May 5th

Hello world. You may be thinking about Cinco de Mayo today ( 5 the May) or May 5th.

However, I want you to start thinking about Mother’s Day On Sunday May 13th. You have one week to find that unusual perfect gift.

I want to remind you that books are good gifts. “Grandma’s Pantry” would be wonderful for an older mother or grandmother.

Land of Horses would be wonderful for anyone interested in animals or horses.

Dreams of Yesterday would be great for anyone who has overcome difficult times .

Growing Up in the Rockies a memoir, would be good for anyone wanting to read about overcoming disabilities, the nostalgia of how things use to be, or just comparing life style changes.

For fast orders I suggest you go to or Amazon. com.

Grandma’s Pantry and Land of Horses are not with as I have switched publishers.

If in doubt contact me. The easiest way to communicate with me is to leave a comment or to contact me on Facebook under Janice N. Richards “Best Selling Author.”

Whatever you do I hope you all remember your mother’s as they are very important in everyone’s life.


National Days

5 Cinco de Mayo

Many celebrations will be going on across the country, from parades to feasts, to dances. This is an all day celebration and a chance to eat wonderful food. Not all Latin American food is hot spicy , there are different degrees of spicy, However, if you aren’t use to spicy it is best to ask before you try.  Remember water puts the fire out faster than anything.

There is always a lot of drinking of beer and tequila at these festivals so please don’t drink and drive and avoid any type of argument or confrontation.

This is a day to enjoy not for political discussions.

Dances are wonderful go enjoy and be safe. However, again remember do not drink and drive.

Enjoy festivals in the park, or if you prefer stay at home and make your favorite food for the day.

Whatever enjoy the day.

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5 National Hoagie Day



But today, we are talking about the traditional, possibly the original, style of submarine sandwich: The Italian. This version has ham, salami, and pepperoni with fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, basil, oregano, pepper, tomatoes, spring mix, optional mayo and herb vinaigrette.

According to Barbara Longué of Cotes de Longué Selections in Mahwah, NJ, this delicious bit of heaven pairs beautifully with Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel. This rosé is a terrific choice because it’s got some heft, as it’s made with 100% Zinfandel, yet it’s fun and fruity and easy drinking all the same. It is a particularly good match for the ham, salami and pepperoni in the hoagie, because it is dry and crisp, with some minerality.  It has a slight floral nose, heightened by aromas of just-picked strawberries followed by a sort of savory, herby element. Juicy berry flavors of red raspberry, currant and plum with a hint of watermelon are highlighted in this crisp, enjoyable wine.

Longue adds “Pedroncelli is a fourth-generation California winemaker, and the family takes great care with what it does—supplying quality wine at good prices— and this wine is no exception. Chill this (especially this summer) and drink it on its own or with any summer food — burgers and barbecued chicken, roast chicken or grilled salmon, it’s perfect.”

If you’re not ready for a dry rosé, Mindy Brady of Spirit of 76 Wine and Liquors  in Manasquan suggests Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano D’abruzzo. The Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a bright ruby full-bodied and robust red wine from Italy that offers a perfect integration of tannins and wood. It is a soft, fruity red wine making it an excellent choice for pairing with this sub.

As Brady says, “It is a great table wine that has a price tag that doesn’t need a special occasion to have. It’s a must-have for wine enthusiasts that are just beginners!”

Basically, the key to hoagie pairings is not to go over-the-top with the hot peppers or spiciness. The right wine can hold up to a certain amount of spice, but excessively spicy food will kill your ability to taste anything. So if you are ordering atomic wings or piling pickled jalapeno on your hoagie, maybe you want a bland, cold beer. The other key thing with fatty party foods is acids – a crisp wine with good acids will help clean the fat away.

Both of these wineswines can be found at Spirit of ‘76 Wines & Liquors , 119 New Jersey 71,  Manasquan, NJ 08736. Phone: (732) 223-3180

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So know matter what type of Hoagie you want today is a great day to celebrate .


5 Oyster Day

Oysters are a delicacy in many countries. In the US, they are included among gourmet foods. Oysters find their way into soups, casseroles  and even sandwiches. Oysters are rich in several vital substances like calcium, iodine, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus. So with so much importance attached to this delectable sea food, there is little wonder that there is an entire day in the year dedicated to it. Oyster Day is celebrated on the 5th of May each year.


It looks like today is a day for celebrations, foods, festivals and drinking.

Take time to decide how you want to celebrate the day. Whatever you do be sure you remain safe. Use designated drivers, and if there isn’t one available call a taxi.

So until next time:)


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