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MONKEY DAY – December 14


Every year on December 14th National Monkey Day celebrates the unique characteristics of simians. The day also focuses on other non-human primates such as apes, tarsiers, and lemurs. Read more . . .



National Bouillabaisse Day on December 14th gives seafood lovers everywhere a reason to celebrate. This flavorful fish stew hits the spot on cold winter’s day, too. Read more. . . 


On December 14th, National Alabama Day recognizes the Heart of Dixie. Read more. . . 

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Recipe of the Day

Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Serves: 6


4 lobster tails
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 celery ribs, diced
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups lobster stock
2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter


Bring a large stockpot filled with about two inches of water to a boil. Add lobster tails and until shells are bright red – about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the tails from the water and allow them to cool slightly. Once cool, remove shells and veins. Chop lobster meat into 1-inch pieces.

Place the shells back into the boiling water. Boil for an additional 10 minutes. Strain and reserve 2 cups of the lobster stock.

In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Lower the heat to medium or medium-low. Sprinkle flour into the pan and stir until thick.

Add the wine slowly and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, paprika, and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in tomato paste and lobster stock. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.

In a blender, puree the mixture. Return to the stockpot and add the cream and butter. Salt to taste. Add lobster and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes.

Serve with a slice of crusty bread.

December 14th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


The first trans-pacific cable line is completed by the Commercial Cable Company. It connected San Francisco, CA to Honolulu, HI.


The first team of explorers reaches the South Pole. Roald Amundsen and his team left his base camp at Antarctica’s Bay of Whales in October using sleigh dogs. The team arrived at the pole ahead of Robert F. Scott by more than a month.


Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” is #1 on the music charts. Interestingly, several other artists recorded the song, too. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles recorded the song in 1966. However, it wasn’t released until 1968, the same year as Marvin Gaye’s version. Others who have recorded the song include Gladys Knight & the Pips and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by Barret Strong and Norman Whitfield.


Pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager take off from Edwards Air Force Base in Voyager. Burt Rutan designed the honeycombed, lightweight aircraft from composite materials. The design allowed the plane to carry more fuel. As a result, the pilots completed the nonstop flight around the world without refueling in 9 days.

December 14th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Morihei Ueshiba – 1883

During the 1930s, Ueshiba developed the martial art known as Aikido.

Jimmy Doolittle – 1896

The American pilot led many missions during World War II. His efforts earned him both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith – 1897

The American politician was the first woman elected to Congress in both the House and Senate. In both instances, she was also the first woman representing Maine in Congress.

Don Hewitt – 1922

In 1968, the news producer created the television news magazine 60 Minutes.

Junior J. Spurrier – 1922

The American soldier received the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Achain, France, during World War II.

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