November 2nd – National Men Make Dinner Day

November 2, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning culinary connoisseurs. Today is Thursday, November 2, 2017.  Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Men Make Dinner Day

National Men Make Dinner Day is observed annually on the first Thursday of November and was created by Sandy Sharkey in 2001. It is a holiday that urges men to take charge of the kitchen and cook for their loved ones. It is intended to give the women in their lives a break from their normal kitchen duties…at least for one day.
Many men, despite the stereotypes, are quite handy in the kitchen and this lighthearted holiday is not intended for them. However, it does not specifically prevent them from participating and giving their spouse a break.
National Men Make Dinner Day is intended for those kitchen novices who don’t know a spatula from skillet from a saucepan. According to the official National Men Make Dinner Day website there are specific rules that must be followed to participate in this holiday. (I have revised them slightly for readability).

Official Rules:

  • Rule #1: The man agrees to participate in National Men Make Dinner Day. Bonus points if he does so without seeking the promise of a night out with boys in return.
  • Rule #2: The man, completely un-aided, must choose a ‘published’ recipe from any source, or the Internet. Getting the recipe from ‘her’ cookbooks is allowed, but the man gets bonus points if the recipe isn’t already somewhere in the house.
  • Rule #3: The main course must include a minimum of 4 ingredients and require at least one cooking utensil other than a fork to prepare.
  • Rule #4: The man goes shopping for ‘all’ necessary ingredients. Bonus points if he takes inventory of cupboards and fridge first, before the shopping trip, so you don’t end up with two 64 ounce jars of pickled pimentos.
  • Rule #5: The man organizes all necessary ingredients in order of importance on the kitchen counter. At this point, he may need to make a phone call or shout out the word ‘honey’! Followed by a question. This is not allowed.
  • Rule #6: The man may, if desired, turn on the radio or his favorite CD. The man agrees not to be within 30 feet of the TV remote during the cooking process. At this point, spouse and any other family members should not be anywhere near the kitchen – unless smoke detector goes off.
  • Rule #7: Following the recipe carefully, the man starts to cook dinner. An apron is optional, (bonus points if the recipe includes one of the following: capers, saffron, or the word ‘scallopini’).
  • Rule #8: The man must use the ‘clean as he goes along’ rule. Following each completed use of utensils, cookware, half-used jars of anything, spice bottles, etc., everything is rinsed, cleaned and put away.
  • Rule #9: The man sets table, lights the candles, and pours the beverage(s) – no ketchup bottles, sour cream containers, or big boxes of salt are allowed on the table.
  • Rule #10: His spouse and/or family members are served. This is an opportune time for a photo. The man is ‘allowed’ to gloat no more than three times during the meal. The family is encouraged to congratulate the man on a job well done. The family dog is not allowed to be secretly fed man’s cooking.
  • Rule #11: After the meal, the table is cleared by man, the dishwasher is loaded. The man returns to the table for stimulating after-dinner conversation. At this point, the man is told how much his meal was appreciated. He, in turn, describes the joys and challenges of the experience. He is given a hug, and his TV remote is returned to him.

You don’t need to be a culinary guru to celebrate National Men Make Dinner Day (in fact it is discouraged). The holiday’s title is self-explanatory.

Cookie Monster Day:

According to, Cookie Monster was born on November 2nd, so this holiday celebrates his birthday. No explanation is given regarding why this date was chosen as his birth date.
Cookie Monster is one of Sesame Street’s famous furry characters. He’s blue with googly eyes, has a voracious appetite for cookies.  When Cookie Monster eats something, he makes a very distinct, loud munching “noise”, often interpreted as “OMM-nom-nom-nom…” Cookie Monster has a deep, growly voice, and generally speaks with simplistic diction, saying everything with “me” – for instance, “Me want cookie!”, as opposed to “I want a cookie!”
From is humble beginnings as a character in an ad campaign, created by Jim Henson, for a line of snack foods made by General Foods (which never aired), Cookie Monster has evolved into one of Sesame Street’s favorite characters. In earlier episodes of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster was a nemesis of Kermit, playing a toddler who is constantly being chided by Kermit for eating one of his prized possessions.  Ironically, in these early appearances, Cookie seemed somewhat scary to younger viewers, as he personified the childhood fear of “being eaten by a monster.” The producers decided to re-vamp Cookie Monster’s character into a more likable “monster”, although retaining a lot of his impish charm. To celebrate this holiday, watch a few episodes of Sesame Street, especially those featuring Cookie Monster. Oh yeah, and eat lots of cookies, “OMM-nom-nom-nom…”

