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Today is March 24th and it is:

World Tuberculosis Day


World Tuberculosis Day is a worldwide event that aims to raise public awareness about tuberculosis and the efforts made to prevent and treat this disease. This event is held on March 24 each year and is promoted by organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).


March 24th marks the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch detected the cause of tuberculosis--the TB bacillus. This was a first step towards diagnosing and curing tuberculosis. World Tuberculosis Day can be traced back to 1982, when the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease launched World TB Day on March 24 that year, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Dr. Koch’s discovery.


I plan on posting interesting tidbits about each day/date of the calendar.  I hope others will add to it as well.  It can be related to any subject as long as it happened on or is correlated in some way with that particular date.

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National Personal Space Day on November 30th promotes kindness toward sensitivities and supports healing and self-protection by recognizing everyone’s right to decide when and how to be touched.

Touch can hurt. Many Bacteria and viruses can harm.

The day provides an opportunity to be aware of a person’s unspoken need for space or a gentler and welcomed touch. When you see someone wearing the peach symbol, forgo the handshake or hug and offer a smile and another way to show you care.

National Personal Space Day encourages the use of the effective symbol to essentially say, “I need a little extra space today,” without awkwardness or hurt feelings. The Peach symbol kindly raises the voice of the wearer. The mission is working to change the way people show they care. After all, we are challenged in the 21st century, at a very reflective time regarding our personal space. It is also a time to allow us more understanding regarding the boundaries of others



A newer idea is the Man Cave or he women's Sace of her own. 

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Each year on November 28th, people across the United States enjoy National French Toast Day. Also known as eggy bread or omelet bread, it makes a great breakfast for guests or part of a brunch.  

Home cooks and professionals alike whip up a few personal favorites when it comes to french toast recipes. The base consists of eggs and milk whisked together. Bread is dipped into the mixture and fried until golden. Many people also add some sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to the base.

The flavor of French toast can be brightened with a squeeze of fresh orange or stuffed with sauteed apples and cinnamon. Make French toast kid-friendly by cutting it into sticks. Then dip the sticks into syrup. Substitute sugary syrup with a fruit puree and fresh fruit pieces. Nuts and seeds add crunch to this delicious breakfast fare, and don’t forget the whipped cream! Just a dollop goes a long way.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrenchToastDay

Make French toast as part of a big breakfast. Freeze leftovers for easy breakfasts later in the week. Have breakfast for dinner. Share your favorite French toast recipes. Do you love cinnamon and vanilla? What’s the best fruit toppings? Add apple butter or another jam. Share your favorite combinations using #NationalFrenchToastDay or here on the Front Porch. 







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Each year on November 27th, National Bavarian Cream Pie Day recognizes a pie that makes a grand entrance. This rich and delectable dessert is possible, thanks to the French chef, Marie-Antione Carême.

In the early 19th century, Carême established many of the French cooking techniques still used today. He’s even given credit for abolishing some practices from his kitchens. One dessert Carême receives credit for includes the creation of Bavarian cream. Perhaps he didn’t create it but perfected this gelatin-based pastry cream. Initially, gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels served Bavarian cream pie in France in the early 19th century.

Also called crème bavaroise, Bavarian cream is a custard made with gelatin that allows the cream to set more firmly in molds. The cream allows a variety of flavors, hence numerous recipes. Once you’ve made the preferred flavor of Bavarian cream, pour into a pie crust and chill until set. Bavarian cream compliments many other desserts, too. 


HOW TO OBSERVE #BavarianCreamPieDay

This delicious dessert is a perfect one to share. Make one at home or sneak out for dessert at your favorite restaurant. Another option is to pick up a pie at your local bakery or café. Be sure to give them a shout-out. 







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Turkey Potato Chowder
Leftover Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Asian Five-Spice Roast Turkey
Turkey Tetrazzini with Spinach
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich with Cranberry Sauce


Leftover turkey fried rice with lean and delicious cooked turkey, light and fluffy rice, perfectly scrambled eggs, colourful vegetables, and classic Asian seasonings, is just what your healthy meal planning menu needs. Plus, it's made in one skillet in just 10 minutes. Hello new favourite easy weeknight dinner!



With Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week, it's never too early to start planning ahead on what to do with all those delicious turkey leftovers, especially if you are like me and end up with a big stash of crave-worthy turkey meat after the holidays. Turkey fried rice is the perfect way to use it up in another meal that the whole family will love.

I love using turkey meat in fried rice because it is a super versatile protein that just soaks up all of the delicious Asian flavours that are thrown in there.







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National Jukebox Day – November 24, 2021


National Jukebox Day is the day before every Thanksgiving — on November 24 this year. Music is the soundtrack of our lives, and this day celebrates the jukebox, shining some light on the device that brought and still brings music into our lives in a special way. The jukebox has a rich history; the nostalgia it carries is unparalleled. It has been around for era after era of modern music — from jazz to country and blues to rock. Celebrate this historic machine today as you visit your hometown restaurants and bars in preparation for Thanksgiving with family and old friends.



Jukeboxes revolutionized music in multiple ways. With the invention of the jukebox, people could enjoy music in restaurants and bars. Artists found a new way to get public exposure and were further enabled to sell vinyl. The jukebox is a historical and cultural symbol in more ways than one. 

Louis Glass and William S. Arnold, managers of the Pacific Phonograph Co., created the first jukebox. Called a nickel-in-the-slot phonograph at the time, this revolutionary was displayed at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, California, on November 23, 1889. It saw instant success, making over $4000 (the equivalent of about $120,249.23 today) in the first year alone, and inspired innumerable people to create different versions all over the U.S. In no time, “phonograph parlors” with multiple nickel-in-the-slot phonographs spread across America and Europe. 

