JANUARY 19, 2020 | NATIONAL POPCORN DAY | WORLD QUARK DAY

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY - January 19

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY

On January 19th, National Popcorn Day pops onto the scene with a crunch we all love to enjoy! The annual celebration recognizes a treat that satisfies munchies, day or night.  

This time-honored snack can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball, or tossed with nuts and chocolate. However it is enjoyed, enjoy it on National Popcorn Day, January 19th.

The word “corn” in Old English meant “grain” or, more specifically, the most prominent grain grown in a region. As maize was the most common grain in early America, the word “corn” was aptly applied.

As early as the 16th century, the Aztec used popcorn in headdresses worn during ceremonies honoring Tlaloc, their god of maize and fertility. Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.

Popcorn started becoming popular in the United States in the middle 1800s. It wasn’t until Charles Cretors, a candy-store owner, developed a machine for popping corn with steam that the tasty treat became more abundantly poppable. By 1900 he had horse-drawn popcorn wagons going through the streets of Chicago.

At about the same time, Louise Ruckheim added peanuts and molasses to popcorn to bring Cracker Jack to the world. Then in 1908, the national anthem of baseball was born. Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote Take Me out to the Ballgame. From that point onward, popcorn, specifically Cracker Jack, became forever married to the game.

At the Movies

Another romance connected to popcorn may have had a slow start but eventually took off. Today, who can imagine going to the movies without getting a box of buttered popcorn? While popcorn was an economical choice for a snack food, the expense of installing a machine and adequately venting the building didn’t seem worth the effort. If it weren’t for Glen W. Dickson, we would be purchasing our popcorn from a vendor on the street before taking in the show. Dickson put in the effort and expense of placing machines inside his theaters. After realizing how quickly he recouped his costs, other theater owners followed suit.

The microwave oven spurred the next big advancement for popcorn. With the invention of the microwave, a whole new market opened for the snack food. Magnetrons, a technology produced by Raytheon Manufacturing Corporation for the military during World War II, were later used to develop microwave ovens. Percy Spencer was the man who made it happen. He used popcorn in his initial experiments during the microwave’s development. 

Today, Americans consume 13 billion quarts of popcorn a year, more than any other country in the world. A majority of the popcorn produced in the world is grown in the United States. Nebraska leads the corn belt in popcorn production.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPopcornDay

National Day Calendar began on National Popcorn Day in 2014.  Pop your favorite popcorn and share a bowl with a friend. Take a photo and share it on social media using #NationalPopcornDay.

NATIONAL POPCORN DAY HISTORY

The a-maizing origins of this pop-ular day is mysteriously amiss. However, the day has been observed since at least 1988.

WORLD QUARK DAY – January 19

WORLD QUARK DAY

On January 19th, World Quark Day officially celebrates quark and its many benefits. Quark is a European superfood staking its claim on supermarket shelves around the world. Quark is a delicious high-protein, low-fat alternative to soft cheese and yogurt that can be used for baking, cooking and blending.

There are no limits when using quark. If the menu calls for sweet or savory, hot or cold, quark cheese works well in place of almost any dairy. Replace cream cheese or sour cream with quark. By substituting with quark, enter the world of healthy, low-carb, low-fat culinary delights. Experience quark smoothies, cheesecakes, dips, and spreads. Quark’s versatility might surprise you.

Learn about quark’s many possibilities as a home remedy and beauty product, too. Millions of Europeans have benefited from using quark for centuries.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldQuarkDay

  • World Quark Day encourages you to learn how to easily integrate quark into your day. Try it in breakfasts and smoothies to low-carb lunches, delicious dinners, and guilt-free desserts.
  • Become familiar with the many ways that quark can be used. When you do you will be promoting good health. Try out any of the hundreds of recipes and remedies that support a healthy, natural lifestyle.
  • Share your quark experiences. Whether you’re enjoying it while traveling or you’re eating it at home, share your personal experience with other quark fans. Learn from others how you can #quarkupyourlife. Spread the word and wisdom of healthy eating and living by using #WorldQuarkDay and #quarkupyourlife on social media.

WORLD QUARK DAY HISTORY

The Queen of Quark, a healthy eating enthusiast and author, born in beautiful Bavaria, Germany, introduced World Quark Day in 2019. She shares quark’s countless benefits, through her blog and on social media while connecting with Quark fans from all over the world to support clean eating habits via www.queenofquark.com.

In August of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed World Quark Day to be observed on January 19th, annually.

On Deck for January 20, 2020

Recipe of the Day

Baked Oatmeal

Prep:  10 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients:

2 cups steel cut oats (not instant)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans (divided)
1/2 cup raisins or dates
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, well beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups chopped fruit – such as apples, peaches, pears, persimmons, apricots, blueberries, or bananas work well

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325°. Prepare a 9-inch baking dish by greasing the sides and bottom.

Spread the two cups of fruit evenly along the bottom of the baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients and 1/2 of the nuts together. Once mixed, add melted butter butter. Stir until ingredients are mixed well.

In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, and vanilla together until combined.

Combine dry ingredients with wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Pour over the fruit in the baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the top of the mixture.

Bake in 325° oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and the oatmeal is set.

Serve hot or let cool and refrigerate covered overnight. Reheat, covered with aluminum foil at 325°.

Haikus

Charlie Chaplin lives
With vice as big as the Ritz,
We laugh, He tramples.

          ***

Ha, surreal indeed
Some talks not worth the having
But for haiku caused

         ***

Titania v.
Oberon, first act weather.
Now I know ague.

Charlene James-Duguid
Amissville, Virginia

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