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September 18: National Cheeseburger Day. A question to ponder: what other situation is beef better when paired with cheese? You know the answer. Nothing.
stu_spivack CC BY-SA
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September 19: National Butterscotch Pudding Day. There are a lot of impostor butterscotch pudding recipes out there. Simply cooking brown sugar and butter together does not a butterscotch make. For that inimitable butterscotch-y flavor, you have to cook the mixture until it hits at least 240 degrees F. (America's Test Kitchen has a great recipe.) If you don't want to bother, order a fancy restaurant version, like the one from the Astor Hotel pictured here.
Krista CC BY
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September 20: National Punch Day. What is punch, anyway? Isn't it a drink made with ginger ale and frozen juice concentrate with a pretty frozen ring in the middle? You see it at served at church potlucks and no one actually drinks it? No, no, no. The original punch is a boozy concoction with roots going back to English sailors in the 1600s. Real punch has made a comeback, evidenced by these 6 warming punchbowl recipes (that Templeton Rye Apple Punch looks great, no?)
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September 25: National Food Service Workers Day. Do you like to party? Find a cool local bar and go there on industry night (often a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday). Don't worry, all of the well-adjusted food service workers will either be at work or at home, resting.
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September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day. His popular image as a barefoot yokel wandering around with a saucepan for a hat is somewhat distorted. John Chapman, no myth but a real man, was an eccentric, a traveler, a missionary, and an itinerant orchardist. Chapman was born on September 26, 1774, but the day honoring him sometimes is observed in March as well, as that is when apple seeds are planted.
A History of the Pioneer and Modern Times of Ashland County, H.S. Knapp, 1862
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September 29: Michaelmas, the feast day of St. Michael. Michaelmas falls near the autumn equinox, and also dovetails with when geese are slaughtered and processed. In the U.K., roast goose was once customary for the Michaelmas feast, but that gradually fell out of favor. The dish is enjoying a revival, however. Michaelmas was also thought to be the last day of the season to eat blackberries. The saying was after the holiday, the devil spit his fiery breath on the brambles to scorch them. Of course, one can serve goose with blackberry sauce and knock out both traditions with one course.
Tim Sackton CC BY-SA