National Popcorn Day – January 19th

Happy National Popcorn Day!

Did you know that corn grown for popcorn is different than sweet corn (grown for eating) and field corn (grown for cornmeal)? To tell them apart, simply look at the tassels…the tassels on field corn and sweet corn stand upright, while the tassels on popcorn plants droop.

Popcorn is a very popular snack, indeed. In fact, Americans consume over 13 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually!  Maybe that’s because of its favorable nutritional value. One cup of air-popped popcorn contains just over 30 calories, 1 gram of fiber, 1 gram of protein, with almost no fat!

Celebrate the popcorn kernel with one of these recipes:

Coconut Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog
Coconut Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog

Use the hashtag #NationalPopcornDay to show your love of popcorn on social media today!




National Bean Day – January 6th

Happy National Bean Day!

As the calendar turns to January of a new year, people across the USA celebrate beans of all kinds on National Bean Day. There are over 40,000 bean varieties in the world, but only a fraction are commercially available for consumers – which one is your favorite? navy, kidney, lima, green, red, white?

Beans, although sometimes forgotten or taken for granted in culinary circles, are not only delicious, but also good for you. Shown below are nine health benefits of beans, as reported by

  1. Great source of fiber
  2. Aid in digestion
  3. Help regulate blood sugar
  4. Help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)
  5. Heart healthy
  6. Help regulate body weight
  7. High in iron
  8. Good source of vitamin B
  9. Rich in antioxidants

Eat more beans! How? Keep a few cans/bags of beans in your pantry and try to integrate them into your daily meals. Include them in your salads, soups, pastas or highlight them as a side dish.

Celebrate your love of beans on National Bean Day with one (or more?) of these delicious bean recipes:

Pesto Bean Soup, Courtesy: Con Paulous
Pesto Bean Soup, Courtesy: Con Paulous

Use #NationalBeanDay to post about your love of beans on social media!



National Peanut Butter Day – January 24th

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Here is the USA, we love our peanut butter.  We celebrate it throughout the entire year.  Here is a sampling of our peanut butter (and related) days of celebration:

  • National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day – March 1st
  • National Peanut Cluster Day – March 8th
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – April 2nd
  • National Peanut Day – September 13th
  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day – November 20th.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes using peanut butter, to help you celebrate:
Peanut Butter Cookies
Creamy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Peanut Brittle
Peanut Butter Pattie Bars

Girl Scout Peanut Butter Pattie Bars
Girl Scout Peanut Butter Pattie Bars, Courtesy: Food Mingle Blog




National Curried Chicken Day – January 12th

Happy National Curried Chicken Day!  I know, I know – you almost missed it, right?

Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers in the USA unite to pay homage to this spicy poultry dish.  Chicken curry is often made with chicken stewed in a tomato-based sauce, flavored with a variety of ginger, garlic, and chilies, along with sassy spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and cardamom. Although this dish is a common delicacy in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, it is also popular in the West.  In fact,  in parts of the USA, this popular dish is often referred to as Country Captain Chicken.

Panang Chicken Curry, Courtesy: FoodMingleBog
anang Chicken Curry, Courtesy: FoodMingleBog

Here is a recipe for Thai Panang Chicken Curry, to help you celebrate this wonderful day!

I learned how to make this recipe at a fundraiser calledNew York State of Mind’, at the New York Wine & Culinary Center.  It features locally sourced ingredients!


Source: http://www.nationalday