ANOSMIA AWARENESS DAY
Anosmia Awareness Day on February 27th brings attention to a condition causing a loss of smell. Of all our senses, smell perhaps is taken for granted more than any other.
There are many causes of Anosmia. The most common reasons are due to upper respiratory or sinus/nasal infections or diseases. We’ve all experienced a cold or allergy that’s temporarily prevented us from smelling.
However, other conditions cause a permanent or long term loss of the sense. When anosmia symptoms are prolonged or life long, many anosmics do not get to enjoy the flavor of foods, the scent of an infant or use their sense of smell as an early warning system for danger.
Our olfactory sense has a powerful effect on memories and emotions. When we lose this sense, the impact is terrific. Anosmia Awareness Day provides an opportunity to learn more about the condition and where to go for support.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AnosmiaAwarenessDay
To learn more about anosmia and how to find treatment, visit anosmiaawareness.org. There are resources across the country. Share your experiences and use #AnosmiaAwarenessDay to share on social media.
ANOSMIA AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
Daniel Schein founded Anosmia Awareness Day in 2012 to provide improved educational opportunities and support to those with olfactory conditions.
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.
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!
Use #NationalChiliDay to post on social media.
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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 RETRO DAY
On February 27, National Retro Day takes us back to a time before smartphones and the internet.
Every generation looks back and asks, “Remember when?” This celebration indulges our love for the good ol’ days while remaining in the present.
No matter the decade, pick a point in time where people talked more face to face than text to text, had dinner at home around the table and the kids played games that didn’t require internet.
What’s your retro? On National Retro Day, swoop the hair into a mile-high beehive or strut those eight-inch bell bottoms. Can you maximize the curls for a stellar Afro? Don’t hesitate to break out the old roller skates and see if you still have those mad skills. Tie the hair up with a polka dot bandana and strike muscle pose like Rosie the Riveter. Maybe you prefer a moonwalk, a leather jacket, and a single glove.
With no smartphones, internet, and social media, we spent more time focused on each other when we were together. Each moment recorded in memory for us to look back retrospectively and not for the whole world to see.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRetroDay
Whatever your retro is, wear it, drive it, play it on Retro Day. What’s your retro? Let us know by using #NationalRetroDay on social media.
NATIONAL RETRO DAY HISTORY
Hermelinda A. Aguilar and Robert and Tina Duran founded National Retro Day to take a look back at how life was before social media, the internet and smartphones became a necessity of our daily lives.
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.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalToastDay
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 POLAR BEAR DAY
National Polar Bear Day, also known as International Polar Bear Day. focuses efforts on February 27th to learn more about the polar bear and conservation efforts where the polar bear is concerned.
Polar bears can reach a height of 9 ft tall and a weight of 1400 pounds. They have large front paws, which are slightly webbed, that are used to paddle as they swim. As they are powerful swimmers, some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land. However, some of the distance may have been covered by floating on sheets of ice.
The polar bears have a warming layer of fat which is covered by their thick coat of insulating fur which helps them live in the colder environments.
Some organizations use this day to raise awareness of the declining number of polar bears worldwide. It is believed by many that these beautiful creatures are threatened due to global warming and the consequential loss of their natural habitat. Groups around the world gather together to find ways to make a difference and spread information to others.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPolarBearDay
Learn more about the polar bear, its environment and how it lives. Use #NationalPolarBearDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL POLAR BEAR DAY HISTORY
Polar Bear Day has been recognized since at least 2011, and founding credit has been given to Polar Bears International which sponsors educational challenges annually.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY
We continue with February’s heart-shaped and red theme by observing National Strawberry Day on February 27th. These juicy, sweet berries can brighten up any dish and are delicious all on their own.
