NATIONAL CLEAN OFF YOUR DESK DAY
The second Monday of January each year recognizes National Clean Off Your Desk Day. This day is an opportunity to begin your new year with a clean and organized workspace. Whether your desk is in a private or shared office… Read more…
SAVE THE EAGLES DAY
Each year on January 10th, Save the Eagles Day reminds us of the majestic raptors that soar above the Earth – whether they are well populated or endangered. Due to the work of scientists and the public, the bald eagle was removed from this list in June… Read more…
NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! National Bittersweet Chocolate Day on January 10th gives you the excuse to indulge in some chocolate satisfaction. (National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is celebrated on November 7th.) Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical… Read more…
NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages consumers to explore their options and keep up with scheduled maintenance. Each year, on January 10th, the observance provides information designed to help homeowners and businesses to reduce… Read more…
NATIONAL OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER DAY
National Oysters Rockefeller Day on January 10th recognizes a dish so rich there was only one man’s name this dish could bear at the time. At least, that’s the story according to the chef who so masterfully created famous recipes in the French Quarter. In 1889 in the renowned kitchen of Antoine’s… Read more…
- National Arkansas Day
- National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
- National Milk Day
- National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
- Shop for Travel Day – Second Tuesday in January
Recipe of the Day
Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour 10 minutes
3 pounds acorn squash
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 apple, diced (use a sweet apple-like Fuji, Ambrosia, Gala, Honey Crisp)
4 cups vegetable broth, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons sour cream
shelled pumpkin seeds for garnish
Heat oven to 400°F and place rack to the center position.
In a large pot, warm two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, curry powder, and apples. Continue cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until apples are tender.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out of the squash with a spoon. Drizzle and rub the flesh and skin with remaining olive oil. Sprinkle each half with a pinch of salt. Place the halves flesh side down on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
Remove squash from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Scrape out the cooked flesh and add it to the pot. Stir in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat. In a blender, combine the soup and coconut milk. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with sour cream and pumpkin seeds.
January 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Publisher Robert Bell makes the first copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense available for sale to the public. The 47-page pamphlet set in writing the reasons the Thirteen Colonies should become independent from the British Crown. Within days Bell issued a second printing with more than 100,000 sold that year. On July 4th, delegates ratified the Declaration of Independence.
Senator A.A. Sargent (R-CA) introduces a resolution to the U.S. Senate to amend the Constitution providing women suffrage.
After three years of research, Drs. Hubert Loring and Carlton Schwerdt from Stanford University announce the first successful isolation of the poliovirus. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis funded the breakthrough research that eventually led to the first successful polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk.
HBO aired the first episode of the television drama The Sopranos. Created by David Chase, the show ran for six seasons and starred James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, and Edie Falco.
January 10th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Katharine Burr Blodgett – 1898
After becoming the first woman to earn her Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University, Blodgett also became the first female scientist hired by General Electric. During her successful career, Blodgett developed an antireflective coating or “invisible” glass used for optical equipment.
Max Roach – 1924
The legendary jazz drummer and one of the pioneers of bebop continues to have an immense impact on musicians of the modern era. Roach’s contributions extended beyond jazz into the world of theater, activism, and culture.
George Foreman – 1949
The professional heavyweight boxer won two world championships and the 1968 Olympic gold medal in Mexico City.
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