International picnic day
June 18th, 2013
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Ditch the great indoors and dine al fresco. June 18 is International Picnic Day!

We’ve given you and do’s and don’t of picnicking, along with some helpful planning tips, and told you what to drink.

Now here are some dishes that are portable and picnic friendly.
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National eat your vegetables day
June 17th, 2013
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Vegetables are dirt candy - so dig in. June 17 is National Eat Your Vegetables Day!

It’s one of those things in life that we should just accept: toast will always fall to the floor buttered side down, and mom is usually right - especially when she tells you to eat your vegetables.
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National strawberry shortcake day
June 14th, 2013
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Life's too short to skip National Strawberry Shortcake Day!

Now that strawberry season is in full swing, it's the perfect time to make this classic dessert.

Wash, hull and slice the berries and set them aside in a bowl with a bit of sugar until they've macerated, or softened. You could add a bit of liqueur for a more adult version. Letting the strawberries sit allows them to release all of their juices, making the perfect sauce.

Shortcake dough (note: it’s not a batter) is mealier than your average cake batter. Similar to biscuit dough, the fat is cut into the flour until the texture resembles cornmeal.
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Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
June 13th, 2013
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If at first you don't succeed, fry, fry again - June 13 is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

There’s an inner kitchen klutz in all of us. Even the best chefs slice their fingers, burn their forearms on oven doors and drop plates full of food.

Here are some tips for the two most common kitchen accidents: cuts and burns.
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International cachaca day
June 12th, 2013
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Bossa nova to the bar! June 12 is International Cachaça Day.

Most people think of cachaça as "Brazilian rum," and while it does herald from the largest South American country, it is not, in fact, rum.

Cachaça is alcohol that’s distilled from raw sugar cane juice, whereas rum is distilled from sugar cane by-products like molasses. In that sense, even though the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau recently recognized cachaça as a type of rum, it’s a distinctive spirit of its own.

Brazil is known for its cachaça, in part, because the country is the largest producer and exporter of sugar cane. It should come as no surprise then that cachaça is in Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha.
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National German chocolate cake day
June 11th, 2013
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June 11 is National German Chocolate Cake Day.

Contrary to its name, you don’t have to cross the Atlantic to find the origins of German chocolate cake. Sam German, an American, developed a sweet baking chocolate for Baker’s Chocolate Company in the mid-1800s.  The product was further popularized a century later by a German's chocolate cake recipe in the Dallas Morning Star, but the possessive has since been dropped.

German chocolate cake is slightly trickier to make than your run-of-the-mill cake. Eggs need to be separated and beaten, chocolate needs to be melted carefully - it truly is a lesson in patience.
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National herbs and spices day
June 10th, 2013
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Spice up your life! Today is National Herbs and Spices Day.

While herbs and spices are often talked about synonymously, they're quite the opposite. Herbs - think thyme, rosemary and sage - are typically the leaves of herbaceous plants, whereas spices are the roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark of plants. They're also usually dried.

To further confuse matters, there are a few plants that are both herbs and spices. Take, for example, the Coriandrum sativum plant: Its leaves are what we commonly call cilantro, while its seeds are the spice coriander.
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National donut day
June 7th, 2013
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2013 seems to be the year of the cronut...we mean donut. It's very fitting then that the first Friday in June is National Donut Day. Whether you spell it donut or doughnut, there’s no denying this delicious pastry.

Donuts have been in the news a lot lately. The aforementioned cronut has been taking New York City by storm. The croissant-donut hybrid was formed in mid-May by Dominique Ansel at his eponymous bakery in SoHo. A cronut is a donut made from croissant dough. If you’re kicking yourself for not thinking of that first, consider this: croissant batter is very difficult to fry and there’s a very good reason that cronuts haven’t been gracing pastry cases for years already.

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National applesauce cake day
June 6th, 2013
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June 6 is National Applesauce Cake Day.

Applesauce cake is a warm, spiced cake that is often flecked with raisins or nuts. This type of cake particularly came in handy during World War I and throughout the Depression when eggs, sugar and butter were scarce and rationed. Applesauce adds sweetness and moisture, so it was a practical and patriotic replacement for the staple ingredients in shortage. It also is a healthful substitute for vegans and vegetarians who don't want to bake with eggs and/or butter.
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