NATIONAL PECAN COOKIE DAY – September 21

Each year on September 21st, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day. This delicious cookie can be eaten and enjoyed morning, noon and night. Pecan is an Algonquian word, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States. One of …
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Roasted Vegetables

This easy side dish not only looks great but tastes so good even the kids eat all these vegetables. Ingredients You can substitute vegetables according to likes and diet needs. These are what have used for both a regular or holiday meal.1 Eggplant1 bag brussel sprout halves ( fresh produce)2 bell peppers assorted colors1 pint …
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Jen’s Green Bean Casserole

I started with the basic recipe and have perfected it through the years. I always get great comments on it, and of course the true test no leftovers! My husband started urging me to make a double batch so he can have some left over. It’s an easy recipe to go up or down for …
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NATIONAL SPICY HERMIT COOKIE DAY – November 15

National Spicy Hermit Cookie Day celebrates a cookie flavor reminiscent autumn spices. Recognized on November 15th, this time of year is ideal for baking up a batch of these delicious cookies.  Considered an old-fashioned cookie, it’s spice comes from cinnamon, cloves, allspice and sometimes nutmeg. An added bonus are the raisins, nuts, and dates. Hermit …
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NATIONAL GUMBO DAY

On October 12th, the menu spotlights National Gumbo Day for food holidays. This heavily seasoned, stew-like dish fills us up on chilly fall days. Originating in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, Gumbo typically consists of strongly-flavored stock with meat or shellfish, a thickener, and seasoned vegetables. The seasoned vegetables may include celery, bell peppers, …
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NATIONAL COOKBOOK MONTH – October

National Cookbook Month is an annual designation observed in October. Most things in our world have moved to a digital-based format, including the recipes we use to cook. Nowadays, we usually use Pinterest, or the notes on our phone for reference when we’re cooking. This month, we challenge you to do it the old school …
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NATIONAL CHICKEN MONTH – September

For over two decades, the National Chicken Council has banded together with major chicken producers in the U.S. to promote chicken sales in September. As a result, September is known as National Chicken Month! This once slow month, as the summer grilling season waned, has turned into one of the year’s best performing sales periods. …
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NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY – March 20

On National Ravioli Day, celebrate a pasta that is fun and versatile. Observed on March 20th each year, pasta lovers dive in on this food holiday.  Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. Imagine a small meatball tucked, snug …
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NATIONAL ITALIAN CHEESE MONTH – September

Lasagna. Pizza. Manicotti. Ravioli. Cannoli. What do all of these delicious dishes have in common? They’re all made with Italian Cheese! September is National Italian Cheese Month, and there’s no better time to celebrate the buttery, bold, creamy, crumbly and nutty Italian Cheeses that are essential to our favorite Italian fare. After all, these are …
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NATIONAL TOAST DAY – Last Thursday in February

Would you believe National Toast Day honoring the humble slice is on the Last Thursday in February? But it is so very versatile. It carries a multitude of jams, jellies, marmalades and fruit compotes. We don’t stop there. Toast transports proteins and veggies, sprouts, and soaks up sauces and drippings. Perhaps we have overlooked the …
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