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May 15: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Everyone on the planet is down with chocolate chip cookies. Dare we say it's America's most-loved cookie? Here's a roundup of our favorite recipes.
Kimberly Vardeman CC BY
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May 25: National Brown Bag It Day. In many ways, we are in debt to Margaret E. Knight, who in 1871 designed a machine to mass-produce flat-bottomed paper bags. She was the first woman granted a U.S. patent, and with her innovation she inadvertently christened a new era in take-along lunches. Packing your own lunch for work or school can be a pain in the butt, sure, but it's a money-saver and often more healthful, too. If you'd rather go the reusable route, we have some gear suggestions to make it easy for you.
Randy Heinitz CC BY
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May 29: Learn About Composting Day. A huge amount of landfill space is taken up by food scraps. This could all be composted into rich, vital soil for growing plants. Composting at home is addictive, and there are all kinds of methods to use depending on the space you have available. You can even compost if you don't have a yard! If you want to be really hardcore, get into bokashi fermentation, which can handle meat, dairy, grease, and pretty much anything else. No matter what, the first step is to reduce the amount of food destined for compost in the first place by eating what used to be considered trim.
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May 30: Memorial Day. Here comes summer, people. Cookouts, camping, the whole shebang. While you are chilling out with your butt parked in a lawn chair over the long weekend, don't forget that Memorial Day was founded to honor those who died while in service to our country. Grill something amazing for the veterans in your life, and remember the ones who can't be there to enjoy it with you.
Edsel Little CC BY-SA
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May 31: National Macaroon Day. The colorful and cute buttercream-filled French macarons have captured our hearts the past five years or so, but don't forget this pastry/cookie hybrid's more homely cousin, the coconut macaroon. The ones at Columbus, Ohio's French-style bakery La Chatelaine are about the size of a fist, with moist centers and crispy exteriors, and they are irresistible.
Eran Menashri CC BY-SA