While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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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