As the machine’s expansion and popularity increased, technological advancements were made. Record manufacturers came up with methods to produce record copies more efficiently, amplifiers were developed to enable large groups to listen simultaneously, and a disc record replaced the phonograph cylinder. In 1905, John Gabel presented the Automatic Entertainer to the world, which had 24 song selections. In 1928, Justus P. Seeburg manufactured a multi-select jukebox called the audio phone, and it had eight separate turntables, allowing people to choose from eight different records.

The jukebox took a hit when radio, another form of free entertainment, emerged in the 1920s, and the Great Depression hit in the 1930s. The sale of records saw a drastic dip as people lost the ability to spend on recreation. However, after the Great Depression, jukeboxes quickly bounced back and were thrust into their Golden Age as people got ready to live it up again. 

The term ‘jukebox’ is believed to have originated in southern American states and came into existence in 1937. Since then, the jukebox’s popularity has increased steadily, its form everchanging. From a wooden box with listening tubes to colorful lights, metal, art deco designs, and even bubbles! Jukeboxes gave a new meaning to entertainment and gave artists a louder voice. They have done innumerable things for humanity, inspiring TouchTunes — a digital jukebox platform — to declare the day before Thanksgiving as National Jukebox Day in 2017.


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On November 16th, food lovers get a dose of their favorite convenience food. Whether they use the drive-thru, dine-in, or get it to go, National Fast Food Day calls for us to grilled, fried, and broiled menu staples. 

First popularized in the United States in the 1950s, fast food is considered any meal with low preparation time and served to a customer in a packaged form. The meal makes for quick dine-in, take-out or take-away. Most fast-food restaurants offer drive-thru service.

Merriam-Webster dictionary first recognized the term “fast food” in 1951.

Following World War I, automobiles became popular and more affordable. At that time, restaurants introduced the drive-in.

Much like today’s food trucks, Walter Anderson first began selling hamburgers out of an old streetcar body at a Wichita intersection. Despite the limited menu, the hamburgers were a crowd-pleaser. When the popularity of his hamburgers grew, Anderson partnered with E.W. Ingram and opened the first White Castle in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. These enterprising restauranteurs opened the first fast-food business, selling hamburgers for 5¢ each.


The United States hosts the largest fast food industry in the world.  American fast-food restaurants are located in over 100 countries.

Fun fact: The first Happy Meal was served in June of 1979.

While fast food began as sandwiches and sides, the menus expanded over time. Today fast food includes fish, a variety of fried chicken, tacos, pizza, and a wide selection of sides. Sodas quench the thirst and desserts sweeten the menu. From ice cream and shakes to pies and cakes, fast food delivers.

As times changed, restaurants added breakfast items to the menu, too. Expanding their hours increased their workforce and their menu options, as well. However, not all fast-food chains offer breakfast.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFastFoodDay

Invite a group out to your favorite fast-food restaurant. Share some rings and a shake. Do you prefer breakfast or lunch? No matter which one you prefer you can get it to go to make it faster, too! 





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Veterans Day 2021 is on Thursday, Nov. 11. The day traces its roots to the end of World War I when on Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice between the U.S.-led Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

You already know why Veterans Day is important. You are the service members, veterans or family and friends of veterans who stay up-to-date on military news, pay, benefits, fitness and veteran jobs.

Related: 2021 Veterans Day Restaurants Deals and Discounts 

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.

This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country's service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on Nov. 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars.

Related: Learn about the history of Veterans Day

We celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

What do you need to know about celebrating Veterans Day? Here’s some more information.

Is Veterans Day on the same day every year?

When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918.

Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. That means Veterans Day is on the same day every year -- November 11 -- regardless of on which day of the week it falls. When the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, government officials or businesses may recognize it on both the official day and the following Monday.

Is Veterans Day a federal holiday?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday, a bank holiday and, in most states, a state holiday. That means that federal employees, including military members, are typically given the day off and, in most states, state workers are as well.

Whether Veterans Day is taken as a work holiday by companies is a business decision. Many companies choose to take off either Veterans Day or Columbus Day, which falls in October, but not both.




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National Harvey Wallbanger Day – November 8, 2021


National Harvey Wallbanger Day is celebrated on November 8 every year. The day celebrates the alcoholic drink made with vodka, Galliano liqueur, and orange juice. The drink used to be quite popular in the 1970s, however, it can still be readily found on bar menus. It is quite easy to make at home too and you can always experiment with the type of liqueur or switch up the variety of orange. The day is celebrated by mixologists and everyone who enjoys a good drink. Harvey Wallbangers have also been referenced in various TV shows and films.


Legend has it that the drink was invented by mixologist Donato “Duke” Antone at the Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, in 1952. He supposedly named the drink after a Manhattan Beach surfer named Harvey, or Tom Harvey, who would often visit his bar. The story goes that Harvey got tipsy after an evening of drinking, so much so that it was enough to make him bang into the wall upon his exit. This story is questionable as evidence shows that Antone was in Connecticut when the drink was supposedly invented! Another similar story claims that the drink was created at a bar called Pancho’s Bar in Manhattan Beach.

However, the drink did not gain in popularity until the 1970s, when George Bednar of McKesson Imports Company promoted it as a way to sell Galliano, which was a trademark of his company. In late 1969, Bill Young created a Harvey Wallbanger cartoon figure that was featured on posters and other forms of advertising. Some believe that Bednar used the story of Antone inventing the drink as a way to market the drink. Either way, this catapulted Galliano’s sales and it became the number one imported liqueur in America. Harvey Wallbangers were served on flights and also by Amtrak. The drink has since become a favorite amongst Americans. The 1982 American League pennant-winning Milwaukee Brewers were nicknamed “Harvey’s Wallbangers” after the team started hitting better. So, even though the origins of the drink are dubious, the stories associated with it are quite colorful!





