National Holidays in November: The Food Holidays

Make some peanut butter cookies for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month.
Make some peanut butter cookies for National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. | Source

I receive lots of comments on my special, unique holiday lesson plans article series about how there are ample food holidays to keep you busy throughout the entire year. Anyone who has made this remark is correct. I mix up the holidays for my lesson plans series that kids will receive knowledge about a wide variety of topics. However, there was no reason not to create a separate series for the food holidays. Here it is. Enjoy!

I am not a big fan of vinegar, but I make a handful of recipes with red wine vinegar on a regular basis.
I am not a big fan of vinegar, but I make a handful of recipes with red wine vinegar on a regular basis. | Source

November 1 - Vinegar Day

Even if you are not a big fan of vinegar, there are numerous recipes that call for a couple tablespoons that will give just the right amount of kick. Consider salad dressings, marinades, and much more. Did you know that many sloppy joe recipes have vinegar? The sloppy joe is a classic recipe that will become an instant family favorite. If you want to step it up a notch today, try your hand at Bearnaise sauce.

You can customize deviled eggs to fit your personal tastes and preferences.
You can customize deviled eggs to fit your personal tastes and preferences. | Source

November 2 - Deviled Egg Day

If traditional deviled eggs send you running the other way, look for an alternative recipe today. There are a wide variety of options that will make you quickly forget what you didn't like about deviled eggs. Once you've found a recipe that you like, you'll be itching to have everyone you know over next Saturday or Sunday for brunch.

You can make sandwiches as complex or as simple as you like.
You can make sandwiches as complex or as simple as you like. | Source

November 3 - Sandwich Day

Any day is a good day to eat a sandwich in my book, but why not use this day as an excuse to eat one for lunch or even breakfast or dinner? Whip up a favorite or experiment with something new. You can also alter a favorite recipe with a simple substitution such as a different kind of bread or a homemade dressing or dip.

My husband is in charge of the grilling in our house.
My husband is in charge of the grilling in our house. | Source

November 7 - National Men Make Dinner Day

Does your husband have a favorite recipe that he loves to make for the family? If so, this day is the perfect excuse for him to whip it up for dinner tonight. If not, spend some quality time with him in the kitchen today to teach him a few basics so he'll be on his way to making dinner on his own for this holiday next year.

Chocolate candies topped with pistachios, raisins, almonds, and orange. Click for the recipe.
Chocolate candies topped with pistachios, raisins, almonds, and orange. Click for the recipe. | Source

November 7 - Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

Does anyone really crave bittersweet chocolate with almonds? Why not call this dark chocolate with almonds day? Seek out a good quality dark chocolate that has almonds in it today. You can also opt to make a recipe with semi-sweet or unsweetened baking chocolate and almonds. Slivered almonds are a perfect topping for a cake.

Dark Chocolate Roasted Almond Cranberry Bark

Chopped garlic is an easy way to add a little kick to a recipe.
Chopped garlic is an easy way to add a little kick to a recipe. | Source

November 8 - Cook Something Bold and Pungent

Is anyone else not really sure about using the word pungent to describe food? It doesn't seem like the most appetizing term. For those who enjoy spicy food, this is right up your alley. If you have kids (or spouses) who are picky eaters and prefer bland food, consider spicy or simply full-flavored dips, dressings, and sauces so they can control how much they put on their food.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/skolbwilliams/8006822056/ - link no longer active. Take advantage of great drink deals at some of your favorite restaurants with happy hour specials. | Source

November 12 - Happy Hour Day

Even if you don't drink alcohol, you can still enjoy a happy hour out with friends or family. In addition to drink specials, many restaurants and bars also offer appetizer specials during happy hours. Alternatively, you can save a little money and can create your own happy hour experience at home with a select group of people.

Great restaurants that offer happy hour specials.

