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340/365: National Gazpacho Day*

If you’re a fan of eating cold soup in one of the coldest months of the year, then…you’re weird. But apparently, not alone. December 6 is National Gazpacho Day!

It’s also National Microwave Oven Day and National Cook for Christmas Day. I suppose we could have taken the easy way out and nuked a bag of microwave popcorn, but where’s the fun in that? And, Christmas is still nearly three weeks away. Unless we cooked something that could then be frozen, I’m pretty sure it would be stale or moldy by then. I’d rather not spend the magical day praying to the porcelain gods, so gazpacho it is! Even though it makes no sense to me, having this holiday now. Kind of like National Vichyssoise Day made no sense to me in November.

Gazpacho is a tomato-based vegetable soup, usually served cold, that originated in southern Spain. It’s a staple of Spanish and Portugese cuisine. (Well, of course it is. The climate there is decidedly warmer. Although even over there, it’s more often considered a summer dish). Most recipes include some or all of the following ingredients: stale bread, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, onion and garlic, olive oil, wine vinegar, water, and salt. The soup can be traced back to ancient times, and may have its roots either the Moors or Romans. (Let’s face it, it was probably the Romans. They had their hands in everything else back in the day).

I was actually excited to find a recipe for Gazpacho Shooters. These are both simple and fun, and don’t require a lot of prep work – and, they contain most of the key ingredients, anyway. Here’s the recipe:


1 16 oz. container salsa
1 cup Bloody Mary mix
3/4 cup finely chopped cucumber
1/2 cup water


Stir together salsa, Bloody Mary mix, cucumber, and water. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve gazpacho in 2- to 4-oz. shot glasses. Garnish with cucumber sticks, if desired.

We did just that, and I have to say, this was one of the more fun food holidays of the whole year! They were delicious. And couldn’t have been easier to make.

National Gazpacho Day

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242/365: National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Are you in the mood for s’more marshmallows? Today’s  your lucky day! August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day!

We recently celebrated National S’mores Day, and actually did so without ever toasting a marshmallow. I guess this is payback for taking the easy way out, huh? Though in our defense it was late, had been a long day, and we’d just returned from a food festival in downtown Portland. We weren’t really in the mood to go all out and toast our own marshmallows. This time, we have no choice, as toasting is a prerequisite for the holiday. It’s right there in the name and everything.IMAG1393

Contrary to the name, we didn’t want some more S’mores. The other day, Tara mentioned craving Rice Krispie Treats. That’s when inspiration hit: could we make toasted marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats?! According to the internet, the answer was a resounding yes. Yes, we could. So we found a recipe and did just that.

We’ve got guests visiting from Sacramento this weekend, too. Lucky them – they’ll be privy to our food holidays for the next three days. The toasted marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats were a hit, so we’re off to a good start!

Here’s the recipe:

Toasted Marshmallow Rice Krispie Treats


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 (10.5 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie Cereal

How to Make

  1. Grease a 9×9 pan lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In small saucepan over medium-low heat melt butter. Continue cooking butter, swirling pan until it becomes a nice brown color (this will take about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Transfer browned butter into a large bowl or pot where you will be able to easily stir your Rice Krispie Treats together, and set aside.
  3. Turn oven onto broil.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Evenly spread your marshmallows onto lined baking sheet.
  5. Place under broiler for 45 seconds to 1 minute until marshmallows are puffed and deeply golden. Watch them closely because they will burn quickly.
  6. Using a rubber spatula lightly greased with cooking spray, immediately scrape marshmallows into bowl with butter. Stir to combine quickly. Pour Rice Krispies into toasted marshmallow mix and stir to combine.
  7. Press evenly into the prepared pan.
  8. Allow to cool before cutting into squares and serving.


Store airtight for up to 2 days.

They were fantastic!

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

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