September 14, 2021 – National Ants On A Log Day | National Eat A Hoagie Day

This Sandwich By Any Other Name Is Still Delicious!

Welcome to September 14th, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a classic snack and a hero by another name.

Back to school means packing school lunch and every parent knows that peanut butter is “brain food.” But PB&Js don’t always make the grade and that’s when it’s time for a good old standby: Ants On A Log.  Celery sticks are sturdy and when they’re loaded with peanut butter and studded with raisins, this fun and healthy treat can beat any snack attack.  The kid-friendly recipe has been around since the 1950s, so feel free to give it an update with your own variation of nut butter and dried fruit.  Kids love them and parents know that the extra protein will help get them back in the swing of things.  On National Ants On A Log Day, celebrate back to school with a crunchy bite that keeps kids going even when their minds wander off the trail.

 Most foods are known by just one name, but the submarine sandwich varies widely by region.  Depending on where you live, you may call it a sub, grinder or hero.  But did you know that the name “hoagie” goes all the way back to World War I?  During that time in Philadelphia there were a lot of Italian immigrants working the shipyards of Hog Island.  Apparently, they were known for packing delicious sandwiches for lunch, which came to be known as “hoggies” after the island where they worked.  The Philly accent probably explains how the name “hoggie” became “hoagie,” but a sandwich by any other name still tastes as good.  On National Eat A Hoagie Day, feel free to call it anything you like, depending on where you live. 

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.


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