My true love gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing. The Nine Ladies represent the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit – Charity (love for fellow human beings), Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith (fidelity), Mildness (gentleness), and Contingency (self-control). As people of faith, we are taught that these attributes grow within a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit. These attributes are will worth cultivating. Let harmony define us.Continue reading “On the Ninth Day of Christmas”
Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. If you are a Christian, you accept the existence of Mary, his mother. After all, without her there would be no Christ and no Christian Faithful. While some view Christianity as dominated by men, it began with a woman.Continue reading “Presentation of Mary in Three Courses”
In the past, sometime around mid-September, I’ve shared a Harvest Supper to celebrate the transition from Summer Entertaining to Autumn Suppers. It dawned on me that the whole craziness of 2020 put a kink in things. Maybe it’s been all the rules and regulations surrounding family time and socialization, or maybe it was because this year was unseasonably warm in September. Autumn just wasn’t in the air.Continue reading “Celebrate Autumn with Kindness”
Today is National New York State Day. Did you know that while New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton remained to sign the final document? Interestingly enough, Hamilton was a Federalist that believed for a President to effectively govern, he should be elected for life. By removing campaigning from the office of Presidency, Hamilton believed politics would also be removed. He felt the Senate should also be a life-term appointment. Since there are no term limits in the U.S. Senate, life terms are possible.Continue reading “The Flavors of New York State”
Today is National Virginia Day. It is also Eat a Hoagie Day. When I first set out to write this post, I thought I’d figure out a way to Eat a Hoagie in Virginia. That is until I began to research menus and recipes from a few famous resorts and dinners throughout the state. Virginia beckoned me in a whole other direction and I gladly followed.Continue reading “The Flavors of Virginia”
Maryland is a state of conflicting history. Maryland, the 7th state to join the Union, and a coastal location that brought with it a deeply rooted maritime heritage. Not all Americans are familiar with the battle at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Yet every American recognizes the description of the the battle as bombs bursting in air. It was then that Francis Scott Key penned the poem that would one day become the words to our National Anthem.Continue reading “Welcome to Maryland”
Today is National Georgia Day. When we think Georgia, we tend to think deep south and all that Southern culture brings to mind. We think cotton fields and the burning of Atlanta. Yet there is so much more to this the 13th colony and 4th state to enter the Union. She is a land of contradiction.Continue reading “Sweet Georgia Day”
How’s life been thus far? I think, if we could have a do-over year because it was such a mess, 2020 would be at the top of the list. It’s not just the pandemic, it’s all the craziness.Continue reading “Where There’s a Will”
Today is one of those National Days that was just packed with inspiration. Right out of the gate, there were three very different styles to celebrate. Picking just one was impossible, so why even try?Continue reading “Get Along Little Doggie”
The moment I heard that today was National Pennsylvania Day my head was filled with a Jazzy Fox Trot. I might be old, but I’m not that old. Missed the 40s by a decade or so. And in case you are wondering Pennsylvania 6-5000 was an actual telephone number. Had you dialed that in 1940, you would have gotten the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Completely different Pennsylvania, I know.Continue reading “Pennsylvania 6-5000”
Today we celebrate the 47th State to join the Union. Although the New Mexico Territory was established on September 9, 1850; New Mexico did not achieve statehood until January 6, 1912. Civil war and slavery stood in her way.Continue reading “Welcome to the Land of Enchantment”
Would you believe it’s another of those National Food Days. Like any of us need an excuse to eat delicious foods. Today we have a great assortment of things to celebrate – it’s Cheddar Cheese Day, Italian Food Day and Tortellini Day.
Today is National Iowa Day. The Hawkeye State was the 29th state to join the Union. Nearly 92-percent of the land is farmland. While Iowa might grow a lot of corn; hogs outnumber people in Iowa nearly 4-to-1. Wow, that’s a lot of pork! Turns out an Iowan also gave the world sliced bread. And according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Burlington’s Snake Alley is considered the most crooked street in the world.
Today’s National Day comes with its own set of rules. The first Thursday in November is National Men Make Dinner Day. And the first rule of the day is that National Men Make Dinner Day is always celebrated on the first Thursday in November.
For those of you who have been following me, you know how much I love to put together complete menus – especially for the “holidays”. May is a month filled with special days – beginning with Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May); then Mother’s Day and finally Memorial Day – the official kick off of the summer cooking season.