From Bison To Baklava: November Food Holidays
Ah, November. When the leaves turn crimson and our thoughts turn to…clams?
Yes. Also sardines, French toast, and nachos. Followers of WFAEats may recall that we like to recognize official food holidays from time to time. We rely on our friends at thenibble.com to keep us informed, so with their guidance we’re kicking off the month.
You may know November 1 as All Saints’ Day, but it’s also the day we celebrate bison, deep fried clams, and vinegar – although we’ve yet to find a recipe using all three.
November 4 is Election Day, but it’s also National Candy Day.
November 11 is Veteran’s Day and National Sundae Day – which really ought to move to a Sunday, don’t you think?
Thanksgiving falls on November 27 this year, which is also Bavarian Cream Pie Day. That item might be a tough sell on a holiday owned by pumpkin and pecan pies.
Beverages get their own days, too: ’70s cocktail “Harvey Wallbanger” Day (Nov. 8), Carbonated Beverages with Caffeine Day (Nov. 19), Beaujolais Nouveau Day (Nov. 20), and Espresso Day (Nov. 23).
Some foods are so essential – or their industries have so much clout – they command we celebrate them for 30 days, non-stop. It’s National Pepper, Pomegranate, Peanut Butter Lovers’ and Raisin Bread month.
once you’ve had your fill of scrapple, deviled eggs, and Pizza with Everything Except Anchovies, you can wrap up the month with a tribute to National Lemon Cream Pie, and Mousse Day (Nov. 29 and 30). Then top it off with antacids.
Worst case scenario, you can consider this a training exercise – for the culinary excesses that will descend on us in December.