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MAY 17, 2022 | NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY | NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY | NATIONAL GRADUATION TASSEL DAY | NATIONAL WALNUT DAY | NATIONAL IDAHO DAY
National Pack Rat Day | May 17
National Pack Rat Day | May 17

NATIONAL PACK RAT DAY | MAY 17

Each year on May 17th, National Pack Rat Day encourages us to take a look at ourselves and see if we have “Pack Rat” tendencies within us. A Pack Rat holds on to, collects or hoards often unneeded items. Read more…

National Cherry Cobbler Day | May 17
National Cherry Cobbler Day | May 17

NATIONAL CHERRY COBBLER DAY | MAY 17

May 17th each year dedicates the celebration of National Cherry Cobbler Day to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream. Many believe the early American Colonies are where this recipe began born out of a lack of proper cooking utensils. Read more…

National Graduation Tassel Day | May 17
National Graduation Tassel Day | May 17

NATIONAL GRADUATION TASSEL DAY | MAY 17

There is a class of students annually across the country celebrating their academic achievements and accomplishments, and this National Graduation Tassel Day on May 17th is just the start. The day celebrates not only the successes but the future of every graduate! Read more…

National Walnut Day | May 17

NATIONAL WALNUT DAY | MAY 17

We have a certain belief the squirrels might enjoy this one. In 1958 May 17th officially recognized National Walnut Day by a Senate resolution signed into law by President Eisenhower. Today we celebrate with delicious recipes of salads, desserts, and snack foods. Read more…

National Idaho Day May | 17
National Idaho Day May | 17

NATIONAL IDAHO DAY | MAY 17

On May 17th, National Idaho Day recognizes the 43rd state to join the United States union on July 3, 1890. Known by locals as The Gem State, Idaho was settled as miners, traders, and missionaries made their way West into the territory of the Nez Perce, Shoshone, and Bannock peoples. Read more…


Recipe of the Day

Kale and Spinach Dip
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 to 35 minutes
Total Prep: 45 to 50 minutes
Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

1- 8 oz package softened cream cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
1 cup red onion
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 lb kale, roughly chopped
1/2 lb spinach, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

In a large frying pan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and cook until union is soft (about 3 minutes). Add kale and spinach and cook until both are wilted (about 8-10 minutes). Remove from heat set aside to cool.

In large bowl, add cream cheese, mayonnaise and milk together and mix until smooth. Stir in carrots, salt, pepper and red pepper and mix well. Add Kale and spinach and mix until everything is equally distributed. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers.

Recipe credit: Amy LaVallie, National Day Calendar

May 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1875

Churchill Downs holds the first Kentucky Derby. Aristides ridden by Oliver Lewis, wins the race in 2 minutes, 37 seconds, 3/4.

1897

The Holland VI is launched at the Navy’s Lt. Lewis Nixon’s Crescent Shipyard in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It became the Navy’s first commissioned submarine in 1900 and renamed the USS Holland. Irish-American inventor John Philip Holland designed the submarine in 1896.

1954

The Supreme Court unanimously rules on the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka determining that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

1954

The comedy duo Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy came to an abrupt stop when Hardy suffered a heart attack. The two never performed together again.

2004

Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

May 17th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Cool Papa Bell – 1903

Considered to be one of the fasted baseball players who ever lived, Cool Papa Bell played centerfield in the Negro League from 1928-1945. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Dennis Hopper – 1936

The American actor and filmmaker is known for directing the film Easy Rider and his performances in films such as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers.

Sugar Ray Leonard – 1956

The 1976 Olympic gold medalist, Sugar Ray Leonard, turned to professional boxing the following year. In 1987 he defeated “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler for the middleweight title. He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 after his retirement.

Mia Hamm – 1972

Mia Ham played professional soccer for 17 years winning two World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.

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