Sunday, December 8, 2013

Holidays for December 8th 2013

National Brownie Day

National Brownie Day is celebrated on December 8 every year.

Well we think it's about that sweet dessert that's a kind of chocolate cake!
but a brownie is also:
  • Brownie (mythology), a type of fairy, elf or tomte
  • Brownie (Girl Guides), junior Boy/Girl Guide or junior Boy/Girl Scout
  • Most references point to the dessert as the star of this holiday.
"A chocolate brownie is a flat, baked square or bar, sliced from a type of dense, rich chocolate cake." "Brownies come in a variety of forms." "They are either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density, and they may include nuts, icing, cream cheese, chocolate chips, or other ingredients." "A variation that is made with brown sugar and no chocolate is called a blondie."

"Brownies are often served warm with ice cream, a combination that is known as brownie à la mode." "They may also be served with whipped cream, especially as a dessert in restaurants." "Brownies are typically accompanied by either milk or coffee."

"Food historians have traced the first recorded recipe for a brownie to the 1906 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by Fannie Merritt Farmer." "This early recipe produced a relatively mild and cakey brownie. "The name "brownie" first appeared in the 1896 version of the cookbook, but this was in reference to molasses cakes baked individually in tin molds, not true brownies."

"A second recipe appeared in 1907 in Lowney’s Cook Book, by Maria Willet Howard and published by the Walter M." "Lowney Company of Boston, Massachusetts." "This recipe added an extra egg and an additional square of chocolate to the Boston Cooking School recipe, creating a richer, fudgier brownie." "The recipe was named Bangor Brownies, possibly because it was created by a woman in Bangor, Maine." "According to the 1979 Betty Crocker's Baking Classics cookbook, brownies were accidentally invented by Maine home economist, Mildred Schrumpf when she served a chocolate cake that had collapsed in the oven."

"According to another story, the brownie was invented in Chicago by the chef of the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition." "Bertha Palmer requested a dessert for ladies attending the fair that would be smaller than a piece of cake, and easily eaten from boxed lunches." "These brownies feature an apricot glaze and walnuts, and are still being made at the hotel according to the original recipe."

"According to the chefs of America's Test Kitchen, chocolate deserts such as brownies should be removed promptly from the oven to retain the best chocolate taste." "This is because many of the compounds that give chocolate its flavor are highly volatile and easily lost." "The smell of brownies cooking is an indication that flavor and aroma are being released into the air." "Because they will continue to cook for a few minutes from residual heat, it is best to remove brownies from the oven as early as possible, generally when a toothpick test still shows a few moist crumbs."

What are Hash brownies? Cannabis foods concerns the preparation and cooking of foods with the drug cannabis in herbal or resin form as an alternate way to experience the effects of the drug without smoking it. Commonly it is cooked into a cake, cookie, brownie, or other baked product to be distributed socially. There are many different names and slang terms for these recipes. Most are based on standard recipes for brownies, cakes or cookies. Often, prefixes such as hash, cannabis, weed, pot, space, magic, special, enhanced are added to the name of the food that they are prepared with: "hash cakes," "special brownies" etc.

Take It In The Ear Day

Give an ear to this day.............

Take it in the Ear Day is a bizarre day of unknown origin. Our research found absolutely no documentation about the origin of this day. And, we have not uncovered any information around the meaning or purpose of this day. Yet, references to this day on bizarre and fun calendars abound.

Perhaps December 8th was without a holiday or day of celebration.

Many years ago a cable movie channel let an intern play editor for a day. Off the shelf came, "Liar, Liar" and off he went to work. His goal for the day? Change barely offensive dialogue into family-approved rhetoric.

The scene: Retrieving his car from the impound lot, lawyer Fletcher Reede notices a new scratch on the side. Irate, he begins taking it out on the lot boy.

The dialogue:
"You scratched my car!
"Oh, yeah, whatcha gonna do about it?"
"NOTHING! If I take you to small claims court, you probably wouldn't show up, and if you did and I won you'd just stiff me anyway. So, I'm going to turn around and just take it in...the ear...

Feeling confident in his choice of insults, the intern quickly inserted ...the ear... into another movie or two (The Wayans brothers "Bulletproof" for one), punched the clock and called it a day.

Perhaps, someone created it because they were having a rough day. Or, maybe, just maybe, the word ear was misspelled. (We won't go there)

Well, in any event, however and whatever you want to take to your ear.... we hope you thoroughly enjoy Take it in the Ear Day!!!

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day is just that -- a day to act as though you are a time traveler. Celebrate this day by deciding if you are from the past or the future and then stay in character all day as you come into contact with different people. Need some help celebrating this day if you are from the future then dress in some futuristic armor and run up to people and ask "What year is it?", and then when they tell you say, "Then it is not too late", and run off. If you decide that you are from the past then speak only in iambic pentameter or stand out in the street and scream as if cars scare you. The best way to celebrate this holiday is to find a Delorean and drive around town to see if anyone can help you fix your Flux Capacitor.