Thursday, January 17, 2008

January 16 wacky celebrations

Hot 'N Spicy Food Day. There's not a great deal of information out there about this celebration, but in to uphold a tradition, I whipped up a huge pot of hot 'n spicy chili. Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef 1/2 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 medium onion, diced 1 stalk celery, thinly sliced
1 T. garlic pepper 1/4 t. salt
1 c. green pepper, diced (red or yellow pepper are OK to use)

Brown these ingredients until meat is cooked. Then add:

1 large can vegetable juice 2 15-oz cans chili or dark red kidney beans
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 15-oz can butter beans
1 can beer 2 T. chili powder
1/4 t. cayenne pepper

Simmer for one hour. Yum! And that's my contribution to Hot 'n Spicy Food Day.

If you're not up for food, how about paying tribute to a legendary mythical creature. Today is a time to celebration Appreciate a Dragon Day. I always think about the dragon that battles Beowulf at the end of the epic. Or Puff. According to the Dragon Keeper Chronicles, this day was initiated to promote literacy. You can find a list of dragon books, based on reading level, at their website.

Of course, you could celebrate nothing. Now what kind of fun would that be? This un-event, National Nothing Day, was founded by Harold Pullman Coffin, a newspaper reporter, and was first celebrated in 1973. The goal: to provide Americans with a day when they can sit and observe without honoring anything.

And finally, today is Religious Freedom Day. The origins commemorate the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. An official website offers good information, along with Presidential proclamations honoring the day.

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