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What's on the Food Calendar for September 
Sep. 1, 2011 12:58 pm 
Updated: Sep. 9, 2011 4:39 am
You blinked, didn’t you ? And before you knew it, it was September 1. Labor Day is this weekend and all the summer romances are coming to end. What leaves that were left on the trees in New England after Irene got done blowing through will start to turn and corn mazes of different shapes & sizes will start to show up at farms around the country. Marching bands will be heard in the wind as footballs & soccer balls float through that same breeze. September is also a month full of culinary holidays. It’s full of a little something for everyone and for once, some of the foods & causes that call this month their own, actually make sense.

September is National Organic Harvest Month. I guess that is what you could call it at my house too since I only use organic topsoil & manure and no pesticides of any kind. I just wish I had more to harvest but heat waves & heavy rain can do that to garden. Now going along hand & trowel with Organic Harvest Month are National Mushroom Month, National Potato Month and National Rice Month. All very worthy vegetables & grains to praise and all can be found in any health food store or Vegan Foodtruck (Looking at you Seabirds). Personally out of the three I would be more likely to celebrate Potato Month but potatoes & rice don’t  really work for my DIE-t unless they are of the sweet or brown variety so I guess it’s a Mushroom kind of month for me.

Another cause to step up and claim September as their own is National Cholesterol Education Month. I happen to know all about Cholesterol. My doctor told me that mine was high and that it needed to come down. I DIE-ted and exercised and now it is lower. I also ate a lot of white chicken meat which is good because it is also National Chicken Month. I’m not quite sure why the chicken industry would want September for their special month as I would think September would be more suited to Pigskin. We also know that the chicken industry couldn’t let their month get too close to November because chicken is certainly not the BIRD that we RESPECT in November. (You can go digging for that blog from last year if you want or just wait until I re-run it in another month).

It’s also Better Breakfast Month which kind of fits in nicely with National Biscuit Month and National Honey Month. I love biscuits and I love honey but for some reason I don’t think this was the Better Breakfast that those folks had in mind when they staked their claim to September. You would almost think that National Gravy Month  would have tried to hook up with National Biscuit Month or at least tried to hook up with National Turkey Month but alas, there is no National Gravy Month (at least not on my food calendar) so I guess you can unofficially celebrate gravy whenever you want and if you are a certain kind of Italian, you will celebrate with a nice dish of pasta. As for Better Breakfasts, we all know it’s the most important meal of the day and that you can’t really skip but so many of us out there do. I guess we have a whole month to get our acts into better shape. As a final note, my cousin’s wife is raising bees and I hope to see her soon so we can get some of her honey (hint, hint).

And finally the calendar says that it is National Papaya Month but I seem to remember that it also said it was National Papaya Month back in June. I knew I had written about it before so rather than try to come up with something new, I will just re-run what nobody read the last time. Please see below:

NATIONAL PAPAYA MONTH – Are papayas even in season ? I love papayas myself. Just cut a slice and squeeze a little lime over it and that is just about as good as it gets. There are various juices with Papaya in them that aren’t too cloyingly sweet and somewhere in the depths of my hard drive I think I have a Papaya Muffin recipe hidden away. As a side note, dried crush papaya seeds do make an excellent meat tenderizer.”

Now it’s not just the month itself that gets celebrated but also, to a lesser extent, the weeks get celebrated too. Starting this Sunday it will be the beginning of National Waffle Week (Honey anyone ?). The second week in September brings us both National Vegetarian Awareness Week (which pairs nicely with National Organic Harvest Month) and National Biscuits & Gravy Week (at least the Gravy Lobby got 7 days on the calendar). The third week got stiffed and no food or drink has laid claim to those 7 days and the fourth and final week of the month is National Wild Rice Week. I can’t even think of a joke for this one.

So there you have it. A month of food wrapped up in a doggie bag full of grammatical errors. Come back next time when we talk about that almost perfect combination of Football & Food. It’s almost time for my National Foodball League Preseason Prediction Blog. And yes, I not only hate your favorite team but I probably don’t like the food associated with them either.

