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Annals Of Silverware
Around this day in 1630, John Winthrop, the first colonial governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, began using at his dinner table what may have been the only fork in the colonies. He encouraged its use. As omnipresent as the fork is now, it was only then coming into widespread use in Europe.

Food Through History
Today is the birthday (in 1835, in London) of Fred Harvey, who more than any other one man brought civilization to the Wild West. He emigrated to America and worked in restaurants in New York, New Orleans and elsewhere. Railroads were just beginning to carry passengers long distances, and Harvey saw an opportunity in the need for hotels and restaurants along the tracks. He aligned his new operation with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, which was completing its line from Chicago to Los Angeles in the 1880s. He opened Harvey Houses all along the line. He hired young women from all over America to move West as waitresses. The wholesome Harvey Girls found many single men looking for wives. They married and settled, bringing real community to Western towns. Fred Harvey's motto was "Maintenance of Standards, Regardless of Cost." His restaurants were the best in the West. It lasted until the end of widespread train travel. Only a little of the Harvey empire remains, most notably the grand El Tovar Hotel in the Grand Canyon. A great book about Fred Harvey--a fascinating man long ahead of his times--is Appetite For America, by Stephen Fried.

Annals Of Food Writing
The author of the first Creole cookbook was born on this date in 1850. Lafcadio Hearn wrote La Cuisine Creole in 1885. Its subtitle was "A Collection of Culinary Recipes, From Leading Chefs and Noted Creole Housewives, Who Have Made New Orleans Famous for its Cuisine." The recipes would seem odd to us now, but their style is very recognizable as New Orleans food. The book establishes that Creole cooking was all-encompassing and indeed famous way back then, long before the same could be said of other regional American cuisines.

Today's Flavor
Today is National Indian Pudding Day. Indian pudding is made with cornmeal, eggs, and molasses. It's also National Orange Blossom Day. An ingredient important in both Southern bars and Middle Eastern bakeries comes from those flowers. Orange flower water is a fascinating and under-utilized ingredient. The Ramos gin fizz cannot be made with out it. I forgot to mention it throughout the month, but June is National Papaya Month. I have not had a papaya lately, but I will. I think it's one of the most delicious fruits in the world, when you catch it at optimum ripeness--but that's not easy.

Gourmet Gazetteer
The 2077 inhabitants of Saltville, Virginia have a nice view from their town. A heavily forested ridge of the Appalachians tower three hundred feet above Saltville to the north. The burg is in a narrow valley created by the Holston River, a tributary of the Susquehanna. Saltville is named for a number of salt domes and salt marshes nearby. The salt attracted gazing animals since prehistory. Enough of them sunk into the marsh that many fossils have been found. Saltville was a critical source of salt for the Confederates, who'd list the more productive salt miles in Avery Island, Louisiana. The Union captured Saltville's works, which hit the Confederacy hard. Ed's Drive-In Restaurant is on Main Street. Its salt shakers are quite full.

Edible Dictionary
wiener, n.--We all know that a wiener is a hot dog. But let's look a little deeper. The name gives the blame to Vienna, the highly sophisticated arts and music town in Austria. (I have a collection of all nine Beethoven symphonies performed, the albums say, by the Wiener Philharmonic.) This seems to suggest that wieners and those awful canned Vienna sausages have a common ancestor. In this country, about the only distinction given to the sausage that Oscar Meyer calls its pork-and-beef product a wiener, but all-beef version of the same thing a frankfurter. However, back in Vienna, they call this thing a frankfurter, while in Frankfurt, Germany, it's a wiener! Just give me a hot dog.

Deft Dining Rule #241
Ask whether tomato paste is in the marinara sauce at every Italian restaurant. (Correct answer: no.)

Eating Across America
On this day in 1985, US Route 66--the road made famous by two songs and a television series, along with many guidebooks--was scratched off the list of certified highways and ceased to exist. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and carried so much traffic that its route had long since been paralleled by Interstate highways. One of the many books I lost in the flood was a dining guide to Route 66, written in the 1930s. Even now, a few of the diners and cafes along the old route remain open.

Food Namesakes
Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, who produced the James Bond films, died in 1996 on this date. The vegetable that bears his name was developed by an ancestor. Broccoli is a hybridized cauliflower, crossed with raab. Actor Jack Lemmon died on this date in 2001. Blues immortal Robert Johnson recorded a song called Come On In My Kitchen on this date in 1937, along with nine other songs that would become classics of the genre.

