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FEBRUARY 27, 2014 – NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY – NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY – NATIONAL CHILI DAY

27 Feb

 

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY

February 27th celebrates National Kahlua Day.  This day was created as a day for those, over the age of 21, to recognize and enjoy this creamy rich alcoholic liqueur.   To celebrate today, you may want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored rum-based liquor, to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake.  Other options would be to add it to your coffee or cocoa for a nice after dinner drink, add it to cold milk or cream or drink it on the rocks, straight up or mixed with a cocktail.

Kahlua is made from coffee beans therefore it does contain a
small amount of caffeine.

* Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlua in 1936.
* In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons forming Allied Domecq.
* In 2005, Allied Domecq was partially acquired by Pernod Ricard which merged with the Swedish Vin & Sprit (V & S Group) in March of 2008. 

Kahlúa is found to be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:

  •  B-52
  •  Baby Guinness
  •  Black Russian
  •  Mudslide
  •  White Russian
  •  Espresso Martini
  •  Caribbean Mudslide

Enjoy some Kahlua today!

NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY HISTORY

Our research failed to find the creator or origin of National Kahlua Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY

   

National Strawberry Day is annually celebrated on February 27th.  Strawberry lovers everywhere enjoy this day as strawberries are appreciated for their characteristic aroma, bright red color,  juicy texture, and sweet taste.

Strawberries are enjoyed by millions in many different ways.  They can be eaten fresh by themselves, in fruit salads or in prepared foods such as jams, preserves or juices.  They are also favorites when added to smoothies, pies, cakes, ice creams, milk shakes, salads and chocolates as well as many other delicious dishes and desserts.   Artificial strawberry aroma is used in many industrialized food products.

The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century.  Prior to this, wild strawberries  and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source of the fruit.

“The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The French began taking the strawberry from the forest to their gardens for harvest in the 1300s.  Charles V. France’s king from 1364 to 1380, had 1,200 strawberry plants in his royal garden. In the early 1400s western European monks were using the wild strawberry in their illuminated manuscripts. The strawberry is found in Italian, Flemish, German art, and English miniatures. It symbolizes perfect righteousness. The entire strawberry plant was used to treat depressive illnesses.”  (Wikipedia)

Along with enjoying the delicious taste, eating strawberries gives you the benefit of adding the following into your diet: potassium, fiber, folic acid and Vitamin C.   They are also low in calories, with no fat and no cholesterol.

You may want to have a fresh bowl of strawberries now, while you enjoy the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/strawberry-pretzel-salad-29400

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-spinach-salad-i/

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easy-strawberry-banana-smoothies/f6113dc6-93ef-4417-9f42-7c20082c90b1

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-pie-4

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberries-and-cream-bread-pudding/

HAPPY NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY!

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY HISTORY

Much research failed to find the origin or the creator of National Strawberry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  It is listed as an American Food Holiday.

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NATIONAL CHILI DAY

February 27th celebrates one of America’s favorite winter dishes; chili, which is also known as chili con carne (“chili with meat”).

In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper”  and carne means “meat”.

Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions and cumin, however, there are many variations to the basic chili.

Chili is often a favorite dish in cook-offs.

American frontier settlers used a “chili” recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt which was all pounded together, formed into bricks and dried.  The bricks could then be boiled in pots on the trails. 

At the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the San Antonio Chili Stand helped people, from all over the United States, appreciate the taste of chili.  Because San Antonio was a significant tourist destination, it helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West.  In 1977, The House Concurrent Resolution Number 18 of the 65th Texas Legislature designated chili con carne as the official dish of the U.S. of Texas.

Prior to World War II, hundreds of small, family-run chili parlors (also known as “chili joints”) were found popping up throughout the state of Texas as well as other places in the United States.   Each new chili parlor usually had a claim to some kind of secret recipe.

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There are many ways that people enjoy the great taste of chili,
some of which include:
chili dogs, chili burgers, chili cheese fries, chili stuffed baked potatoes,
“Frito pie”, chili spaghetti, chili mac, chili rice

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Enjoy the following “tried and true” chili recipes:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/three-bean-vegetarian-chili-10000001949760/

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chili-corn-chip-pie-50400000115822/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-slow-cooked-chili/

http://southernfood.about.com/od/chickenstews/r/bl30223x.htm

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/biscuit-bowl-chili

HAVE A GREAT NATIONAL CHILI DAY!

NATIONAL CHILI DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Chili Day, an “unofficial” national holiday. 

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/?s=february+27&submit=Search

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahl%C3%BAa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_con_carne

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