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September 15 – National Linguine Day


Today is National Linguine Day!

Linguine is a long, flat, narrow type of pasta which is wider than spaghetti, but not as wide as fettuccine.

It is most commonly used in seafood or pesto dishes such as linguine alle vongole (“linguine with clams”).

Linguine, which means “little tongues” in Italian, originated in the Liguria region of Italy. Take a moment to imagine you’re there at one of the local trattorias, taking in the wonderful aromas of good, hearty pasta dishes!

Linguine is a quick and easy dish to make for your family on September 15. If you do not feel like making the dish yourself, you can take your family out to a favorite Italian restaurant. Mention to the waitress or waiter that it’s National Linguine Day. Who knows? You might get a discount on your meal.

Enjoy National Linguine Day!

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May 16 – National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day

Coquilles Saint-Jacques is translated as Saint James’s scallops, a rich mixture of butter, cream, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese, baked in a scallop shell.

The scallop shell is the emblem of Saint James the Greater. The saint’s association with the scallop shell is based on a legend that he once rescued a knight covered in scallops; a variation on the tale is that, while his remains were being transported to Spain from Jerusalem, the horse of a knight fell into the water and emerged covered in scallop shells. As a result, Medieval Christians making the pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, often wore a scallop shell symbol on their clothing.

And so, this delicious dish in a wine-flavored cream sauce is served in a scallop shell and named after Saint Jacques. Consider serving it on March 12, National Baked Scallops Day; and on May 16th, National Coquilles Saint Jacques Day.

You can buy the scallop shells in any cookware store (including chain stores), and they’re useful for serving other foods, from hors d’oeuvres (olives, for example) to desserts. And of course, you can serve the recipe on any plate—scallop shells are not required!

Also try Crabe En Coquille, crab in a cream sauce with Cognac, also served in coquille shells.
Coquilles Saint Jacques History

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National Clams on the Half Shell Day

National Clam On the Half Shell Day praises the hard shell clam, known in the U.S. as a “Quahog”, and it’s prized taste when served raw and on a half shell.

In my research I was unable to find any history on National Clams on the Half Shell Day. However I did find a few interesting facts:

  Native Americans ate and strung clams like beads
  Clams were used as currency
  National Marine Fisheries pioneered clam farming in Milford, Connecticut in the 1930’s
  Commercial hatcheries were growing by the 1960’s
  Most clams today are farm raised

To celebrate this day visit a local restaurant that has a special on clams or prepare your own.

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