Sep. 1, 2011 1:16 pm
This was good but I am waiting for the chat about the perfect combo of football and food! What you don't like turkeys? Go VT!
Sep. 1, 2011 1:23 pm
Wow, didn't realize there were so many foods associated with September. Who knew!
Sep. 1, 2011 1:25 pm
Holy Cow, yer gonna be busy.
Sep. 1, 2011 1:26 pm
Hi Dog Head - I am totally & completely all about Respecting the Bird. Remember this one ? http://allrecipes.com/cook/107227/blogentry.aspx?postid=205589 and when it comes to college football, I'm a Boise State fan
Sep. 1, 2011 1:27 pm
Hi DeniseY - I was surprised about it too
Sep. 1, 2011 1:27 pm
Hey Raedwulf - 32 teams & 32 foods - it's a lot of writing coming up
Sep. 1, 2011 1:29 pm
Boise State bad, VT good.
Sep. 1, 2011 1:30 pm
Hi Maridele - looks like I am going to be a target for some Hokie fans
Sep. 1, 2011 1:35 pm
Yes we do tend to be readily available and vocal of our loyalties! Boise State became a not too favorite last year. Nothing personal though...
Sep. 1, 2011 1:37 pm
I understand - they aren't going to like Boise in Georgia after this weekend either
Sep. 1, 2011 1:47 pm
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ - oops, I dozed off.
Sep. 1, 2011 1:56 pm
Sep. 1, 2011 2:33 pm
See swchef - my writing is the equivalent of Organic Ambien
Sep. 1, 2011 5:47 pm
I'll be checking in for Food and Football discussions here....I make my weekly NFL predictions based on zero logic but it makes for friendly competition with my sports enthusiast husband.
Sep. 1, 2011 8:26 pm
FB season is "heating" up here in Wisc. Tonight the Packers played AND the UW had its first game of the season...and Bucky won. (and, the temp was in the 90's again today,,, thus the "heating" up). So, looking forward to your FB/food analysis for the year. Lots of cheese and brats here!! Who knew Sept brought such a plethora of food celebrations??
Sep. 1, 2011 9:20 pm
September!!!! My favorite month..blue skies, football, fall food planning, changing-o-the garden and My Birthday! 9\11\nuff said! I'm looking forward to your fall blog! Just promise me no more dancing with the stars!
Sep. 2, 2011 6:43 am
I love reading your blogs!
Sep. 2, 2011 9:57 am
Hi ellie - all I can tell you about my weekly picks is that Las Vegas usually loves me.
Sep. 2, 2011 9:59 am
Hey chris k - that was a nice win for the Badgers but UNLV is not exactly a national title contender - I will be interested to see how Nebraska effects things in the Big 10
Sep. 2, 2011 10:03 am
Hi Terry - I can't completely ignore DWTS this year because I used to work with the father of one of the so called wannabe neverwere "Stars". And yes, there are a lot of things to write about each fall.
Sep. 2, 2011 10:04 am
thanks luv2cook - I love reading your comments
Sep. 2, 2011 11:39 am
I spend September in mourning the passing of summer and dreading the arrival of winter. Personally, if I weren't also DIEting, I'd put the honey on the biscuits and call it breakfast, but then that may be why I need the DIEt. Have a great holiday!
Sep. 2, 2011 3:12 pm
Hi BigShotsMom - it is sad to see summer go but fall is a pretty cool time of year. I have some DIE-t ideas that I am going to share that I think you might enjoy.
Sep. 3, 2011 7:01 am
Hey Doug, love your blogs. I worked in Kennett Square, Pa. "The Mushroom Capital of the World" smelled like it too! I rode on a few mushroom floats to celebrate the mushroom festival in September! But I will say Kennett has the best cream of mushroom soup besides my Moms. Keep the blogs coming and I'm kinda on the fence with DWTS this season, I favor David Arquette just because he's funny as he- double hockey sticks! Hope you and the family are well!
Sep. 4, 2011 5:58 pm
So tell me do you get your national food info from an almanack or a calendar? I always look forward to your daily info and enjoyed your blog.
Sep. 4, 2011 6:56 pm
Interesting. Thanks for pointing all that out, I'd probably not have known! Busy month.
Sep. 5, 2011 6:41 am
Hey Doug, I too love your blogs....very interested in hearing more about the DIE-t. What protiens did you eat besides chicken, shrimp and fish? Need to reduce the cholestol as well. Any help is appreciated.
Sep. 5, 2011 8:16 am
Hi Dragonfly22 - I sued to sell contanimated products insurance to the food industry and I spent quite a bit of time down in the Kennett Square area. As for DWTS - I think this is going to be a painful season to watch.