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Fun Food Holidays™
November 7th, 2021 is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day


  1. Dip it at home

    Buy a nice big bar of dark chocolate along with a jar of almonds to make your own dipped almonds at home. You might add a teaspoon or two of cornstarch to thicken the chocolate sauce. Sprinkle them with some sea salt to add extra flavor.

  2. Buy a dark chocolate and almond candy bar

    You have plenty to choose from! You've got Hershey's Special Dark with Almonds, or a Mounds bar, which includes shaved coconut (Mounds' sister bar, Almond Joy, features milk chocolate), or the Dove Silky Smooth Promises Dark Chocolate & Almond.

  3. Tour a chocolate factory

    The kids will love you for it! There's Hershey's in (the obviously named) Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can also hit the theme park next door. The Sanders and Morely Candy Makers chocolate factory in Clinton Township, Michigan offers a free tour, as does Hammond's Candies in Denver.


  1. It's a tasty combo

    The origins of combining dark chocolate and almonds are unknown, but whoever did it knew what they were doing. There's something about the taste and texture of almonds that just works alongside the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate.

  2. Believe it or not, it's healthy!

    While there's plenty of fat in dark chocolate-covered almonds, health benefits do exist when eaten in moderation. The antioxidants in dark chocolate, combined with the vitamins and proteins in almonds, offer a snack that can help reduce cardiovascular disease.

  3. Made in the USA

    The U.S. is the world's largest producer of almonds, and the majority of production happens in California. One Sacramento plant churns out more than two million pounds of almonds each day.




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National Deep Fried Clams Day – November 1, 2021

We couldn’t be more excited about National Deep Fried Clams Day on November 1. Clam is the term used for several types of bivalve mollusks and usually refers to those that live as infauna and are edible. They spend the majority of their lives half-buried in the seafloor or riverbeds. With some flour, milk, eggs, and, of course, shucked clams, you can fry up a whole batch of fun today. Often referred to as the ‘barbecue’ of New England, it’s no wonder this tasty meal has a special day.


There are thousands of clam species, and the majority fall into the soft-shelled or hard-shelled categories. Deep-fried clams are typically soft-shelled clams, and are sometimes called “steamers” or “clam bellies”. The steamers are dipped in flour and milk before frying.

Clams made their first appearance on restaurant menus in the 1840s. Served with liver, veal cutlets, and mutton, they are popular on the East Coast of the United States. Seaside clam shacks (roadside restaurants) serve up this tasty delicacy, often with tartar sauce. They are also served in hot dog buns called clam rolls. Made from Atlantic surf clams, “clam strips” are a favorite outside the New England region.

Fried clams were introduced during the mid-1900s. Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman has been credited with the invention of the version we know today. On July 3, 1916, he served up the delicious meal at his roadside stand. Plying his trade in Essex, Massachusetts, he was renowned for making chips by deep-frying potatoes before making the switch to deep-frying clams from the Essex River.

His determination to improve the business was the driving force behind creating deep-fried clams. Clams weren’t popular and he needed to add a fun, tasty twist to get customers coming back for more. Going on the suggestion of his fisherman friend, Woodman and his wife experimented and settled on the perfect recipe for deep-fried clams dipped in milk and cornflour. Deep-fried clams have taken off since then, quickly winning the hearts of many across the country. We take time today to celebrate this delicious creation with food lovers everywhere.






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Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of "All Hallows' evening"),  also known as AllhalloweenAll Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the observance of Allhallowtidethe time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the departed.


One theory holds that many Halloween traditions were influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain, which are believed to have pagan roots; some go further and suggest that Samhain may have been Christianized as All Hallow's Day, along with its eve, by the early Church. Other academics believe Halloween began solely as a Christian holiday, being the vigil of All Hallow's Day. Celebrated in Ireland and Scotland for centuries, Irish and Scottish migrants brought many Halloween customs to North America in the 19th century, and then through American influence, Halloween spread to other countries by the late 20th and early 21st century.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising and souling), attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films.For some people, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although for others it is a secular celebration. Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve, a tradition reflected in the eating of certain vegetarian foods on this vigil day, including apples, potato pancakes, and soul cakes.








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National Trick or Treat Day on the last Saturday in October extends one of the country’s favorite holidays – Halloween!

Dressing up as the scariest or most fascinating character we know draws us to the holiday. People of all ages put hours of effort into creating elaborate costumes for one big night. Wouldn’t it be nice to get dress up and pretend just a little bit more? Of course, it would!

This celebration offers the ideal opportunity to host spooky parties, neighborhood trick or treating or local festivals. And everyone gets to wear their scariest, most elaborate, delightful costumes, too! What a fun way to get together with friends and family to carve pumpkins and enjoy the fall weather while extending the life of your creative ideas.


Get the whole family dressed up and go trick or treating! Organize a trunk or treat activity with your office, church, or volunteer group. Host costume party. No matter how you celebrate, extend the life of your costume for the season and make sure more people see your creative ideas.

The Centers for Disease Control provides us with excellent tips for a safe Trick or Treat Day. And no matter how you celebrate, be sure to take pictures and share them using #TrickOrTreatDay on social media.

Be sure to take pictures and share them using #TrickOrTreatDay on social media.



National Trick or Treat Day in 2019 to extend the Halloween season. In 2018 they launched a national petition to change the date Americans celebrated Halloween. Nearly 70,000 people signed their petition, and more than 200 major media outlets covered their story. After interacting with the public and listening to feedback, they initiated an extension to Halloween instead. Additionally, the HCA created an Official Halloween Toolkit with ideas to help communities all across to help implement parades, events and costumes.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed this spooky celebration to be observed the last Saturday in October, annually.

How many Trick or Treaters are you expecting. 

