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.
Today's food holiday is muffin short of delicious - July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day.
Blueberries are not only rich in vitamins and antioxidants, they're also low in calories. Baking the tiny blue orbs in muffins is such an enticing concept that in 1988, Minnesota named blueberry its official state muffin (yes, such a designation exists).
To help with your muffin-making magic, try these tips:
Do you like piña coladas? Or would you rather be caught in the rain? If you do, celebrate National Piña Colada Day, put the pineapple and rum in the coconut, and drink it all up.
The pineapple, coconut and rum concoction is wildly popular in Puerto Rico and wherever there’s hot sun, cold ice, and a Caribbean breeze. Tracking down who invented a particular cocktail can be tricky, since everyone involved was drinking at the time. Depending on who you ask, the piña colada was invented in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1963 by Ramón Portas Mingot, in 1954 by Ramón Marrero or Ricardo Gracia, or in Cuba in 1950.
Hot diggity dog! July is National Hot Dog Month and July 23 is National Hot Dog Day.
During hot dog season (Memorial Day to Labor Day), 818 hotdogs are eaten every second. And on the Fourth of July, Americans devour approximately 150 million hot dogs; that's enough to stretch from coast to coast five times.
Depending on where you are, hot dogs can look and taste completely different. From slaw dogs in the South to Chicago dogs in the Second City to Detroit’s Coney dogs, cities take their hot dogs very seriously.
Do you like licorice? Are you that person who hoards all the black jellybeans that others fling toward the trash can? If so, then today’s holiday may be for you. Happy National Anisette Day!
Anisette is a sweet anise-flavored liqueur that’s popular all over the Mediterranean. It’s typically made by distilling aniseed and adding a sugar syrup. Other anise-flavored spirits include pastis, which is typically French and made by macerating aniseed with licorice, the Turkish raki, Greek ouzo, Colombian aguardiente, Italian Sambuca, and absinthe, which adds more herbs and wormwood to the recipe. All of these will “louche” when you add a little bit of cool water to them, meaning the essential oils that flavor them come out of solution and turn the beverage milky-white.
Catch it if you can - June 28 is el Día Nacional del Cebiche, or National Ceviche Day!
Peru's iconic dish is made by marinating ultra-fresh, firm fish in citrus juice, and zesting that up with a kiss of aji or chiles. In the gallery above, CNN's Larry Lazo visits chef Eddy Acansi at Las Canteras in Washington D.C. to see firsthand what goes into making the perfect ceviche.
Get ready for the sizzle. June is National Steakhouse Month!
Look up any steakhouse worth its chops and it will likely have a history section on its website. That’s because a lot what they’re selling is just that – history, a legacy, a tradition.
Two straws - no waiting. June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day!
With summer officially starting tomorrow, it seems like prime time to celebrate the warm weather with a cool classic, the milkshake. They’re easy to make and beyond satisfying.
Here are some tips for perfecting your milkshake game:
It’s five o’clock somewhere. Bottoms up! June 19 is National Dry Martini Day.
Perhaps it’s the long-stemmed, wide-mouthed glass, or maybe it's the uncompromising sting of alcohol, but martinis can be intimidating to a novice cocktail drinker. Not to fear - with a little knowledge and a touch of bravery you’ll be enjoying this classic tipple before anyone has time to make a bad James Bond joke.