Words To Eat By
"Don't cut the ham too thin."--Fred Harvey, born today in 1835. These were his last words to his son when he died in 1901. It's bad advice. For a sandwich, anyway, you can't cut the ham thin enough.

Words To Drink By
This bottle's the sun of our table,
His beams are rosy wine;
We planets that are not able
Without his help to shine.
--Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

The Battle for Food.

Today, December 29 …

Legend has it that on this day in 1777, “Philadelphia Pepper Pot soup” – “the soup that won the war”, was invented by a cook in the American Continental Army. They had failed to repulse the British, who were in Philadelphia, and George Washington decided to set up winter quarters 20 miles away in Valley Forge, which had good natural defences.

It proved to be a harsh, miserable winter for the raggle-taggle band of 10,000 troops and associated women and children. Many were, quite literally, half-naked, and disease was rife. Officially, the basic ration per man per day was a pound of bread, a pound of meat or fish, a quart of beer, and a pint of milk. In reality the army often went days without bread, or meat, or both. In late December, the absence of meat almost caused a mutiny, and – the story goes – Washington instructed his cook to make a soup “that will warm and strengthen the body of a soldier and inspire his flagging spirit.” Supposedly, he came up with one made from tripe, scraps of meat, and a lot of pepper - the soldiers were warmed and made war-ready, and the British were finally routed.

“Pepper pot” is a dish with West Indian roots. In the Caribbean is a very spicy stew (a “Pallat-scorching Devil’s Broath”) which can be made with any available ingredients, but preferably sea turtle. Tripe would have given a similar desirable gelatinous texture to turtle meat. The interesting thing is that two-thirds of the Continental Army were foreign born, and many of these were African Americans - who would not fight in the same regiments alongside white Americans again until Korea. The cook responsible for the soup must surely have had African roots.

Strangely, for a dish with supposed eighteenth century origins, there is no recipe in the “Boston Cooking School Cookbook” before the 1918 edition.

Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup.
Sliced onion, 1/4 cup each 1/2 lb. honeycomb tripe, cut in cubes, chopped celery, chopped green peppers, 11/2 cups potato cubes, 4 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns, finely pounded, 31/2 tablespoons flour, 5 cups hot White Stock, 3/4 tablespoon salt, 1/2 cup heavy cream.
Cook vegetables in three tablespoons butter fifteen minutes add flour, and stir until well mixed then add remaining ingredients except cream. Cover, and let cook one hour. Just before serving, add cream and remaining butter.

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The Criminal N.S.A.

THE twin revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. Lulled, perhaps, by the Obama administration’s claims that these “modest encroachments on privacy” were approved by Congress and by federal judges, public opinion quickly migrated from shock to “meh.”

It didn’t help that Congressional watchdogs — with a few exceptions, like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky — have accepted the White House’s claims of legality. The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, have called the surveillance legal. So have liberal-leaning commentators like Hendrik Hertzberg and David Ignatius.

This view is wrong — and not only, or even mainly, because of the privacy issues raised by the American Civil Liberties Union and other critics. The two programs violate both the letter and the spirit of federal law. No statute explicitly authorizes mass surveillance. Through a series of legal contortions, the Obama administration has argued that Congress, since 9/11, intended to implicitly authorize mass surveillance. But this strategy mostly consists of wordplay, fear-mongering and a highly selective reading of the law. Americans deserve better from the White House — and from President Obama, who has seemingly forgotten the constitutional law he once taught.

The administration has defended each of the two secret programs. Let’s examine them in turn.

Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contract employee and whistle-blower, has provided evidence that the government has phone record metadata on all Verizon customers, and probably on every American, going back seven years. This metadata is extremely revealing investigators mining it might be able to infer whether we have an illness or an addiction, what our religious affiliations and political activities are, and so on.

The law under which the government collected this data, Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allows the F.B.I. to obtain court orders demanding that a person or company produce “tangible things,” upon showing reasonable grounds that the things sought are “relevant” to an authorized foreign intelligence investigation. The F.B.I. does not need to demonstrate probable cause that a crime has been committed, or any connection to terrorism.

Even in the fearful time when the Patriot Act was enacted, in October 2001, lawmakers never contemplated that Section 215 would be used for phone metadata, or for mass surveillance of any sort. Representative F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., a Wisconsin Republican and one of the architects of the Patriot Act, and a man not known as a civil libertarian, has said that “Congress intended to allow the intelligence communities to access targeted information for specific investigations.” The N.S.A.’s demand for information about every American’s phone calls isn’t “targeted” at all — it’s a dragnet. “How can every call that every American makes or receives be relevant to a specific investigation?” Mr. Sensenbrenner has asked. The answer is simple: It’s not.

