NATIONAL FLUFFERNUTTER DAY
National Fluffernutter Day on October 8th brings about a yummy and extraordinary combination. Some food holidays are stickier than others. And National Fluffernutter Day is a stick-to-your-ribs-chin-fingers-nose kind of day! Celebrate zealously, then take a bath.
In 1917, Archibald Query of Somerville, Massachusetts invented a sweet marshmallow-like spread called Marshmallow Creme. Before that, in 1913 during World War I, Emma and Amory Curtis of Melrose, Massachusetts invented Snowflake Marshmallow Creme and published a recipe for a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich, which is the earliest known example of a Fluffernutter.
Query sold his recipe for Marshmallow Creme to Durkee-Mower, Inc. in 1920, who renamed it Marshmallow Fluff. Over 100 years later they continue to sell it under that name today.
It was in 1960 that the term Fluffernutter was created by an advertising agency for Durkee-Mower in an attempt to effectively market the peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich.
Beyond the history of Fluffernutter, let’s explore the culinary side of this remarkable combination of sweet and nutty. By layering all the creamy goodness of marshmallow creme and peanut butter between toasted bread, some kitchen experts take perfection to the limits.
How about when pigs fly? Yes, bacon does compliment a fluffernutter. While the combination seems like a bit of circus, it leads us to another ingredient. Fluffernutter and bananas! Elvis would cry tears of joy. Lastly, replace the white toast for a pretzel bun and some heads might turn.
HOW TO OBSERVE#FluffernutterDay
Do you like original fluffernutters or something with a twist? No matter how you like them, share by posting photos using #FluffernutterDay on social media.
NATIONAL FLUFFERNUTTER DAY HISTORY
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NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY
On October 8th, National Pierogi Day recognizes an international dish that is a type of dumpling.
Pierogi is the plural form of the rarely used Polish word pierog. In English, we spell pierogi several ways, including perogi and pierogy. However you choose to spell it, pierogi are dumplings made up of unleavened dough. First, pierogi are boiled. Then, cooks will either bake or fry the dumplings in butter to finish cooking them. Usually semicircular in shape, pierogi are traditionally stuffed with a variety of savory fillings.
- mashed potato filling
- potato and cheese
- potato and onion
- ground meat
- spinach or fruit.
Other pierogi servings include melted butter, sour cream, fried bacon crumbles, sauteed mushrooms, and onions and/or green onion. The dessert variety, those filled with a fruit filling, can be enjoyed topped with applesauce, maple syrup, chocolate sauce and/or whipped cream.
There are other similar types of dumpling-like dishes in other ethnic cuisines.
The Eastern European immigrants popularized pierogi in the United States. At first, immigrants served pierogi to only their families. However, ethnic restaurants also served pierogi. After World War II, ethnic churches sold pierogi as a staple fundraiser. By the 1960s, grocery stores marketed pierogi for the frozen food aisles in many parts of the United States. In fact, grocery stores still sell them today.
While pierogi are eaten as a main dish in other countries, Americans typically consider them to be a side dish.
Pierogi Tid Bits
- The Pittsburgh Pirates hold a pierogi race at every home game. Six pierogi costume-wearing runners (Potato Pete, Jalapeño Hannah, Cheese Chester, Sauerkraut Saul, Oliver Onion, and Bacon Burt) race to the finish line between innings.
- Whiting, Indiana celebrates an annual Pierogi Fest each July.
- Glendon, Alberta, Canada, is home to a 6000-pound pierogi standing 25 feet tall and is made of sturdy fiberglass and steel. Piercing the giant pierogi, built-in 1991, is an equally giant fork.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPierogiDay
While preparing dinner, make some pierogi. Then, invite some friends for pierogi. It’s a delicious way to celebrate with both savory and dessert pierogi. Ask guests to bring their favorite fillings and create a buffet.
Have some pierogi and use #NationalPierogiDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PIEROGI DAY HISTORY
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AMERICAN TOUCH TAG DAY
Tag! You’re it! American Touch Tag Day on October 8th celebrates the traditional childhood game and encourages kids of all ages to get out play! Tag can be spent playing outside at recess, after school and on weekends. It can be celebrated by getting out in the fresh air, running around and tagging someone.
Dating back to ancient Rome, this game has been played worldwide with a variety of names and rules. Typically it involves a player running around, chasing other players, in an attempt to “tag” or touch them. Most forms of this game have no teams, scores, or equipment. Usually, the goal involves being the last player left untagged or being safe.
The classic game is ideal for physical education classes as a way to get kids up and moving. Often, students are divided into teams and given boundaries with safe zones.
HOW TO OBSERVE #AmericanToughTagDay
On American Touch Tag Day, get outside, run around, have some fun. Tag! You’re it! Use #AmericanTouchTagDay to post on social media.
AMERICAN TOUCH TAG DAY HISTORY
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On Deck for October 9. 2019
- National Leif Erikson Day
- National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
- National Moldy Cheese Day
- National Emergency Nurse’s Day – Second Wednesday in October
- National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day – Second Wednesday in October
- National Stop Bullying Day – Second Wednesday in October
Recipe of the Day
Peanut Butter BBQ Chicken Pizza
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10-12 minutes
Total Prep: About 40 minutes
Serves 4 (with 2 slices each)
1 package pizza crust
1 cup shredded rotisserie
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 green onions, chopped
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
Prepare packaged crust according to package directions.
Combine peanut butter with 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly.
Spread over the prepared and partially-baked crust.
Add chopped rotisserie chicken, green onions, and mozzarella cheese.
Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese begins to turn golden.
About National Day Calendar
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