While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
Grab some fresh fruit of the sea – May 10 is National Shrimp Day!
Whether you bake, boil, fry, grill, put 'em in a stew, serve 'em Southern-style with grits, stir into a scampi or stick on top of a cocktail, shrimp can be served so many ways, you'll run out daylight first.
At the base of soups or used for flavoring, shrimp is at the heart of Asian cooking. In Spain, folks like to toss them in with paella while Italians include shrimp in their pasta dishes. Coconut shrimp is a favorite in Caribbean cuisine, and curried shrimp is alive and well in Southeast Asia. And of course, fried shrimp is king here in the U.S.
A parfait way to begin May, May 1 is National Chocolate Parfait Day!
Depending on how you parfait, you can spend this perfect day celebrating one or two wonderful ways. Because parfait literally means "perfect" in French, you'll be sure to enjoy this dessert in at least one of its forms.
Dulce delicious! Set your palate for sweet because April 5 is National Caramel Day!
When you give sugar a tan, it rewards you with even more sweetness, and this may be the only time when nearly burning something makes it taste even better.
Slowly heating sugar to 340 degrees Fahrenheit will result in the yummy process that is known as caramelization. Exposing the sugar to this kind of heat breaks down the molecules and transforms them into a golden brown liquid state.
Whip it good – April 3 is National Chocolate Mousse Day!
Forget the spoon and just stick your face into a mess of mousse today. While you won't want to comb this kind through your hair, it sure tastes like a chocoholic's dream.
A French word that literally means "froth" or "foam," mousse is both rich and airy, combining the best of both dessert worlds. The secret to its cloudlike texture is beaten egg whites or whipped cream.
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