The government claims that under Section 215 it may seize all of our phone call information now because it might conceivably be relevant to an investigation at some later date, even if there is no particular reason to believe that any but a tiny fraction of the data collected might possibly be suspicious. That is a shockingly flimsy argument — any data might be “relevant” to an investigation eventually, if by “eventually” you mean “sometime before the end of time.” If all data is “relevant,” it makes a mockery of the already shaky concept of relevance.

Let’s turn to Prism: the streamlined, electronic seizure of communications from Internet companies. In combination with what we have already learned about the N.S.A.’s access to telecommunications and Internet infrastructure, Prism is further proof that the agency is collecting vast amounts of e-mails and other messages — including communications to, from and between Americans.

The government justifies Prism under the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. Section 1881a of the act gave the president broad authority to conduct warrantless electronic surveillance. If the attorney general and the director of national intelligence certify that the purpose of the monitoring is to collect foreign intelligence information about any non­American individual or entity not known to be in the United States, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court can require companies to provide access to Americans’ international communications. The court does not approve the target or the facilities to be monitored, nor does it assess whether the government is doing enough to minimize the intrusion, correct for collection mistakes and protect privacy. Once the court issues a surveillance order, the government can issue top-secret directives to Internet companies like Google and Facebook to turn over calls, e-mails, video and voice chats, photos, voice­over IP calls (like Skype) and social networking information.

Like the Patriot Act, the FISA Amendments Act gives the government very broad surveillance authority. And yet the Prism program appears to outstrip that authority. In particular, the government “may not intentionally acquire any communication as to which the sender and all intended recipients are known at the time of the acquisition to be located in the United States.”

The government knows that it regularly obtains Americans’ protected communications. The Washington Post reported that Prism is designed to produce at least 51 percent confidence in a target’s “foreignness” — as John Oliver of “The Daily Show” put it, “a coin flip plus 1 percent.” By turning a blind eye to the fact that 49-plus percent of the communications might be purely among Americans, the N.S.A. has intentionally acquired information it is not allowed to have, even under the terrifyingly broad auspices of the FISA Amendments Act.

How could vacuuming up Americans’ communications conform with this legal limitation? Well, as James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, told Andrea Mitchell of NBC, the N.S.A. uses the word “acquire” only when it pulls information out of its gigantic database of communications and not when it first intercepts and stores the information.

If there’s a law against torturing the English language, James Clapper is in real trouble.

The administration hides the extent of its “incidental” surveillance of Americans behind fuzzy language. When Congress reauthorized the law at the end of 2012, legislators said Americans had nothing to worry about because the surveillance could not “target” American citizens or permanent residents. Mr. Clapper offered the same assurances. Based on these statements, an ordinary citizen might think the N.S.A. cannot read Americans’ e-mails or online chats under the F.A.A. But that is a government ­fed misunderstanding.

A “target” under the act is a person or entity the government wants information on — not the people the government is trying to listen to. It’s actually O.K. under the act to grab Americans’ messages so long as they are communicating with the target, or anyone who is not in the United States.

Leave aside the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act for a moment, and turn to the Constitution.

The Fourth Amendment obliges the government to demonstrate probable cause before conducting invasive surveillance. There is simply no precedent under the Constitution for the government’s seizing such vast amounts of revealing data on innocent Americans’ communications.

The government has made a mockery of that protection by relying on select Supreme Court cases, decided before the era of the public Internet and cellphones, to argue that citizens have no expectation of privacy in either phone metadata or in e-mails or other private electronic messages that it stores with third parties.

This hairsplitting is inimical to privacy and contrary to what at least five justices ruled just last year in a case called United States v. Jones. One of the most conservative justices on the Court, Samuel A. Alito Jr., wrote that where even public information about individuals is monitored over the long term, at some point, government crosses a line and must comply with the protections of the Fourth Amendment. That principle is, if anything, even more true for Americans’ sensitive nonpublic information like phone metadata and social networking activity.

UPI Almanac for Thursday, June 27, 2019

Today is Thursday, June 27, the 178th day of 2019 with 187 to follow.

