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!


Happy National Ice Cream Month

Today is the first of July, which marks the start of National Ice Cream Month! Some may find it silly to devote an entire month to ice cream, but I’ll take any excuse I can find to devour the delectable dessert.

President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. Because this holiday was created by the president and backed by Congress, it has a legitimacy that many other food holidays lack.

In honor of this oh-so-important holiday, I had my own celebration at Karma Cream, located on West University Avenue in Gainesville. Karma Cream is known for their organic ice cream and their large selection of vegan flavors, in addition to regular dairy flavors. I had a mix of vegan pineapple coconut and cherry amaretto.

How are you celebrating National Ice Cream Day?