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.
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).
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.