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.

December 11- National Have a Bagel Day

National Have a Bagel Day 

bagels bag

Facts on Bagels 

  • Bagels are the only bread that are boiled before baked.
  • Bagels come in many varieties from blueberry to the “everything” bagel, however, the most popular choice is plain, followed closely by sesame.
  • Bagels have been used to symbolize the continuous cycle of life—without beginning and without end.
  • That little hole in the center isn’t just for looks, it came in handy for early peddles and street vendors to thread multiple bagels onto a dowel, making transport.
  • The first bagel bakeries were founded in New York City in the 1920s.