NATIONAL TOAST DAY
Would you believe National Toast Day honoring the humble slice is on the Last Thursday in February? But it is so very versatile. It carries a multitude of jams, jellies, marmalades and fruit compotes. We don’t stop there. Toast transports proteins and veggies, sprouts, and soaks up sauces and drippings.
Perhaps we have overlooked the necessity of toast, and it shall have its due. We’re able to toast it to a variety of shades pleasing everyone. Whether we lightly toast it or char it to a dark crisp, it serves as a perfect medium for building breakfast or sandwiches. It accepts seasoning quite well, too. Add butter, gee, avocado, or honey. It doesn’t matter your preference. Cinnamon and sugar? Well, it might depend on your mood.
Or perhaps the bread you have on hand. Is it cinnamon raisin bread or whole wheat? Do you only have two ends left? Some think those are the best kinds of toast. Others well, you can’t teach everyone the best kinds of toast making.
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Raise a toast to your toast. Be it burnt to a crisp or golden brown, honor your toast. Use #NationalToastDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL TOAST DAY HISTORY
National Toast Day was started in 2014 by The Tiptree World Bread Awards to celebrate toast and all the breads we make it with. While the organization is in the UK, the day has found a following in the United States.
NATIONAL CHILI DAY
National Chili Day on the fourth Thursday in February honors one of America’s favorite winter dishes–chili. It’s also known as chili con carne (chili with meat).
In Spanish, chili refers to “chili pepper” and carne means “meat”.
Chili is most commonly made up of tomatoes, beans, chili peppers, meat, garlic, onions, and cumin. However, cooks offer up so many variations to the basic chili recipe. And, with so many varieties, chili cook-off competitions love to feature chili as a favored entry.
American frontier settlers used a “chili” recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt. All this was pounded together and formed into bricks and dried. They could then boil the bricks in pots on the trails.
At the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the San Antonio Chili Stand helped people from all over the United States appreciate the taste of chili. Because San Antonio was a significant tourist destination, it helped Texas-style chili con carne spread throughout the South and West. In 1977, House Concurrent Resolution Number 18 of the 65th Texas Legislature designated chili con carne as the official dish of the U.S. state of Texas.
Before World War II, hundreds of small, family-run chili parlors (also known as chili joints) popped up throughout the state of Texas as well as other places in the United States. Each new chili parlor usually claimed some kind of secret recipe.
Ways to enjoy chili
There are many ways that people enjoy the great taste of chili, some of which include:
- Add chili to hot dogs to create chili dogs.
- Top burgers with chili and enjoy a chili burgers.
- Combine chili and chili with fries and make chili cheese fries.
- Make the ultimate baked potato by stuffing it with chili.
- “Frito pie” is chili with spaghetti noodles.
- Transform mac and cheese into chili mac.
- Mix rice and chili for another flavor favorite.
- Add croutons to your chili for added crunch.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChiliDay
There are so many ways to enjoy chili. Just about everyone has their own recipe, too. Ready to try something new? We found several for you to try or share your favorites!
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NATIONAL CHILI DAY HISTORY
Rich Kelly of Hard Times Cafe in Arlington, VA founded National Chili Day. The day has been celebrated with cook-offs, pot lucks, feeds and bottomless bowls since at least 2006.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY
National Chocolate Covered Nut Day on February 25th recognizes the delicious and crunchy snack drizzle, covered, dunked or smothered in chocolate. The possibilities are endless with so many different types of nuts and chocolate combinations.
For thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet. The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans, while Native Americans favored pecans.
Both chocolate and nuts can be good for you. Dark chocolate seems to possess a substantial amount of antioxidants, while the nuts contain the essential fatty acids and linolenic acids. The fats in nuts, for the most part, are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats. Nuts also provide arginine, a substance that may help make the walls of the arteries more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot formation. Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2 and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.
The first chocolate-covered peanut candy was Goobers, originally sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
One of the more recognized chocolate-covered nuts is the M & M. These chocolate-covered peanuts or chocolate-covered almonds have become a favorite of many. The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954. They were tan until 1960 when the colors red, yellow, and green were added to production.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCoveredNutDay
Whether it be unsweetened chocolate, sweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate mixed with peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamias, pecans, or any other nut, enjoy your favorite combination!! Use #ChocolateCoveredNutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY HISTORY
While we continue to seek the origins of this day, we’re not withholding any reward. Chocolate, with or without nuts, is a staple snack in the National Day Calendar offices. That doesn’t mean we won’t stop looking for the founder of the day. It just means, it might be helpful if the answer was at the bottom of a bag of Brach’s chocolate-covered peanuts.
NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY
Each year on February 25th people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to participate in National Clam Chowder Day.
A clam chowder in its simplest form is a soup or stew containing clams or fish. The most common type of chowder includes milk or cream as well as potatoes, though the Manhattan clam chowder has tomatoes.
The origin of the word “chowder” is up for a little bit of debate. The French word for cauldron is “chaudiere.” The English word “jowter” means fish peddler. Both are on the hook for possible origins.
