Celebrating food: Holidays for our taste buds

Each week, the Lincoln Journal Star brings you a list of the upcoming holidays dedicated to the foods we eat — or need to try.

Here’s the holiday fare for May 25-31:

May 25: National Wine Day and National Brown Bag-It Day. It s a nice pairing, if it doesn t get you in trouble. FYI: The oldest bottle of wine ever found dates back to 325 A.D.

May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. We, Americans, celebrate many cheesecake-themed holidays in a given year. The dessert dating back to ancient Greece didn t come to America until 1872. Did you know Austria once sold cheesecake-flavored stamps? And if blueberries are not your thing, May 26 also is National Cherry Dessert Day.

May 27: National Grape Popsicle Day. Originally called the Epsicle, it was named for its 11-year-old accidental inventor, Frank Epperson, who had left a cup of homemade soda on the porch overnight and discovered it frozen in the morning. In 1923, he renamed the refreshing treat Pop s Sicles because it was made with soda pop, according to fillyourplate.org[1]. Here s a bit of trivia: The original ice cream truck driver was a Nebraska man who traveled by horse cart selling Popsicles to children.

May 28: National Hamburger Day. What better way to culminate National Hamburger Month? Americans eat roughly 50 billion burgers a year. The average American eats three burgers a week. And 71 percent of all beef consumed in U.S. restaurants is in the form of a burger, according to Burgerweb.com[2].

May 29: Coq au Vin Day. The translation of this French dish is rooster with wine. It is a popular French dish made with braised chicken that is slowly cooked with red wine, mushrooms, pork fat and various spices. According to some legends, Coq au Vin has ties to Julius Caesar or Napoleon, but most historians agree that the dish was invented by peasant families in an effort to make the meat of old roosters more edible, according to punchbowl.com[3]. Chef Julia Child made the dish popular in the U.S.

May 30: National Mint Julep Day. The official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep has been around for more than 200 years. Traditionally a mint julep is made with mint leaf, bourbon, sugar and water and served with shaved ice in a silver or pewter cup, according to punchbowl.com[4].

May 31: National Macaroon Day. The macaroon is a flourless cookie and is popular among the Jewish community, especially during Passover when Jews cannot cook with flour. Macaroons are made from ground nuts and leavened egg whites. Macaroons were believed to have been first made in an Italian monastery in 1792, according to holidayinsights.com[5].

References

  1. ^ fillyourplate.org (fillyourplate.org)
  2. ^ Burgerweb.com (Burgerweb.com)
  3. ^ punchbowl.com (punchbowl.com)
  4. ^ punchbowl.com (punchbowl.com)
  5. ^ holidayinsights.com (holidayinsights.com)

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