The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include Irish patriot Charles Stewart Parnell in 1846 anarchist Emma Goldman in 1869 poet Paul Laurence Dunbar in 1872 blind/deaf author Helen Keller in 1880 "Captain Kangaroo" Bob Keeshan in 1927 U.S. businessman/former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot in 1930 (age 89) poet Lucille Clifton in 1936 singer/songwriter Bruce Johnston in 1942 (age 77) fashion designer Norma Kamali in 1945 (age 74) fashion designer Vera Wang in 1949 (age 70) actor Julia Duffy in 1951 (age 68) actor Isabelle Adjani in 1955 (age 64) film/television writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams in 1966 (age 53) actor Tobey Maguire in 1975 (age 44) TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian in 1984 (age 35) actor Drake Bell in 1986 (age 33) actor Sam Claflin in 1986 (age 33) actor Ed Westwick in 1987 (age 32) actor Matthew Lewis in 1989 (age 30) singer Lauren Jauregui in 1996 (age 23) actor Shannon Purser in 1997 (age 22) actor Chandler Riggs in 1999 (age 20).

In 1829, English scientist James Smithson left a will that eventually funded the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington -- in a country he never visited.

In 1844, Mormon founder Joseph Smith was slain by a mob at a jail in Carthage, Ill.

In 1847, the first telegraph wire links were established between New York City and Boston.

In 1859, Louisville, Ky., schoolteacher Mildred Hill composed a tune for her students and called it "Good Morning To You." Her sister, Patty, who wrote the lyrics, later added a verse that began "Happy Birthday To You."

In 1950, U.S. President Harry S. Truman ordered naval and air forces to help repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled private employers could give special preferences to black people to eliminate "manifest racial imbalance" in traditionally white-only jobs.

In 1991, Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall announced he was retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first African American to sit on the high court.

In 1995, the space shuttle Atlantis was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on a historic mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. Docking occurred two days later.

In 2003, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission opened a long-awaited nationwide registry for people who want to block unwanted telemarketing calls.

In 2005, Dennis Rader, the so-called "BTK" (bind, torture, kill) killer, pleaded guilty to 10 slayings in the Wichita, Kan., area. He was sentenced to life in prison.

In 2007, Tony Blair officially stepped down after a decade as British prime minister, submitting his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. Blair was succeeded by Gordon Brown and became Britain's envoy to the Middle East.

In 2009, a top health official said the H1N1 virus, known as swine flu, killed 127 people of the more than 1 million infected in the United States. About 3,000 were reported hospitalized.

In 2011, a federal court jury in Chicago convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on 17 felony corruption charges that included trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama after the 2008 presidential election. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

In 2017, the FARC rebel group officially disarms in a ceremony with the Colombian government.

In 2018, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy notified President Donald Trump he planned to retire from the high court. He stepped down July 31, 2018, and his replacement, Brett Kavanaugh, was sworn in Oct. 6, 2018.

A thought for the day: "When men reach their 60s and retire, they go to pieces. Women just go right on cooking." -- Gail Sheehy

Hernandez Is Investigated in Two More Killings

The N.F.L. player Aaron Hernandez, who was charged with murder Wednesday, is also being investigated as the possible gunman in a double homicide in Boston in 2012, according to a law enforcement official. A second law enforcement official confirmed that Hernandez had been connected to the homicides, which occurred after a fight in a Boston nightclub.

The twin killing at a city intersection early one morning last July remains unsolved. The police knew that Hernandez had been in the nightclub, Cure, that night but considered his presence of no significance.

“They knew he was in there,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing, said of the club. “But it was thought that he was just a sports star at the bar.”

When Hernandez was linked last week to the killing of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Boston semiprofessional football player, the Boston police decided to take another look at his possible role in last year’s killings.

Further investigation led the police to tie Hernandez to that killing, said the official, who declined to discuss any evidence in the case. The official said that Hernandez was believed to have fired the shots that killed the two men, Daniel Abreu, 29, and Safiro Furtado, 28.


The fight inside the club took place between Abreu and Furtado and a group of men that the police have now been told included Hernandez.

Abreu and Furtado, childhood friends who grew up in Cape Verde, left the club with three other men in a BMW sedan. Abreu, who was driving, came to a stop at a traffic light when an S.U.V. with Rhode Island license plates pulled alongside. The BMW was then sprayed with gunfire, which killed Abreu and Furtado. The three other men in the car survived. No suspects were identified, but the Boston police never closed the investigation.

