Goodbye To January

Jan 31, 2013

There is a National Cream Puff Day. Who knew? Apparently there are a lot of recognized food days we're missing.
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In some ways, January seems longer than any other month. It’s cold and rainy, and spring is still weeks away. There aren’t any holidays that we celebrate by cooking, baking, or gathering for a big indulgent meal.

Unless you count National Cream Puff Day, which flew by on January 2 while most of us were still recovering from Christmas and New Year’s Day. Or National Spaghetti Day on January 4, which some would rightly argue we should celebrate much more often.

Shortbread, tempura and toffee. Peking duck and popcorn. Chocolate cake and corn chips. All of them have designated days of celebration in January - even if most people don’t know it.

Sound silly? Maybe, but consider this: Each of these food products represents a segment of a massive, global industry we all depend upon. Trade organizations or other advocates can petition local or national governing bodies for these "commemorative resolutions." Yes, an individual can make a request, so your favorite day could - in theory, anyway - be declared National Peanut Butter and Marmite Sandwich Day, if you like.

By the time you read this, you’ll have missed National Croissant Day on January 30. And probably Brandy Alexander Day, too, which closes out the month on January 31. Faster than you can say National Baked Alaska Day, the first food holiday of February will be here.

Maybe next year, we can celebrate January with the fanfare we now know it deserves. Plan to stock up on beans and blueberry pancakes.

To see an entire year’s calendar of food-themed days, weeks and months, visit the