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November 23, 2014 – NATIONAL CASHEW DAY – NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY

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National Cashew Day – November 23
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NATIONAL CASHEW DAY

 A popular snacking and party nut is celebrated each year on November 23 on National Cashew Day.
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The cashew nut is a seed that is harvested from the cashew tree. Northeastern Brazil was the original native home to the cashew tree however, it is now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew apples and nuts.
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With leaves that are spirally arranged and leathery textured, the cashew tree is large and evergreen.  It can grow as tall as 32 feet high having a short and often irregularly shaped trunk.  The flowers are small starting out pale green in color then turning reddish with each one having five slender, acute petals.
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The largest cashew tree in the world covers about 81,000 sq. ft. and is located in
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. 
  • The cashew tree has a fruit called the “cashew apple”.  It’s fragile skin makes it unsuitable for transport.
  • A fruit drink is made from the cashew apple in Latin America
  • Cashews are less frequent allergen than other nuts or peanuts.
  • Although native to northeast Brazil, the Portuguese took the cashew plant to Goa, India, between 1560 and 1565.  From Goa, it spread throughout Southeast Asia and eventually Africa.
  • The shell of the cashew nut is toxin.
  • Cashews are a good source of antioxidants.
  • Cashews are a source of dietary trace minerals: copper, manganese, magnesium and phosphorous.
  • Cashew oil is a dark yellow oil for cooking or salad dressing pressed from cashew nuts.
  • Many parts of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.

Today, enjoy a handful or two of delicious cashews as you enjoy National Cashew Day.

NATIONAL CASHEW DAY HISTORY 

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

 

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National Eat a Cranberry Day – November 23
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NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY

National Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated each year on November 23.

Found in acidic bogs throughout the cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, cranberries are a group of evergreen dwarf shrubs, or trailing vines, that grow up to 7 ft. long and 8 in. high.  Their stems are slender and wiry and they have small evergreen leaves.

The cranberry flowers are dark pink with very distinct reflexed petals, leaving the style and stamens fully exposed and pointing forward.  The fruit of the cranberry plant is a berry that is larger than the leaves and is initially white but when ripe, turns a deep red.

CRANBERRIES:

  • Have an acidic taste that can overwhelm their sweetness.
  • Are a major commercial crop in certain American states;  Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. 
  • Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production.
  • Are mostly processed into products such as juice, sauce, jam or sweetened dried cranberries.
  • Cranberry sauce is considered an indispensable part of a traditional American Thanksgiving meal.
  • Raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities.
  • There are three to four species of cranberry, classified in two sections.
  • White cranberry juice is made from regular cranberries that have been harvested after the fruits are mature, but before they have attained their characteristic dark red color.
  • Cranberry wine is made in some of the cranberry-growing regions of the United States.
  • Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.

 

The word cranberry comes from “craneberry”;  first named by the early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem, calyx and petals resembled the neck, head and bill of a crane. 

 

NATIONAL EAT A CRANBERRY DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Eat a Cranberry Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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November 22, 2014 – NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY – NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY

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National Adoption Day – Saturday before Thanksgiving
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NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, across the United States, it is National Adoption Day.  This day raises awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting for permanent, loving families.   This day has helped the dreams of many children and families come true.

On November 23, 2014, many courts and communities will come together to finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care.   There are more than 300 events that are held annually on National Adoption Day as the finalization of the dreams become a reality.  In total, there has been more than 40,000 children that have been adopted from foster care on National Adoption Day.

A Coalition of national partners including The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Children’s Action Network, Freddie Mac Foundation and Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption started National Adoption Day in 2000.   In November of 2000, the sponsors worked with law firms, state foster care agencies, child advocates and courts to complete hundreds of foster care adoptions in nine jurisdictions nationwide.

  • 2001 – 17 jurisdictions participated
  • 2002 – Casey Family Services and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute jointed the National Adoption Day Coalition, helping 34 cities across the country finalize 1,350 adoptions and celebrate adoption.
  • 2003 – Courts and community organizations in more than 120 jurisdictions across the nation finalized the adoptions of 3,100 children.
  • 2004 – More than 3,400 children were adopted from foster care in 200 events in 37 states after courts and community organization finalized the adoptions.
  • 2011 – More than 300 court and community events were held on National Adoption Day.

For more information on National Adoption Day, see: http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/

 

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National Cranberry Relish Day – November 22
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NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY

Each year on November 22, cranberry lovers across the country celebrate National Cranberry Relish Day.  This day is celebrated one day prior to National Eat a Cranberry Day.

Believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900′s, Cranberry Relish is a traditional part of many families Thanksgiving dinner.