Because our complex is on lockdown we will not have any!

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October 28th sets aside National First Responders Day to honor the men and women who act quickly when an emergency is at hand.


First responders dedicate their lives to save lives. They are the people who run toward a crisis while the rest of the world flees. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 4.6 million career and volunteer first responders support the communities they live in. They are firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians (EMT), and paramedics. In an emergency, they’re the first on the scene. These dedicated professionals answer the call when a crisis arises, often putting their own lives on the line.

Serving as a national day of gratitude, we pay tribute to their endless hours and around the clock service provided to their communities. As one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, the day also pays tribute to the fallen first responders. According to the CDC, 97 firefighters and 155 police officers die each year in the line of duty. Additionally, their rate of occupational injury is higher than the national average. Often, the very people saving lives are our neighbors, friends, and family members. And their families know the price they pay for their dedication to the job.

And even though they are an integral part of our communities, their sacrifices go beyond the hours they work. They face high stress, often daily. The trauma they see wears on them both mentally and physically. Many experience Post Traumatic Stress. Long periods away from family add stress to their relationships, too.

National First Responders Day is also a call for action. First responders deserve our support. Through resources and awareness, first responders can live healthier, more productive lives and pass their knowledge and skills on to the next generation of first responders, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFirstRespondersDay

The day provides you with an opportunity to recognize a first responder in your life. You might be surprised at how many you know. If their service is voluntary, you may only know about their day job. Offer to treat them to their favorite beverage or buy their next meal. Be supportive of their family, too. More importantly, support programs that improve services to first responders. Connect with a first responder who came to your rescue and thank them. Let them know you appreciate their dedication and sacrifice.

Another way to honor first responders is by signing the petition urging Congress to declare a national day in their honor.

Share your appreciation on social media using #NationalFirstRespondersDay.


In 2019, the United States Senate passed a resolution designating October 28th as National First Responders Day to honor the men and women putting their lives on the line.






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National Mincemeat Pie Day is an annual observance celebrated on October 26th of each year. The celebration of the day has no special reason as it is a food feast. It is the perfect day to try out this English, sweet, and meat pie if you hadn’t eaten it before. For others, National Mincemeat Pie Day is yet another special day to enjoy the meat and fruit treat.


As many mince pies as you taste at Christmas’ so many happy months will you have.” – Old English Saying.

History of National Mincemeat Pie Day

The founder and the exact year in which the National Mincemeat Pie Day was first celebrated are unknown. A mince pie or minced, minced meat, or mincemeat pie is a festive season sweet pie of British origin. A mixture of dried fruits and spices called “mincemeat” is used in the pie stuffing. Traditionally Mincemeat Pie is served during the Christmas season in the English-speaking world. It is a savory Christmas pie associated with supposed Catholic idolatry. The mincemeat was originally developed for preserving the meat without salting or smoking.



Here are today’s five thing to know about Mincemeat Pie:

  1. Mincemeat was originally a medieval (England) sweet, spicy mixture of chopped (minced) lean meat (usually beef, or beef tongue), suet and fruit.
  2. It was generally served as an entree.
  3. Gradually the meat content was reduced, and today the mixture contains nuts, dried fruit (raisins, apples, pears, citrus peel, etc.), beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but no beef.
  4. Mincemeat is used primarily in pies and tarts.
  5. Mince pies date back to medieval times and possibly long before. They are descended from a huge pie baked on Christmas Eve containing chopped beef, suet, nuts, spices and fruit of which whole dried plums were an important constituent.




My mother made Green Tomato preserve and canned it for future use. 

Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie Recipe

When tobacco and textiles ruled the South, mincemeat pie was the crown jewel of holiday celebrations. The boozy, heavily spiced, fruit-and-meat fillings preserved meat without smoking or salting. Meatless "mince" pies made with ingredients like sweet potatoes were popular too. In the 1800s, Mrs. Abby Fisher, of What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Old Southern Cooking fame, stirred a half-gallon each of sherry and brandy into her big-batch recipe. Our green tomato mincemeat calls for less alcohol, but we've made up for it with Bourbon-Pecan Ice Cream.


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National Greasy Food Day: 

National Greasy Food Day is celebrated every year on the 25th of October. This day is all about being guilt-free about the food we eat and the number we get on the scale.

National Greasy Foods Day is the feel good holiday that comes every October 25. It’s state fair season: time to fire up the frying oil, chop the potatoes, and break out the napkins. On October 25, you don’t have to feel guilty about eating greasy foods, because you’re actually encouraged to!


No one does greasy foods like the U.S.A. Though these foods shouldn’t be eaten on a day to day basis, it doesn’t hurt to indulge every once in a while.

From southern cooking, to soul food, to state fair favorites, greasy foods hold a special place in our hearts and, when eaten excessively, our arteries.

These addictive fan favorites are made greasy by the amount of oil, butter, or fat clinging to them even after the cooking process.

Mary's favorite fried food is 

Funnel cake (Pennsylvania GermanDrechderkuche is a regional sweet food popular in North America, found mainly at carnivals and amusement parks.

What is your favorite fried food?



Though our cheaper and more affordable foods today tend to be coated in greasy goodness, this wasn’t always the case. In the mid 1800s, since meat was an expensive luxury, getting a fatty piece of anything was rare.

At this time, people mostly cooked their meats in a stew in order to preserve whatever fats they could. If spit-roasted, they used foods like Yorkshire Puddings to place beneath the roast so no fats would go to waste.

Without a fat, it’s difficult for your body to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, and a diet without fats can leave the body feeling hungry even after a meal.

So greasy foods are actually good for you…in moderation. Switching out butters for healthy oils is a good way to ensure you’re still getting the fat you need to keep your body functioning, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up pizza permanently. Eating greasy foods in moderation doesn’t hurt, but it’s National Greasy Foods Day! You can go back to mindful eating tomorrow.








