One month down, 11 more to go before the so-called end of the world, and if you forgot to celebrate any of January's food holidays due to work, school, prison, food coma, etc., fret not faithful foodie 'cause February offers some interesting meal ideas for you--and your dog too.
Valentine's Day is often thought to dominate February, but the second month of the year is also known as time to celebrate canned foods, berries, cherries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, grapefruit, fiber, fondue, hot breakfast, snack food and chocolate.
And for some week-long celebrations, there is pickle week (first week), Great American Pizza Bake and Kraut and Frankfurter weeks (second week) and National Pancake Week (fourth week).
Remember also that this is a leap year, so if you miss the Feb. 29 foodie holiday, you can't celebrate it until 2016--or sooner if you just go to Red Lobster.
Without further ado, here is a list of February's foodie holidays:
February 1 -- National Baked Alaska Day. What is baked alaska? It's a delectable dessert made of ice cream lined with layers of sponge cake or Christmas pudding and surrounded by meringue.
February 2 -- Heavenly Hash Day (this day could technically be celebrated on 4/20, er, wait).
February 3 -- National Carrot Cake Day
February 4 -- National Stuffed Mushroom Day and Homemade Soup Day
February 5 -- National Chocolate Fondue Day and World Nutella Day
February 6 -- None! (ideas anyone?)
February 7 -- National Fettuccine Alfredo Day
February 8 -- Molasses Bar Day
February 9 -- National Bagels and Lox Day and Pizza Pie Day
February 10 -- Cream Cheese Brownie Day
February 11 -- Peppermint Patty Day and Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
February 12 -- National Plum Pudding Day
February 13 -- National Tortellini Day
February 14 -- National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day (also national cream pie day, if you catch our drift).
February 15 -- National Gumdrop Day
February 16 -- National Almond Day
February 17 -- National Indian Pudding Day
February 18 -- Crab-stuffed Flounder Day and Drink Wine Day (seriously a great combo).
February 19 -- National Chocolate Mint Day
February 20 -- National Cherry Pie Day
February 21 -- National Sticky Bun Day
February 22 -- National Margarita Day
February 23 -- National Banana Bread Day and Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (dogs will eat either one, really).
February 24 -- National Tortilla Chip Day
February 25 -- National Clam Chowder Day and National Chocolate-covered Nuts Day (we'll show you some chocolate-covered nuts...)
February 26 -- National Pistachio Day
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February 27 -- National Strawberry Day and National Kahlua Day
February 28 -- National Chocolate Souffle Day
February 29 -- Surf and Turf Day