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National Holidays in July: The Food Holidays

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Fresh blueberries are the perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month.

Fresh blueberries are the perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month.

I have gotten a lot of comments on my holiday lesson plans series about the fact that there are enough food holidays to keep you busy throughout the entire year. Anyone who has mentioned that is absolutely right. I try to vary the holidays I include in those articles so that they aren't entirely themed around food. But why not have a separate series devoted to those food holidays? Here it is. Enjoy!

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How to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk

July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the phenomenon of a sidewalk getting hot enough during the summer to fry an egg on it. If you've always wanted to give this a try, you won't find a better time. It could be a fun family activity for the Fourth of July! There are a lot of great video tutorials out there, such as the one linked to the right, if you want a few tips. Otherwise you can just wing it.

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July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day

Have you ever have fried chicken at a family style restaurant such as White Fence Farm or Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty? That is one of the best ways to enjoy it at a restaurant. Additionally, if you're in the midwest, consider The Machine Shed. Of course if you're feeling really ambitious, you can always make it yourself, too.

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Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and Cool Whip.

Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and Cool Whip.

July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day

Personally it is an absolute must that a strawberry sundae include a real strawberry product and not some sort of artificial sauce. Why bother with a sauce like that? You might as well just go for the chocolate sauce instead at that point. This is a prime time of year to enjoy as many fresh strawberries as you can. In a pinch, strawberry jam or preserves will also work.

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July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day

This is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of fresh cookies or to buy plain sugar cookies and go nuts decorating them. If you're making your own cookies, pull out all of your favorite cookie cutters (okay, maybe not the Christmas ones...) and have fun playing with different shapes.

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July 12 - National Pecan Pie Day

If you're like me and prefer a lot of other nuts over pecans, today is the day to give these guys another chance. Maybe the only time you ever had pecan pie was years ago, and you happened to get a not so great version of it. If pecan pie just really isn't your thing, whip up a spiced nut recipe or sprinkle a few on top of a delicious summer salad.

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How it's made: Gummy Candy

July 15 - Gummy Worm Day

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a little nostalgia with some gummy worms. Did you ever enjoy one of those gummy worm "dirt" cups with chocolate pudding or cake? Re-live that experience today! If the idea of eating worms of any way, shape, or form grosses you out (yep, it kind of does for me, too), opt for another gummy candy shape instead.

Take a tour to see the gummy creation process!

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tapioca pudding with cardamom and rose water

tapioca pudding with cardamom and rose water

July 15 - National Tapioca Pudding Day

I'll have to step it up myself and try tapioca pudding for the first time this summer. Are there any options out there about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts about favorite store bought tapioca puddings and homemade recipes. Is there a restaurant that makes a really good tapioca pudding? Share your insights.

How to Easily Make Tapioca Pudding

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Peach ice cream with strawberries and blueberries topped with honey.

Peach ice cream with strawberries and blueberries topped with honey.

July 16 - Peach Ice Cream Day

The pictured ice cream is Breyer's brand. I have never had this particular kind of ice cream from Breyer's, but I've never had anything that was less than perfect from their brand. So I think it's safe to say that this is a solid choice for a store selection.

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July 19 - National Raspberry Cake Day

Is there a better kind of raspberry cake than raspberry cheesecake? If there is, I have yet to try it. I've linked a couple raspberry cheesecake recipes here. You're welcome to venture into the world of non-cheesecake raspberry options, too.

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July 20 - National Lollipop Day

I am not a fan of hard candy and don't have much to say on the topic of lollipops. Give me a good chocolate dessert any day. If I were going to make my own candy, I'd still have to opt for something with chocolate over a traditional lollipop recipe. I was excited to see a huge variety of non-chocolate lollipop options over at foodgawker.

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July 21 - National Junk Food Day

As much as I enjoy desserts, one of my biggest food weaknesses is chips, particularly kettle cooked chips. I do almost all of the grocery shopping for our house so I can't even blame anyone when I find them in the pantry to tempt me on a regular basis. This day is a fun excuse to research all of the fried fair foods out there, such as fried butter.

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July 23 - National Hot Dog Day

I'm originally from Chicago and have heard many heated discussions over the years about what constitutes a "real" Chicago hot dog. If you have a lot of friends from Chicago and want to get a serious debate going, just put the question out on Facebook and watch what happens. You can also join a heated hot dog discussion.

