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AUGUST 18, 2019 | NATIONAL ICE CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL FAJITA DAY | NATIONAL MAIL ORDER CATALOG DAY

National Ice Cream Pie Day - August 18

NATIONAL ICE CREAM PIE DAY

National Ice Cream Pie Day is observed annually on August 18th.  This food holiday honors this refreshing frozen dessert that comes in many delicious flavors.

First came putting ice cream on pies. The natural next step would be making ice cream into pies. With all the flavors available, our options are unlimited! Plus, when we figure in the types of crusts to make with ice cream pie, the concept is beyond delightful. Combine graham cracker crusts and maple pecan ice cream for a fall treat. Or a vanilla wafer crust with peanut butter ice cream topped with bananas – yum! You’re only limited by your imagination.

The treat also makes an excellent substitute for those who can’t decide on pie or cake for their birthday. Compromise and just have an ice cream pie. So many benefits to enjoying ice cream pie over just ice cream or just pie.

HOW TO OBSERVE #IceCreamPieDay

Be sure to either make some homemade ice cream pie or go out and visit a restaurant – Please enjoy these recipes that we found for you. 

Lemonade Ice Cream Pie
Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Pie
Peanut Butter Ice Cream Pie
Banana Split Ice Cream Pie

Let everyone know not to miss out on celebrating this holiday! Use #IceCreamPieDay to post on social media.

ICE CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator of National Ice Cream Pie Day.

National Fajita Day - August 18

NATIONAL FAJITA DAY

On August 18, National Fajita Day recognizes the sizzling deliciousness of the savory Tex-Mex flavor found in fajitas.

In the early 1930s, Mexican vaqueros in Southwest Texas developed what we’ve grown to love all over the United States. Using throwaway cuts of beef, they developed the fajita. It wasn’t long before they became a staple in the region. These cowboys cooked the steak over an open fire or grill. Once cooked, they served it with flour or corn tortillas. Fresh Pico de gallo, guacamole and southwestern spices elevated the fajita. Soon the convenient meal for hardworking cowboys made an introduction to new audiences. The fajita became a destination food in the culinary world.

As their popularity grew, fajitas added a colorful flair to Tex-Mex menus. Sizzling platters full of bright peppers, onions and a mouthwatering aroma delighted patrons. Menu choices beyond tender steak broadened the fajita spectrum. Sweet shrimp, lean chicken or pork with freshly made tortillas arrived at tables with fanfare. By the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the United States served fajitas. In the modern culinary kitchen, lime, cilantro and a plethora of vegetables find their way into a fajita, too. Add to that the perfect seasonings and mouths really begin to water!

Grilling with mesquite adds a smoky flavor and bacon adds crunch. Of course, who could forget the cheese? With their festive presentations, fajitas continue to be enjoyed today. The fajita has come a long way from skirt steak trimmings!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFajitaDay

Celebrate National Fajita Day by going out for fajitas with a friend. Pick your favorite from all the amazing tastes. How do you like your fajita? We want to know. Don’t forget to use #NationalFajitaDay to share on social media.

NATIONAL FAJITA DAY HISTORY

On the Border LOGOIn 2016, on the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina founded National Fajita Day to celebrate the sizzling Tex-Mex flavor of the fajita!

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Fajita Day in July of 2016 to be observed on August 18th annually.

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About On The Border

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand, offering an extensive menu 08 Fall of great-tasting, classic and contemporary Mexican food, like sizzling mesquite-grilled fajitas, and Margaritas as big and bold as the border itself. On The Border is owned by Border Holdings, LLC, with more than 150 restaurants in 34 states, Puerto Rico, Asia, and the Middle East. Follow and ‘like’ On The Border on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OnTheBorderMexicanGrillandCantina and @ontheborder on Twitter. For more information, visit www.ontheborder.com.

 

 

National Mail Order Catalog Day

NATIONAL MAIL ORDER CATALOG DAY 

What was once one of the most popular ways of shopping is remembered each year on August 18th as it is National Mail Order Catalog Day.

This day marks the anniversary the first Montgomery Wards mail order catalog. On this day in 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward of Chicago produced a catalog designed for direct order via mail. He aimed to remove the middleman from the business of buying and selling. As a result, he drastically lowered prices.  

The very first catalog consisted of an eight by 12-inch single sheet of paper. On it, Ward included the merchandise for sale, price list, and ordering instructions.  Before long, the Montgomery Wards single-page list of products grew into a 540 page illustrated book selling over 20,000 items. 

It didn’t take long for enterprising merchants to copy Montgomery Wards’ idea. One notable merchant, Richard Warren Sears, mailed his catalog in 1896. As others entered the field, catalog sales grew. By 1971, catalog sales of major United States firms exceeded more than $250 million in postal revenue.

It’s interesting to note, according to the National Mail Order Association, Aaron Montgomery Ward wasn’t the first to conceive of mail order catalog. In the United States. Benjamin Franklin may have formulated the first basic mail order concept. He produced a catalog to sell scientific and academic books. Franklin also receives credit for offering the first mail-order guarantee: “Those persons who live remote, by sending their orders and money to B. Franklin may depend on the same justice as if present.”

Today, mail order catalogs have been replaced with internet websites. Additionally, the term “mail-order” has been replaced with the term “online shopping.”

HOW TO OBSERVE #MailOrderCatalogDay

Use #MailOrderCatalogDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL MAIL ORDER CATALOG DAY HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Mail Order Catalog Day.

Recipe of the Day

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  50-60 minutes
Serves 8

NATIONAL STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE DAY – June 9

Ingredients:

Pie Crust – Homemade or bought.

3-4 cups rhubarb, chopped

3 cups strawberries, sliced

1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar

1⁄4 cup cornstarch

1 Egg White

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Using a large mixing bowl, add chopped rhubarb, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.

Spoon mixture into pie pan containing pie crust.

Place top crust over mixture and pinch outer edges to seal.

Cut vent slices into top crust, brush on egg white over top and place in oven.

Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping. Enjoy!

Inspiration:

A special shout out to Nadine Philp for this deliciously simple recipe!

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