Today is both National Mushroom Day and National Red Wine Day. So why not combine the two to create a wonderful dish that is perfect along side a delicious steak? Don’t you just love it when the steak at your favorite restaurant elevates their presentation with a side of delicious mushrooms?
Today is National Cheese Curd Day! The moment I heard this, my heart skipped a beat as I remembered our visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factor in Oregon. Sure, it was interesting to see how cheese is made. But it was even better to have lunch in their cafeteria. If it contained cheese, you could get it. Everything from Grilled Cheese to Pizzas to big bowls of soup with delicious Cheese Curd.
It was a beautiful Autumn Day – highs in the upper 70s, dipping down into the mid 40s overnight. The air was crisp, and clean and oh so beautiful. My menu for this perfect day was equally perfect – Lemon-Garlic Pork Medallions, Jasmine Vegetable Rice Pilaf and Green Beans. The Marinated Pork was in the refrigerator, just waiting to grace our table. Everything was in place. And then it happened – life had other plans.
How does it go? In 1492, Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue. Five hundred and twenty-seven years later, Federal Banks are closed as Americans rush to the shopping malls for Columbus-Day specials. Hum, not so sure how I feel about that. One thing I can tell you is that you aren’t going to find me in a mall. While there might be things I’d like to have, there is nothing I need so much that I am willing to fight through a crowd of crazed bargain shoppers.
Thank goodness, it’s Sunday. Sunday in the fall can only mean one thing – roast chicken! Golden, beautiful and just screaming of childhood memories. Many a Sunday we came home from Mass and sat down to a late afternoon supper of roasted chicken. The house was warm and filled with family. Cousins, aunts and uncles. People we weren’t really related to but called family anyway.
Another Catholic rant – I know. Sometimes I get caught up in the celebrations. The Miracle in Fatima is an amazing story. One can argue the Spinning Sun was a result of mass hysteria or crown induced delusion. An event for the uneducated. Call it what you want. The fruit platter will still taste good.
Did you know that today is National Pumpkin Pie Day? You would think that Thanksgiving would be National Pumpkin Pie Day, but it’s today. And no, I’m not sharing a pumpkin pie recipe. The National Day only served to inspire me.