JUNE 22, 2018 | NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY | NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY

NATIONAL TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY

Every year employees across the country bring their dogs to work the Friday after Father’s Day. It’s National Take Your Dog to Work Day.

A celebration of the companionship between canine and human, National Take Your Dog to Work Day hopes to inspire others to adoptions from shelters and humane societies.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To find participating employers and to download a toolkit visit Pet Sitters International.  Use #NationalTakeYourDogToWorkDay or #TYDTWD to share on social media.

HISTORY

Take Your Dog to Work Day originated in the United Kingdom in 1996.  Then in 1999, Pet Sitters International founded the first day in the United States.

NATIONAL HVAC TECH DAY

With the days heating up, June 22nd is a perfect day for National HVAC Tech Day!

Why should we show appreciation for our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) Technicians?

Though a variety of home heating and cooling techniques have existed since ancient times, central heating and air as we know it was born in the early 1900s. New inventions like the residential air conditioner and advances in older technologies, such as the thermostat and blower-equipped furnaces, gave Americans greater control over their indoor comfort than ever before.

This newfound power was more than a luxury; it shaped the growth of the country. Sun Belt cities with triple-digit summer temperatures became much more attractive places to live and vacation, once AC was more widely adopted on the 1960s.

Today, many of us take the indoor comfort for granted. But it’s the technicians who keep our HVAC systems running, day and night. If that’s not reason enough to show them a little love, here are a few more:

Extreme conditions are just another day at the office for an HVAC hero.

A few hours without AC or heat may be uncomfortable for us, but imagine working in those conditions every day of the week! HVAC technicians tirelessly brave the sweltering heat and numbing cold to restore our comfort, often at the hottest and coldest times of the year.

They go everywhere you’d hate to be!

Crawl spaces, attics and all points in between—that’s where you’ll find an HVAC pro. Depending on the age and condition of the building, they may run into anything from dust, debris and cobwebs to pests, mildew and claustrophobically close quarters.

HVAC technicians can save you some green…

Want your next HVAC system to maximize your energy savings? An HVAC expert can help you choose the right equipment for your home’s needs and your family’s heating and cooling habits. He or she can even recommend different thermostat options that range from set-it-and-forget-it simplicity to real-time smartphone controls with power usage tracking.

The savings don’t stop there! Regular maintenance, provided by your trusted HVAC technician, helps keep your system running at peak efficiency. That prevents energy waste and minimizes wear and tear that can shorten the life of your HVAC investment.

…and they help you live greener!

Don’t forget that saving energy means saving the earth’s valuable resources. When an HVAC professional helps you select and maintain efficient heating and cooling systems, he’s also helping you reduce your carbon footprint.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Celebrate the day by showing appreciation to your HVAC technician. Use #NationalHVACTechDay when using social media.

HISTORY

In 2016, National HVAC Tech Day was created by ARS/Rescue Rooter, a national provider of home services, to show appreciation for all HVAC technicians in the industry.The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day. See ARS.com for more details about the company.

NATIONAL ONION RINGS DAY

June 22nd recognizes a batter dipped and deep fried bite of deliciousness that runs rings around other appetizers.  It’s National Onion Rings Day!

Also found in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and some parts of Asia, onion rings exact origin are unknown.

  • A recipe called “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese” is included in John Mollard’s 1802 cookbook The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined.  Within the recipe, it suggests cutting onions into 1/2 inch rings, dipping them into a batter made of flour, cream, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese then deep frying them in boiling lard. It recommends serving them with a sauce made of melted butter and mustard.
  • Some believe that a recipe for French Fried Onions (not claiming to be the originator of the recipe) appeared in the Middletown, NY Daily Times on January 13, 1910.
  • The Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Oak Cliff, Texas in the early 1920s is one of the claimants to the onion rings invention.
  • A recipe for deep-fried onion rings that are dipped in milk then dredged in flour appeared in a 1933 Crisco advertisement in The New York Times Magazine.  
  • In the 1960′s, the A&W restaurant is credited with popularizing the onion rings in fast food restaurants.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To celebrate National Onion Rings Day, head to your favorite “onion ring” serving restaurant, place your order and enjoy or try one of the following recipes:

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Buttermilk Batter Fried Onion Rings

Oven Baked Onion Rings

Old Fashioned Onion Rings

Use #NationalOnionRingsDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Onion Rings Day.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY

National Chocolate Eclair Day is observed annually on June 22nd.  This is a day for everyone to enjoy a delicious cream-filled pastry that is covered in smooth chocolate.

The French make many delicacies from a dough called pate a choux. One of these pastries is the Eclair.  It is piped into an oblong shape using a pastry bag.  When baked, it is light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside making it the perfect avenue for transporting creamy vanilla or chocolate creme.

The word “eclair” comes from the French word, meaning “flash of lightning.”   The connection between this and this French pastry remains unclear.

Originating during the nineteenth century in France, the eclair was first called “pain à la Duchesse” or “petite Duchesse”.   It is believed, by food historians, that eclairs were first made by French chef Antonin Careme (1784-1833).

The 1884 Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, has the first known English-language recipe for eclairs.

Long Johns are marketed under the name eclairs in some parts of the United States.  The two are not quite identical.  Long Johns are made with donut pastry and typically filled with a vanilla pudding or custard, making it a simpler and less expensive alternative to the eclair.

Following are a few of our recipes for you to make, share and enjoy #NationalChocolateEclairDay!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE ECLAIR DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Chocolate Eclair Day.

About National Day Calendar

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