Welcome to My Cognac Birthday Bash

Welcome to the 4th day of June. On the National Front, this is National Cheese Day and National Cognac Day. Oh how those National Days inspire me. Just you wait and see.

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Presentation of Mary in Three Courses

Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. If you are a Christian, you accept the existence of Mary, the mother of our Lord. 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.

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Celebrate Autumn with Kindness

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.

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The Flavors of New York State

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.

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The Flavors of Virginia

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.

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Welcome to Maryland

Maryland is a state of conflicting history. Maryland, the 7th state to join the Union, with a coastal location deeply rooted a 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.

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Sweet Georgia Day

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.

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Where There’s a Will

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.

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Get Along Little Doggie

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?

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Pennsylvania 6-5000

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.

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Welcome to the Land of Enchantment

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.

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There is more to Italy than Tomato Sauce

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.

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A Feast to Honor National Iowa 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.

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Let the Men Folk Cook!

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.

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Cinco de Mayo Three Course Celebration

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.

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