“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
The good news is December has been declared Bingo Celebration
Month! I used to love it when my family would play this, with
guests. Sometimes my cousins, sometimes neighbors, we would
be out on the picnic table with our chips and our Dad would be
the one to spin the wire caged wheel and pull out the wooden
balls with the letters, “B,I,N,G” or “O.”
Did you know this is an ‘ancient’ game? It has been around since
I used to love being the “Caller” for Bingo at the Arbors Nursing Home,
while my residents were always happy to call out, “Bingo!” The young
volunteers would run over and give them their quarter. When the whole
card got filled, we would start all over again. The reward for a filled card
was one dollar bill. This was a big exciting reward to the folks who lived
On a much more solemn note, December 16, 1944 was the day the big
“Battle of the Bulge” was carried out.
The Official End of WWII was on December 31, 1946.
Peace on Earth, Good will to Men.
Did you know every day of the month has a food item?
DECEMBER DAYS OF FOOD (Beverage or Other):
Dec. 1- National Pie Day.
Eat A Red Apple Day.
Dec. 2- National Apple Pie Day.
Dec. 4- National Cookie Day.
(Every day is this one for me! smiles)
Dec. 5- Repeal Day ~ Prohibition Day (U.S.).
National Sacher Torte Day.
(In Vienna, Austria a man named Franz Sacher created this
delicious chocolate, light cake or torte, in 1832.)
Dec. 6- National Gazpacho Day.
(Associated with Andalusia, part of Spain, but its roots go back
into Arab and other ancient times. Cold, savory soup, made of
Also, National Microwave Oven Day.
(I do appreciate this electronic invention.)
Dec. 7- National Cotton Candy Day.
(Why is this in our winter? Is this for places who have fairs and
festivals in December?)
Dec. 8- National Chocolate Brownie Day.
Dec. 9- National Pastry Day.
Dec. 10- National Lager Day.
Dec. 11- National Noodle Ring Day.
(This is hard to find its roots, but mainly described as
a circle of noodles with a cheese incorporated into it,
attributed to Germany.)
Dec. 12- National Cocoa Day.
Dec. 13- National Ice Cream Day.
(Why, again, are we eating ice cream in the cold weather?
This must be made up by people in warmer climates.
Also, National Violins Day.
Dec. 14- National Bouillabaisse Day.
(I enjoy this savory, warm soup. It originated from fishing
villages in France. Marseilles may have been its first place
of origin, with three kinds of fish and Provencal seasonings.)
Dec. 15- National Cupcake Day.
**Dec. 16- National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day!!**
Dec. 17- National Maple Syrup Day.
(This would be the perfect day or excuse to make pancakes
Dec. 18- National Suckling Pig Day.
(This comes from mainly Chinese cuisine, but there are some
references going back to Roman times. This is a very young
pig, which has a lot of collagen in its skin, hard to ‘crisp up,’
while it is considered a delicacy.)
Dec. 19- National Hard Candy.
(What is your favorite hard candy?
My Dad’s was either horehound or cinnamon drops.
Mom’s was butterscotch drops. My favorite flavor is found in
either the caramel flavored Nips or Werther’s candies.)
Dec. 20- National Fried Shrimp Day.
(This makes me think of Louisiana cooking with crawdads or
prawns. This would be prepared as Shrimp Creole. I enjoy
the butter sauce with garlic infusion: Shrimp Scampi.)
Also on the 20th- National Sangria Day.
(You probably already know this is my Mom’s favorite wine
to sip on at bedtime, using a small juice glass. I have a
Spanish toast on another post…)
Dec. 21- National Hamburger Day.
Going from the red meat to fruit…
National Kiwi Fruit Day.
Dec. 22- National Date Nut Bread.
Dec. 23- National Pfeffernuesse Day.
(This traditional German spice cookie covered with powdered
confectioner’s sugar is one that takes me back to my Grandma’s
kitchen. It reminds me of the flavors of gingerbread cookies.)
Dec. 24- National Feast of the Seven Fishes.
(This comes from Italy, which celebrates the Wait or Vigil for
the Baby Jesus, by serving fish from the Mediterranean Sea.)
Also, National Egg Nog Day.
(I like this use of nutmeg, heavy cream and Irish whiskey or
other alcohol. Mom likes the non-alcoholic milky drink from
United Dairy Farmers.)
Dec. 25- National Pumpkin Pie Day.
(Just in case you didn’t get enough of this holiday pie at
Dec. 26- National Candy Cane Day.
Dec. 27- National Fruit Cake Day.
Dec. 28- National Chocolate Candy Day.
(Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Easter also celebrate
this national holiday- just being ‘facetious.’)
Dec. 29- National Pepper Pot Soup Day.
(There are recipes for this Jamaican cuisine along
with one from Philadelphia.)
Dec. 30- National Bicarbonate of Soda Day,
(Thank you for this Baking Soda Day. I like to use this
special rising ingredient in many baked goods, but can
taste it the most in homemade biscuits.)
Dec. 31- National Champagne Day.
(Say a toast to “Auld Lang Syne” and Happy New Year, 2015!)
The research on some of these food items is not complete, but I did
look up the ones I did not know where the foods originated in. If
you would like to share a favorite family traditional food item in the
comments section, we would enjoy hearing about them. Thank you!