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July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day

I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but that doesn't mean that I turn my nose up at it. Take the time to enjoy some milk chocolate today, even if it's just a tiny piece or two.

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the vegetable lasagna bit on Seinfeld

July 29 - National Lasagna Day

Does lasagna always remind anyone else of the Seinfeld episode with vegetable lasagna? Hopefully I'm not the only one. I'm one of those boring people who loves a traditional ground beef, ricotta, and marinara lasagna. For those of you who like to branch out a little, I've linked a couple fun variations below.

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July 30 - National Cheesecake Day

If you're like me and try to steer clear of cheesecake most of the time because it is SO rich, this is the perfect time to indulge just a little bit. I have nothing against flavored cheesecakes, but nothing beats the classic recipe either.

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3rd Sunday of July - National Ice Cream Day / National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month? You learn something new every day. See if you can find one of those ice cream or gelato shops that lets you put two or three different flavored small scoops in a single cup so you can sample several different ice cream flavors today without feeling guilty.

Take an ice cream factory tour.

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National Blueberry Month

One of my favorite summer indulgences is fruit with sour cream. If you're never tried it before, you're missing out! In the example on the right, I paired both fresh cherries and blueberries with sour cream. I have never had a fruit/sour cream combination that I didn't like, but this particular pairing was very inspired.

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More articles in my food holidays series.

Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 05, 2012:

Thanks, Deb!

storybeader on July 05, 2012:

what a fun post! Great layout! {:-D

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 04, 2012:

Thanks, Prasetio!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on July 04, 2012:

Very informative hub. I love all these foods. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 01, 2012:

techygran, thanks for sharing your stories about tapioca pudding! Your current version still sounds delicious.

Comfort, you're right. All things in moderation!

Virginia, have fun with these ideas with your family. :)

travel_man, I'd send you some pie if I could. :)

Thanks so much for all of the congrats and feedback today, everyone! It means a lot to me.

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on July 01, 2012:

So much food you have here! Just looking at it makes my mouth watery. I want that pecan pie please! :D

Thanks for sharing, Teacher Rose. :)

Virginia Kearney from United States on July 01, 2012:

Terrific run down of lots of fun holiday ideas. You've given our family plenty of things to try. I love all your holiday Hubs. So glad you got HOTD! Great job!

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on July 01, 2012:

Frying an egg on the sidewalk! I love it! These are all great ideas and this is a great Hub! Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved! Keep up the great work! Voted up and shared.

JSMatthew~

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on July 01, 2012:

Hmm, hmm. If everyday is a national some-sort-of-food day, we'll never get those pound off. lol

Great info., and congrats on the HOTD award!

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on July 01, 2012:

Useful and good to know these national holidays in this month. Congratulations on Hub of the day award!

dreamer18 from San Diego, CA on July 01, 2012:

Interesting hub. Congratulations on Hub of the day!

Milli from USA on July 01, 2012:

July will be fun day! Great hub. Congrats on Hub of the day.

Hui (蕙) on July 01, 2012:

Useful and interesting information. Attractive food and inviting smell will make hot days a lot more fun and relax. Nice hub!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 01, 2012:

What a novel and delicious idea for a hub! I had to chuckle at National Tapioca Pudding Day! In my family of origin, my siblings and I would frequently make tapioca pudding if our parents went out and left us to our own devices-- I think any one of us could have devoured a whole pudding (with all its milk, sugar, and egg) all by ourselves, so we had to double or triple the recipe. We were insatiable. Decades later I don't eat the traditional tapioca (I'm now vegan) but I have discovered that if you pour some maple syrup over chia seed gel you can get a fairly good rendition of tapioca pudding! I love the idea of a food tradition per calendar day and will do some thinking about what would work in our family! Voted up and interesting, and pinned this hub!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 01, 2012:

Thanks so much, Victoria! Enjoy your fried chicken. :) We don't have it very often, but it's a great indulgence. I'm so excited that the first installment in this new series has been so well received. I'll be writing more of these articles for other months.

I'm also really glad that my layouts have been so well received. I encourage all hubbers to consider using dividers and at least a handful of high quality photos in all of their articles.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 01, 2012:

I've been craving fried chicken for a while. Guess I'm going to have to give in and make some! :-) Great idea for a hub. You are so creative! We can all learn from the way you put your hubs together. Great job! Congrats on hub of the day!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 01, 2012:

Thanks, nmdonders! You're right that it's definitely time to start celebrating.

