with a shake of salt and a drizzle of butter to processing into many varieties of kettle corn. Enjoy some today!
National Popcorn Day is celebrated every year on January 19th.
National Pie Day is an annual day of recognition for one of the most versatile dishes that can come out of a kitchen. Pies can be filled with meat or cheese as a main course, or as is more common in the U.S. – fruits or vegetables as a tasty dessert. National Pie Day originated in the 1970’s and today is perpetuated by the American Pie Council.
Celebrated annually on January 23rd.
Whether you’re baking or buying, enjoy your favorite pie today!