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National Corn Fritters Day on July 16th encourages us to fry up a batch of these crispy, flavorful bites of corn and batter! Make them with fresh corn and the celebration will be even better!

These bright crispy morsels make great additions to summer barbecues and backyard gatherings. The main ingredients include corn, meal, egg, milk, and butter. While they may have originated in the south, corn fritters can easily be changed up with peppers, onions, or herbs to give them regional and seasonal flair.

When paired with other vegetables and a pan-fried fish filet, corn fritters added to a lightly toasted bun create a unique fish sandwich. Don’t look at corn fritters as just a side dish, but a functional part of a complete meal.  

Make your fritters small, and they become appetizers. When there’s a bumper crop of sweet corn, be sure to freeze some for a taste of summer during the winter. These corn fritters will brighten up a gloomy, cold day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCornFrittersDay

Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to whip up some homemade fritters! Here are a grilled corn fritter and a fresh sweet corn fritter recipe for you to try.  Post on social media using #NationalCornFrittersDay. 


We were unable to identify the creator of National Corn Fritters Day.



Each year on July 16th, National Personal Chef Day recognizes the dedication and hard work of personal chefs across the United States.  

There’s a difference between a personal chef and a private chef. A private chef usually works exclusively for one client and typically lives in a person’s home or on the property. A personal chef may have many clients, run their own business, or work for a company.

The services a personal chef provides may include preparing meals in the clients’ homes or delivering meals already prepared. They may also create a meal plan according to dietary needs or the client’s preferences. Clients then follow instructions provided by the chef for heating the meals. Some personal chefs offer catering services as well.

Since being a personal chef is a competitive business, experience, and training is necessary. While not all personal chefs attend a culinary program, they do have years of experience and have honed their skills in the trade.

The days can be long for a personal chef. Depending on the client, their duties include shopping, preparation, and clean up. A dedicated chef with several clients will also spend long hours on their feet. Personal Chef Day acknowledges the hard work and often long lonely hours a chef puts into their craft. Many days also require additional research for clients with allergies or special diets. However, their passion for cooking and bringing nutritious, delicious meals to the table keeps them striving to create in the kitchen. The celebration dedicates the day to personal chefs with the drive to keep growing their skills and their business.

Some celebrate this holiday in February of each year.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPersonalChefDay

For anyone aiming to become a personal chef or run their own business, this day is for you. Pat yourself on the back. If you know someone interested in being a personal chef, encourage them. Be their taste tester. Thank a personal chef you know for their outstanding work. Give them a shout out or a recommendation. Use #NationalPersonalChefDay to share on social media. 


The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) founded National Personal Chef Day.

July 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

The Residence Act establishes the District of Columbia as the United States’ capital.


The Dixie cup is patented. Attorney Lawrence W. Luellen of Newton, Massachusetts originally designed the paper cup in 1908 to use with his water dispensing machine. He partnered with Hugh Moore of the American Water Supply Company and set out to change the world’s water drinking habits. Instead of sharing drinking glasses and communal drinking tins, the partners suggested their product stopped the spread of germs by being a single-use, disposable drinking vessel.


Oklahoma City installs the world’s first parking meter. Carl Magee received patent no. 2,118,318 for his invention and initially trademarked it as the “Dual.” However, Magee would later rename the invention the “Park-O-Meter.”


Joe DiMaggio broke his own consecutive game hitting streak when he hit his 56th. The Yankee began and ended the streak against pitcher Eddie Smith of the Chicago White Sox. The phenomenal streak ended on July 17th against the Cleveland Indians and pitcher Al Smith. No one has repeated the feat or broken it since.


Little, Brown and Company publishes J.D. Salinger’s coming-of-age novel, Catcher in the Rye.


Can you say, “Count down?” The Apollo 11 mission launches from Kennedy Space Center. Four days later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon. Pilot Michael Collins remained in orbit in the Command Module.


Isaac Harding-Davis set the world record for the most ice cream eaten in 1 minute. Anyone else getting sympathy brain freeze?

Recipe of the Day

Peach Ice Cream

Peach Ice Cream
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:  45 minutes
Serves 4


4 large, soft, ripe peaches; peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup peach juice
2/3 cup white sugar
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


Place peaches, water and juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Cook covered until peaches are soft, stirring occasionally.

Transfer peaches and sauce to a non-reactive mixing bowl.

Mix in sugar and allow to cool to room temperature.

Add remaining ingredients.

Puree in blender or food processor until smooth.

Chill until cold.

Churn in ice cream maker following the manufacturer’s instructions.

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In the Classroom

July 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Mary Baker Eddy – 1821

Mary Baker Eddy established the Church of Christ, Scientist, also known as Christian Science.

Ida B. Wells – 1862

In 1896, the American journalist help found the National Association of Colored Women. During her lifetime she served as a teacher, newspaper owner, and advocate for African American rights. In 1892, she began an anti-lynching campaign

Orville Redenbacher – 1907

The bow tie-wearing food scientist developed his own brand of popping corn alongside his business partner Charles Bowman. The famous brand was originally named Red Bow in 1970, but was soon changed to Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn.

Will Ferrell – 1967

The American actor and comedian rose through the ranks of Saturday Night Live to the big screen in comedies like Zoolander, Elf and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

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