Not that we need an excuse to eat chocolate cake or drink Rosé, but…. I thought it would be nice to know there are plenty of reasons to celebrate right now!
Here’s a list of the top National Holidays all of us mamas should be celebrating right now.
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APRIL 3 | National Chocolate Mousse Day
Every April 3rd National Chocolate Mousse Day recognizes the decadent dessert that gained popularity in France in the 1800s.
Mousse is prepared by beating eggs or cream or both to a frothy, airy consistency and then folding the ingredients together to create a light, creamy delight.
While mousse can be either savory or sweet, for this day we will focus on that all-time favorite, chocolate.
APRIL 7 | National Beer Day
Though you probably won’t get a day off from work for it, Friday is a holiday you may want to celebrate: National Beer Day. The annual observation in the U.S. has been unofficially recognized for almost a decade, but it’s been brewing for much longer.
Grab dad a beer and celebrate outback by the grill!
APRIL 12 | National Grill Cheese Day
Listed in a reader’s opinion poll, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are among one of the top comfort foods in the United States. According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, enjoyed across the world in many cultures. The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. Originally it was made as an open-faced sandwich.
MAY 2 | National Truffle Day
On this day, the deliciously sweet chocolate truffle gets the spotlight.This chocolate confectionery is traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut. The truffle may be filled with other fillings such as cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, fruit, nougat, fudge, toffee, mint, marshmallow or liqueur.
MAY 5 | National Lemonade Day
Not only is National Lemonade Day a time to enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade, but more importantly, it is a day to give youth an opportunity to experience the taste of success.
Through LemonadeDay.org, millions of kids around the nation learn what it takes to run a business in a fun and constructive way.
The days leading up to Lemonade Day are full of preparation by small but budding entrepreneurs. They attend workshops, check their stock and scout out their locations. On Lemonade Day, they will be ready to set up shop and sell the freshest, coolest lemonade their side of the block!
MAY 10 | National Shrimp Day
Did you know Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.
Popular North America Shrimp Dishes:
- Seafood Gumbo: A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, shrimp and crab meat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
- Shrimp Cocktail: The Golden Gate was the first to serve this .50 cent shrimp cocktail in 1959. It is now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists as well as the locals. The original
- Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
- Shrimp DeJonghe: A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. It is served as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.
- Shrimp Scampi: This dish has its own day on April 29 and is cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine.
MAY 25 | National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Brown-Bag-It-Day is observed each year on May 25. Send the kids and hubby to school and work with lunch in a brown bag!
JUNE 1 | National Olive Day
The olive, one of the world’s oldest fruits, is part of a traditional meze/tapas culinary experience that brings families and friends around the table to share time together rather than in a kitchen. But to be honest, all I can think about is Martinis.
JUNE 8 | National Rosé Day
Like us mamas needed another reason to drink wine!? National Rosé Day is observed annually on the second Saturday in June. Rosé is probably the oldest known type of wine, dating back as far as 600 BC. The pink color of rosé wine depends on the time the grape skin stays in contact with the juice, also known as maceration.
Celebrate National Rosé Day by having a bottle of Rosé wine with dinner or simply invite friends over for h’orderves and enjoy each other’s company.
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