Category: February 12

  • NATIONAL PORK RIND DAY – Day of the Big Game

    NATIONAL PORK RIND DAY

    Each year on the day of the championship game, another kind of pigskin is celebrated. National Pork Rind Day recognizes the fried edible skin of the pig.

    A variety of snack producers make these high-protein, no-carb, gluten-free, crunchy snacks. Usually lightly seasoned with a little salt, dieters turn to pork rinds to satisfy their munchies when they are avoiding chips. They also come in several flavors such as barbecue, spicy, cinnamon, and salt & vinegar.

    Clever cooks use crushed pork rinds in their recipes. Crushed pork rinds make low-carb breading for meatballs, breaded chicken, meatloaf, and even more.

    But pork rinds have been a favorite of snackers long before paleo, keto, and low-carb diets came along. There is just something about these crunchy little pig skins that make people happy.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PorkRindDay

    • Eat some pork rinds!
    • Make something using pork rinds. Try these recipes!
    • Taste test a variety of pork rinds.
    • Enjoy them while you watch the big game.
    • However you celebrate, be sure to use #PorkRindDay on social media.

    NATIONAL PORK RIND DAY HISTORY

    In 2011, Rudolph Foods declared National Pork Rinds Day to be celebrated on Super Bowl. The Ohio-based company promoted the day by also recognizing the truckers who deliver the pork rinds to grocers, convenience stores, and the big game every year. They handed out free bags of pork rinds to truck drivers.

    Pork Rind FAQ

    Q. Can anyone celebrate this day?
    A. Anyone who enjoys pork rinds sure can. And that seems to be a lot of people!

    Q. I don’t like plain pork rinds. Do they come in different flavors?
    A. Yes. Just like chips, pork rinds come in a variety of flavors. You can even dip them for additional flavor. See recipes above.

    Q. How many calories are in pork rinds?
    A. A one-ounce serving of pork rinds contains approximately 153 calories

  • NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY – February 12

    NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY

    Also known as Christmas pudding, National Plum Pudding Day celebrates a traditional holiday dessert. On February 12th, learn about this tasty treat with an interesting history. 

    Plum pudding is made by steaming or boiling and the pudding is usually served during the holiday season. Interestingly, many of the recipes don’t even contain any plums. One explanation given is that during the 17th century, plums were referred to as raisins or other fruits.

    The name Christmas pudding is first recorded in 1858 in a novel by Anthony Trollope.

    Plum pudding is usually made up of nutmeg, raisins, nuts, apples, cinnamon, and dates, along with other ingredients. In England, traditionally every person in the home holds onto the wooden spoon together to help stir the batter. While they are stirring, they also make a wish!  Plum pudding has also been known to be called plum duff.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPlumPuddingDay

    • Have some plum pudding!
    • Make homemade plum pudding.
    • Invite someone to enjoy plum pudding with you.
    • Use #NationalPlumPuddingDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL PLUM PUDDING DAY HISTORY

    We stuck our thumb into every possible origin story and only pulled out a plum.

    Plum Pudding FAQ

    Q. Why is it called plum pudding when it’s more like a cake?
    A. The terms cake and pudding were once interchangeable. During the Victorian era, anything containing dried fruits was called cakes or puddings.

    Q. Is plum pudding sweet?
    A. Plum pudding can be either savory or sweet.

    Q. What is the rhyme where a boy puts his thumb in a cake and pulls out a plum?
    A. The title of the Mother Goose rhyme is called “Little Jack Horner” and it goes like this:

    Little Jack Horner
    Sat in the corner,
    Eating a Christmas Pie;
    He put in his thumb,
    And pulled out a plum,
    And said, “What a good boy am I!”

    February 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1909

    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded.

    1915

    The ground is broken on the Lincoln Memorial.

    2001

    NASA’s NEAR spacecraft lands on the asteroid 433 Eros. It’s the first time a human-made object lands on an asteroid.

    1985

    Diamonds become the second hardest substance when General Electric Company announces the creation of Borazon. Dr. Robert H. Wentorf Jr. synthesized cubic boron nitride to create the substance which is used in manufacturing for grinding hard surfaces.

    February 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Louisa Catherine Adams – 1775

    The 6th First Lady of the United States was born in the United Kingdom. As the wife of John Quincy Adams, Louisa Adams traveled far and wide before and after his election to the White House.

    Charles Darwin – 1809

    The English naturalist is best known for his theory of evolution and his book On the Origin of Species.

    Abraham Lincoln – 1809

    In 1860, the American attorney was elected the 16th President of the United States. He saw the country through the American Civil War and was re-elected to a second term in 1864. On April 15, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln while he was attending a play at Ford’s Theatre. He died five days later.

    Omar Bradley – 1893

    The five-star general’s active duty career spanned 69 years, 8 months, and 7 days – longer than any active duty service member in the history of the United States Armed Forces. Bradley graduated from West Point in 1915. He commanded the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, and served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    Judy Blume – 1938

    The American writer is best known for her children’s and young adult books including Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Fudge, Blubber, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

    Honorable Mention

    James Fields Smathers – 1888
    Todd Duncan – 1905
    William Russell – 1934
    David Small – 1945
    Christina Ricci – 1980