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Emma Crist
March 29, 2016

Photo by Lily Chin

Can you believe it’s already April? And by almost spring, I mean almost summer. T-minus 20 days until Pepperdine students (or at least abroad students) are set free to populate the beaches, trendy restaurants and overpopulate our favorite healthy acai bowl shop, SunLife Organics.

I think this the end of the year calls for a celebration. Kick off the countdown to summer with this awesome guide to honor every food holiday this month.

April 1 – National Sourdough Bread Day



Sourdough bread calls for sandwiches and sandwiches mean grilled cheeses! Try this bomb grilled cheese to kick off the month.

April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

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There’s nothing better than PB&J sandwich. Oh wait, there is, this loaded PB&J banana just one-uped your lunchtime sammie.

April 3 – National Chocolate Mousse Day

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This mousse is perfect for that late-night chocolate craving that you want to satisfy but don’t want the extra sugar/calories. Healthy, chocolatey and worth the midnight snack.

April 4 – National Cordon Bleu Day

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Ham, wrapped in cheese, wrapped in chicken and then breaded. If you don’t want all the additional calories, try this healthier version of a chicken class.

April 5 – National Caramel Day

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Because even bacon can make this sweet day even little better.

April 6 – National Caramel Popcorn Day

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Your roommates will love you when they walk in the door and smell this delicious chai caramel popcorn.

April 7 – Coffee Cake Day

Photo by Nicola Haubold

This cake will leave you dorm smelling like bakery and your stomach feeling #blessed.

April 8 – National Empanada Day

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Nothing compares to the taste of sweet, spiced sweet potatoes and warm gooey brie cheese.

April 9 – Chinese Almond Cookie Day

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This traditional Chinese almond cookie is perfect for Chinese New Year and those aesthetically pleasing Instagrams.

April 10 – National Cinnamon Crescent Day

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Got crescent rolls but don’t know what to do with them? Try filling them with cinnamon-sugar for a sweet and gooey breakfast treat.

April 11 – National Cheese Fondue Day

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Pimp out your traditional cheese fondue recipe with beer and onions to make a flavor blasted fondue.

April 12 – Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

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Easy, breezy and super duper cheesy.

April 13 – National Peach Cobbler Day

Photo by Cameron Young

Personal size with all the flavor of a full-size cobbler.

April 14 – National Pecan Day

Photo by Jessica Payne

Grandma always knows how to make the best pecan pie around.

April 15 – National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

Photo by Lily Chin

Photo by Lily Chin

Although you probably won’t be cooking a whole ham today, try adding a little ham to your normal breakfast with this ham & cheese egg nest.

April 16 – National Eggs Benedict Day

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This spicy eggs Benedict will definitely get you over hump day.

April 17 – National Cheese Ball Day

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Instead of a full cheese ball, make individual cheezy garlic herb bombs.

April 18 – Raw Milk Appreciation Day

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Make your own almond milk using raw ingredients to show your appreciation today.

April 19 – Garlic Day

Photo by Luna Zhang

The perfect garlic bread for the perfect pasta dinner.

April 20 – National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

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Because cake should be eaten for breakfast too, specifically in the form of these pancakes.

April 21 –  Chocolate-Covered Cashew Day

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Skip the extra sugar and make a delicious chocolate mint cashew milk instead.

April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day

Photo by Devon Russell

Make sure to check out the perfect jelly bean flavor combinations to celebrate today properly.

April 23 – National Picnic Day

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Don’t skip out on having a picnic, we’ve got you covered for an easy prep and pack list.

April 24 – National Pigs-In-A-Banket Day

Photo by Maddie Lanier

The only acceptable way to eat hot dogs are in the form of flaky pastry blankets (and in a bun at a baseball game).

April 25 – National Zucchini Bread Day

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

I bet your friends won’t be able to tell you squeezed in some extra fiber into this loaf.

April 26 – National Pretzel Day

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Can’t make it to Oktoberfest? That’s okay, these pretzel bites will satisfy your craving and won’t bust a hole in your wallet.

April 27 – National Prime Rib Day

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Prime rib can be quite expensive, I’d say save your money and try this short rib pasta dish instead.

April 28 – National Blueberry Pie Day

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Make sure to use Maine wild blueberries for this pie, you won’t regret it.

April 29 – National Shrimp Scampi Day

Photo by Natsuko Mazany

Step up your dinner game and impress your friends with this easy shrimp scampi dish.

April 30 – National Raisin Day

Photo by Kristine Mahan

Celebrate the end of the month with these chewy oatmeal raisin cookies.

(Content courtesy of Spoon University.)

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