NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY
Each year on December 8, brownie lovers across the nation enjoy one of their favorite baked goods on National Brownie Day.
In the United States, the chocolate brownie is a favorite, with the blonde brownie running a close second. A blonde brownie is made with brown sugar and no chocolate and is often called a blondie.
The earliest recipes for brownies we are familiar with today are found published in regional cookbooks and newspapers around the turn of the last century. The 1904 Laconia, NH Home Cookery, the 1904 Chicago, IL Service Club Cook Book, and an April 2, 1905, edition of The Boston Globe are three early examples. In 1906, Fannie Merritt Farmer published a recipe in an edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book.
Three myths have gained popularity over the years regarding the creation of the brownie:
- In an accidental mixing of ingredients, a chef added melted chocolate to biscuit dough.
- A forgetful cook left out the flour when mixing the batter.
- When a housewife did not have baking powder, she improvised to create this new treat. The wife decided to serve her guest flattened cakes.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBrownieDay
Enjoy some fudgy, warm brownies. Be sure to invite friends and family to enjoy them with you, too! Pour a glass of milk and maybe add a scoop of ice cream. Share your recipes and celebrations by using #NationalBrownieday on social media.
NATIONAL BROWNIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this chocolate baking holiday.
PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY
Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day on December 8th encourages us step from our Tardis or flip open our Omni while wearing clothes from the past. At the same time, we should act appropriately confused by certain technology.
Time travel has captured our imaginations for generations. Science and authors keep coming back to the topic again and again, so it should be no surprise there would be a day to pretend to be a time traveler. The original blog post that got the day rolling can be found here. For more resources on how to be a time travel or at least act like one, we can explore the wide array of television and movies produced over the decades.
For example, Doctor Who is in its 26th season. Some might say that might be plenty of resource material right there. Let’s not stop, though. We’ve made a list and some of them might surprise you.
The Time Tunnel
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Back to the Future
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Midnight in Paris
Edge of Tomorrow
Peggy Sue Got Married
HOW TO OBSERVE #PretendToBeATimeTravelerDay
Act like a time traveler. Choose your time period and decide whether you are traveling to the past or the future. Be overly shocked when someone says, “I’d kill for a double mocha latte right now,” or “That car is the bomb.” Misuse technology. When someone offers you earbuds to listen to a new song, sniff them to see if they smell good. Use #PretendToBeATimeTraveler to share on social media.
PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY HISTORY
This time-traveling observance began in 2007.
Recipe of the Day
Braised Chicken and Celery
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 50 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
4 bone in, skin on chicken thighs
1 tablespoon coconut oil
8 celery stalks
4 medium new potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup white wine
1 3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Coat chicken in flour. Shake off excess.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium to high heat.
Add the chicken pieces to the pan and cook approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
Place chicken in a bowl and cover.
While chicken is cooking, prepare the celery.
Separate the pale, tender leaves and set aside for a garnish.
Cut celery stalks into 3-inch pieces.
After removing chicken, reduce heat to medium and add celery and potatoes.
Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
Pour in the wine and stir, deglazing the bottom of the pan.
When most of the liquid has evaporated, add the broth and mustard and stir well.
Add the chicken to the pan and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and tender – about 20 to 25 minutes.
Remove the chicken and vegetables from the pan to a serving dish, leaving the sauce and drippings.
Over medium heat, cook the sauce for an additional 5 to 6 minutes until thickened.
Stir in yogurt and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Pour over chicken. Garnish with celery leaves and serve hot.
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