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Celebrate National Pound Cake Day!

on March 4, 2013

Yes, today was actually National Pound Cake Day. I learned about this when I read the manufacturers coupons that arrived in the mail this week, and there was a Sarah Lee coupon for frozen pound cake that suggested purchasing one in honor of today’s festive occasion. Skeptical as I was, I verified the existence of this holiday by doing a Google search of “national food days” and finding this website. Little did I know how full the calendar truly is! Well, I was inspired. I decided to observe National Pound Cake Day by baking a pound cake. I knew I wouldn’t have a chance to get to the grocery store to buy the frozen cake, which also meant I would have to use what I already had in the kitchen to make my cake. So I looked up a pound cake recipe and got to work. Because my pantry is a bit understocked right now due to an unusually postponed trip to the store, I had to make some adjustments to the recipe. The butter, flour, and sugar were okay, but I could only use one egg instead of four. And instead of baking powder I used baking soda plus a little cream of tartar. And I didn’t use quite as much vanilla extract. And since the batter wasn’t very liquidy (because of the egg shortage) I couldn’t pour it into a loaf pan, so I spooned it out onto a baking sheet into little lumps instead. They didn’t look very cake-like so I pressed each one flat with the bottom of a small drinking glass dipped in sugar.

Okay, fine. I admit it. I made sugar cookies instead of pound cake. And they were perfect.

But I totally made up for the slight discrepancy by making a kick-butt dinner thanks to the Pioneer Woman. Follow that link to see the recipes for Patty Melts and Crash Hot Potatoes that are every bit as delicious as their name suggests. I highly recommend the potatoes to you! And a plus, I was able to follow the recipe as printed! I did have to adapt the patty melts (remember understocked pantry). I used wheat bread instead of rye, cheddar cheese instead of swiss, and pre-made store burger patties. They were still phenomenal sandwiches!

In conclusion I would just like to encourage you to celebrate wacky food holidays. A friend of mine throws a pie party every year on National Pie Day. A few weeks ago I accidentally made sweet rolls on National Sticky Bun Day. I fully intend to observe a bunch of food holidays throughout the year. I think it will be really fun, plus it’s a great help to me when writing up my weekly menus! For example, I already knew that I should make crab cakes on National Crabmeat Day. Done! No actual thinking involved.

Here is a list of the National Food Days I plan to observe in March:

March 4: National Pound Cake Day

March 9: National Crabmeat Day

March 11: Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day (I know, right!?)

March 14: National Potato Chip Day

March 18: Oatmeal Cookie Day

March 20: National Ravioli Day

March 23: National Melba Toast Day AND National Chip &  Dip Day (why not celebrate both?)

March 24: National Corn Dog Day (the Wienerschitzel coupon circular told me about this one!)

March 25: Waffle Day (plain waffles this time, I guess)

March 28: Something on a Stick Day (how could you resist?)

March 31: National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day (because of Easter, this trumps Tater Day, National Clams on a Half shell Day, and Oranges & Lemons Day. Who knew?)

 

What interesting made up holidays do you and your family like to celebrate?

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3 responses to “Celebrate National Pound Cake Day!

  1. […] Celebrate National Pound Cake Day! Mar […]

  2. […] it and there’s nothing America’s Test Kitchen can do about it. Neener neener. Like the “pound cake” I made a few days ago, I had to make do with what I had in the kitchen, so I pretty much followed […]

  3. […] happens to be National Corn Dog Day! WooHoo! If you’ve been following my blog you know that I’m trying to observe some of these national food days. Today to celebrate, Jeremy took his motorcycle over to Wienerschnizel to get some corn dogs. They […]

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