October 17: National Pasta Day!


So, we just celebrated National Noodle Day on October 6; I chose to eat egg noodles since they had the word “noodle” in their name. For National Pasta Day, I was really hoping I would have the time to make homemade pasta (I would have made cavatelli, my absolute FAVORITE), but alas, National Pasta Day fell on a Thursday, not conducive to spending at least an hour hand rolling pasta. It was much easier to re-heat the leftover pasta from National Chicken Cacciatore Day , whip up a quick parmesan white sauce and call it a night with my DVR.

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She’s not the prettiest girl at the party, but she’ll treat you right.



Tomorrow: National Chocolate Cupcake Day!



October 16: World Food Day!


When I looked at what today’s holiday was, I couldn’t decide what to eat. Should I go get my favorite curry from our go-to Thai place? Should I eat a bowl of rice in honor of the 1.36 billion people living in China, the world’s most populated country? Should I forgo food all day (spoiler: no) to stand in solidarity with the many hungry people in our world? Or should I go to McDonald’s, since the Golden Arches are recognized all over the world?


Let’s talk for a minute about two of my favorite things about McDonald’s. First, the perfect sauce: Hot Mustard. A few years ago or so they rolled out a bunch of new sauces and I got scared. Why scared? Because they often don’t include my beloved in their sauce lineup. IN FACT, there this stupid game (sorry, I mean SAUCY CHALLENGE) on the McDonald’s website and Hot Mustard is no where to be found! Ugh. So, I’m scared they’re slowly phasing out the hot ‘tard. It might already be a regional thing. I was once in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and attempted to order Hot Mustard at the dude looked at me like I was crazy. :( ANYWAY, I order Hot Mustard always, even when I’m not nugging it up. It’s quite excellent on fries. I really hope everyone continues and/or starts ordering Hot Mustard so that it stays on the menu. I’ve tried making it at home and while it’s close, it’s not the same. Long live Hot Mustard!!


Another one of my favorite things about McDonald’s are the teeny tiny onions on the cheeseburgers. I’ve always loved these teeny tiny onions. When I was a wee Anna, my mom would try to replicate the teeny tiny onions on burgers at home but it was so not the same. Do they cook them briefly? Are they from a big vat? The internet says dried chopped onion! Is this the secret??


Tomorrow: National Pasta Day!

October 9: Moldy Cheese Day AND National Submarine-Hoagie-Hero-Grinder Day.
I was pretty pumped that submarine sandwich day fell on a Wednesday aka the day the 6″ turkey sandwich is the deal of the day at Subway. Sandwich, chips and a large fountain drink for $5.40! 
You know that scene from Sex and the City where Miranda orders the same order from the Chinese place every night? (Chicken with broccoli, brown sauce, brown rice and cold noodles.) And she thinks the Chinese takeout girl is mocking her for ordering in every night? That’s how I feel about the owner of the Subway by my work. I don’t even go there very often (maybe once a week?) and she acts like it’s soooo funny she knows my order and I’m soooo boring for always getting turkey. 
I know she’s likely just trying to be friendly, but ugh, I don’t know. Leave me alone! I like my sandwich the way I like it (turkey, american, lettuce, banana peppers, onions, jalapeños, light mayo, lots of yellow mustard, and oregano!). I don’t want to try your stupid cold cut combo! Again, leave me alone!
Anyway. If I had it my way (not Burger King), I would have eaten a Potbelly’s chicken salad sandwich on national sub day, because it’s the BEST sandwich ever. Alas, Potbelly’s does not exist in California! Hopefully one day, though. Fingers crossed. And toes. 
This evening I took on the second national food holiday: mold cheese day. I had a lovely moldy blue cheese on some crackers. I’m sure my breath is wonderful now. 
Tomorrow: National Angel Food Cake Day.