Plan Your Epitaph Day:

A few days ago, we were urged to create our own funeral. Today, Plan Your Epitaph Day urges us to write our own epitaph as well; instead of leaving the task for a grieving loved one after our demise. We live our lives in our own unique way, so shouldn’t we be the final arbiter of how we are remembered?
They say that a forgettable tombstone is a fate worse than death itself. This is the premise of Plan your Epitaph Day. Ultimately, when we’re six feet under, being forgettable probably is not at the top of our list of concerns. Take time today to jot down a few words that succinctly sum up your life; as seen through your eyes.

Here are a few memorable epitaphs:

  • Found in a Georgia cemetery: “I told you I was sick!”
  • From a Thurmond, Maryland cemetery: “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.”
  • Mel Blanc: “That’s all folks!”
  • John Yeast: “Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon me for not rising.” (In Ruidoso, New Mexico)
  • Winston Churchill: “I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”
  • H. G. Wells: “I told you so, you damned fools.”

Look for Circles Day:

Circular shapes are all around us — drink coasters, drawer handles, light fixtures, buttons. The list is endless. Look for Circles Day encourages us to look around and identify the many circular shapes we encounter in our daily lives.
There are even circles in nature. Crop circles are patterns created by the flattening of crops such as wheat, barley, rapeseed (also called “canola”), rye, corn, linseed, and soy. The term was first used by researcher Colin Andrews to describe simple circles he was researching.  Although since 1990 the circles have evolved into complex geometries, the term “circle” has stuck. Whether an anomaly of nature or man-made, crop circles are still circles.
I could have run around in circles all day trying to find the origins and history of this holiday, but I didn’t. Why bother? All of my sources couldn’t figure it out, and they’re the “pros”. To celebrate this holiday, look for circular shapes and patterns. You’ll probably be surprised at how many you encounter on an average day.

International Games Day:

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world under the auspices of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. These days, libraries are about much more than books. On this holiday, more than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services.
Created in 2007, International Games Day encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. It is also a way for traditionally under-served groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community and is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together in the one community institution that welcomes everyone.

International Stout Day

International Stout Day is observed annually on the first Thursday of November and is a worldwide celebration of the iconic beer style, Stout. It is about celebrating the craft beer revolution and relishing the beloved Stout beer style.
Originally, the word stout meant proud or brave but morphed into the connotation of strong sometime after the 14th century. In brewing, Stout is a strong, dark beer first developed in the mid-1700’s. Today, Guinness is by far the most well-known Stout beer. They began brewing their Stout in 1780. Of late, craft brewers have experimented with Stout beers. To compete, they are adding different flavors to the mix such as oatmeal, chocolate, and even oysters.
To celebrate International Stout Day, enjoy a Stout beer today – either one of the traditional Stouts or one of the more exotic ones.

Deviled Egg Day:

Deviled Egg Day is celebrated annually on this date and celebrates one of the world’s favorite appetizers, deviled eggs. My sources gave no information regarding the creation or history of this holiday.
Even people who rarely eat hard-cooked eggs can’t help plucking a Deviled Egg off the tray. A favorite hors-d’oeuvre for parties, holidays, family reunions and potluck dinners, deviled eggs, also known as eggs mimosa, stuffed egg, salad eggs or dressed eggs, are shelled hard-boiled eggs, halved, with the yolks removed and mixed with other ingredients, then spooned back into the egg white halves. Deviled eggs are so popular that there are even specially designed carrying dishes and plates made for them.
Eggs are a versatile food, yet can easily become an elegant dish with little effort. Deviled eggs are a prime example of taking the humble egg and by adding a few simple ingredients, transforming them into something worthy of being the centerpiece of any table. There are as many different recipes for Deviled Eggs as there are cooks. Everyone likes to add their own secret “signature” ingredient to their Deviled Eggs to make them unique and have them stand out from everyone else’s bland recipe. What is your “secret ingredient? I have many “secret” ingredients that I use regularly, but not all the time. Depending on my mood at the time, I have been known to include varying combinations of Chinese hot mustard, horseradish sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, crumbled bacon, and minced ham in my recipe; along with the basic ingredients.
To celebrate this holiday, simply make some Deviled Eggs for your family tonight.
Factoid: The first known print reference referring to the term “deviled” in regard to food, appeared in 1786. It was in the 19th century that it came to be used when referring to spicy or zesty food, including eggs prepared with mustard, pepper or other ingredients stuffed in the yolk cavity.