Sep. 5, 2011 8:17 am
Hi andee - I don't have the link here at home but it's a food calendar I found thanks to Google a few years back. Some of the foods selected just crack me up. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep. 5, 2011 8:19 am
Hi *~Lissa~* - sometimes I get bored in the office and Food Calendars give me an endless supply of topics for me to write about. Thanks for stopping by.
Sep. 5, 2011 8:23 am
Hi Dianna - I ate a lot of white meat chicken (no dark meat), steak, pork loin (not ribs or belly - too much fat) and as much fish as I could handle. I certainly missed Duck more than any other protein. For me it was really cutting out the extraneous sugar in my diet and cutting way back on the carbs. Exercise is the other key component to my DIE-t. You have to move, you have to pay for your weight. You can't be sedentary because no amount of DIE-ting alone will be successful.
Sep. 5, 2011 10:49 am
Thanks Doug....any suggestions for a bad left knee and previously broken right foot? Guess I need to dig out the stationary bike!
Sep. 5, 2011 11:03 am
Hi Dianna - I would think that stationary or recumbent bikes may work. The old style nordic track is also very low impact. Good luck and let me know how you do.
Sep. 6, 2011 12:19 pm
Turns out we celebrated biscuits and gravy over the weekend:) Now it's time to think football food. Mizzou stepped out a winner on saturday, and Matt Cassel is doing full practices as of today, so I'm looking forward to the Chiefs opener on Sunday. Can't wait for your menu suggestions!
Sep. 7, 2011 4:42 am
i actually have Jamaal Charles on my fantasy football team and I don't know why. I thought I set my autodraft to NOT pick chiefs, chargers or especially raiders. As for the foodball preview, I better get to writing and writing fast.
Sep. 7, 2011 11:25 am
Football is one of the few things that distinguishes fall from summer here in Louisiana. That and the arrival of scary candy corn on the supermarket shelves. :)
Sep. 7, 2011 11:40 am
Hi Amanda - you do have some good football down in Louisiana too. My wife loves the Saints and my best friend growing up writes about them in the Times-Picayune. As for scary candy corn..... I used to like to do battle with those little monsters....
Sep. 7, 2011 6:37 pm
I forgive your Chiefs fault only because you feel the same about the Chargers and the Raiders:)
Sep. 8, 2011 9:00 am
I loved it. It's so cool and to think I never new.
Sep. 9, 2011 4:39 am
Thanks Wendy - glad you stopped by
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My mother decided early on that her sons would never have to rely on someone to feed them so we all learned to cook at an early age. I really started to branch out when I moved out west to Denver, SF & Dallas. Combine that with extended business travel to Louisiana & my growing love of spices and you get a real mix of flavors.
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Love to make cajun food with my favorites being crawfish pie, alligator stew & alligator chili - I go nuts on Super Bowl Sunday
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We didn't have a lot of traditions per se but you could count on pancakes or waffles on sundays - dad making scrambled eggs twice a year on christmas morning & mother's day - veal parmagiana on christmas eve, Thanksgiving with Grandma Matthews and any menu of your choice on your birthday. We weren't a spicy family so I learned a lot of good strong basics in the kitchen from Mom that I have carried over into my cooking today.
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I love to experiment with variations of dishes I try around the country. My biggest success is here on allrecipes where I had 2 recipes published in the same cookbook - Southwestern Turkey Soup & Curried Carrot Soup. I think my corn muffins are a great starting point and my alligator chili has become a much requested Super Bowl favorite.
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There have been a few times in the past where I tossed everything and took everyone to a restaurant instead. I'm not too proud to say my cooking is awful when it really is.
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