We’ve all heard of Cinco de Mayo (“the fifth of May”) as a fun celebration with lots of Mexican food, but what is the history behind the holiday event? A common misconception is that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence, but it is actually centered around celebrating Mexico’s victory in the battle at Puebla, which occurred during the Franco-Mexican War on May 5, 1862. It was unsure that Mexico could win the battle, since they were heavily outnumbered by French military forces. Ultimately the win became a significant source of pride for Mexico.
There’s a day for everything it seems. Some we can relate to, some not so much. National English Muffin Day – April 23 — is especially exciting for those of us English muffin lovers!
With it being Passover and with Easter right around the corner, family get-togethers, brunches and dinners are happening continuously! Grocery stores are busy with shoppers gathering all the ingredients they need. If you’re at a loss for what to make, get inspired by these charming spring recipes.
March 17 marks St. Patrick’s Day! Saint Patrick’s Day originally was a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. It has become an international festival celebrating the culture of Ireland. Surprisingly, the first parade held to honor St. Patrick’s Day took place not in Ireland but in the U.S.– in New York City. Out of anywhere in the world, NYC even beats out Ireland themselves for the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
Happy Chocolate Lovers Month! With Valentine’s Day occurring in the month of February, it’s no surprise the entire month is devoted to chocolate lovers. In fact, about $400 million worth of chocolate is purchased around the world on Valentine’s Day. But honestly, what’s not to love about chocolate? The average American eats about a half a pound of chocolate per month. That’s a lot of chocolate! With so much popularity, we can’t be the only ones who are curious about the origins of this glorious treat!
Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you have a romantic dinner at your favorite restaurant planned? Or are you laying low with a cozy night in? No matter what the case is, there are sure to be sweet treats, good eats and so much love to celebrate.
You’re probably well aware that this Sunday marks the biggest game of the year. Not only is it the championship football game, it’s also a huge day for grubbing. Did you know that the Super Bowl is the second largest day for food consumption behind Thanksgiving? Whether you plan on attending a Big Game party or hosting one at your home, we have you covered with a drool-worthy, touchdown scoring menu!
Happy National Peanut Butter Day! While today we know and love it as peanut butter, it is actually a paste. The first reference of this peanut paste was in 1890 when a St. Louis physician developed the idea of packaging peanut paste for people with bad teeth. Back then, the paste was sold at six cents per pound. If only it was that affordable today!
We all know the holidays are a time for bringing loved ones together. Our Cool Food Panel of bloggers shared their favorite appetizers and desserts for entertaining family and friends over the holidays.
With winter in full swing and Christmas right around the corner, holiday goodies and treats are taking over! Recipes might be all-things-peppermint, eggnog and gingerbread – but you can’t forget about chocolate. Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day, after all!