National Empanada Day – April 8

National Empanada Day

empanadae beef

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

spaghetti

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.

January 1 – National Bloody Mary Day

National Bloody Mary Day

bloody mary

Food Facts on Bloody Mary’s 

  • The Bloody Mary is the US’s most popular alcoholic drink for brunch.
  • Many people believe drinking one will help with a hangover–however, the alcohol only numbs the discomfort (only rest, water, and electrolyte replacement can cure a hangover. 
  • Many like to lay claim to creating this drink, however, though the exact origin is up for debate, it started showing up in bars in the 1920s. 
  • There are many variations of the Bloody Mary cocktail, but the most basic will have tomato juice, vodka, and spices.
  • A common garnish is a celery stalk when served in a tall glass, often over ice.