In chowder, along with the clams, it is common to find diced potatoes, onions (often sautéed with pork or bacon drippings) and celery.
Following is a list of the basic clam chowder variants:
- New England clam chowder
- Manhattan clam chowder
- Rhode Island clam chowder
- Delaware clam chowder
- New Jersey clam chowder
- Hatteras clam chowder
- Minorcan clam chowder
- Long Island clam chowder
- Puget Sound clam chowder
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalClamChowderDay
Make your region’s best clam chowder. Better yet, have a clam chowder taste-off! Invite friends and family to cook up a variety of chowders from all over the country and try them all. Let us know which one you liked best. Maybe you’ll find a new appreciation for chowders. And it’s an excellent way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too!
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NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY HISTORY
While we dig for the origins of this piping hot holiday, we don’t mind if we have another serving or two to keep us warm. How about you?
February 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
William Austin Burt received patent no. 9,428 for the invention of the solar compass. While surveying iron-rich land that would soon become the Wisconsin Territory, the American innovator and surveyor continually had troubles with his magnetic compass. His invention of the solar compass solved the problem. Also known as an astronomical compass would become the standard of the surveying trade.
Hiram Rhodes Revels is sworn into the United States Senate representing Mississippi. He is the first African American to serve in the U.S. Congress.
Do you have that on file? Thanks to George Lewis McCarthy’s invention the Checkograph, patent no. 1,748,489, banks made photographic records of checks before returning them to their customers. Kodak would later purchase McCarthy’s patent and apply the product to other archival systems such as libraries and newspapers, beginning with the New York Times. And so began the era of microfilm.
The New York Rangers toppled the Montreal Canadiens at home in Madison Square Gardens during the first televised hockey game. NBC won the honors to air the 6-2 win on the ice.
Buenos Aires hosted the opening ceremonies of the first Pan American Games.
In a technical knockout, Cassius Clay claims the world heavyweight boxing title from Sonny Liston in the seventh round.
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 60 minutes
Bake: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 2 loaves
2¼ cups water
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
1 tablespoon sugar
3 cups flour plus 3¼ to ¾ tablespoons
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons yeast
Mix water and margarine or butter in saucepan and heat to 120°.
In separate bowl, add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt.
Slowly add liquid mixture to dry ingredients.
Add remaining flour and knead until smooth and not sticky.
Set aside and covered. Let rise until doubled in size.
Divide dough in half and shape l each half into a long cylinder shape.
Using a sharp knife, cut three slashes in the top. Cover and let rise again.
Make an egg wash using 1 egg and water mixed well. Brush across the top of each loaf.
Bake in a 375° oven for 20 minutes.
For added decoration, sprinkle sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds or toasted onion or garlic on dough before baking.
February 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Pierre Auguste Renoir – 1841
The French Impressionist painter was known for his real-life scenes in Paris. He also worked along with other accomplished Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet.
Ida Lewis – 1842
Lighthouses hold a fascinating charm for many people. They collect them, plan vacations so they can tour as many of them as possible. A lighthouse carries a wealth of history and symbolism. From the day it was erected, it stands as a torch lighting the way and protecting ships from the shores. Idawalley Lewis was the lighthouse keeper at Lime Rock Light in Newport, Rhode Island, for 32 years, and before that, she lived there with her parents who were the lighthouse keepers before her. Throughout her lifetime, even as a child, she kept an alert eye on the sea and those in danger. As a result, Ida rescued 36 people from the ocean’s depths and her rescues began at the young age of 12 years old.
Ida Noddack – 1896
In 1925, the German chemist and physicist along with her husband Walter Noddack and Otto Berg discovered rhenium, atomic symbol Re. In 1925, the German chemist and physicist along with her husband Walter Noddack and Otto Berg discovered rhenium, atomic symbol Re. Since the silvery-white metal withstands corrosion, it’s used industrially for electrical contact material and filaments for a variety of uses such as flash photography, ovens, and medical imaging.
Anthony Burgess – 1917
The prolific British author and playwright is best known for his dystopian satire A Clockwork Orange. However, Anthony Burgess also dabbled in fantasy, historical fiction, comedy, short stories, and more. Some of the titles include The Pianoplayers, Any Old Iron, Abba Abba, and Nothing Like the Sun: A story of Shakespeare’s Love Life.
Bob Schieffer – 1937
With a broadcast career spanning more than 6 decades, Schieffer has reported under 13 presidents. His Washington D.C. experience made him an ideal choice as moderator for several presidential debates. He’s also served as an anchor for the long-running CBS broadcast Face the Nation.
George Harrison – 1943
The quiet Beatle was the lead guitarist with the Fab Five. In 1964, they successfully invaded the United States and in 1970, they parted ways. Harrison, like the other Beatles, pursued a solo career. During his career as a Beatle, Harrison wrote “Here Come’s the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Eleanor Rigby.”
Lesya Ukrainka – 1871
Carrot Top – 1965
Sean Astin – 1971
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