There are a few different stories behind the origin of the name. The more widely accepted version is that the berries would drop off the leaves and become “strewn” about the plant. Overtime “strewn-berries” became “strawberries”. There was a time (and some gardeners still do this today) when strawberry beds were mulched with straw, insulating the plants over the winter, keeping weeds at bay during the growing season and making them easier to harvest. Another sweet story tells of English children stringing the berries on grass straws and selling the “straw berries” in their neighborhoods.
Not only are they delicious, but they are also fragrant. One of the more aromatic fruits, they belong to the rose family.
Strawberries are grown in nearly every corner of the Earth (if the Earth had corners) except for her most frozen southern and northern reaches. Along with all these possible locations, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries as well.
An excellent source of Vitamin C, strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, potassium and fiber. At 55 calories and zero fat in 1 cup, these sweet things hit the spot when a snack time is calling!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStrawberryDay
While the best season for strawberries is from late April to August, now might be a good time to scout out strawberry festivals and pick-your-own farms or plan to plant your own strawberry patch. Imagine sitting in your very own patch eating sun-warmed, sweet berries you picked or even grew yourself under clear blue skies.
Berry Picking Tips:
- Pick fully ripe berries. Strawberries don’t continue to ripen if picked too early like bananas or pears.
- Don’t overfill your container. Berries are tender and can bruise easily.
- Don’t wash the fruit until you are ready to eat. Strawberries are susceptible to mold and washing will speed up spoilage.
- The best time to pick strawberries is on cool, cloudy days, but if they will be eaten right away, any time is perfect!
- If you pick more than you can eat before they spoil, strawberries freeze very well. Pluck off the green caps and toss into a freezer bag. Use for smoothies, ice cream or cake toppings.
You may want to have a fresh bowl of strawberries now, or maybe give one of the following recipes a try:
Use #NationalStrawberryDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY DAY HISTORY
While we continue to research the origins of this national food holiday, one resource shows the day has been celebrated by the grocery industry since at least 2013. And it’s showing no signs of stopping, either.
NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY
National Kahlúa Day on February 27th recognizes the rich, cream coffee liqueur that also serves up a great many delicious desserts! This alcoholic beverage adds to cocktails and adult flavored desserts equally well. To celebrate, you may want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored rum-based liquor, to flavor your ice cream or another dessert such as cheesecake or cake. It also tastes great in coffee, hot chocolate, creamy cocktails, as a shot or on the rocks.
Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlúa in 1936. In 1994, the company merged with Allied Lyons forming Allied Domecq. In 2005, Allied Domecq was partially acquired by Pernod Ricard which merged with the Swedish Vin & Sprit (V & S Group) in March of 2008.
Kahlúa is made from coffee and rum, so it does contain caffeine. Kahlúa is found to be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:
- Baby Guinness
- Black Russian
- White Russian
- Espresso Martini
- Caribbean Mudslide
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKahluaDay
The day can be celebrated by baking with Kahlúa flavor. Kahlúa lends a delicious and rich flavor to desserts of all kinds. It elevates cakes, mousse and so much more. If you like chocolate, that’s an excellent place to start. Celebrate with a taste of Kahlúa cook-off or just try one of these recipes below.
Of course, you could serve up a beverage or two, as well. (Remember always drink responsibly and never drink and drive) and use #NationalKahluaDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL KAHLUA DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Dijon Honey Glazed Ham
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 2 hr
Total: 2 hr 20 min
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
1 (5-7lb.) store bought ham
3/4 cup water
Place ham in roasting pan & pour water into the bottom of pan.
Cover with aluminum foil & bake for 90 minutes or until heated through, soft and tender.
Prepare Glaze after placing ham in oven.
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 TBSP Dijon mustard
1/4 TSP ground black pepper
Mix glaze ingredients in saucepan heat over low heat until simmering. Stir until smooth and.Remove from heat.
Once ham is heated through brush the glaze over the top to cover completely.
Return ham to the oven & bake uncovered an additional 20 minutes allowing glaze to caramelize.
Cool ham 10 minutes before slicing.
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