Funnel cake with powder sugar!

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Each year on October 21st, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day ushers in the flavors of fall. Cheesecake is one of America’s favorite desserts and by adding pumpkin, we celebrate the essential flavoring of the season. 

This sweet dessert mixes fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs, and sugar to create a base. The crust is made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry, or sponge cake. Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout, mixed thoroughly with all ingredients, or layered. Bakers prepare cheesecakes both baked or unbaked. Some bakers flavor cheesecakes and top them with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate, or whipped cream.





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10 Different Types of Pasta and What Dishes They’re Best Used For


Despite the first real mention of the Italian staple dating back to the 13th century, today pasta is one of the world’s most popular foods. It’s versatile, convenient and satisfying – and there are so many different types to choose from…

We all know the feeling of standing in the middle of the supermarket aisle, overwhelmed by how much choice there is. Because they’re all the same, right? Well, whilst it’s true that there are around 350 different types, it’s a little known fact that each shape and style is best suited to specific types of Italian cuisine.

1. Spaghetti

Perhaps one of the most popular pasta types in the world, spaghetti consists of long, thin noodles which can be paired with a wide variety of sauces. Possibly the most well known dish is Spaghetti Bolognese, where pasta is paired with meat in a marinara sauce. This type of pasta suits meat and vegetable dishes of any sort, or even just garlic and olive oil.

2. Penne

Another popular shape, penne has a round, tube like structure, with diagonal cuts at either end. That’s why it’s best served in dishes that have a relatively thick, creamy sauce as it penetrates the tube and holds the sauce well, such as Penne Arrabbiata. This is also the best type of pasta to use in pasta bake dishes.

3. Lasagne

Contrary to popular belief, lasagne is the name of the thin sheets of pasta that make up a dish, rather than the dish itself. Lasagne is used in oven-baked dishes with the most well known dish being lasagne al forno, which likely comprises of a beef or pork ragu, layered between layers of lasagne and béchamel sauce, topped with cheese. This dish can be adapted to contain any type of filling you like, such as mushrooms instead of meat. 

4. Ravioli

Ravioli are pillow shaped squares of dough that can pretty much do anything. They can be filled with cheese, seafood, meat or veggies and topped with sauce, served in soups or simply be drizzled with olive oil.

5. Linguine

Very similar to the likes of spaghetti, linguine is a little flatter and is considered to be more luxurious. The extra surface area means that it is perfect for pairing with lighter textures, like cream based sauces or seafood. 

6. Rigatoni 

Much like penne, rigatoni are tubes with small ridges on the outside, but they are slightly wider and cut into a square rather than diagonally. As they’re a rather large shape, they’re best paired with chunky sauces full of vegetables or baked into a gratin.



7. Farfalle 

Known as ‘bow-tie’ pasta and translating to ‘butterfly’ from Italian, this pasta is shaped like exactly that. It’s a relatively small pasta, with a large surface area which is why it best pairs with a cheese, or rich tomato sauce as the ‘wings’ hold the sauce perfectly. It also compliments a cold pasta salad, and is sometimes served with grilled chicken. 

8. Fusilli 

This pasta has a spiralled, corkscrew like shape that pair perfectly with rich meat sauces or chunky vegetables as the chunks get caught in the crevices of the twirls giving the dish a lovely texture. They can also be baked into casseroles or pasta bakes for the same reason.



9. Macaroni

A simple shape, macaroni are small tubes of pasta that are cut into short lengths and often curved. Often they’re found floating in a minestrone or cheese sauce, ready to be thrown into the oven for a good old Mac ‘n Cheese so they don’t really need to hold sauces. 

10. Cannelloni

This type of pasta can either come flat or pre-rolled into large tubes, which are then stuffed with various fillings, such as spinach and ricotta cheese. This large pasta also pairs well with a simple, light sauce like tomato. 





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October is National Pasta Month, and October 17th recognizes National Pasta Day. Pasta lovers celebrate!
While we find noodles all over the world, pasta is a type of noodle of traditional Italian cuisine. The first reference dates to 1154 in Sicily and was first attested to in English in 1874. Typically, it is made from an unleavened dough of durum wheat flour. The flour is mixed with water or eggs and formed into sheets or various shapes. It can then be served fresh or dried to be stored for later use.  
Types of Pasta
Look for pasta in pasta in both savory and dessert dishes. Since it’s so versatile, pasta lends itself to sweet and every other dish on the table. Cooks feature pasta as a main dish, but they also serve up delicious hot and cold side dishes as well. And then, of course, those special desserts we can’t resist making our mouths water. 
Cooks originally made fresh pasta by hand. However, today, many varieties of fresh pasta are made commercially. Large-scale machines bring choices to our grocers daily. Smaller pasta machines on the market make having the freshest pasta at home even easier. 
  • Dried and fresh pasta come in several shapes and varieties.
  • There are so many kinds of pasta! According to the Encyclopedia of Pasta by Oretta Zanini De Vita, 310 specific kinds of pasta identified by over 1300 names have been documented.
  • In Italy, names of specific pasta shapes or types vary with locale.
  • Example: Cavatelli is known by 28 different names depending on the region and town.

The size and shape of pasta may determine the best sauce to pair with it, too. For example, serve linguine with lighter, thinner sauces to avoid breaking the noodles. A similarly shaped noodle, fettuccine, is less delicate. That’s why it carries heavier sauces like alfredo.

Learn more about pasta from the National Pasta Association.


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPastaDay

Explore the world of pasta. Whether you’re cooking up a salad, main dish, or dessert, recipes abound. We offer several on our recipe page, too! If you don’t feel like cooking, take the family out to an Italian restaurant. No matter what you are planning, invite friends to join you. It’s the best way to Celebrate Every Day®!  #NationalPastaDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious food holiday.





