May Foods and May Day
Marty Martindale

Courtesy of The Nibble, we share their month of May day and month’s picks:

  • National Asparagus Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Chocolate Custard Month
  • National Egg Month
  • National Gazpacho Aficionado Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Mediterranean Diet Month
  • National Salad Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • May 1: National Chocolate Parfait Day
  • May 2: National Truffles Day
  • May 3: National Raspberry Tart Day
  • May 4: National Homebrew Day
  • May 4: National Orange Juice Day
  • May 4: National Candied Orange Peel Day
  • May 5: National Chocolate Custard Day
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo
  • May 5: National Hoagie Day
  • May 6: National Crêpes Suzette Day
  • May 6: International No Diet Day
  • May 7: National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
  • May 8 National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • May 8: National Empanada Day
  • May 8: Have A Coke Day
  • May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • May 10: National Shrimp Day
  • May 11: Eat What You Want Day
  • May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day
  • May 13 National Apple Pie Day
  • May 13: National Fruit Cocktail Day
  • May 14: National Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
  • May 16: National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
  • May 17: National Cherry Cobbler Day
  • May 18: National Cheese Soufflé Day
  • May 19: National Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • May 20: National Quiche Lorraine Day
  • May 20: Pick Strawberries Day
  • May 21: National Strawberries and Cream Day
  • May 22: National Vanilla Pudding Day
  • May 23: National Taffy Day
  • May 24: National Escargot Day
  • May 25: National Brown-Bag-It Day
  • May 25: National Wine Day
  • May 26: National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • May 26: National Cherry Dessert Day
  • May 27: National Grape Popsicle Day
  • May 28: National Brisket Day
  • May 28: National Hamburger Day
  • May 29: National Coq Au Vin Day
  • May 30: National Mint Julep Day
  • May 31: National Macaroon Day

May Day over the Years

Remember, during the cold war, when Russia tried to intimidate us by trotting out their grim soldiers, menacing tanks and most grizzly artillery in big parades ever May Day?, They were rippling their muscles, and hoped we’d quake in our boots. Another negative associated with May Day is the phrase, “May Day,” frequently used as an, in-trouble, distress signal.

Originally, May Day was a happier day, and its origins go back to pre-Christian times. It was a celebration of springtime when people took hold of streamers fixed at the top of a Maypole. They would circle the pole reveling together in the first flowering blooms and feasting on the arrival of warm weather.

There aren’t many Maypoles around now, but you can revive another aspect of May Day, and it is the May Day Basket. Try this:  decorate little boxes or zip-bags with cheery doodles and insert a coffee treat. If you live the tradition, you leave your “May basket” on your friend’s desk and disappear quickly. If the recipient happens to see you and catch up with you, they plant a kiss or a big hug on you.

It sounds a little silly, but it is a welcome contrast to weather disasters, unstable governments and bitter political wrangling.

Happy May Day!

Marty Martindale

About Marty Martindale

Foodsite Magazine and Marty aim to help the cooking-challenged avoid dependence on others due to lack of cooking knowhow. We concentrate on quick breakfasts, portable lunches and “good-4-u” night meals. With readily available web translation, the magazine explains separate foods, a little of their history, their nutrition, suggested “go-withs,” serving ideas and links to foodsites with recipes.

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