Have you ever wondered how the first human discovered cheese? We’ve wondered that too, and we’ll probably never find out. All we know is that it was love at first bite; when the first human tasted the salty, tangy, delicious goodness of cheese, they were hooked. And we can definitively say that human history was forever changed. Cheese might have had mysterious beginnings over 7,000 years ago, but it’s insanely popular today. In the U.S, one-third of all milk produced in this country goes into cheese production. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry! We’re ready to celebrate it. On January 20th, get ready to ‘havarti’ a ‘gouda’ time, because it’s National Cheese Lover’s Day!
Category: Food + Drink
Are blondes really more fun? That question may be up for debate on any given day, but on January 22—National Blonde Brownie Day—the answer is a resounding, "YES!" blonde brownies, aka blondies, replace the cocoa in a brownie with brown sugar for a warm, rich molasses-flavored treat. For those times when chocolate is just too heavy, lighten up and enjoy a blondie. On National Blonde Brownie Day, we celebrate these lighter treats by baking, eating, sharing, and buying them!
On February 23, we celebrate National Chili Day — a moment to celebrate the legendary dish that is both divisive and inclusive. Some would debate that this is the ultimate cook-off dish. Family recipes are guarded like crown jewels. Secret ingredients are never spoken of above a whisper. Some parents don't even tell their kids how its made. But these are all part of what makes chili such an experience. When chili is being served — perhaps with some chopped onions and shredded cheese on top — everyone comes to the table.
Did you know that inventor of tortilla chips is said to be an American, Jose Martinez of San Antonio, Texas? Ever since then, people around the world have enjoyed these crispy triangles of deliciousness — especially on February 24, National Tortilla Chip Day. Whether you eat yours plain or dip it in a spicy salsa, tortilla chips bring the fiesta to any occasion.
There are few things as comforting as a bowl of warm clam chowder on a winter’s day, so it’s wonderful we get to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day on February 25. Originally considered a poor man’s food, the first chowders were fish stews made from vegetable and fish stewed in a large pot or cauldron. (The word “chowder” possibly finds its roots in the Latin word “calderia," or cooking pot.) Clams are thought to have been introduced to the mix by the Native Americans and by the mid 1800’s were considered a main ingredient in what came to be known as clam chowder. Today, there are dozens of regional variations, including San Francisco clam chowder which comes in a sourdough bread bowl!
Sometimes great things really do come in small packages. Known as the “happy nut” in China and the “smiling nut” in the Middle East, pistachios have a unique, small shape but pack a powerfully nutritious punch. Aside from having a great smile, these vibrant green nuts let you snack your way to good health by containing as much protein as an egg per serving and myriad of other nutrients. They are part of a very nutty, yet irritating family of plants, the evergreen family, which includes mangoes, pistachios, cashews, and yup... poison ivy! Aside from their curious genealogy, pistachio's incredible health benefits sure give other nuts a run for the money! Stock up on these gloriously green nuts because today on Feb. 26 we celebrate them with National Pistachio Day—an excuse for pistachio lovers worldwide to snack on their favorite nut all day long.