December 14 – National Bouillabaisse Day

National Bouillabaisse Day

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Facts on Bouillabaisse 

  • Bouillabaisse is a rich French fish stew, traditionally associated with the Provence region, especially Marseilles.
  • Bouillabaisse contains various fish and shellfish, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, white wine, saffron and herbs.
  • Bouillabaisse originally was a stew made by Marseille fishermen using the bony rock fish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets.
  • As Marseille became more prosperous, restaurants and hotels began to serve bouillabaisse to upper class patrons and the recipe became more refined.
  • The name bouillabaisse comes from the method of the preparation — the ingredients are not added all at once.

December 8 – National Brownie Day

National Brownie Day

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Facts on Brownies

  • Brownie is a flat, baked square or bar. Its texture is somewhat between cake and cookie: can be fudgy, cakey, or hard.
  • Brownie came from a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the late 19th century.
  • The world’s largest brownie was made in 2001. It weighed in at 3,000 lbs. and was made with 750 lbs. of chocolate chips, 500 lbs. of butter, 850 lbs of sugar, 500 lbs. of flour and 3,500 eggs!
  • Although cannabis is the most controversial brownie mix-in, walnut remains the most popular and legal.
  • There are several days of the year named in honor of the brownie: January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day, February 10 is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, May 9 is National Butterscotch Brownie Day and December 8 is National Brownie Day.

November 12 – National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

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Facts of Pizza without Anchovies

  • Pizza is thin crust, hand tossed, thick crust or deep dish, top it with ALL of your favorite toppings (excluding anchovies)
  • There’s a National Anchovy Pizza Day too
  • Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread healthy meals people made before the advent of the oven
  • Although having fish on a pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905was in New York’s Little Italy.