Each Thanksgiving beginning in 1971, Susan Stamberg, an American radio journalist who is a Special Correspondent for National Public Radio and guest host for Weekend Edition Saturday, provides NPR listeners with her mother-in-law’s recipe for a cranberry relish sauce.  This special recipe, known as Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, is unusual as it has horseradish as one of its principal ingredients.  The recipe was originally published by Craig Claiborne in his food column in 1959.

There are many different recipes and combinations that make up cranberry relish and people have their favorites.  The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries, other ingredients may include: apples, oranges, pineapple, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice, and brandy. 

 

Happy National Cranberry Relish Day and enjoy one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/16/165226388/a-splendid-table-set-with-mama-stambergs-relish

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-best-of/cranberry-relish-recipe2/index.html

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-cranberry-relish/

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-fresh-cranberry-relish-69903

NATIONAL CRANBERRY RELISH DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Cranberry Relish Day, an “unofficial” national holiday

November 21, 2014 – NATIONAL STUFFING DAY

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National Stuffing Day – November 21
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NATIONAL STUFFING DAY

November 21 is the perfect day to celebrate National Stuffing Day as Thanksgiving day is right around the corner and we are already thinking about the delicious turkey stuffing that is a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner.

While cooking (specifically for poultry), stuffing (also known as dressing or filling) is a mixture, often a starch, used to fill a cavity in another food item.  However, there are many foods that are prepared stuffed such as different meats, vegetables, eggs and etc.

The typical turkey stuffing consists of bread cubes or crumbs combined with onions, celery, salt and pepper along with spices and herbs such as summer savory, sage or poultry seasoning.  Other varieties include adding sausage, hamburger, tofu, oysters, egg, rice, apple, raisins or other dried fruits.

The first known documented stuffing recipes appeared in the Roman cookbook, Apicius “De Re Coquinaria”.  Most of the stuffing recipes in this cookbook included vegetables, herbs and spices, nuts and spelt (an old cereal) with some of them also including chopped liver and other organ meat.

In addition to stuffing the body cavity of poultry and fish, various cuts of meat are often stuffed once deboned and having a pouch or slit cut in them.  A few examples of other meats that are frequently stuffed include: stuffed pork chops, stuffed meatloaf, stuffed meatballs, stuffed chicken breast, stuffed lamb chops and stuffed beef tenderloin.

Popular vegetables that are prepared stuffed include, but are not limited to, are: tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cabbage.

Happy National Stuffing Day!

NATIONAL STUFFING DAY HISTORY

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

November 20, 2014 – NATIONAL ABSURDITY DAY – NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY – GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT DAY

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National Absurdity Day – November 20
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NATIONAL ABSURDITY DAY

National Absurdity Day is celebrated annually on November 20.

This day was created as a day to recall and note some of the totally and absolutely absurd things in history, in our country and in our lives.

National Absurdity Day is also a day to have fun and do crazy, zany and absurd things.  Everyone has an excuse today to let the absurd antics that are hidden inside of them out.   You can do things that you have wanted to do that make absolutely no sense at all and it will be okay because you will be celebrating National Absurdity Day.

Have fun today but remember to be careful and be safe!

NATIONAL ABSURDITY DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Absurdity Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

 

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National Peanut Butter Fudge Day – November 20
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NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY

Peanut butter lovers and fudge lovers can come together today to celebrate as November 20 is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day.

On June 16, people across the United States celebrated National Fudge Day and today, they will all celebrate as they did then however, they will have the yummy taste of peanut butter as the fudge flavor and star of the show.

See: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/2014/06/15/june-16-2014-national-fudge-day/

Fudge originated in the United States.

Enjoy one of the following “tried and true” peanut butter fudge recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easiest-peanut-butter-fudge/

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peanut-butter-fudge-3

http://www.food.com/recipe/easiest-chocolate-peanut-butter-fudge-264611

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-swirl-fudge/

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE DAY HISTORY

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

 

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Great American Smokeout – Thursday before Thanksgiving
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GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT DAY

Each year on the third Thursday in November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout.

This is an annual social engineering event to encourage Americans to stop tobacco smoking.  The Great American Smokeout challenges smokers to stop smoking cigarettes for 24 hours with the hopes that this decision will continue on forever.

Evolving from a series of small scale initiatives, the first Great American Smokeout was held on November 16, 1977 in San Francisco’s Union Square.

  • 1970 – Randolph, Massachusetts – Arthur P. Mullaney suggested people give up cigarettes for a day donating the money to a local high school.
  • 1974 – Monticello, Minesota – Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times promoted a “Don’t Smoke Day”.
  • 1976 – November 18, The California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day.

Join millions of other smokers today and participate in the Great American Smokeout.

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