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Indian Pudding Recipes : Ingredients for Semolina Pudding

November 13 - National Indian Pudding Day

Indian pudding is a more complex recipe for corn hasting pudding with cornmeal, milk, molasses, spices, butter, and raisins or nuts. Sometimes there are substitutions for honey, maple syrup, or sugar. It is a standard dessert in New England and is baked in the oven for a few hours. [source] There are numerous Indian pudding recipes out there, most of which you can modify to suit your own tastes and preferences.

I really enjoy baking with my Bundt pan. Grab the recipe for this pumpkin pound cake below.
I really enjoy baking with my Bundt pan. Grab the recipe for this pumpkin pound cake below. | Source

November 15 - National Bundt Pan Day

Does anyone else love Bundt pans? I'm not sure why they make me so happy. You can switch up many favorite recipes by cooking them in a Bundt pan and slightly adjusting the cooking time. If you don't already own a Bundt pan, go get one today. They are inexpensive and readily available. Complete the presentation by serving your cake on a beautiful cake plate. People will almost always be impressed.

Cake Recipes : How to Use a Bundt Pan

There is nothing quite like homemade bread.
There is nothing quite like homemade bread. | Source

November 17 - Homemade Bread Day

The taste of homemade bread is plenty worthy of a holiday. However, you'll also need to devote the better part of a day to making it, so why not go ahead and declare the day? If you've never made bread from scratch before or have only used a bread maker, take the time today to make a loaf. There are lots of wonderful recipes out there to suit virtually any taste preference.

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November 23 - National Cashew Day

Cashews are one of those foods where I have to make a little plate or dish for myself. Otherwise I end up sitting with the container and eat way more than I intended. Like many nuts, cashews are not cheap, but it is worth the indulgence once in a while. Consider including some in a sweet or savory recipe today. If you've never made an ice cream sundae with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, and cashews, I highly recommend it.

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November 23 - Eat a Cranberry Day

While some years this holiday will fall on Thanksgiving, it doesn't have to be a on a bigger holiday for you to enjoy a good cranberry recipe. One of my favorite ways cranberry foods is Craisens. They are a perfect topping for salads. Instead of making celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, substitute Craisens. There are also numerous recipes with frozen cranberries if you're not ready to tackle the fresh variety.

Black forest parfait.
Black forest parfait. | Source

November 25 - National Parfait Day

Did you know that the word parfait means "perfect" in French and that the dessert comes from France? In America, the term can refer to the French dessert or it can refer to a variety of layered frozen desserts. [source] However, the term is often used even more loosely than that. Do some research today and see if you can find a place that serves an authentic French parfait or hunt down a great parfait recipe to whip up at home.

Georgia peach salad.
Georgia peach salad. | Source

National Georgia Peach Month

There is no distinction between Georgia peaches and any other kind of peaches except that Georgia is simply known as a good place for growing peaches. Unfortunately, not everyone has easy access to Georgia peaches, particularly all year round. If you want to cook up some of your favorite desserts with other types of peaches this November, I won't tell.

Why not try your hand at making your own peanut butter this month?
Why not try your hand at making your own peanut butter this month? | Source

National Peanut Butter Lovers Months

In case you don't get enough of your peanut fix from National Peanut Day (September 13) and Peanut Butter Day (January 24), you can enjoy peanut butter throughout the entire month of November. Eat lots of peanut butter sandwiches this month and consider both sweet and savory recipes. Add an extra touch to a recipe by making your own peanut butter.

© 2012 Rose Clearfield

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow that is a month load of goodies! I see many I want to try, thank you!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Yes, for sure, Jackie! That's great.


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Don't forget Super Bowl Sunday: Include all of the above and pig out day!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Super Bowl Sunday isn't until sometime in February, but you're right that it is a great excuse to enjoy lots of delicious food.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Great hub! My daughter will be utterly disappointed at missing Deviled Egg day so I better make some to make it up to her. Should probably make a Bundt cake too, just to cover my bases!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! That sounds like a good plan.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love this series of hubs. I especially like bittersweet chocolate & almond day, peanut butter day and men cook dinner day. : )


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

That's great, vespawoolf. :) Thanks!

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