Ever start scrolling through Instagram and get the sense that every day must be some kind of "National __[insert random food]__ Day " ? Well, nice observation skills, because every day basically is some kind of National food holiday. Do they hold any real meaning? Eh, only as much as you want to assign to them... sometimes it's just nice to have an excuse to eat a hunk of hazelnut cake on a Wednesday. Foodimentary keeps a running list of all such holidays on their site, which you can check out here.
Lucky for those of us who are down to celebrate food just for the sake of celebrating food, each day in June delivers a new festive occasion. Just to make sure you're ready, should a celebration mood strike, we've collected our best recipes to honor each holiday this month. Wanna join in our festive feasting? Simply click any image to find the recipe. And with that, cheers to . . .
June 1: National Hazelnut Cake Day
This show-stopping dessert, made with crisp chocolate-hazelnut meringue and whipped cream, is simple to make but slicing it can be tricky. The solution: Freeze the cake, cut it with a serrated knife and let it return to room temperature before serving.
June 2: National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
Whoever invented this holiday, thank you. Get a double dose of chocolate and marshmallow by layering traditional s'mores with a scoop of rocky road ice cream for the perfect summertime ice cream treat.
June 3: National Egg Day
I can't think of a better way to celebration National Egg Day than with the most popular (not to mention easiest) breakfast casserole MyRecipes has to offer.
Simply stir cooked sausage together with prepared hash-browns and shredded cheddar cheese. Pour into a casserole dish and whisk together eggs, milk, and salt in a separate bowl. Pour the egg mixture over the sausage and potatoes, and you're ready to cook.
June 4: National Frozen Yogurt Day
This super-easy recipe for frozen yogurt uses only 4 ingredients and doesn't require any cooking. Also it's only 133 calories a serving. I don't hate it.
June 5: National Gingerbread Day
Seems like an odd time of the year to celebrate National Gingerbread Day but, hey, we didn't make the rules. Plus, I'll gladly jump on any opportunity to make (and devour) this decadent Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.
June 6: National Applesauce Cake Day
Applesauce gets an upgrade from the childhood snack in this cinnamon spiced cake. To prepare in advance: Bake the cake and let it cool. Set aside at room temperature for up to 24 hours. Cover with foil and warm in a 250° F oven for 30 minutes.
June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
A combination of cocoa powder and melted chocolate makes for a rich, ultra-chocolatey dessert. For you chocolate ice cream fanatics (talking to you, dad!), today is your day to shine.
June 8: Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day
Israelis enjoy jelly-filled donuts, called soufganiyot (soof-GHAHN-ee-yote), during Hanukkah, but thanks to this national holiday, we now have another time in the year to indulge in some jelly-stuffed perfection. Though these doughnuts are amazing when eaten warm, they're also good fried ahead.
June 9: National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day
Why make a pie when you can have a delicious Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bar instead?
Be careful when removing the baked dish from the foil-lined pan--you don't want your dish to turn into a crumbly mess before you cut the bars into individual squares.
June 10: National Iced Tea Day
This refreshing drink combines two summer favorites--lemonade and iced tea--and is just the right vibe to sip on all summer long.
June 11: National German Chocolate Cake Day
I'm not kidding when I say this is the best cake I've ever eaten. Seriously, I wrote a whole section of a recent blog post about it. With over 24,000 shares on our site and more than 30, 5-star reviews, this indulgent chocolate cake with heavenly Coconut-Pecan Frosting is the real deal.
June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Not only are these indulgent cookies only 6 ingredients, but they happen to be gluten-free too. That's a win-win in my book.
June 13: National Cucumber Day
Cucumbers are a wonderful alternative to crackers during snack time. For these cucumber bites, we top them off with a little cream cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, feta cheese, and walnuts for a protein-packed crunch.
June 14: National Strawberry Shortcake Day
This may just become your new, go-to shortcake recipe. Make this classic dessert for a refreshing treat during peak strawberry season.
June 15: World Gin Day
In this fruit salad, sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.
June 16: National Fudge Day
If you love Oreos, you're going to love this dessert. These beloved chocolate sandwich cookies stud a vanilla fudge landscape in this deliciously indulgent treat that just requires 6 ingredients.
June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
You can make these Individual Apple Strudels several hours ahead--just tent them loosely with foil and leave at room temperature. Put in a 400° oven for a few minutes to warm and crisp just before serving.
June 18: National Cherry Tart Day
What's better than a cherry tart? This cherry tart with almond streusel topping. Use fresh or frozen cherries to make the deep red-hued, sweet-tart filling for this gluten-free tart. The crunchy, crumbly almond streusel really sends it over the top.
June 18: National Sushi Day
These playful rolls have a delicious edamame-and-walnut filling, and, unlike other sushi rolls, they can be served warm.
June 19: National Dry Martini Day
The martini has become one of the best-known mixed alcoholic drinks, so a dry martini definitely needs its own day of celebration. Shaken or stirred?
June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake Day
Dazzle guests with this made-to-order icy beverage that couldn't be easier. Use bagged, small-piece ice over large, hard chunks. For kids, nix the liquor.
June 21: National Peaches and Cream Day
Jazz up traditional French toast with sweet peaches and heavy cream in this make-ahead breakfast casserole dish that's perfect for celebrating National Peaches and Cream Day.
June 22: National Onion Rings Day
Unlike deep-fried onion rings, these are cooked in a shallow pan with a smaller amount of oil. Be sure to check that the underside of each onion is nicely browned before you flip.
June 23: National Pecan Sandy Day
I promise, I'm not making these days up. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are great as holiday treats, but apparently they're perfect to enjoy and celebrate on June 23 now too.
June 24: National Pralines Day
Pecan pralines are one of the favorite confections of the South and are a fun snack to make using your Dutch oven.
June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
These creamy and smooth strawberry parfaits taste as good as they look. Top with whipped cream and sliced almonds for a real treat.
June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day
If you love decadent chocolate, try this recipe. Why it's better for you: This pudding is everything you dream of--chocolaty rich, silky smooth, and light on calories!
June 27: National Indian Pudding Day
This New England classic is thickened with cornmeal. The colonists loved puddings of all types, and because wheat flour was scarce, cornmeal was an easy substitute. When chilled, this pudding firms to the consistency of polenta.
June 27: National Orange Blossom Day
If cornbread were transformed into a sweet, moist, fluffy golden cake, this would be it. Top it with whipped cream and crème fraîche and curls of candied orange zest.
June 28: National Tapioca Day
Fresh mango, papaya, and kiwi give this creamy tapioca pudding a tropical taste.
June 29: National Almond Buttercrunch Day
We topped our buttery toffee with chopped whole almonds to add extra crunch.
June 30: National Ice Cream Soda Day
What's better than a Root Beer Float? A boozy Root Beer Float. Duh. Celebrate National Ice Cream Soda Day with this bubbly, alcohol-infused float with plenty of whipped cream and a cherry on top.