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On October 15th, National Cheese Curd Day celebrates the velvety goodness of cheese curds.

Cheese Curds are unique, funky, snackable little pieces of yellow or white Wisconsin cheddar cheese. Many restaurants coat and deep-fry them to a golden brown. When you bite into one, first expect a warm buttery crunch on the outside. The next delicious taste will be an ooey-gooey burst of dairyland delicacy on the inside.

What are they? Well, cheesemaking naturally creates cheese curds. Fresh ones squeak when you bite into them. Cheesemakers create different flavors to appease the growing number of people enjoying cheese curds.


What exactly is a cheese curd?

A cheese curd is a small, fresh, springy piece of cheese. During the cheese-making process, the curds are separate from the whey – these bits of cheese can be pressed into a nice block of cheddar or eaten as-is. Cheese curds are mild and slightly salty, and you can tell they’re fresh when they squeak between your teeth!

Why do cheese curds squeak?

When cheese curds are fresh, the proteins in the cheese are relatively tough, and the friction of the protein rubbing against your teeth causes the tell-tale squeak. Over time, calcium causes the proteins to soften, which is why even curds that are just a few days old may no longer be squeaky.

Okay…so I’m supposed to eat them raw?

Not necessarily! A squeaky cheese curd is a thing of beauty, but we all know there’s one surefire way to make anything better: deep fry it! Battered and deep fried cheese curds are a staple of bars, festivals, fairs, and pretty much everywhere else in Milwaukee. They’re popularly dipped in ranch, marinara, ketchup…the possibilities are endless!

Serve cheese curds in a variety of ways to reap the flavor benefits! Of course, you can always eat them fresh. Another includes the all-time favorite, deep-fried. Add dipping sauces for tasting options, too!! Choose from ranch, more cheese sauce, spicy siracha, tangy dill, barbeque, and more. Cheese curds find their way into recipes, also. Poutine has been popular for decades.


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheeseCurdDay

Go out to dinner and order some for your appetizer. You can also bring some fresh cheese curds home to snack on later. Share your favorite flavor of squeaky cheese and use #NationalCheeseCurdDay to post on social media. 


Culver’s founded National Cheese Curd Day in 2015 to celebrate the delicious and snackable treat. 

National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on October 15th, annually.  Enjoy celebrating this National Day with family and friends!


About Culvers:

Culver’s was founded in the Dairy State and proudly serves real Wisconsin Cheese Curds. Culver’s and National Day Calendar have officially declared Oct. 15th National Cheese Curd Day to give this most delicious of Wisconsin treat gets the attention and adoration it deserves.

Try them in a Cheese Curd Burger from Culver’s.







They are great when fried or raw!




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“Let them eat cake!” This popular french saying holds true especially on October 14, aka National Dessert Day! Calories don’t count today, so make sure to pick up that box of donuts you’ve been thinking about all week. Cash in those kale salad points and reward yourself with the a warm sugary glaze. You’ve earned it! What is favorite dessert??





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October 7th officially marks the sweet and salty goodness of National Chocolate Covered Pretzel Day. Whether they’re dipped in dark, milk or white chocolate, be sure to celebrate every mouthwatering pretzel bite!

Salty, crunchy pretzels and chocolate are the gold mine of the snack world, and their combination is the epitome of the oh-so-popular sweet and salty flavor craze. Change up the chocolate from white to milk to dark chocolate, and they satisfy even a mild sweet tooth.

History of the Chocolate Covered Pretzel

Many creative stories have been shared to explain how pretzels and chocolate came together. One tale tells of a German baker joining forces with his chocolatier neighbor in the 1500s to dip pretzels. However, this idea is purely imagination. Dipping into the history of pretzels and chocolate, the story might become a little clearer.

Historians document the story of chocolate quite well. However, anyone dipping pretzels into chocolate back in the 1500s would have had a soggy mess. Why? Because only drinking chocolate existed in those days. Nearly 300 years later, Casparus van Houten Sr. developed a process to separate the cocoa solids from the butter. Then, in 1828, his creation brought on a candy revolution which led to the development of the most amazing, versatile ingredient we have today: chocolate!

The first commercial hard pretzels, the kind that makes the combination with chocolate so irresistible, came along in 1861. Julius Sturgis opened a bakery in a house built around 1784 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. He used a recipe given to him by an unnamed friend. How long people had been making hard pretzels before then is unknown.

The marriage of two delicious treats, chocolate, and pretzels, came along sometime after that. However, the point is that the celebration starts now! We celebrate all shapes and sizes of chocolate covered pretzels, too. Beyond the twists, rings, and rods, there are pretzels perfectly decorated with sprinkles and infused with flavors that will put your favorite coffee shop to shame. Chocolate covered pretzels adorn cakes, bars, and ice cream, too. As unique favors, who wouldn’t want to find an assortment of their favorite sweet and salty snack in a party bag?


Pick up your favorite combination of pretzels, chocolate, and toppings. Share a few, gift a few (and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!) Add chocolate covered pretzel pieces to popcorn or dip them into Nutella or ice cream. Then share your favorite indulgences by posting #ChocolateCoveredPretzelDay photos on social media.

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National Lobster Day on September 25th takes a taste of a seafood favorite. 

The simplest way to enjoy Lobster is boiled then dipped in melted butter.  A couple of favorite lobster recipes include Lobster Newberg and Lobster Thermidor.  It is also the main ingredient in soup, bisque, lobster rolls, and salads.

Large lobsters are estimated to be 50 years old.

