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MARCH 1, 2018 | NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY | NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY | NATIONAL PIG DAY | NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY | NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY | NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY

National Peanut Butter Lover's Day - March 1
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NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY

Ah, peanut butter. One day is not enough to recognize peanut butter. March 1st was made for National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and the many ways the goober has been paired, blended and added with tasty results!

The creamy, nutty goodness that is peanut butter is so amazingly delicious that when we pair it with creamy and dreamy chocolate, we almost have bacon.

We digress. Another great love is peanut butter ice cream. Blended smooth with a few chopped nuts and a drizzle of peanut butter syrup is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true.

The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”.

A monkey visited the lab at Kellogg’s one day and dipped his banana in a jar of peanut butter, and he’s been ape over the combination ever since. Actually, banana slices with peanut butter sandwiched between them and dipped in chocolate make a terrific snack.

Peanut butter and bananas was a combination even fit for a king. Elvis Presley was a peanut butter and banana sandwich lover.

Then peanut butter got its passport and traveled the world. It paired up with some shrimp and got a little saucy. The result is a Thai peanut butter shrimp that is so yummy it had to be true love.

Things heated up a little when peanut butter jumped into the stew pot to sweat it out with a spring chick seasoned with some cayenne. African Chicken Peanut Stew has never been the same.

Some of the best times peanut butter has ever had is with marshmallows.  The result is the best tasting fudge around.

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner.  He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
  • The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
  • Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
  • Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
  • January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination.  Try peanut butter and apples.  Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter. Try one the recipes above. Or how about peanut butter and bacon.  Use #PeanutButterLoversDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.

National Minnesota Day - March 1
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NATIONAL MINNESOTA DAY

On March 1, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is recognized on National Minnesota Day.

The 32nd state to join the union shares its northern border with Canada. Angle Township on the north edge of Lake of the Woods makes Minnesota the northernmost state of the continental forty-eight. Also known as the Gopher State, it extends along the northern shore of Lake Superior.

Dakota Sioux and Ojibwa, Menominee, and other tribes populated the area when the first Europeans began to explore and later settle the area. Fur trading in the densely wooded territory led to French treaties in the late 17th century.

The Mississippi River divides a portion of the state; its source is Lake Itasca. This natural boundary also divided the region when the Treaty of Paris determined United States’ western border after the Revolutionary War. Minnesota would not become whole until 1836 when it became part of the Wisconsin Territory, 33 years following the Louisana Purchase.

The state capital of St. Paul, once called Pig’s Eye Landing, was founded in 1838 along the Mississippi River and was named the territorial capital in 1849. Minnesota became the 32nd state in 1858.

Just upriver from St. Paul, Minneapolis formed from Ft. Snelling, built in 1819. Today, the metropolis spans both sides of the river for nearly 60 square miles. Downtown Minneapolis includes the world’s most extensive uninterrupted network of indoor pedestrian pathways. The skyway system boasts eight miles connecting restaurants, shopping, businesses, hotels and apartment complexes.

Head north along Lake Superior into the Arrowhead Region where the air stays cooler longer and lake effect will have real meaning. Duluth and points north with an industrial history benefit from mild summers, access to clear summer nights, Aurora Borealis and unspoiled views.

HOW TO OBSERVE

From the founders of the Mayo clinic to the creators of inline skates and cheerleading, Minnesotans find time to create, explore and celebrate.  Tour the cities or 10,000 lakes and all the history in between!  Use #NationalMinnesotaDay to share on social media.

National Pig Day - March 1
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NATIONAL PIG DAY

National Pig Day, observed annually on the 1st of March, recognizes the domesticated pig. This holiday includes events and celebrations at zoos, schools, nursing homes and sporting events around the United States.  Pig parties, pig parades and gatherings with pig collectibles are a few of the other events that have commemorated National Pig Day.

Pigs are a clever and intelligent animal, however, most people are not aware of their high level of intelligence.  They are a household pet to some that can be trained and taught tricks.

In Dublin in 1772, a trained swine called the Learned Pig told time, counted and other such tricks to entertain crowds in the streets. 

