NOVEMBER 1 – NATIONAL CALZONE DAY – NATIONAL AUTHOR’S DAY – NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY – NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY – NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY – NATIONAL BRUSH DAY – NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY
NATIONAL CALZONE DAY
If the air is resplendent with the aroma of garlic and tomato sauce on November 1, it might just be that it’s National Calzone Day.
Calzones take the delicious toppings and cheese of a pizza and tuck it up tight in a warm garlicky, crusty package. Also known as calzoni in some parts of Italy, like the pizza, it originated in Naples. It looks much like a turnover, and as varied as pizzas come these days, so does the calzone.
The loose translation of the word calzone to trouser legs from Italian to English may explain the purpose of what essentially is a pizza hand pie. Though how one carries out the task while walking about on two legs when these moon-shaped pies are filled with a bounty of cheeses, meat, vegetables and sauces is sure a miracle to behold!
On National Calzone Day, the dough will be infused with garlic and butter to add flavor. Sauces made from scratch with Italian herbs and spices will lend that old world flair to every calzone recipe. By the time the mozzarella, provolone or parmesan melts into the sausage, spinach or whatever choice ingredients, aromas will be filling the air and mouths will be watering. So take a seat, invite some friends, and enjoy the evening savoring a well-made calzone.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Calzone Day.
NATIONAL AUTHOR’S DAY
Every year on November 1, millions of people celebrate authors and the books that they write on National Author’s Day.
After her grandmother’s death in 1968, Sue Cole promoted the observance of National Author’s Day. She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on November 1, to “brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer.” She also suggested flying the American flag as another way of showing appreciation for the men and women who have created American literature.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Purchase some books by your favorite author to support them. Use #NationalAuthorsDay to post on social media.
In 1928, Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement, Illinois Women’s Club had an idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors. McPherson was a teacher and throughout her life, an avid reader. While she was recuperating in the hospital during World War I, she wrote a fan letter to fiction writer, Irving Bacheller, telling him how much she enjoyed reading his story Eben Holden’s Last Day A’ Fishin. Upon receiving her letter, Bacheller sent her an autographed copy of another story, and it was then that McPherson realized that she would never be able to thank him adequately for his gift. McPerson decided to show her appreciation by submitting an idea for a National Author’s Day to the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. They passed a resolution declaring November 1 as a day to honor American writers. The United States Department of Commerce recognized this day in 1949.
NATIONAL DEEP FRIED CLAMS DAY
Fried claims have been on menus since the 1840s alongside mutton, liver and veal cutlets in restaurants up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Now, on November 1, we observe National Deep Fried Clams Day.
According to legend, Lawrence Henry “Chubby” Woodman from Essex, Massachusetts deep fried the first breaded versions of clams over 100 years ago. On July 3, 1916, in his small roadside restaurant, now Woodman’s of Essex, it is believed Chubby served his customers the first modern day deep fried claims.
It was later on that Thomas Soffron of Soffron Brothers Clam Co., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, created clam strips, which are made from the foot of hard-shelled sea clams. Soffron sold these to Howard Johnson’s in an exclusive deal, and as the chain expanded, they became popular throughout the country.
Clams are low in cholesterol and fat without breading and oil. However, when fried, they absorb cooking fat and calories.
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Deep Fried Clams Day.
NATIONAL VINEGAR DAY
There are many varieties of vinegar:
* Apple cider * Balsamic * Beer * Cane * Coconut * Date * Distilled vinegar * East Asian black * Flavored vinegar * Fruit * Honey * Job’s tears * Kiwifruit * Kombucha * Malt * Palm * Raisin* Rice * Sinamak * Spirit vinegar * Sherry vinegar * White * Wine *
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Vinegar Day.
NATIONAL COOK FOR YOUR PETS DAY
Who is man’s best friend? A dog, of course! Today’s national holiday is about doing something special for your furry best friend, but includes all pets, not just dogs!! You love your pet, and want to provide what is best for them, so why not try to make them healthy, home cooked food? November 1st celebrates National Cook For Your Pets Day.
A lot of people these days are concerned about the food they eat and where that food, or ingredients, come from. Most of our food supply today is processed and loaded with fillers, and the same applies our pet food. Animals need to eat a natural diet to be at optimal health, and most of the pet food you can buy has a lot of unnatural things in it. If you cook or make your own pet food at home, you are in control of giving your little companion food that has only the best and essential ingredients that will best serve them.
If you are willing to try cooking for your pet, first start by consulting with your vet. Veterinarians will know just what your pet’s nutrition needs are and will have ample advice that can be tailored for you and your furry loved one. The next step is to do some research. There are some foods should be avoided for feeding your pet, because they could be detrimental to your pet’s health. A couple of things to avoid are chocolate, onions, avocados, garlic, salt, yeast dough, tomato leaves and stems, and milk-based foods.
Your next step in this adventure would be to decide what will be on your pet’s menu. The internet can be your friend with this, by helping you to find recipes and different ideas.
And last, but not least, enjoy yourself in this culinary adventure. Our pets do a lot for us. They give us unconditional love, so celebrate National Cook For Your Pets Day by giving them that kind of love back in a delicious, nutritious home cooked meal!
For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Cook for Your Pets Day.
NATIONAL BRUSH DAY
National Brush Day is observed annually on November 1st. Sometimes referred to as National Brush Your Teeth Day, National Brush Day is a reminder to all individuals to follow the American Dental Associations guidelines.
The day follows Halloween, which traditionally is the single largest day of candy consumption in the USA. The simple act of brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes can have a significant impact on cavity prevention as well as a myriad of oral diseases such as gingivitis.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Spend some extra time explaining the importance of brushing your teeth to children. Replace your toothbrush. Use #NationalBrushDay when posting on social media.
National Brush Day began in 2013 as an extension of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths public service advertising (PSA) campaign by The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives. The coalition of more than 35 leading oral health organizations and the Ad Council launched the campaign in August 2012. National Brush Day is designed to remind and encourage parents to get their kids brushing their teeth for just two minutes, twice a day.
NATIONAL FAMILY LITERACY DAY
National Family Literacy Day is observed each year on November 1.
Celebrated across America, this day focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy programs.
First held in 1994, National Literacy Day kicks off National Literacy Month in November.
During the month of November, there are many events which are held at schools, libraries and other literacy organizations.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get together with family and read a book together. Use #FamilyLiteracyDay to post on social media.
In 1994, the 103rd Congress passed Joint Resolution 413 Designating November 1 National Family Literacy Day. The sponsors of the bill, Senator Paul Simon and Representative Bill Goodling, joined President George W. Bush for green eggs and ham at the White House in honor of the inaugural event.
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