Giving thanks for November (and its food holidays)

We are so thankful that November starts today, and that’s not just because we are really looking forward to Thanksgiving!

For one thing, we’ve put October (and especially Halloween) behind us. You can only eat so many leftover trick-or-treat candies before you really start to feel “not-so-Fun-Sized”, know what I mean?

For another, it feels good to turn the page on the calendar, and turn our attention to planning our Thanksgiving menu, thinking about which homemade treats to make, and start celebrating the many holidays November has to offer.

Month-long November food holidays:

And, on a more serious note, November is also Hunger Awareness Month. See how you can help by getting in touch with the Food Bank of Iowa, and the interfaith Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Move the Food initiative.

One-Day November Food Holidays:

November 1: National Vinegar Day (here’s our Vinegar 101 primer)
November 2: National Deviled Egg Day. AllSpicer Denise has her own twist on Deviled Eggs.
November 3: National Sandwich Day
November 4: National Candy Day (9 out of 10 parents admit to sneaking candy out of their children’s Halloween stash – today’s your day to swipe some before it’s all gone!)
November 5: National Doughnut Day
November 6: National Nachos Day and National Saxophone Day (party!)
November 7: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day (my favorite kind!)
November 8: National Cappuccino Day (yes please) and Cook Something Bold Day
November 9: Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day (say what?)
November 10: National Vanilla Cupcake Day
November 11: National Sundae Day
November 12: Veterans Day
November 13: World Kindness Day (shouldn’t that be every day?)
November 14: National Guacamole Day and National Pickle Day
November 15: Clean Your Refrigerator Day (especially if your in-laws are coming for Thanksgiving, yikes)

November 16 – 17: East Village Holiday Promenade, 5-9 pm Friday 11/16; all day Saturday 11/17. A neighborhood-wide holiday kickoff celebration. Santa and skating; carolers and carriage rides. Fireworks! Snacks and sarcasm at AllSpice. Details elsewhere on the AllSpice blog.

November 17: National Baklava Day and Homemade Bread Day and World Peace Day
November 18: National Vichyssoise Day
November 19: Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day (whom do you suppose sponsored this holiday?) and (no I’m not making this up) Have a Bad Day Day
November 22: East Village Holiday Promenade, 5-9 pm. A neighborhood-wide holiday kickoff celebration. Santa and skating; carolers and carriage rides. Snacks and sarcasm at AllSpice. Who could ask for anything more?
November 21: Gingerbread Day

November 22: Thanksgiving. (Always the fourth Thursday in November. This year, it’s on the earliest possible date. No excuses for slacking – we’ve only got three weeks until the feast!) Thanksgiving recipes here.

November 23: National Espresso Day and Eat a Cranberry Day and “You’re Welcome Day” (?). Also, browse our suggestions for tasty things to do with Thanksgiving leftovers.
November 24: Small Business Saturday.  Shop local businesses to find creative, unique gifts that aren’t available in big box stores and franchised boutiques. We waxed poetic about it in 2011 in this post: Think Big. Shop Small.
November 26: National Cake Day
November 28: National French Toast Day
November 29: Chocolates Day
November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day
November 30: National Mousse Day

When you’re not thinking about food (which is admittedly a rare occurence around here), there are some non-food holidays in November, too:
Aviation History Month
International Drum Month
National Model Railroad Month
National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo)
Native American Heritage Month
Real Jewelry Month (which implies there’s a *fake* jewelry month, or am I missing something here?)

Also, the first week of November is Chemistry Week – never mind that Mole Day is October 23, and Pi day (kind of chem-related) is March 14. Chem Week is in November.

Happy November, everybody!