November Food (and Frivolous) Holidays

We’ve barely come down from the sugar buzz we got from sneaking our kids’ Halloween candy, and here we are, facing November. It’s the official kickoff of the holiday season, to be sure, but it’s also a month of whimsical (and some downright odd) holidays.

We give thanks for the diverting holidays November has to offer:

November food holidays:
Good Nutrition Month (an interesting irony, in the face of Thanksgiving’s excesses)
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Pomegranate Month (check out our fab Pomegranate Balsamic)
Raisin Bread Month
and Vegan Month (even though last month was Vegetarian Awareness Month. Those attention-craving vegans, ha.) [We’ve got Vegan recipes here; Vegetarian recipes at this link.]

National Fig Week is the first week in November. A tasty figgy food is our Fig Balsamic Vinegar, or get all fancy with this White Pepper Creme Brulee with Fig Compote.

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 food (and other) 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 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 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 26: National Cake Day
November 28: National French Toast Day
November 28: Thanksgiving. (Last year, it was on the earliest possible date; this year, 2013, it’s on the latest possible date. No excuses for slacking – we’ve got plenty of time to get ready. Supposedly.) Thanksgiving recipes here.
November 29: Chocolates Day
November 29: National Lemon Creme Pie Day

shopsmallNovember 30: National Mousse Day

[Updated for 2013!] November 30: 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.

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!