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October 28, 2014 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY

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National Chocolate Day October 28. Background Photo Credit: http://www.youwall.com/?ver=MzI2MA==

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY

National Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on October 28.  While there are many chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day is a day to celebrate all things chocolate.  As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration.  ( Some sources designater July 7 or December 28 as “Chocolate Day” or “International Chocolate Day”)

HOW IS CHOCOLATE MADE?

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of use, of cacao seeds, is around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seed have a very intense bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

  • Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
  • Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
  • Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
  • White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.

 RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT CHOCOLATE, WHEN EATEN IN MODERATION, CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.

To celebrate National Chocolate Day, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-lasagna-502197


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fudge/Detail.aspx?evt19=1


http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/No-Bake-Chocolate-Oat-Bars/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

 

ENJOY YOUR CHOCOLATE TODAY!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY

Our research has found that National Chocolate Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was started by the National Confectioners Association.

 

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October 27, 2014 – NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY – NAVY DAY

26 Oct National Beer Day October 27.  Background photo Credit:  http://www.sacbrewbike.com/craft-beer/how-craft-beer-got-to-be-so-popular
National Beer Day October 27.  Background photo Credit:  http://www.sacbrewbike.com/craft-beer/how-craft-beer-got-to-be-so-popular

National Beer Day October 27. Background photo Credit: http://www.sacbrewbike.com/craft-beer/how-craft-beer-got-to-be-so-popular

NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY

Beer drinkers across the nation celebrate each October 27 as it is National American Beer Day.

There are more than 2,100 breweries that manufacture beer in the United States which range in size from industry giants to brew pubs and microbreweries.

  • The U.S. produced 196 million barrels of beer in 2009.
  • The U.S. consumes roughly 20 US gallons of beer per capita annually.
  • in 2008, the United States was ranked sixteenth in the world in per capita consumption, while total consumption was second only to China.
  • Prohibition in the early twentieth century caused nearly all American breweries to close.
  • After prohibition was repealed, the industry had consolidated into a small number of large-scale breweries.
  • The majority of the new breweries in the U.S. are small breweries and brewpubs, who as members of the Brewers Association are termed”craft breweries” to differentiate them from the larger and older breweries.
  • The most common style of beer produced by the big breweries is American lager.
  • Most of the smaller breweries, which were founded in the 1980′s, produce a range of styles.
  • Beer styles originating in the United States include:
    American pale ale, Pennsylvania porter, American IPA, steam beer, amber ale, cream ale and Cascadian dark ale.

To celebrate National American Beer Day, enjoy your favorite American Beer and drink responsibly.
Happy American Beer Day!

NATIONAL AMERICAN BEER DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National American Beer Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Day Poster from 1944.  Photo Credit:  fortmissoulamuseum.org

Navy Day Poster from 1944. Photo Credit: fortmissoulamuseum.org

Navy Day

Navy Day a day to salute all of the men and women who serve, or have served, in the United States Navy that help to protect our country.

The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922.  October 27 was chosen as the date because it was the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt and also the anniversary of a 1775 report issued by a special committee of the Continental Congress favoring the purchase of merchant ships as the foundation of an American Navy.  President Roosevelt had been an Assistant Secretary of the Navy and supported a strong Navy as well as the idea of Navy Day.

Navy Day received special attention from President Warren Harding. Harding wrote to the Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby:

“Thank you for your note which brings assurance of the notable success which seems certain to attend the celebration of Navy Day on Friday, October 27, in commemoration of past and present services of the Navy. From our earliest national beginnings the Navy has always been, and deserved to be, an object of special pride to the American people. Its record is indeed one to inspire such sentiments, and I am very sure that such a commemoration as is planned will be a timely reminder.”

In 1949, Department of Defense secretary, Louis A. Johnson, directed that the United States Navy’s participation occur on Armed Forces Day in May, although as a civilian organization, the Navy League was not affected by this directive and continued to organize Navy Day celebrations as before.

