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by Sally Bernstein

May 31, 2013 -- National Macaroon Day
Sally's recipe for Coconut Macaroons.

May 30, 2013 -- National Mint Julep Day
All about mint, and a recipe for a variation called the Blanca Julep.

May 29, 2013 -- National Coq au Vin Day
Sally's recipe for Coq au Vin.

May 28, 2013 -- National Brisket Day & National Hamburger Day
Today's featured recipes: Homemade Hamburger Buns; Tips for Cooking Texas Style Brisket; Braised Brisket with Thirty-Six Cloves of Garlic; and Brisket Braised in Pomegranate Juice with Onion Confit and Pomegranate Seeds.

May 27, 2013 -- National Grape Popsicle Day
San Francisco, 1905. An 11-year-old boy is on his porch stirring powdered soda pop mix and water with a wooden stick. He leaves everything outside, and the temperature happens to drop below freezing that night. The next morning he wakes up to find the first "ice pop" on his porch. His name was Frank Epperson, and he dubbed his invention the "Epsicle." By 1924, when Frank got around to securing the patent, his kids were calling it a "Popsicle," and convinced him it was a better name.

May 26, 2013 -- National Blueberry Cheesecake Day & National Cherry Dessert Day
A recipe for sour cherry pie and cherry almond tart.

May 25, 2013 -- National Wine Day & National Brown Bag It Day
Pack a lunch, and visit our wine section.

May 24, 2013 -- National Escargot Day
Snail eating has been with us for a very long time. By the time the Greek and Roman cultures came around it was considered a delicacy. Many different kinds of snail are edible -- the largest ones, in Africa, can be a foot long -- but it is wise to clean them, internally, before eating. This can be done through a week of fasting or purging (such as feeding them cornmeal in a controlled environment). Snails are sometimes fed dill during this period, to impart a pleasant flavor. The technical term for snail farming is heliciculture.

May 23, 2013 -- National Taffy Day
Taffy dates back more than a thousand years. By the 1840s traditional taffy and taffy-making had migrated to the United States. When a boardwalk taffy shop flooded, the owner dubbed his product "saltwater" taffy and the name has stuck ever since. By the 1920s there were more than 450 companies manufacturing saltwater taffy.

May 22, 2013 -- National Vanilla Pudding Day
Good information about puddings and custards, and a South African recipe for buttermilk pudding.

May 21, 2013 -- National Strawberries & Cream Day
A couple articles about strawberries, with recipes.

May 20, 2013 -- National Quiche Lorraine Day
The recipe originally came from a medieval German kingdom called Lothringen. The French subsequently changed the name of that region to Lorraine. Here's Sally's recipe for the savory custard pie, originally cooked in a cast-iron pan, we call Quiche Lorraine.

May 19, 2013 -- National Devil's Food Cake Day
Pam Williams' little secret for Devil's Food Cake.

May 18, 2013 -- National Cheese Soufflé Day
A handful of souffle recipes to choose from: traditional; goat cheese; vegetable; cauliflower gruyere; and with seafood sauce.

May 17, 2013 -- National Cherry Cobbler Day
All about cherries.

May 16, 2013 -- National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
Here's a recipe for this French scallop dish.

May 15, 2013 -- National Chocolate Chip Day

May 14, 2013 -- National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
Sally's Family Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe.

May 13, 2013 -- National Apple Pie Day
New Book: Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere, by Sarah Al-hamad, offers Sticky, Sweet, and Gooey dessert recipes from around the globe. There are over 600 varieties of dates grown around the world today.

May 12, 2013 -- National Nutty Fudge Day
Happy Mother's Day!

May 11, 2013 -- National Mocha Torte Day
New Cookbook: The German Kitchen: Traditional Recipes, Regional Favorites, by Christopher Knuth & Catherine Knuth, is complete with clear instructions as well as full-color food and location photography. Think meatloaf, rouladen, sauerkraut and seafood, to name a few.

May 10, 2013 -- National Shrimp Day
Sally's new womensforum.com Blogpost is Live: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away where Sally explains the Top 10 Apple Varieties and how to store apples.

May 9, 2013 -- National Butterscotch Brownie Day
New Cheese and Beer Book: Cheese & Beer, by San Francisco Chronicle cheese authority Janet Fletcher, is a handy reference for cheese enthusiasts who want to dive deeper into the world of craft beer.

May 8, 2013 --- National Coconut Cream Pie Day
THE 2013 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS: Restaurant and Chef Awards Winners

May 7, 2013 --- National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
THE 2013 JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION AWARDS: Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Winners

May 6, 2013 --- National Crepe Suzette Day
New Cookbook: The Fresh 20 Cookbook: 20-Ingredient Meal Plans for Health and Happiness 5 Nights a Week, by Melissa Lanz, uses just 20 organic, non-processed ingredients per week. Home cooks can create 5 wholesome, delicious meals in just minutes. A busy home cook herself, Lanz understands the “What’s for dinner?” conundrum and has developed a program that gives parents healthy cooking options.

May 5, 2013 --Totally Chipotle Day
Happy Cinco de Mayo Day!

May 4, 2013 --- National Orange Juice Day
Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Saffron Rice with Caramelized Pineapple and Layered Mango Pudding.

May 3, 2013 --- National Raspberry Tart Day
Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Guacamole and Enchiladas with Mole Poblano, by Arlene Krasner, author of Kosher Sutra, available in Paperback and Kindle.

May 2, 2013 --- National Truffles Day
New Cookbook: Salty Snacks: Make Your Own Chips, Crisps, Crackers, Pretzels, Dips, and Other Savory Bites, by Cynthia Nims, is here to feed America's love affair with salt with 75 easy-to-follow recipes.

May 1, 2013 --- National Chocolate Parfait Day
May eNewsletter: Mother's Day. May gives us a special day to celebrate our Mothers. This year Mother's Day, always celebrated the second Sunday in May, is Sunday, May 12th. See Sally's Gift Recommendations.

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