Food Moments I Missed While I Was Busy Cooking – July 2017

 Wow!  July was a busy month for me and as I reflect on what I did do, it dawned on me I should look to see what I didn’t do.  As you may have noticed, I sometimes use national food holidays as ideas for blogs, so I looked on Foodimentary to see how many I missed during my busy month, but found that I actually didn’t miss too many because I was celebrating unawares.

July was National Culinary Arts Month.  I think I had that one covered with the 32 classes I taught on my last two week trip to DC, along with a couple private classes I taught here in Madison.  (Check.)  July was National Baked Bean Month and National Hotdog Month.  Ironically, we grilled hotdogs at our summer party just last Saturday night and for lunch on Saturday I had the dregs of a can of baked beans.  (Check, Check.)  July was also National Ice Cream Month and National Pickle Month.  Well we used ice cream in my Summer Beer Dinner class by enjoying Stout Floats with Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream and Blackberry Brandy.  We also managed to get in a couple of Frozen Custards at our local Culver’s.  (Check.)  As for the pickles, I had purchased too many bags of the little tiny sweet bell peppers and have had my share of sautéed peppers and onions so instead I pickled them with apple cider vinegar, garlic and fresh dill.  (Check.)  And I did manage to squeeze in one blog about picnicking on the last day of National Picnic Month.  (Check.)

As for the National Culinary Days I started on July 1st by missing Gingersnap Day.  Could have made a pie with gingersnap crust, but didn’t.  July 2nd is Anisette Day.  I prefer Metaxa Ouzo anyway.  July 4th is National Barbecue Day.  Really, who would have thought to grill on July 4th?  It is also Caesar Salad Day.  Try grilling the Romaine next time for a tasty option.  July 5th is National Apple Turnover Day.  Apples make me think of Fall so I am going to continue enjoying summer and am glad to have missed it.  July 6th is Fried Chicken Day.  I haven’t made fried chicken for years.  Hmmm, maybe this fall when I make apple turnovers.

July 7th is Strawberry Sundae Day and I was just reminded that I promised my daughter we could have banana splits soon.  The 7th is also Macaroni Day.  One of my favorite summer salads is the Macaroni and Tuna Salad that has minced celery, diced hard-boiled eggs, diced cheddar and bright green frozen peas in it.  I’ll definitely make that before summer is over.  July 8th is Chocolate with Almonds Day. Okay Hershey’s, way to slide that one in there.  July 9th is Sugar Cookie Day (my recipe follows).  I have made these cookies literally hundreds of times including several times during my last teaching marathon — close enough to the 9th.  (Check.)

July 10th is Pina Colada Day which I am thinking of moving to tonight.  (Check.)  The 10th we were also supposed to celebrate “Pick Blueberries” Day, I guess because the 11th brings us Blueberry Muffin Day.  Someone was thinking.  The 11th is also Mojito Day (hm…).  The 12th is Pecan Pie Day followed by French Fry Day on the 13th.  Sorry to have missed both of those.  The 14th bring Bastille Day for the French so we naturally celebrate Grand Marnier Day.  I have celebrated Grand Marnier without knowing there was a day for it, so now I know.  (Check.)

The 15th is Tapioca Pudding Day and Gummy Worm Day, followed by Ice Cream Day and Corn Fritter Day on the 16th.  (No check, No check, Check.)  I have some sweet corn in the fridge leftover from last night I may turn into fritters for supper tonight. (Different month, different day, but Check.)

The 17th brings Peach Ice Cream Day.  (No check.)  The 18th I missed out on Caviar Day (I may pick some up yet today, though).  (Check?)  The 19th is Daiquiri Day but I skipped the rum and had beer that day.  (No check.)  The 20th is Sundae Day, Lollipop Day and Fortune Cookie Day.  (No checks there.)  During French Techniques Camp we made Crème Brulee.  It wasn’t the 21st but close enough and also on the 21st it is Junk Food Day.  (Check, No Check.)

Penuche Day has the 22nd all to itself as it should.  (No check.)  Then ice cream rears its head again on the 23rd with Vanilla Ice Cream Day, sharing it with Hot Dog Day.  (Check, Check.)  Tequila Day is the 24th which demands loud, boisterous but friendly shots with lime and salt.  (Check!)  Hot Fudge Sundae Day is on the 25th, okay and on the 26th it’s Bagelfest and Coffee Milkshake Day which gives a day off from drinking as the 27th is Scotch Day. (no check, no check, check)

Rounding out the month is Milk Chocolate Day and Hamburger Day on the 28th, Lasagna Day and Chicken Wing Day on the 29th and Cheesecake Day on the 30th.  (No check, Check and Check, No check.)  Last comes Raspberry Cake Day along with Cotton Candy Day on the 31st.  No cotton candy, but I had some homemade raspberry lemon cake that waited patiently on the counter for the final check by the last food day of the month.  Now I can start on August.  Enjoy the cookies.

Scandinavian Sugar Cookies

(One of the best sugar cookie recipes there is.)

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

Method:   In a mixing bowl, stir the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Stir that until it is smooth and creamy.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir to combine.  Chill the dough if possible.  Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Form the cookie dough into 24 even size balls and bake 8-12 minutes until done the way you like them.

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