Fun Ways to Celebrate Leap Day

From a wedding cake that takes all day to bake, to creative ways to celebrate the number four, we've gathered some fun (and funny) ways to celebrate Leap Day.

  • Toad in the Hole
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Susan Vajaranant

    Toad in the Hole

    Leap Day ... leaping ... frogs ... toads ... toad in the hole! This classic British dish features sausages cooked in a Yorkshire pudding batter.
  • Marinated Chicken Quarters

    Marinated Chicken Quarters

    Since Leap Day comes just every four years, cooking a quartered chicken seems more than appropriate. Plus, since you have to pay for a whole extra day of food this year, why not turn to the humble whole chicken? It's cheaper per pound than chicken breasts.
  • Oysters with Mignonette Ice
    Howard L. Puckett

    Dinner Parties for 4

    Hosting a dinner party for four is a great way to "leap" into entertaining. These delicious menus range from casual to elegant - why not invite over some friends for a Leap Day dinner?
  • Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni
    Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

    Creamy Four-Cheese Macaroni

    This macaroni and cheese dish calls for four different types of cheese: fontina (or Swiss), fresh Parmesan, extra-sharp cheddar, and light Velveeta. Toast to the number "4" and whip up this easy, creamy side dish.
  • Weight loss scale
    Lee Harrelson

    Lose Weight: Eat Every Four Hours

    Everyone can agree that eating only every four YEARS is a terrible idea. But did you know that eating every four hours can help you lose weight and keep from going too hungry?
  • Fresh Orange Wedding Cake
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr

    Fresh Orange Wedding Cake

    You've got a whole extra day this year, so why not spend it cooking something you'd normally never try? We love this gorgeous wedding cake - but yes, it does need a whole day of your time!
  • grain-flapjacks
    Beatriz Dacosta

    Four-Grain Flapjacks

    Barley flour, whole-wheat flour, oats, and stone-ground yellow cornmeal give these hearty, stick-to-your-ribs flapjacks their fantastic flavor. Plus, they make a perfect Leap Day breakfast!
  • Slow-Cooker Recipe: Chicken with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    London 2012, Here We Come!

    Leap Day isn't the only event that happens every four years. So do the Olympics! In honor of Leap Day, and all general jumping, hurdling, and the like, we've gathered our favorite "marathon, sprint, and high-jump" recipes.

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