These marine crustaceans live at the bottom of the ocean. If they avoid the lobster pot, some can live up to 100 years old. Even though we consider them a delicacy today, that wasn’t always the case. In colonial times, the lobster received very little culinary credit. In fact, the pigs and goats ate more lobster than the well-to-do.

While lobsters arrive at our tables bright red, they don’t start out that way. In the ocean, they come in many colors. Some are yellow, green, or even blue.

Now that lobsters rank higher on the menu, consider these nutrition facts.

  • Lobsters contain no carbohydrates and 27.55 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.
  • In that same 1 cup serving, there are 129 calories and 1.25 grams of fat.
  • Eating lobster offers an excellent source of selenium, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and calcium.

Attention lobster fans: you matter. In fact, you matter so much that even the U.S. government has gotten in on the act. Every year since 2015, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution at the behest of members from various New England states (this year's resolution was authored by New Hampshire's lawmakers, according to an announcement from Senator Jean Shaheen's office), to designate National Lobster Day. This year, that day is September 25. And if you're lucky enough to dwell within an even vaguely reasonable traveling distance of any participating Red Lobster restaurant, then the news is about to get even better as some local restaurants may have a surf and turf special to celebrate September 25th, 2021. Bon Appétit which literally means “good appetite.”





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National Cherry Jubilee Day September 24, 2021.

There is no proper mention of the founder and the year in which the National Cherries Jubilee Day celebration was first observed. But the Cherries Jubilee has a long history. Cherries Jubilee is a classic flambé dessert dish made with cherries and liqueur, typically Kirschwasser or brandy. It will be subsequently flambéed and served as a sauce over the vanilla ice cream. The French chef Auguste Escoffier is credited with the invention of this dessert. Auguste Escoffier introduced it for the first time in one of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations. It is, however, unclear if the dessert made its debut for the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of 1887 or the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. It had quickly become one of the most stylish desserts of that era. As it was introduced during the jubilee celebration, hence the name Cherries Jubilee.





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From  the dawn of time, everyone from philosophers to the the man or woman on the street has scratched their confused heads over this mind-boggling question — how can you hold and eat ice cream in your hands without making a mess? This September 22, celebrate the long-awaited answer —  National Ice Cream Cone Day — by taking a bite into America’s favorite way to eat a cool, sweet treat!

Before the invention of the ice cream cone, there was no good solution to the hassle (not to mention the mess) of eating an ice cream without dripping the stuff down your arms or down your chin and ruining your clothes. But thanks to this so-simple-it’s-incredible-nobody-thought-of-it-earlier innovation, now we’re free to indulge ice cream cones in waffle-style, pretzel, chocolate-coated, wafer, sugar and more. So, feel free to enjoy these waning hot days by getting your favorite cone (ours is sugar!) and celebrate National Ice Cream Cone Day.


  1. Try making your own cones

    Making ice cream cones is not nearly as hard as it seems. You don't even need a waffle press to make a fresh and delicious cone for your ice cream. Now, get to it!

  2. Eat some ice cream

    Much simpler than making your own cones, go try out that new ice cream parlor down the street. Search for ice cream on Yelp and see where your ice cream adventure takes you. Don't limit your choices because, happily, ice cream, sorbet, gelato and soft- serve also come on cones!

  3. Decorate ice cream cones

    Buy a pack of standard sugar cones and decorate them! Dip in chocolate, add sprinkles, white chocolate and dark chocolate stripes plus a little food color. Get creative and be prepared for your next ice cream party.


  1. Ice cream cones add flavor and texture

    Part of the appeal of the ice cream cone is the added textures and flavors that it adds to your desert. Chocolate ice cream is made infinitely better when you add a pretzel cone, or adding a crunchy vanilla cone to your mango sorbet makes the desert much more dynamic.

  2. Ice cream cones are eco-friendly

    Besides being a delicious addition to the ice cream treat that you're holding in your hand; every time you eat ice cream in a cone you're doing the planet a favor by not using a plastic, disposable spoon and cup. So, love the planet and enjoy your ice cream at the same time — it's almost like you CAN have your cake and eat it, too!

  3. Ice cream cones rule over cups

    Cone or cup? It's the classic question for America's ice cream lovers. While this point is open to some discussion (maybe a thing to discuss over your ice cream with friends,) but obviously cones rule and cups drool.





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First day of fall September 22, 2021: Today’s the fall equinox
Updated: 7:02 a.m. | Published: 7:01 a.m.arewell flip-flops, hello pumpkin spice: The autumnal equinox is Wednesday
Doyle Rice

Our long, hot summer is finally coming to an end on Wednesday.
The exact time of the equinox is 3:20 p.m. EDT.
Although astronomers say summer ends Wednesday, meteorologists say summer ended Aug. 31.
Farewell, flip-flops. And hello pumpkin spice.

Our long, hot summer is finally coming to an end on Wednesday with the autumnal equinox, which marks the beginning of fall here in the Northern Hemisphere.

At a precise moment each September, usually on the 22nd or 23rd, the sun is directly above the equator, marking the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.

South of the equator in the Southern Hemisphere, it's known as the vernal or spring equinox and marks the beginning of spring.

What time is the autumnal equinox?
The exact time of the equinox is 3:20 p.m. EDT. The equinox occurs at the same moment worldwide, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The word equinox comes from the Latin words "aequalis" and "nox," meaning equal night. On the autumnal (and the spring) equinox, day and night are both roughly 12 hours long in most of the world.

This will be true Wednesday from as far north as Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), Alaska – north of the Arctic Circle – to as far south as Wellington, New Zealand, the world's southernmost capital city.

Day and night aren't exactly 12 hours long on the day of the equinox because the Earth's atmosphere refracts, or bends, light in an optical illusion that brings more daylight than there really is. Because of this, the date when day and night are of equal length is usually a few days after the autumnal equinox.

