April 2nd is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day. We’ve enjoyed PB&J sandwiches every which way, but here’s a different PB&J sandwich from Fix & Fogg, manufacturers of our favorite artisanal peanut butter. For fun and a bit of tart flavor, they added crunchy freeze-dried raspberry flakes to match the raspberry jam (photo #1). Freeze-dried […]

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March 30th is National Hot Chicken Day. That’s hot as in hot and spicy, cayenne-coated fried chicken. It’s Nashville’s signature food, just as Baltimore has its crab cakes, Boston its clam chowder, Buffalo its wings, Chicago its deep-dish pizza, Denver its omelet, Memphis its barbecue, New York its bagels, New Orleans its po’ boys, and […]

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[1] Paella on the grill (photo © Sur La Table). [2] Potato and chorizo paella. Here’s the recipe (photo © Black Gold Farms).   We love elaborate rice dishes, so paella recipes are always a special-occasion treat. March 27th is National Paella Day, so we’re getting out the paella pan and cooking up a party. […]

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For National Nougat Day, March 26th, we’re taking a slight turn to highlight a member of the nougat family: divinity. This creamy, smooth confection is made with egg whites, sugar, water, corn syrup, vanilla extract, and pecans—although you can substitute the nuts and otherwise play with the recipe, adding flavors. The recipe for divinity is […]

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March 25th is International Waffle Day (also called World Waffle Day), a holiday with religious significance in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation, upon which waffles are typically eaten. The day celebrates waffles and their history, and we’ve got sweet and savory waffle recipes below—for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and […]

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March 24th is National Cocktail Day, a day we’re using to revisit cocktail garnishes. Many standard garnishes have been used since the advent of the particular cocktail—they’re what that first bartender used when he mixed the first Sazerac (America’s first cocktail) or Gin Fizz. We’ll look at them as well as at modern cocktail garnishes. […]

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March 22nd is National Bavarian Crêpes Day. What are Bavarian crêpes? Called palatschinke in Bavaria (the singular is palacinka), these crêpes (some people call them pancakes, but see the next section) are typically made from wheat flour or buckwheat flour. You’ll also see them referred to as Balkan-style crêpes, Croatian crêpes, Hungarian crêpes, Serbian crêpes, […]

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