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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE!

Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"WOW! What is it with all the burger days? Of course, the answer to that question is simple: because they are so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o good! During the month of May, you could have indulged on any day since it was National Hamburger Month. Then, you were encouraged on May 28th to Have it your way! on National Hamburger Day in National Hamburger Month. According to wikipedia, May 28th is International Hamburger Day and August 27th is National Burger Day. That gave you a choice or you could have simply celebrated on both days since you may have been eating burgers all month anyway. Whew! May 28th is also designated as National Burger Day in the UK, which was launched in 2013.

September 18 is not another burger day for you to Bite my...burger! It's...National Cheeseburger Day"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE! Harumph, harumph! As though we left it off on the other days. Right! Of course, there are those of you out there in burger land that simply prefer the good ol' juicy plain burger. Nothing wrong with that! Now, let's get on with the celebration.
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Awakenings: Is 'rarebit' rabbit?

Awakenings: Is 'rarebit' rabbit? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it

"September 3 is... National Welsh Rarebit Day
#NationalWelshRarebitDay

The image looks like ooey, gooey melted cheese on sourdough bread, doesn't it? There is a 'secret' ingredient and the 'rarebit' is NOT rabbit!


Welsh Rarebit is a traditional Welsh dish. If you are into experimenting with an international dish, this is probably one of the easiest to prepare. Before going any further, a bit of clarification is necessary since "rarebit" actually is a Welsh term for "rabbit". Much the same as mock turtle soup having no turtle in it, the term 'rarebit' is not to be interpreted as a rare bit of rabbit. Welsh Rarebit does NOT contain rabbit. None. Nada. Zilch."

Sharla Shults's insight:
Each of us grow up in different parts of the country developing eating habits and love of favorite foods according to the culture of our ancestry and environment. As we get older, adventure whets the desire to try new and unfamiliar foods. Interestingly enough are those whose 'names' often provide an image totally void of an expected ingredient.
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Awakenings: French-inspired or all-American

Awakenings: French-inspired or all-American | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Two celebrations up for grabs can be rolled into one or celebrated separately. Together all you need is a French recipe with macaroni! Individually you can enjoy any French recipe or simply anything with macaroni in the recipe...yes! that does include the American classic mac 'n' cheese!

July 14 is ...
Bastille Day (eat something French) AND Macaroni Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
The rich and diverse French cuisine's techniques and traditions have influenced chefs all over the world. With the hot and sultry days of July, you don't even have to heat up the oven in order to enjoy this day in French style. Slices of saucisson (thick, dried cured French sausage), French cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Gruyère, Munster), fresh fruit served with a delicate French wine make for a mighty fine table.
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Awakenings: Cheesy, Healthy & Fun

Awakenings: Cheesy, Healthy & Fun | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
There are combination celebrations that just don't seem to go together but then, of course, they really are not designated for that particular purpose in mind. Then, upon occasion, a couple just seem to be meant for each other. Such could possibly be case for the upcoming foodie day for when do kids not like cheese, even when they know it is good for them!

April 17...
National Cheese Ball Day
&
Healthy Kids Day
(Many sites on the Web report Healthy Kids Day's - a YMCA initiative - celebration as April 30. Celebrate today. Celebrate then. Celebrate twice.)
Sharla Shults's insight:
According to legend, a man named Elisha Brown Jr. pressed the first cheese ball at his farm in 1801. It weighed 1,235 pounds! He presented it as a gift to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. How fascinating!
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Awakenings: Just melted cheese? Not hardly!

Awakenings: Just melted cheese? Not hardly! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
One may think melted cheese is just melted cheese. It can be but not hardly when the day of celebration has the cheese melted in a pot. In this instance, masterfully flavored cheeses come together in a most pleasing and satisfying manner. Then, there are the "dippers" onto which the melted goodness clings irresistibly.

April 11 is ...
National Cheese Fondue Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
Get the family together and have some foodie fun! The kids will love this one :-)
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Awakenings: Pizza! Pizza!...Cheese Cheese Pizza! Pizza!

Awakenings: Pizza! Pizza!...Cheese Cheese Pizza! Pizza! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Are you a 'brand' shopper? Brand doesn't always matter. Sometimes, yes, dependent upon the item, especially the quality. Same goes for ingredients when preparing 'foodie fun'. Every person is an individual with his or her own tastes. Some like certain foods one way, others another. But when it comes to foods that call for cheese, invariably the more the better! Gotta' have it! Double, triple, quadruple the cheese! Why not? You don't even have to stop there, just cover the whole thing with cheese, cheese, cheese!

September 5 is...

National Cheese Pizza Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
Flatbreads and cheese are ancient! Dating as far back as 8000 B.C.E. man has been mixing flour with water to make dough. Seasoned flatbread evolved with the addition of herbs, then, heating the dough on a hot stone. As for cheesemaking, nobody knows its specific origin, only that it is closely related to the domestication of milk-producing animals, whose history (particularly sheep) date 8,000 to 10,000 years ago!
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Awakenings: Cheese Sacrifice?

Awakenings: Cheese Sacrifice? | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Whoever is responsible for establishing various days of celebration certainly have a certain wit about 'them'. Today is a prime example. When you think about 'sacrificing' cheese, what comes first to your mind? Buying the best of the best and giving it away as a gift? That would indeed be a sacrifice. Of course, not without trying it first! Then, there are always the scrumptious recipes that call for a generous portion of cheese. Don't you 'sacrifice' the really good cheeses for super delicious dishes? Well, there is an altogether different possibility which is not so appetizing and a bit quirky to say the least.

July 29 is...

Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
An all-American favorite 'mouse' is Mickey Mouse but you do not have to set a trap to catch Mickey. You can catch Mickey Mouse on the TV, Internet, DVD and in the movies. This is the one mouse you would actually invite into your kitchen!
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Awakenings: Say CHEESE!

Awakenings: Say CHEESE! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Say "cheese" with a smile but not for the camera. Instead, get ready to indulge in a delicate French dish. The French are often intimidating with their exquisite culinary skills but on this day shed your fears with no more tears as you impress family and friends with skills of your own. It's a day for the...Soufflé! A soufflé is a lightly baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. For today's soufflé, say CHEESE!

May 18 is...
National Cheese Soufflé Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
Check out the fun facts about the souffle and try the delicious recipes to impress your dinner guests!
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Awakenings: Callin' all CHEESE lovers!

Awakenings: Callin' all CHEESE lovers! | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Next up for celebration is the first foodie. Are you hungry? With the April being National Grilled Cheese month, one might wonder why a single day is designated as celebration of the grilled cheese sandwich. Any time one hears the expression 'grilled cheese', isn't the sandwich the first thing that comes to mind? I have heard of fried cheese (no bread necessary) but grilling cheese without the bread might be a bit tricky. So, for this celebration, let's just stick with the sandwich.

April 12 is ...
National Grilled Cheese
Sandwich Day
Sharla Shults's insight:
Mathematically, it’s a simple equation: Bread + butter + cheese = happiness. The grilled cheese sandwich is one of the most popular and easiest sandwiches of all time — kids love them, undergrads live off of them, and foodies obsess over gourmet versions of them. There are even variations many consider a bit on the wild side.
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