More Holidays  

Below are listed some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention:

Historical Events

Below is a list of significant historical events that occurred on this date:

  • In 1776 – During the American Revolutionary War, William Demont became the first traitor of the American Revolution when he deserted.
  • In 1783 – Gen. George Washington gave his “Farewell Address to the Army” near Princeton, NJ.
  • In 1867 – “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine was founded.
  • In 1889 – North Dakota and South Dakota were admitted into the union as the 39th and 40th states.
  • In 1895 – In Chicago, IL, the first gasoline powered car contest took place in America.
  • In 1917 – The Balfour Declaration was issued. Originally sent as a letter on this day to Baron Rothschild from British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour, it declared British support for a Jewish state in Palestine. The letter was eventually added to Sevres peace treaty.
  • In 1920 – The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA of Pittsburgh, PA, began regular broadcasting.
  • In 1930 – Haile Selassie I became the emperor of Ethiopia. Considered as a leading figure in the Rastafari movement, Selassie reigned over Ethiopia for 44 years.
  • In 1930 – The DuPont Company announced the first synthetic rubber. It was named DuPrene.
  • In 1938 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established. Officially known as CBC/Radio-Canada, the network is Canada’s public radio and television broadcaster.
  • In 1947 – Howard Hughes flew his “Spruce Goose,” a huge wooden airplane, for eight minutes in California. It was the plane’s first and only flight. The “Spruce Goose,” nicknamed because of the white-gray color of the spruce used to build it, never went into production.
  • In 1948 – Harry S. Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey for the United States presidency. The Chicago Tribune published an early edition that had the headline “DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN.” The Truman victory surprised many polls and newspapers.
  • In 1959 – Charles Van Doren, a game show contestant on the NBC-TV program “Twenty-One” admitted that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
  • In 1960 – In London, the novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” was found not guilty of obscenity.
  • In 1962 – President Kennedy announced that the U.S.S.R. was dismantling the missile sites in Cuba.
  • In 1964 – A coup occurred in Saudi Arabia. Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud took over the government of Saudi Arabia while his half-brother, King Saud was overseas for medical reasons.
  • In 1979 – Joanna Chesimard, a black militant escaped from a New Jersey prison, where she’d been serving a life sentence for the 1973 murder of a New Jersey state trooper.
  • In 1982 – President Ronald Reagan signed the bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day, observed every year on the third Monday of January, commemorates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. a leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.
  • In 1983 – President Ronald Reagan signed a bill establishing a federal holiday on the third Monday of January in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • In 1984 – Velma Barfield became the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1962. She had been convicted of the poisoning death of her boyfriend.
  • In 1985 – The South African government imposed severe restrictions on television, radio and newspaper coverage of unrest by both local and foreign journalists.
  • In 1986 – American hostage David Jacobson was released after being held in Lebanon for 17 months by Shiite Muslims kidnappers.
  • In 1989 – Carmen Fasanella retired after 68 years and 243 days as a taxicab driver in Princeton, NJ.
  • In 1992 – Magic Johnson retired from the NBA again, this time for good because of fear due to his HIV infection.
  • In 1993 – The Senate called for full disclosure of Senator Bob Packwood’s diaries in a sexual harassment probe.
  • In 1993 – Christie Todd Whitman was elected the first woman governor of New Jersey.
  • In 1998 – President Clinton gave his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network’s “BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.”
  • In 2003 – In the United States, the Episcopal Church diocese consecrated the church’s first openly gay bishop.

Noteworthy Birthdays

If you were born on this date, Happy Birthday. You share your birthday with the following list of illustrious individuals – and about 20-million other people.

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