May 26th is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! If you recall, my last attempt at a vegan cheesecake left me with a crust that refused to be removed from the pan, so this time around I hit up my Vegan Junk Food cookbook and attempted no-bake blueberry cheesecake bars hoping for a better crust. The recipe seemed to have lots of potential, but four hours in the fridge later the crust was nothing but crumbs that refused to stick together. Honestly! Oh well, you win some you lose some, and just because it’s crumby doesn’t mean I won’t eat it 😉
May 23rd is National Taffy Day! Making this stuff was quite the adventure! I went with a Food Network recipe for chocolate taffy and added some peppermint extract. I understand now why at the Boardwalk they have huge machines tugging and pulling at the taffy, cuz it’s a lot of work! Unfortunately I either tugged too much, or too little, because I can’t eat the stuff without my mind going straight to old Chevy commercials and Bob Seger crooning “Like A Rock.”
May 22nd is National Vanilla Pudding Day! Pudding isn’t exactly my thing, but I was enjoying the stuff.. until Mom compared the consistency to that of Thanksgiving gravy that has been in the fridge too long. The gross part? That mental image didn’t stop me from taking another bite. (Artistic credit for this photo goes to said mother!)
May 14th is National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. Alright fine, these aren’t technically biscuits made of buttermilk, but I was going to write off today’s holiday and then remembered I’d seen a drop biscuit recipe in one of my cookbooks that I wanted to try. Rice milk.. buttermilk.. who cares- they turned out tasting just great!
May 6th is National Crêpe Suzette Day! This is of course exciting (… to me) but even more exciting is that this marks my 50th blog post which means I’m officially halfway through my food holiday adventure! So far it’s truly been terrific (and calorific!) and I’m very excited for the next 50 (seemingly arbitrary) national food holidays! Today? Crêpe Suzette.. which is basically crêpes dipped in a cooked mixture of (vegan) butter, sugar, and orange juice. Tasty, but very sweet!
May 4th is National Candied Orange Peel Day. Really? Candied orange peels? Well, Mom and I cooked them up this evening and all we can say is.. maybe they’ll be better in the morning, after they’ve had a chance to dry and harden. Probably not, but worst case scenario we’ll toss most of them in the trash and douse the rest in melted chocolate.
May 3rd is National Raspberry Popover Day! Vegan popovers: the first truly epic fail of my food blog adventure. Maybe I shouldn’t have scoffed so hard when the recipe told me to use a popover pan (“please, a cupcake pan will do”), or perhaps the idea of a vegan popover was just silly to begin with. In my defense I swear there was a legit recipe, from a (semi) legit website, with a really beautiful picture of a vegan popover.. with serious pop. My popovers… no pop. My popovers are more like rocks.. with dough inside.. and a really great raspberry sauce on top.