Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4: National Caesar Salad Day, National Barbecue Spareribs Day, and National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

National Caesar Salad Day

Caesar salad is a fairly simple salad - lettuce, croutons, a sprinkling of parmesan, and caesar dressing.  Instead of buying your dressing, try making your own.  (Did you know that anchovies or anchovy paste are an important component?)  What's Cooking America not only serves up the history of caesar salad, but also provide plenty of supplemental information such as how to make croutons.  Many state that the salad is named for its creator, Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef who lived in San Diego but ran a restaurant in Tijuana to avoid Prohibition.  This however is a bit of controversy, with many people claiming to be the creator and that the real name of the salad is "Aviator's salad."

Well, whatever name it goes by or who invented it, caesar salad is a very common salad in US restaurants so if you like caesar salads, you'll have no problem finding one whenever you eat out.

National Barbecue Spareribs Day

When I saw this holiday on my calendar, my immediate thought was "What exactly are spareribs?"  Well, has the answer to that question, along with cooking tips.  AllRecipes has a whole section on how to cook ribs, with plenty of information on spareribs and lot sof recipes.  Cooking for Engineers has directions for cooking spareribs in an oven.  Food Network has a tasty-looking recipe for cooking spareribs on the barbecue.

One of my friends makes really great ribs, including spareribs.  She boils the ribs in the cheapest beer she can find and then either cooks the ribs on her shiny, awesome barbecue or in the oven with a tinfoil tent and lots of sauce.  I realize boiling ribs is a controversial issue, but I think it results in some pretty tasty ribs.  You can also use Coke as a marinade, which tenderizes the meat a bit and gives it a slightly sweet flavor.

National Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

Who comes up with the days like this?  The phrase "Hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk" or variations of it are commonly heard on hot summer days.  Bill Nye (yes, the Science Guy) had a blog post a couple of years back about frying an egg on the sidewalk.  The Library of Congress also gets in on the possibility of frying an egg on the sidewalk.  If you do a search for "fry an egg on the sidwalk" on YouTube, there are way too many interesting results to post here, but there are videos that make it very believable.

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