It was then in the 1970′s that the “birthday” of the Continental Navy was found to be October 13, 1775 and CNO Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt worked with the Navy League to define October 13 as the new date of Navy Day; however, Navy Day in the United States remain largely recognized as October 27.

 

HAPPY NAVY DAY!

October 26, 2014 – NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED – NATIONAL MULE DAY – NATIONAL MINCEMEAT DAY – NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY – NATIONAL MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY

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National Day of the Deployed Proclamation

National Day of the Deployed Proclamation

 NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED

October 26 is annually designated as National Day of the Deployed.

National Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country and acknowledges their families that they are separated from.

National Day of the Deployed was founded in 2006 by Shelle Michaels Aberle. Ms. Aberle approached then North Dakota Governor John Hoeven for support of a ND Proclamation for the day. Governor Hoeven was the first Governor in the United States to note the deployed troops in a formal proclamation.

October 26 was chosen by Aberle’s cousin, Bottineau, ND native LTC David Hosna who was deployed to Iraq from Kaiserslautern, Germany.  October 26 is the date of Hosna’s birthday.

  • Grand Forks, North Dakota hosted the first event.  The first units honored by this proclamation were:NDARNG 1-188th ADA SECFOR and JLENS deployed to Afghanistan.
  • 2011 – Senator John Hoeven led the efforts and co-sponsored S.RES.295 for a national day of honor.  On October 18, 2011 it was passed unanimously for the first national day honoring the deployed troops and their families.

2012 – ALL STATES ACROSS THE NATION OBSERVED THE UNITED STATES RESOLUTION FOR NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED.

October 26, 2014 marks the anniversary of the ninth annual Day of the Deployed and the fourth annual National Day of the Deployed.

 

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National Mule Day

NATIONAL MULE DAY

National Mule Day is recognized each year on October 26.
A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey and a female horse.  The mule possesses the  strength, intelligence, patience, perseverance, endurance,  surefootedness and even temper of the donkey.  From the horse, the mule inherits beauty, athletic ability, courage, vigor and speed.
Mules appear to require less food than a horse of similar size.
According to the American Mule Museum:
  • George Washington played the major role in the development of the mule population in America. He recognized the value of the mule in agriculture and became the first American mule breeder.
  • Donkeys were already in America, as they came over with the early explorers, but they were quite small. Washington wished to breed the very best mules, but he faced a major obstacle – – the Spanish government at that time prohibited the acquisition or exportation of the famous Andalusian donkey. Washington wrote to King Charles of Spain requesting permission to purchase good quality breeding stock. In October of 1785, a ship docked in Boston harbor carrying a gift from King Charles for George Washington – – two fine jennies and a 4-year old Spanish jack named, appropriately, “Royal Gift’. That “royal gift” from the Spanish king is today credited with the development of the American mule which began a dynasty that “reshaped the very landscape of the country”.

For more information, see the American Mule Museum website: http://mulemuseum.org/History_of_the_Mule.html

NATIONAL MULE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Mule Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
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National Pumpkin Day

NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY

It is the perfect time of the year to celebrate National Pumpkin Day.  Each year on October 26 people across the nation enjoy cake, pie, cookies, bars, pudding, coffee, smoothies, candy, breads. muffins, soups, cheesecake, oatmeal, lasagna and more, all made with delicious pumpkin.

Pumpkin (squash) is native to North America.

The oldest evidence of pumpkin-related seeds dates back to somewhere between 7000 and 5500 BC and were found in Mexico.

The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is Greek for “large melon”.

Within the past 10 years, white pumpkins have become more popular in the United States.

1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the United States each year.

In September 2012, Ron Wallace’s  2,009 pound Atlantic Giant pumpkin in Rhode Island set the current world record.

Canned pumpkin may be recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.

Raw pumpkin can be fed to poultry, as a supplement to their regular feed, during the winter months to help maintain egg production,

Pumpkins are well known for being carved into  jack-o-lanterns at Halloween.

