January 20th

National Penguin Awareness Day

National Butter Crunch Day

National Cheese Lover’s Day

National Penguin Awareness Day is today, Jan. 20, 2011.

The annual event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the penguin. There are many species of penguins, some of which are being threatened by climate change, making the Awareness Day even more important.

It’s easy to celebrate National Penguin Awareness Day. Celebrate the day, including wearing black and white, sending a Penguin Day e-card, replacing your desktop with penguin pictures, or forwarding penguin pictures to your friends. There are also great movies to rent.

National Cheese Lover’s Day

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!
Did you know that American consumes about 31 pounds of cheese each year? That may seem like a lot, but  the  French consume about 50 pounds!
There are more than 900 known cheeses in the world; they can all be classified by their texture.
 Primary classifications and some examples are as follows:
  • fresh cheese (ricotta);
  • soft cheese (feta); semi-soft cheese (Fontina)
  • semi-hard cheese (Gouda); hard cheese (Cheddar)
  • double or triple crème cheese (Brillat-Savarin)
  • blue cheese (Gorgonzola)
  • washed rind cheese (Limburger)
  • bloomy rind cheese (Brie).
People have been making cheese for at least 8,000 years, so the cheeses we enjoy today are all relatively young by comparison.  Emmental Cheese (also known as Swiss cheese), has been around since the first century BC!
Celebrate National Cheese Day with a visit to your local cheese monger. Then pick up your favorite kind of artisan cheese or  try a new cheese for a cheesy dish for dinner tonight in honor of National Cheese Lover’s Day! Celebrate with a cheese platter snack. Whatever you decide to do enjoy your Cheese.

National Butter Crunch Day

This day is marked each year in the US on January 20th. This is an unofficial food holiday that celebrates the toffee candy. Buttercrunch is a combination of toffee, covered with delicious chocolate. It has a crunchy texture and a caramel flavor. Recipes include toasted  almond sprinkles.

Making buttercrunch calls for a good candy thermometer and some cooking experience or my mother would have just used the soft ball stage dropping the caramel into a cold cup of water and if it formed a ball it was ready.

Creating the toffee involves caramelizing sugar at high temperatures, which requires precision, timing and the right tools and safety techniques for a successful outcome.

Buttercrunch can be served on top of ice cream, or on its own. Buttercrunch flavored cookies or cakes are  also other ways to enjoy this wonderful treat.

National Buttercrunch Day History

The beginning of National Buttercrunch day is not well documented. However, a related food holiday, National Almond Butter Crunch Day is celebrated on June 29th.

The crunchy candy, sometimes called just buttercrunch but other times referred to as almond buttercrunch, was made famous in World War II. A buttercrunch candy called Almond Roca, made by Brown and Haley was shipped in tins to U.S. troops overseas.

Therefore the two holidays could be related.

Now you can also rent a good movie about Penguin’s and sit back and relax while you enjoy your Cheese snacks and you Buttercrunch desert.

There are many recipes that can be found online. Whatever you decide on today is another wonderful winter day for staying inside and enjoy your national days unless you live where it’s warm. Then you might want to visit a zoo, a marine or what is in your local area.

So Have a Happy Cheesy, Butterscotch, Penguin Day.

Now I am off to work on my book about horses for another day.

Until next time 🙂


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