Today is National Fig Newton Day (and no, they do not have anything to do with Sir Isaac Newton, but are named after the Massachusetts town where they were first produced). I am not a particular fan of the cookie but as a Baby Boomer have a real fondness for the 1970's commercial campaign where … Continue reading National Fig Newton Day
Today is the tenth anniversary of the "Miracle on the Hudson." The day when pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles lost both engines to bird strikes shortly after take-off from La Guardia Airport and safely landed their passenger jet in the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard the … Continue reading 10th Anniversary of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s famous Miracle on the Hudson Flight
The second week in January has been named National Mocktail Week. What is a Mocktail? Think of a Shirley Temple but more sophisticated. Alcohol has done plenty of damage to plenty of lives but we all desire a celebratory sip to toast our good fortune. These drinks are becoming more widespread with lots of new … Continue reading National Mocktail Week
Last Sunday I went on the annual Cold Finger Run sponsored by radio station WBAB on Long Island. They traditionally start off the year by inviting motorcyclists to contribute to a children's charity so they can partake in an hour long group ride escorted by police. The sea of motorcycles They gather at the Cradle … Continue reading 2019 WBAB Cold Finger Run
As I have said previously on this blog, there seems to be a National Day for nearly everything and today's version is Oysters Rockefeller. This dish was famously created by Antionne's restaurant in New Orleans in the late 1800's. It was named as so rich it was fit for a Rockefeller but that was before … Continue reading National Oysters Rockefeller Day
Psst. I know it is early in the morning, but today is that magical time when the rising sun aligns with Manhattan's street grid to provide a beautiful image of the good ol' sol perfectly in the middle of our concrete canyons. However, today's forecast in The Big Apple is for clouds and rain this … Continue reading Rainy Manhattanhenge Sunrise
May you have a bright and cheery new year and a prosperous 2019. We decided to eliminate our alcohol intake this holiday, but if you celebrated too heartily last night take solace in the dog that bit you during National Bloody Mary Day. Recipe below. You're welcome. I'll be quiet now. As always you can … Continue reading Welcome to 2019 and National Bloody Mary Day!
Sometimes National Day events seem to be randomly placed on the calendar. Today's National Champagne Day is clearly placed to align with New Year's Eve where marketers are heavily promoting that beverage. However you celebrate tonight, even if you turn in at 9 PM with every intention of waking to turn on the TV just … Continue reading National Champagne Day – Happy New Year
Well children, did you get what you wanted for Christmas? I got two pretty cool gifts that I really liked. Of course they were food related! Two different attachments for my KitchenAid mixer. These workhorse machines have a port on the front that permits handy tools to use the power of the mixer. The first … Continue reading Review – two of my Christmas gifts!
Today is National Fruitcake Day. Smart alecks make a lot of fun of people who actually like fruitcake. But if you are one of those people you can sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/Fruitcake-Lovers-of-the-World-Unite-196760433903/ Okay, Mark Zuckerberg, do something good and round up all these folks on that page and put them in Gingerbread Gaol. As always … Continue reading National Fruitcake Day
Today is National Thank You Note Day. Yep, time to haul out that good old pen and paper to write a personal thank you note for all the nice presents you got this holiday season. Time to move away from emails and texts and all those modern impersonal methods we now depend on. Oh, while … Continue reading National Thank You Note Day
Whether your celebration is religious or secular, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas Day. The world needs much more Peace and Joy. Do what you can to bring more of it to this earth. Jingle, jingle. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Not surprisingly National Egg Nog Day falls on Christmas Eve. If you are only leaving milk with cookies for Santa you need to up your game and pour Saint Nick some Egg Nog! And spike it, it's going to be a long night. As always you can find more at http://www.walterthinnes.com and on Twitter @walterthinnes
Today is National Date Nut Bar Day. My grandmother made the perfect Date Nut Bar and now my Aunt Priscilla makes them just as well. I have never made them satisfactorily. But here is my 2019 resolution. I must make them perfectly twice and then I will post the recipe. If I cannot you will … Continue reading National Date Nut Bar Day
Today is the Winter Solstice, the middle of winter where the planet begins tipping back toward a six month march to summer. Sure, it is officially the first day of Winter and there will still be cold weather ahead but this will be the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Days will … Continue reading Winter Solstice
As we near Christmas, time to rummage through your closet to find those lovely presents from work exchanges, well meaning nieces and any gift that didn't quite hit the mark. Remove any bothersome tags and make up a good backstory as to why you are giving it to your uncle or postman. Be careful not … Continue reading National Re-Gifting Day
Today is National Hard Candy Day, I'm sure intentionally timed for the holidays. When I was a boy my parents always filled our stockings with hard candy, nuts in shells and a few tangerines, which were special in the winter those days. We also walked two miles, uphill both ways in the snow every day … Continue reading National Hard Candy Day
Today is National Maple Syrup Day and there is nothing better for flapjacks than real maple syrup. Forget those sugar concoctions and even agave substitutions, nothing tastes like real maple syrup. A few years ago I heard of startling research that shook the maple world. It has always been assumed that tree sap dripped down … Continue reading National Maple Syrup Day
Today is National Gingerbread House Day and fitting for the season. Making a Gingerbread House most often comes from a kit nowadays and is primarily to keep little hands busy and out of trouble. Because the Gingerbread walls are made very dry to make them weight supporting and the icing is often dry and brittle … Continue reading National Gingerbread House Day
Today is National Cookie Day which is a rather generic focus but that is fine as I generically like cookies! Cookies are superior because you can get a lot of different types and flavors into a serving whereas a slice of pie or cake is a rather singular approach. If I ever (heaven forbid) had … Continue reading National Cookie Day!
On Wednesday, December 5, 2018 comes the last Manhattanhenge of this year. Readers of this blog will remember, and you can find them in the history, the explanation of the science of this phenomenon. Briefly, the orientation of our cross streets aligns with the rising or setting sun to be framed in the concrete canyons … Continue reading Bundle Up! December Sunrise Manhattanhenge Returns!
For the last several years an enterprising multi-magician group "The Illusionists" have parked for a limited holiday season run on Broadway and then gone out to tour America. This year it is especially themed to be a Christmas show though the dressing is rather thin and they call this one"Magic of the Holidays." I've seen … Continue reading Review – The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
Today is National French Toast Day. I like every carb breakfast option from waffles to pancakes. But French Toast holds a special allure. Based on that basic building block of bread if made correctly it is warm, creamy and satisfying. There are many creative ways to create it but at its heart it is simply … Continue reading National French Toast Day
Had enough of Thanksgiving leftovers? You are in luck! In New York City you will find Edwards Restaurant serving Cincinnati favorites: Montgomery Inn Ribs, LaRosa's Pizza, Skyline Chili (cheese coneys and 4 ways), and Graeters' Ice Cream! I have focused enough on them on this blog but if you are new here check out https://www.edwardsnyc.com/cincinnati-night/ … Continue reading Tired of Turkey? Come to Cincinnati Night at Edwards NYC for alternative!
Today is National Cashew Day and I do love to nosh on these delicious nuts. As I started this post I idly wondered why I have never seen cashews in the shell, as I have seen every other kind of nut. Boy did that send me down a rabbit hole. Cashews are technically a seed … Continue reading National Cashew Day