May 10 – National Shrimp Day

National Shrimp Day

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Food Facts on Shrimp

  • Shrimp are swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular abdomens and long antennae. 
  • Shrimp can be prepared using many different cooking methods boiling, grilling, steaming, deep-frying, and stir fry.
  • Shrimp can be eaten as an appetizer or main course and can be served warm or cold.
  • The shrimp industry brings in over 50 billion dollars annually (2010).
  • Romans and Greeks had ready access to very large specimens and enjoyed their shrimp prepared many ways. It has been documented that Shrimp was around  as in prehistoric times.

National Empanada Day – April 8

National Empanada Day

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Facts on Empanadas

  • An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in South Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia.
  • The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
  • The empanada is prepared similar to a pie that is cut in pieces, making it a portable and hearty meal for working people.
  • Empanada stuffing, can consists of a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables or fruits.
  • Empanadas are can be eaten any time of the day and are served at parties as starters.

National Spaghetti Day January 4

National Spaghetti Day

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Facts on Spaghetti

  • There are at least 1.3 million pounds of spaghetti were sold in American grocery stores annually.
  • A boiled noodle was first referenced in the Jerusalem Talmud. That suggests that the Arabs first invented the dish.
  • Dried noodles purchased from a vendor, goes back to the 5th century.
  • Pasta or dried noodles are associated with the Italians. They have revolutionized the dish and invented a wide variety of pasta shapes.
  • Spaghetti is traditionally served with tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese, however, meat, garlic, oil, and pepper for extra flavor.