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National Swap Ideas Day | September 10


National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share a creative or helpful idea with someone and trade them for their thoughts in return. Read more…

National TV Dinner Day | September 10


National TV Dinner Day is observed annually on September 10th.  In 1953, C.A. Swanson & Sons changed the prepackaged meal business forever. Introducing the TV Dinner revolutionized frozen food. Read more…

On Deck for September 11, 2022

National Days

Recipe of the Day

Name: Best Dinner Rolls
Prep: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4


Tangzhong (starter)

3 tbsp water 43g
3 tbsp whole milk 43g
2 tbsp bread flour 14g


380 g bread flour 2 ¾ cups
50 g sugar 1/4 cup
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried yeast
113 g whole milk 1/2 cup
1 large egg
60 g butter melted and cooled (1/4 cup)


Mix all of the ingredients from the tangzhang into a small saucepan and heat gently. Whisk for about 3 minutes until there are no more lumps and the whisk leaves lines on the bottom of the pan. Let this cool.

Mix the rest of the ingredients together with the cooled tangzhang and knead until a smooth elastic dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky add a bit of flour until it is smooth.

Roll into a giant ball and place in a lightly floured bowl. Lightly dust the top with flour and cover with a tea towel or plastic wrap. Rest for about one hour.

After about an hour the dough should have expanded slightly but not doubled. Lightly press the air out and begin shaping into 8 smaller balls. Attach them together on a parchment-lined baking tray and lightly dust with flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 40-50 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Lightly brush the dough with an egg wash (1 egg with a splash of cold water mixed in). Bake for about 23-35 minutes or until nicely golden on top and a thermometer reaches 87°C/190°F.

Transfer to a resting rack and let cool for ten minutes. These buns are amazing hot out of the oven with a little butter and crunchy sea salt. They also make an incredible egg sandwich the next day with a little fried egg.

Recipe Credit: 

The Canuck Chef in the Netherlands submitted this recipe. Check out the website to find tips and recipes to use with these delicious dinner rolls.

September 10 Celebrated History


Elias Howe receives the first lockstitch sewing machine patent in the United States. Patent No. 4,750 describes a machine designed to sew fabric together in an upright position. He even went to court to defend his patent when others swooped in and used his designs in their sewing machines.


Swanson introduces the first TV Dinner. The revolutionary creation brings dinner from the dining room to TV trays in the living room.


Running barefoot, Abebe Bikila claims the gold medal in the marathon at the Rome Olympics. His achievement marked the first Sub-Saharan African to win the prize. In the weeks following the Olympics, Bikila is promoted to corporal in Emperor Haile Selassie’s imperial bodyguard.


Jeopardy! airs its first episode in its daily syndicated version. The popular trivia television game show draws between 9 and 13 million viewers weekly and those numbers continue to grow.


The Ellis Island Immigration Museum opens to the public at the original location. Nearly half of all Americans can trace their ancestry to immigrants who passed through the facility’s doors.


On this day, more American football fans attended a football game than ever before. The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies matched up before a crowd of 130,045 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. During the record-breaking attendance, the University of Tennessee Volunteers won 45-24.


Margaret Atwood publishes The Testaments. The novel is a sequel to Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

September 10 Celebrated Birthdays

Alice Brown Davis – 1852

In 1919, President Warren G. Harding appointed Alice Brown Davis as the first woman chief of the Seminole Tribe. She served in this role for 16 years until her death in 1935.

Laura Cornelius Kellogg – 1880

The Oneida leader wrote Our Democracy and the American Indian. She was also a social advocate, orator, and author who founded the Society of American Indians.

Dorothy Hill – 1907

Another woman of firsts, Dorothy Hill pursued a career in geology and paleontology. Early in her career, she earned many first titles. The University of Queensland honored her a Gold Medal for outstanding student, the first woman to receive it. Hill would also become the first president of the International Association for the study of Fossil Cnidaria and Porifera. She was the first woman to hold the role of professor at an Australian university and also the first woman elected as president of the Australian Academy of Science.

Arnold Palmer – 1929

The professional golfer collected 92 championship wins during his career. He’s a favorite of sports enthusiasts around the world. And the beverage that combines tea and lemonade is named after him.

Rin Tin Tin – 1918

The charismatic German Shepherd starred in several films in the 1920s. Along with his sister, Nannette, Rin Tin Tin was rescued by an American soldier during World War I.

Charles Kuralt – 1934

Best known for his “On The Road” segments with The CBS Evening News, Kuralt’s popular segment spanned 13 years and all 50 states. Before creating the beloved “On the Road,” Kuralt was CBS’s youngest news correspondent.

Roger Maris – 1934

The successful professional baseball player set the Major League Baseball record for single-season home runs. In 1961 he hit 61 home runs.

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