National Raspberry Cake Day

Happy National Raspberry Cake Day! I know what you’re probably thinking: who in the world comes up with these random (and strangely specific) food holidays?

Some are designated by presidential proclamation, such as National Ice Cream Month, or legislation in Congress. Executive departments can also issue proclamations. However, most days are simply created by councils or enthusiasts of a particular food, and they don’t have much cultural significance.

If you want to learn more, there’s a great article on Bon Appétit’s website titled “How national food holidays became a thing.”

While some may find these food days pointless, I take them as a fun opportunity to enjoy a certain food or try a new recipe. Today I baked a cake.

Simple raspberry cake

Ingredients:

  • box of yellow cake mix (includes 1 cup water, 1/3 cup butter and 3 eggs)
  •  1/2 pack of raspberry gelatin
  • carton of fresh raspberries
  • white frosting

Directions:

Follow the directions on the cake mix box, including the raspberry gelatin when you beat the batter (the gelatin makes the cake pink and adds raspberry flavor). Fold desired amount of raspberries into the batter. Bake the cake as directed. Frost the cake after it cools, using the remaining raspberries as garnish.

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National Lasagna Day

I’m sure Garfield the cat is in heaven, blissfully and lazily consuming pans of lasagna, because today is  National Lasagna Day.

Lasagna is a popular Italian dish comprised of layers of flat pasta, tomato sauce and cheese. Variations can be made by adding meat, vegetables or even tofu.

‘Lasagna’ is also referred to as ‘lasagne,’ the plural form of the word in Italian. Lasagne is derived from the Greek word ‘laganon,’ a wide, flat sheet of pasta cut into strips. It may also be derived from the Greek word ‘lasanum,’ which was the pot used to cook the dish.

Grab a fork and celebrate today by making a pan of homemade lasagna or heading to your favorite Italian restaturant. Buon appetito!

National Coffee Milkshake Day

When you take your cup of joe today, consider enjoying it in the form of a milkshake in honor of today’s food holiday. That’s right, July 26 is National Coffee Milkshake Day.

This oddly specific food holiday is perfect for the summer. Indulge in a frozen coffee milkshake for a refreshing pick-me-up this July afternoon.

The Frappuccino, created by George Howell in 1992, is the original coffee milkshake. Howell came up with the idea as a way to increase sales during the summer at his Coffee Connection cafes. Starbucks bought the rights to the Frappuccino name and began serving the blended beverage in 1995.

It’s fairly simple to make your own homemade coffee milkshake. However, there are a few variations depending on how you choose to get your desired coffee flavoring.

Here are some recipes to try:

1. Using cold-brewed coffee

2. Using strong coffee or espresso

3. Using coffee-flavored ice cream