If you feel like doing something out of the norm, why not celebrate a different food each day for a week. Don’t do it alone though, enjoy the experience with family and friends. The following is for the dates January 19 through January 25, 2020.

Sunday, January 19, is National Popcorn Day. What goes better with popcorn than a good movie shared with family or friends. There is a large variety of microwave popcorns to select from, but with a little effort, you can create your own popcorn topping. Instead of covering your popcorn with melted butter, drizzle some olive oil over the popped corn, add salt, and toss. If you want a taste of hot and sweet, sprinkle chili powder and sugar over your popcorn bowl and toss well. For a healthy popcorn treat, sprinkle olive oil on the popcorn, add fresh parsley, chives, tarragon, and thyme. Toss well before eating.

Monday, January 20, is National Cheese Lovers Day (not to be confused with National Cheese Day). Cheese can be eaten at any meal and as a snack. For breakfast it can be added to an egg omelet. A delicious lunch can consist of a grilled cheese sandwich which can be eaten plain or with ham, bacon, or tomatoes. A cheese fondue makes an excellent snack. For dinner, cheese pizza or a cheese quiche can serve as the main dish or make mac-n-cheese for a side dish.

Tuesday, January 21, is National Granola Bar Day. There is no excuse not to eat a granola bar on this day. This is an easy “grab and go” food that can be purchased as a single bar or you can pick up a variety box to share. Granola bars come in a large selection of flavors as well as soft or crispy. They can be eaten for a quick breakfast, a snack, and there are even ones with chocolate that make a nice dessert. If you feel ambitious, you can find numerous recipes online and make your own.

Wednesday, January 22, is National Blonde Brownie Day. Another name for blonde-brownies is simply blondies. Traditional brownies contain cocoa to give them their brown color. Blondies contain brown sugar or butterscotch and many contain white chocolate, dried fruit, or nuts. They are a nice change from the common brownie and can be eaten as a snack or dessert (If you cannot wait till midmorning to bite into one, no one will know but you if you eat one for breakfast.)

Thursday, January 23, is National Pie Day (not to be confused with National Pi Day). In the United States, pie is the ultimate “comfort” food and is eaten by someone 365 days a year. There is nothing better than a slice of warm pie topped with vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream. If you have time, this is a great day to make a pie from scratch. Make the experience a family event and do it with your children or spouse. (Don’t be afraid to get flour on each other.) Or you could make it a pie baking day with friends where everyone shares a family recipe. If your time is limited, stop by a local bakery and take home a fresh baked pie of your choice or just a slice or two. Pies are not just for dessert. Meat pies are popular in Europe and other countries. If you want to celebrate this day to its fullest, have a different slice of pie at every meal.

Friday, January 24, is National Peanut Butter Day (not to be confused with National Peanut Butter Lovers Day). Today, you could eat peanut butter and banana pancakes for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, Elvis Presley’s favorite grilled peanut butter, banana, and bacon sandwich for dinner, and peanut butter cookies for a snack or dessert.

Saturday, January 25, is National Irish Coffee Day. What a great way to end your week of celebration with a cup of Irish Coffee. Original Irish coffee is made with hot coffee, brown sugar, Irish whiskey, and heavy cream, slightly whipped.

                Enjoy bonding with family and friends as you do a week of celebrating various foods.

http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/NationalPieDay/

https://www.punchbowl.com/holidays/national-peanut-butter-day

https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/33-peanut-butter-recipes-cooking-suggestions-article

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/original-irish-coffee-recipe-1915164

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