The killings took place about a week before Hernandez reported to the New England Patriots’ 2012 training camp. The next month, the team gave him a $40 million contract extension. Hernandez, a tight end, appeared in 10 games last season and had five touchdowns.

On Wednesday, Hernandez, 23, was charged with murder and five gun-related offenses in Attleboro District Court in Massachusetts in connection with the June 17 murder of Lloyd, whose body was found in a secluded section of an industrial park less than a mile from Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass.

Hernandez pleaded not guilty and was held without bail. On the murder charge, he faces a life sentence without parole.

One official said investigators were exploring a possible connection between the two cases that could explain a motive for the Lloyd killing. The person said investigators were examining the possibility that Lloyd was killed because he had information about Hernandez’s suspected involvement in the 2012 double homicide, but cautioned that that was somewhat speculative at this point.

The potential connection to another lethal crime was just one of several developments Thursday concerning Hernandez, who was released by the Patriots after his arrest Wednesday.

In a bail review court hearing, the prosecutor William McCauley revealed that additional search warrants had discovered .45-caliber bullets in a condominium Hernandez rented and in a car linked to him. While the weapon in the Lloyd case has not been found, prosecutors have said that Lloyd was killed with a .45-caliber handgun.

Hernandez’s lawyers were hoping to have bail set with conditions like a G.P.S. monitoring bracelet, a $250,000 cash bond and house arrest. James Sultan, a lawyer for Hernandez, also called the prosecution’s depiction of Hernandez’s role in Lloyd’s murder “their theory.”

He added that he looked forward to testing the quality of the prosecution’s evidence.

While denying the bail request, Bristol Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis said Hernandez should remain imprisoned and called the case against him “circumstantial to be sure, but a very, very strong circumstantial case.”

The judge added, pointing toward Hernandez: “The facts as I understand them, as presented to me, is that this gentleman, either by himself or with two other people who he requested come to the commonwealth, basically in coldblooded fashion killed someone because that person disrespected him.

“He has the means to flee, and a bracelet would not stop him, nor would $250,000.”

On Wednesday night in Connecticut, a second man was arrested in connection with the murder of Lloyd.

Carlos Ortiz, 27, from Bristol, Conn., Hernandez’s hometown, was arrested Wednesday and charged with carrying a firearm without a license. In court papers unsealed Thursday, the police said Ortiz admitted he was armed while in North Attleborough on the day Lloyd was murdered.

Late on Thursday, the North Attleborough police said on their Web site that they were searching for a third suspect tied to Lloyd’s murder. That suspect, Ernest Wallace, 41, was being sought as an accessory after the fact. Wallace has multiple convictions, including two in Bristol.

Prosecutors have said Hernandez’s home surveillance cameras showed Hernandez and another man entering his house with firearms in the early morning hours of June 17.

The Bristol home of Hernandez’s uncle was also searched by the Connecticut and Massachusetts police Thursday.

In Florida, the lawyer for a man who filed a civil suit two weeks ago claiming that Hernandez shot him in the face after they spent a night at a Miami strip club in February called that case “chillingly similar” to the prosecution’s depiction of the Lloyd murder.

Alexander Bradley said in the complaint that he and Hernandez got into an argument after leaving the club. They then pulled over in an industrial park, where, he said, Hernandez shot him. He lost an eye as a result of the shooting, his lawyer said.

“You are partying with a so-called friend,” said Bradley’s lawyer, Elizabeth Eilender. “You get in some dispute, and in a remote area you’re shot and left for dead.”

Bradley, who Eilender said had worked as a personal assistant to Hernandez, did not tell the police who shot him, which Eilender said was because he feared reprisal from Hernandez.

One of Hernandez’s lawyers, Michael K. Fee, did not return a phone call or e-mail seeking a comment.

On Wednesday, prosecutors said that Lloyd, who had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée, was shot multiple times, with the two final shots fired into his chest by someone standing directly above him. Hernandez, the prosecutors said, was upset because Lloyd had talked to some people Hernandez “had troubles with” when the men were out together about 48 hours earlier.

Prosecutors cited evidence like video taken from numerous surveillance cameras in Hernandez’s home and elsewhere, cellphone tracking data and text messages that they said created a timeline of events, and concluded that Hernandez “orchestrated the execution” of Lloyd.

90+ Best Slow Cooker Recipes to Warm You Body and Soul

There's nothing like having a fully cooked meal waiting for you at dinnertime.

