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National Holidays in July: The Food Holidays
I have gotten a lot of comments on my holiday lesson plans series about the fact that there are enough food holidays to keep you busy throughout the entire year. Anyone who has mentioned that is absolutely right. I try to vary the holidays I include in those articles so that they aren't entirely themed around food. But why not have a separate series devoted to those food holidays? Here it is. Enjoy!
How to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk
July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the phenomenon of a sidewalk getting hot enough during the summer to fry an egg on it. If you've always wanted to give this a try, you won't find a better time. It could be a fun family activity for the Fourth of July! There are a lot of great video tutorials out there, such as the one linked to the right, if you want a few tips. Otherwise you can just wing it.
July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day
Have you ever have fried chicken at a family style restaurant such as White Fence Farm or Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty? That is one of the best ways to enjoy it at a restaurant. Additionally, if you're in the midwest, consider The Machine Shed. Of course if you're feeling really ambitious, you can always make it yourself, too.
July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day
Personally it is an absolute must that a strawberry sundae include a real strawberry product and not some sort of artificial sauce. Why bother with a sauce like that? You might as well just go for the chocolate sauce instead at that point. This is a prime time of year to enjoy as many fresh strawberries as you can. In a pinch, strawberry jam or preserves will also work.
July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day
This is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of fresh cookies or to buy plain sugar cookies and go nuts decorating them. If you're making your own cookies, pull out all of your favorite cookie cutters (okay, maybe not the Christmas ones...) and have fun playing with different shapes.
July 12 - National Pecan Pie Day
If you're like me and prefer a lot of other nuts over pecans, today is the day to give these guys another chance. Maybe the only time you ever had pecan pie was years ago, and you happened to get a not so great version of it. If pecan pie just really isn't your thing, whip up a spiced nut recipe or sprinkle a few on top of a delicious summer salad.
How it's made: Gummy Candy
July 15 - Gummy Worm Day
Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a little nostalgia with some gummy worms. Did you ever enjoy one of those gummy worm "dirt" cups with chocolate pudding or cake? Re-live that experience today! If the idea of eating worms of any way, shape, or form grosses you out (yep, it kind of does for me, too), opt for another gummy candy shape instead.
Take a tour to see the gummy creation process!
- Kids Love Holidays: National Gummi Worm Day ~ July 15
- How to Make Gummy Worms: An All Natural Recipe
Three recipes for gummy worms: the first two recipes are all natural and are great for families following the Feingold diet. The last recipe contains artificial dyes and colors, but is made with fruit juice rather than high fructose corn syrup.
- 10 Tasty, Fat Free Candies
10 little candies that are fat-free. Flavorful, chewy, minty..take your pick.
- Jello Animal Cell Craft - Enchanted Learning Software
Jello Animal Cell Craft.
July 15 - National Tapioca Pudding Day
I'll have to step it up myself and try tapioca pudding for the first time this summer. Are there any options out there about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts about favorite store bought tapioca puddings and homemade recipes. Is there a restaurant that makes a really good tapioca pudding? Share your insights.
How to Easily Make Tapioca Pudding
July 16 - Peach Ice Cream Day
The pictured ice cream is Breyer's brand. I have never had this particular kind of ice cream from Breyer's, but I've never had anything that was less than perfect from their brand. So I think it's safe to say that this is a solid choice for a store selection.
July 19 - National Raspberry Cake Day
Is there a better kind of raspberry cake than raspberry cheesecake? If there is, I have yet to try it. I've linked a couple raspberry cheesecake recipes here. You're welcome to venture into the world of non-cheesecake raspberry options, too.
July 20 - National Lollipop Day
I am not a fan of hard candy and don't have much to say on the topic of lollipops. Give me a good chocolate dessert any day. If I were going to make my own candy, I'd still have to opt for something with chocolate over a traditional lollipop recipe. I was excited to see a huge variety of non-chocolate lollipop options over at foodgawker.
July 21 - National Junk Food Day
As much as I enjoy desserts, one of my biggest food weaknesses is chips, particularly kettle cooked chips. I do almost all of the grocery shopping for our house so I can't even blame anyone when I find them in the pantry to tempt me on a regular basis. This day is a fun excuse to research all of the fried fair foods out there, such as fried butter.
July 23 - National Hot Dog Day
I'm originally from Chicago and have heard many heated discussions over the years about what constitutes a "real" Chicago hot dog. If you have a lot of friends from Chicago and want to get a serious debate going, just put the question out on Facebook and watch what happens. You can also join a heated hot dog discussion.
July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day
I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but that doesn't mean that I turn my nose up at it. Take the time to enjoy some milk chocolate today, even if it's just a tiny piece or two.
the vegetable lasagna bit on Seinfeld
July 29 - National Lasagna Day
Does lasagna always remind anyone else of the Seinfeld episode with vegetable lasagna? Hopefully I'm not the only one. I'm one of those boring people who loves a traditional ground beef, ricotta, and marinara lasagna. For those of you who like to branch out a little, I've linked a couple fun variations below.
July 30 - National Cheesecake Day
If you're like me and try to steer clear of cheesecake most of the time because it is SO rich, this is the perfect time to indulge just a little bit. I have nothing against flavored cheesecakes, but nothing beats the classic recipe either.
3rd Sunday of July - National Ice Cream Day / National Ice Cream Month
Did you know that Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month? You learn something new every day. See if you can find one of those ice cream or gelato shops that lets you put two or three different flavored small scoops in a single cup so you can sample several different ice cream flavors today without feeling guilty.
Take an ice cream factory tour.
- Cherry Jam Milkshake
Hi Ho Cherry O... jam milkshake. Make the creamiest best tasting cherry milkshake with this easy recipe using avocado, cherry jam, vanilla and milk.
- Coffee Ice Cream Push Pops: The Best Chocolate Dessert Recipe
These delicious push pops are perfect for parties, special events, or a simple movie night with the family. These push pops can be served frozen or right after you make them.
- Almond Torte Mascarpone Ice Cream with a Brown Butter Almond Crunch | How Sweet It Is
It's Friday and I felt like putting cake in your ice cream. Just so you could, you know, have the best of both worlds.
National Blueberry Month
One of my favorite summer indulgences is fruit with sour cream. If you're never tried it before, you're missing out! In the example on the right, I paired both fresh cherries and blueberries with sour cream. I have never had a fruit/sour cream combination that I didn't like, but this particular pairing was very inspired.
More articles in my food holidays series.
- National Holidays in August: The Food Holidays
Celebrate one or two of the many fun food holidays in August this year! Choose from pies, fruits, ice cream, main dishes, cakes, and more.
- National Holidays in September: The Food Holidays
Celebrate a few of the many fun September food holidays this year. Pick from savory main dishes, pizza, baked desserts, burgers, breakfast recipes, and more.
- National Holidays in October: The Food Holidays
Do you enjoy cooking and baking? Celebrate some of the bizarre, unique October food holidays this year. Choose from desserts, drinks, candy, and much more.