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.

November 22 – National Cranberry Relish Day

National Cranberry Relish Day

cranberry relish

Food Facts on Cranberries

  • Basic cranberry relish consists of cranberries boiled in sugar water until the berries pop and the mixture thickens.
  • Legend has it that Pilgrims served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
  • The cranberry gets its name from Dutch and German settlers, who nicknamed it the “crane berry.”
  • The Algonquin Indians were the first to harvest cranberries. The used them for food and medicine. Cranberries are awesome for bladder infections, heart health, and ulcers.  
  •  Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, 20 percent of that during Thanksgiving week!