The month of April presents us with another set of unusual and overlooked food-related holidays. Invest some time in experimenting with new recipes and ideas. You may just discover a new favorite food!
National Fresh Florida Tomato Month – The state of Florida is the number one producer of fresh tomatoes in the United States, shipping over a billion pounds of the fruit each year. During the month of April, try to find new and interesting ways to work fresh tomatoes into your diet. For example: Instead of using processed spaghetti or pizza sauce, you can make your own from scratch by using fresh ingredients.
National Soft Pretzel Month – The average American consumes roughly one and a half pounds of pretzels each year. Those in Philadelphia, however, consume ten times more than the national average due to Pennsylvania’s status as the largest producer of pretzels in the United States. The large, soft pretzels that are celebrated in April are typically found in food courts and sports stadiums, but you can also make these delicious snacks at home. Try Alton Brown’s famous recipe that was featured on the television show, Good Eats.
National Bake Week – The first Monday in April marks the beginning of a seven day celebration of the art of baking. So what makes baking so special, exactly? Maybe it’s a combination of all the unique intricacies of the baking process that result in an intoxicating aroma that spreads through the home, all leading up to a final product that can be satisfying on both an emotional and physical level. Lots of love goes into baking, and you can share that love with others for an entire week while trying new recipes. Check out The Joy of Baking, one of the most comprehensive and user-friendly baking resources available.
National Empanada Day
Empanadas are stuffed pastries that originated in Latin America and Southeast Asia, but you should be able to find a restaurant nearby that offers them. Empanadas are typically stuffed with different combinations of meat, cheese, and vegetables, and then the entire thing is deep fried to create a golden brown pouch of perfection. Celebrate today by eating your first empanada, or try making your own at home if you’re already familiar with the dish.
National Cheese Fondue Day
Cheese fondue is a traditional Swiss dish that consists primarily of a large pot of melted cheese that is used as a dipping sauce for bread. Other types of fondue, such as chocolate, have also become popular in recent years, but cheese fondue is the focus of this particular holiday. Fondue restaurants can be pricey, so why not invest in your own fondue pot? Check out our variety of fondue supplies to get started.
National Picnic Day
Have you ever been on a picnic? Have you actually placed a blanket on the ground in a secluded location and shared a basket full of food with loved ones? Why not? This is the perfect opportunity to finally experience a traditional American picnic, so take the time to enjoy nature and remove yourself from the typical lunch environment.
National Zucchini Bread Day
Zucchini bread is an incredibly moist type of bread with a surprisingly sweet and delicious flavor. The first time I had zucchini bread, I was simply blown away. It honestly tastes nothing like zucchini, and is more akin to banana bread than anything else. Check out this recipe, but only if you want to become a serious fan of zucchini bread.
National Raisin Day
Raisins… why don’t we just call them dried grapes? We technically do, because raisin is French for “grape.” These little dried fruits are often overlooked in the kitchen, but this holiday can help you to discover a new way to look at raisins. Check out Sunmaid’s history of over 100 years of raisin recipes!