Another equinox fun fact: On Saturday, the sun rises almost due east and sets nearly due west for most of the world, except at the North and South Poles.
Days in the Northern Hemisphere will continue to get shorter until the winter solstice, or “shortest day of the year,” which this year falls on Dec. 21.

Another hallmark of fall: The time change. That’s coming on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Today marks the start of astronomical fall, but meteorological fall began on Sept. 1. Forecasters use three-month time blocks to denote the seasons, which makes things neater for observation and record-keeping purposes.

Today will actually feel fall-like as well across Alabama — at least by the end of the day.

According to the National Weather Service a cold front will bring in cooler and drier air across Alabama, which will be felt in earnest tonight.

Lows tonight are forecast to drop into the 40s in n north Alabama and the low to mid-50s across the rest of the state:






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Everywhere You Can Get Free & Cheap Burgers for National Cheeseburger Day September 18, 2021

National Cheeseburger Day should be a bank holiday when there are this many deals available.

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We spend a lot of time looking at food holidays around these parts. There are a lot of them worth your time, if only because food is wonderful. But there's another echelon for some holidays. It's like Ryan Tannehill and Joe Burrow are good quarterbacks, but they're just not Patrick Mahomes. 

To torture that comparison, over just a couple of days we're getting a Mahomes and a Tom Brady. National Pepperoni Pizza Day is coming, and National Cheeseburger Day is here. The big day for cheesy burgers lands on September 18, and it's a day that will be celebrated by many, many burger-slinging restaurants across the US. From local shops to major chains like Wendy's and McDonald's, you're going to find offers that will solidify your lunch and dinner plans. 






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When Is National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2021?

September 17, 2021

You Are Not Forgotten – that's the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America's prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families.

Many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did.


Here are four things to know about how this important movement got started, what it means and how you can help recognize it.

POW/MIA Recognition Day

POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that's not associated with any particular war. In 1979, Congress and the president passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability.

During the first POW/MIA Recognition Day commemoration, a ceremony was held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., while the 1st Tactical Squadron from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia flew the missing man formation. Most ceremonies since then have been held at the Pentagon, and many smaller observances have cropped up across the nation and around the world on military installations.

Related: A Missing ID Card Spent 50 Years in Vietnam. Now It's Coming Home

The point of POW/MIA Recognition Day is to ensure that American remembers to stand behind those who serve and to make sure we do everything we can to account for those who have never returned.

POW/MIA Numbers

In order to comprehend the importance of this movement, all you need to do is look at the sheer number of Americans who have been listed as POW/MIAs.

According to a Congressional Research Service report on POWs:

  • 130,201 World War II service members were imprisoned; 14,072 them died
  • 7,140 Korean War service members were imprisoned; 2,701 of them died
  • 725 Vietnam War service members were imprisoned; 64 of them died
  • 37 service members were imprisoned during conflicts since 1991, including both Gulf wars; none are still in captivity

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 83,114 Americans who fought in those wars are still missing, including:

  • 73,515 from World War II (an approximate number due to limited or conflicting data)
  • 7,841 from the Korean War
  • 1,626 from Vietnam
  • 126 from the Cold War
  • 6 from conflicts since 1991

The DPAA said about 75 percent of those missing Americans are somewhere in the Asia-Pacific. More than 41,000 have been presumed lost at sea.

Efforts to find those men, identify them and bring them home are constant. For example, the DPAA said that in the past year it has accounted for 41 men missing during the Korean War: 10 had been previously buried as unknowns, 26 were from remains turned over by North Korea in the 1990s, one was from a recovery operation, and four were combinations of remains and recovery operations.



The National League of Families POW/MIA flag, also known as the POW/MIA flag or simply the POW flag, consists of a silhouette of a prisoner of war (POW) before a guard tower and barbed wire in white on a black field. "POW/MIA" appears above the silhouette and the words "You Are Not Forgotten" appear below in white of the black field.



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National Cream-Filled Donut Day on September 14th recognizes one of our favorite foods. 

Cream-filled donuts come in so many varieties. If you aren’t a fan of fillings in your pastries, consider trying some of the latest flavors. Not only have bakeries become creative with their fillings, but they’ve also branched out with their toppings, too. 

Some of the top cream-filled donuts we love (in no particular order) are:

  • Boston Cream
  • Bavarian Cream
  • Chocolate Cream
  • Lemon Cream
  • Custard
  • Caramel Cream
  • Strawberry Cream
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Peanut Buttercream
  • Holland Cream
  • Fluffernutter Cream
  • Orange Vanilla Cream
  • Nutella Cream
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • Maple Cream
  • Espresso Cream
  • Coconut Cream

Now, if this list doesn’t make you run out and fill an order for at least a dozen, keep reading. And, there’s not a sprinkle to be found.

Add bacon crumbles to the maple cream. If you order an espresso cream, ask for a hazelnut drizzle. Of course, if you’re in an autumn frame of mind, sprinkle it with pumpkin spice and sugar. Orange vanilla cream makes an excellent dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream. Serve the caramel cream with coffee and cozy up with a good book. When it comes to marshmallow cream, the obvious toppings are chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.

What is your favorite Cream Filled Doughnut?

Mine is Boston Cream!

I would like some others like coconut cream.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamFilledDonutDay

Go out and enjoy a Cream-Filled Donut or make some of your own. Here is a Cream-Filled Donut recipe.  Of course, you can always bring some to work. Sharing with your co-workers garners unknown benefits. Surprise a neighbor or your spouse. Visit your favorite bakery and be sure to give them a shout-out, too! The rewards are endless where Cream-Filled Donuts are concerned.






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@DaveMcK These look delicious! Thank you for posting. My favorite is Boston cream. No thank you for the bacon!

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