August 8th, as you may remember from last year, is one of my favorite food holidays: Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch night! This year I think the zucchini peaked a little sooner, as the early warm weather seems to have brought all crops in early. But I’ve had lots of fun with zucchini recipes and will post a couple here soon. I still love the zucchini fritters and zucchini & orzo. This year I found a whole wheat orzo, so that’s even better! There’s a facebook group for the holiday, and a page for kids with recipes & math problems, and lots of other blogs with zucchini recipes.
August 10th, is, believe it or not, National S’mores Day. I LOVE National Food Days!!
A recipe for s’mores first appeared in a Girl Scout handbook in 1927. Campouts, cookouts, winter fires…have marshmallows, chocolate & graham crackers, and you’ve got s’mores. I can’t seem to work this one into a local or sustainable food…but it certainly can be a “slow food” . That is, a time to sit down with family and friends, savor the moment, the food, and the companionship.
It is not possible to gulp down a real s’more on the run. A fire is required…although coals leftover on a grill are also quite acceptable (if still hot enough to potentially catch the marshmallow on fire) while a microwave is not. There is the need for a stick or elongated utensil for toasting the marshmallow yet not your hand. There’s a lot of package opening for those of us who usually cook “real” food. Marshmallows, Hershey’s chocolate bars, graham crackers. There’s breaking the chocolate bars exactly in half, and the graham crackers, too, to have squares. There is the decision about one piece of chocolate on the bottom, or possibly a second piece on the top. Then, there is the perfect toasting of the marshmallow – I like mine all melty and just lightly browned. Some folks flame them. Intentionally, even. Then there is the placing of the chocolate square on the graham cracker square, and getting the marshmallow sandwiched firmly between the top and bottom crackers without dropping anything. Then it has to melt the chocolate and cool just enough to eat (seconds, possibly) without burning one’s mouth.
And I’m experimenting with drink recipes for August 15 – National Relaxation Day. Not exactly a food holiday – but time to slow down and relax. With a tall cool drink. Especially as the temperature here today is going to be 103, with unmentionable humidity and a heat index of 119. Now really! This means salads for supper – or maybe take-out pizza from our local Market that hand makes it with local produce – heirloom tomato slices and basil. Mushroom, zucchini and potato. All sorts of interesting things.