National Salad Month – May

It’s time for the freshness of National Salad Month. Greens pop this time of year, and it’s easy to grow garden lettuce even in a small space. They fill the grocery with a variety of color, too. Beyond the leafy part of the salad, the crisp vegetables, proteins, flavorful cheeses, herbs, berries, grains, and nuts …
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Make May Merry

May is the fifth month of the year in the Gregorian and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. Named after the Greek goddess, Maia who is also identified Bona Dea (the Roman goddess of fertility), May is the time of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, May is a season of Autumn. Originally …
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NATIONAL ZUCCHINI BREAD DAY – April 25

Each year on April 25th each year, National Zucchini Bread Day encourages bakers to make this delicious bread.    Many explorers who came to the Americas brought back what they considered strange foods, including the zucchini. The zucchini eventually found its way to Italy, where it was named zucchino. Native Americans referred to zucchini as “something …
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NATIONAL SOURDOUGH BREAD DAY

National Sourdough Bread Day on April 1st recognizes one of the world’s oldest leavened breads.  Sourdough is produced through the process of long fermentation of the dough using lactobacilli and yeasts. The use of naturally occurring yeasts and friendly bacteria versus cultivated yeast causes the bread to have a slightly sour, but pleasant taste.  Most …
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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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NATIONAL BANANA BREAD DAY – February 23

February 23rd annually recognizes a well-known food holiday, National Banana Bread Day. Bakers know that to make sweet and delicious banana bread, they need to use fully ripe, mashed bananas. The resulting quick bread is moist and almost cake-like. And while some recipes call for yeast, most don’t. Either way, the finished product makes a tasty …
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NATIONAL CROISSANT DAY

In the United States, National Croissant Day on January 30th, recognizes a flaky pastry enjoyed at every meal. Croissants are buttery, crescent-shaped rolls that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.   The key to a perfect croissant is laminating the dough. You laminate the dough by folding butter into the mixture creating …
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NATIONAL FRENCH TOAST DAY

Each year on November 28th, people across the United States enjoy National French Toast Day. Also known as eggy bread or omelet bread, it makes a great breakfast for guests or part of a brunch.   Home cooks and professionals alike whip up a few personal favorites when it comes to french toast recipes. The base …
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NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY

On November 17th, homes will fill with warm, comforting aromas reminding us to slow down and enjoy National Homemade Bread Day. Yeast bread calls for us to slow down. We need to spend time with each other as we work the dough and let it rest and rise before baking. Quick breads allow a special …
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NATIONAL CROUTON DAY

National Crouton Day on May 13th each year recognizes a tasty topping that shouldn’t be overlooked. Many of our words for bread-related foods come from the French and for good reason. The French love bread. Croutons are no different. The French word croûte means crust. Croutons are often made from day-old bread which has been cut into …
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