January 12: Curried Chicken Day


Is “curried chicken” a thing? Or did they just mean “curry with chicken in it”? I took it to mean “curry with chicken in it”, because it gave me an excuse to order my favorite thing from our favorite Thai food place.


I love Thai food. Growing up Thai food wasn’t a “thing”, at least not in suburban Chicago (or maybe I’m wrong and it was a thing everywhere except my family). I remember going out for Thai food a few times in high school… we’d venture into Chicago on the El and I’d order Thai fried rice because it was the one thing that was remotely familiar to me, a Americanized Chinese food aficionado. In college, my life was filled with nachos and noodles (… some things never change?) but I can’t recall ever going out for Thai with my lovely roommates, or anyone else for that matter. It wasn’t until I got my first job post college that getting Thai became a regular thing for me. My boss would take us out for Thai on a sort of regular basis; I fell in love with Pad Kee Mao, and how the chilis made my upper lip sweaty. I was hooked.

I eventually branched out and stopped getting noodles constantly and started ordering curries. My all-time favorite is massaman curry… a wonderful combination of curry, spice, coconut milk, potatoes and peanuts. And that my friends, is what is pictured above. It’s a lot prettier than this photo might suggest. I should have used a non-orange bowl.


Tomorrow: National Peach Melba Day

October 15: National Chicken Cacciatore Day! 


If anyone is following along at home, you might have noticed that October 15th is ALSO National Roasted Pheasant Day. But, this is my quest and my blog, so I chose to do Chicken Cacciatore. Phew.


Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian (or so wikipedia tells me) so apparently chicken cacciatore is made by hunters? Somehow I doubt hunters sit around chopping peppers and herbs and simmering chicken in wine. I think the only thing that is truly “alla cacciatore” is a bag of beef jerky and trail mix.


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A meal fit for a hunter?

Tomorrow: World Food Day!