Nira Perkins on July 01, 2012:

This Hub deserves Hub of the Day. It's great! I had no idea about all of these but I think it's time to start celebrating.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 01, 2012:

Thanks, John! That's always a good sign. :)

Janine, thanks so much! I appreciate the share. :)

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 01, 2012:

Just saw this and agree this does totally deserve the HOTD. Congrats and am sharing and voting this one up!!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on July 01, 2012:

hi randomcreative, and congrats on winning HOTD!

Wow, these foods look delish...just had breakfast...hungry already after reading your wonderful hub.

Take care - voted useful

John

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 01, 2012:

Thanks so much for the HOTD congrats everyone! I really appreciate the shares, too.

And yes, there are A LOT of random food holidays out there! I'll be continuing this series for other months.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on July 01, 2012:

this totally deserves HOTD. The first time I saw it I was so impressed!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 01, 2012:

This is certainly a great hub. Congrats for HOTD.

kelleyward on July 01, 2012:

Congrats Randomcreative on the HOTD! Fantastic hub!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on July 01, 2012:

I certainly am willing to do my part to celebrate all of the ice cream holidays in July! Congrats on Hub of the Day.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on July 01, 2012:

First Congrats on the Hub of the Day! And who knew there were so many weird food days. your hub lead me to google UK based food holidays and although we don't have so many we still have a few, may have to do a UK version of your hub! Voted up!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on July 01, 2012:

Congratulations, Rose-well deserved! Who knew there were so many 'food' events to celebrate, haha. Rated up/interesting.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on July 01, 2012:

Wow! So many food holidays! What a great HOTD. Ice cream, hot dogs, blueberries...the quintessential summer foods. Hehe. Great pictures, great information, great ideas...great hub!! Voted up and socially sharing. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on July 01, 2012:

I had no idea there were so many food holidays in July. Thanks for a heads up and congrats on HOTD.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 2012:

Simone, yes for sure! You'll have to hit at least a few of them.

Thanks Linda! I'll have to include those two holidays when I write the June food holiday article next year.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 26, 2012:

What a fun Hub! I love these National food holidays. I just celebrated National Lobster Day and National Iced Tea Day! :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 26, 2012:

I had no idea that July was such a celebratory month for food! These are such fun days- I DEFINITELY want to celebrate some of them. Now I'm more excited for the month than ever!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 22, 2012:

Thanks Leah! You only have to pick one or two of them. :)

Leah Lefler from Western New York on June 22, 2012:

I love all these food holidays! Except, perhaps, for Tapioca pudding day (not a huge fan) - but I am DEFINITELY celebrating strawberry sundae day!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 22, 2012:

I'm glad that you enjoyed that. :) I never know how much people will appreciate my random video clips. Working out is worth it for good food!

Laura Ross on June 22, 2012:

Great hub! I had to watch the vegetable lasagna Seinfeld clip too and had a good laugh. Lollipops, cheesecake and ice cream oh my...too many food holidays to celebrate. Elliptical here I come:)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 22, 2012:

Thanks Cassy! Have fun celebrating these holidays with your kids this summer. :)

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on June 22, 2012:

Oh man have you just given me a great idea! I can't wait to try each and every day with my kids :) I know they are going to LOVE this! Thanks!!! Voted up and interesting and shared :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 21, 2012:

Haha sounds good, Robert!

Robert Erich from California on June 21, 2012:

Hahaha! This is a great article. I am going to have to start determining what I eat around this now. My eggs are already set to be thrown on the sidewalk. :) Sharing this article for sure!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 20, 2012:

Thanks! It's one of our favorite indulgences, too.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 20, 2012:

I'm excited for July 6th! Fried Chicken is my favorite "I wanna be bad" food!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 20, 2012:

Sure! If there's still nothing, you can Google your birthday. There are some other really random holidays that don't fit into either of these themes.

kelleyward on June 20, 2012:

Oh yeah, I'll do that. Thanks

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 20, 2012:

Aw, bummer! You'll have to re-visit the lesson plans article and see if there's a non-food holiday on your birthday instead. I bet that there is something. Thanks Kelley!

kelleyward on June 20, 2012:

I'm sad...There is no food holiday on my birthday. LOL. I didn't know food had a holiday. I guess it deserves it! Great hub Randomcreative. Voted up and awesome!