Over the years, the slow cooker has become a kitchen staple&mdashand for good reason. By doing a little prep early, you can let a meal cook all the way through (without overcooking) and it's ready to eat as soon as you are. For those of us with busy weeknights, or who don't want to finish work and then figure out dinner, it's an absolute boon . And because the ingredients have had hours to cook together, it's almost always flavorful. And if you already have an Instant Pot, then you can slow-cook right in it! (Though it helps if you have the right lid, so that the food doesn't end up overly waterlogged.) To help you make dinner as simple as possible, we've rounded up the best slow cooker recipes right here that your whole family will love.

You'll soon find that the possibilities are endless with the following recipes that include slow cooker chicken, slow cooker beef, and even slow cooker vegetarian dishes. Not only can you serve these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but you can also put these slow cooker recipes together year-round. Want to keep warm during winter? Bookmark one of the following slow cooker soup recipes. Looking to make more nutritious choices for dinner? There are plenty of healthy slow cooker recipes, too. If you need the perfect dish for your summer barbecue, we've also got plenty of summer slow cooker options. (Not to mention tons of slow cooker desserts!) No matter what time of year or day you plan to make these easy recipes, know that there's always one that'll fit your needs. Ready for a simple dinner? Just look through the following slow cooker recipes for inspiration.

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Sheet Pan Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

One-dish dinners are a dream come true for busy cooks. You can cook everything you need for your meal&mdashin this case, chicken leg quarters and sweet potato wedges&mdashat the same time, and on the same dish. This saves you time, mess, and a whole lot of effort. This dish is quite simple, which is why it&rsquos so great for weeknights. You can change up the herbs (it calls for sage, but rosemary would be good, too) and switch the greens from watercress to butter lettuce or anything you have on hand.

Welcome Summer

And All TheseFood Holidays

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Although we&rsquore not quite sure why National Turkey Lover&rsquos Month is in June, we&rsquore not complaining&mdashwe love turkey anytime.

  • National Mango Month
  • National Papaya Month
  • National Seafood Month
  • National Steakhouse Month
  • National Turkey Lover&rsquos Month

Negroni Week is the second week in June.

In addition to celebrating a monthly or weekly holiday, each day of the month brings a new festivity:

  • June 4: National Cheese Day
  • June 4: National Frozen Yogurt Day
  • June 4: National Cognac Day
  • June 5: National Gingerbread Day
  • June 5: National Veggie Burger Day
  • June 5: World Environment Day
  • June 6: National Applesauce Cake Day
  • June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • June 8: National Jelly Doughnut Day
  • June 8: World Oceans Day
    (Sustainable Seafood)
  • June 9: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
  • June 10: Herbs & Spices Day
  • June 10: National Black Cow Day
    A root beer float made with chocolate ice cream .
  • June 10: National Iced Tea Day
  • June 10: National Rosé Wine Day*
    *VARIES: It’s the second Saturday of June.
  • June 11: National Elote Day
  • June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day
  • June 11: National Pizza Margherita Day
  • June 12: International Cachaça Day
  • June 12: International Falafel Day
  • June 12: National Jerky Day
  • June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • June 13: Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
  • June 13: National Cucumber Day
  • June 14: National Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • June 15: National Lobster Day*
  • June 15: World Gin Day
  • June 15: National Cannoli Day
  • June 16: National Fudge Day
  • June 17: Eat All Your Veggies Day
  • June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
  • June 18: National Cherry Tart Day
  • June 18: International Picnic Day
  • June 18: National Splurge Day
  • June 18: National Sushi Day
  • June 19: National Dry Martini Day
  • June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake
  • June 21: National Peaches and
    Cream Day
  • June 21: National Smoothie Day
  • June 22: National Chocolate Éclair
  • June 22: National Onion Rings
  • June 23: National Pecan Sandy
  • June 24: National Pralines Day
  • June 25: National Catfish Day
  • June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
  • June 26: National Chocolate Pudding
  • June 27: National Indian Pudding
  • June 27: National Orange Blossom
  • June 28: National Ceviche Day
  • June 28: National Tapioca Day
  • June 29: National Almond
    Buttercrunch Day
  • June 30: National Ice Cream Soda
  • June 30: National Mai Tai Day

*National Lobster Day was moved to September 25th in 2015 by an act of the U.S. Senate. The resolution was introduced by Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, after no one could find any official approval of June 15th. However the old National Lobster Day, June 15th, is still being widely celebrated today. Keep the old and the new, we say. Here’s more information.

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