National raisin day AND national oatmeal cookie day
April 30th, 2013
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We heard it through the grapevine - April 30 is National Raisin Day!

When grapes spend a little too much time in the sun, they cross the border into dried fruit and become raisins. But these little beauties are chewy, sweet and a great snack to have on hand.

Because there is already so much naturally occurring fructose and glucose in grapes, the flavor amps up even more after the grapes are dried. Largely, the sugar remains - so much so that if you keep raisins for a while, the sugar begins to crystallize.
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National Pears Hélène Day
March 15th, 2013
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The perfect pear-ing of fruit and chocolate - March 15 is National Pears Hélène Day!

While the Ides of March may not have worked out so well for Julius Caesar, we like to celebrate today's date with a lovely confection that's sure to make you feel downright fancy.

Pears Hélène, or Poire belle Hélène, is a truly divine dessert made with pears poached in sugar syrup. The pears are then topped with vanilla ice cream, crystallized violets and chocolate syrup.
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National eat what you want day
May 11th, 2012
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You can have whatever you like - May 11 is National Eat What You Want Day!

Maybe you've been on a restrictive diet and you're ready for that one, luscious treat you can't stop craving. Or, maybe you just can't make up your mind because of the overwhelming tasty choices. No matter your food dilemma, today is for you to celebrate your favorite flavors.

If you're incredibly indecisive, visiting a buffet, or setting up one in your own home, is a fun way to explore the boundaries of your taste buds. After all, pretty much any buffet is all-you-can-eat, which goes pretty well with today's theme.
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National shrimp day
May 10th, 2012
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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.
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National blonde brownie day
May 9th, 2012
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Hey, Blondie! You know what May 9 is? It's National Blonde Brownie Day!

Blonde or butterscotch brownies, also known as "blondies," pack the sweetness without the caffeine kick of chocolate.

They are made with a brown sugar base and baked like any dessert bar. If your brownies have ever turned out a little bitter, never fear - the brown sugar will take you away on a wave of sweetness.
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National empanada day
May 8th, 2012
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Open up a little envelope of love on May 8, also known as National Empanada Day!

From Western Europe to Latin America to Southeast Asia, these little stuffed pastries are a favorite to eat, no matter if you bake, fry or simply wrap bread around your favorite filling.
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National roast leg of lamb day
May 7th, 2012
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Today's food holiday is a bit of shear luck - May 7 is National Roast Leg of Lamb Day!

Even though Easter has passed, a hankering for a well-roasted leg of lamb can happen at any time.

You can usually pick up a leg of lamb at your local grocery or butcher shop. The tender cut is from the hindquarter of the animal. The portion is probably a little bit bigger than any roast you've ever put in the oven, but don't let that intimidate you.
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National home brew day
May 4th, 2012
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Raise your glass - May 4 is National Home Brew Day!

Sometimes, daring fans of beer, wine, cider and other alcoholic beverages surpass their passion and turn to small-scale fermenting at home - either for themselves, competitions or to share among friends.

Although there have been various legalities and bans concerning home brewing, especially across other countries, the ban was lifted here in 1978. However, it's up to individual states to let you brew to your heart's content or shut down your basement business.
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National raspberry tart day
May 3rd, 2012
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A sweet tart, tout de suite! May 3 is National Raspberry Tart Day.

It's that time of year when fresh berries are coming into season, and filling the tables at your local farmers market or grocery store. What better time to make yourself a sweet taste of summer?

The sweet fruit tarts that we know and love today evolved from medieval tarts, which were typically filled with meat and served as dinner. But when our ancestors decided to replace the hearty meat with rich custard and fresh fruit, a whole new kind of dessert filled the realm.
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