While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Gather around the punch bowl, a different kind of water cooler– September 20 is National Punch Day!
You can skip straight to the punchline today. Whether you like it spiked or as innocent as a high school homecoming, punch has been a catch-all beverage since the 1600s.
Originally, punch, known as "panch" in Hindi, "panj" in Persian or "panchan" in Sanskrit (all words meaning "five"), was made with alcohol, sugar, lemon juice, water and tea or spices. The British developed their popular Wassail, created around a wine or brandy base, but once Jamaican rum dropped on the scene circa 1655, modern punch was born. Naturally, today is also National Rum Punch Day.
Fruit punch was developed by soft drink manufacturers, although it doesn't have much to do with fruit in the first place. Different regions and cultures are famous for their own takes on punch, so try one of these 600 or one of the dozen vintage recipe in the gallery above.
We dare you to attempt Chatham Artillery Punch. According to Joe Odom, it's "seven parts liquor, three parts juice, whatever you have on hand on both counts." Drink up, and try to remember us in the morning.
Click through for 12 vintage punch recipes
For the past 25 years, the International Association of Culinary Professionals has celebrated excellence in the field of culinary publishing with the IACP Cookbook Awards. Behold the finalists for the 2011 honors.
2011 Cookbook Award Finalists
"The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern"
"The Winemaker Cooks"
"Fried Chicken & Champagne: A Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro"
While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday and the most delicious finds on TV.
The December holidays are behind us, but so long as temperatures are dipping into single digits anywhere in the US, we're happy to keep taking our tipples on the warmed-up side. January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day, and we humbly suggest celebrating with the recipe above, scanned from our 1941 edition of W.C. Whitfield's drink mixing masterpiece 'Here's How'.
Not in a rum state of mind, but still hot 'n' bothered over the notion of a steamy beverage? Pop some butter in your whiskey toddy. We surely won't tell.
What's on TV?
I don't have family recipes - at least on my side of the marriage. More on that at another time, but most of my culinary heritage is stitched together from books that somehow made their way onto my shelves and into my psyche.
Here are a few that changed the way I eat, drink and think, forever.
1. An Invitation to Indian Cooking – Madhur Jaffrey