To celebrate National Pumpkin Day, enjoy the following “tried and true” pumpkin recipes:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/pumpkin-lasagna-recipe/index.html

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/savory-pumpkin-ravioli

http://www.food.com/recipe/debbies-pumpkin-bars-2-the-healthier-version-21342

http://southernfood.about.com/od/pumpkins/r/pumpkin-pudding.htm

NATIONAL PUMPKIN DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pumpkin Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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National Mincemeat Day

NATIONAL MINCEMEAT DAY

Annually celebrated on October 26, National Mincemeat Day is a day to enjoy, what has been found in English recipes dating back to the 15th century, a mixture of meat and fruit used as a pie filling.

Originally mincemeat was developed as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking.  The filling was then used to make mince pies, which were considered a special part of holiday dinners as the are still to some today.   Today, many modern recipes contain only fruit, sometimes with liquor being added.

You may have heard stories about mincemeat pie from your grandparents, aunts and uncles or possibly read about it in a book however, if you have never had the opportunity to try one, today would be the day to do so.  

Following are some “tried and true” mincemeat recipes for you:  Happy Mincemeat Day!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mincemeat-pie-filling/

http://www.joyofbaking.com/HomemadeMincemeat.html

NATIONAL MINCEMEAT DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Mincemeat Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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National Mother-In-Law Day

NATIONAL MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY

Each year on the fourth Sunday in October, it is a special day to honor the mother of your spouse.

This day, modeled after Mother’s Day, was first celebrated on March 5, 1934, in Amarillo Texas, where it was initiated by the editor of the Amarillo local newspaper.

Some people get along very well with their Mother-in-law’s, others, not-so-much.  Which ever is the case, today is the day to celebrate them.  A nice card, some flowers, dinner or even just a phone call, take a moment to say: Happy Mother-in-Law Day to your Mother-in-law or to a Mother-in-law that you know. In the meantime, you have a great day as well!

 

NATIONAL MOTHER-IN-LAW DAY is an “unofficial” national holiday.

October 24, 2014 – NATIONAL FOOD DAY – NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY

23 Oct National Food Day

NATIONAL FOOD DAY

It was in the year 2011 when the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) initiated a new project, National Food Day, which is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable and sustain-ably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.  This project builds throughout the year and culminates on October 24 of each year.

One of the targets that Food Day aims to help people is to “Eat Real”, which is defined by them as “cutting back on sugar drinks, overly salted packaged foods and fatty, factory-farmed meats in favor of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and sustain-ably raised protein.  National Food Day involves some of the country’s most prominent food activists, united by a vision of food that is healthy, affordable and produced with care for the environment, farm animals and the people who grow, harvest and serve it.

In 2012, there were 3,200 events that took place from community festival to a national conference in Washington, D.C. to thousands of school activities.

HAPPY NATIONAL FOOD DAY!

For more information, see: http://www.foodday.org/

 

National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day

NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY

Each year on October 24, people across the nation celebrate National Bologna Day.  Today would be a good day to have a bologna sandwich for lunch.

Sometimes spelled baloney (as it is pronounced), bologna has been one of the more popular luncheon meats for decades.
Favorite bologna sandwich garnishes are mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato and onion,
Bologna sausage derived from  and is somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground port sausage) that originated in Bologna, Italy.
United States government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground and without visible pieces of lard.
Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
Bologna Bowl – When a slice of bologna is heated, the fat renders and the round slice takes the shape of a bowl which may be filled with cheese or other fillings.
There is a variety of different bologna’s:

German bologna
Kosher or halal bologna
Lebanon bologna
Lauantaimakkara
Rag bologna
South African polony
Vegetarian

To celebrate today, try something new and enjoy these “tried and true” bologna recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fried-bologna-casserole/

http://community.tasteofhome.com/community_forums/f/30/t/78084.aspx

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Fried-bologna_-egg-on-challah-bread-with-an-american-cheese-rarebit-sauce-318668?columns=4&position=1%2F52

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/we39r80f/big-daddys-prize-winning-bologna-sandwich.html

http://www.cooks.com/recipe/2k2kj7oj/barbecued-bologna.html

HAPPY BOLOGNA DAY !

NATIONAL BOLOGNA DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Bologna Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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