NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY
Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!
It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.
According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn.”
In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish.” Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCherryPieDay
Try making your own cherry pie using one of these delicious recipes:
Not much of a baker? Stop by your favorite bakery or take a friend out for a slice of cherry pie and a cup of coffee. Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY HISTORY
Pull up a chair and have a slice of cherry pie with us while we continue to research the origins of this pie celebrating day.
NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY
On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This holiday focuses on giving extra attention to our pets. The day encourages pampering our pets and focusing on the special relationship pets hold in our lives.
Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? While there are more cats than dogs in the United States, more households have dogs than cats, but not by much. Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories. There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats. Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure. So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoveYourPetDay
Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra-long walk or give them more attention. Other ideas include:
- Check that their vaccines are up to date.
- Watch a pet video with them full of cats, dogs and other critters.
- Give them a few extra strokes with the brush while grooming.
- Practice their favorite commands – sit, shake, rollover.
- Play their favorite game or bring out their best toy.
- Inspect their toys to make sure they’re in good shape. Throw out any broken toys.
- Wash their bedding, even if it’s not their laundry day. Let them fluff it up just the way they like it.
Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets! Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pet-friendly day. While we do, we don’t mind if we snuggle an extra minute with our furry friends, too!
Recipe of the Day
Black Forest Cake
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total Prep: 65 minutes
2 – 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 – 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 – 20 oz cans pitted sour cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by greasing and flouring, then layer the bottoms with wax paper.
In a large bowl, mix flour, 2 cups sugar, cocoa, baking powder, soda, and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil, and 1 tablespoon vanilla and beat until well.
Pour into cake pans.
Bake in 350°F oven for 35 minutess or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool the cakes on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Loosen edges, remove from pans and allow to cool completely on racks.
Drain cherries and reserve 1/2 cup of juice.
Combined cherries, 1/2 cup juice, 1 cup sugar and starch in a saucepan.
Over low heat, cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
In a chilled medium bowl, combine whipping cream and confectioners’ sugar.
Using an electric mixer, beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Split each cake layer with a long serrated knife in half.
Set aside 1 1/2 cups of frosting for decorating the cake.
rush crumbs off the top of each layer of the cake.
Set aside one split layer to tear into crumbs.
Place bottom layer on cake plate and spread with 1 cup of frosting.
Add 3/4 cup cherry topping.
Add the second cake layer.
Repeat frosting and cherry layers.
Top with third cake layer and frost the side of the cake.
Pat reserved crumbs onto the cake.
Fit a star decorator tip onto a pastry bag and spoon reserve frosting into the bag.
Pipe frosting around the edges of the cake.
Spoon remaining cherry topping around the top of the cake.
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