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.

May 1 – National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

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Food Facts on Chocolate Parfaits!

  • A parfait is a layered dish that is usually sweet and traditionally contains whipped cream.
  • Parfaits are desserts, however, savory ingredients can be used.
  • Parfaits are served in tall, transparent glasses and may be made with fruit, chocolate or other ingredients layered alternately with the whipped cream.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.
  • Chocolate originated in Central America, and was first used by natives such as the Aztecs and the Mayans.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.

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.