There was a famous, if fictitious, Learned Pig in London in the late 1700s which seemed to gain his learnedness from his mother eating an entire volume of Sir Robert Filmer’s manuscripts and “Saobeverel’s Sermons” before she delivered him into the world. He was born with an intelligence that seemed obvious just by looking. When one day he feasted upon the garden of the great Milton himself he began waxing poetic.

Pigs have been popular storybook characters for generations. From A.A. Milne’s Piglet to E.B. White’s Wilbur, pigs have an endearing and flavorful quality about them that makes us love them.

There are hundreds of different breeds, most of which are descended from the Eurasian Wild Boar.  The female is called a gilt and can produce 10 piglets in a single litter. They also produce bacon, ham, baby back ribs, spare ribs, sirloin, pork belly and oh, so many more delectable barbecue items it would be a shame to not honor the swine on this day of all days.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Cuddle up with one, read about one, or eat one.  Use #NationalPigDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research has found that this day was created in 1972 by two sisters, Ellen Stanley and Mary Lynne Rave.  Ellen was a school teacher in Lubbock, Texas and Mary was from Beaufort, North Carolina.  According to Mary Lynne Rave, the purpose of National Pig Day is “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.”

National Dadgum That's Good Day March 1
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NATIONAL DADGUM THAT’S GOOD DAY

“Dadgum, That’s Good!”™ is much more than just a Southern phrase and the title of John McLemore’s best-selling cookbook series. It’s the summation of a life’s work in creating delicious food with his world-class Masterbuilt cooking products. 

John’s signature dishes and cooking style leave a lasting impression wherever he goes – especially in the South, where people love to proclaim, “DADGUM That’s Good!” The McLemores show their love for others by sharing great meals – and stories – around the table. He’s appeared on national television and dedicates his life to making the cooking process accessible and simple for everyone.

Whether it’s a delicious meal, time with your loved ones, or the perfect combination of both, today is a day to celebrate all things “DADGUM good!”

For more info, go to Masterbuilt.com

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate National #DadgumThatsGoodDay with John McLemore and Team Masterbuilt by getting together with your friends and family to fellowship and enjoy some #DADGUMgood food. 

HISTORY

National Dadgum, That’s Good Day was submitted by Masterbuilt of Columbus, GA, and declared by the Registrar at National Day Calendar in April of 2015.

National Fruit Compote Day - March 1
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NATIONAL FRUIT COMPOTE DAY

Each year on March 1st, National Fruit Compote Day is observed across the United States.

The word compote is French for “mixture.”

A compote is a dessert that originated in 17th century France.  It is made up of whole or pieces of fruit (a mixture) in sugar syrup.  The whole fruits are cooked in water with added sugar and spices.  The seasonings which may be included in the syrup are vanilla, lemon peel, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cinnamon powder, cloves, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit or raisins.  Fruit compote may be served either warm or cold.

The French belief that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body led to the invention of compotes.  It was initially served in the afternoon as a snack with sour cream and biscuits.  It was during the Renaissance that it was served chilled at the end of dinner.

Because of its simplicity, inexpensive ingredients and containing no dairy products, the compote became a staple of Jewish households throughout Europe and was considered part of Jewish cuisine. 

Fruit compote is often topped with whipped cream, cinnamon or vanilla sugar.  It is also sometimes prepared using dried fruits soaked in water with added alcohol. Kirsch, rum or Frontignan are a few examples.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try one of the following recipes:

Contest-Winning Hot Fruit Compote
Fruit Compote
Chef Lee Anne Wong’s Pancakes with Summer Berry Compote
Anne Burrell’s Angel Food Cake with Tropical Fruit Compote

Use #NationalFruitCompoteDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Fruit Compote Day.

National Horse Protection Day - March 1
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NATIONAL HORSE PROTECTION DAY

National Horse Protection Day was created to bring light to the plight of horses in America and beyond and help the thousands of unwanted horses in this country to find forever homes.  

The horse holds a legendary mystique in the American culture.  It helped to forge a nation and yet despite that many go unwanted, abused or neglected.  National Horse Protection Day is about addressing those issues.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Do you have the means and ability to adopt? Perhaps you have spare time or interest in horse husbandry.  Check out the website below for more information on ways to get involved. Use #HorseProtectionDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Horse Protection Day was founded in 2005 by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Behaviorist/Advocate, Colleen Page.

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