NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY
Observed annually on May 11th, National Eat What You Want Day sets diets aside for a day of indulgence. It’s about having one day a year of eating with no regrets. Whether you love donuts or fast food, today is your day to gratify without feeling guilty. Read more…
NATIONAL TWILIGHT ZONE DAY
Always observed on May 11th, National Twilight Zone Day features mysterious twists and turns highlighted with eerie background music and unexplainable occurrences. Read more…
NATIONAL SCHOOL NURSE DAY
National School Nurse Day on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week honors all school nurses who care for the children in the schools every day. School nurses promote learning through healthy children. Read more…
NATIONAL RECEPTIONISTS’ DAY
Each year National Receptionists’ Day on the second Wednesday in May gives recognition to receptionists and the valuable contributions they make to the companies where they work. Read more…
NATIONAL FOAM ROLLING DAY
Each year on May 11th, National Foam Rolling Day recognizes a therapy that’s been called the poor man’s massage. You only go to the dentist once a year, but you brush your teeth every day. While we can’t get a massage every day, foam rolling offers the next best thing! Brush your muscles daily with a foam roller. Read more…
NATIONAL THIRD SHIFT WORKERS DAY
Each year, National Third Shift Workers Day on the second Wednesday in May recognizes the workers who face the night to keep businesses running, hospitals staffed, and streets safe. The day is also known as National Night Shift Workers Day. Read more…
Recipe of the Day
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
4 lobster tails
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup dry white wine
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 celery ribs, diced
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups lobster stock
2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter
Bring a large stockpot filled with about two inches of water to a boil. Add lobster tails and until shells are bright red – about 8-10 minutes.
Remove the tails from the water and allow them to cool slightly. Once cool, remove shells and veins. Chop lobster meat into 1-inch pieces.
Place the shells back into the boiling water. Boil for an additional 10 minutes. Strain and reserve 2 cups of the lobster stock.
In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and celery and cook until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Lower the heat to medium or medium-low. Sprinkle flour into the pan and stir until thick.
Add the wine slowly and stir in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, paprika, and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high. Stir in tomato paste and lobster stock. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
In a blender, puree the mixture. Return to the stockpot and add the cream and butter. Salt to taste. Add lobster and simmer an additional 5-10 minutes.
Serve with a slice of crusty bread.
May 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The coffee company Maxwell House trademarks the phrase “Good to the last drop.”
Film industry leaders including Mary Pickford, Cecil B. DeMille, and Louis B. Mayer found the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Marine Margaret Ann Brewer is promoted to the rank of brigadier general. She is the first woman to achieve general officer rank.
IBM’s supercomputer Deep Blue defeats world chess champion and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. It is the first time a computer defeated a world champion in a competition.
May 11th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Grant Marsh – 1834
Considered the greatest steamboat captain on the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, Grant Marsh never lost a boat in his 64-year career. He also rescued many other captains, travelers, and soldiers including survivors of Lieutenant General George Custer’s Last Stand.
Harriet Quimby – 1875
A woman of many firsts, Harriet Quimby was an aviation pioneer in the United States. She was the first woman to earn her U.S. pilot’s license. Less than a year later, Quimby would become the first woman to fly across the English Channel. She would die tragically a few months later during an event when she and William Willard, the event organizer, were accidentally ejected from the seats of the Bleriot monoplane they were riding in at 1000 feet.
Irving Berlin – 1888
Born Israel Baline in Temun, Siberia, the famous composer and lyricist immigrated to the United States in 1893 with his family 19 months after Ellis Island opened. The family had fled Siberia to escape Russia’s persecution of the Jews. Some of his most well-known songs include, “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”
Jacqueline Cochran – 1906
Jacqueline Cochran was the first woman pilot to break the sound barrier. She also sponsored the testing for the Mercury 13. Her testimony before the house subcommittee on discrimination in the workplace at NASA played a role in delaying women’s participation in the astronaut program.
John C. Norman – 1929
Cardiothoracic surgeon, John C. Norman advanced methods for artificial hearts through research and innovation. He established the Cullen Cardiovascular Surgical Research Laboratories at Texas Heart Institute in 1972 where much of his focus centered on furthering the development of the artificial heart.
Cam Newton – 1989
Selected by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, quarterback Cam Newton played college football at Auburn University. He earned the Heisman Trophy in 2010 and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year in 2011. He’s been to the Pro Bowl three times and in 2015 earned the Bert Bell Award, NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award, and NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
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