September 17, 2020 – National Monte Cristo Day | National Apple Dumpling Day

How Do You Celebrate A New Season Of Apples?

Welcome to September 17th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate foods baked, steamed and fried in tradition.

If you’ve read The Count of Monte Cristo  you might think of sword fights, adventure, and swashbuckling. The Monte Cristo sandwich, on the other hand, has nothing to do with adventure or revenge, but it does resemble a croque monsieur sandwich. Made with white bread, ham, turkey and swiss that is dipped in batter and fried in butter, the Monte Cristo became popular in the 1950’s. And while it might have been content to live out its days as a French knock off sandwich, the Monte Cristo swung its way onto the menus at Disneyland in the 1960’s, where it grabbed up a sidekick of jelly and vaulted into stardom.  Okay, it’s still just a sandwich. On National Monte Cristo Day, find your own adventurous side as you order up one of these classics for lunch.

As soon as the air turns crisp, we look forward to a new season of apples. To savor the fresh taste that signals Fall we celebrate with apple dumplings.  There are many variations from Bavaria to England, and while they all include apples and some kind of dough, the key difference is how they are cooked. The word dumpling in German means steamed, which is why their apple dumplings are boiled and steamed.  Our recipe comes from Pennsylvania and in the Amish tradition they are baked with cinnamon and sugar to a golden crusted perfection.  On National Apple Dumpling Day, celebrate the sweet flavor of Fall that tastes like home no matter where you live.  

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