Sunday, August 12, 2012

August 12: National Julienne Fries Day and National Toasted Almond Bar Day

National Julienne Fries Day

Today is the day for celebrating something most people in the US are familiar with: the julienne fry.  Usually, we just call it the French fry.  Julienne refers to how the potato is cut into thin strips, which is how most French fries are served.  Steak cut, curly, wedge cut... those are not julienne fries.  Julienne fries are the the thin strips of potato, deep fried and served warm.  McDonalds' French fries are a good example of julienne fries.  Celebrate today by making your own julienne fries or head out to your favorite restaurant and order some as a side.

National Toasted Almond Bar Day

Until today, I had never heard of Good Humor's Toasted Almond Bar.  I don't know if today was created in honor of it, but it certainly rules the search results for "toasted almond bar."  It seems to be a popular ice cream treat on the East Coast, but is apparently unheard of on the West Coast.  And there's apparently a tragic shortage this year.  At least, the news articles make it seem that way.  "Ice cream crisis" and "horrific" are used in two headlines.  Then again, if East Coasters love Good Humor's Toasted Almond Bar as much as the author of this article does, then maybe there's good cause for such hyperbolic titles.

I did manage to find recipes for toasted almond bars that have nothing to do with ice cream.  Toasted almond buttermilk bars make plain cake mix seem fancy by kicking up the flavor with cream cheese, buttermilk and toasted almonds.  Or you could try adding coconut for a more tropical flavor.  For the coffee lovers, there's Toasted Almond Cappuccino Oatmeal bars.  And, of course, for the adults who like their bars to be a location for strong drinks, there's even a toasted almond drink.

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