Bowman on Beer: Larger-than-life lagers
December 10th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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Greg Bowman is an Editor Producer with CNN Creative Services in Atlanta and is also a craft beer enthusiast. Follow his beer escapades on Twitter @gboCNN.

It might seem like there is a national beer holiday at least once a week, but today celebrates the nation's most popular beer style, lager.

Lagers are fermented slower and at a lower temperature than other beer styles. The large-scale, "macro" breweries obviously rule when it comes to this style, cornering about two-thirds of all beer sales with their light lagers. However, I hope some of you will celebrate today by trying something new. There are plenty of great tasting lagers out there that are in the style that you may be used to, but may have a bit more flavor, produced with better ingredients and brewed by American companies.
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National biscuit month
September 4th, 2013
07:30 PM ET
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Here's to the Southern treat that can't be beat - September is National Biscuit Month.

There's just something about a biscuit. Scratch that - there is everything about a biscuit. In a skilled set of hands, a humble meld of flour, fat, liquid and leavening are transformed into something that sustains both body and spirit through the toughest times. But honestly, even a so-called "cheater" biscuit from a box mix, can (a.k.a. "whomp biscuits") or freezer is better than having no biscuit at all.

If you'd like to take biscuit matters into your own hands, I've picked up a little wisdom along the way from my own biscuit-making adventures:
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August 31st, 2013
06:30 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

It may technically be a Saturday, but it sure feels like Fry-day to us - August 31 is National Bacon Day.

While the bacon craze may have reached peak sizzle in the last decade, with dedicated festivals, bacon-based couture, and appearances in non-breakfast courses from sundaes to cocktails, America's fixation with delicious strips of cured pork is nothing new.
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It's Rum Day, Rum Day, gotta drink rum on Rum Day!
August 16th, 2013
04:30 PM ET
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Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.

I found myself on the horns of a vicious dilemma recently, when I tried to figure out whether I preferred rum punch to a rum and tonic, or vice versa. Some people might say, “Well! You, sir, are one to be bothered by trivial problems,” and in fact they might be right, but given that National Rum Day is today, I feel that if ever there were a time to be puzzled by matters concerning rum, this is it.

But though I might offend my in-laws by saying so (they’re the rum-and-tonic crowd), I’m going to have to go for rum punch. It’s an excellent drink in that, aside from the fact that it tastes good, it gives you the feeling that you are sitting in a hammock on an island in the Caribbean, rather than, for instance, sweltering in a shoebox-size apartment in New York.
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National coffee milkshake day
July 26th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Here's one way to shake up your morning coffee ritual - July 26 is National Coffee Milkshake Day.

There’s nothing quite like an iced coffee on a hot day. You get a (necessary) caffeine fix and a quick cool down all in one cup. If you want to amp up the cool down even further, you’re ready for a coffee milkshake.

The key to a good coffee milkshake is cold brewed coffee. Note, this isn’t the same as regular coffee just chilled (though that can be used if you’re pressed for time). There’s an entirely different process to follow for the cold version, but luckily it’s easy.
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National vanilla ice cream day
July 23rd, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Ice is back with a brand new ... food holiday: July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Vanilla has historically been the favorite ice cream flavor of Americans. Here are some ice cream facts from the International Dairy Foods Association:
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National caviar day
July 18th, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Best paired with Champagne wishes, July 18 is National Caviar Day.

Once hailed for its medicinal qualities, caviar (fish eggs) has been enjoyed for centuries. There are a few reasons why caviar is so expensive. First, true caviar is the roe from one particular species of fish, the Acipenseriformes. Sturgeons are part of this species and for the longest time, they were only found in the Black and Caspian seas. Still, when caviar was first discovered, it was widely abundant and not that expensive. Russian Czar Nicholas II enjoyed it so much that he taxed fisherman for the stuff, and it became associated with royalty and wealth.
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National peach ice cream day
July 17th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Here's a peachy keen way to beat the heat - July 17 is National Peach Ice Cream Day.

Summertime means many things, but mostly it means it’s hot. Time to take advantage of all the fruit that’s in season and cool down at the same time.

Ice cream is far simpler to make than one might expect. When buying an ice cream maker, skip the big-box store and head to your local garage sales: fancy ice cream makers make great wedding gifts, but often recipients don’t take the time to learn their true value. Just make sure the bowl of the ice cream maker you buy isn’t cracked. If you’d rather not invest in any equipment, you can always make ice cream with a plastic bag and a little elbow grease.
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National pecan pie day
July 12th, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Go nuts - July 12 is National Pecan Pie Day!

Did you know that pecans contain zinc, which boosts testosterone, which is the reason people think oysters are aphrodisiacs? We bet you're in the mood for a slice now!

Not just for Thanksgiving, pecan pie is a Southern staple for good reason. There’s nothing quite like the smell of its warm, buttery crust and gooey, nutty center coming out of the oven. Just because pecan trees are found in the South, doesn’t mean you need a passport to make this pie.
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