Well, 2012 is finally here, and while some folks are out preparing for the apocalypse, others are taking advantage of their last days on Earth by partying every day.
Foodies can party it up each day of the year, mostly thanks to industry promotion and consumerism. It's not hard to make a national holiday. All it takes is petition, a sponsor, a few thousand dollars and an act of Congress.
These holidays don't have the force of law like federal holidays, so you''ll have to go to work. And because January is already underway, we missed a couple, such as Bloody Mary Day and Apple Gifting Day (January 1) and Cream Puff Day (January 2). Yesterday was Chocolate-Filled Cherry Day.
But January also happens to be National Candy, Egg, Tea, Meat, Oatmeal, Soup, and Wheat Bread Month.
Then there's National Pizza Week -- the second week of January -- and National Meat Week and National Irish Coffee Week -- both the fourth week of January.
For the rest of the month, here is a list to help you plan your daily menu:
January 4 -- National Spaghetti Day
January 5 -- National Whipped Cream Day
January 6 -- Bean Day and National Shortbread Day
January 7 -- National Tempura Day
January 8 -- National Toffee Day
January 9 -- National Apricot Day
January 10 -- Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 11 -- Milk Day and Hot Toddy Day
January 12 -- Curried Chicken Day
January 13 -- National Peach Melba Day
January 14 -- National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15 -- Strawberry Ice Cream Day
January 16 -- International Hot and Spicy Food Day and National Fig Newton Day
January 17 -- Hot Buttered Rum Day
January 18 -- Peking Duck Day
January 19 -- National Popcorn Day
January 20 -- National Buttercrunch Day, National Cheese Lover's Day, National Granola Bar Day, and National Coffee Break Day
January 21 -- New England Clam Chowder Day
January 22 -- National Blonde Brownie Day
January 23 -- National Rhubarb Pie Day and National Pie Day
January 24 -- National Peanut Butter Day
January 25 -- National Irish Coffee Day
January 26 -- National Pistachio Day
January 27 -- Chocolate Day
January 28 -- National Blueberry Pancake Day
January 29 -- National Corn Chip Day
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January 30 -- National Croissant Day
January 31 -- Brandy Alexander Day