June means schools are about to go on break, families are going on vacation, and beaches are the place to be. It’s the beginning of summer, and most places in the US are starting to see hot days and warm nights, so eating outside is much better now than most of the year. June 18th is International Picnic Day, so if we’re having a nice day here, why not have your lunch outside on a blanket?
Food celebrations are as varied as they can be this month. On one hand, you can celebrate your summer diet and say it’s National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month. On the other hand, you can say it’s time to let go and enjoy yourself and celebrate National Candy Month. Yes, June is both a national month for healthy foods and junk foods at the same time. But remember, it’s all about balance.
Some fun things to try this month >>>>>>>
Suggestions by month:
June 5th: National Ketchup Day
It’s estimated that 97% of Americans have a bottle of ketchup in their refrigerator. But even with that number, it’s still only #2 to mayonnaise. It’s not known where Ketchup originated, although it is assumed to be Chinese and originally included fish paste. The foodimentary website has a recipe for an early version of Ketchup, featuring anchovies.
Ketchup (tomata catsup) recipe:
June 16th: National Fudge Day
Fudge is an American candy made from sugar, butter, and milk. It is very similar to Brigadeiro, but has a dryer texture and comes in many different flavors. It is often sold in candy stores and gift shops. It became popular around in the late 1800’s when white sugar became less expensive for home cooks, mostly due to it not needing any special equipment to make.
The Spruce Eats website has recipes for many different flavors of fudge:
Different fudge flavors recipe:
Microwave fudge recipe:
June 21st: National Peaches & Cream Day
Peaches are a favorite fruit during the summer months, especially in the southern states where they are commonly grown. The peach is actually the official state fruit of Georgia. Peaches and Cream is a very popular flavor combination, and at its simplest, is the combination of sliced peaches and whipped cream. You can serve this for dessert as is, or why not try it as ice cream?
Peaches and ice cream recipe: