Feb 232015

tortilla chip dayFeb 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day. Another food holiday and who doesn’t love tortilla chips. Well, I’m sure some people don’t. But I love them. So on this day, eat as many chips as you want. Or cook something with tortilla chips. I couldn’t find any information on the origins of this holiday, but I did find some information on the origins of the tortilla chip.

Did you know that tortilla chips were invented by Rebecca Webb Carranza in Los Angeles in the 1940′s as a way to use misshaped tortillas that came out of an automated tortilla machine. These rejected tortillas were cut into triangles, fried, and sold for a dime a bag by the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. They became immensely popular and in 1994, Carranza received the Golden Tortilla Award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry.

Why don’t you try Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Soup tonight?

1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes,
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Tortilla chips

Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.

To serve, place a handful of tortilla chips (slightly crushed) in the bottom of a bowl and spoon the soup on top.

 Posted by on 02/23/2015
Nov 082014

Tongue TwisterToday is Tongue Twister Day. So get ready to try out some tongue twisters today. Do you remember any from your childhood. Try “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood”. Or how many times can you say “Rubber baby buggy bumpers”? Have some fun today with some tongue twisters.

Did you know that according to the Guinness World Book of Records that the most difficult tongue twister in the English language is “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”?

 Posted by on 11/08/2014
Nov 072014

DunceDunce Day sounds like it should be a day to celebrate those who are dim-witted, unintelligent, or brainless. But do you know where the word Dunce came from? I found some articles that state that it is celebrated on this day in remembrance of Blessed John Duns Scotus who died on November 8, 1308. He was known for subtle distinctions and nuances in thinking. But in the 16th century he was accused of sophistry which led to his name Dunce that became synonymous for being incapable of scholarship or refusing to learn anything new.

 Posted by on 11/07/2014
Nov 052014

men cookingNational Men Make Dinner Day is celebrated on the first Thursday of November. The purpose of today is for men that do not normally cook (or do not know how to cook) to find a recipe and cook dinner for their family. Some ideas to make this fun to participate are:

  • Power tools. There are many power tools for the kitchen.
  • Cook with beer.
  • No dishes. When you are the cook, others can be responsible for the clean-up.

I’m sure you can come up with even more ideas.

 Posted by on 11/05/2014
Nov 012014

All Souls DayThe western celebration of All Souls Day is the day after All Saints Day. It is thought by many that the tradition dates back to medevil times and reflect the dogmatic invention of purgatory. Chiming for the dead souls was believed to comfort them while sharing of soul cakes with the poor would help to buy the dead some respite in the flames. This is where the tradition of souling and baking special types of bread or cakes came from.

 Posted by on 11/01/2014