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.

October 19 – National Seafood Bisque Day

National Seafood Bisque Day

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Food Facts on Seafood Bisque

  • Seafood bisque is a delightfully rich and creamy soup made with lobster, crab, shrimp, or crayfish.
  • Seafood bisque is often seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices.
  • Seafood Bisque was developed as an ingenious way to extract flavor from the crustaceans that did not quite make the cut at the market.
  • The meat of the shellfish is puréed and added back to the soup as a thickening agent.
  • Seafood Bisque is cooked twice and some food historians say that the word “bisque” comes from the French “bis cuites,” meaning “twice cooked.”

July 18th – National Caviar Day

National Caviar Day

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Food Facts on Caviar

  • Today is time to honor this seafood delicacy.
  • Traditionally the word Caviar referred to fish roe that came only from wild sturgeon (Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga) from the Caspian and Black Sea.
  • The smooth tiny eggs are usually black, though caviar comes in many shades, including red, gold and grey.
  • Caviar can be fresh (non-pasturized) or pasteurized. Always look for fresh caviar to fully appreciate this seafood delicacy.
  • Blini is a Russian word for very thin pancakes. A Blini can be used to serve your caviar with a dollop of creme fraiche!
  • Overfishing has led to many restrictions in Caviar production. It is important to know your Fishmonger for the best Caviar available at the best prices.