June 22, 2020 – National Onion Rings Day |National Chocolate Éclair Day

Transcript for June 22nd

Welcome to June 22nd, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate going for gold and a flash of lightning.  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.

On National Onion Rings Day we celebrate the “brass ring of fried foods!” Ok, I suppose they are more “golden” than “brass” but most people reach for them when it comes to appetizers with global appeal. While no one is quite sure who made them first, recipes appeared as far back as 1802.  And Kirby’s Pig Stand restaurant in Oak Cliff, Texas makes a strong claim on having the original recipe beginning in 1920.  No matter where you go in the world, onion rings are the gold standard of fried snacks and some even prefer their sweet mellow flavor to plain old fries any day. On National Onion Rings Day go for the gold, that’s strong on flavor no matter how you dip it.

Not much is known about the origin of éclairs, but we do know they became famous in France around the turn of the nineteenth century when they were made for French royalty. The word éclair is French for lightning, which seems odd for an oblong pastry filled with cream and frosted with chocolate. Some believe that the dessert got its name from the way it sparkles when coated with confectioner’s glaze.  And while King Louis the 18th may be rolling in his grave that his favorite dessert is now available to commoners in almost any doughnut shop, we suggest you celebrate National Chocolate Éclair Day with the decadent dessert that disappears like lightning.

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